Summer Term Ends
With term ending on 24th June and the final exams taking place just under a week later, it is time to reflect on what has been an extremely busy term at Concord.
Concord has said ‘goodbye’ to five members of staff whose combined length of service totals nearly 120 years. It is the biggest collective number to retire from the college at any one time in its 60 year history.
Mayor presents V Awards
The Mayor of Shrewsbury, Mrs Kathleen Owen, attended the Outreach barbecue as a special guest and to present the students with the V50 or VImpact certificates in recognition of completing 50 or 100 hours of volunteering.
Distinctions in ESB
More than 40 students from Concord’s Lower School have gained a distinction in their first English Speaking Board (ESB) external examinations. As a result of the success in the Lower School, the college is to roll the exam forward to its Sixth Form in the next academic year.
World Cup Fever!
World Cup fever is certainly gripping Concord. Nine of the nations (including England) taking part in the World Cup are represented at Concord, which is thought to be more than in any other football finals.
Concord's Got Talent!
The annual Concord College Talent Show took place on Friday 4th June. The wealth of talent on display made the task of selecting an overall winner very hard for the panel of judges.
Lower School Dinner
The Lower School Dinner, which took place on 5th June, is a formal celebration of the academic and extra-curricular successes of the students in Forms 3, 4 and 5 over the year. It is also one night when everyone gets to put on their smartest clothes!
Win for Hammers!
In an exciting competition this year, Hammers have won the Concord Interhouse trophy competition for 2009/10.
Young Enterprise Award
For the second year running a group of entrepreneurial students from Concord has won the ‘outstanding commitment’ prize in the Young Enterprise Scheme regional awards ceremony.
The 6.2 Leavers of 2010 were treated to a splendid evening to celebrate their final term at the college. This was the third Graduation Ball held at Concord and the theme for this year was ‘A Venetian Masked Ball.’
New Library Open
The new state-of-the-art library at Concord which opened at the beginning of term has been given a huge thumbs-up by students. Highly favourable remarks have been listed in a comments book, including one student who thought that it was ‘the best library ever!’
Musical is a Triumph!
For the first time in Concord’s sixty year history the college staged a full musical show and the performers were given a standing ovation on all three nights of their production Les Miserables.
On Sunday May 9th the third annual Interhouse Rugby Sevens tournament took place. The competition has been keenly contested since its reinstatement in the Concord sporting calendar and this year the teams were anxious to improve upon the performances in 2009.
The Summer Term’s sporting calendar of House competitions continued with the Swimming Gala on Sunday 2nd May. A large crowd gathered to cheer on the swimmers and to enjoy the barbecue and refreshments provided by the kitchen on the terrace outside the pool in spite of the weather!
Return Visit for Author
Author Paul Dowswell made a return visit to Concord to speak to an interested audience of students and staff on Thursday 29th April. He spoke about the historical background to his new novel Auslander.
Road Race 2010
Saturday 24th April saw the annual Concord College Inter-House Road Race marking the beginning of the athletics season at Concord this Summer Term. In spite of some students still being stuck at home due to the volcanic eruption it was a very good turnout in terms of both numbers and quality of the athletes taking part.
Great News for Summer School
Concord has been confirmed as the top boarding school centre of excellence, which is based on the British Council Inspector’s publishable statements, following its inspection of the Summer School here last year. The achievement is featured in the May issue of the EL Gazette, an English Language magazine.
Update! Travel Disruption
You will be probably be aware that UK airspace is now open. Flights are resuming and we are hoping to see all students return safely over the next week.
Form 3 Activities Week
Gail Denham, Head Lower School, was definitely ‘flavour of the month’ with her Form 3 students at the end of the Spring Term. For not only did she give them the chance of sampling chocolate at Cadbury World – she did it in place of internal exams, which went down extremely well with the Year 9 students.
The Main House at Concord was plunged into darkness not due to a power failure but to support ‘Earth Hour’ on the evening of 27th March.
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