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Huge congratulations to everyone involved in this year’s Upper School production, Fame. Over 80 students took part, either acting and singing, dancing, in the band, backstage and technical, or Front of House. There were four sold-out performances before half term and the audiences enjoyed a gritty tale of students at the Academy of Performing Arts in New York as they pursue their dreams of stardom. The performances were high-energy with exuberant dancing and singing throughout and some great individual performances, notably from Connie Lamb as Carmen, who stopped the show at the end by appearing on top of a full size New York yellow taxi. A special mention for the all-student band, conducted by Ms Martino, which sounded fabulous; for the dance captains who took on some of the choreography; and for everyone in the backstage team. Directed and choreographed by Miss Baldwin, assisted by Ms Parnell, with thanks to all the staff, who helped either in production, technical, Front of House or refreshments. 

To view the photo gallery, please click here.

Sports Hall Athletics County Final

Our Year 7/8 girls’ Sports Hall Athletics squad travelled to Newmarket to compete in the County Final having done fantastically well in winning the Ipswich and South Suffolk event. Sports Hall Athletics consists of a number of ‘track’ races and then ‘field’ events such as standing triple jump, shot put and speed bounce.

The girls all took the event very seriously and made sure they gave their all. There were some exceptional individual performances as well as some great relay results. It’s so pleasing to see students working to the best of their ability in order to score points for the team, as a result there was a great supportive atmosphere.

As they waited patiently for the results which were announced in reverse order, it became clear that they had finished in the top three. A second place finish in the County is something they should all be rightly proud of and it’s a good testament to all their hard work. Well done all of you!

Team members:

 Ella Firth 

 Ella Brown

 Libby Chandler

 Eva Kelly

 Scarlett Longbon

 Lilly Bemmer

 Tia Mee

 Ruby Ford

 Sophie McDonald

U13 Rugby 7s Elite

Year 8 Rugby

Year 8 Boys, finished 12th out of 18 at Suffolk and Essex U13 Rugby 7s Elite held at The Royal Hospital School. The event was organised and sponsored by Northampton Saints and included a lot of private schools. Our boys played very well, finishing second in their group. Damon Oliver scored a fantastic try against Royal Grammar School, Colchester and we ran Ipswich School close in our second place pool.

Mr Steed.


FHSF Quiz Night

The FHSF annual quiz night on March 3rd was another great evening out, with the School Dining Hall filled with 170 happy quizzers.

Thank you to the FHSF team who produced a delicious ploughman’s supper – with Adnam’s pickle – and manned the popular bar. Mr Piddington was the tough quiz master, with Mr Moran updating the scoreboard, helped by the glamorous assistants Dr Sievewright and Mr Hall collecting in the papers.

Well done to the winning team (of teachers) “Where there’s a Will” with 92 points, closely followed by Q7 and Dolly Mixtures who came from a long way back with a perfect score with their joker on the penultimate round. The winning student team “The Inglorious Quizmasters!” who won a tub of Celebrations.

The FHSF raised over £1,400 for school projects.

Little Big Awards

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Following the internal presentations for the ‘Little Big Awards’ held at Farlingaye, the group chosen to represent the school, went to the regional finals held at the Cambridge Science Park on Thursday February 9th. The group included Barney Barnes, Harry Lansley, Tristan Whittle and Joash Jennis. There was stiff competition from students of more senior years and larger group sizes but the boys came through to win! They impressed the judges with their presentation, business plan and prototype of a mousetrap, that tweets when a capture is made. They will now go through to the national finals to be held in London.

Mr Hawtin

Undergraduate Conference in German Studies at the University of Cambridge


On Saturday February 11th, George Balakrishna, Year 13 and Jordan Baggot, Year 12 attended the third Cambridge Undergraduate Conference in German Studies, held at Gonville and Caius College. The keynote speaker, Dr Hubertus Knabe, Director of Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, a museum and memorial in a notorious former Stasi torture prison, reflected on this year’s theme Remembering and Forgetting in the German-Speaking World. Undergraduate students of German from all over the UK presented on topics as diverse as ‘Luther’s Legacy’ and ‘The Role of the Trabant in Contemporary Germany’. The Sixth Form students had plenty of opportunities to network with current University students of German and a careers panel provided various answers to the question how German can enhance your career prospects.

Mrs S Green

"The theme of the conference was 'Remembering and Forgetting' which is extremely pertinent today. The speakers spoke mainly in German which was a great learning experience as was being able to spend the day at one of Cambridge's oldest colleges." George Balakrishna

Senior Swimming Squad

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Both our under 14 and our over 14 swimming squads qualified for the area final having done well in their heat. They had a fantastic final with a tremendous team spirit evident within and between the teams; they couldn’t have been more encouraging towards each other!

The structure of the gala is that 5-8 students cover 5 individual events and two relays and teams consist of both boys and girls. Our junior team had some very promising results and it was really lovely to see the high standard of performance. Our senior team were hoping that if they all managed their best performances they might have a chance of finishing in the top two. We couldn’t have asked for more from all of them, they were so professional in their approach and the whole team had a chance to show just how talented they are. When the results were announced they were so excited and proud to hear they had won the overall title against some tough opposition. Well done to all the team members and particularly to the senior squad of Hannah Taplin, Eleanor Oliver, Jade Brewer, Ollie Pick, Henry Butler, George Crookall and Sam Cottee.

Year 10 Football

The Year 10 boys have progressed to the next round of the County Cup. A hard fought game against Bungay High School resulted in a 4-0 win. Three late goals sealed a deserved win. Farlingaye managed to play some slick football, we kept the ball well and created a host of chances.

A change of formation seemed to suit the team. We played with three at the back and overloaded the midfield. This gave Teddy Baker and George Fricker a license to attack while Toby Barnard gave defensive cover in front of Josh Smedley, Ben Saberton and Dylan Hassan. George Ferguson and Matt Sheridan had the task of patrolling each wing. Euan Childs had an accomplished game breaking up opposition play and setting us on our way with fluent passing.

Bungay offered a physical challenge but little else and 4-0 was a fair representation of the game. Goal scorers included: Josh Smedley, George Ferguson and Euan Childs. The team travel to Mildenhall for the quarter finals.

Mr Sparkes


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I have been working with Year 6 students at Gorseland Primary School, in Martlesham Heath to create two large scale murals for display in the Gorseland School grounds. The murals have been created to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society, MH 100. The students looked at the work of artist Charlie O'Sullivan in preparation for the paintings and created designs in response to her work and drawing from imagery of old war planes. Students used acrylic paints and stencilling techniques to create the murals.

Miss Markham

Intermediate Maths Challenge

In the recent Senior Maths Challenge, open to students in Years 9, 10 and 11, nearly 70 students participated and produced a fantastic set of results with many notable performances. In total 65% of the students received a certificate. Gold certificates were awarded to Alex Richards and Raffy Zoio in Year 11, Thomas Horton and Joe McGlynn in Year 10 while Evie Zoio struck Gold in Year 9.  Additionally, the award of 17 Silver and 18 Bronze certificates is a testament to the problem solving skills of the Maths students across the Key Stage 4 groups. 

To view the full article, please click here.

 Ski trip to Folgarida, Italy

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On February10th we commenced our 28 hour journey to Folgarida located in the stunning Italian Dolomites. After a ferry trip from Dover to Calais we continued our journey through France, Belgium, Germany, Austria and finally Italy. After a well-earned sleep and continental buffet breakfast; we headed out to the slopes. We had five ski groups, with everything from first timers to absolute pros! After a morning of skiing we regrouped for lunch at a restaurant on top of the mountain with amazing views! It was a great location. On our last day we even started an impromptu party with the locals and a DJ! Our après ski activities included bowling, which Mrs Silvester won, and Mr Trett’s world famous “Quiz and Fun Night”! The after-eight challenge and limbo competition were particular highlights! We also went ice skating and visited a local pizzeria for some delicious traditional Italian pizza and gelato. We had an amazing week! Huge thanks to the teachers, especially the fantastic Mr Parks!

Elsa Cooney and Jess Macfarlane, Year 12.

Farlingaye Flyers

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It’s been a busy few weeks for the members of the Farlingaye Flyers riding club.

On Saturday, January 28th Grace Hayward and Beth Fewings competed at the NSEA County Challenge Show Jumping competition at The Jays, Bury St Edmunds.  It was Grace’s first time out with her new horse, Lizzie, and had a lovely clear round in the 80cm class and an unfortunate pole in the 90cm class.  Beth and her horse, Sean, put in a sound performance with a clear round in the 90cm class and then went on to jump in the 1m class.

Pony morning

On Monday, February 6th, Haydn Sykes, Grace Hayward and Olivia Lewis attended a show jumping clinic at Poplar Park.  To view the full article, please click here.

DT Work of the Month

DT Work of the month

Once a month the Technology team vote on their favourite piece of KS3 work. DT Work of the Month is a new feature for the Forum that showcases work of great quality and effort from students in all areas of Technology.

Book Mastermind


Every year, Suffolk Libraries run Book Mastermind for students in Years 7-9 from across the county. Each high school holds its own competition with students choosing their favourite book instead of a subject. They answer up to 20 questions in two minutes. Winners go on to the area final in March and then the All Suffolk Final.

Oliver DeVita 7R came first and will be going through to the next round at Debenham High School.

2nd place Iris Rea 8S

3rd place Saul Osbourne

Well done to all who took part in the competition.

Mrs Mason

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1st Farlingaye Spanish Conference

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On Saturday January 28th, students and teachers of Spanish from the local area came together at Farlingaye for a day of talks and workshops on all things Spanish. The day started with a live performance of Spanish guitar music by Mr Hynes, parent of Paddy Hynes in Year 13, and Dr Packard, from the University of Suffolk talked about his current research on Basque refugee children, who came to Suffolk during the Spanish Civil War.

Students honed their pronunciation skills with Miss Andrades using tongue twisters such as “Tres tristes tigres comen trigo en un trigal”.  Alfredo Castro from the University of East Anglia delivered a talk on how studying languages enhances your employability, as well as running an interactive creative writing workshop. Farlingaye’s own Year 12 students introduced the delegates to Spanish music, then Dr Lalaguna from Imperial College London spoke about the benefits of learning languages.

During the lunch break, delegates completed a quiz on Spanish culture and enjoyed a selection of delicious Spanish food and drink. The day was rounded off with a prize draw. We would like to thank the Association for Language Learning for their generous financial support, as well as all participating speakers.

Miss Andrades and Mrs Green


Miss Markham, one of our art teachers, has been working with Year 6 students at Gorseland Primary School, in Martlesham Heath to create two large scale murals for display in the Gorseland School grounds. The murals have been created to celebrate the one hundred year anniversary of the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society, MH 100. The students looked at the work of artist Charlie O'Sullivan in preparation for the paintings and created designs in response to her work and drawing from imagery of old war planes. Students used acrylic paints and stencilling techniques to create the murals.

Helping the Homeless

Over half term Jakob Poffley, Year 13, is raising money for the homeless.

He will be spending 4 nights sleeping rough in the 4 UK cities with the most homeless people and hitchhiking between them. He won’t be taking any money with him.

He is raising money via and any donations will be gratefully received.

Year 9 Boys’ Basketball


The Year 9 Boys basketball successfully defended their Suffolk County Basketball Championship after narrowly beating Basketball Academy County Upper in the County Final and will now travel to Great Baddow in the Regional rounds.

Mr Haughan.


Erasmus + 3D Thinking in Education project – Visit to Sweden 2017

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The team representing Farlingaye, Mr White, Mr Barry and I travelled to Sweden to be part of a drive to develop 3D printing into the curriculum across Europe. Each country was represented by two teachers and a student, who brought their own experience and curriculum expectations to the group. Over the course of the week we expanded our knowledge of 3D thinking and the technology involved with 3D printing. This was done through exchanging of experiences and being taught by an expert in the field, Jonathan Keep. Evenings were to create networking opportunities and explore the town. The students of the course were tasked with creating a logo for the project.  To view the full article, please click here.

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Reading Raffle!

In September all students in Years 7 to 10 were issued with a Reading Passport by their English teachers. By reading outside of their lessons, students were encouraged to get every half hour of reading ‘signed off’ by a parent/carer with every half an hour equalling 500 travel miles. Students who undertook the challenge found themselves virtually travelling around the world, stopping off in New York City, Sydney and Beijing. Every time a student reached one of these landmarks they would be rewarded with commendations and those students who travelled all the way around the world found themselves with a ticket to the end of term raffle! Congratulations therefore to our first batch of Reading Passport winners who have each won a WHSmith voucher: Zara Lawrence 7S, Tamsin Parker 7S, Ethan Seva Madden 7N, Corey Baker 8A, Neave Matthews 8I, Ethan Boswell 8I, Maddie Bell 8Y, Albie Willet 9N, Daniel Gore 9G and Ross Malham 10N. All students praised the Reading Passport, saying how much it had encouraged them to read and explaining how it had given their parents an opportunity to be more involved with their reading at home. If you have not seen or heard about your child’s Reading Passport, please ask them about it and encourage them to complete their virtual trip around the world so they too can be entered into this term’s raffle!

Year 7 Endeavour – Little Big Awards

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On January 31st, Year 7 students made presentations on the topic of ‘Connecting the unconnected’. The theme was set by CISCO who have sponsored the Little Big Awards STEM event. Students chose products ranging from toothbrushes, bins and shoes to fridges and worked out ingenious ways they could utilise the internet to benefit our lives.

The judging panel included Dr Sievewright, Mr Wakeley, Miss Chapman, Miss Baldwin & Mr Van Den Bergh (STEM Ambassador).

A huge congratulations to all who took part, with the winning team of Joash Jennis, Barney Barnes, Harry Lansley and Tristan Whittle presenting on a modern take of the pest trap. They will now take part in the regional finals at the Cambridge Science Park.

Mr Hawtin

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Book Review

Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

Having never read Little Women when I was younger, I thought it was about time I picked up Louisa May Alcott’s 19th Century Classic and I’ve been so glad I did. Little Women tells the story of the March family: a mother and four daughters living on a meagre income at home whilst their father is away fighting in the war.  Whilst some of the 19th Century attitudes are outdated today, the depiction of the girls’ individual characters and the emotions they grapple with including anger, selfishness and jealousy have a lot to say to us today.   In our fast paced world of materialism, independence and impatience, there is a vast amount we can learn from the Little Women characters about contentment, relationships and use of time.  Little Women is an engaging read for teenagers and adults alike and has something for everyone to benefit from.

Mrs Spurling

Farlingaye Netball

It has been a busy start to the term with lots of Netball fixtures and training sessions for all year groups. As a faculty, we have been so impressed with the number of girls attending training either at lunchtime or afterschool, showing a dedicated approach to advancing their skills and improving their netball fitness. The girls attend each week with so much enthusiasm and we have loved seeing all year groups mix and train together, sharing their passion for the sport. To view the full article, please click here.

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The Clothes Show

On December 6th, 42 Farlingaye students travelled to the Birmingham Clothes Show. The majority of the group was made up of Y10 and Y11 GCSE Textiles students hoping to find inspiration (and a few bargains!) Leaving at 7am was a push for some but we left for the show in good spirits and only 11 minutes later than originally planned.

The group was particularly excited due to having a student finalist, Della Stiff, for one of the Creative Awards - ‘Young Artist of the Year.’ The Creative Awards are designed to help students discover creativity, imagination and original thinking within Art and Design and the briefs are based on core criteria, outlined by leading examining bodies.’  To view the full article, please click here.

National Citizen Service

Year 11 and 12 students are going to be given a fantastic opportunity this summer to take part in this super government funded scheme. For £50 students can participate in a four week programme during the summer holidays (financial support is available). Over 50 students participated last year and as a result Farlingaye is now a ‘Champion School’.  To read the full article, please click here.

Christmas Concerts

Over 300 students enthralled parents and members of the local area with their musical talents in a series of musical concerts.

On Thursday December 6th, they kicked off the season with the school concert in front of a delighted audience of 300. Various musical groups performed Christmas standards old and new, finishing off with a rousing “O Come All Ye Faithful” with audience participation.   There was a cake sale of delicious bakes, raising money for a local charity. To view the full article, please click here.

Singing at Sutton Hoo


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On Sunday December 11th, the Chamber Choir were again invited by the National Trust to Sutton Hoo. The singing was beautiful - two performances of 40 minutes in the living room of Tranmer House, singing Christmas songs and carols to an audience of about 50 each time, with solos by Amber, Luke, Mia, Lotte, Annie and Katharine. In between the performances we sang a few carols in the main reception area. With lovely weather, free mince pies and a relaxed atmosphere this was a super way to get into the Christmas spirit. Well done to everyone, and thanks to Ms Tyndale-Hardy and Mr Blomfield for singing along.

Mr Picton

Book Review

Continuing with our endeavours to promote reading, this edition of The Forum includes two reviews; enjoy! The English Team

Throne of Glass Series – by Beth Scahill Year 12

I have never been so frustrated and captured by a book series before. The sheer scale of plot twists seem to sneak up on you and flip your understanding of this secretive and mysterious world. One moment you are toiling in the salt mines of Endovier alongside enslaved prisoners of war; the next, you’re soaring through the skies with a pack of witches. This blood curdling series is made up of the perfect mix of magic, mystery and horror… and you never know who or what is over the next page.

‘Elizabeth is Missing’ by Emma Healey – Mrs Silvester

Shortlisted for many literary awards this novel is both a gripping detective story and a haunting depiction of the decline of the human mind through Dementia. Healey creates a captivating voice of a woman struggling with her changing world; in a compassionate, yet funny and poignant way. Due to the dual narrative, an interwoven story showing the confusion of the present, mixed with Maud's very vivid memories of her past, I remained engaged throughout and felt rewarded  with an interesting and intricate plot. This novel is an intelligent, funny; yet very sad, page-turner.

Christmas Hampers

The traditional Christmas hamper competition was held last term, with each tutor group producing a fantastic work of art and filling it with goodies for people in need.

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The unique ideas and variety of models was astounding and the full array of hampers on display in the dining hall on Thursday December 15th was fantastic.

The winning hampers were as follows:-

7A                           Fishing penguin

8E girls                   Snowman made from cups

9A                           Christmas Pudding

10R                         Clearing the snow

11N                         Igloo

11E                         Penguin Slope

12/13E                   Michael Buble Christmas Village

There were a total of 75 hampers and they were distributed through Lighthouse Women’s Aid, West Villa (for homeless families), Age UK Suffolk Coastal, Home-Start Suffolk Coastal, Suffolk Refugee Support, St John’s Church, Salvation Army.

Beauty and the Beast

The sense of anticipation crackled like electricity in the air before the staff pantomime at the end of last term. Students were wildly excited as the lights went down and “Beauty and the Beast” began.  They reacted in traditional style to the wicked, vain Gaston (Mr Tunaley) and the truly terrifying Beast (Dr Sievewright).  Belle (Miss Gilmour) held the story together, and there were cameos from staff as Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs Potts, Chip the Teacup, in fantastic costumes some of which were made in-house.

The play’s scenes were bookended by song or dance numbers from each faculty, including a beautiful duet between Mrs Moran and Dr Harrison and a dynamic dance routine from Maths.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon greatly appreciated by the students.

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Gala competitors

Swimming Gala

This year we have entered two swimming Galas for local schools. This is the first time for a number of years that there has been an opportunity for local gala’s so we were inundated with students who wanted to take part. The competition was organised in to an over 14’s event and an under14’s one. Each team had to have a mixture of boys and girls and races were over the 50m distance. I am delighted to say that both our teams have qualified for the final in February and our over 14 team in particular look like strong contenders for the title. I will bring you the results as soon as we have them and will provide updates from the final via the PE twitter account.

Miss Alexander

Focus Fortnight

Focus Fortnight this year explored the theme of “Origins”. We had an amazing few weeks, with so many staff and students being involved, it was a delight to experience the excitement and thought the activities elicited.

The fortnight started with a number of competitions, setting up the challenge of the fortnight for the students. From here language taster sessions, history and world affairs lectures, science seminars, open mic concerts, cooking workshops and artists in residence interspersed the mountain biking, song writing and theatre workshops. And as if this wasn’t enough Year 9 visited the Suffolk Skills Show, the Farlingaye Careers Conference hosted 30 organisations and was visited by almost 1300 students, 18 speakers presented at the One Life Day and a fantastic morning was spent hosting grandparents and comparing education in the 21st century with their own experiences.

What an amazing opportunity for us all to reflect on the world in which we live and where we have come from! Displays are now around the school reminding us not only of the fun we had but also to reinforce these key messages.

Mrs Laird

Year 10 Boys’ Football

A strong line-up faced the visiting team, Hartismere, in the County Cup clash. Teddy Baker was available after missing the last game due to ITFC Academy commitments, Euan Childs was also back into the midfield after being absent with an injury. Farlingaye looked the stronger team right from the start and exerted some good pressure on our opposition. Josh Knight went close with a couple of chances and we looked very comfortable at the back, Tom Curtis was hardly called into action at all in the Farlingaye goal.  To read the full article, please click here.

Green Council Update

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Hedgehog Homes

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As part of our continued attempts to make the school grounds a bit more wildlife friendly, the Green Council members have been creating some hedgehog homes this term. According to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, hedgehog numbers have declined by up to one third in the last ten years, so we were keen to add this to our previous wildlife projects such as the bird boxes and insect hotels. To read the full article, please click here.

Minsmere Report

To refine their investigative abilities and lock in two required practicals, Farlingaye’s A2 level biology students headed to RSPB Minsmere at the start of the month. Across a Monday and Friday, we explored a variety of things from succession to biodiversity across the reserve. To read the full article, please click here.



What an awesome job we have done together with the shoe boxes this year as a school. We have managed to make, sort and gift wrap 102 shoe boxes that are on their way with all the boxes from Suffolk in the next few days. It was really great to see our students working on them together with their families and in groups. Well done to all of you that took part. Finally, on behalf of the children that will receive them, may I wish you a blessed Christmas. Thanks, Mr Williams.

Sylvia Manley and Jean Winter Charitable Trust

We are really pleased to announce that Keith Manley has set up a trust in remembrance of Sylvia Manley and Jean Winter who were grandmothers of two of our ex-students. The trust will make awards to students each year in the following categories:

  • - Awards to students with special needs for achievement
  • - Awards to students who are the sole or principal carer at home for a sibling. Parent or grandparent
  • - Awards for outstanding service to the community.

Thank you to both families for their generosity to the school and it is a great opportunity to recognise the achievements of those students who will be considered under the criteria of the Trust.

Donation to Cystic Fibrosis

Rotary Quiz

A team of staff, ex-staff and family from Farlingaye won the local Rotary Club Quiz Night last month, regaining the trophy for Farlingaye.

The prizes for first, second and third places were donations to the charity of the teams’ choosing.

We were pleased to send £316.66 to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust in memory of Katie and Becky Ashton.

Senior Maths Challenge

In the recent Senior Maths Challenge, open to students in Years 11, 12 and 13, nearly 70 students participated and produced a fantastic set of results with many notable performances. In total, 72% of the students received a certificate. Gold certificates were awarded to Mia Gaines and Kieran Harris in Year 13 while Alex Cooke and Peter Strulo struck gold in Year 12.  Additionally, the award of 17 Silver and 29 Bronze certificates really emphasises the Maths talent across the senior year groups.

Following the Senior Maths Challenge, around 3,000 students are invited to sit a follow on competition called the Senior Kangaroo. I am delighted to announce that three of our students, Mia Gaines, Kieran Harris and Alex Cooke all scored highly enough to qualify for this competition. They will sit the paper in the coming weeks. To read the full article, please click here.

Third Farlingaye German Conference

German Conference

On Saturday December 19th, over 60 students from 10 local schools met for a day of talks and workshops on all things German. The day started with an inspiring talk by Liam Flin in Year 13, about his participation in the German Scholarship Programme, a scheme for talented students of German, funded by the German government. Mr Lewington, parent of Lily Lewington in Year 12, talked about how German can help you build a successful career. To read the full article, please click here.

Book Review

Miss Crossley recommends... ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

‘It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.’

I was anxious when I heard Harry Potter was making a comeback; I loved the original stories so much that I feared nothing could match them.  I thought I might as well just pop to the bookshop, have a look at the front cover….see if it takes my fancy….I don’t have to buy it after all!  Of course I had to buy it, this is Harry Potter!  I couldn’t bear not to know where his life had ended up, was he still with Ginny, were Ron and Hermione still together, how were his children?  The answer to this last question is tricky, especially if your name is Albus Severus Potter and you are the youngest son of the famous Harry Potter.  This is mostly his story, how Albus struggles with the legacy of his father and how he’ll do anything to break free.  It’s what he decides to do however that could change everyone’s lives forever.

This book has everything Harry Potter fans loved about the originals: tension, drama, humour, sadness and of course…magic! 

Farlingaye Flyers

Farlingaye Flyers

For the Farlingaye Flyers, the autumn term kicked off with a “Jumping with Style” competition at Easton College. Beth Fewings and her horse, Sean, competed in the 90cm and 1m classes.

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In October, Haydn Sykes and his pony Billy and Shannon Smith with Orien, competed in the 80cm and 90cm Arena Eventing competition at The Jays.

FHS Flyers

If you are interested in joining the Equestrian club, please see Mrs Gray. You do not need to have your own horse, we regularly have training and fun days at Poplar Park Equestrian Centre where you have the opportunity to hire a horse if you don’t have your own!

Mrs Gray

British Orienteering Schools Championships

I took part in the British Schools Orienteering Championships three weeks ago and won a national gold medal! This took a lot of commitment and training and after 2 years of winning bronze or silver medals, I finally got gold. Orienteering is a sport that involves a mix of cross country running and map reading. Everybody starts at different times and you need to get round all the checkpoints in the fastest time possible; however you need to find your way to each checkpoint using your map. This particular event was structured slightly differently, there were 30 checkpoints and you needed to go to as many checkpoints as possible in 45 minutes. I do an orienteering course every week and attend a special training session with the East Anglian Junior Squad every month. This helps me with both my map reading and my running. I am also a member of the Farlingaye and Framlingham running clubs. All this training finally paid off and now I have my British gold medal.   

Barney Barnes 

 Artist Visit

Alfie Carpenter

On November 3rd, Alfie Carpenter visited our school to work with students across all year groups as an artist in residence for a day. Alfie is a former student of Farlingaye who is now a successful professional artist exhibiting in Suffolk and across the UK. Students explored ideas based around the theme of "Origins" for our focus fortnight. They experimented with transforming found materials, such as old clothing, letters and stamps and other discarded items into beautiful mixed media landscapes. Alfie shared ideas about layered compositions and building an artwork through use of a range of textures, mark making and collage techniques. 

Students thoroughly enjoyed the day and the experience of working with a practising artist. 

Mrs Hetherington

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Biology Photo Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the Biology Photo Competition:

 KS3:  1st - Susannah Brooks

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 KS3: 2nd - Benny McGuire

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 KS4:  1st - Alex Hazelwood

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 KS4:  2nd - Vince Skye

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 KS5:  1st - Phoebe Mansfield

 KS5:  2nd - Alistair Wells

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 A Wells

 Staff:  1st - Miss Rai

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 Staff:  2nd - Mr Barrie

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Thanks for all your entries.  Prizes will be winging their way to the winners very soon and the winning entries will be displayed in science.  Dr Biran.

Clothes Show Competition

In the middle of October, six Farlingaye students entered The Clothes Show ‘Young Artist of the Year Award’ as part of the Creative Awards competitions. This included Della Stiff, Natasha Owen, Bryony Lawson, Lucinda Green from Year 11 and Emily Richards, Annabel Kimber and Tilly Hobbin-Cooke from Year 9. To read the full article, please click here.

Rotary Young Chef Competition

Rotary Chef

On Wednesday 12th October, seven students from Years 7-11 competed against each other in the ‘RIBI young Chef’ competition supported by family friends and staff. The contestants were from Year 7 Bill Goodyear, William Page, Annabelle Whittle, Year 8 Tiffany Gray-Moloney, Year 9 Jack Nelson-Tunks, Year 11 Izzy Golder and Shannon Smith.  To read the full article, please click here.

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Farlingaye Flyers

FHS Flyers  The Jays

For the Farlingaye Flyers, the autumn term kicked off with a “Jumping with Style” competition at Easton College. Beth Fewings and her horse, Sean, competed in the 90cm and 1m classes.

In October, Haydn Sykes and his pony Billy and Shannon Smith with Orien, competed in the 80cm and 90cm Arena Eventing competition at The Jays.

If you are interested in joining the Equestrian club, please see Mrs Gray. You do not need to have your own horse, we regularly have training and fun days at Poplar Park Equestrian Centre where you have the opportunity to hire a horse if you don’t have your own!  Mrs Gray.

Italian Inspiration Cooking Workshop 
As part of Focus Fortnight, Head Chef Mark David from the Cooking Experience in Ipswich delivered a cooking workshop based on Italian origins to a group of Year 9 students. The session focused on Italian ingredients and recipes. During the session, Mark demonstrated how to make fresh pasta using just flour and water, no pasta machine needed, so the students could have a go at home.

The students also made a tiramisu and a selection of bruschetta using pancetta, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, garlic and a whole selection of ingredients. Mark talked about the origins of the ingredients and recipes.

At the end of the session, the students got a chance to sit down and eat the food they’d produced, with some leftovers for home of course. It was a great event thoroughly enjoyed by all and hopefully will be repeated in the future with a different theme.  Mrs Ewers.

Most Able STEM Club

STEM club

Our latest group of STEM club students have been challenged every week with a project stretching their abilities of problem solving, team-working and perseverance. They have recently been constructing supporting towers, simulation lander probes and measuring the flight of various paper aeroplane solutions. Well done to all involved!  Mr Hawtin.



A cold and windy autumn day in Diss was the setting for the Suffolk Schools’ Golf County Championship. The Farlingaye competitors comprised George Fricker, Kamiar Azvine, Ryan Goodarzi and Taylor Crisp. There were some fantastic shots played and some tough holes that challenged even the most accomplished of players.

All our players found the going tough and some were not pleased with their score cards after 18. However, Taylor Crisp had a superb round and won his division with an exceptional net score of 63, shooting well below his handicap. He had a particularly impressive back 9, where he shot level par. This is the first time Taylor has represented the school team and long may it continue.

Well done to all the lads who competed!  Mr Sparkes.

Suffolk Skills Show

David Donovan

Students from Year 9 were lucky enough to go to the Suffolk Skills Show at Trinity Park, where over 100 different exhibitors were on hand to talk to young people about jobs and industries they are interested in.

The Show was especially exciting for one of our students as he won one of the competitions being held by an exhibitor. David Donovan in 9H guessed the correct number of bricks in a wall and won a giftbag full of tools from Gipping Construction Ltd. Congratulations David.

The English Faculty continue their book recommendations….

An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo

This book is inspired by the true story of a man who might have been able to prevent World War II.

The book is full of mystery and emotions that take you from laughing to crying, plus leaving cliff-hangers on nearly every chapter.

This story is about a little boy, called Barney, who is on a train because his house was destroyed by bombs in World War II leaving his family homeless. Their pet horse, called Big Black Jack is missing. The train is under attack from German fighters and in the darkness a stranger, tells them stories to pass time and to stop them from worrying.

The story is a real page-turner and is a good book for all ages. It has a nice cover and is full of brilliant illustrations that are all done by pencil, meaning they are all black and white as it wasn’t very colourful in the war.  A must read for Michael Morpurgo fans.I think this book is exciting and that it will capture anyone’s heart.  By Imogen Radwell 7Y.

Year 10 Football

The eagerly awaited start of the Year 10 football season kicked off a week before the half- term break. It was the National Cup Competition and a rare home fixture. We were drawn against Langley who came with a strong reputation having beaten our Year 9 lads convincingly earlier in the season. They have the advantage of Norwich City FC Academy being based at their School, with Darren Eady in charge of their football. To read the full article, please click here.

News from the Governors

As the newly elected Chair of the Governing Board, I’d like to pay tribute to my predecessor Tim Fosker. I’m Louise Franks and I was elected as a parent governor at the school in September 2010 and until recently served as the Chair of Finance.  Since my arrival, Tim has been annually elected to Chair the Governing Board and during his tenure has worked tirelessly to help Farlingaye remain one of the top publicly funded schools in the County.  To read the full article, please click here.

Cross Country – the results so far

There have been two cross country events so far and both have been extremely successful. The first competition we enter is the National Schools Cup, this is split into three rounds; a County round followed by a Regional round and then, for the best teams in the Country, a National Final.  To view the full article, please click here.

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Most Able Morning

On Wednesday 6th July, 83 students from Years 7, 8 and 9 were involved in our annual Most Able Technology and ICT Enrichment Morning. Students were selected to participate in specific subject sessions including Textiles, Systems and Control, Resistant Materials, ICT, Catering and Graphics, for periods 1 and 2. A whole range of exciting activities were organised for students to take part in.  To read the full article, please click here.  To view the photos, please click here.

Deben Rowing Club Juniors - The Yare Cup

The day began surprisingly warm and sunny with seven seniors and six juniors taking part in 11 different racing categories at the Yare Cup in Norwich. The competition was divided into two divisions to allow competitors time to row the 6k to the start line before racing the 3700m course and returning home. To read the full article, please click here.


Croquet  Croquet 2

Following victories in both the singles and doubles championships at Oxford last summer, Farlingaye’s croquet team headed to Watford to defend their respective crowns.  To read the full article, please click here.

Tech GCSE Exhibition Evening

On Wednesday 6th July, Design and Technology held the first GCSE Exhibition Evening to celebrate the successes of last year’s Year 11 students. Exhibitions were set up in the Technology block and projects and products were on display for Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Systems and Control and Textiles.  To read the full article, please click here.  To view the photos, please click here.

Farlingaye Reading Club

Can you help?

Thanks to all of those who put the Co-op green tokens into the Community Token scheme boxes in Woodbridge and Wickham Market before the summer. We received a cheque for £300 to raise funds for the students to buy new books and pay for teas at Reading Club.

Also, we would like to invite any parent who feels they have the time to volunteer on a Wednesday between 3.45 and 4.45 to help with the teas and clearing up or to read with the students. We can arrange for the necessary paper work and we would love to have you as part of the team. We start again on October 19th. Please call me for any information.

Ms Anderson Learning Support.

German Taster at Kyson Primary School

German Taster

As part of a project Liam Flin in Year 13 is currently completing after winning the German Scholarship this summer, he went to Kyson Primary School to deliver a German taster session to a group of children in KS2.  To read the full article, please click here.

Equipment Donation

Farlingaye’s Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme has received a generous donation from the Rohan shop in Woodbridge. The shop is involved with the Gift Your Gear scheme, which was set up in 2012 by Sarah Howcroft, one of the original founders of Rohan.  To read the full article, please click here.

Reading Rules!

As an English faculty, and school, we are eager to encourage students to read as this is a key skill which will influence students’ success in every walk of life. Students in Years 7 to 10 have all received a reading passport, which asks students to track their reading. They are aiming to complete a minimum of 30 minutes reading a week (although we would urge for more!), and get their passport signed by you when they have completed this. Hopefully you have already seen these at home. As students travel around the world, there will be prizes recognising their effort in reading.  To read the full article, please click here.

Work Experience

Work exp 1 Work exp 2

On Monday September 5th, 293 students in Year 11 began the academic year by taking up their Work Experience placements. The range of placements was as wide as ever. Local employers were once again very willing to offer our students a huge number of very exciting and varied opportunities.  To read the full article, please click here.

PDF icon  Forum 16th September 2016

Music Tour:

Music Tour 2016

The 2016 Music Tour was to Austria. 140 of us boarded two large coaches and made our way to the Port of Dover.

Austria was brilliant, the weather not so kind for the first day and then we had beautiful sun. We performed two concerts, although rain stopped us playing at one venue. We played beside the lake in St Gilden and then at a pub/restaurant just across the German border. It was a beautiful venue with a lake and mountains as the back drop.

We spent time sightseeing, swimming and playing sports. The hotel was lovely and the food great. One evening we had an Open Mic night and another we had a traditional Austrian meal in Salzburg.

The tour is a great opportunity for the students to mix with other year groups and other musicians, they work as part of a team to produce some wonderful music that enthrals audiences. One of the comments I received was 'With such unhappiness in the world, your students have made me feel hope that there is goodness!'

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German Scholarship Experience

This summer was unlike any other for me. Having been selected as one of only eight in the UK to enrol in the PAD (Pädagogischer Austauschdienst) Scholarship programme in Germany, I was initially very nervous, but I can safely say it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.  To view the full article, please click here.

U14 Cricket

U14 Cricket

The boys came second in the County at the County Finals held at Woolpit CC on Friday 9th July. They played very well in the semi-final beating an excellent King Edwards Grammar School in a dramatic match that swung in favour of both teams throughout the game. 

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Solar Panels for Farlingaye

Solar Panel

It’s been a long-term dream of the Green Council to get some solar panels for the school and this year we are hoping to make that dream come true. We have enthusiastic Green Council members, we have a suitable location and we have planning permission. All we need now is the money, which we are hoping to raise through the M&S Community Energy Fund.

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