Staff Piano +1

Several months ago, we reported that brave students had agreed to teach their musical instruments to members of staff, and on Monday the fruits of everyone’s labours were displayed in a special Staff Piano + 1.  Considerable anxiety was very much in evidence in the staffroom prior to the event, indicated by nervous laughter, puffing out of cheeks, mutterings of ‘why did I agree to this?’ etc, but the audience was treated to an enjoyable and impressive 45 minutes of performances.  Pupils might well have been interested to see their teachers looking less comfortable than normal; staff were reminded that performance is not easy, but despite the nerves they all enjoyed putting themselves through the experience.  Many thanks must go to the pupils who showed patience and skill in their teaching, and to Mimi O’Neill who had the idea and organised everyone superbly!

Mrs Alvis (voice)                Alice Mead

Miss Tooth (piano)            Emily Higgins

Mr Hoyle (saxophone)      John Southworth

Mrs Hardman (piano)      Rachel Kwok

Miss Cranmer (harp)        Amelia Oliver

Mrs Webber (piano)          Cesi Del Rio McDermott

Mrs Myers-Allen (soprano saxophone)    John Southworth

Ms de Luis (piano)             Kitty Dunham

Miss Leaphard (flute)        Emily Heldreich

Mr Edwards (flute)            Tom Hampson

Ms Englert (voice)

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Susan Webber completes Olympic talks

Framlingham College Senior Deputy Head and Double Olympian, Susan Webber has completed a tour of Suffolk schools giving presentations about her experiences as an athlete at the Olympic Games.

Susan was a key member of the South African Hockey team in the Sydney 2000 games and four years later captained her nation at Athens 2004. She joined Framlingham College in September 2011.

Susan has given illustrated talks to a host of schools including, Orwell Park, Thomas Mills High School, Earl Soham Primary School, Sir Robert Hitchams Primary School, Dennington Primary School and the College’s preparatory school, Brandeston Hall.

Robbie scores three centuries in a row

1st XI v Woodbridge School

The 1st XI built on last week’s confidence boosting win over Gresham’s with an excellent win over Woodbridge. The visitors were invited to bat and began brightly putting on 73 for the first wicket. This was then followed by two more stubborn partnerships which helped the total along to 155-3 despite the best efforts of the economical Brown. The introduction of the wily Keshwani however tilted the balance back in the College’s favour and supported by some fine fielding and Alexander’s pace, Woodbridge were dismissed for 191.

The response from Robbie Bridgstock and Kristian Williman couldn’t have been more emphatic. The captain reached his century from 71 balls and the target was eclipsed in just 23 overs with Williman undefeated on 72.

Woodbridge 191 (30 overs) (Keshwani 4-25)

*Framlingham 192-0 (Bridgstock 105*, K. Williman 72*)

Won by 10 wickets

1st XI v Felstead

It wasn’t much fun for the bowlers in this encounter as willow dominated the leather for almost the entire game. Felsted and Essex 2nd XI batsman Rahan Hassan’s unbeaten 161 off just 103 balls proved to be the mainstay of what on the surface looked to be an unassailable 310-5. The Framlingham bowlers were punished for any errors in length or line and were it not for some sharp fielding things could have been even worse.

However, Robbie Bridgstock was in no mood to surrender and with the support of Kristian Williman the hosts reached tea on course for an unlikely victory at 97-1. Even a mini-collapse after the break was not enough to break the College’s resistance and it wasn’t until the 38th over that they fell behind the required rate, eventually petering out 57 runs short.

This was Bridgstock’s second century inside a week and the perfect way to prepare for the final three matches of the season against the Old Framlinghamians, Wymondham and Westminster School from Adelaide.

Felsted 310-5 (45 overs)

*Framlingham 253 (Bridgstock 110)

Lost by 57 runs

Robbie completed his third hundred in a row on Friday in the match against the Old Framlinghamians with a score of 151. Robbie plays club cricket for Norfolk side, Swardeston in the East Anglian Premier League and has captained the College 1st XI for the past two seasons.