Last Wednesday, 6.1 mathematicians who have opted for further mathematics course were shuffled into the coach for a mathematics talk called ‘Maths Inspiration’ after the seemingly somewhat too short first lesson. It was truly fortunate that most mathematicians were fit enough to attend the lecture, with less than a handful that were deemed as unfit.
A small commotion was stirred up before we were packed into the cozy little coach, after some of our favourite sandwiches (Tuna mayonnaise) were cleared. It was not long before another turmoil occurred in the coach that resembled a sardine can, just before the engine was turned on. This time, it was for elbow space. All too soon they were set and we started to whizz to the venue. Otherwise, the rest of the journey was uneventful. Time passed. After slouching back in the cozy and intimate slumberettes for two hours, it was the grumbling stomach that has been our alarm. With no exception, all students devoured their sandwiches and chocolate bar.
All too soon, the coach arrived at the venue for the Maths Inspiration talk. We sat for another 20 minutes before the talk started. Other students from local schools started to come. As it was a rare opportunity for us to really interact with students from a British local school, we are all curious how their school lives are different from ours, so quite a few of us turned our heads around and started a chat. The Maths Inspiration talk finally started, I must admit that it was lucidly engaging and interactive from the very first moment.
Here is a list of who the speakers were: Rob Eastaway the Director, Hannah Fry and Ben Sparks. Their jokes were absolutely humorous and most of all, the content was indeed inspiring. I mean – Who would have believed the UK map can form a gapless pattern(although a slightly altered one); or who would have thought maths could be used crack down on crime? Or that maths is related to philosophy? Or even can break down the cause of traffic jam? I guess I must really refrain myself from ruining the fun. I would really recommend to attend to the talk yourself. Spoilers aside, it had also occurred to me that all the speakers possessed good time management.
It was soon time to bid farewell. In a bid to make as we to attend both prep sessions, we were ushered to the coach straight after the talk. The return trip was longer than we expected due to unforeseeable amount of traffic flow in the peak hours. Our teachers seemed to be more inspired than we were, and were most enthusiastic on the coach, chatting until they say goodbye to each other; leaving the rest of us to fall into deep sleeps. By the time we arrived at school, we were drained and our buttocks were aching after sitting all day. We were sent to the dining room and had a quick dinner and attend the prep straight afterwards.
The moment before I went to bed, my buttocks still hurt.
Yanshing Cheung 6.1
Not every year we can get a chance to watch Chelsea football club playing against our home town team Shrewsbury town live. But after 11 years, it has finally happening again, in the 4th round of Capital One cup.
We Concordians are very lucky to be able to get this chance to watch a big match the Shrewsbury Town stadium. The staff from Concord did their best to get us tickets and a special thanks must go to the Sports department who might tell us once how they bought 25 tickets when so many wish to watch.
It was finally the day when our half term starts. Also the day of the match we have been waiting for. We all first met in the sports hall having a small briefing on the rules outside school ground. After the briefing we were set to go for to match. On the way to the stadium, the bus was full of excited chatting. We were all discussing what chant we were gonna do during the match. All non-Chelsea fans were making fun of the Chelsea fans from Concord although realizing the quality of the two teams are very different.
We arrived in the stadium with everyone having high hopes in seeing many beautiful goals scored but the first half of the match ended in 0-0 and it rained a lot!! Although we couldn’t see any goals during the first-half, we cheered ourselves by buying some refreshments and snacks during half time in the food stall. Hot dogs, sausage rolls, pies, burgers and many more to help us enjoy the game better.
The second half started very lively, the opening goal being scored after a few minutes by Chelsea and raised the cheering of the Chelsea fans travelling from London. We were seating on the opposite end of the Chelsea fans and kept on chanting to give support for our home team. The atmosphere of the stadium was just crazy, fans everywhere cheering for their team. But obviously the home fans just wouldn’t lose, their chanting became louder and louder as it got closer to the closing minutes.
The match ended in 2-1 to Chelsea winning by only one goal. We all came back still being happy to be able to watch such a big team play and great experience for some of use who had never watched Chelsea play live. Shrewsbury Town came very close and gave a very good match to Chelsea team. We all arrived back at Concord safely being able to get a lift to each of our boarding houses by Mr. Canney. We all had a good time and it was a terrific start for our half term. All the students who went for the game would like to thank Mr. Tozer, Mr. Canney and Mr. Braddick as well as Mrs Barnes from accounts who queued nite and day to get the tickets and for making this trip happen.
Kenzie Sutio 6.1
(Former Chelsea fan now supporting Shrewsbury Town!)
‘Deeds, Not words.’ – Emmeline Pankhurst
That’s why Pankhurst house has sprung into action straight after this month, in the month of pink, as an effort to raise fund for breast cancer research. On Wednesday, the whole Pankhurst House helped to make a pop-up bakery in the Dining Hall, selling homemade fairy cupcakes glossed with pink icing and cookies dusted with (unsurprisingly) pink sugar.
Of course, the meaning of these events are much bigger than the interhouse ‘rivalry’, hence, different student-bakers from all houses were also invitied and involved in the event. The bakery has proven to be a great hit amongst Concordians, as all the stocks were sold out within the 20 minute break.
As an effort to raise even more donations, Charity Club sold raffle tickets at 25p for 1 ticket and 1 pound for 5 tickets, the winners will get a teddy bear or boxes of artisan chocolate.
Different strikes of pink were scattered all over the campus on Friday. Concordians were encouraged to wear pink. For those to dozy and ended up forgeting to get changed, or didn’t have pink clothes like me, but still would like to support the cause; they could opt for the pink hairspray, face paint, bracelets and ribbons.
Whilst enjoying ourselves, we mustn’t forget the cause of these events. They are to help breast cancer research. There may not be much we could help; but we can act by spending more quality time reaching out to your loved ones, especially as most Concordians are boarders, so gathering with their families might be difficult. Better hurry before becoming sorry. So, what are you waiting for? Afterall, it is the deeds that matter, not words.
Yanshing Cheung 6.1