After the week of orientation and activities for new students, the first school week of the term has finally begun. Monday started as usual, except for the Enrichment Fayre that was held in the sports hall after school. While academic study in Concord is a priority, the school also provides a large variety of student or staff led activities which the Enrichment Fayre exhibited. The activities ranged from sports teams like basketball, volleyball, netball, to leisure activities like archery, horse riding, swimming club, to intellectual clubs such as scrabble, chess and debating. Though that wasn’t it, there were also clubs that revolved around the community – Eco club, Outreach society, Mencap, and the list goes on. All the new students would make their way around the sports hall and sign up for activities and clubs they wanted to participate in and be a part of, it was definitely an enjoyable way to join into the routine hectic and eventful day of a Concord student’s life.
Since the school year has finally begun, House sports and activities are also taking place. The first few Inter-house competitions include House tennis, netball and squash. It was a surprise to see so many new faces taking part already and settling in so well. To witness their friends come all the way along to the sports halls or tennis courts just to cheer for and support them was extremely heart-warming. The first netball match was thrilling – Pankhurst and Gandhi played against each other, both with equally strong teams with incredible players. The game was extremely intense, both scoring one point after another. It was only at the last 10 seconds where Pankhurst scored the last goal and managed to lead 11-10. The atmosphere in the sports hall was restless, the crowd was wild every time a team was close to scoring which definitely touched and motivated me as a player that night.
Finally, as many of the 6.2s are busy finishing their UCAS applications and personal statements, groups of students have also been busy meeting up with their respective societies to come up with dishes of food to be able to prepare for the school in the International Food Fayre that I look forward to very much at the end of next weekend.
Sabrina Lai 6.2
“It’s all about having fun and smiling and shaking hands” Tone Loc
It has been a very eventful week for the 6th form students, with an array of exciting activities such as orientation games organised by the 6.2 prefects (following the themes of Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and Percy Jackson), high-ropes activities and self-defence training. What I enjoyed the most was welcoming the new students the moment they made their first steps into Concord College, as I was glad and excited to see the new faces who will be joining us for the next few years. It was very heartening to see many friendly students getting to know one another, particularly, forging new friendships and having fun together.
Many of the 6.1s have left home for the first time, and we are sure that they are missing their families and countries. However, they have been so involved during the orientation, and have shown so much enthusiasm throughout the orientation week!
The activity that I loved the most was the high-ropes specially organised for the 6.1s, with the company of some 6.2s. Many of us formed teams and, slowly but steadily, made our way up to the top of each element! It was amazing to watch many people conquer their fear of heights, and fellow friends encouraging one another.
The orientation ended with a splash with a massive water balloon fight amongst 4 teams (Blue, Green, Red and Pink) with the Blue team capturing almost all of the flags. Many of us were soaked wet and splotched in screaming colour at the end of the exciting game.
To all the new 6.1s, welcome to Concord and we hope that all of you will create amazing, cherished memories whilst you are here. As for the 6.2s, all the best for UCAS and A levels!
Claire Sridjaja Ling Ying 6.2