New students enjoyed a warm welcome and four days of Induction activities before lessons started on 11th September. The Prefect team organised games and fun events in the Sports Hall and all new students also experienced Concord's high ropes course with trained instructors.
Concord celebrated its 65th anniversary with an amazing Son et Lumiere light and sound show on Saturday September 13. The spectacle featured lights, images and animations projected onto the back of the main building to depict the history of the college from 1949 to 2014.
On Friday 26th September Concord took part in the biggest coffee morning in the world! Teresa House led by Mr Wilson organised a cake sale in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and managed to raise over £430 in just 20 minutes. Thank you to all staff and students who baked, bought and ate for this worthy cause.
On Saturday 27th September, the first event of the Inter-house Trophy for 2014/15 took place. The annual Road Race is always a popular event and this year the tension was even greater as many of the runners were keen to break the long standing school records for the event. Once again this year it was record turnout with 85% of the school taking part in the Lower School and Senior events.
The annual International Food Fayre 2014 took place on Sunday 5th October. It was a veritable feast of delights from around the world with dishes from as far afield as Africa, China, Hong Kong, Eastern Europe, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan and the UK. In the true spirit of Concord all of the students co-operated with each other and helped to prepare, cook and eat although no-one wanted to do the washing up!
The annual Concord College Talent Show took place on Saturday 4th October. A packed audience in the theatre enjoyed an entertaining and varied programme including singing and dancing, from pop to classical music as Concord students showed off their talents.
Now in its sixth year, the Inter-House Arts Competition was eagerly anticipated as the four houses battled it out in the theatre on Sunday 18th October to be the winners of the coveted House Arts Shield. The theme of the event was ‘Celebrations’ coinciding with the 65th Anniversary of Concord. Teresa House were the winners and awarded the shield,
Students and staff Baked it Pink! and Wore it Pink! in aid of supporting breast cancer research and managed to raise over £550. Led by a Lower School group in Pankhurst House and supported by Charity Club and Dr Pugh the cake sale was a great success and staff and students wore pink clothes, wore pink wigs or had their hair sprayed pink to join in with the fun.
Concord students enjoyed the annual fun at Halloween this year with a Haunted House to raise money for charity organised by the Outreach Society, a fancy dress competition and the Elisabeth House girls had a go at carving ghoulish pumpkins. Look at the photos if you dare!
Students and staff at Concord paid to come to work dressed in the pyjamas or a 'onesie' as part of a fundraising day to support the national UK charity Children in Need. Around £250 was rasised on the day and much fun was had as well.
A new event was added to the Inter-house trophy competition this year: the House Buggy Race. Each of the four houses entered a Lower School and a sixth form team whose task was to design and make a buggy that could complete the challenges set by Dr Garland. The team from Gandhi won the Lower School event and Teresa were the winners of the sixth form competition.
The fabulous end of term concerts, performed over two nights on the 20th and 21st November to students and guests, were a showcase for the musical, dramatic and dancing talents at Concord. Thank you to Mr Hudson and the Photography Club for the wonderful images.
Concord's annual Christmas Fayre was bigger and better this year with more stalls than ever before and a whole hall dedicated to food. Over 1000 members of the local community, staff and students enjoyed the afternoon shopping and browsing the local trade stalls in the Sports Halls and also being entertained by some festive music in the Main Hall where there was also the opportunity to have afternoon tea! Over £1000 was also raised in support of the Xavier Project which provides education for refugees in Uganda.
On Saturday 29th November students at Concord attended the annual Christmas Dinner where they enjoyed a delicious meal in the Dining Hall and a visit from Santa, some festive jokes and some competitive seasonal singing which was followed a special disco in the indoor marquee in the Sports Hall.