“A night that captured the essence of Concord”

Amidst all the busy activities and stress from the upcoming exams, students from Concord’s Form 5 BTEC group put together a spectacular concert— from managing the light and sound controls to holding rigorous auditions— in support of the Make-A-Wish foundation. This event could not have been more meaningful as students across all forms came together in support of a worthy cause, to cheer their friends on as well as celebrating the hard work of the students who have painstakingly put everything together.

As an audience member, it was truly a wonderful experience as I was able to enjoy a wide range of acts— from singing, to dancing, and even “mind-blowing” magicians. I remember being so utterly amazed by the high standard of performances. The singers hit pitch-perfect notes time and time again as they sung their hearts out to Disney classics and The Greatest Showman pieces. In addition, the dynamic dances left me in awe as each and every move was executed with such great detail and finesse. It was also extremely heart-warming to see so many different groups of students step forward to perform, from solo acts to sibling bands. The performers truly gave it their all to put on the best possible show for the rest of the college. To top it all off, the loud cheers from the audience made the atmosphere indescribable.

Personally, I really enjoyed the night and felt that it truly captured the essence of our college. Students at Concord are extremely diverse, not only in terms of cultural backgrounds, but also in terms of skills and interests. The fact that the performers were so passionate about putting on a good show reflects how we go far beyond solely harping on the looming exams to share our talents, spur our friends on and support a great cause. The incredible community that we have established in the college indeed shone through that night, and it felt like we were one big family coming together to have a great time.

Michelle – 6.1

A bit of Comic Relief for Concord

On Friday 15th of March, the college opened itself up to a bit of Comic Relief before the stress of the looming examinations made itself known.

Red Nose Day was a huge success, with varying levels of participation; some took to the corridors of Concord wearing what they ‘rolled out of bed’ in. Concord students had the chance to prance around in their pyjamas to their hearts’ content for one day.

And prance they did. From silky sleepwear sets to brightly coloured onesies. They all gathered in the dining hall over tea and biscuits at break to commemorate the momentous occasion with a big group photograph, with wide smiles and pride in their pyjamas. Red noses were all around, those who didn’t dress up enjoyed seeing those who participated, and donated money to the Comic Relief fund.

Henry in Form 5, who sported a bright yellow Pikachu onesie on the day said: “I thought it was fun to dress up, everyone had a laugh anyway, for a good cause.”

I certainly enjoyed seeing everyone dress up (or not get out of their sleep clothes) even if I didn’t myself. I still sported a bright red nose with a funny face and donated some money to help out the cause.

Overall, the benefit of laughter and light-hearted fun enabled Concord to raise a whopping £540 and counting… A big well done to everyone who took part and donated, I’m sure the donations will be greatly appreciated and helpful.

Ruth – 6.1


Macmillan Coffee Morning 2018

On 28th September, Concord College participated in “The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” in the Dining Hall during break time. It’s a fundraising event initiated by Macmillan Cancer Support, with the goal of helping those with cancer to live a life as fully as they can. In Concord, the event is run annually by Teresa House. We are in charge of organising the event, baking and then selling the food to other members of the college. As the Teresa House Captain, I was actively involved in helping out. Participating members spent the days leading up to this event baking scrumptious desserts of all kinds – muffins, chocolate cakes, cookies, flapjacks, gooey brownies – you name it, we baked it! We were also kindly sponsored by Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, who provided us with drool-worthy doughnuts to sell. Through this annual event, we hope to raise awareness that those living with cancer should be treated as equally as anyone else, rather than merely patients, and they are deserving of every bit of help we are capable of providing.

Larissa – 6.2