Advent is that special time of year when we cherish hope and the anticipation of celebrations to come. This year, the dawn of Advent coincides with the announcement of the approval of the first safe and effective vaccination for Covid-19. It seems after a year like no other, Advent has brought us the hope that better times really are not too far away.

This is an image of Brynn Bayman, the School Chaplain. To mark the beginning of Advent, School Chaplain, Brynn Bayman said: “Psychologists champion the value of delayed gratification. Advent is a season of waiting, of anticipating for our souls will be saved by our Saviour, our health will be aided by our scientists and our hearts will soar this Christmas.“

All across the College, the arrival and sense of anticipation is evident. It is felt especially by our senior Sixth Form pupils who are approaching the end of their time here at Framlingham College, ready to go on to make waves in their chosen fields, having gained the tools to do just that.

To celebrate the season of Advent and the sense of anticipation it brings, we spoke to three senior pupils about their applications to some of the best universities in the country. Watch the video below to hear how Alice, Cara and Daisy are excited to go on to study the subjects they are most passionate about. As well as how the experiences and support they received here at Framlingham College helped give them the skills and the confidence to chase their dreams.

While the Advent period always brings with it a sense of anticipation, after a year in which nothing happened as normal, we are especially grateful for the hope it brings us all in 2020.

Other stories from our newsletter:

Heads of English Give us Their 12 Books of Christmas for Children of all Ages

Our two Heads of English, from the Senior and Prep Schools, have offered us their expert insight into the best books for children of all ages to read over this festive period – just in time for peak Christmas shopping season.

Framlingham College Business and Economics Teacher Becomes Financial Times Contributor

We spoke Business and Economics Teacher, Elin Egger, about her work as a contributor to the Financial Times’ senior teaching resources which are accessed and used by teachers across the country.

Valuing Creativity

As part of the College’s pledge to bring the best out of our pupils as individuals, we explored how different subject areas challenge pupils to explore their own creativity. Head of DT, James Buxton, also delivers a talk to teachers from across the College on the ‘value of creativity’ in lessons.

Upsides of Lockdown: Pupils more Engaged with Current Affairs

The latest instalment of our ongoing Upsides of Lockdown series identifies the trend in students becoming more engaged with subjects relating to the hectic news agenda. We speak to teachers from the Senior and Prep School about pupils’ increased interest in politics, economics and the environment.

It’s beginning to look like a Christmas at Framlingham College

The Christmas Spirit is coursing through Framlingham College as we flip the pages of our calendars for the last time this year. You can read about all the magical festivities our Senior and Prep Schools are putting on for pupils in our Christmas newsletter, arriving mid-December. Take a look at our video of BTEC Music students rehearsing Rockin’ Robin in preparation:

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