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.
The Pre-Season Practice hosted by the OF Rifle Club this year took place on 27-28 April.
After zeroing the weapons we moved to the 300 yard firing point on Century Range and commenced our firing practices. We then moved back to the 500 and 600 yard points.
The weekend was a great success and this goes down to the time and effort put in by a handful of Old Framlinghamians who generously gave up their time to help and for which we are truly grateful. The cadets have been well-prepared and we look forward to an exciting and successful season this year.
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!
We are delighted to announce that Katie Tassell will be joining our Sports Department to oversee the tennis programme during the Summer Term.
Katie joins us with a wealth of experience, not to mention that she is an OF and was Head of Pembroke as well as captaining the tennis and 1st XI hockey teams during her time at the College. Katie has been heavily involved in the Framlingham Tennis Club programme for a couple of years and is now working closely with Trevor Wright and Kari Sherington, who have done an incredible job and producing excellent results through all age groups. Katie is married to Guy and has two daughters Evie and Connie and lives in Easton.
She is currently Suffolk Ladies Champion (nine times) and captain of the Suffolk Senior County Cup team for this year, and runs popular cardio tennis classes at Framlingham and Ipswich Sports Club. She is also a practising lawyer, working two days a week in London.
Framlingham College Director of Sport, Simon Sinclair said, “We are delighted that Katie is joining our department and she comes highly recommended from Trevor Wright. With Katie’s experience and knowledge it will only strengthen our programme and give our pupils further opportunities to develop”
From the Telegraph before Saturday’s fixture
Soprano Laura Wright will be playing a leading role in England rugby after being named the first ever official anthem singer.
Laura, a student at the Royal College of Music, will perform the English national anthem ahead of the international matches against South Africa and New Zealand, as well as all of the home games in the 6 Nations tournament next year.
Discussing her new role, Wright, 22, said it was a dream come true.
“It’s a huge honour to have been asked to be England’s official anthem singer,” she said.
“The atmosphere at Twickenham when the team run out in front of a packed crowd of 82,000 is unlike anywhere else and I’m privileged to be able to perform for the players and the supporters. I’m a passionate sports fan and have recently taken up rugby at Rosslyn Park, so I might be able to pick up a few tips!”
This latest success comes at the end of a busy year for Wright, who has sung before the Queen more times than any other artist in 2012. She was also the first soprano to perform at the Olympic Stadium, performed at the Dancing on Ice Final and recorded the Diamond Jubilee songStronger as One, which was mentioned by the Queen during her Commonwealth Day Message at Westminster Abbey.
Old Framlinghamian (OF) Caroline Reid (V 04-09) was a member of the Cambridge Women’s team that was victorious in the Women’s Boat Race this year, despite the fact that during the race her oar caught a crab and stopped the Light Blues dead.
Never one to give up in a tricky situation, Caroline rallied her team and after a hurried restart, the team went on to beat Oxford by ¼ length.
Caroline is currently studying Veterinary Medicine at Jesus College.
Well done to Caroline and the Cambridge Team.
Former Framlingham College student and Britain’s most exciting new soprano, Laura Wright, flies the flag for the Commonwealth with her new Diamond Jubilee Song, ‘Stronger As One’.
Yesterday’s Commonwealth Day Message delivered by The Queen at Westminster Abbey made reference to the newly-composed song and Laura, accompanied by Reading Blue Coat School Choir, premiered the new song in Westminster Abbey in front of representatives from all over the Commonwealth.
This citation in The Queen’s Commonwealth Day Message is both an honour and a privilege for the 21- year-old music student as she used to wait tables to support her studies. She used her Twitter account to break the news to fans yesterday.
Composer of Stronger As One, Robert Hartshorne, said: “I’m delighted that Her Majesty has mentioned Stronger As One in her Message. With proceeds from the song being donated to The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, I hope that the Commonwealth and the world like it!”
Stronger as One is now available to buy as a download, with Decca Records donating a minimum of 50p from every digital single to The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.