Teachers talk lockdown

During the lockdown, teachers, as well as pupils, have been encouraged to try and fulfil the CAS ideals (Creativity, Activity and Service).

Dr Carta, Religious Studies

Are you finding any creative ways to adapt to day to day life during this period of isolation?

Forced domestication got my creative juices flowing, particularly in the gardening and bakery departments. I have been making pizzas, bread and focaccias whenever my wife succeeds in buying flour. Turning the whole lawn into a vegetable patch has allowed me to discover the real thing, the only genuine occupation for a lifetime. My hat is off to Cincinnatus!

Are you managing to stay active? If so, how?

In the area of physical exertion, I attempted to be child-like (without being childish) by doing PE with Joe Wicks, but I gave that up long ago. I have reverted to running now that spring is here, as well as playing silly games with my children – throwing them up in the air, swinging around to make them laugh and giggle with glee – which can also be quite taxing for a man of my build.

The ongoing pandemic is proving challenging for many, are you finding ways to help your community?

I have been helping a friend from Selly Park who is isolating and temporarily in need by doing the shopping for her, and I am trying to maintain regular contact with my family of origin and the people I know in Italy. I also pray and continue to be part of a religious community in this time of retreat.

Mr Wareing, Classics

Are you finding any creative ways to adapt to day to day life during this period of isolation?

I’ve done that dreadfully predictable thing of getting into baking – sourdough starter and all. We haven’t bought bread from the shops since March. Having a toddler running around the house keeps us busy too.

Are you managing to stay active? If so, how?

I’ve done a lot of cycling – lots and lots of miles on zwift and more recently out on the roads again. I’ve also enjoyed “the daily walk” – getting to know the green spaces almost on the doorstep that are so easy to ignore most of the time.

The ongoing pandemic is proving challenging for many, are you finding ways to help your community?

I think our elderly neighbours were a bit offended when I offered to pick up their shopping for them – but I did try.

Author: Tom Roberts