Musicians in Final
For the second year in a row, two Concord students are through to the final of the 2013 County Concerto Competition and will be competing against two other musicians at Allington Hall, Shrewsbury, on 27th March. The competition also known as the Shropshire Young Musician of the year attracts talented school age entrants from around the county.
ISI Inspection Report
STOP PRESS! Concord has achieved the very highest praise and grades it is possible for the inspectorate to award in the ISI report published today. In all areas, Concord has been given the highest rating of ‘excellent’. In addition, Concord now joins a tiny handful of schools in the country ranked as ‘exceptional’ for the levels of achievement of their pupils.
"Eight students from Concord who took part in the English Speaking Union’s Chester Festival of Poetry and Prose came away with a total of 20 placements or commendations. The students achieved a total of seven firsts, including three with distinctions. They had six seconds; four thirds and three commendations.
"Students and staff at Concord dressed in pyjamas and held the annual inter- boarding house fun sports and cake baking competition to raise money for Comic Relief on Friday 15th March.
"Eight sixth form Concord students have been to London for two one day introductory programmes into the world of finance. The girls were selected for the ‘Inspire Careers Programme’ at Goldman Sachs London offices where they were introduced to the various opportunities available for college graduates.
"A senior student in his 6.2 year at Concord has reached the final 16 of the British Biology Olympiad 2013. The Society of Biology has announced that John Lee is in round two of the Biology Olympiad. They have congratulated John on making the last 16 out of more than 4,200 students who entered the first round.
"Concord has hosted its first ever inter-school MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) debating competition in French, German and Spanish. Students competed against Wrekin College on topics such as nuclear energy, euthanasia, immigration and same sex marriage. Bryony Gutman, teacher of German at Concord, described the competition as an ‘unforgettable and inspiring occasion’.
New York Trip
"A group of eighteen Concord students enjoyed an exciting trip to New York over the half term break. The trip which was organised by the Art Department was a first for Concord. Over five days the students visited many of the iconic sights of the city as well as visiting museums, art galleries and of course the shops.
Come to the Fayre!
"Concord is holding its first ever Spring Fayre on Sunday March 17. The event, which will be held in the indoor marquee in the Sports Hall, will include up to forty stalls in what promises to be a refreshingly different shopping experience.
"The annual Concord International Concert to be performed at Theatre Severn is only three days away. Final preparations for the show are being made with a performance tonight here in the college theatre.
Award for Cellist
"Cellist Jack Jones, a Concord day student in Form 5, has achieved the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Sheila C. Freeman cello prize awarded annually.
"The Starry Night Concert took place in the Concord theatre on 10th February. Now an annual event and organised entirely by the students of the Outreach Society, the concert featured the singing and dancing talents of a host of our very own Concord ‘Stars.’ The evening which had a romantic theme for Valentine’s Day was a sell-out success and raised £750 for Hope House children’s hospice.
"The fifth annual Concord Fashion show took place at the on Saturday 2nd February in the Concord theatre. This sell-out evening featured clothes designed by students studying for GCSE, AS or A level art on a theme of ‘Dreams & Nightmares’. And this year profits from ticket sales are to being donated to the Concord group who are off to Costa Rica in the summer on an expedition.
Happy New Year!
"Ancient Chinese wisdom says a snake in the house is a good omen because it means that a family will not starve. Students at Concord have no intention of starving when they celebrate the Chinese New Year on Saturday 9th February .
"Concord has produced a community newsletter to advise more local people of their commitment to supporting the local community by awarding bursaries. In the first newsletter of its kind, Concord College is informing residents of nearby parishes that the number of bursaries awarded to local students is continuing to rise.
"Following last year’s sell-out performance, Concord is returning to Theatre Severn. On Monday 4 March, students will perform Music and Dance from Around the World in aid of The Shropshire Federation of Women’s Institutes and Rotary Charities.
"Concord students queued eagerly to buy books and have them autographed when an eminent author visited the college. The queue stretched several yards down the Old Chapel where Eleanor Updale was talking about her latest novels The Last Minute and Johnny Swanson.
"The new term has brought fantastic news for 14 students at Concord who have received Oxbridge offers, with ten of the offers from Cambridge whilst the other four are from Oxford. In addition, Concord students in 6.2 have so far received a total of 59 offers from other top universities.
New League Table
"STOP PRESS! Concord has been placed third out of all schools in England today in a new national league table published by the BBC using data produced by the UK government. It is based on the percentage of students gaining the grades at A level enabling them to enter a top university in the UK.
Let it Snow!
"The second week of term brought the anticipated winter weather and Concord has found itself under a blanket of snow for the past five days. It is the most snow we have experienced at Concord for a few winters and has turned the campus into a winter wonderland.
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