Spring Term 2015

A group of Concord students enjoyed a two day Model United Nations (MUN) Conference at Lady Eleanor Holles School in Twickenham at the end of January where two of the Concord delegates (Andrea Solis and Nick Ong) won 'Outstanding Contribution' awards.

The seventh annual Concord Fashion Show which was bigger and better than ever, took place at the on Saturday 7th February in a new and improved venue.  For the first time it featured a professional style catwalk inside the indoor marquee in the Sports Hall with an audience of 400! Thank you to  Mr Hudson and the Photography Club for the wonderful images.

On 10th February Form 3 enjoyed a performance of The Muddy Choir in the Concord theatre followed by a drama workshop which took place in the West End.  The play which is set in the First World War follows the fortunes of three friends as they try to survive life in the trenches.  The drama workshop led by the actors focused on exploring the dynamics of the interactions of the three characters with games and techniques to improve the students' drama skills.

Over 200 students celebrated Chinese New Year in Birmingham on 14th February with a delicious traditional meal and of course some shopping! Read more at the Sixth Form blog. http://www.concordcollegeuk.com/sixthformblog/

A group of Concord students,accompanied by a small team of staff, enjoyed an exciting trip to New York over the half term break. The trip was a joint venture between the Art Department and Mr Wilson who co-ordinates US university applications at Concord.  Over five days the students visited many of the iconic sights of the city as well as visiting museums and art galleries or New York University, Yale and Princeton.

Concord's Eco Club held an Earth Hour event on Sunday 1st March. Although the official  global Earth Hour will be later in the month, Concord students joined together for a lights-off hour long concert (except for a single spotlight) in the West End to support the campaign uniting people to protect the planet. They used the power of music to 'change climate change.'

Students and staff joined in the Red Nose Day fun on Friday 13th March raising £133 as part of the national charity fundraising day for Comic Relief by selling red noses and indulging in a little face painting to make themselves 'look funny for money!'

The annual Spring concert ‘Music and dance from around the World’ was once again a superb spectacle that delighted the audience with the talent and energy of the performers. Over 250 students from Concord took part in the concert. Thank you to Mr Hudson and the Photography Club for the images taken at the dress rehearsal here in the Concord Theatre.

Concord students performed the annual International Concert at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury on March 15th in front of an audience of over 600 including the Mayor of Shrewsbury, local Rotarians and members of the Shropshire Federation of Women's Institutes. It was a colourful and spectacular evening showcasing music and dance from around the world.  The concert also raised a significant sum of money for charities supported by Rotary and the WI.

Over 500 students and staff at Concord witnessed the 90.8% solar eclipse on Friday 20th March. Among those watching were nine students in form four who are the first group to study GCSE astronomy at the college.

Students in Form 5 studying Drama at GCSE performed three short plays in the Concord theatre on 18th March as part of their assessed work.  The plays (Five Beaches, Arbeit Mach Frei and Kindertransport) were focused at different aspects of World War 2. It was an entertaining and thought provoking evening.

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