After hours of choreography, weeks of practice and many sleepless nights, the big day had finally arrived. Over 300 Concord students descended on Theatre Severn just after midday, ready for the final dress rehearsal before the evening performance. With acts ranging from choirs to samba bands, Indonesian Saman dancing (above) to British swing, it really would be a spectacular evening!
The days leading up to the show were particularly busy for performers- not only due to the in-house performance on Thursday evening for students and staff, but because normal Concord life continued, full of exam practice, interview preparation and hard work. For many 6.2 students, the excitement of the week was hearing news of offers and interviews from universities; for others, an anxious wait! But everyone was united in the excitement towards Saturday’s big event, and the effort from everyone was noticed by all.
Arriving at 5pm in the theatre on Saturday, I was immediately rushed into the most important question of the evening- what would students get for dinner? Away from the amazing canteen at Concord, and each given £7 towards food, the student’s favourite was Domino’s pizza; and I think we frustrated Mr K with the sheer volume of pizza deliveries to the stage door!
Having completed the final run through, it was backstage for students, as the auditorium began to fill with parents, teachers, the general public- as well as members of the Women’s Institute and Rotary Club, who the evening was in support of. Rotary are running ‘Polio Plus’, aiming to eradicate polio through vaccinations, and much money was raised in support of this worthy cause.
The evening was hosted by our Head Boy and Head Girl, Tempy and Audrey, who guided us through the evening and the ‘Planet Earth III’ offered by the international theme of the concert- Tempy is a David Attenborough in the making! But the real stars of the evening were all the students who took part. Watching from the audience, I was amazing at the range of talent students offered- in particularly the international societies were an amazing show of unity between students.
A superbly enjoyable evening was had by all who attended, and the Deputy Mayor and leaders of Rotary and WI praised all the organization that had gone into the event- particular thanks to Mr Kokkinos, who worked so hard to put the event together. The Mayor’s Concert not only showcased the range of talent at Concord, but also the international unity and peace that is so present in life at Concord.
Lottie Cansdale, 6.2
In the spirit of Halloween, Concord’s Outreach society, which is a society that organizes charitable events for the student body, organized a Haunted House to raise money for charity.
The entrance fee was £3 per person, and sure enough at about half past eight, a line of students stood outside the Morris building, brimming with excitement to experience the haunted house. People were split into groups of eight people or less and paired with a guide who directed them throughout the gory experience.
The Outreach society showed great organization in assigning different parts of the Morris building to different teams and upon entering the Haunted House, you could tell that a lot of work had gone into it. Each room was converted into something out of a horror movie and the concepts varied from elaborate plays to life-sized dollhouses. Some rooms even held games, where the winners received exciting prizes.
Students came out of the Haunted House spooked and entertained. At the end of the night the Outreach Society’s hard work paid off, with the Haunted House raising over £400 for charity. It was indeed a grand event.
After the Haunted House students were treated to a special Halloween Disco, with a professional DJ, who made sure we had a good time. Students came dressed to the disco in great costumes such as the Teletubbies and Hugh Heffner and from the smiles on people’s faces, you could see that everyone was having a fun time.
Ezinne Osueke 6.2
Entering Concord College on the 1st November marked the start of a new half term for all students but marked the begin of a busy week for most UCAS 1 students. Students were busy catching up with each other, all with stories to tell. Many of these stories include experiences and adventures outside of Shrewsbury, with the vast majority of these escapades occurring in the city of London. For many of the students, this break served as a recharge point as students reunited with family members or enjoyed life beyond the Concord walls.
However for over 80 6.2 students their focus was not on about the half term break but on the admission tests at hand. Many of these students spent their half term preparing for these examinations. On the Monday and Tuesday, faces were buried in books or in pillows. Rest was a vital part of preparation. I remember as I walked into school on that Monday morning thinking this is “the calm before the storm”. And what a storm it was.
Monday and Tuesday passed by in a flash, minutes passed like seconds and hours passed like minutes. On the chilly Wednesday morning, I saw determined faces standing outside the sports hall, ready to reap the rewards of their hard work. If the hours on Monday passed like minutes, the hours during the examination passed like seconds. As we walked out of the hall, regardless of how well the test went, all of us shared a moment of relief.
Thursday was another hectic day as UCAS 1 students had Rotary interviews to attend. The interviewers, members of the local Rotary Club, were made up of very knowledgeable and intellectually challenging men and women. I found my interviewers to be very stimulating people. A question that was posed to me was, “What do these numbers represent to you: 11 11 11?” Since this Friday marks the 97th anniversary of when the Armistice treaty was signed, it only seemed fitting to bring this up.
Saturday signaled the end of a very busy week. Saturday Tests was followed up by the Interview Preparation workshops for many 6.2 students. For many other students, the first week back after the break felt a bit longer as they began to settle down back into classes again. The Saturday ended with a brilliant firework display as all students gathered together to celebrate their efforts of a very tiring week. With the End of Term examinations around the corner, I wish good luck to all students in their preparations.
Jordan Chan 6.2
“The key is to enjoy yourself….and win of course” (Enlai Cheng 6.2)
One of the most anticipated events in the Concord calendar, the annual House Cross Country, occurred on the afternoon of the 12th of October, 2017 which was another one of those days that England’s weather couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be blisteringly cold or incredibly warm. There was a great turn out of enthusiastic Lower School students, competitive sixth form runners, without missing out those who simply wanted to enjoy the scenery of Concords beautiful surroundings or participate in the ‘walking club’.
It was time for the race, the Houses were set to go and then…..BANG! The starting gun sounded to the delight of regular cross country runners such as our own inspiring Joe Parker and many others. The route was a very strange one this year though, with narrow path ways, countless styles to jump over as well as the improvised path through the neighbouring farmland. But all in all, many students managed to venture through the incredibly long course and especially without any major injuries recorded. It was also a delight to see staff participating in the cross country event as some of them helped direct us through the course while others ran through the whole course leaving some of the students in the dust behind them.
Coming to the end of the event, the kitchen staff provided everyone with water, juice, snacks and just the essential supplies to cool off with after such a vigorous activity. Finally, the results for participation as well as the awards for those who came in the top three in all categories of the Lower School and Upper School were announced. After a wonderful job from the teachers in charge of the calculations, Gandhi emerged as the best house in the annual cross country, much to the support of its House members. It was generally a thrilling experience, and I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. Thank you Concord!
Ugo Itanyi 6.2