Edna Ferber once said, “Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” This is exactly what Concord’s Christmas Dinner is about. Dressed in formal suits and beautiful dresses, teachers and students enjoyed a stunning meal prepared by the kitchen staff. The evening started with the reception in West End, where students were given a great opportunity to socialize and send snapshots of the night to their family back home.
The students then made their way to the dining hall, which was beautifully decorated with gifts and ornaments. Dinner began with a moment of grace, followed by horrible Christmas jokes from Mr Kerslake. The main course was a choice between four different dishes, including pan seared salmon and roasted turkey. A selection of deserts was also served, each garnished carefully to match the Christmas theme.
However, the night wasn’t all about food. There were quizzes to prove who knew most about Christmas, Santa running around the dining hall sharing sweets and my favourite part – carol singing. There was also a disco held in the West End after dinner, where an external DJ put together some modern hits.
The night will definitely become a fond memory to many students. It really reminds us how warm and close the Concord community can be, especially when we are a long, long way away from home.
Audrey Adeline 6.2
Following last year’s success, Concord’s proficient kitchen staff again succeeded in setting up the spectacular German Market. From pretzels to lamb goulash, a great variety of traditional German cuisines were prepared for both students and staff. It was a great opportunity for students to try dishes from another country, as many of us are from different parts of the world where German food is pretty rare. “This is my first time trying German food. It’s very different from the food we have back home, but I really like it!” says Claire, a 6.2 student from Singapore.
The German Market is only one of the many events that the kitchen staff put together this year. Some others include the Fajita Night, Sushi Day and Christmas Dinner. What I personally think is really special about this particular event is the cosy atmosphere it creates – students sat together in circles, creating a feeling of togetherness, which is just what we need before the busy week of exams and interviews ahead. Ultimately, there is only one word that best describes this year’s German Market: “Köstlich!”
Audrey Adeline 6.2