Oxblood Molly Dancers move to Bungay

Bungay High School News January 2019

OXBLOOD Molly dancers hosted the famous Halesworth Day of dance have moved their rehearsal space to Eman- nuel Church rooms in Bungay and are meeting for practice on Sundays between 2pm and 4pm welcoming new members, both musicians and dancers. Molly dancing is a traditional form of dancing which started in East Anglia in the 17th cen- tury; out of work farmworkers in the winter used to dance in hope of making some money. They would take with them a plough, so if people did not pay them for dancing they would plough up their gardens. For this reason Molly dancers danced in disguise, quite often wearing a version of Sunday best, some dressed as wom- en with flamboyant bonnets

and shawls and most of them would paint their faces with soot so they would not be rec- ognised. Oxblood Molly formed in 2005, originally based at Peasenhall, looking very strik- ing in the vibrant red and black. This has been a very interest- ing year for them recently performing with folk band Zin- garo Blue on their latest video, the Witch in the Wood. Our Veteran dancer Alex, at 15 is still the youngest Molly dancer in East Anglia and has been since the age of nine, however Oxblood hope to at- tract more even younger danc- ers with their move to Bungay. For more information call Zoe on 07767763318 or email ox-

IT was a very busy end to the term with lots of events, the Year 10 public speaking team took part in the first round of Rotary Club ‘Youth Speaks’ competition, held at the Hewett Academy, Norwich. Having won their heat last year when competing in the ‘Intermediate’ age category, the team now faced stiff competition in their new ‘Senior’ category, for 14-17 year olds. However, they rose to the occasion, with Speaker Chloe Drew-Batty delivering a polished six-minute speech from memory, on the subject of gender equality in sport. Ciara Steward was given high praise for her role as Chairperson, and Louise Ward contributed the Vote of Thanks. They wrote their own speeches and had to conform to strict time guidelines and respond to questions from the floor. Although they did not win on this occasion, they came a close second out of four schools competing and were awarded prize money of £15 each. The judges congratulated all who took part and emphasised the value of public speaking as a skill for life. ‘Careers Week’ took place


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at the end of term where students in Year 10 and 11 had the opportunity to find out about a variety of employment routes straight from industry providers during a programme of morning speakers. General talks on university applications, apprenticeships and CV writing accompanied sessions from the Armed Services, Police Force, NHS, Construction Industries, Catering, Farming, Conservation, Accountancy, Hairdressing and Sports Therapy. CEFAS also provided further information for Science routes and our Careers Governor, Aiden Taylor also spoke about Sales and Business Development. In lessons teachers added information on specific career routes in subjects to add further weight to job progression. Two Bungay High School students were presented with prizes by the Town Reeve on behalf of Bungay Society at their annual AGM after winning a movie making competition. Jack Sutton and Chloe Drew-Batty had produced short videos on the theme of 'Bungay: then and now'; their interpretation of the town's past and what they

felt reflected Bungay in 2018. Their work was imaginative, successfully capturing the essence of Bungay using a wide range of shots taken at different locations within the town - including from the top of St Mary's tower. A ‘Battle of the Books’ event

for Primary School students took place in our school library. Nine primary schools were invited to take part, each selecting four students. Each student was given a different novel to read and then on the day they were put into groups according to their book. Together the students worked to prepare a presentation to persuade everyone that their book was the best. After two rounds of voting, the winning book was ‘Dog' written by Andy Mulligan. Each member of the winning team were given a £5 book voucher and were able to take a set of books back to their school to add to their libraries and promote reading. The annual Bungay High

School Winter Concert took place on Thursday 6th December. Over sixty students from all year groups took part. The Chamber Ensemble opened the concert, followed by solo performances from singer Charlotte Mayhew and tuba player Matthew Rolph. Year 11 student Benjamin Shaw sang two of Roger Quilter’s Shakespeare Songs. GCSE musicians from Years 9 and 10 performed several pieces including songs by Oasis and the Cranberries, as well as their own compositions. There were assured performances from Olivia Martin and Isabella Taylor, and from Charlotte Youngman and Stanley Mackintosh. Owen McCloud performed an original composition using guitar and loop pedal. There were also fine performances by Year 7 pianist Alex Booty who played Chopin’s Nocturne in C# minor and flautist Isaac Zipfel who played ‘Vivace’ by Telemann. A Level Music students Hannah Pywell and Caitlin Crabb each sang their own compositions and accompanied themselves on piano. Student band ‘The Above’ played two of their own songs which were enthusiastically received by the audience. Finally the Choir and Signing Choir joined forces to end the evening on a high with their lively renditions of ‘Happy’ by Pharrell


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Williams and ‘Count on Me’ by Bruno Mars, accompanied by instrumentalists from Years 11 and 12. It was a fantastic evening which demonstrated the real talent and potential of our students. The sense of anticipation

built to a crescendo in the Sports hall at the end of term when the finalists in this years’ brilliant ‘Bungay High’s Got Talent’ performed in front of the whole school to rapturous applause. Staff and student acts had participated in 2 knock out rounds to reach the prestigious finals, round 2 had seen acts perform to capacity crowds at lunchtimes in the run up to the end of term until there were just 10 acts remaining for the live event. The deserving winners were Year 11 students, Alfie Armstrong and Matthew Prasser. On what started as a cold and

wet day, students from Bungay High School travelled to the Royal Hospital School, Ipswich to participate in the first round of the Area Cross Country Championships. Nearly all of the students starting the event managed to complete the gruelling routes. The top position for the school was from Eloise Morren, Year 7, who managed an impressive 5th. A massive well done to all those involved.

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Bungay Flower Club

THE next meeting of the flower club will be on Monday 4th February which will be their AGM. It is hoped that as many members as possible attend. A speaker has been planned for the first half of the evening with the AGM following after the break. This is an ideal opportunity for members to come up with suggestions on what they would like to do or see throughout the year or air any grumbles they may have. Although elections will not be taking place in 2019 there will be one or two existing committee members standing down at the 2020 AGM and it is hoped that some club members will seriously consider taking on one of these roles from the 2020 AGM. Existing committee members will be pleased to explain their roles. Doors open at 6.45pm for a

7.15pm start and as usual there will be delicious refreshments during the break. The next flower demonstration will be on March 4th.

100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum

FOLLOWING on from a very busy and successful year in 2018 in which we saw visitor numbers increase and we welcomed back at the beginning of July a veteran with two other generations of his family as well as many direct descendants of Veterans. We also saw a large number off new and returning visitors. Over the winter months

our volunteers, supporters and friends from the 100th Refuelling Wing at Mildenhall have been busy enhancing the museum, changing displays and getting to grips with some much needed building work and generally ensuring that our visitors get the best possible experience from their visit. The shop has also had a makeover with many new items and souvenirs added for our visitors to take away to remember their visit. 1944 (75 years ago this

year) was possibly the most prominent year in our allies stay in as much as it was a full year of continuing missions and during this coming year we will be remembering the many raids that took place during that year and the many lives that were unselfishly given. In 2019 we will also be welcoming back many old favourite car and motorcycle clubs/gatherings who are already booked in as well as

many new clubs to the museum details of all these events will be found on the museum face book site as well as many local F/B sites. Our first film night of the

year will be on April 10th and tickets will be available shortly. Have you some spare time

on your hands and would like to do some voluntary work, the museum is always looking for volunteers, no experience is necessary, it is a basic learn as you go and gives you the opportunity not only to meet new friends but also to give back a little time for those that gave their all 75 years ago, if you are interested get in touch or pay us a visit when we reopen. The museum will reopen

on Saturday 2nd March (weather permitting) and will then be open weekends and Bank Holidays until the end of October, additionally on Wednesdays from May - September inclusive. There may be many changes

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THE film for January is Mamma Mia! Here we go again (PG). Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie, you’re invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. With the film’s original cast returning and new additions including Lily James, Andy Garcia and Oscar winner Cher.

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