Expedition to China presentation

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.

Year 10 Geographers conduct fieldwork at Southwold

Unknown-3All 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.

Art & Photography trip to Paris

Unknown-2In the last few days of the Easter break, Sixth Form Art and Photography students travelled to Paris to visit the galleries and sights to collect ideas and inspiration for their forthcoming exams. 

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.

Cricket: U14A’s defeat Woodbridge School in the County Cup First Round

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

OF Careers Seminar

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!

Framlingham Country Show 2013

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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!

Founders Day Service

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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.

Framlingham College present cheque to YoungMinds

Unknown-1We were pleased to welcome the Director of Fundraising at YoungMinds, Mr Chris Walker, who came all the way from Brighton. 

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.

Year 10 at the Regional Team Maths Challenge

UnknownAs 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.

Netball Tour to Portugal

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During the Easter holidays, 25 Netball players from Y9 to 13 departed to Vilamoura in Portugal for the 2013 Netball Tour. The tour departed school at 2.30am and as we boarded the plane, rain looked heavy in the grey clouds above in the typical English fashion we have all come to know. Many girls slept on the plane due to our early start, dreaming of sunshine and sandy beaches and Netball of course!. As we stepped of the plane in Faro, squeals of excitement swept through the group as we were met by a warm breeze and bright sunshine!
After a short transfer through passport control and the baggage re-claim, we were on the coach with our Browns rep and heading to Vilamoura and our destination; Browns Sport & Leisure Club. We were greeted off the coach by Mr Sinclair who had flown out prior to us. The rooms were more like apartments with a kitchenette, sofa and TV’s, perfect for a rest before a light training session and dinner. It had already been a long day but the pool outside did look very appealing to most although the temperature of the water wasn’t!
The food on the first night and every night was fantastic. A buffet style meal with healthy choices of meat, rice and pasta normally with a creamy mushroom sauce which most people had second helpings of. The orange juice tasted like no other as it had obviously been freshly squeezed on the same day and I as many of the girls did notice we passed huge orange tree plantations along the road near the resort.
We all had an early night after supper as the next day we had our first full day of Netball and looked forward to meeting the other teams that had entered into the ‘Cosmopolitan Cup’, competing for the three large trophies that were on display. Also up for grabs was a Most Valuable Player Award which also was gifted an individual trophy.
There were many weary faces on our first morning as we met for breakfast but the sun was shining, our shorts and tour t-shirts were on and we had a spread of fresh breads, cereals, fruit and hot food to help prepare us for the day ahead. It was clear the sun would be shining for the entire day and the talk of sun cream was spoken about from breakfast right through to dinner although some/most were left more than a little bit ‘red faced’ as they showed up to dinner glowing!
The Netball matches were of a good standard and the spirit in which everyone played was superb. Each match consisted of two 15 minute halves and the heat added to the intensity of the matches although with our snowy season in England as a distant reminder, there were no complaints of the glorious sunshine.
After the last Netball match was completed, everyone returned to their rooms to have a cool shower and get dressed for dinner. The evening’s entertainment was a live band in the Sports Bar which hosted a pool table, tables to play cards and Ex-England Rugby player Matt Dawson for company! It was a lively and fun evening but most were appreciative when the time for bed came around as we had yet another action packed day ahead.
The finals day of our Netball tournament was played with increased determination and competition. The final game came down to the 1sts team versus the 2nds from Framlingham College. The score went the way of the 2nds for the majority of the 30 minutes with the 1sts being denied at every scoring opportunity and the three youngest players from the tour, all in Year 9 were excelling down court. With just over a minute to play, a missed goal from the 2nds allowed the 1sts to capitalise and score the next three goals in a row and on the final whistle the 1sts cheered with relief as they so narrowly beat the awesome efforts of the 2nds by just one goal! A brilliant final! The Most Valuable Player trophy was awarded to Molly Drnec in the U16 Framlingham side for her outstanding contribution in attack throughout the tournament.
The third and final day started with a restful morning and a late breakfast. At 12.00pm the girls were invited to a Zumba fitness class followed by a class of Spinning. Many of the girls took up the opportunity to get active with the fun Zumba instructor who had everyone smiling as she wiggled her way through the routine. After lunch we met for a coach ride to Vilamoura Marina. It was a beautiful sight as private boats and yachts lined the marina edge and open front restaurants and ice cream parlours enticed groups of girls in after our short walk to the beach.
Overall the tour was a perfect blend of fierce Netball action and relaxed poolside chatter. We experienced some of the delights that Vilamoura had on offer at the marina and we were looked after superbly by the staff at Browns and our hotel. The girls were well mannered and polite and I received many compliments about their behaviour from other holiday makers whilst we were away. A great trip and lots of memories to take away and share.
Leah Webster, Head of Netball