Lower School Monitors Welcome New Students

On the 6th and 7th of September, the new Lower School Monitors were tested as a team to lead an exciting range of activities for the induction of new students. Over the two consecutive evenings, the Monitors successfully managed the task of welcoming students into Concord, proven by the fact the Sports Hall filled with echoes of laughter.

We organised sets of games for new F3s and F4s, as well as the returning F4s, acting as an ice-breaker for the students. The activities are arranged to help the new students socialise and make new friends, so they have got lots of support from their peers in their academic course that lies ahead.

Here are some of the comments left by a selection of the Monitors, regarding the games they led:

“Despite the fact that I used my voice so much over the two nights that my throat hurt, I found that I had enjoyed leading the activities as much as the students enjoyed participating in them.” – Hannah

“I think the two evenings were well organised by the Monitor team. All students had fun and familiarised themselves with each other during the events. I was really glad to see those smiling faces starting to appear over the two nights. It was a good chance for me to make new friends too and gain confidence with them socially.” –  Carolyn

“I think the Monitor-led games were a great way to get to know new members of Lower School – It was also an opportunity for our Monitor team to work together. Before the actual event, we put a lot of effort in planning and organising, hoping the students would enjoy themselves and make new friends. When we were carrying out the induction activities, the outcome was much better than we initially expected! Although all of us were tired after hours of ‘shouting’, the happiness overshadowed this completely and I felt so accomplished after hosting these two events by ourselves.” – Anna

Below are some of the reflections of students who participated in the games:

“I enjoyed the ‘balloons one’ on the first day because everyone was involved.” – Melody (New F4)

“It was very fun and people were enthusiastic.” – Aidan (New F3)

“I found it very interesting.” – Osa (Returning F4)

“I liked the ‘pool noodles games’ most, because it required strategy and was fun.” – Myrtle (New F4)

I particularly enjoyed the game where we had to all stand on a bench in a line with a certain ‘standard’ without falling. It really helped us getting to know each other.” – Sabrina (New F4)

“I liked the idea of playing dodgeball in the Sports Hall and also capture the flag, where we were split into different teams.” – Iris (New F4)

– The Monitor Team

Induction September 2016

Two weeks ago, the Form 5 Monitors joined the Prefects for the first time in preparing and planning for the annual induction games for the new Form 3s and 4s. It was quite an experience for the Monitors and they all learnt something new from the orientation, let’s hear what they had to say:

I have a whole new sympathy for teachers now … –Carlos

 I found the induction activity a very good opportunity for the Lower School students to bond and know each other better –Vincent

 The whistle was my best friend  –Alisar

 The new students kept to themselves at first, but by the end of the activities, everyone was having fun and getting involved –Thomas

 Leading students was a great experience that allowed us to develop our teamwork and communication skills; it reminded me of my f3 experience! Time flies     —Earn

 I had great fun with all the new students and made a lot of new friends. It also feels very good to be older than everyone else —Donna

 Never thought it would be hard to organize this kind of activities before, until we spent two days to try different games and plan the orientation. Miss the time that we could always get somewhere to sit in the dining hall when others had not arrived yet!      –Britina

 The monitor training was a very exciting and enjoyable experience. I met with a lot of senior and junior prefects which we went together to practice the dance and games preparing for the new coming students. It took us only one day, but just in that day I learnt to be a leader and to cooperate with others –Jimmy

 Being the leader was tough, but it was a really good experience for me to meet  new students and help them to settle in Concord –Lavine

 The games sessions with the new Form 3s and 4s was not only a challenge for them to meet new people, but also for us! We all met so many new people, and had a fun experience doing it —Amy

 It was great to meet all the new form 3 and 4s at the beginning of the year, and to be a part of their start at Concord   —Chorley

So you see, that’s what we actually feel when we were doing activities with you! Concord is new to you and you guys are also new to us, but indeed we had a lot of fun together and it’s really nice to be friends with you. Hopefully we did help you to settle in more easily!

Britina Wei F5