A Royal Success

Wednesday 27th April 2022

The opening Sunday of the Summer Term saw a welcome return for the popular all school event ‘Charity Sunday’ which took place in Court. This year saw the day termed ‘Royal Sunday’ in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.

At the heart of the day’s activities was charity – with each of the College’s 16 boarding houses given a platform to raise money for their chosen charities. The effort and creativity on show was amazing. There were cake raffles, Krispy Crème, crepe and sweet sales; face painting, golf chipping, space hopper bouncing and ‘Guess the….’ challenges. A special mention goes to C1 ,who as a House, cycled, rowed and ran the distance between John O’Groats and Land’s End. Over £5,000 was raised in total and the charities supported included Prospect Hospice, Bobby’s Fund, Sunflower of Peace Ukraine, Malaria No More, Mind, the Teenage Cancer Trust, Shanga, Operation Smile, DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and Ace Africa.

The International Food Festival – led by Upper Sixth pupils Tilly N, Daisy P and Grace P – also proved a big success. A donation from Piers Buck (CO 1987-91) enabled the College to offer pupils the chance to sample food from around the world. Pupils drew three tickets to determine which of the following stalls they could collect food from – Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Nigerian, Spanish and Thai – before dining al fresco in Court.

Battle of the Bands was another highlight with pupils enjoying impressive performances from each House entry in the Court marquee. Adjudicator Gary Tarn selected C2’s Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand as the winning performance with Summerfield runner-up with What you Know by the Two Door Cinema Club.

The House Tug of War – which interspersed the array of musical performances – was keenly contested with the boys’ event won by Barton Hill, just taking the strain to get the better of C1 in both the Junior and Senior finals. The girls’ event saw Mill Mead win the Upper School event and Elmhurst the Lower.

The Master, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, commented: “Royal Sunday proved to be a brilliant event where individual Houses and our Wellbeing Ambassadors raised money for their chosen charities amid an International Food Festival and a Battle of the Bands competition. This really was Marlborough at its best.”

See a gallery of images below to give you a flavour of the day.

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