Archive for September, 2016

A new student’s perspective

What is it like being the new Form 5?

You are going to go through the whole spectrum of emotions, which is an amazing experience.

It’s one thing being the new kid in school and another to be the new kid in the middle of GCSE. To be frank, it is hard. That is because of many reasons starting from catching up with the subjects which occupies a lot of time to being away form home and being with new people who have known each other for at least one year.

On the other hand being the new kid, in Form 5 makes you feel special and appreciated. I did say that being around new people is hard but it is also an amazing mind opening experience. New is always good because either way you are going to get a lesson that you will need in the long run.

To be more specific, in Concord it really is easy getting used to being new because the school is literally in concord, just as the name suggests, people living together in a peaceful way. So far, being here has encouraged me to work more just by being surrounded by so many bright and most of all kind people like the students and the teachers who try to make everything better for everyone. I feel grateful to be in a place such as Concord.

Sindi Dojaka F5

Posted on: Sep 30th 2016 in General

Induction September 2016

Two weeks ago, the Form 5 Monitors joined the Prefects for the first time in preparing and planning for the annual induction games for the new Form 3s and 4s. It was quite an experience for the Monitors and they all learnt something new from the orientation, let’s hear what they had to say:

I have a whole new sympathy for teachers now … –Carlos

 I found the induction activity a very good opportunity for the Lower School students to bond and know each other better –Vincent

 The whistle was my best friend  –Alisar

 The new students kept to themselves at first, but by the end of the activities, everyone was having fun and getting involved –Thomas

 Leading students was a great experience that allowed us to develop our teamwork and communication skills; it reminded me of my f3 experience! Time flies     —Earn

 I had great fun with all the new students and made a lot of new friends. It also feels very good to be older than everyone else —Donna

 Never thought it would be hard to organize this kind of activities before, until we spent two days to try different games and plan the orientation. Miss the time that we could always get somewhere to sit in the dining hall when others had not arrived yet!      –Britina

 The monitor training was a very exciting and enjoyable experience. I met with a lot of senior and junior prefects which we went together to practice the dance and games preparing for the new coming students. It took us only one day, but just in that day I learnt to be a leader and to cooperate with others –Jimmy

 Being the leader was tough, but it was a really good experience for me to meet  new students and help them to settle in Concord –Lavine

 The games sessions with the new Form 3s and 4s was not only a challenge for them to meet new people, but also for us! We all met so many new people, and had a fun experience doing it —Amy

 It was great to meet all the new form 3 and 4s at the beginning of the year, and to be a part of their start at Concord   —Chorley

So you see, that’s what we actually feel when we were doing activities with you! Concord is new to you and you guys are also new to us, but indeed we had a lot of fun together and it’s really nice to be friends with you. Hopefully we did help you to settle in more easily!

Britina Wei F5

Posted on: Sep 30th 2016 in General

Monitor Training Day

A few days before the start of term, the Form 5 Monitors joined the Prefects for the first time in preparing and planning for the annual induction games for the new form 3s and 4s. Starting a new school can be terrifying (especially facing a sea of strangers and a maze of new buildings!) and having been through it ourselves, we all wanted to plan an event where people could have a good time, make new friends and feel more welcome here at Concord.

On the Saturday before the new Concordians arrived, we (the Form 5 Monitors) spent a day with Mrs Coward, Mr Tilson, Miss Taylor and Dr Willetts learning and playing new games that we could then play with the new students. It was a very fun day filled with laughter, silliness and jokes!

I had such a good time and I think we all did! It was great to have a day of fun together after the long summer apart. We all had a good laugh playing the games, especially when we made Iso into an elephant and Benji into a unicorn using only newspaper! The only downside was when Amy and I (in a competitive flurry of activity) fell off the crates in the game, ‘crossing the river’, and face-planted onto the floor!

Apart from this, the Monitor training day was a definite success!

Chloe Young F5

Posted on: Sep 30th 2016 in General