A group of students from Concord has just returned from a three week expedition to Madagascar. One of the teachers who accompanied the group, Dr. Phil Outram, described the highlights of the expedition from spending a night in a home for disadvantaged children to building a water tower in a village without running water.
New students enjoyed a warm welcome and four days of Induction activities before lessons started on 17th September. The Prefect team organised a variety of activities including games and fun events in the Sports Hall. They also taught the new students a dance which was videoed and then shown in the first assembly of term.
Cake definitely tasted better together on Friday 25th September at Concord when students and staff took part in the biggest coffee morning in the world! Teresa House led by Mr Arthur organised a cake sale in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and managed to raise £600 in just 20 minutes. Thank you to all staff and students who baked, bought and ate for this worthy cause.
Concord students enjoyed the chance to experience team building activities on the high ropes course during their induction at the start of term. Read more about their experiences at the Lower School Blog.
The annual International Food Fayre 2015 took place on Sunday 4th 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 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!
On Saturday 10th October, the first event of the Inter-house Trophy for 2015/16 took place. The former Road Race is now a proper Cross Country race with the course covering different terrain all around the school campus. The Lower School course was a mile in the length and the Sixth Form course 2 miles. On a beautiful autumnal morning nearly 350 students took part along with many staff and their families. Congratulation to the individual winners: Filip Skierski (Lower School boys), Lavine Liu (Lower School girls), Tempy Charoenvasadumrong (Sixth Form boys) and Jil Ong (Sixth Form girls) all of whom set new course records! Pankhurst were the winning team overall. Thank you to Mr Hudson and Photography Club for capturing the event.
Read more at the Lower School Blog.
Now in its seventh year, the Inter-House Arts Competition was eagerly anticipated as the four houses battled it out in the theatre on Saturday 24th October to be the winners of the coveted House Arts Shield. The theme of the event was ‘Reflection.' Teresa House were the winners and awarded the shield for the second year in a row. Thank you to Mr Hudson and Photography Club for the wonderful images.
Read more about the event at the Lower School Blog.
The Form 5 GCSE drama group performed their own scripted adaptation of RJ Palacio's novel Wonder as part of their assessed work this year. The hour long performance derived from work using physical theatre techniques and through teamwork, energy and creativity they successfully conveyed the important themes that the story investigates.
The fabulous end of term Winter Concerts, performed over two nights on the 26th and 27th November at the Concord theatre 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 once again a whole hall dedicated to food. Over 1500 members of the local community, staff and students enjoyed the afternoon shopping and browsing the local trade stalls in the Sports Halls or being entertained by some festive music in the Old Chapel and there was also the opportunity to have afternoon tea in the Main hall! Over £1000 was also raised for the Unicef camapaign to support refugee children.
The first German themed food market has been held at Concord. The Christmas treat for students and staff was the idea of recently appointed executive chef manager Stuart Penfold and involved a team of 25 chefs, waiters and waitresses. The delicious food inculded roasted salmon served with mustard, bratwursts accompanied by sauerkraut and German goulash. Thank you to Mr Hudson and Photography Club for the wonderful images.
On Saturday 5th December students at Concord attended the annual Christmas Dinner where they enjoyed a delicious meal in the Dining Hall followed by a visit from Santa and Rudolph, some festive jokes and seasonal singing.