OMs supporting current pupils

Marlburian to Marlburian:  how former pupils are offering virtual support to current pupils

During this third lockdown the College has been lucky to have the support of the wider Marlborough Community.  A large number of Old Marlburians have generously given their time to offer advice and information to current pupils through a variety of Zoom events held this half-term.

There have been insightful career talks to the Hundred, fascinating events featuring prominent OMs from the world of sport and a ‘Life After Marlborough’ talk for the Sixth Form in which recent leavers spoke of their experiences at University.

Like many events, the annual Careers ‘Speed-Dating’ for the Hundred was reinvented to work virtually this year.  The 15 OM speakers were each asked to record a five minute video in which they discussed their careers and offered advice to pupils.  The recorded clips offered valuable insights into some very different professions from the Aerospace industry to TV Production.

On the sporting front, current pupils had two excellent opportunities recently to hear from OMs and recent leavers on their experiences in sport at the highest level.  Dom Coulson (C1 2013-18) and Millie McKelvey (EL 2013-18), both two times winners at Queen’s, gave a very informative and inspiring Q&A session, hosted by Mr Bush.  Meanwhile lacrosse players had the chance to hear from Henrietta Watson (EL 2006-11), who plays for Scotland, when she spoke about her experiences and love for the sport.

In the ‘Life After Marlborough’ Zoom session, recent Marlborough leavers shared some of their experiences at university, a topic which is no doubt at the front of the minds of the majority of the Upper Sixth at the moment. They talked about the challenges of the last 12 months, and answered questions and offered advice.

All these events have shown that the connection between current and past Marlburians remains strong and that, in the current climate, OMs are more willing than ever to offer help and advice to current pupils.  We are grateful to all those who gave up their time and their advice so freely.

Fiona Cottrill
OM Events Manager


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