Archive for February, 2017

Visit to Old School in Lithuania

In December 2016, I revisited LSMU (Lithuanian University of Health Sciences) high school in Lithuania to give a talk about Concord College. I attended the school from September 2015 to June 2016 and was asked back by my Principal to make a presentation to the school about life here in Acton Burnell and Concord’s academic successes, but in particular, he wanted to know about the ethos of the school and its behaviour policy.

Despite the fact that LSMU is only a day school and administration of school can not apply the rules to students 24/7, I gave my presentation in the school theatre in front of about 75 students (Form 5, and 6th Form) as you can see from the photos. I thought it was fun and some of my friends came up to me afterwards to congratulate me.

I enjoyed visiting my old school but the most awesome part of the visit was walking down the corridor and see my old classmates in their lessons and I was just there to give them a talk!

Kristijonas Sokas F4

Posted on: Feb 28th 2017 in General

House Arts 5 – more dancing!

Taking part in House Arts was a new experience for me for I had never taken part before despite being here for almost 3 years. I decided to represent Gandhi house in the house dance, for I’ve always had a love for dancing and I thought it would be a good opportunity to meet new people. I was the only Lower School boy participating in the dance so I didn’t really know anyone there but the 6th formers helped me feel welcomed. Our dance team decided to dance to a couple of songs each with a different style and I took part in the last song which was OMG by Usher. The night of the dance I didn’t really feel nervous for I gained quite a lot of confidence from the Mayor’s Concert back in the winter term. As soon as I went on stage I was determined to enjoy and I did it was an exhilarating experience and I can’t wait to do it next year.

Sujay Nataraja F5

Posted on: Feb 14th 2017 in General

House Arts 4 – the House poem

A sea of colours applauded us as we walked on stage, setting our nerves at ease almost at once! Hours of preparation, last minute rehearsals and helping each other with desperate therapeutic sessions in  Yacine’s room all suddenly seemed so worth it. It was very scary being one of very few lower school students to take such an active part in the House Arts but was a most rewarding experience and it left us with memories that we will cherish forever.

The poem we recited was written and spoken from our hearts, something that made the performance so much more genuine and mean so much more to both of us.  We were slightly nervous to recite our poem due to the issues it challenged (such as racism and gender inequality) but the support and respect everyone showed us before and after banished all thoughts of nerves. House Arts is such a great way to make friends and try new things and it definitely brought us both closer.  It was the best House Arts ever. (AND OUR HOUSE WON!!!!!!!)

Yacine Sy and Chloe Young F5

Posted on: Feb 14th 2017 in General

House Arts 3 – the House Dance

Hello everyone. My name is Aliona and in this article i will be telling you about Mandela’s dance in the House Arts. I am not a very good writer so don’t be hard on me.

The House Arts is an amazing event which brings everyone together. It is a perfect opportunity to get to know people not only from your form, but from the entire school. The most surprising part of all this competition was how seriously everyone took it.

For our dance we had 4 choreographers, (Sasha, Daniella, Will and me) and we wouldn’t have won without them. I am not a very confident person, plus as it is my first year I don’t really know how everything works, but with the amount of trust and support they gave my I felt like everything was possible. Our performance had to be 5 minutes long and it included 4 dances to 4 different songs. We tried to fit to the topic given to us, which was hope, but most of the dances were already choreographed by the time we knew the theme – so we added some hopeful elements!

Everyday there was a new part to work on, more rehearsals, more people joining. To be honest it was kind of hard, but i wanted to thank everyone who took part in the dance, for how patient they were, for how they were following everything and listening to us and for all of the effort they put into it. This victory is entirely deserved by you!

Aliona Kachna F4

Posted on: Feb 14th 2017 in General