This week is no different to other autumn week in Acton Burnell; the sun occasionally peeps out as the clouds scuttle across the sky, sweeping the village.
After disentangling with the bald branches, rays of sunlight squirm down to the thick carpet of fiery leaves on the ground, reflecting aromas of tannin from the fallen leaves into the mist of air.
However, there is a not so typical atmosphere started to creep into Concord.
After the first prep, groups of student march their way out from their prep rooms. Taking turns, each day. What’s left is an eerie silence lingering in the classrooms, with lower form students popping their eyes, pondering. Where are they heading? Wait- all of them are heading to the same direction, same path. In all different faces, the boys and girls are heading against the crisp autumn breeze and after turning left, they all entered into the same building.
It is the Sports Hall. Concordians are here for their sports prep. The crowd starts to clog up as the beeping sound resonating over the passageway after swiping their cards. Soon the crowd dissolves and goes to their pre-arranged team. Students found themselves allocated to different sports; basketball for group 1, badminton for group 2, circuit training for group 3; squash, weighing and pooling for group 4. Every one eventually gets himself/ herself into the game.
After a brief hiatus of 2 months, Concord has entered a new academic year as Acton Burnell has entered autumn. Things are getting on track once again and Concord has witnessed its first sports prep of the year.
Yanshing Cheung, 6.1