Concord’s

second ‘Christmas Staycation’

Thursday January 13, 2022

For the second year in a row, Concord remained open over the festive holiday period for those students unable to make it home due to Covid-19 and travel restrictions. Once again, the College successfully launched a ‘Christmas Staycation’ activity programme, ensuring students from all year groups had plenty to look forward to over Christmas and New Year. In fact, between 14th December and 9th January, the 94 ‘staycationers’ had the option of participating in a range of activities between 9am and 10pm every day – led by non-teaching staff, such as the Duty staff, Pastoral team and a group of 9 alumni ‘Christmas Assistants.’ The programme, organised by Pastoral Assistant Team Leader, Miss Sarah Leighton was a huge success. Activity highlights included Christmas flower arranging, a fused glass workshop, pop-pong, competitions such as chess, cards and console competitions on the PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch, in addition to off-site trips; shopping trips to Shrewsbury and Telford, activities at Netley Hall, a trip to the local trampoline park ‘Jump In’, and a visit to the hugely popular Cadbury World. On the 30th December, the College hosted a ‘Not Yet New Year’s Eve’ party with a disco and pizza night. Food was a notable highlight throughout the holiday, with a selection of catering vans for students’ evening meals, ranging from Chinese to traditional fish and chips. According to Miss Leighton, “Every night the College aimed to provide a different drinking delicacy too in the Main Hall – for instance, we had milkshakes, hot chocolate making, bubble tea, mulled apple juice. “In festive fashion, we had nibbles to accompany these, such as mince pies, and popcorn was available one evening in the Theatre, where we enjoyed a Christmas movie night, watching the renowned Home Alone film.” She added: “The feedback from the students has been that they really enjoyed the activity programme and staycation. They really appreciated the efforts of staff during what could have been a potentially difficult time over the festive period. “Huge thanks to all staff involved in hosting activities, helping with food and drinks and other allotted duties.” It was a first Concord Christmas experience for Principal, Dr Michael Truss, who started at the College in September 2021. He said: “The students who stayed for Christmas at Concord did so with good humour, and a spirit of great camaraderie. They took part in a wonderful range of activities superbly arranged by our tireless pastoral, duty and boarding staff, which even included a fused glass craft workshop. “Some of the loveliest moments were enjoyed in the evenings, though, with a log fire in Main Hall, games and lots of hot drinks and cakes. “While it was not a normal Christmas, it was one where happy and long-lasting memories were made.”