Monitor Games 2022
The Lower School Monitor Games
On 8th – 9th September in Sports Hall 2, the LS monitor team organized a diverse set of exciting games for the new F3s and F4s! All the monitors, despite their fatigue, were delighted to welcome the new LS students into Concord’s wonderful community. Although some games proved to be more popular than others, the overall planning and execution of the event was a huge success, and the vast majority of students provided positive feedback post-event. Mrs Coward, the Head of Lower School, even commented that it was ‘the best year of monitor games we‘ve ever had’ in her 8 years as Head of Lower School!
On Thursday, there were a total of 13 stations; 1-2 monitors would host a group game, and 13 groups of students took turns going from one station to another. One of the most unforgettable games was Noodles And Plates: this involved four players, each with a polyfoam noodle in one hand and a plate in the other. They were to compete against one another until three players dropped their plates, in which case the remaining player would win. It was arguably the most intense game among all others and attracted the attention of many students, despite it’s simplicity. Though some students were exhausted and uninterested in the game, they were content watching their peers playing. Nevertheless, it offered a unique twist to the other ‘more typical’ monitor games, and most students had lots of fun that evening.
On Friday, the event began with another cycle of 10 group games followed by two big games: Dodgeball and Capture The Flag. Dodgeball was quite chaotic, with students throwing balls everywhere in the Sports Hall. Reid Cao (F5), the cameraman, complained how difficult it was to traverse the court in order to take photos from differing angles. Finally, the event ended with the clapping ceremony, which has been an annual tradition in the history of monitor games. It involved a setup that allowed each participant to high-five all other participants; the ceremony went on for about 20 minutes. Despite several students complaining about the tedious nature of the ceremony, this was a significant improvement from the torturous 40 minutes last year.
Inter-boarding house fun sports!
On the 21st of March 2014, Concord College held their annual Sport Relief games in Concord College’s second sports hall. The atmosphere was amazing and many of the students were enthralled by the fact that we were going to have some games and fun, but really because we got to miss first prep. There were also some charity items that you could buy which included cakes and ice cream and I’m sure the charities would’ve been overjoyed after they had seen the amount of money they got from selling them.
Each team was divided by boarding house eg Bell House, Red House and others joined together, so Broadlands and Main House joining together became the Mainlanders. To add spice to the events, some houses decided to be different and so they came to the sports hall in some of the weirdest costumes, with Bell house boys winning that event with the students coming in white shirts and the Bell House name spelt on their stomachs and the house parents Mr Bill and Dr Pugh coming there dressed in banana costumes….
The target this year was for a team to finally beat the Day Students as they’ve been winning it since it ever started and we were in for a show. It started off with the sack race, which is always a delight to watch as many people step up to the plate and show us their impressive diving techniques. We also had the leapfrog game, which ended up giving people a lot of minor injuries and some people just can’t jump. There were many other games that were played and overall proved to be an amazing time and worth everyone’s efforts. Finally, to everyone’s surprise, the Day Students failed to win for the first time ever and the trophy went to Bell House (boys & girls) and I’m sure the Day students received a lot of stick. The games were finally over but then there was a sudden change from happiness to worry as everyone had finally remembered that they had Saturday tests the next day!
Visit the Concord website for some great images of this event: http://concordcollegeuk.com/news-and-events/sport-relief-2014-gallery/
Damilola Oyusanya Form 4