Poetry by Heart Competition

image003On Thursday, 14th March, the Framlingham College ‘Poetry by Heart’ school finals took place and saw Flavia Munteanu (Year 13) declared the winner with superb readings of Duffy’s ‘Originally’ and Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan’. 

Fierce competition was provided from the other finalists, Seb Treacy (Year 11), Eleanor Gunn (Year 11), Andrei Balalau (Year 12) and Will Wright (Year 10). All the recitals were of very high quality but Flavia and Will were named as winner and runner-up respectively.

We look forward to seeing a strong competition again next year.

Geography fieldtrip to Stratford, London

image005Last Friday the Upper Sixth geographers visited Stratford to examine the planning legacy of the Olympic Park. 

We were fortunate that this fieldtrip was led by the current President of the Geographical Association, Bob Digby, who is an expert on urban issues in this part of London. Decisions to improve the quality of life in this relatively deprived area were evident in sport, retail and transport led developments.

A significant feature of the day was investigation of the contrasts in the urban environment. This required evaluation of Fish Island, unchanged for over a hundred years; the modern Stratford and Westfield Centres; the rapidly changing 2012 Olympic site, being redeveloped as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; and Crossrail. Each of these planning schemes will have a significant impact on the urban geography of East London.

The College welcomes Katie Tassell (OF) to Sports Department


We are delighted to announce that Katie Tassell will be joining our Sports Department to oversee the tennis programme during the Summer Term. 

Katie joins us with a wealth of experience, not to mention that she is an OF and was Head of Pembroke as well as captaining the tennis and 1st XI hockey teams during her time at the College. Katie has been heavily involved in the Framlingham Tennis Club programme for a couple of years and is now working closely with Trevor Wright and Kari Sherington, who have done an incredible job and producing excellent results through all age groups. Katie is married to Guy and has two daughters Evie and Connie and lives in Easton.

She is currently Suffolk Ladies Champion (nine times) and captain of the Suffolk Senior County Cup team for this year, and runs popular cardio tennis classes at Framlingham and Ipswich Sports Club. She is also a practising lawyer, working two days a week in London.

Framlingham College Director of Sport, Simon Sinclair said, “We are delighted that Katie is joining our department and she comes highly recommended from Trevor Wright. With Katie’s experience and knowledge it will only strengthen our programme and give our pupils further opportunities to develop”

Emma Vidler selected as Cadet by The Lord Tollemache


Congratulations are due to Cadet Flight Sergeant Emma Vidler (RAF) who has been selected by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of Suffolk, The Lord Tollemache, as one of his Cadets for 2013. 

This is a rare and prestigious award given to only a handful of worthy nominated cadets. Flt Sgt Vidler has been a committed cadet in the CCF for five years, during which time she has obtained her Solo Gliding Scholarship Wings as well as her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. She has also passed her MOII Instructors Course and been appointed captain of the Bisley Shooting team. Her conduct has been exemplary and she is the epitome of what the cadet force stands for.

Emma received the award at the College on 18th March during a Governors’ Meeting and is looking forward to helping with official civic duties in Suffolk during her year in office.

Dicey Conference – Trinity College, Oxford

Unknown-10On Tuesday and Wednesday three of our students, Kat Twentymen, Kitty McWhirter and Andrei Balalau, participated in the Dicey Conference at Trinity College, Oxford.

Surrounded by eighty of the UK’s leading Sixth Formers, students listened to lectures from leading figures in public life and also first-class academics such as Professor Avner Offer, whose topic was ‘How should the welfare state be adapted to meet the needs of the twenty first century?’.

After a great day of intellectual debating and mingling, a formal three-star Michelin dinner in the beautiful Trinity Hall proved to be the pinnacle of the Oxford experience. The outing was an excellent opportunity for students to think about becoming involved in public life, and also to inspire some potential Oxbridge applications.

The conference was a success and proved to be ‘one of the most valuable educational experiences available to students today.’ (Hon Michael Beloff QC, Former President of Trinity College, Oxford).

CCF Weekend


On the 9th and 10th March the Army and RN sections drove to RAF Barnham for a Field Weekend.  Snow was already falling as they began to sort out their accommodation for the evening in a collection of shipping containers which had windows and doors cut from them and strategically placed in a design that resembles a street scene from Afghanistan and for troop training prior to deployment.  During the afternoon the  Yr 10 were taught weapon handling and later passed their Shooting and Safety test. They were then whisked off to participate in night observation Exercise ‘Allo Allo’ centered around the remains of a WWII bomb making complex.  Yr10 and 11 sections patrolled to a border crossing 3Km away from their Forming Up Point.  The position was thankfully lit up by burning oil drums in the heart of the high walled disused complex. Little did they know that the jovial atmosphere portrayed by the slack border guards they were observing was about to be shattered when an elite group of enemy came in under the cover of smoke and dispatched the lot of them and then set about on the unarmed observation forces who had to employ hasty escape and evasion tactics. By 0800 the next day they were ready to attend a series of stands run by the Yr 12 undergoing their SNCO cadre course.  These included close-quarter battle drills with replica M16 paintball guns down an unused railway embankment; a series of section attacks against enemy positions in ‘WW II pill boxes’; combat first aid and stripping, cleaning and assembling the LA98A2.

Throughout the weekend the attitude and conduct of staff and cadets was exemplary and culminated in a successful and memorable weekend approached in a spirit that showed real strength of character by every participant.

Lt Colonel Myers-Allen

View the pictures here

Hockey News

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Last weekend saw the visit of The Perse and a series of very tough matches for Framlingham College. The 2nd XI went two goals down early and struggled to recover despite the best efforts of the outstanding Hitchcock in goal, the final result of 5-0, a scoreline that became a familiar theme, despite some battling performance from the lower years. The last game of the day saw the 1st XI produce an excellent second half comeback to overturn a 1-0 deficit. The game was short on clear-cut chances with no penalty corners being awarded in the whole match but Framlingham managed to defend hard in the second half, turning the ball over on numerous occasions to set up counter attack chances. Tim Alexander and Antony Youngman has standout performances at the back, with Alex Hearn and Henry Baldwin in the midfield, proving effective. Gareth Obery scored both the Framingham goals in the second half, his pace and energy caused problems and he was well rewarded. The boys should take a moment to reflect that they had two double Olympians, captains of their country, umpiring what was a very entertaining game of hockey, what more can you ask for as an aspiring young hockey player.

Mr Jamie Kingstone, Head of Hockey

UKMT Intermediate Regional Final

130228 UK Maths Challenge 039Framlingham College was proud to host the East Anglia Regional heat of the UKMT Intermediate Maths Team Challenge for the sixth consecutive year. Such is the popularity of the event at our school that this year for the first time it stretched over two days. Twenty schools took part on the Thursday and a further nineteen participated today, each with four pupils from Years 8 and 9. Both days consisted of four rounds which relied on communication and teamwork as well as mathematical skills and strategic quick thinking, the final round being an exciting relay race.

The competition is sponsored by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust and supported by the actuarial profession.

All participating pupils received a small prize, with the top three teams each receiving a UKMT certificate from the Headmaster, Mr Paul Taylor. The top team from each day will go on to compete in the National finals in London.

Staff and pupils enjoyed a great day of mathematics and visitors were unanimous in their praise of the excellent catering at the College. The organisers were pleased to report an improvement in this year’s overall performances.

On Thursday competition was tight, with close scores recorded for the top ten teams, apart from a significant lead for the overall winners! Our congratulations go to everyone who took part, in particular the winning teams: 1st place: Colchester Royal Grammar School; 2nd place: Benjamin Britten High School; 3rd place: Kesgrave High School.

Friday was an equally exciting day with Taverham Hall winning overall.

Framlingham competed well, our two young mathematician teams being Matthew Oon, Nicholas Parford in Year 9 with Jolyon Summers and Joshua Butler in Year 8, (13th place) and Ali Goodhead and Georgina Seymour in Year 9 with Emily Lewis and Rupert Dean in Year 8, (18th place). It was good to see all of the students working so well together.

Many thanks go to Mrs Ward for organising the event, and to our own support staff who helped the day run so smoothly; thanks also to Mrs Russell at Brandeston Hall and Mr Pirvu at the College for their efforts in preparing our teams. Special thanks go to Tim Alexander (Year 13) and Mr Pirvu who provided invaluable help throughout the day.