Well done to all competitors for their efforts in making this another exciting event.
We witnessed another remarkable run from Suzie Reid, who won the senior girls event and Polly Peate (pictured) rounded off a successful afternoon for Victoria.
In the boys events we saw two very close races with Jolyon Summers beating Alex Lawrence in the junior boys and then Charlie Bullen for Garrett seeing off Charlie Green in the seniors to take the honours.
‘There are Maasai Warriors taking tea in the dining room!’ This was overheard in the College corridors last Wednesday when we enjoyed the privilege of a visit from a Osiligi Maasai Warrior Dance Troupe.
The group entertained the students in the afternoon and then performed for FramSoc in the evening. The audience was captivated. This small group of Maasai leave their young families and community in Kenya for four weeks every year, coming to England to share their singing, dancing, whistling and extraordinary jumping. The proceeds from their ten tours have enabled them over time to provide clean water and build a new school with qualified teachers for their community.
Nobody can have gone home at the end of this exhilarating evening without feeling both moved and humbled by this small troupe’s large hearts, great faith, warm friendliness and incredible bounce! Our thanks go to everyone who came along; their generous support has meant that the troupe were able to leave us with over £700 to take back to their Maasai Community.
The Chapel at Framlingham College was packed on Friday 27th September for a service of thanksgiving for Major General Jack Dye who died aged 93 earlier in the year. Over 450 guests attended including his widow Jean and over 40 family members, The Lord Lieutenant and Lady Tollemache, a number of Deputy Lieutenants of Suffolk, many representatives of the Royal Anglian Regiment, current and former Governors of Framlingham College and many friends and colleagues. The service was led by chaplains from the Regiment and the College and moving tributes were given by Andrew Fane, Chairman of Governors, the Revd. Canon William Sayer and General Dye’s grandson Christopher Pattinson, a former College pupil. His great granddaughter Annabel Pattinson sang a moving solo of ‘God be in my head’ and the College Chamber Choir sang Purcell’s ‘Thou knowest Lord’.
Jack Dye was born in Great Yarmouth and served in the Royal Norfolk Regiment taking part with distinction in the D-Day landings in June 1944 and in Aden in 1964. He was the GOC Eastern District from 1969 to 1971 and Colonel Commandant of the Queen’s Division from 1970 to 1974. After leaving the army he became a Governor of Framlingham College for 38 years and attended Governors’ meetings right up until his death. He was Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk from 1983 to 1994 and enjoyed farming strawberries and asparagus and ran two shoots until the end of his life. ‘He was a truly remarkable man, having shown great bravery in his Army career, and a great ability to bring out the best in everyone and was held in great affection by all who knew him ‘ said Paul Taylor, Headmaster of Framlingham College. ‘The number of guests who attended the service is a testament to Jack’s popularity and although he is sadly missed so many have benefited from his wisdom, kind nature and advice and we shall remain eternally grateful for all that he did throughout his long life for the Regiment, Framlingham College and the County of Suffolk’.
Below: Major General Dye unveiling a plaque in January 2013 in memory of a former Headmaster of Framlingham College.
Bob Digby, ex teacher and author, and past president of the Geographical Association, outlined the legacies of past Olympic Games and explained how London, despite being underdogs, won the bid in 2005 on a promise of regeneration.
Fabulous images captured the environmental transformation from derelict warehouses and wasteland to a green, sustainable site. Measures even included importing worms to the site to clean the top soil. The proposed legacy was outlined and pupils were pleased to hear that they can swim in the Olympic pool for £3.50. The determination to provide a legacy was clear. The economic regeneration was evident despite concerns that east Londoners might be pushed out of the area because of inward migration. Although the amount of social housing was less than originally planned, Bob Digby remained optimistic about the Games’ legacy especially compared with other recent Olympics.
He hoped that our pupils’ generation would continue to talk about the 2012 Olympics and drown out those still harking back to the 1966 World Cup!
On Thursday 19th September, Marc Morris, author and historian, made what has become his annual visit to Framlingham to share his expertise on castles and medieval history. On a miserably wet afternoon, he gave two hour-long sessions to groups of Year 11 students poised to begin Controlled Assessments on the Castle: we regretted the lack of cover within the curtain wall, but Dr Morris’ lively and accessible delivery, with academic expertise lightly worn, again won over his students towards an enquiring approach to their subject. In the evening, the talk on Edward I, a great and terrible king, was equally engaging, a good case being made for this crusader, conqueror of the Welsh, father of 18 legitimate children, 15 by his beloved queen Eleanor, and would-be conqueror of the Scots. It was pleasing that not only students but also a good number of other parents and friends of the College were able to make up an appreciative audience for this excellent presentation.
Last week, our Senior Deputy Head and Double Olympian, Mrs Susan Webber visited Taverham Hall to do a couple of hockey coaching sessions with the girls U9, U11 and U13 teams. Mrs Webber who participated at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and captained South Africa at the 2004 Olympics in Athens thoroughly enjoyed the coaching session with this talented group of girls. Mrs Webber was able to teach the students some of the basics of the game and they all were honoured to take notes from the expert.
William is to be heartily congratulated for achieving such outstanding A level results; 4 A* and an A is a remarkable achievement! As his Housemaster, I know how hard William has worked for this success and he has now put himself in an excellent position for his application to read Economics at Cambridge University following his Gap Year. However, William is more than just a talented academic. He was heavily involved in Rendlesham and as my Deputy Head of House was pivotal in its smooth running and successes over the year, of which there were many. William deserves great credit for the way in which he effectively balanced his studies with a whole host of extra- curricular activities. He achieved the gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, a notable achievement in itself, and rose to the rank of sergeant in our CCF. William is a talented rifle man and he led the College shooting team with aplomb. William now embarks on a Gap Year and will soon be departing for the Far East, starting with work in a financial services firm; it is also typical of him that he has taken it upon himself to learn Mandarin whilst out there. I have no doubt that William will continue to make great strides in whatever he does and his future is very bright indeed.
On Saturday 14th September, Framlingham College hosted their annual Pre-Season U11 and U13 Prep Schools Rugby Festival. This festival attracts over 250 boys and it gives coaches and players the opportunity to play 5-6 games and to enjoy themselves without the pressure of playing for a trophy. Brandeston Hall, Barnardiston Hall, Holmwood House, Widford Lodge, Orwell Park, Old Buckenham Hall, Taverham Hall, The Abbey and St. Johns, Cambridge all took part in the day.
Framlingham College’s Director of Sport, Simon Sinclair said, “I was delighted with the standard of rugby and it was great to see so many boys enjoying the festival. This is the third year we have hosted and it gives the boys an opportunity to get plenty of rugby before the season starts.”