Framlingham rocks on a friday night!

The Inaugural Fram Rock Gig took place on Friday, 24 February, with 5 groups putting in some memorable performances. The evening was the first of its kind to take place in the school, and Pauls Court had 150 pupils and staff enjoying a mix of soft rock, ballads and heavy metal.

The evening was a huge success and everyone paid £1 which was split between the charities that the school raises money for as well as the Suffolk Carers, which is a Charity that Ruthie Henshall is Patron of. Some of you may remember that Ruthie popped in and listened to the choir rehearsing (much to the excitement of the pupils and staff) as well as take a tour of the school.

The pupils thought it would be nice to donate half of the money to her charity. As the evening came to a close, pupils and staff alike were heard to be enthusiastically talking about the different bands and when the next Rock Night would be. Hopefully not too far away!

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UKMT Intermediate Maths Team Challenge

On Thursday, 23 February, (a surprisingly warm and sunny afternoon), Framlingham College was proud to host the East Anglia regional heat of the UKMT Intermediate Maths Team Challenge.

Twenty-two schools took part, each with four pupils from Years 8 or 9. The day consisted of four rounds, the last taking the form of a relay race.

Our combined team from the College and Brandeston Hall were the overall victors and congratulations go to our team members, who were William Wright, Isaac Chan (Y9), Alasdair Goodhead and George Donsworth (Y8). The team of Hugo Fairbanks Weston, Lily Cartmell (Y8), Charlie Warren and Samantha Blackman (Y9) were placed 14th overall.

All participating pupils received a small prize, with the top three teams each receiving a UKMT certificate from the Headmaster, Paul Taylor.

The top team will go on to compete in the national finals in London on June 18th, and this will take place at the Lindley Hall in Westminster.

Charity Work

Claire Walker Completes Work In Tanzania

During half-term, Framlingham College Year 12 student, Claire Walker travelled by herself to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

Claire went via Doha and a rural town in the mountains called Iringa taking 9 hours by bus! Claire stayed with several other people in a large house owned by Gap Medics. She spent five days working in a Church-funded hospital called Tosamaganga.

Claire said, “It was extremely basic but I was able to see a wide variety of tropical diseases not normally seen in England. I was on the Internal Medicine Wards and the Surgery Department, so I was able to see cases of TB, malaria and meningitis and even a caesarean section! We were also given medical lectures from the doctors at the hospital on topics such as congestive cardiac failure.

In our spare time we visited an orphanage where most of the children had lost their parents to HIV. Despite this, they appeared amazingly resilient and friendly. It was a pleasure to be able to spend time with the children. I also visited an ancient site near an old gorge which was stunning. There were also many mountains and spectacular scenery in all directions and I had the opportunity to visit a Masai market where you could buy paintings and local handicrafts. I feel privileged to have had this amazing opportunity to visit Tanzania and the memories will stay with me forever.”

Everyone at Framlingham College is extremely proud of Claire and George Castle for spending their own time to make a difference to something they both believe in.

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George Castle Completes Work Experience In India

Year 12 student George Castle has just returned from spending his half-term break acquiring work experience in Rajasthan, northern India, to gain insight into the work of doctors in the Indian healthcare system.

He shadowed the Internal Medicine and Intensive Care teams of the Goyal hospital in Jodhpur, and also observed General Surgery there. The hospital outpatient work included exposure to patients suffering from chest conditions like emphysema and tuberculosis. This experience also enables him to gain an ASDAN Universities Award.

India is impoverished. A third of the world’s poor live in India, more than the 26 poorest African nations combined. Also 42% of India’s children below the age of three are malnourished, almost twice the 28% of sub-Saharan Africa. India is ranked third in the world among the countries with the most number of HIV infected people.

George also spent time at the local orphanage, and attended five local Hindu wedding ceremonies.

Jodhpur is a bustling city of magnificent palaces, colourful temples and ancient forts. George travelled 25 minutes to the hospital each day by three-wheeled auto-rickshaw, witnessing many accidents on their chaotic roads, and also avoiding collisions with the wandering sacred cattle, camels and elephants.

It was an incredible experience, mixing different cultures, cuisine and language.

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Rendlesham House Dinner 2012

On Saturday 4th January, the Rendlesham boys held their annual House Dinner in the dining hall at Framlingham College.

After they were treated to Jazz from the Southworth Band, a delightful three-course meal was on offer including ‘wrap your own’ Hoisin Pancakes, a Brisket of Beef and a Trio of Mini-Deserts. Tom Hampson wowed everyone with his juggling exploits to music. For his finale Tom had five juggling balls on the go at one time!

The Rendlesham boys and guests were then given a wonderful talk from Jo Sinclair who is the Head of Sponsorship at the Red Bull Formula 1 team.

Jo showed clips of the past two seasons of domination by the Red Bull team and their world champion driver, Sebastien Vettel.

A second video followed with personal messages from driver, Mark Webber and team principal, Christian Horner to the boys of Rendlesham. Each boy was presented with a Red Bull F1 baseball cap from Jo Sinclair.

Head of House, George Kerridge gave his speech and then the evening finished with music from former student Josh Connor followed by the Rendlesham duo of Ben Easey and Clayton Bull before the Y13 boys had their picture taken by Albert in the snowy condiions!

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