Students address hopes for the year ahead

Wednesday September 15, 2021

Before Mr Neil Hawkins’ recent departure as Principal, he announced the college’s new Head Prefects (Head Students) for the new academic year, 2021-2022. In an email to the staff and student body, Mr Hawkins said: “After the process of staff nominations, student nominations and interviews, I have reached a decision on the appointment of new Head Students for 2021-22. “All the candidates interviewed had some thought-provoking ideas and showed great character as well as commitment to the college community. “Congratulations to the following who have been appointed as Head Prefects for 2021-22: Barney Cansdale Chloe-Nicole Low “I am sure that Barney and Chloe-Nicole will continue to have a positive impact on the college and those around them and demonstrate the values of being true Concordians.” Barney, a British Day Student, has been at Concord since Form 3 and has held numerous positions of responsibility, such as Day Student Monitor in the Lower School, a Library Prefect since Form 4, and President of SpeakSoc since Form 5. He was also the recipient of Concord’s Junior Frank Bell Prize during Form 5 – the college’s premier prize for excellence, awarded to the students ‘who best embody the ethos of Concord.’ When asked what Concord means to him, he said: “Concord has really been like a community for me the past few years. It's always felt like a safe and supportive environment to learn and mature. “Everyone is very friendly and always willing to go the extra mile to help which makes such a difference. “Academically, Concord is such a stimulating place where I've always felt challenged but supported by teachers, and we’re treated with respect and maturity which creates a good learning environment.” Speaking of his hopes for the year ahead, Barney said: “I'm really hopeful that we can give students the full Concord experience, with the return of all the extra-curricular activities such as House Arts and House Sports events. “It's these that give people the opportunity to develop their skills or try their hand at something new, as well as making some lifelong memories with friends. “I'm also hopeful that we can add some new House events to the Concord calendar – The students here are talented in so many different ways so it’s important that we nurture and reflect this.” “It will be good to be able to have the whole school participate and share in each other's successes as well, rather than the separation of year group ‘bubbles’. Chloe-Nicole, who joined Concord’s Form 4 in 2018 was a Lead Monitor and Student Listener in Lower School, and was the other recipient of Concord's prestigious Junior Frank Bell Prize. She currently holds the position of Vice-President of Outreach and is also a Biology Subject Mentor. She added: “I hope there will be minimal disruption to learning and that we can overcome adversity, celebrating the ‘small wins’, and support one another as we have done so well this past year. “I personally want to make the most of every moment at Concord – as this is my final year. “Concord has been my home from home, and it’s been a privilege to board and study at this beautiful campus, surrounded by my peers from around the world and supported by staff who truly want the very best for you. “Concord is truly a place like no other.”