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14 English speeches during Covid-19 lockdown

Udgivet 5. maj 2020

I engelsk-undervisningen har eleverne arbejdet med engelske taler. Eleverne har alle taget udgangspunkt i Queen Elisabeths tale til nationen d. 5. april 2020 omhandlende Covid-19 situation. Eleverne har lavet 14 fantastiske taler som de læste op for hinanden online.

14 skønne engelske taler

  • Covid-19 lockdown
  • A speech to SGE
  • I’m here today…
  • Corona made me think…
  • This year is a once in a lifetime experience, and we are losing the best months of the year
  • Staying home can be boring
  • At home, nothing is the same as my life at the school
  • As a teenager you really just want to live in the present
  • Teenager during the covid-19 lockdown
  • All of Denmark standing together fighting this terrible disease
  • I feel forgotten
  • Being a teenager is difficult no matter what, and the Covid-19 is making it even harder
  • May we meet again. May the starling flock fly again…
  • Please help us back so we can get the rest of our time together

Covid-19 lockdown

by Alberte Strange

In this speech, I want to talk about the coronavirus lockdown. I think we all know what this term entails, and we’re probably all affected by it. Covid-19 started in China and spread incredibly fast to the rest of the world. The whole world is, or has been, at home in quarantine, to limit the danger of infection. Here in Denmark we have now been in quarantine for over a month, and finally small parts of the society are opening up, and we can look toward brighter times. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include us after school students, which I am very sad about. I think it’s really unfortunate that we’re missing out on the best time of the year, and I really hope we can get back to our home soon. On the other hand, it is also important that we take precautions, so that we can overcome this terrible virus as quickly as possible.

What I am doing to show public spirit, is staying home. I have only left my house very few times and there have been good reasons for that, and I kept distance to other people. I don’t meet with all my friends and party, or go to big family birthdays, I’m only at home talking to my friends and family online. If we stay home, we can save lives, so I advise everyone else to stay home, so we can put an end to this coronavirus. We must stand together separately.

Because we can’t see each other physically, we have been thinking creatively, and have found other ways to see each other. I have had zoom meetings with my friends, where we had fun and talked together. I have also played online games and held Netflix party with them. A few times I also went out for a walk with a friend, where we of course kept a good distance.

This pandemic will change the world

During this lockdown, I’ve had a whole lot of thoughts. I’ve been thinking about how much I really appreciate having all my friends so close to me, every day. I really love being with them and creating memories. I miss my friends so much, and I look forward to seeing them again. Another thing I’ve been thinking about is whether the coronavirus is going to change the Danish society. I know that something will change, but I don’t know how much. I hope that it all falls into place, and that everything will come back to normal.

I think that this pandemic will change the whole world, and there will come stricter measures and hygiene. Maybe we have to find an alternative way of greeting, that does not require physical contact. I think it’s a bit like 9/11, after that, we got much higher security in airports and many other places. After this coronavirus, there will probably be better hygiene in most places.

To conclude this speech, I just want to say that the better we are at staying home and taking our precautions, the sooner we can open up the community, and almost get back to the everyday life we had before the coronavirus came. As Malcom X said “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today”.

A speech to SGE

by Cathrine Kappel

Dear everyone on SGE,

Right now, we are in the middle of a crisis that have affected the whole world. A crisis that have changed a lot of things in our daily life. Not just for us, but also for people all around the world. 

We in Denmark are under a lockdown at the moment, and we are not the only country in the world experiencing that. In some kind of way this virus has affected the whole world. And we have to accept that, even if we don’t want to. We still have to do it no matter what, because we can’t change this situation. 

In this very moment time is changing, and we have to do some things different. We aren’t allowed to see all our friends, we can’t party, or be together more than ten persons. A lot of us can’t see our grandparents because they are in the risk of getting sick and die. All the things we were used to do as a daily part of our life, aren’t allowed right now. And to be honest it sucks a lot!

It can be hard; I think it is hard. 

If we as a society refuse to follow the rules and restriction we have, this lockdown will be very long, and the light in the end of the tunnel will be far, far away. 

Personally it has been hard to accept

It is not only us who thinks this time sucks. I think all people does that. But for us it is a little bit different. Because our year at this school isn’t a year, we can get back next year. For us, we only have this year. And because of this virus, we have already lost a lot of time, maybe some of the best time we could have here. But we aren’t able to get this time back, and we are maybe not able to go back as it looks now. 

For me personally it has been hard to accept. And I know, I am not the only one who wants to come back. Under this whole lockdown thing, I feel there has been a lot of focus on young people who don’t follow the restrictions, like it is only young people who make mistakes and don’t follow the rules.

 I just feel that it seems like all other people are doing the right thing, except people at our age. And from my point of view that isn’t okay. We are trying to do our very best at following the restrictions. And yes, some young people might not be following the rules. But most of us are, because a lot of us, want to go back to where we were before the whole lockdown. But there are also a lot of adults who don’t follow the restrictions. So, I don’t think it is fair to blame young people for not following the rules. 

I’m here today…

by Filippa Thomassen

The whole school is assembled in the hall. All the teachers are here too, it is rare that they are all here. Our leader stands in the middle and I can sense that something is wrong. I start to get sore stomach and a tear rolls down my cheek. I look around and people sit very close holding hands. I am sitting with a feeling of disappointment, hope and confusion. Our leader tells us that we must pack our stuff and go home and no one knows when or if we can go back again. My one tear turns into many and when I look around, I see that I am not the only one crying. 

It is now five weeks ago, but I remember everything like it was yesterday. In a second we lost everything at an uncertain time. 

I am here today, standing in the same situation as everyone else because of the coronavirus. We have all lost our weekday. From one moment to another everything changed. A pandemic that just came around the corner has taken a lot from us. It is killing who we love, we are not allowed to see our friends or family and graduations, festivals and vacations are cancelled. 

It kills people every day but something it cannot kill, is the best year of my life 

For every day that goes, I lost precious time I could have spent on my boarding school. Instead I am just staying home with no idea if I can go back again.

The coronavirus can kill, and it does. It kills people every day but something it cannot kill, is the best year of my life. 
I have spent about 7 month on SGE. It has been 7 month with happiness every day, smile wherever you went and 7 month with my best friends around me. No matter what, the coronavirus cannot take that away from me. And even if it will be only 7 month, it still is the best year of my life.

We have the best community and I love our daily routine at school. I miss everything, even the little things in daily life that I usually hate doing at home. Things like vacuuming, washing up, cleaning rooms and laundry quickly turns into something fun if you are just open minded and have fun with your friends while doing it. I really miss how daily life was a party.

The community does everything they can so we can get our daily lives back. They make decisions that prevents people from seeing friends and family so we can stop the spreading of the infection. Many people do not care about the rules and do it anyway. Studies shows that the disease effects most on elderly, very young children and people with chronical illness. Many teenagers think that the virus cannot hit them, so they still see their friends like they normally do. One thing to remember is that you can have the disease and then pass it on without knowing it or even get sick. I think it is important that everyone respects the prevailing rules so we can return to daily live as fast as possible.  

We are tackling this virus together, I just know that. But the feature is unknown so we must just wait and see… 
Even though it is hard to except, we must all fight for killing the coronavirus before I kills us.

Corona made me think…

by Ida Marie Bangsgaard

This pandemic has caused a lot of damage. Of course, the financial situation has worsened, but this can’t happen to our fellowship. We need to stick together, even in these challenging times. Our community is being challenged, but we need to use this terrible scene, to make it grow and become stronger. 

I have seen many people fighting our case, gathering signatures, and founding different support groups. I am grateful for the politicians who choose to support the reopening of private boarding schools like ours. There are many great arguments in our case, and it is all very positive. We need to keep up our work so we can end our year in best way possible.

Of course, we need to be careful. This is not a situation you can rush. We need to look after and respect the weak ones in the society. This is a serious situation, and many things are to be considered before reopening more of society. 

We need to be happy that we can use technology in such an effective way for once. 

In this time, we are all finding creative and alternative ways to spend time with our loved ones. Virtual Easter is one of them. In my family, we cooked each our meal and then went on facetime enjoying the different dishes. We had a great time and I think things like these can help us all to make this time a little brighter. We need to be happy that we can use technology in such an effective way for once. 

It is obvious to me, that I miss the physical appearance of my friends and family. Especially when I, as many others are used to living with our best friends at school. It is a pretty big radical change in our daily lives as boarding school students. We only have this one year to have the time of our lives, and that shouldn’t be taken away from us due to a virus. 

This year at this school has brought me so many good things. I have grown in so many different ways, and I am endlessly thankful for getting to opportunity. As a teenager you need to experience and challenge yourself, to be able to grow into adulthood. A part of boarding school is learning to take care of yourself and to have a lot of responsibility. The best part about our school, is that our teachers have such a great connection to all of us, they make us feel save, and that allows us, to grow and become more mature.

All of these things are important lessons in life, and we don’t want to miss out on any more than we already have done. This is also the reasons why in Denmark, all the politicians are speaking up for us. 

This pandemic has caused a lot of damage. Of course, the financial situation has worsened, but this can’t happen to our fellowship. We need to stick together, even in these challenging times. Our community is being challenged, but we need to use this terrible scene, to make it grow and become stronger. 

We need to be careful

I have seen many people fighting our case, gathering signatures, and founding different support groups. I am grateful for the politicians who choose to support the reopening of private boarding schools like ours. There are many great arguments in our case, and it is all very positive. We need to keep up our work so we can end our year in best way possible.

Of course, we need to be careful. This is not a situation you can rush. We need to look after and respect the weak ones in the society. This is a serious situation, and many things are to be considered before reopening more of society. 

In this time, we are all finding creative and alternative ways to spend time with our loved ones. Virtual Easter is one of them. In my family, we cooked each our meal and then went on facetime enjoying the different dishes. We had a great time and I think things like these can help us all to make this time a little brighter. We need to be happy that we can use technology in such an effective way for once. 

It is obvious to me, that I miss the physical appearance of my friends and family. Especially when I, as many others are used to living with our best friends at school. It is a pretty big radical change in our daily lives as boarding school students. We only have this one year to have the time of our lives, and that shouldn’t be taken away from us due to a virus. 

This year at this school has brought me so many good things. I have grown in so many different ways, and I am endlessly thankful for getting to opportunity. As a teenager you need to experience and challenge yourself, to be able to grow into adulthood. A part of boarding school is learning to take care of yourself and to have a lot of responsibility. The best part about our school, is that our teachers have such a great connection to all of us, they make us feel save, and that allows us, to grow and become more mature.

All of these things are important lessons in life, and we don’t want to miss out on any more than we already have done. This is also the reasons why in Denmark, all the politicians are speaking up for us. 

We need to stick together

This pandemic has caused a lot of damage. Of course, the financial situation has worsened, but this can’t happen to our fellowship. We need to stick together, even in these challenging times. Our community is being challenged, but we need to use this terrible scene, to make it grow and become stronger. 

I have seen many people fighting our case, gathering signatures, and founding different support groups. I am grateful for the politicians who choose to support the reopening of private boarding schools like ours. There are many great arguments in our case, and it is all very positive. We need to keep up our work so we can end our year in best way possible.

Of course, we need to be careful. This is not a situation you can rush. We need to look after and respect the weak ones in the society. This is a serious situation, and many things are to be considered before reopening more of society. 

In this time, we are all finding creative and alternative ways to spend time with our loved ones. Virtual Easter is one of them. In my family, we cooked each our meal and then went on facetime enjoying the different dishes. We had a great time and I think things like these can help us all to make this time a little brighter. We need to be happy that we can use technology in such an effective way for once. 

It is obvious to me, that I miss the physical appearance of my friends and family. Especially when I, as many others are used to living with our best friends at school. It is a pretty big radical change in our daily lives as boarding school students. We only have this one year to have the time of our lives, and that shouldn’t be taken away from us due to a virus. 

Important lessons in life

This year at this school has brought me so many good things. I have grown in so many different ways, and I am endlessly thankful for getting to opportunity. As a teenager you need to experience and challenge yourself, to be able to grow into adulthood. A part of boarding school is learning to take care of yourself and to have a lot of responsibility. The best part about our school, is that our teachers have such a great connection to all of us, they make us feel save, and that allows us, to grow and become more mature.

All of these things are important lessons in life, and we don’t want to miss out on any more than we already have done. This is also the reasons why in Denmark, all the politicians are speaking up for us. 

During quarantine, it can be very hard to find a way to be positive. I think the student on our school will learn to appreciate the small things once we get back. Even the daily morning walks, and the cleaning are things to miss when you are just sitting at home. 

This year is a once in a lifetime experience, and we are losing the best months of the year

By Julie Kveiborg

Hello

I would like to talk about my life as a teenager in these sad times. What I do to keep me entertained and how I am not going insane. 

The Corona virus came to Denmark under 2 months ago and is affecting our daily life like crazy. We cannot go out and cannot even go to school. Our prime minister has made many restrictions. She talks about how we should act out in public and advise us to stay at least 6 feet apart. It is good that she makes restrictions, so we can come through this, but it is sad that we have to leave school. Especially when you are in a continuation school. This year is a once in a lifetime experience, and we are losing the best months of the year. Our prom, our shows, our exams, which is not that bad, and a lot more. I cannot describe how much I miss my friends, and our facilities. 

Some of the things I do to keep me entertained are drawing, painting, reading, sleeping, and watching Netflix. My mom is also forcing me to take a walk every now and then, and actually it is really nice to get some fresh air. You are locked inside and cannot go out, so the fresh air really helps sometimes. Other times it is just annoying because it is windy. I also like to meetup with my two best friends, of course with social distancing. We go for a walk and just talk. I have also talked to some of my other friends over facetime, because we could not meet up. It has weird to think about that if corona were not here, I could have seen them and should not have to worry about social distancing. There are still some of my friends I have not seen in a long time, and I cannot wait to meet up after corona. 

Looking forward to getting back to school

Sometimes I am wondering how I am getting through these days. When I think about what I have done, it is really hard, because in reality, it is not much. I have been home for over a month, but it does not feel like it. 

I try to make the best of these times. It does not help to just whine about it. I am just looking forward to getting back to school and see my friends again. Hopefully, we can come back soon and catch up on what we missed. Of course, we cannot get all of it back, but now that the exams are cancelled, we have much more time to have fun, and not do schoolwork. It would be amazing if the Prime minister said that every continuation schools could come back. I would be so happy, but we have to wait and be patient. 

Staying home can be boring

by Katrine Dam Jørning

Right now, Denmark and the rest of the world are in a different and serious situation facing the challenges of Covid-19. We’ve never experienced anything like this before. A world crisis which has turned the daily life for everybody upside down. Over the past weeks, the authorities have taken necessary steps in order to stop the virus form spreading, and these steps have had an impact on the normal life, that we have known so far. It has affected all of us, when Denmark was locked down. We have to keep distance and we can no longer meet in larger groups.

The lockdown has been especially hard for teenagers, where the social life is very important. No longer being allowed to meet has meant that we have been forced to think creative and come up with alternative solutions in how to be social. How could we solve being together but staying apart? I am overwhelmed about how teenagers have handled the situation and generally kept a positive mindset even though they have faced a lot of problems during the lockdown. When you are used to be surrounded by people all the time it is difficult to have to stay at home with your parents all the time – not going to school every morning, not having sport activities several times a week and not being able to hang out with friends. On top of this festivals, concerts, birthdays and parties have been cancelled or postponed to a later point in time. This makes the situation even worse, because there is nothing to look forward to this summer. I feel like our life has been paused, and we are all in a waiting position. 

Staying home can be boring, but for some it can lead to loneliness and in worse case depressions. We should all do our best to avoid this, so go for a walk with a friend and chat on social medias with people. I think we should be grateful that we are a generation with technical skills so we can have virtual classes and meet with friends online. Just think of our grandparents, who before the corona virus, didn´t have any clue about how to Facetime with relatives. 

Changing our habits

I think I am talking for everyone, when I say that the only positive thing about the corona virus is the climate benefits. The movement that we have seen lately with the young generation fighting for the climate and trying to get the seriousness of the climate changes on the agenda, has now been helped by the fact that less production and less flying with airplanes has reduces the carbon emission a lot. So hopefully on the other side of corona lockdown we have realized that by changing our habits we can benefit the climate. Maybe a learning from this situation is that we don’t need to buy unnecessary products and travel around the world serval times a year in order to be happy. 

My biggest concern right now is, when will it all be over, and what will the world be like on the other side of corona? I am sure that we will all meet again and I think that we will all remember spring 2020 as a period when the world was changed forever. 

At home, nothing is the same as my life at the school

by Maya Maria Bestué

Hey guys…

It has been awhile since we last saw each other, and I really miss you! I’m glad, that you could be here today. 

My name is Maya Maria Bestué. I am 17 years old, and I’m on a boarding school, called SGE. Today I would like to talk about my experience and how all this lockdown has affected me, and my everyday life. 

This corona topic has been taking a lot of focus the last few months, and there is a good reason for that. All over the world people have lost and are still losing friends and family.

Two months ago, I never thought that it would affect my everyday life as much as it has, but now I see how huge this corona topic really is. 

On the 11th of March 2020, I remember that Samin and I was laying down and watching a show. We both got a message from our group-chat that Mette Frederiksen would make a huge lockdown in Denmark. Karsten and the other teachers decided to send us home on Friday the 13th of march.

It turned out that we got sent home Thursday instead of Friday. We were all called for a meeting, in the gym hall. Karsten announced the reasons why we were going home today and not tomorrow. I remember the sadness in his voice, and when he started talking about the greatest things we were going to miss, like our shows, he sounded like he was going to cry. Right there, in that moment, I felt a sort of unit because I felt that all the students leaned forward, like they were about to catch him. And it just proved how strong of a connection we have built together. 

It was a memorable moment when we all said goodbye. In the moment, it was sad, but now when I see it in another perspective, I see how much we really love and mean to each other. 

At home, nothing is the same as my life at the school. At the start, I didn’t think it was going to be so hard, because I thought that we were coming back after two weeks. And then I could see my boyfriend and my family. But no, the two weeks turned out to be two months. 

Being here now, not even knowing if we’re going back to the school, scares me, and makes me sad. Because what if we already have said goodbye? 

We all need to find alternative ways to be with each other

I miss the school so much, and all my friends. Being at home and talking to them is not the same!! Something I really miss is parkour. Because the thing that I love about parkour is the solidarity. I love that no matter what mood you are in before, you will always end the lesson happy. 

Now that I can’t be with my friends because of the circumstances, we all need to find alternative ways to be with each other. To show public spirit I follow the guidelines. I wash my hands, I stay two meters away from people, and I’m only close with Nikolaj and my family, because that’s the persons I live with right now. I talk to people over the phone, or facetime, instead of meeting them. Small things like that makes a different. And I hope doing a difference will make us be able to come back to the school soon. 

I think that in the nearest future people would think about what they do. I’ve got an idea and some faith in the people that we as soon as Denmark opens, will not just go out and live the life they were living before. 

As a teenager you really just want to live in the present 

by Oscar Bjørklund

Teenagers don´t really think that much about their future. Many people won´t agree with this because of the enormous amounts of choices that teenagers have to consider and make all the time. But teenagers are the most unsure when it comes to their future life, and that´s because they don´t know how they want to live and are massively influenced by social factors which distract them from being more focused towards their career.

As a teenager you really just want to live in the present. And that´s why I think the corona virus time, may actually be the hardest for us. Not only because our schools are closed and we are not allowed to see our friends, but also because we don’t know what comes for us in the future, and we only know what we have in the present. As an adult your life is more confirmed, you are more experienced, and you are probably better at planning things for the future and reflecting about it. 

Motivation and hope can be hard to find during these times

As much as we just want to live in the present, we have to think about the benefits of not socializing and staying away from each other. Many of us are very hit by this, as it means we are not allowed to be on SGE, but at the same time I feel like we are still taking the reservations and restrictions seriously just like every citizen in Denmark.

It´s hard to unite in these times, and SGE is all about unity. That´s why it´s important we do our bits in keeping the contact with each other. In 2020 we are lucky to be given the social medias, which actually now have the chance to get a more positive reputation amongst all generations, because of covid-19. We can still be in contact with each other by facetiming, playing games, sending memes, or even watch movies together online through an app I use myself, called airtime. All this isn´t the same as real human contact of course, but at least it can be a little helpful.

Motivation and hope

Motivation and hope can be hard to find during these times. But for many people I think following the guidelines and tips that is set for Denmark, is a great way to feel like they have an influence on what´s going on. Things such as using Hand sanitizer and soap, even though some people say it maybe doesn’t work, gives people a feeling that they can do something themselves. And that is probably the most important thing to focus on now.

Fast forward a couple years from now when the crisis is long gone, we will probably look back at these days, and be proud of how we handled and overcame it. We have shown that we can do this, but we have to keep going. We have to keep ourselves functioning and still have motivation, while complying the rules and guidelines. Teenagers may not be reflecting as much over the future, but us from SGE are showing a good example and listening to the government, along the rest of the Danish citizens. All the effort we put in, will hopefully result in us going back to SGE very very soon.

Teenager during the covid-19 lockdown

by Sandra Kofmann Mathiasen

My name is Sandra Kofmann Mathiasen, a teenager standing in a ruined boarding school year. 30.000 students begging for coming back. I want to talk about the famous coronavirus. 

I think the coronavirus is an awful virus, thousands of people are dying. I don’t know anybody with the virus, but I have grandparents who are in the danger zone. I do have a disease; I take pills which lowers my immune system. I am in the danger zone too. In my opinion, everybody should stay at home, but if you’re heading out make sure you can secure yourself against COVID-19. My parents are still going to work, that’s good for their business. We all know millions of people are losing their jobs, and some working from home. 

The government is taking small steps, so within a month, maybe, I see myself at my school. I don’t know if it is a feeling, an instinct or just hope, but this school year has a place in my heart. I miss it so much, not only speaking for myself but for every student at a boarding school! 

Finally, I’d like to say, boarding school changed my life

Another thing is, we see a lot of debate posts, about the government, has forgotten us. They listened to us, and know they are in the process of lying down a plan on how to get back. On the list of reopening, has SF boarding school as number one, because they want to allow us to end it in a good way. 

I spend time with my friends over facetime, having a drink, and talking about each other lives at home. Try some fun things over the chat, host a webcam-party or exercise together. I know it is a hard time but keep your head up. Modern technology is capable to find a cure or a vaccine. 

As the Queen says “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again”

Finally, I’d like to say, boarding school changed my life, I have met so many new friends and I appreciate It so much. Now I have a group of friends all around in Denmark. In 10 years, I will look back at this situation, and tell, new people in my life, how strong our unity was. 

Unity, trust, honesty, and respect. Sorø Gymnastikefterkskoles buzzword will mark us for life and I will remember the coronavirus as a bump on the road. 

Top 5 list

We all have different experiences with our school, I have a top 5 list.

  1. Our ski trip to Austria
  2. The few performances we had
  3. The jump-team in Iceland.
  4. All my friends
  5. The funny weekends

You guys properly also have a list, but every second, minute and hour must not be forgotten. 

I want to thank every human, still working and those who fighting to find a cure. Everyone appreciates every hour of your work, and we need to support each other.  

Thank you for listening.

All of Denmark standing together fighting this terrible disease

by Selma Salling

I am talking to you today, because of the time we face. 

Not more than 1 month ago, me and my classmates got sent home from school. It was a hard time for everybody, because we didn’t know what to do. I remember my mom picking me up, and driving me home with all my stuff. When we got into the city, I got scared because there was not a soul to be seen anywhere and normally you see people everywhere. That was the time where I realised what was going on and how serious this is. 

Now I don’t do much it’s boring to be home but it’s for the best. Being home is weird and under this circumstance. But I still recommend people to be safe and think about others before yourself. 

Fighting this terrible disease

Being home and not seeing people was scary but also made me happy, that everybody is taking this seriously. 

All of Denmark standing together fighting this terrible disease. 

I’m talking to you about this because it’s not just us facing this problem it’s the whole world and seeing nations getting together and helping each other is fantastic. Being in this situation benefits other things such as the environment. 

I think it’s scary that we have to face such big problems before we do something. It can’t be right that we think about all the stuff we didn’t do, when we are in crises. We have to be better than this. I hope that all of you will continue to stand together no matter what we will face. 

Being a teenager in this situation is really hard. There is so many things that you look forward to and now it’s just gone. Teenagers need to be social with their friends. All you do as a teenager is being with your friends almost 24 hours a day. But now it’s impossible. You need to socialize with other people, not just your parents. One of the hardest things for me is to keep distance and not hugging people you haven’t seen in forever. I feel like people in the age of 14-18 need physical contact with people, it makes you feel safe and loved in some kind of way. 

You also learn to appreciate other things

But even though this is a situation, we would be happy to avoid. Maybe something good will come out of it. People get use to not flying around all the time, to business meeting.

Because of the circumstances, they might get used to having online meetings. Instead of personal meetings, which will benefit the environment. 

You also learn to appreciate other things, such as being with your parents. You learn to do other things, like sewing, drawing, painting and making jewellery. 

I still hope that when this is over, we can get back to our normal ways. I like the system in Denmark and I wouldn’t change it for a thing. But when that said I still hope, that we will try not to fly as much and protect the environment. 

We still need to listen to what they say we should do and then do it. Because the longer we stand together, helping each other. The faster we will get back to our normal ways. So please be safe and careful. 

I feel forgotten

by Josephine Trolledahl Hansen

Right now, we’re going through though things. Things we haven’t experienced before. The corona virus. In my country I feel very safe. Mette Frederiksen is taking good care of us, but of course she can’t please everyone. For example, our government chose, that the youngest in our society was going back to kindergarten and school before everyone else. I think that a lot of people in Denmark got sad, because it’s new and weird and people just want their old everyday life back.

Students and teachers from “boarding” schools are feeling really bad, because it’s only one year and we can’t get it back. All the experiences we miss during corona at home, are lost forever. I get that the government can’t reopen the whole country at the same time, but I believe they do what is best for all of us.

I feel sorry for people who died of corona

Of course, I want to pay attention to the “boarding” schools. I think they already think of us, but at some point, I feel forgotten. Sometimes they don’t even mention us, but I’ve read that SF and Alternativet are fighting for us.

I feel sorry for people who died of corona, people who suffer or recover from corona or for people who lost loved ones. 

That’s why I know we can’t reopen Denmark at the same time, because our healthcare system has to follow the increase. More people will die, and more people will get infected, I’m aware of that but at “boarding” schools we’re our own society. We’re at the school and we can stay there, if that is the best way to reduce the transmission. 

Corona virus was unexpected. When I thought of my year at SGE, I didn’t expect a virus would ruin it. The whole world is on standby. In Asia where this virus started many people got infected. People brought it from Asia to the rest of the world, and of course, that is very annoying but it’s too late, now we just have to help each other. It’s the best way to get back our everyday life. I’m impatient and I miss SGE so much but the fastest way to get through this is to stay inside and wait. If people meet in big groups, we can’t stop it. We have to stay at home even though it can be very boring, it’s just necessary! 

I wish for all of us that this will end soon

I maybe sound chill or patient but I’m not. I’m so sad and I feel bored without SGE. I just wish that Mette tells that we can go back very soon! It would be the greatest news ever! Just to enjoy our last time at SGE…

In many other countries there isn’t the same opportunities for healthcare. In Italy too many people got infected at the same time, so the healthcare system couldn’t keep up with it. They reacted to late and if that happens in Denmark, it would take any longer, so I feel lucky to live here.

I wish for all of us that this will end soon! I think people did so well! Most of them have stayed inside and showed respect. Of course, it’s not everyone, but I think it’s better to focus on the big part, who listened and stayed home. 

I hope we can keep up the good work and that people stays home. Just listen to the government, and soon this will hopefully end. We all miss our everyday, so we need to think about each other! 

Being a teenager is difficult no matter what, and the Covid-19 is making it even harder

by Siri Lund

Being a teenager doing the Covid-19 lockdown has made a lot of changes in my life. Instead of being on Sorø I am trapped at home with my little sister and my parents. Both my parents are working for the police, and are maintaining critical functions, so they have been working the whole lockdown, and are still working. While they are at work I am at home with my little sister, doing my homework. It’s really hard to be with her 24/7 without getting in a fight or two, and when my parents come home, they are so mad and frustrated about it.

My present everyday life is something I had never imagined. When this lockdown first started, my mum bought 6 puzzles at 1000 pieces, and we have almost done them all. We started to watch TV-series together all four of us, and I began to do needlepoint with my mum. 

I have two different kinds of everyday. The first one is school and homework at home, a fight with my little sister, my parents come home, do needlepoint with my mum and then either do some puzzle or play solitaire. Later I go for a walk with a few friends and then home to bed.

Being a teenager is difficult no matter what

The second one is a day in my boyfriend’s house. I still get up early to be ready for classes and do my homework, but there is no one to fight with, so it is much more peaceful. When we both are done with school, we play games with his little sister and we watch a film together and it’s just so cozy.

Being a teenager is difficult no matter what, and the Covid-19 is making it even harder. With the school being closed and with all of the cancelled events, I am missing out on some big moments of my live, as well as everyday moments like chatting with friends and participating in class. The whole situation is like a big life change that fills me with feelings like: Sadness, concerns, isolation and disappointment. But I also know that I’m not alone. I know that there are many of you who also feel disappointed and sad because the school is closed, because this schoolyear cannot be redone. It’s a once in a lifetime experience that we are missing.

I want to spend time with my friends, so social media are the way I connect with them, now that we can’t meet. It’s hard to make time go by. I have my boyfriend who I can be with inside our houses, and then I have the same 5 friends I can be with outside. We walk almost every evening. But still… we have to hold a distance of 2 meters to each other’s while we walk, and we can’t hug each other not even to say hi.

I spend a lot more time with my family now

But any way It’s not all that is bad about the Covid-19 lockdown. You get closer to the people around you, and you discover new ways to get in contact. Example wise in my family we are 12 people when it’s just my siblings, their partners and children, so we couldn’t meet for Easter lunch. Instead we called them in a video chat and then we all sat in each our home and ate our lunch and it was actually kind of nice. I spend a lot more time with my family now, that I have ever done.

Even that it is cozy and nice to be home and spend time with my family, I miss Sorø, I miss all of you. I am looking forward to the day we all meet again at school.

May we meet again. May the starling flock fly again…

by Sofia Canzanella

A few months ago I had a dream. Or I’d rather call it a nightmare. It was about this illness, that made people do crazy stuff. Such as buying tons of toilet paper, using hand sanitizer 24/7, staying home all day and keeping a physical and social distance of two meters between every person.

It was such an unpleasant dream, and every day I tried to pinch my arm to make this nightmare stop. But then I slowly started realizing; This is real! I am awake during my nightmare. We are hit by a pandemic. This is the covid-19…

I am standing here speaking to you all today, because of this damned disease. It has hit us like a tsunami. In August 2019, we all had a fresh start at SGE and I am so happy, that I have met each one of you. I clearly remember the very first day at this school. So many new impressions. 186 smiling, excited, tanned faces were looking forward to an unforgettable year in their lifespan. We were probably all a little nervous, but we quickly fell into the routine and I have loved every moment since.

I realized that this is serious

The lockdown day at our school, was absolutely one of the worst days in my life! I think we all remember the mixed feeling of confusion and sorrow that spread through the entire room. Karsten told us, that vi had to pack our stuff and go home. He was so upset, and when he started crying, I realized that this is serious. And I started crying as well.

We were sent home, and we did not know, when we would come back. Days have been very different since lockdown. Meeting each other in online classes and facetime every day is the highlight of my day. Our fantastic teachers are doing their best to keep us motivated. But I miss SGE and every night before sleeping I watch our show and feel so proud.

The fact that it is not safe for us to return, breaks my heart into a thousand pieces every time, I hear people talk about it. But when I talk with my friends about it, and when they support me, I feel a lot better.

Every day was a party with you. I learned new things about myself and about others. I am not done getting to know myself, and I am definitely not done knowing more about you either.

Attending boarding schools is not something you can do twice

Recently there has been a debate in the news about reopening boarding schools. There are many different opinions about this topic. In my opinion, I think we should go back as soon as possible. An argument could be, that we only have this one year at the school. Another reason could be, that we can isolate ourselves from the outside world at the school.

Attending boarding schools is not something you can do twice. You won’t get another year at a boarding school. Together we could consider different reasons about returning to SGE in a safe way. Such as keeping distance between the teachers and students. And we can stay at the school until the semester is over. Each and every reason counts. 

When I think of the school, I miss everything! Not just the good atmosphere and all the sweet people. I miss the special smell of the jumping center, that just makes you smile, right when you enter the door. And do you remember the sight of Karsten sitting in his office, when you are on your way to have lunch with your contact group. Or what about the unexplainable feeling, when the whole school is gathered into this small circle and we are jumping around and screaming our lungs out, and we are almost unable to stand up afterwards.

May we meet again. May the starling flock fly again…

Please help us back so we can get the rest of our time together

by Thilde Grevy

Hello,
I want to talk about the Corona Virus because we are in a very weird passion today. None of us have the same weekday as we had before all of this started. 

The second of March Netflix published a series called ”Pandemic” which is about a transmission and how they must avoid the pandemic, which is dangerous for some people.
That became our reality and our daily life the 11th of March where we had to avoid Corona and isolated ourselves in our own houses.

They started out with all the schools and nurseries because they meant this was where the transmission was biggest, which I personally think is a good idea. But is it fair that it included boarding schools and high schools as well? Should boarding schools and high schools go home to their families?  Or could they maybe get isolated on the schools with the people they already see every day?

We trained hard every day for all our shows

The 11th of August a lot of young people including myself started on our boarding school. It was a dream coming true for a lot of us, because it also involved gymnastics as the main subject, which is a big part of many of our lives.

We had a lot of fun with each other, and we trained hard every day for all our shows and competitions in the spring. 
This is some of the main reasons why many of us wanted to start on this boarding school and now it is taken away from us. We only had three shows and then they send us home to our families. It started out with two weeks, then it changed to one month and now we must stay home for one more month. It is so hard not to see all the people you have a daily life with. 

In this period, we have school at home in our own houses. We make more academic work in school than we did before, and much of the time we go to school alone. School can sometimes be very hard and therefore it is difficult that you do not have anybody to share the school experience nor the feelings you are going through with. We mostly talk to each other during- and outside the classes on FaceTime but when we do not, it can fell very lonely. 

Once in a life time experience

I try to get the best out of it. I use a lot of time with my family which I have missed when I were on the school. I talk a lot to my best friend Maja and sometimes we go for a walk together.
I talk more with my friends I have from home then I did on the school because I have time for it now. This is very nice, but it is not the same as being on the school.

In my opinion I think they should send us back to the schools, because these kinds of schools are a once in a life time experience. I can not see how we would be in danger for others if we get isolated on our schools. We have already lost one out of ten months of our schoolyear. We have lost our shows and now we are about to lose the final ending for our school year. 

Finally, I want to say please help us back so we can get the rest of our time together. We have already lost to much of our year and planned experiences. 

Thank you for listening!

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