Lancaster Writing Awards

We are delighted to announce that Andrei Balalau (Y12 K) has been shortlisted for the inaugural Prize for Criticism in English Literature at the forthcoming Lancaster University writing awards. This is a nationwide competition open to all Year 12 students and the winner will be revealed in July when Professor Terry Eagleton chooses an eventual winner.

World Book Night

In Chapel this week the College marked World Book Night, held on Tuesday, 23rd April, a day chosen because it was both UNESCO’s International Day of the Book and also the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and death.

This is an event in which 20,000 volunteers give away twenty copies of a chosen book with titles ranging from Treasure Island to Girl with a Pearl Earring. The event is now in its third year and this is the second time that Dr Noble has been able to participate on behalf of the College.

This year her book of choice, given away to twenty of our students, wasA Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich. In forty chapters Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb and there emerges a colourful picture of wars, conquests, grand works of art, the spread of science and tribes evolving towards society.

Poetry by Heart Competition

image003On Thursday, 14th March, the Framlingham College ‘Poetry by Heart’ school finals took place and saw Flavia Munteanu (Year 13) declared the winner with superb readings of Duffy’s ‘Originally’ and Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan’. 

Fierce competition was provided from the other finalists, Seb Treacy (Year 11), Eleanor Gunn (Year 11), Andrei Balalau (Year 12) and Will Wright (Year 10). All the recitals were of very high quality but Flavia and Will were named as winner and runner-up respectively.

We look forward to seeing a strong competition again next year.

Trip to the Victoria & Albert Museum

visist_to_a_v_museamAll of the Year 12 English Literature students were fortunate enough to view a private screening of the exhilarating Jez Butterworth stage play from 2009, Jerusalem.

Escorted to the V & A screening room, the students were then engrossed for the whole of the near three hour running time. Being able to see Mark Rylance’s award-winning performance has certainly fired their imagination for their English Literature coursework.

Eight Year 13 Art students were also able to experience the pleasure of quiet research in the National Art Library and the Study Rooms at the Museum, enjoying the opportunity to view first-hand, preparatory drawings and watercolours by such artists as George Clausen, John Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

English – Year 9 Readathon

image003The Year 9 Readathon has drawn to a close, with students raising a fantastic £285.77 for CLIC Sargent and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. Over their Christmas holidays, all of Year 9 were encouraged by their English teachers to endeavour to read a range of books and collect sponsors for the completion of the reading. With the support of Miss Leaphard, as well as a newly compiled list of book recommendations and a launch from the Library, the pupils headed off for three weeks of turkey, tinsel and literature. 

We are delighted that so many of the students read so widely with such enthusiasm over the busy Christmas period and the money they raised will be put towards paying for authors to make hospital visits, setting up modern and child friendly libraries in hospitals, and also to help fund research into childhood cancers. Special mention needs to be made of Lily Cartmell, who read an impressive nine books in the three weeks, and Peter Lewis and Tom Monaghan who both totalled five books, including some fairly hefty Tolkien!

Year 9 Readathon

219Yesterday the Year 9 English teachers launched the College’s first Readathon event, organised by Miss Leaphard, the school Librarian. Over the next two weeks and during the Christmas break, students will be reading a range of books that have been recommended by the Library and their English teachers and collecting sponsorship in aid of CLIC Sargent and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. These charities work with children who are very ill, paying for visitors and authors to go into hospitals to spend time with the children, read, donate books and resources to hospital libraries and hold book and storytelling events. The Year 9 students will be making a real contribution to these fantastic charities, while broadening their own reading habits and indulging in some great books. A list of Recommended Reads can be found on the Parent Portal homepage.

The Readathon will run until the first week of the Spring term, with the sponsorship money being collected by Miss Leaphard in the Library between Monday 7th and Monday 14th January.

Luke Wright performs in Headmaster Porter Theatre

On Wednesday evening (9th May), acclaimed performance poet Luke Wright returned to the College for a one-off show.

Trying out largely new material ahead of this year’s Edinburgh Festival, he had his audience laughing along with his Brentwood-based ‘B Movie: Barry v. the Blob’ and the bawdy fantasy of ‘Barbara’; but there were also more reflective moments provided by poems on parenthood, politics and the Raoul Moat case.

It was a great display of how topical, entertaining and even energetic verse can be, and I am sure that students who enjoyed it will seek Luke out again in the Poetry Tent at this year’s Latitude Festival.

Details of this and other shows in the area can be found at