The marketing department at school has recently introduced a new podcast ‘Conversations with Ipswich School’, showing the lighthearted and wider aspects of being an Ipswichian. It is a series targeted towards students, staff, parents, and OIs.
The current format in each episode sees an Old Ipswichian talk to a current Sixth Former about a shared connection. Now-famous OI George Pinner was recently interviewed with Wilf Mortimer from Year 13. Both George and Wilf are hockey goalkeepers, and George told him the story of how, in the Year 5 B Team, he substituted for an absent goalkeeper and, by coincidence, discovered his goalkeeping passion. Another episode involves OI Imogen ‘Midge’ Parry talking to Rosie Boore. Midge was a founder of the Show Choir during her time in the Sixth Form, inspired by the TV series ‘Glee’, and as Rosie is the current director of the choir, she was very pleased to learn that it was popular enough to continue after her time at the school.
Alex Yeandle also features in one podcast, talking to Flora from Year 12 about his current university thesis on how the proliferation of mobile technology in Africa has changed public opinion. In the interview, Flora and Alex discuss how the effects of mass protests and social justice movements have shifted public opinion over certain ethical issues. Another upcoming episode focuses on OI Simon Uzokwe and Head Boy Charlie Coe, who both share their personal experiences of how the game of rugby has helped them, both on the sports field and in life.
The interviews are moderated by Mrs Jordan, director of marketing, from her new ‘studio’ in the basement of the Music School. She said “These interviews are perfect at showing the wider Ipswich School community a reflection of the positive, varied and sometimes quirky aspects of being an Ipswichian! Thank you to all the OIs and sixth formers for their contributions and special memories. I learn something new about our community with every episode.”
Eight episodes will be produced by the end of the academic year, and they will be available on Spotify, Apple Music (by searching for ‘Conversations with Ipswich School’), as well as the Ipswich School website. If any Old Ipswichians are interested in appearing in the next series of podcasts or have any similar ideas, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Burgoyne, Year 13
Flora and Alex Yeandle
Rosie and Imogen Parry
Wilf and George Pinner