On Thursday 19th September, Marc Morris, author and historian, made what has become his annual visit to Framlingham to share his expertise on castles and medieval history. On a miserably wet afternoon, he gave two hour-long sessions to groups of Year 11 students poised to begin Controlled Assessments on the Castle: we regretted the lack of cover within the curtain wall, but Dr Morris’ lively and accessible delivery, with academic expertise lightly worn, again won over his students towards an enquiring approach to their subject. In the evening, the talk on Edward I, a great and terrible king, was equally engaging, a good case being made for this crusader, conqueror of the Welsh, father of 18 legitimate children, 15 by his beloved queen Eleanor, and would-be conqueror of the Scots. It was pleasing that not only students but also a good number of other parents and friends of the College were able to make up an appreciative audience for this excellent presentation.
Last week, our Senior Deputy Head and Double Olympian, Mrs Susan Webber visited Taverham Hall to do a couple of hockey coaching sessions with the girls U9, U11 and U13 teams. Mrs Webber who participated at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and captained South Africa at the 2004 Olympics in Athens thoroughly enjoyed the coaching session with this talented group of girls. Mrs Webber was able to teach the students some of the basics of the game and they all were honoured to take notes from the expert.
“The three main aims of the CCF are leadership, teamwork and camaraderie. The military scenario devised for them on Field Weekend provided the perfect environment to meet these aims. The army section arrived on RAF Barnham’s training area in glorious sunshine ready for Exercise ‘Lion’s Claw’ with the mission of ridding the area of troublesome rebel forces. A platoon harbour was established in a heavily fortified bomb dump complex. Throughout the day their ambush and anti-ambush skills were tested to the full as the initiative swayed back and forth. A dawn attack by the enemy was immediately countered and three assaults on insurgent positions saw the army section gaining the upper hand and the eventual discovery of the location of the enemy base. The army section were shocked to discover that their Headmaster, Mr Paul Taylor had joined the rebel band. By the time the army section arrived at the enemy base an IED had destroyed the retreating enemy convoy. Casualty evacuation drills were well-executed and the remaining rebels surrendered or were swiftly dealt with. Mr Taylor was never found, but a black BMW was seen leaving the area at speed.”
Lt Colonel M K Myers-Allen
William is to be heartily congratulated for achieving such outstanding A level results; 4 A* and an A is a remarkable achievement! As his Housemaster, I know how hard William has worked for this success and he has now put himself in an excellent position for his application to read Economics at Cambridge University following his Gap Year. However, William is more than just a talented academic. He was heavily involved in Rendlesham and as my Deputy Head of House was pivotal in its smooth running and successes over the year, of which there were many. William deserves great credit for the way in which he effectively balanced his studies with a whole host of extra- curricular activities. He achieved the gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, a notable achievement in itself, and rose to the rank of sergeant in our CCF. William is a talented rifle man and he led the College shooting team with aplomb. William now embarks on a Gap Year and will soon be departing for the Far East, starting with work in a financial services firm; it is also typical of him that he has taken it upon himself to learn Mandarin whilst out there. I have no doubt that William will continue to make great strides in whatever he does and his future is very bright indeed.
On Saturday 14th September, Framlingham College hosted their annual Pre-Season U11 and U13 Prep Schools Rugby Festival. This festival attracts over 250 boys and it gives coaches and players the opportunity to play 5-6 games and to enjoy themselves without the pressure of playing for a trophy. Brandeston Hall, Barnardiston Hall, Holmwood House, Widford Lodge, Orwell Park, Old Buckenham Hall, Taverham Hall, The Abbey and St. Johns, Cambridge all took part in the day.
Framlingham College’s Director of Sport, Simon Sinclair said, “I was delighted with the standard of rugby and it was great to see so many boys enjoying the festival. This is the third year we have hosted and it gives the boys an opportunity to get plenty of rugby before the season starts.”
With the prep school rugby festival taking place it was a chance for one of our year 12 students who takes a real interest in refereeing to gain valuable experience. Max is currently taking his badges and while he is a good player, has started taking his refereeing seriously. He refereed during the festival and is also lined up to referee some of our junior games this season. Last year Max took refereeing as part of his GCSE PE course and watching him referee his peers was a difficult experience but one that he gained the utmost respect from them. We are keen to support Max in his development and he certainly is showing signs that he wants to take this further.
We were delighted, but by no means surprised, when Emma Vidler secured her place to read Medicine at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. Emma will embark on her six-year course having achieved A* grades in A-level Chemistry, Biology and Psychology, an A grade in Mathematics and an A grade in Latin, a subject she studied in Year 12 outside of her school timetable. This outstanding set of grades is testament not only to Emma’s academic ability but also to her immense capacity for hard work. Throughout her time at the College Emma has deftly balanced a demanding academic program with a number of significant responsibilities and commitments, always with good humour and good grace. In March, Emma was selected by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of Suffolk, The Lord Tollemache, as one of his Cadets for 2013. This year she has also been an inspirational Head of School, and she will be warmly remembered as a cornerstone of the College’s shooting team and an invaluable asset to our Model United Nations contingent. One of Emma’s strengths is her ability to rise to challenges and to set them for herself. Indeed, her brilliant academic year has been completed in style with a near flawless performance in GCSE Classical Greek, which earned her another A*.
We were also delighted as A-level results day brought the exciting news that Chris Hart had secured his place to read Economics and Management at Worcester College, Oxford. Economics and Management is one of the most popular degrees at Oxford; competition for places is fierce and only around 9% of applicants are admitted to the course each year. Chris’ success therefore represents a very significant achievement, particularly, perhaps, because he did not study Economics at A-level. Chris read widely and intelligently during his time in the sixth form, developing his interest in Economics whilst studying for his A-levels in History, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology. An impressive academic, Chris also showed flair and leadership ability in his role as Head Boy and skill and assurance as a member of the 1st XV Rugby team. In all his roles and positions of responsibility, Chris has been an excellent ambassador for the College. We firmly believe he will thrive in an Economics department which is consistently ranked among the best in the world.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award is a prestigious achievement, highly valued by employers. 11 of the 16 who completed their awards from the previous year’s leavers attended the presentation at St. James’s Palace to receive their Gold DofE certificates this week. Lauren Sutton, who left the College a few years earlier, showed a great sense of timing by achieving her award at an age of 24 years and 51 weeks, just making the deadline in time!
They listened to a speech by Justin Packshaw, who has experience of expeditions as far reaching as both the North and South geographical poles. For the presentation of their DofE Gold Award certificates, they had the opporturnity to meet HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, who spoke to them about their Gold DofE experiences.
L to R: Christina Welsh, George Kerridge, Sophie Matsell, Lauren Sutton, Emily Wilford, Toby Rider, Camilla Gawthrop, James Morgan, Lewis Myers-Allen, George Gough, Thomas Brown and Katherine Hitchcock.
Charlie Green and James Walker have hit the jackpot with a full-house of GCSE A* grades in their recent results. Both boys who are in Stradbroke House at the College were delighted with their results, as was their Housemaster, Mr Bernard Dyer who said, “Charlie was obviously delighted with his clutch of results but in his very typically modest way expressed some surprise at how good they were. As his Housemaster, I was far less surprised than he was: he thoroughly deserves his outstanding results. James is one of the most disciplined and focused young men I have had the pleasure to work with. Coupled with a very sharp brain, it was almost inevitable that he would achieve such fantastic results. James is a highly organised young man who has always been meticulous in his approach to all that he does.”
Framlingham College’s newly appointed Deputy Head (Academic), David Ashton added, “A very impressive achievement from the boys and it reinforces my belief that excellence across a range of disciplines is a goal that students should aim towards.”
Over half of our Year 12 students took part in the very successful Peer Mentoring day last Sunday in the Headmaster Porter Theatre. They participated in several lively and amusing activities enabling them to make new acquaintances during the day, and to learn a range of mentoring skills. We now have over a hundred trained Peer Mentors in the College who provide valuable support to our younger students.