Concord’s

6.2 Ball was ‘a night to remember’ for fledging sixthformers

Wednesday May 22, 2019

Concord’s annual 6.2 Ball was ‘a night to remember’ for the sixth form students set to leave Concord in the summer, ready to embark on the next stage of their education. Over 170 6.2 students attended the ball – the last formal occasion for the senior students moving on from Concord – and it was a time to celebrate the success of this very talented group of young people, and to reflect upon their achievements. Concord’s Sports Hall was transformed into a beautifully decorated ball room, featuring 25 dinner tables, a chocolate fountain, a candy cart, two themed photo-booths and a dance floor. The evening commenced with group photos outside, followed by a short welcome by Principal Mr Neil Hawkins and champagne cocktails. A speech was also given by Head Girl, Alisar. Speaking of her experience, Alisar said: “It was an unforgettable experience for me and an incredible opportunity to say a few final words on stage. “I felt how a bee must feel as it carries pollen back to the hive, a part of something bigger than myself. “Looking around the room, I realised that this was the beginning of a new chapter, not only in my life, but in the lives of the people I had spent five of my formative years with – and this moment will live with me forever. “I cannot express enough the gratitude I feel for the privilege to have been a student and Head Girl at Concord, but then again, Concord has taught me that it's okay not to have all the words.” Concord’s Vice Principal (Academic), Mr Tom Lawrence headed the academic prize giving, whilst the Chairman of Trustees, Dr Iain Bride presented the Frank Bell Prize, before students and staff enjoyed a three course meal. Vincent and Chloe were the winners of the Frank Bell Prize – the premier prize at Concord, awarded to one boy and one girl in 6.2 who have contributed most generously to the life of the college, while setting high standards academically and providing an example to others. In essence, the prize is awarded to the two students who best embody ‘the ethos of Concord’. Reflecting on the award, Chloe said: “I was so thrilled and really pleasantly surprised. It’s such a big deal, which I didn’t expect. I was happy to be nominated and I am really grateful. “I have loved my time at Concord and it has definitely exceeded my expectations.” Said Vincent: “I was very honoured to be chosen because there were really strong competitors. I am very glad I was chosen because it feels like an award for the wider community I represent.” The 6.2 academic prize-winners were: Art – Donna; Biology – Ze Ping; Chemistry – Natalie; Economics – Mikhail; English – Leah (Li-Ann); EPQ Practical – Thomas; EPQ Dissertation – Mia; Geography – Lavine; History – Roman; MFL – Jenny; Applied Maths – Olivia; Pure Maths – Kevin; Music – Chloe; Physics – Thomas. A small group of Concord’s 6.2 students also presented a band arrangement on the night, performing a traditional Irish folk song, as well as a popular ‘mashup’ of current chart pop songs, before students enjoyed a disco to conclude the event. Said Mrs Emily Purvis and Mr Simon Bannister, Concord’s Events Team: “The ball was live streamed, so families of students could watch the wonderful culmination of their children’s Concord journey. Over 500 people watched the event from 14 different countries. “An awful lot of work goes into creating this fantastic event, and we’d like to extend our gratitude to the catering, estates, grounds and domestic teams for all their efforts. “We will certainly miss this year’s 6.2 students and wish them well with their future endeavours. With thoughts already turning to the 2020 ball event, next year’s 6.2s will be the biggest cohort yet.” View a selection of photos from the night by clicking here. See how Concord's sports hall was transformed into the ball room, below: