Four lucky students from Concord College were invited to Beijing this summer as guests of Beijing’s top performing high school, the renowned ‘Beijing No.4’.
Rares Bojescu, Millie Farquhar, Elizabeth Jenkins, and Boris Tam (all Form 4) enjoyed ten days as part of a cultural exchange programme, entirely funded by the Beijing Municipal Education Commission who are seeking to improve the cultural links between China and the rest of the world.
As part of their induction week, the new students starting in September 2011 enjoyed fun and games in the Sports Hall led by the Prefect Team.
On the first weekend in October Form 5, accompanied by their teachers, enjoyed a weekend of canoeing on the River Wye with an overnight camp. It is part of their Outdoor Education programme for the year and they certainly benefitted from the wonderful weather that we have been experiencing over the last few weeks.
Students and staff gathered for the second annual International Food Fayre on Sunday 9th October. With the societies from China, Malaysia, Africa, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, Spain, Eastern Europe, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan and GB, there was something for everyone to enjoy from cream teas to chicken curry. The students did all the shopping, cooking and cleaning up themselves!
The annual Concord engineering challenge took the form of designing the fastest propeller driven buggy this year. The competitions, one for Lower School and the other for the Sixth Form, were held over two nights in the theatre in front of excited audiences. The Lower School winners were Vincent Chan, Johnny Lam, Jetmond Ma, Boris Tam with The Bug that completed the course in 5.12 seconds and the Sixth Form winners were Eythan Goh, Guo Yao Chin, Jasni Basuki, Andrew Yee with Buggy Sensei that completed the course in 3.47 seconds.
Now in its third year, the Inter-House Arts Competition was eagerly anticipated as the four houses (Lie, Hammers, U-Thant and Waldheim) battled it out in the theatre on Sunday 23rd October to be the next winners of the coveted House Arts Shield. The standard of the performances was extremely high and the different interpretations even within each category made the evening a true Variety Show. U-Thant were the winners in this keenly contested event which is now one of the highlights of the Inter-house Trophy Competition.
On Friday 4th November the first ever Lower School Extravaganza showcased the musical, singing and dancing talents of Concord’s Lower school students. Performing in front of a packed audience of parents, staff and students highlights of the evening were Zoe Mountford performing Summer from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on an electric violin, Stephanie Ngai on the xylophone and a group performance of The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Everyone enjoyed the evening so much they wanted to know when the next Lower school concert would be!
On Saturday November 5th students at Concord enjoyed an evening of Halloween fun including a mini Fun Fair, Haunted House, fireworks and a fancy dress disco. There were some superb costumes on display.
The Concord Christmas Concert 2011 was performed over two nights in November and showcased the extraordinary talents of the students in music, dance and drama. The evenings also raised nearly £800 for Children in Need and Pudsey visited the college to thank the Charity Club!
After the success of last year’s event, Concord held its second annual Christmas Fayre on Sunday 20th November. With nearly 40 stalls in the indoor marquee in the Sports hall and Main Hall, it was a fabulously festive event offering some great retail therapy on a cold winter afternoon!
On Saturday 3rd December students at Concord attended the annual Christmas Dinner where they enjoyed a delicious meal in the Dining Hall and the chance to dress up. The meal was followed by a special disco in the indoor marquee in the Sports Hall.