Far Frontiers Expeditions Ltd gave a presentation for all of the Bike China participants last Tuesday evening. The Sixth Formers involved will be setting off on bikes from Tiananmen Square, arriving at Chengde after completing a route of about 170km. They will then be exploring the Forbidden City, trekking part of the Great Wall of China, visiting the Terracotta Warriors, and returning to Beijing on an overnight train.
All Year 10 Geographers, in their first year of the GCSE course, are preparing a personal investigation for their controlled assessment coursework module; this requires collection of primary data in the field.
To this end they visited Southwold yesterday to investigate the coastline, with the purpose of finding out what is so distinctive about this stretch of coast. In fact, as far south as the River Blyth harbour and as far north as the eroding cliffs at Easton Bavents, they measured and sketched the coastal landforms; they studied wave and wind processes of erosion and deposition; they evaluated the sea defences and they conducted questionnaires on an unsuspecting public – all in the aid of geographical research.
The photograph on the right shows some of the groups working on beach profiles and cliff sketching at Easton Bavents – one of the most rapidly eroding coastlines in the UK.
With fine, warm weather and a range of places to go, this has proved to be a most enjoyable and successful trip. Whilst the visit to Le Père Lachaise cemetery sparked much interest as students sought out the grave of Oscar Wilde and other notable ‘residents’, it was the calm atmosphere of the tree-lined avenues that contrasted with the poignant monuments that interested many, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay all provided stimulation with new ideas and experiences, whilst the boat trip on the River Seine and the climb up to Sacre Coeur provided some splendid panoramic views.
Lots of walking, good food and a comfortable hotel all contributed to a successful trip.
Will Gunn’s impressive three wickets for one run (a wide) off four overs was the mainstay of a clinical all-round performance from the Under 14 A team in the first round of the Lord Taverners County Cup competition. George Heldeich’s 3-8 was also instrumental in restricting the visitors from Woodbridge School to 85-8 off their allotted 20 overs.
Ben Boyden and Oscar Ellis then put on 31 for the first wicket before making way for Harvey Finbow and Ben Slaven to overhaul the target with sixteen deliveries still remaining. Victory means that the College will now meet the winner of Benedict’s Catholic School and Mildenhall College in the Quarter Final.
Woodbridge School 85-8 (20 overs) (Gunn 3-1, Heldreich 3-8)
Framlingham 87-2 (Finbow 23*, Ellis 23)
Framlingham won by 8 wickets
Last Friday evening three OFs returned to talk to Sixth Formers about their experiences since leaving the College.
Bethany Burgoyne (Victoria, 04-09) talked about the drama course she began before moving on to study fine art in London. Jon Waghorne (Stradbroke, 03-08) studied History at York and has gone into insurance, but will soon be going back to university to study diplomacy at Oxford. Rob Baird (Ziegele, 91-95) is Commercial Director at Eurosport and Euronews, and he was able to offer guidance on how applicants can make themselves appealing to employers. All of them gave interesting and amusing accounts of what they have learnt, and the message from them all was clear: don’t be afraid to make mistakes, take care over making yourself a good prospect for employers, and make sure you feel comfortable with what you do.
It was good to hear from these OFs, and they seemed to enjoy their return to Fram!
We were very pleased to host the third annual Framlingham Country Show which again proved to be a hugely successful weekend with nearly 12,000 visitors enjoying the variety of country pursuits, food, drink, music as well as a fine display of local arts and crafts, and to top it all off, the sun even shone!
On the first day of every Summer Term the College has a service to commemorate the opening of the College in 1865.
We are privileged that our school was founded in memory of Prince Albert, as he put so much effort into so many worthy causes and still provides an inspiration and challenge to the ways of the modern world.
After the service in Chapel flowers were placed at the base of the statue of Albert.
Mr Walker addressed the College during Monday morning’s assembly and gave us an enlightening talk about overcoming the stigma associated with mental health issues, and creating awareness that support is available to enable young people to deal with their problems. After his address he was presented with a cheque for £1,209.76 by Hugo Tomassi, whose moving presentation last term led to YoungMinds being voted Charity of the Term.
The funds were raised last term through various activities organised by the Charity Committee. These included Rock Night, the sale of Valentine roses, the Harlem Shake, the Cabaret Raffle, Non-Uniform Day and finally the whole school Easter Egg Hunt.
As runners-up to Colchester Royal Grammar School in the Regional Team Maths Challenge, our Year 10 team (Will Wright, Samantha Blackman, Beatriz Losada and Luke Quartermaine (as a replacement for Jack Lecompte) were invited to compete in the final stage of this exciting competition on Tuesday, 16th April 2013.
Mr Pirvu took our team to the exquisite Centre for Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University and they had to prepare a special topic in advance – the binomial expansion – with the support of their teacher, Mrs Ward. At the beginning, the students enjoyed an inspiring lecture by Alan Davies, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Hertfordshire. He spoke on some applications of mathematics, centering in particular on the uses of quadratic equations in real life and he also looked at the many careers Mathematics prepares you for.
Twenty-eight schools took part in the final, all of whom had done very well indeed to get to this intensely fought stage of the competition, emerging from ten regional competitions. The final consisted of five rounds: twenty questions (students on their own, then in pairs, then in their group), general problem solving (team work), the special topic round, a multiple-choice round, and, finally, the relay round made of four five-minute parts.
All of this was challenging, thought provoking and simply good fun – a thoroughly enjoyable day out and a worthwhile trip.