29 June 2020

Well done to our Year 11 student, Jamal, who has just won a national writing competition about lockdown.

Asking anyone to express their range of feelings about the experience of lockdown in writing is a big ask - but imagine writing those feelings in another language.  This is almost impossible for most people.  However, this is what Jamal has done and he has been rewarded by winning first prize in a national writing competition.  

In his piece, Jamal reflected on the difficulties of lockdown, the sense of isolation and how the kindness of others can see you through the experience.  He ends his piece by saying: “Eventually the pain will pass. However, stay healthy, stay positive as much as you can. Stay at home as much as possible. Also, stop stressing about the things that you cannot control.”

Wise words from someone so young.  The College is so proud of you Jamal for your achievement!

Here is Jamal's Story:

I was actually feeling terrible, sounds like boring I know, it is happening to everyone, it is just not me.  I hate to stay at home by the way, nobody wants to stay at home forever. I'm not happy with 2020, I really wish to return to 2019. I am missing my friends, football and gym. However, at the end of the day, we're going to back normality if Allah wills it. Perhaps my Allah will make it easy for all of us. 

Unfortunately, this disease has made me stressful, because I'm not going anywhere like before. I feel like really I was in a jail, I had no idea how to explain it, oh my word. 

I definitely don’t want to get caught up in some emotional thing right now because of this messy disease, I get that it is a difficult time for everyone. It is not a convenient time to meet any friends actually. So sad about it. Apparently, there is no peace after this disease. I have never seen such a terrible disease in my lifetime. 

Otherwise, I spend time within my foster carer, I mean Karen and Stuart!! I'm so grateful to them. Then I'm still doing my school work, I was a little brat because of this pandemic.

The good thing is to stay at home, it is really special to me, I wasn't created for fasting but to keep it up, with faith I pray to god. I had a good relationship with my Lord. This was especially perfect, personally I don't know for others, to me is absolutely yes. 

I still contact my lovely family occasionally and I'll usually contact my friends but not often. I hope everything gonna be alright.  Necessary in those tough times when you are uncomfortable. 

Anyway, everything in life has a purpose and find its reason!! Eventually the pain will pass. However, stay healthy, stay positive as much as you can. Stay at home as much as possible. Also, stop stressing about the things that you cannot control.