Gallery: Remembrance Day 2018

Marlborough College held a Remembrance Day service on Sunday 11th November, bringing to a close four years of Remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War. A moving Chapel service took place at 10.45am, including a Remembrance Homily given by The Senior Chaplain – The Reverend Tim Novis. Following the service […]

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Review: The OM War Poets

The talent and tragedy of the OM war poets is spoken of a lot within the school and for good reason. Charles Hamilton Sorley (C1 1908-15) and Siegfried Sassoon (CO 1902-04) pioneered a new genre of wartime poetry, poems that spoke less of the glory of sacrifice made for one’s country and more of the […]

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Prep Schools’ Art Day

Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, The Master; Julia Hodgson, Director of Admissions; Edward Twohig, Head of Art and I welcomed 15 Heads and Teachers of Art to our second event involving varied workshops, talks and informative discussions. We began within the Master’s Lodge, amongst an elegant exhibition of artworks forming part of the College’s new initiative Art@theLodge, recently […]

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Memorial Hall Festival Event Reviews

Thursday 1st November – Sunday 11th November ‘Celebrating and Remembering’ The Marlborough College Memorial Hall Festival 2018 includes a spectacular line-up of events, lectures and concerts, celebrating the year in which the hall reopened following its £6.5 million refurbishment. In addition, the Festival brings to a close the College’s four years of commemorative First World War events. Programme of Events ‘Why commemorating […]

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Review: Illumination 2018

Illumination, the pupil-led event that celebrates talent from across the College, was a memorable MemFest occasion for all involved. With great preparation evident in both presenters and performers, the audience was treated to a night of not only great talent, and sometimes great humour, but we were also reminded about the importance of positive mental […]

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Remembering The Fallen

Inspired by the installation at the Tower of London, ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ by Paul Cummins, the Art department have undertaken a similar project to make over 1,400 simple ceramic poppies to represent and commemorate the soldiers who lost their lives during WW1. Each year, since November 2014, every pupil entering the school […]

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National Schools’ Cup Progress

Wednesday 7th November was an important date for both XV and Junior Colts as they started their campaigns in the National Schools’ Cup with the ultimate goal of playing the final on the hallowed turf of Twickenham. The XV drew Downside whereas the Junior Colts welcomed Reading Bluecoat to Marlborough and with a heavy downpour early […]

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Artists visit Ashmolean Museum

Lower Sixth artists spent a day exploring the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, on Tuesday 6th November. 33 pupils created observational sketches (a number of pupils creating very assiduous and detailed observed work) from a range of paintings and sculptures spanning over five centuries, from Michelangelo in the High Renaissance, to Bacon and Freud, “two masters of […]

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Sixth Form enjoy Chinese experience

The cohort of Sixth Form pupils learning Chinese have just returned from a fantastic two-week trip to China. We were hosted in week one by School no.8 in Beijing and by representatives of the World Leading Schools Association, who looked after us with great care, enthusiasm and generosity. Mornings sampling lessons were followed by afternoon […]

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Review: Faith & the First World War

Pupils from Shell and Remove were joined by guests from the Town to listen to the Revd Canon Andrew Studdert-Kennedy (C3 1972-76) talking about his grandfather Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, better known as Woodbine Willie, as he was renowned for handing out ‘Woodbine’ cigarettes to the men in the trenches. For his bravery in being alongside […]

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Review: La Grande Illusion

Members of the public, pupils and Common Room were treated to a showing of Jean Renoir’s classic war film La Grande Illusion, along with a scholarly introduction given by Andrew Brown, on Tuesday evening as part of the Memorial Hall Festival. This cinematic masterpiece was considered timely on its initial release in 1937 and the […]

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Review: History Department Pageant

On Monday 4th November a cast of about 35 staff and pupils investigated what might have happened had Gavrilo Princip missed his target the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914… would World War One have been avoided? The show kicked off with Mr Dukes (heavily made up as a beggarly Hungarian folk musician) strutting the stage […]

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Review: Walk and Talk

Upper Sixth Art Scholar, Nell Hargrove, looks back at the ‘Walk and Talk’ event in the Mount House Gallery by Edward Twohig, Head of Art.  On Monday evening, Mr Twohig took an eager audience on a ‘Walk & Talk’ around the Mount House Gallery. We were presented with an engaging story of art from 1918, […]

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HATA visit the Tower of London

On Sunday 4th November some members of the HATA (History And The Arts) Society were privileged to be able to spend a day at the Tower of London in the company of the Chairman of Historic Royal Palaces (a Marlborough parent). We were extremely generously treated: the climax of the day was to be among […]

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Otto Dix – An Online Exhibition

As part of the Memorial Hall Festival, the German and History of Art Departments collaborated on a joint project highlighting the work of the German artist Otto Dix, who was a combatant in the First World War. Like many of the young men we commemorate in the Memorial Hall, Dix saw service at the Battle […]

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Review: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

A packed Memorial Hall witnessed a truly special concert given by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on Sunday 4th November. The concert, which was not only part of the regular MCCS series, but also part of the Memorial Hall Festival 2018, was recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Excellent national publicity indeed […]

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Half-term trip to Cuenca

The half-term Spanish trip saw 21 Hundred pupils enjoy a productive week exploring and learning in Cuenca, Spain. They had 16 hours of lessons in the target language, visited and explored the local area, did kayaking (some of them even happily falling in the chilly water!), visited a Science Museum, played sports with children from […]

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Southfields’ Sketches: Reflections from the Senior Chaplain

Concentrated, intense and, in the words of the Master, ‘frantic’, are three adjectives to describe the Marlborough College experience, and this past week has been no different. After a restful and productive October half-term break, pupils are back and fully charged for the long road to Christmas. This week I have been putting the final […]

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Review: Stuart Pearce

In something of an unusual departure from my normal musical activities I had the pleasure of interviewing England football legend Stuart Pearce as part of the Memorial Hall Festival events. I’ve known Stuart for over a decade which made the process of interviewing him a relaxed and convivial occasion, as we were able to trace […]

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Jeremy Black opens the Memorial Hall Festival

The Memorial Hall Festival opened with a blessing from the Senior Chaplain and a brief welcoming speech from the Master before the main attraction, which was a lecture by the renowned historian Jeremy Black on “Why commemorating the First World War is more important than ever”. Beginning by making reference to readings from actual diary’s […]

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Netballers set for County Tournament

Marlborough College Netball teams are ready for County Finals after dominant performances at the recent U16 and U14 Mid Wilts National Schools Area Tournaments. Dauntsey’s hosted both Area competitions, with seven schools competing in the U16 and six in the U14. The tournament format was round robin with two teams qualifying for the County Finals. […]

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