Lower School Dinner 2019

The annual Lower School Dinner was held on 1st June this year marking the end of a productive and busy year for Lower School students, especially for the Form 5 students who were in the middle of their GCSEs.

The event commenced with reception at the Science Block. Butter Beer, Ginger Weasley, Longbottom Iced Tea and Slytherin Snakebite, of course alcohol-free, were served to students as they were taking pictures with their friends outside. As one Form 4 said: ‘Butter beer was perfect’ as the friendly chatter was filling the foyer and the laughter could be heard from the outside.

The dinner was a desired break – the social event brought students, teachers and senior staff members together into a Harry Potter themed and heavily decorated dining hall. The themed food was ‘scrumptious and delicious’, according to Concordians. Sneezewort Salmon rillette, Lemon and Gillyweed Tiger Prawns for starters, Madam Rosmeria’s Seared Rump Steak for the main course and finally, for dessert, Mad Eye Moody’s Mango Mousse and Chocolate Cauldron Truffle Cake, topped with white chocolate wingless Snitches and Broomsticks. Yummy!

After lovely musical performances by students and inspirational speeches, Concordians went to the West End where they were met with modern trending music, an external DJ and photobooth. The disco even attracted a few upper school students who did not want to miss out on partying. As for me, it was a wonderful experience to relive the event as it reminded me about the great, exciting moments I had back in the Lower School. As a friend of mine summed up, in a typical Concord equation: ‘Lower School supper + disco + wonderful people = fantastic day’.

Danylo – 6.1

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

The Form 3 Poetry Competition

The poem I recited was called Alone by Maya Angelou. When picking my poem the only thing I knew was that I wanted it to have an effect on people, so that they are left wondering and reflecting on what has just been said to them.

Once I came across Maya Angelou’s work, I knew that she was the poet I was going to choose. Her strong voice and tenacious words were just what I was looking for. The only problem I was faced with was which poem to choose… She had filled five award-winning poetry books with her beautiful and powerful words, but I was only allowed to choose one. I was reading and scrolling through her different poems and, although they were all very powerful, I didn’t feel that I really connected to them. I simply understood them and enjoyed reading them. However, I thought that unless I connected with the poem I wouldn’t be able to deliver a presentation to the best of my abilities. But, when I read through Alone I was thrilled – I found the poem that I wouldn’t mind memorising, analysing and presenting. I had found the poem that I felt I connected to.

Alone not only clearly portrayed Maya Angelou’s strong and independent voice, it empowered people, especially women, all while giving a very clear message. Of course, the message could be interpreted in different ways, however, I believe that no matter what way someone interprets this poem the overall effect will still be the same. I think that the poem is suggesting that isolating ourselves from love, connections and relationships causes us to be weak and vulnerable. As humans, we need affection and attention to carry on being healthy and happy. I think that that message will really speak to and stay with the audience. Some people believe that they are above compassion, love and connections, that they can’t let their guard down and share their life with someone. My hope and belief is that after hearing or reading this poem, they will realise that affection and connection are not signs of weakness; they’re a sign of humanity.

Aliya – F3