Our Town

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Framlingham College Drama department present Our Town this week in the HPT, 26 – 28 June 2103, 7.30pm.  Set in the fictional American town of Grover’s Corners it tells the story of the ordinary everyday lives of the town’s citizens in the early twentieth century. The play is performed without a set and the actors mime their actions without the use of props. Thornton Wilder won the Pullitzer Prize for Drama for this play in 1938.

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UCAS Day

Unknown-4For Year 12, Monday 17th June was UCAS Day, but was actually much more than this. We collapsed the timetable to undertake a number of useful activities to help prepare Year 12 students for the future. The day started with a presentation on ‘How to write an effective personal statement’ by Laura Anderson from UEA. Students were then divided by subject area to work on their applications, while those who do not intend to go to university produced CVs instead, working under Peter Lawrence (OF), who is a recruitment specialist. 

Before lunch, the pupils were treated to two Gap year presentations: ‘Organising a worthwhile and safe Gap Year’ by Charlie Hopkinson, of Dragoman, and ‘My Gap Year experience’ by Charlotte Ogilvie from Project Trust.

The afternoon proved to be something special, with pupils being given a taste of the business world. Visiting entrepreneurs set the students real problems which they had to solve. This was a bit like the best parts of The Apprentice, but with collective responsibility … and no-one got fired! The students did not hold back and so made the most of this opportunity. At the end, each group had to feedback to others on the nature of their task and their proposed solution.

Latin trip to Ipswich

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Most of the Latin students in Years 9 and 10 attended the Pompeii Live from the British Museum experience at Cineworld, Ipswich, on Wednesday, 19th June. 

They were able to join with schools around the country to get the first glimpse of this new exhibition at the British Museum which took five years to plan and develop.

This was the first live cinema event produced by the British Museum and gave the students an exclusive and private view of Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition.

Sophie Warner qualifies as a Lifeguard

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Year 12 student Sophie Warner has successfully completed her lifeguarding courses and will be able to become operational this summer. This has been a huge exercise in fitness and stamina for her, culminating in quite grueling tests which, we are delighted to report, Sophie passed with flying colours, achieving both the RLSS and RNLI standards.  She now has the opportunity to work as a volunteer lifeguard during the summer, both for the Lowestoft Lifeguard Corps and with the RNLI team at Southwold. 

The course involved a number of testing elements and scenarios; amongst the challenges Sophie faced were a 200 metre timed beach run, towing a casualty in the sea and a length’s underwater swim. The first aid skills she acquired included performing CPR on casualties of all ages, both in water and on land, and dealing with spinal injuries.  Sophie also had to demonstrate competence in a range of rescue methods and confidence in communicating with lifeboats, coastguards and other lifeguard stations.

This is a fantastic achievement for Sophie and we are all very proud of her at the College.

The photograph shows Sophie Warner (bottom left) with other lifeguards celebrating the launch of the new Lifeguard facilities at Lowestoft and Southwold.

Sports Update: Regional & International Success at Framlingham – Going from Strength to Strength

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I am extremely proud to report some outstanding recent achievements by College students. Firstly, after representing both Suffolk and Norfolk in the Junior Development Centre tournaments, a number of Framlingham College students have been selected for this summer’s Junior Regional Performance Centres. These days will see players pitting their skills against the best players in the East of England and vying for selection into the Saxon Tigers squads for both Hi-Pac and Futures Cup in the October half term. The long journey ahead will be an exciting one as they look to emulate the success of our own Kitty McWhirter who has worked her way through the system to recent England U21 selection. This is a magnificent achievement for Kitty who has been extremely disciplined in her approach to training; we are all very proud of her.

The Following ten players have been selected: Alex Emsden, Ben Slaven, Luke Quartermaine, Alex Wheatley, Chris Walwanda, William Hunt, Echezeaux Titley, Flo McWhirter, Tildy Paul and Georgie Seymour.

Head of Hockey Jamie Kingstone is delighted with the standard of hockey at the College and is very excited about the future. Not only have the pupils been busy with their hockey, but Jamie himself has been active in his role as England U18 Boys’ Assistant Coach, preparing the team for the European Championships in Vienna.

Rugby

Toby Trinder has been invited to join the England Midlands Training Camp at Loughborough this week under the watchful eye of the England Under 18 coaches. Toby played for Northampton Saints in the Academies Under 15 Festival in April. As a result, he has been selected to attend this two-day camp. This is a real honour for Toby and everyone wishes him the best of luck. Ollie Darwell-Taylor was also involved in the festival, scoring a try against Newcastle Falcons. Will Ponty has recently been invited into the Elite Player Development Group at Northampton Saints. He joins up with Cam Greenhall, Luke Quartermaine and Tom Scovell. All of these boys have represented Suffolk and Eastern Counties this season.

Cricket

Cricketers have been very busy this term and I am delighted that Tim Alexander was selected to play for the Suffolk Independent Schools XI against Essex Under 17s. Tim scored 70 off 59 balls and took 1-11 off 7 overs; his wicket left the scores tied. This was an excellent performance and I know the Essex selectors were very impressed. We have also had a number of pupils representing the county at U14 level and would like to congratulate Ben Boyden who is playing for Suffolk under 14s.

Netball

Alongside her success in hockey, Echezeaux Titley has been selected for the regional netball team. To be playing at regional level in two sports is a tremendous achievement and we are looking forward to supporting Sketch through her programme.

Golf

Golf is fast becoming very popular once more at the College and we are delighted to have Lottie Whyman leading the way. After securing a place on the England Development Programme she was runner up at the Suffolk County Girls’Championships last week, which sets her up nicely for the Independent Schools Golf Championships at The Shire, London, later this month. She will be entering this tournament along with Jamie Taylor and Will Rix and we wish them good luck.

Tennis

Tennis has had a huge amount of success with Flo McCausland representing the county at tournaments around the country in last few months. I am sure you will also have received news recently through the Framlingham College Tennis Club that the 1st team have become County Champions again.

Simon Sinclair, Director of Sport

Year 9 practice DofE expeditions

Unknown-7Year 9 all set out on Thursday from the College on their practice Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions, putting into practice the skills learned during the year on maps, compasses and navigation. They set up camp overnight at three locations, including some returning to familiar ground at Brandeston Hall. 

The conditions were ideal for walking with a cool breeze, the rain holding off under cloudy skies, and a little sunshine too. All groups navigated their way back to the College successfully on Friday to complete their practice expeditions, and they will now plan their route cards for their qualifying expeditions in September, building on their experiences.

During Year 10 they will be able to complete activities towards their volunteering, physical and skills to gain a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Those wishing to continue further have the opportunity to go on to Silver and Gold in Year 11 and the Sixth Form.

Gyles Brandreth delights audience at FramSoc

Unknown-6Elusive, fleeting, relative, intensely personal; we were all challenged to consider the various guises of happiness as we sat in the Headmaster Porter Theatre last night engrossed by the preview performance of Gyles Brandreth’s new one-man show, Looking For Happiness.

Of course it was very funny indeed, littered with examples of outrageous name-dropping, topical references and including audience participation but the comedy was also allowed to breathe, increasing its impact, in those moments when the mood was subtly and expertly changed to invite us to ponder and reflect on how happiness can be discovered in the most unlikely of our experiences.

If this was a ‘work in progress’ then audiences at the Edinburgh Festival and the subsequent UK tour are going to leave their theatres happily delighted by what they receive from this truly masterful raconteur.

Year 12 Geographers investigate sand dune ecosystems on North Norfolk coast

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Last Friday a group of 33 lower sixth geographers visited the impressive dune system on the Norfolk coast near Burnham Overy Staithe. The weather was bright and warm which helped in the data collection on this otherwise wind swept and remote coastline. 

The dune system is part of the Holkham National Nature Reserve with the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The field research included surveying of the dune relief, identifying characteristics of the vegetation succession and recording the microclimate and soil conditions. This was a most enjoyable and productive fieldtrip in which the various groups followed transects from the strandline and embryo dunes inland to the dune heath.

The photographs show the entire group being briefed at the start of the investigation. Further images will be available on the College website.

Major General Jack Dye CBE MC DL

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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Major General Jack Dye. He died on Monday evening at his home in Helmingham, aged 93.

Jack was a great friend and servant of the College and Brandeston, and has been a familiar face here since first becoming a governor in 1975. He chaired our Finance and General Purposes Committee for 19 years, and continued to attend Governors’ meetings right through to the present day in his role as Vice President; indeed he attended last term’s meeting and, as ever, contributed actively to debate with his usual sharp insight.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his widow, Jean, and his wide and multi-generational family.

He was a special man and we will miss him.