share their thoughts on Christmas at Concord

Friday December 25, 2020

Students at Concord have been telling what life is like as they spend Christmas away from their families. Davon and Emma in 6.2 were interviewed on Shropshire Radio on the Christmas Eve breakfast show. Both Davon and Emma discussed with radio presenter Adam Green how they had really been enjoying the opportunity to try out new board games such as Monopoly and Scrabble. For the first time in 14 years Acton Burnell-based Concord College has remained open for 130 students who have been unable to return home for the festive season. “We have brought Christmas to Concord,” said Head of Marketing Mrs Vanessa Hawkins. “An activity programme has been running from December 8 and there’s something going on from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm every day. “Naturally, we still have duty staff, including medical team, boarding/pastoral teams and catering and we have two ‘bubbles’ – Lower School and Sixth Form.” A wide variety of activities for students to enjoy include sports drop-ins, arts and crafts, games, exotic animal visit, takeaway nights, carols on the doorstep, a calendar of Christmas movies each night and a snow machine. A dedicated temporary marquee, with extra space for Covid-19 safety, has been turned into a grotto with Christmas lights and in addition Concord has set up a mini bowling alley, a real dry ice-skating rink and games. Christmas lunch was on Christmas Eve and there was a Christmas Day walk, whilst activities at the college will continue until January 3. Said Davon who is from Indonesia: “At first, you feel a bit sad because you are not with family at Christmas. “Then you realise a lot of your friends are staying as well so it might not be so bad after all. We really appreciate all the effort that has been put in. The teachers have sacrificed their holidays as well. “We are very happy and still keep in touch with family at home.” Emma, who is from Singapore, said there was a ‘good spirit’ with students all keeping busy with various activities. “It is a privilege to stay on campus at this time and the school is doing really well keeping us busy and entertained.” She added: “The school year has been strange and very different, but fortunately the structure has kept largely the same.” Davon is pictured playing at Carols on the Doorstep on 16th December.