Frank Bell Prize winners announced

Thursday June 10, 2021

As the end of term approaches, the college has been celebrating another year of students’ successes, including the announcement of this year’s Frank Bell Prize winners. The Frank Bell Prize (and Junior Frank Bell Prize) is the premier prize awarded at Concord College. Students are nominated by staff for their excellence in any or many aspects of college life; They will have contributed generously to the life of the college while setting high standards academically and setting an example to others. In essence, the prize is awarded to the two students who best embody ‘the ethos of Concord’. To receive a nomination is a very high honour – and to win the prize is an extraordinary achievement. Every year, amongst a handful of competitive nominations and accompanying citations from staff, one male and one female from both the Lower School and Sixth Form will win the prize, selected by Principal, Mr Neil Hawkins and Head of Lower School, Mrs Rachel Coward. The Junior Frank Bell Prize for 2021 was awarded to Form 5 students, Megan and Bee. Megan is the very epitome of a Concordian. She is hard working, dedicated and talented, unfailingly respectful, decent, and kind. Her teachers attest to her fine attitude and outstanding achievement.  Kind, caring and compassionate, Megan has continued to help anyone who needs support. This year she has taken the lead with Outreach and has been commended for being the student upon whom staff have come to depend to coordinate and complete even the most challenging of tasks – and does so always with a smile and in her own inimitable style. Bee embodies the ethos of Concord and is seen to live it out in all his dealings with others: in the boarding residence, in lessons and all around the college. Kindness personified, Bee puts in significant effort to boost the morale of others, no matter the activity. Mature, gentle and inquisitive with a passion for learning, he is always engaged in lessons and has been willing to help when necessary. He has been a stand-out role model to the younger years, managing to make a fine impression even despite year group bubbles. He is regarded by all as an inspirational House Captain. In the Sixth Form, 6.2 students Jasmine and Davon were winners of the Frank Bell Prize. Jasmine is a model Concordian. She is unfailingly polite, kind, considerate, rigorous and positive in everything she does. She never allows her own aims and ambitions to stop her looking out for her peers and contributing to the college more broadly. Her work with Medical Society and Eco-Club highlight the breadth of her contributions, but she has also shown a willingness to help others in every aspect of her Concord life. One member of staff echoes the thoughts of many of us by saying ‘Jasmine makes me feel like this planet will be OK.’ And lastly, Davon. Davon embodies all that Concord aims to stand for. He is a kind, mature and highly impressive student who has pursued excellence in both his academic studies and his musical interests in a quiet, determined and highly disciplined manner. He has involved himself in many aspects of College life including performing regularly for assemblies on both the piano and organ, leading discussions in the Maths Society and participating in House competitions. His amazing talent is balanced by humility and great kindness. He has undoubtedly made Concord a better place during his time with us. Staff and students can read the full prize-winning citations on display in Main Hall. Congratulations to this year’s winners!