Thursday September 23, 2021

The Enrichment Fayre was held on Monday afternoon and students from all year groups enjoyed finding out about the wide range of clubs, societies, and activities on offer. The Enrichment programme is an important part of life at Concord and plays a vital role in helping students to stay healthy and happy and to achieve their goals. The Sports Hall was a hive of activity and Concordians took every opportunity to broaden their knowledge, interests, and skills, to have some fun and make new friends from across the form groups. Dr Phil Outram, Concord’s Assistant Principal (Enrichment) said: “A huge range of activities were advertised, a large proportion of which are organised and run by the students themselves. “ Staff and Sixth Form leaders ran stalls for over 30 of the options, enthusiastically explaining their activity and encouraging fellow students to sign up. Activities on offer ranged from MedSoc and Debating to Art and Architecture, History and International Relations to crafting and Duke of Edinburgh Award. Some activities are focussed on future study and careers such as finding out about SATs and subject societies for Engineering, Medicine and Law. There are action groups providing the chance to get involved with supporting charitable causes and raising awareness of issues such as climate change and inclusivity. Students can join in with sports such as Basketball, Netball, Football, Hockey and Tennis and can sign up to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh programme. Other possibilities include helping to produce the College magazine, developing their public speaking skills or meeting to watch and discuss films or Formula 1, build LEGO or play chess. The value to students of pursuing a range of interests was emphasised by Dr Outram who said: “Extra-curricular activities provide a chance to try new things, learn new skills, enrich understanding of academic subjects well beyond the content taught in lessons, improve self-confidence, keep fit and healthy, make friends, and have fun, and we encourage students to make the most of the wealth of opportunities on offer.”