Last week the Social Impact Society provided a platform for students to present and discuss their Summer term social action projects, welcoming Tom, Philip, Hugo and Hani to the virtual stage.

Tom and Philip explained that their shared fascination with the Classics had inspired them to establish the Eton Virtual Latin Club. With an emphasis on myths and tales, such as the Twelve Labours of Hercules, they created videos to help students at the Eton Porny School engage with an ancient world, whilst posing as their alter egos ‘Tiberius’ and ‘Philipus’!

In an honest and fascinating account, Hugo then told the virtual audience what life was like living and learning from a refugee whom his family had welcomed into their home during lockdown. Hugo recalled that although his guest was initially apprehensive, seeing him smile and laugh for the first time after weeks of timidity reminded him of the importance of human warmth and comfort in times of crisis.

On the 4th August 2020, Beirut was shaken by a tragic explosion. Living in Beirut at the time, Hani and his family spent their summer working alongside non-governmental organisations to distribute food and medical supplies. They have also worked to raise over £68,000, providing invaluable support to the displaced.

We would like to sincerely thank all students for their thoughtful presentations and their continued commitment to social change.