That’s the spirit: moving Enrichment online, bringing boys together

That’s the spirit: moving Enrichment online, bringing boys together

Britain’s wartime Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, is said to have advised “never let a good crisis go to waste” and, in that spirit, our Enrichment teams are tirelessly innovating to provide home access to as many as possible of the clubs and activities boys enjoy at school, writes Crispin Bonham-Carter, Assistant Head (Pupil Involvement).

Many of these new facilities will continue to benefit students well after the current lockdown. Our Home Enrichment eQE pages, for example, are regularly updated and guide students towards a myriad of creative, healthy, academic and caring activities.

Many of our clubs and societies have moved online, and the student club leaders have recommended ways students can continue to pursue their interests in lockdown, with recommendations of books, films, podcasts, articles, competitions, videos and more.

Our charity work continues. In addition to the Technology department’s work producing PPE for the NHS, our student musicians, after having had their concert cancelled at the nearby Ravenscroft Nursing Home, simply took it online and have now provided the home with enough live video recordings for five concerts! [Pictured is a contribution from cellist Raphael Herberg, of Year 11.] Plans are also afoot for events to support the local Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, this year’s main QE charity.

We are keenly aware that what students are missing most of all is each other. Accordingly, much of our energy is directed towards bringing students together, whether it be in the various subject competitions, the wonderful online concerts and exhibitions or the new forums being established within departments.

Finally, some advice for those with motivation-fatigue:

  • Make your self-enrichment a habit. Build it into your day like brushing your teeth
  • It’s much better to do a little often, rather than a lot rarely
  • Reward yourself when you’ve done it
  • Build yourself an enrichment streak – keep a record of days when you’ve kept to schedule.

Rome wasn’t built in a day – but they were laying bricks every hour. Keep positive, keep active and stay enriched!