Happy hol­i­days? Not in 2020...

The Wokingham Paper - - EDUCATION - har­ry­bradley Harry’sworld

THE week after next will be my last day of the school year.

At last, school will be out for the sum­mer.

Now usu­ally, that brings with it an an­nual feel­ing of ex­cite­ment and re­lief; eight long weeks of meet­ing up with friends, go­ing out on day trips and maybe even hop­ping on plane to some­where hot.

School will fi­nally be over but like many things, this year it’s dif­fer­ent.

Is it just me or is that same sense of ex­cite­ment just not there this sum­mer?

Per­haps my sense of ‘same­ness’ it’s be­cause it feels like school has been over for a while now

Work­ing vir­tu­ally from home has been tough, it’s been tir­ing but it’s not re­ally felt like school.

It might be al­most the end of term but I’m chomp­ing at the bit to go back and see ev­ery­one al­ready. Now that’s some­thing that never hap­pens at this time of year.

So, with the long sum­mer ahead it begs the ques­tion – what now? What am I ac­tu­ally go­ing to do for the next few­months?

Nor­mally, I’d be get­ting packed up for a week or two in the sun in France, Spain or some other Euro­pean coun­try af­termy end of year ex­ams.

Look­ing for­ward to DofE ex­pe­di­tions and go­ing to Read­ing Fes­ti­val.

Of course, none of this is hap­pen­ing now. My sum­mer­will be very­much like the last few months. Home. Gar­den. Stay­ing lo­cal. Re­peat.

Per­haps hav­ing this en­forced break isn’t such a bad thing as I’ve ac­tu­ally got loads to do. In the past I’ve been guilty of try­ing to pack too much into my life.

The sum­mer races by and I’m run­ning to catch up. So now I’ve re­ally got no ex­cuse.

The sum­mer be­fore Year 13 gives way to a lot of school work – writ­ing my per­sonal state­ment, re­search­ing and writ­ing my EPQ and go­ing to visit some of the uni­ver­si­ties that I’ll ap­ply to in just a few months time.

Hol­i­days are be­ing re­placed by trips to univer­sity towns.

Yes the cam­puses are closed off but it’ll be good to get the feel of each place and as a fam­i­lywe’ll get to visit some new places. First stop Durham.

But I don’t want it to be a sum­mer of just work and no play, be­cause let’s face it, 2020 has been hard enough.

This year, my real sum­mer es­cape will be plan­ning my next one.

Be­cause 2021 is The Big One.

The sum­mer after A-Lev­els, it’s the sum­mer of my life. Ap­par­ently.

I’m plan­ning an month-long In­ter­rail­ing trip with friends.

With so any opin­ions and so much choice, it looks like it’ll take us the whole of this sum­mer to work it all out.

Let’s hope we all get to es­cape a lit­tle bit, to have the free­dom to drive to new places and have some ‘so­cially dis­tanced’ ad­ven­tures.

I just need the Driv­ing Test Cen­tre to re­open and then I’m off.

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