Studying over Christmas – Top Tips

At the end of term, the Deputy Head (Academic), Ed Tolputt, spoke to both exam year-groups about why and how to study over the Christmas break. These were his seven top tips: 1. Have a plan. Let the plan take the strain. Let the plan do the worrying. Just do what it says. 2. Make […]

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Southfields’ Sketches: Reflections from the Senior Chaplain

Christmas spirit spilled out of the Chapel following the four services of Lessons and Carols over this past weekend. Parents and pupils alike sang the praises of the Choir in particular and many thanks are due all round for such splendid occasions. Adam Staines and the Choir worked tirelessly and produced absolutely mystical anthems and […]

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Beyond the Curriculum: Academic Highlights

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first term at Marlborough College; it is a busy and wonderful place. I have been impressed by the academic purpose and aspiration of many of the pupils I have met, and by their willingness to engage, not only with the core curricular content of their chosen subjects, but with the […]

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Art Department – Review and Preview

A torrent of visual creation sums up this Michaelmas term at Marlborough. Embellished a bit more, “con brio” (liveliness and energy) and “con spirito” (with spirit), to borrow from musical analogy, springs immediately to mind. I am writing this on the evening of Sunday 10th December; there were 74 pupils in the Art School from […]

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Pupils donate Christmas Hampers

Each year, the Christmas Hamper team collect gifts and donations from every boarding house in the school to make up hampers for the local Jubilee Centre. The Jubilee Centre is a community centre for over sixties in the area. It provides a day care service, including transport and covers villages around Marlborough. The centre also […]

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Rob Wakely – Celebration of 40 Years at Marlborough

Having joined Marlborough in September 1978, Robert Wakely completed 40 years as Rackets Professional in 2018. A celebration was held on Sunday 2nd December in recognition of his four decades of distinguished service. Between 70 and 80 Old Marlburians, fellow Rackets Professionals and friends from the wider Rackets community were present to mark the occasion […]

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Review: Wind Department Concert

It’s fairly common knowledge that brass playing in the College is going through something of a purple patch, or perhaps even platinum. We have a very strong set of Upper School trumpets, trombones and saxophones, and two budding young tuba players, and it manifests itself in some pretty special playing. There was no better example […]

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Review: Orchestral Concert

Sunday evening’s Orchestral Concert in the Memorial Hall was not a school concert. It was a concert. It showcased the kind of technical accomplishment for which one would hope (but not always get) from professionals, and left the audience delighted and uplifted. Some of its success was down to the details of presentation – the […]

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Pupils visit New Road Day Centre

In the first half of the Michaelmas term, the Charity Think Tank went to The New Road Day Centre in Marlborough to visit a charity that provides activities for people between the ages of 18-70 with learning disabilities. The charity relies entirely on donations and grants. With these generous donations, it is able to supply […]

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Review: Carol Services 2018

Following the exquisite Advent Carol services, the choir took a deep breath (quite literally) and, as is the norm, delivered four spectacular Christmas Carol Services over the final weekend of the marathon Michaelmas Term. As always, these are special occasions as we look forward to a well-deserved holiday, the joy of Christmas and the challenges, […]

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Exhibition of Icelandic Paintings

Presently, within the New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall, Jonathan Parnham, Head of Visual Arts Promotion and Teacher of Art at Marlborough College, is exhibiting his latest collection of paintings. The show, titled ‘Light from the North: Visual Explorations of Iceland’ originated through Mr Parnham joining a College excursion to the extraordinary Nordic island, to […]

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Saturday’s Fixtures

The final weekend of term includes fixtures for rugby, girls’ hockey and lacrosse. The games include full fixture programmes for rugby against Sherborne, girls’ hockey vs Canford and Cheltenham College and lacrosse against Cheltenham Ladies’ College. For a full list of matches please click here. A range of Twitter accounts are now set up for many […]

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Review: Talk by Peter Lavery

Marlburians and members of the College community were very lucky to hear one of Britain’s most eminent and skilled photographers, Peter Lavery, give a talk at the College about his inspiring career within the world of art and photography, including his most important personal project‘Circus Works’. Peter introduced the audience to his unique portfolio of […]

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An appreciation of Derek Hill (LI 1930-33)

Derek Hill, a former pupil at Marlborough College, went on to become Director of the British School in Rome before devoting his life to painting and art collecting. He was born on this day in 1916. Edward Twohig, our Head of Art, has written this short article in appreciation: Inspirations come and go, though artistic […]

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ACT Test Centre

Marlborough College is delighted to announce they will offer the ACT in the new Computer-Based format (CBT). The ACT is a ‘Standardised Test’ which pupils can take in order to gain entry to US Universities. The College will offer testing this Friday 7th December and Friday 8th February. Please note that registration for the ACT […]

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Review: Adolescent Mental Health by Dick Moore

‘Dancing not Drowning in the Rain’ On Thursday 29th November 29th Dick Moore delivered a poignant message to the Hundreds; simply, ‘Everyone is vulnerable to mental health problems. The only thing weak about being vulnerable is not asking for help’. (75% of the population will experience a mental or emotional disorder during their lifetime.) Dick’s […]

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Term Dates

Term dates for the Lent term can be found below: Start 6 to 9pm Tuesday 8 January Exeat 12 noon Friday 25 January – 9pm Sunday 27 January (Friday 25 January Hundred Parents Meeting) Half-Term Half-term: 12 noon Friday 15 February – 9pm Sunday 24 February (Friday 15 February, Shell Parents Meeting) Exeat 12 noon […]

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Review: Peter Lavery: Circus Works Exhibition

Widely known for his highly skilled narrative works and acclaimed advertising photography, Peter Lavery has also been photographing circus performers throughout Britain for the last 50 years. Shot largely on a historic plate camera, Peter has captured an impressive and unique collection of circus subjects, which has become the longest running social documentary project within […]

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Review: Advent Celebration

Wednesday 28th November was a very special evening of linguistic and musical talent in a cross-departmental collaboration, showcasing the diverse talents and cultural appreciation of the pupils and staff of Marlborough in the befitting beauty of the Adderley. The sequential Advent readings were conveyed stylishly in Italian, Spanish, French, English, German, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese and […]

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International Recognition

Antonia Hudson (LI 2010-12), Head of Lacrosse at Marlborough College, has been named in the England squad for the 2019 Women’s California Challenge Tour. A regular in the junior and senior England squad for nine years, Antonia has played in a number of home internationals as well as touring in Europe. She was named player […]

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