Year 12 test out their teaching skills…

fc_year12_teachingSeven French AS students went down to Ipswich to teach a language carousel.

Kristian, Ander, Alex, Emma, Maité, Henrike and Jimmy taught students from Years 1 to 4 an eclectic mix of French, Spanish, German and Swedish.

The pupils at St Mary’s learnt all about numbers, animals, colours and greeting in various
languages.

Click here to view some videos on our YouTube Channel.

College continues to raise money for charity

charity_logosOur final week of term has been a busy one for Charity! Funds raised from the events were
in aid of our Charity of the Term, the Teenage Cancer Trust and our International Charity
of the Year, ZAWT (Zimbabwe Agricultural Welfare Trust).

The charity committee organised a series of events commencing with the College’s first
Staff Triathlon in which nineteen members of staff took part, mostly involving teams of three. Students took over the role usually played by staff and marshalled the events with great enthusiasm whilst providing staff with much appreciated encouragement and moral support along the way. Congratulations go to ‘The Dream Team’ made up of Jacob Rawlinson-Honeyball, Allan Card and Dan Wood who undoubtedly lived up to their name!

The triathlon was immediately followed by our first College Fête, which was thoroughly
enjoyed by all.

During Sports Day we hope to raise another £100 for watching the Tug-of-war of Staff vs the 1st XV College Rugby Team. Sale from soft drinks will make further contributions to our
charities.

Silver & Gold Duke of Edinburgh in Derbyshire

dofeAfter snow drifts and blocked roads led to the cancellation of the Coniston trip at Easter,
the June D of E was adapted to combine Silver and Gold expeditions close together in
Derbyshire. Open to Years 11, 12 and 13, this proved to be very popular with the students.

With a chance to unwind after the academic intensity of GCSE and A level modules, five
Silver groups and three Gold groups set off on their planned expeditions, this time testing
their physical and mental endurance. Some groups demonstrated accurate navigation from
the outset, whilst others developed their skills throughout their experiences. All groups
grew in maturity, self-reliance and teamwork over the course of the expeditions, and all
were successful in meeting their goals.

The next expedition opportunity at these levels will be in the first week of the October half
term, with both Silver and Gold taking place again in Derbyshire. Before then, the current
Year 9 will embark on their assessed Bronze D of E in September, in the countryside
surrounding Framlingham.

Hockey News

Kitty McWhirter (above) and Saffron Wilford (below) have been selected to represent the Saxon Tigers at the upcoming ‘Futures Cup Competition’ during half term. They will travel to Cannock Hockey Club with the hope of winning the tournament and catching the England U18 and U16 selectors eyes at the same time. Kitty (Y12) has already represented both England U16 and U18s, but is hoping to book her place in this years European squad. Saffron (Y11) will have her first opportunity to impress. All at the College wish them well for the tournament.

Last weekend saw a very close fought set of fixtures with Bishop Stortford school. There was some success for the senior teams and some battling performances from the juniors. The 1st XI shared the spoils in an 8 goal thriller, securing a last ditch equaliser to draw a game that had looked lost at 4-3 down. The goals came from forwards Kirsten Damant, Jasmine Lawson and Kitty McWhirter (2). The 2nd XI won 2-0 with goals from Karen Li and Emma Owen. There were victories also for the 3rd and 4th XIs. The junior teams had much tougher afternoons with the U14 A team battling to a 0-0 draw. The U14 B, U15 A and U15 B all lost out to strong Bishop Stortford teams.

This weekend sees the girls compete for the inter-house crown from 12.45pm on Inskips.

Framlingham College Tennis Club – Awards Evening 2012

On Monday, October 1st 2012 at Brandeston Hall, Framlingham College Tennis Club held its annual Awards Evening in which Head Coach Trevor Wright gave a report on the 59 competitive teams that represented either Brandeston Hall (30 teams) or Framlingham College (9 teams) in the Suffolk Schools Tennis Championships during 2012, as well as Framlingham College Tennis Club (20 teams) in the Suffolk Aegon Team Tennis Club Leagues.

He reported that across the board the club won 8 County Team Titles, and were runners up in a further 14.

Statistics the tennis programme were very happy to report on were that:

  • No fewer that 86 children represented Brandeston Hall this year in the various age groups.
  • Of the 30 Brandeston Hall Teams entered into Suffolk Schools Competition, 17 of them qualified for the 4-team County Finals.
  • The total of 20 Club teams entered into Suffolk Aegon Team Tennis (Club Leagues) was more than double that of any other club in the county.
  • 98 players represented the Club in 2012, the next highest from any other club was 43.
  • Across the entire county 111 female players played in the leagues, 43 of them were from our club.

Trevor also mentioned that 8 players on the programme represented their county at tennis during 2012. There are currently over 150 players on the coaching programme and he thanked the coaching team, Kari Sherington in particular for her tireless work in her 2nd year at the College as a full-time coach, as well as all others that have helped with either coaching, managing teams or organizing fixtures and transport.

Following the report, the new Director of Sport at the College, Simon Sinclair awarded “Player of the Year”, and “Most Improved Player” to players in four age groups, winners in each category were:

U18 Player of the Year – Tony Lam

U18 Most Improved Player – Katie Holmes

U14 Player of the Year – Florence McCausland

U14 Most Improved Player – Joanna Maberly

U10 Player of the Year – Isabella Prince

U10 Most Improved Player – Harry Williamson

U8 Joint Players of the Year – Georgie Gardens & Matthieu Lee

U8 Joint Most improved Player – Emma Williamson & George Jackson

To conclude things Club Chairman Andrew Payn thanked Sponsors Bidwells for their continued sponsorship of the Club and also Trevor Wright and all the coaching team for their efforts and work over the past year.

Framlingham College History Society – ‘The Norman Conquest’ with Dr Marc Morris

On Wednesday 12th September, Dr Marc Morris returned to the College on what looks set to become an annual visit because he goes down so well with all sorts and conditions of audience. On a windy, cloudy afternoon, he gave two tours of the castle to Year 11 historians, really setting them up with questions as well as answers about the Bigods’ time in Framlingham.

In the evening, he gave an excellent talk on the Norman Conquest, accessible yet provocative to novice and scholar alike, and his suitcase emptied of books sold at the end testified to the level of interest he had aroused. It was good to see an audience of students, parents, colleagues and friends enjoying serious scholarship so lightly worn. Did Harold really get an arrow in his eye? Read Marc Morris’ The Norman Conquest!

From Green Fluorescent Protein and beyond!

The Goldsmith’s Company which is one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies in the City of London sponsor Science for Society courses and this summer, Framlingham College Biology teacher, Dr Ruth Noble attended one of their prestigious, intensive 5 day lecture and laboratory Genetics courses from Sunday 15 – Friday 20 July 2012, in Cambridge, which covered the latest recombinant DNA genetic techniques, with 12 other delegates from around the country.

This course, which is run as a partnership between three charitable organisations, the Wellcome Trust, the Goldsmiths Company and Villiers Park Charitable Trust, is designed to give biology teachers practical experience in the latest genetic laboratory techniques.

The course coordinators, Dr Jonathan Marchant, University of Minnesota, and Dr Sarah Rudman, Consultant Oncologist, Guys and St Thomas’, led and ran the seminars and practical sessions at Villiers Park, Foxton. In addition to explaining the theoretical basis of the practicals, they also explained the recent research developments, in genetic methods and molecular pathology. There were additional seminars given by visiting speakers, both clinicians and healthcare scientists about such healthcare issues as cancer, ischaemic heart disease and metabolic syndrome.

The whole course visited the world renowned Sanger Centre (Human Genome Campus) at Hinxton, Cambridge where they were given talks on malaria and pathogenic bacteria followed by a tour of the Centre which included visiting the laboratories with the machines carrying out the continued work on mapping the human genome.

The course was very practically orientated so covered such practical techniques as the Polymerase Chain Reaction (a standard DNA amplification technique), the latest gel electrophoresis techniques and extraction of mitochondrial DNA from hair follicles (donated by the delegates!).

Each delegate also used Green Fluorescent Protein, extracted from Aequoria victoria, a jellyfish, in the process of bacterial transformation of E. Coli bacteria, using the pGLO plasmid, so that if successful, these bacteria would now exhibit the green fluorescence. As you can see from the photo, there were some very impressive results!

The final highlight of the week, in celebration of completion of the course, was attendance at a Gala Dinner, at the Goldsmith’s Livery Company, London. The surroundings, with millions of pounds of gold on show, a magnificent dinner, and the company of all the delegates from all the Science for Society Courses sponsored by the Goldsmith’s Company was a fitting spectacular end to what had been an amazing week, full of opportunities to learn and experience new techniques, make new friends and enjoy the chance to do the learning. I will be singing the praises of this experience to all my colleagues so do not be surprised if there is a sudden increase in the uptake from the Suffolk area!

Framlingham College at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

As a first for Framlingham College, the Drama department is taking two plays (‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’) to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Venue 231 – Greenside) from the 13th – 18th August. We are using the name FramBag Theatre for our company which comprises of 7 actors who are involved in both plays. In Edinburgh the plays run consecutively, and need to be booked separately, with ‘Romeo and Juliet’ running for 50 minutes from 13.35 and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ running for 65 minutes from 14.35 on each day of the run.

Exciting new interpretations shed new light on themes and issues in each classic play. In ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ we have men playing women and women playing men highlighting the innuendo, sexual tension and slang which made Wilde such a controversial figure. In ‘Romeo and Juliet’ we show the iconic teenage love story as a series of inter-locking dreams taking place during the course of one night and staged in and around a double bed.

The FramBag company comprises current A level Drama students, new leavers and a student, Camilla Jenkinson, who is currently studying Drama and English at Oxford Brookes University. Lewis Myers-Allen is a member of the NYT and took the lead in our full scale Autumn production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. In Edinburgh he will play Romeo and Cecily Cardew; his brother Alex Myers-Allen hopes to go on to Drama School in 2013 and plays Mercutio and Lady Bracknell; Camilla Jenkinson plays Tybalt and Algernon; Mimi O’Neill plays the Nurse and Jack; Fiona Birch plays Juliet and Canon Chasuble; Billy Treacy plays Friar Lawrence and Gwendolen; Jack Wright plays Miss Prism. Dorothy Englert directs ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and Hugh Edwards directs ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.

Book tickets at the Edinburgh Fringe Box Office at http://www.edfringe.com. For more information on the company and regular updates, follow @frambag on Twitter or visit Facebook and type in FramBag.

For those of you who would like to see these performances locally they are on for one night only at The Cut in Halesworth on Tuesday 21st August 2012 at 7.30pm.   Tickets can be booked directly from their box office on 0845 6732123.