Of all the shows I have been a part of in Concord, the Fashion Show this year really was the biggest show to watch from back stage. The buzz I felt when I stood in the green room with all the frantic preparation of nearly 50 separate outfits was amazing. Even with an hour to go before show time a whole half of the Morris Building was alive with photo taking and designers prepping their models. As the show began and the first group of models began to line up, the nerves started to kick in, and the excitement really began, with some designers still applying the final accessories, and some the final layer of all important glitter spray. As the second group lined up I considered how the audience would react to my costume. What if I broke it? Was it too ridiculous? As I walked out from between the curtains all these thoughts went through my head. My hand went numb on my prop as I tried my best to look proud and smile. As I got to the centre of the stage though, I really grinned from ear to ear as I heard the raucous cries of my friends supporting me. As I left the stage I felt great.
The interval seemed a lot longer than the specified 15 minutes waiting for our moment again, with all the models barely fitting backstage with their huge costumes. We waited with as much if not more apprehension and excitement than the audience themselves for the big moment to arrive again. When the interval and video finally ended, it was amazing, and the show drew to a close soon after with the winners well deserved.
The competition was not what really made the show special though. It was all the time, thought and love which had gone into its preparation, from the dedication of the designers to the camaraderie backstage. The long wait between walks was made much shorter by the fun and laughter we shared as a group. All the time invested in this amazing event made worthwhile, not only through the spectacular show, but by the friendships that came with it.
Philip Hawkins 6.2
International. Harmonious. Warm. Competitive. These are just a few of the many qualities of what I think best describes Concord. Concord on the surface is like your typical UK boarding school. You wake up, go to school, eat your meals, have a little free time and go for prep sessions (at least at Concord anyway). Obviously Concord is a very academic school and more often times than not I find myself baffled at way the mind of my intelligent peers work – it’s ridiculous. However, there are two things that make Concord distinctively different – activities and people.
There are countless numbers of activities and extracurricular classes here at Concord ranging from choir to lifeguard training to football and the list just goes on and on. Personally, I enjoy playing sports and I have learnt how to play squash, table tennis, and even improved as a footballer and a tennis player here at Concord. Music also plays a big role here at Concord with various music lessons and various band coaching lessons. All these are easily accessible and are very good fun, if you’re into music that is. I picked up the guitar a couple years ago and I have learnt much about it from the music teachers and also my fellow musician friends. Since then, I participated in a few concerts held by the college with the bands held by teachers and also with my friend, where we got to play around with songs that we were interested in. In addition, there are also individual International Societies due to the many nationalities that make up the Concord community and these societies are given the opportunities to express their local culture to the school and the local community through food, dance and music at various events, which I think is one of the best ways to learn about other people’s cultures.
Then, there are the people. I’m not sure whether it’s the atmosphere, the fact that the school is in the middle of nowhere or just the pure luck of getting the right people to come to the college, but the Concord community is just something else. I have made many close friends during my 3 years here at concord and I am extremely confident that we will remain close through university and as we grow older. The amazing thing is that some of these friends are my seniors and juniors and I find it really nice that regardless of age, we’ve managed to get along with each other so well. And it’s not only the students, teachers here are unique. Yes, they know their subject like the back of their hand and then some, but they’re really enjoyable people to be taught by in class and they’re also great people outside of class.
Zenon Foo Head Boy 2013/4
It feels like I have transcended time and space each time I step foot into Shropshire’s top boarding school. From the beautiful scenery of the grounds, to breadth of knowledge I acquire from my expert teachers. I guard my memories here in Concord well. They are so personal and so precious. The 12 hour journey to and fro from home to school gives me a generous window of time of reflection. Sometimes the emotional baggage doesn’t seem worth the frequent long journey; having to pick off where I left with my friends on either side of the world each time. But returning to Concord is always exciting, and worth looking forward to. I love drama and for someone who loves performing, Concord is the place to be. It is more than literally performing in a recital or seasonal concert. Concord demands students to showcase their best in class, practice their intellectual skills and confidence on a daily basis. Students bask in the attention of their teachers and applause is heard in the form of praise and encouragement given by staff and friends. Life couldn’t be more exhilarating.
Tan Qi Jun Head Girl 2013/4