School Captain’s thought of the week

Hello to everyone reading this week’s edition of my Thought of the Week. This eighth issue is in fact the penultimate time I will be writing for the KES Community Newsletter so as this experience reaches its final couple weeks, I cannot help but think back to when Mr Petrie and Mr Browning first approached me in its early stages of development and asked if I would be interested in getting involved. If I remember correctly, at the time, we were around a week into lockdown and as was the case with many young people in my position, I didn’t really have much else to do, so consequently leapt at the opportunity to not allow my brain to waste away, and the rest (though perhaps not so widely known outside the KES community) is history. Now, when I think back to the previous ‘thoughts’ of mine that I have written for you to read, some were without a doubt better than the others. 

My favourite ones to write were probably in Issue 2 and Issue 6 (in no particular order). In Issue 2 you might remember that I wrote about Ricky Gervais’s Afterlife, which has made him one of my favourite celebrities during lockdown. This is just about pipped to the post by Issue 6 where I wrote about the relationship between emotions and action and what I learnt from the process of creating my assembly on the issue of racism. I suspect it is the sentimental value of that issue which makes it stand out above the rest, as I see that period as a significant part of my development during lockdown. Whilst occasionally I may be guilty of not practicing what I preached (I am only human) I recognise that the wisdom I attained from that time will always be something I can draw upon. 

On the other hand, there has certainly been a week or two where once I take the time to sit down and write my Thought of the Week, I am completely lacking in any sort of inspiration. The Community Newsletter Issue No.5 springs to mind. I remember writing this (most likely past the deadline set out for me by Mr Browning and Mr Petrie… sorry about that) and I had no idea what to even start with. Then suddenly, I had a flashback to my UMs English lessons, when my teacher would encourage us to try this exercise known as ‘stream of consciousness’. At that moment in time, I thought to myself, what have I got to lose. Subsequently I think in the end I did manage to waffle my way through and produce a half decent result where I perhaps fittingly wrote about the issue of struggling with motivation during lockdown. As you might guess, I was quite chuffed with myself and saw it as a stroke of genius. That is until it was actually published and my mum proceeded to tell me how I, “did ramble on quite a bit” I suppose that is an expected consequence of working past 1am.

As I look down to my phone and see how right now the time approaches 1am today, I see this as a natural ending point to avoid any further ‘rambling’.

That’s all from me folks, I hope you have a great day and an enjoyable week.

Author: Emil Ali