Applying to medical school

Applying for a university place is not an easy ordeal. It can sometimes feel like jumping over a series of hurdles. However, applying for medicine makes things a bit more complicated. With thousands of applicants applying for a few hundred places, it is easy to feel as though the hurdles never end.

It is common knowledge that good AS and A level grades are necessary for a good medical school application, but in the face of such intense competition, stellar exam scores alone are far from sufficient. The ideal candidate will also have undertaken a period of work experience, which could be voluntary work, shadowing a medical professional in a clinical setting, or preferably, a mixture of both.  In addition, good communication skills, empathy and sound ethical judgment are only a few of the qualities that successful students have.

Anyone that has been through the medical school application process will agree that performance in entrance exams play an important role in the success of a student’s application. Impressive scores are not easy to achieve. It requires a great deal of practice and time management. The good news is that many Concord students perform very well in these exams. The secret to this is very simple; a lot of hard work.

Even though the application process is daunting, I believe that the college provides more than enough information and support to give students the best possible chance at obtaining a place at medical school. From ethical discussions to interview preparation workshops, the support has been remarkable. For that reason, it is not surprising to see the impressive numbers of students that are accepted on medical programmes every year. With the help of the college, and the encouragement of fellow students, I am sure that nearly everyone will find success in the end!

Naomi Morka, 6.2

Posted on: Mar 13th 2017 in General

Valentine’s Day

This week the school has been quite exciting I would say. I mean with Valentine’s Day coming up I am sure that every person here in Concord will be busy making Valentine’s plans and preparing Valentine’s Day gifts for their friends or loved ones.

I guess this is what makes Valentine’s in Concord so much fun because you do not need an actual Valentine date or a partner to feel loved on this occasion. All we need to do is to show our friends and loved ones how much we appreciate them for always being there for us.

I personally feel that we shouldn’t need an occasion such as Valentine’s Day to see how much ‘love’ we get as our friends show love to us every single day. However, on Valentine’s Day I managed to score myself a lovely lunch Date with Praveen, as evidently seen above.

This was all in aid of The Harry Johnson trust, where people placed bets on others to win the opportunity to have lunch with the one of the lucky people on offer. I really like the idea of a lunch date, because besides keeping the romantic flair alive, it was very light-hearted and all in all was a good laugh.

It was also quite unusual, coming up from Lower School I have never experienced an event like this before for Valentine’s Day. Besides this there were other events to help raise money such as, guessing how long Mr and Mrs Hawkins have been married for and a bake sale. The Mr and Mrs Hawkins challenge and candygrams raised around £1200 which is an astonishing amount, all given to an excellent cause.

To conclude, I hope that everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s Day and that something of similar merit to charity will continue in future years to come.


J.C.V. Parker

Posted on: Mar 2nd 2017 in General

House Arts 2017- the result!

Definitely for everyone participating in the House Arts, the past two weeks were filled with intense planning and countless rehearsals. Finally, the day has come.

House Arts is the most exciting and entertaining show in our very own theatre. This single night involves four striking performances from each house (song, dance, poetry, ensemble), all portraying the theme of Hope. Members of the audience loved it. The crowd included the student body, teachers, staff, as well as our families from all around the world who accessed it through the live stream online. The judges reiterated themselves that the competition was even greater this year and the decision was extremely tough. The winners for each category are as followed:

House Dance: Teresa

House Poem: Pankhurst

House Ensemble: Mandela

House Song: Gandhi

Brandy Chu, who has been in Concord since Form 3, along with Eric Tay, have finally brought back the House Arts trophy for Mandela House for the first time in years.  Followed by Teresa and Gandhi as the tied runners up, and Pankhurst as the 2nd runners up.

Most importantly, the students all enjoyed the event and the whole experience of preparing for this night. House Arts is always an amazing opportunity for students to get to know each other better, despite being in different year levels (upper school, lower school) or being a boarding/day student. One single performance is a showcase of tens and tens of hours of students’ collaboration, hard work and perseverance outside of the classroom. It exemplifies the “all-roundedness” factor of Concord students who are able to maintain high-performing grades along with participating in extra curricular activities, being talented (whether in music, dance, theatre, poem, singing, art or all), while having the confidence to show these skills.

Despite not winning House Arts, as Teresa House Captains, Sergey and I have never seen our house as driven and united before. The chanting, clapping, and cheering was an environment we all definitely treasured, which made us feel extremely happy and blessed for our house, our spirit and the four memorable acts we all created from scratch.

The night wrapped up with a special surprise performance by the 8 house captains, dancing and singing to the well-known soundtrack “We’re All In This Together” from High School Musical. The performance later involved the prefects joining us on stage and the other students singing along in the audience. It was a perfect end to the night. Despite rooting and competing for different houses, we are all united as the close-knit community of Concord College.

This year’s House Arts was an uplifting start to our spring term. For us 6.2s, it will definitely be remembered as one of the best highlights of our fleeting time here.

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Ness Tangjetanapon 6.2  (Teresa House Captain)

Posted on: Feb 14th 2017 in General

House Arts 2017

On the 21st January all of the House Captains and the Heads of Houses met up to finally get information and instructions about the upcoming House Artscompetition. This year’s theme was ‘hope.’

As soon as all the instructions were distributed, the house prefects started coming up with ideas for a song, dance, poem and ensemble without delay. From that day, we only had 2 weeks to organize and prepare four 5-minute acts. Although stressful, the prefects definitely had a lot of fun organizing and being creative with ideas.

Practices began the following Monday and it was hectic. Many people came to participate and it was definitely seeing all of the students from the same house gather and work together to create songs and dances with such talent and enthusiasm.

There were a range of talents seen – from pianists, guitarists, drummers, to public speakers and dancers, the variety was endless. It was especially heart warming to see people who are normally more shy come out of their comfort zone and just participate to have fun and to be around new people and make new friends.

Eugene Uhomoibhi 6.2 (Pankhurst House Captain)

Posted on: Feb 6th 2017 in General