Valentine”s Day was coming up, and all the couples in the school had started thinking of creative and meaningful gifts to give each other. They were all getting really excited, but so were the ones without valentines. Not only was this a regular Valentine’s Day, but it was also Concord’s reunion for alumni that is currently being held every 2 years. It was held to celebrate those who have left the school and came back on this very special day. As soon as we heard about the disco in the sports hall, we knew instantly that it was going to be a good one. We were told that there was going to be a free chocolate fountain, and purchasable food – but little did we know that they’d have extraordinary games like milking a cow, or even riding the electrical bull. My friends and I were all getting excited. Many students decided to dress up a bit. As the night passed, you would see the girls around the boarding house try on their new dresses.
Before the disco started, fireworks were being held at the field by the castle. It was truly an amazing sight. It even lasted for quite a long time. Personally, what made everything so much better for me was how close we were to the fireworks. It was something I’ve never imagined happening. Everything at the moment felt very magical. It was beautiful, every time there was a different spark, you would hear the “oos” and ahh’s” from people around you. The constant explosions got everyone in awe and excitement. After the fireworks ended, we walked into the sports hall, and I was shocked – it was definitely not what I’ve expected. Everything looked so professional, from the lights, the music, the dance floor, to the food and the games. Everybody around me was dancing happily and no one have seemed go have gotten bored. Being able to see the alumni there felt special, it seemed like they felt as if they were back at home. Time spent in there felt effortless and full of joy. It was definitely a splendid end to our first half of the Spring term.
Sabrina Lai (Form 4)
The build-up to Starry Night was intense with practices day in day out, and with the tense atmosphere came great performances, it was as if it almost made the performers better than ever. Weeks of hard work had finally paid off, since this was certainly one of the best Starry Night concerts that I have ever seen. It was so perfectly organized, filled with beautifully talented performers, and yet again lead by the amazing Outreach Society.
Moreover, not only did Sabrina, Carlton and Vivian (pictured below) perform the stunning song – Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton, but they did it to their absolute best. Besides this, the Michael Jackson song, Black or White performed by Alex Cheah and his friends shone through and was brilliant. In addition, the K-pop act was again very impressive and executed perfectly performed Nikki Johari, Amelia Yim, Jenny Lee, Rachel Ho and Melody Chu. Last but not least, Zoe Mountford again showed her amazing singing talents, and gave us one of her best performances yet.
All in all, the night was an astonishing success and it was enjoyed by all and everyone who watched it and a great deal of money was raised by Outreach.
Joe Parker (Form 4)
On the 1st February 2014, over a 150 Concordians went to Birmingham to celebrate Chinese New Year.
We set off at 1:30 pm and spent a lovely 3 hours shopping in Bullring shopping centre. It was a trip for us to have a chance to celebrate such an important event even if we are over a thousand miles away from home. Being away from home isn’t an easy job, but because of the atmosphere and all the international students, we’re all able to feel more at home and not miss out on events such as Chinese New Year.
Celebrating Chinese New Year together has always been a tradition in my family, but since I won’t be able to celebrate at home for the next few years while I’m at Concord, I think having the Chinese and Hong Kong societies organize such an event is an excellent way make homesick students – like me, feel way better.
Although I admit that I am a shopaholic, I was actually more excited about the Chinese food we were going to have, which ended up tasting just as great as I expected. There were 13 courses, all of which we loved and reminded us greatly of home. Of course, being with family would have been ideal, but it is a whole new experience having Chinese New Year dinner with a bunch of close friends! I was also very surprised by the diversity of people at the dinner, there were Chinese, Brits, Russians, Kazakhs, Vietnamese, Malaysians, Singaporeans and many more!
I am sure everybody had a great time in Birmingham because I certainly did! 😀
Brandy Chu (Form 4)