Over the Christmas break Year 9 students will be sponsored to read a range of books that have been recommended by the Library and their English teachers. They will be collecting money in aid of CLIC Sargent and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.
These charities work with children who are very ill, donating books and resources to hospital libraries, and paying for visitors and authors to go into hospitals to read to children, as well as holding book and storytelling events. The Year 9 Readathon will make a real contribution to these fantastic charities, while also allowing our pupils to indulge in some great books which will broaden their reading habits.
A link to the list of Recommended Reads can be found on the Parent Portal homepage.
The Readathon will run until the first week of the Spring term, with the sponsorship money being collected by Miss Leaphard in the Library between Monday 7th and Monday 14th January.
Last weekend a total of sixty swimmers represented Framlingham in a gala against Leiston SC. Swimmers included community swimmers who have been developed within our community swimming programme.
Children were invited to participate from as young as eight years old. All four strokes were included, comprising butterfly, backstroke, breastroke and freestyle. These strokes were performed over distances of 20, 40, 80 and 100 metres.
The standard of swimming was outstanding, with students battling against a very experienced swimming club to achieve a very creditable overall score of 240 points to Framlingham with Leiston winning by a small margin of 20 points, taking them to a total of 260.
Well done to all swimmers who took part in this fantastic event.
On Saturday morning Schola Cantorum paid their annual visit to the Christmas Tree Festival at St Michael’s in Framlingham.
They sang festive favourites including ‘Once in royal’, ‘Hark the herald’ and ‘O come all ye faithful’.
The large and appreciative audience also had a glimpse of some of the music of Darke, Rutter, and late Suffolk composer Ian Humphris, which can be heard again in this Friday’s Carol Service in the College Chapel at 4.00 pm.
The Gentlemen of Rendlesham held their House Dinner on Saturday. Entertainment was provided by Jonathan Shotton (UK Champion of Magic) who produced cards, floating tables and doves, while the catering department excelled in producing not only three courses, but concluding with over seventy perfect chocolate fondants.
The guest speaker was former Housemaster, Tony Lawrence, who, magician-like, wove together the strands of the Olympics, the success of the House this year, and the job of role-models and games makers. A presentation was made by the House of a salver engraved with the House crest to retiring tutor David Barker.
With Will Hamilton as MC, and a superb speech from Head of House, Sadiq Keshwani, the evening was an unqualified success, claimed by some as the best for some years.
On Sunday the College community hosted a lunch for about thirty of Framingham’s more elderly residents, most of whom have been visited as part of the community service programme.
Some of the guests could remember this was an annual event when Michael Booker was chaplain and it is wonderful that under Mrs Ward’s enthusiastic guidance it has been revived. Remarkably, for many of the guests it was the first time that they had ever been inside the College and they felt so privileged to be invited.
Thanks must go to everyone who helped to make the meal so wonderful and the guests so cherished, in particular the catering staff and the students; but perhaps a special mention should go to John Southworth who accompanied the lunch with two hours of piano playing.
On Monday, 10th December, Scott Russell of Paddy and Scott’s attended the College to see the presentations of the design ideas that the Year 12s had created for their AS Product Design coursework.
Their brief was to design a brew station for a Hario coffee dripper for the company, and over the course of the afternoon twelve pupils presented their ideas, showing off a range of CAD drawings and models. Scott said he was very impressed with the quality of the work produced, the detail that some pupils had gone into and finally the uniqueness of the design work. He praised all of the design work and highlighted some that he thinks won’t be used for the brew station but will be used instead to create a coffee bar!
In January we should be able to announce the winning idea which will be further developed before being produced as a commercial product and distributed.
On the 7th December fifteen Year 10 pupils went to the Institute of Education in London for an action packed day filled with science.
Professor Steve Jones gave a fascinating insight into Darwin and evolution. They were then given detailed and interesting talks on different aspects of science, explored through the unusual theme ‘superpowers and superheroes’!
The day was aimed at GCSE students so there was lots of useful facts for them to take home with them.
Each talk was illustrated with amusing experiments such as turning liquids into bouncy balls or the making of artificial snow by Dr Steve Mould. And Dr Nic Harrigan even showed them how to climb up a wall like a spider!
Last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday saw the Autumn Production in the Headmaster Porter Theatre – Stephen Sondheim’s ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’.
Despite the snow, packed houses turned up each night to see the musical and witnessed a fast-paced, action-packed spectacle. Juggling, potion drinking, mistaken identity, cross-dressing and plenty of jokes combined to create a show full of colour, variety and belly laughs. A total of over 50 students and staff took part, either on stage or behind the scenes, and special mention should go to Alex Myers-Allen for his energetic and inventive Pseudolus, Charlie Bullen for his frantic Hysterium and Tom Hampson for his scene-stealing, downtrodden Senex.
All the performers showed great technical skill to deal with the complex timing and precision required for farce to be effective, and they combined with a note perfect band and impressive set to produce a show which warmed the wintry cockles with a touch of Ancient Roman fun.
A full photograph gallery is available on our website here
The competition this year was very close in the Senior matches and all houses were equal on matches won, so the contest was decided on points. In the Junior matches Victoria were comfortable winners. The standard was very high again this year and the girls should be congratulated on their commitment and effort to the house competition.
(Juniors) 1 – Victoria, 2 – Moreau, 3 – Pembroke.
(Seniors) 1 – Victoria, 2 – Pembroke, 3 – Moreau