National Doughnut Week raises money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH)

Unknown-1Last week was National Doughnut Week, an event which aims to raise funds for children’s hospices nationally. So the College staff and students joined in the fun to help raise funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH), in Ipswich, through the sale of designer Krispy Kremes doughnuts. 

This year the Charity Committee was determined to beat last year’s sales, and reached a staggering 2,436 doughnuts! Profits from the sales which raised just under £790, will go some way to providing funds for EACH to continue supporting families across the region and caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions.

The local area’s contact for EACH, Ms Vanessa Ball, has been invited to a cheque presentation ceremony during a College assembly this coming Monday.

We are extremely grateful to Richard Ashton who had to make a very early start to the day in order to collect the doughnuts from the factory in Enfield and get them to the College in time for morning break.

The event was a tremendous success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their treats!

GCSE Drama Performances

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Last Friday the entire GCSE class completed their Unit 3 Practical exam in front of their examiner and a supportive crowd in the HPT. This year’s theme was ‘performances that make you watch and think’, and all four shows did just that. Vicky Easey, Raefe Newton-Jones, Violet Taylor and Georgie Clarke-Gifford explored ideas of memory and the afterlife in a literally blinding play 100, whilst Seb Baker, George Coulson, Liv David, Oli King and Molly Drnec performed their devised play Corrections, looking at the validity of the death penalty. Knife crime was explored in by Seb Treacy, Emily Heldreich, Rose de la Rue, Cressi Sowerbutts and Sarah Maran in the play Mugged, and finally Say Yes! put a darkly comic spin on the Orwellian idea of government control of our thoughts and the power of branding. Amy Hunter, Lilie Waring and Hannah Rowell pulled off a difficult piece with some style, particularly in their dance moves.

Ahead of our Autumn production of Hamlet, Dorothy Englert went to South Lee Preparatory School in Bury St Edmunds to workshop ideas around themes and issues in the play with students in Years 6 and 7. The session ended with some spectacular Shakespearean deaths gruesomely enacted and presented with terrific enthusiasm.

Framlingham wish South Lee all the best for their production of Alice at the end of this term.

Geographical Society welcomes Dr Geoffrey Griffiths

Unknown-3Last Tuesday evening, Dr Griffiths of the University of Reading Geography Department gave a presentation to over a hundred pupils, staff and parents on the issue of land grabs in Liberia. 

These are caused by the growing demand for palm oil in the developed world. Palm oil is used in many food items of our everyday diet yet the extensive clearance of rainforest to satisfy this production is having serious environmental and social impacts in West Africa. Dr Griffiths also told us how he monitored and mapped this loss of primary forest, working for an NGO; he has particular interest in the practical use of GIS.

Not only was his presentation intrinsically interesting and useful for geographical study, but it also gave insight into the style of lecturing and the fieldwork of a current university academic of the kind our pupils might encounter in further education.

Geographers evaluate effects of urban planning in Ipswich

On Tuesday, 30th April, a group of thirty-three Lower Sixth geography students were taken to diverse parts of Ipswich to study changes in the urban environment.

Unknown-4Mr Boatman’s group focused on Bridge Ward, an area of inner city redevelopment, and also the various suburbs of St Margaret’s Ward; Mr Kendall’s group studied the rural-urban fringe, the original Victorian planning of Christchurch Park, and also the Cobbold Street area.

Both groups ended up at the Docks, to assess the effectiveness of the much vaunted Waterfront Scheme.

Religious Studies trip to Ely Cathedral

Unknown-2Last Wednesday, thirty-three members of Year 10 travelled to Ely Cathedral to put their theoretical knowledge of religion into context; they toured the cathedral looking at religious art, architecture, music and spirituality, all of which form part of their GCSE course.

As a bonus, the students also took turns to take a tour up to the unique and famous octagon, from where they could look out over miles of the surrounding countryside.

Year 12 Talk

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Last Monday, Year 12 students had the pleasure of hearing from a special guest speaker. Magdalene Weya Migunda is Vice President of Citibank and based in their Uganda office. She also happens to be Mrs Ward’s sister! 

She spoke to the year group about things they can do in order to be successful in their careers, covering a variety of areas, such as the benefit of getting involved in activities at school and university in order to show different skills, the value of a crisp, well-written CV, and the importance of professionalism and flexibility in employment.

It was very useful to be reminded of all the features which contribute to building a successful career, and we were very pleased that Mrs Weya Migunda was able to share her experiences and offer her valuable insights.

Framlingham College Tennis Club Ladies crowned Suffolk Aegon Team Tennis Champions

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Framlingham College Tennis Club Ladies 1st team have been crowned Suffolk Aegon Team Tennis Champions for the first time. 

The team of students, Kitty McWhirter and Lucy Ashby-Hoare, combined with coaches, Katie Tassell and Kari Sherington, beat a strong Ipswich Sports side four rubbers to two in a very close encounter at Framlingham College on April 28th. The match consisted of four singles and two doubles and was tied at 2-2 after the singles with straight set wins from coaches Katie and Kari.

The team then chose wisely to have a coach/junior combination in both doubles pairs which proved decisive. Both pairs triumphed in straight sets to take both the match and the League Title.

Well done also to Claire Walker, who was part of the team in previous matches.

Year 9 Geography Fieldtrip – Savanna and Rainforest Ecosystems, Colchester Zoo

Unknown-1Last Wednesday, all Year 9 pupils visited Colchester Zoo. The purpose was to collect data about animals and their adaptations to the savanna and rainforest habitats. 

A very important part of the day was the lecture given by the zoo’s education officer who explained the adaptations made in each zone by some of the animals, such as the African Elephant and the Orangutan. She also explained how certain species were under direct threat from human activity in their areas. The pupils then went out into the Africa zone and the Rainforest areas to observe these features. All the animals were impressive but surprisingly much attention went to the smallest of all, the leaf-cutter ant, a decomposer important in the rainforest. Other popular animals were the largest herbivores, giraffe and elephant. There were also carnivores such as hyena, cheetahs and yellow anaconda. Living in a specially created hot and humid rainforest climate, which we could also experience, was the iguana.

In all there was much of interest and all pupils will now use this information in their follow-up lessons on ecosystems.

Art trip to Stour Valley

UnknownOn one of the warmest days of the year so far, Year 10 Art students headed to the Stour Valley last Friday to visit the places that have inspired two of Suffolk’s most famous artists. 

Our first stop was at the Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum at Castle House, Dedham, where the museum’s administrator, Marcia Whiting, introduced us to the work of Sir Alfred Munnings, OF. Her talk covered many aspects of his early career and we were also shown some of the sketches made whilst at school.

A tour of the studio as well as an opportunity to see some landscape studies of spring blossom that have never been shown to the public before, together with charcoal and pencil studies and paintings of the river bank, gave the students some good subjects to draw. In the afternoon we moved across the river to Flatford where the mill and its surroundings, made famous by John Constable, provided further opportunities for drawing and sketching.

Rowing upstream on a sunny afternoon seemed like an ideal way to finish the day.

1st XI Cricket Report

What a difference a week makes. Since the all-round disappointments seven days ago the 1st XI have since routed the XL Club and swept aside a buoyant RHS. Both displays owed everything to the batsmen and in particular Kristian Williman who maintained his fine start to the season with a fluent 47 before being run out off a no ball. His opening partner McAvoy was also unfortunate to be dismissed in similar fashion following a direct hit from the boundary. If RHS thought it was going to be their lucky day then they hadn’t reckoned on the unpredictable Lewis Gooderham who flailed the bowlers to all parts of the ground in a whirlwind 37 ball 69. With such a formidable platform the lower order were permitted to enjoy the rest of the innings eventually closing on 229-9 off 30 overs.

The opening overs didn’t quite go according to plan as bowlers struggled to maintain their lines in blustery conditions and it was left to George Gough to make the crucial breakthroughs. With the danger man dismissed and the run rate climbing, RHS began to falter and despite some hefty blows late in the day, the result was never in doubt.

1st XI v Royal Hospital School

Framlingham 229-9 (30 overs) (Gooderham 69, Williman 47)

*RHS 194-5

Won by 35 runs

In the Press: Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2013

 

 

Just as the founders of the Albert Memorial College were discussing the progress of their new enterprise in 1864, 200 miles away in Bradford John Wisden was publishing his Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack for the first time.  The Wisden as it became better known has gone on to become the most famous sporting book in the world and this year celebrates its 150th edition faithfully providing scorecards, statistics and articles from around the globe. To earn a mention in this “cricketers’ bible” is more often reward enough, but the endeavours of last year’s 1st XI captain Robbie Bridgstock were also accompanied by a photograph to highlight his achievement in becoming the 5th highest run scorer in schools’ cricket in 2012. It may be some time yet before the 150th edition matches the £25,000 price tag of the 1864 original, but to those named within the famous yellow cover, copies are priceless.

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2013 _ Robbie Bridgstock OF