creates its first-ever non-traditional school photo

Tuesday August 4, 2020

The end of last week marked a historic moment for the college: the completion of Concord’s first-ever non-traditional school photo, to be displayed in the Main Hall. The annual whole-school photo usually takes place in early May time around the national bank holiday. Students would ordinarily meet behind Main Hall in the masses following lunch, gathering in queues of height order, ready to march on the large staging in front of Acton Burnell castle. However, due to COVID-19, all students flew or travelled home before the UK introduced a national lockdown in March, continuing their studies and Concord experience remotely. Whilst the occasion to ‘dress up’ and pose with friends and staff was certainly missed by all at the college, it was agreed that Concord would still go ahead with a photo – as the college has framed original photos every year dating back to 1982 and has not missed one. After discussing numerous ideas, it was decided by Principal Mr Neil Hawkins that students should submit their own photo (or use their admissions photo), to be included as part of an extensive collage, containing all 594 students in the 2019-2020 academic year, as pictured above. Click here to view the photo as a PDF. Many thanks to New Era Printing for the creation of this wonderful and unique school photo. A huge thank you to students for submitting photos prior to the end of term and to Concord’s Admissions Secretary, Miss Karen Pike and SIMS Officer, Ms Emmeline Cureton for organising communications and photos for the project. With the college expecting to re-open to all boarders and day students in September, staff and students can soon view this photo collage in person. The photo will be showcased upstairs in Concord’s Main Hall, alongside the other school photos – marking a notable year in history, for the college, and a unique school ending for the Class of 2020.