Debating: The Joutes Oratoires

On Tuesday afternoon, our French debating team performed with distinction in the qualifying round of the 2019 Joutes Oratoires. With a place in the National Final at stake, they took to the lectern to win over the judges on the subject of the morality of meat-eating, the regrettable global dominance of the English language and […]

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History of Art Study Day

Over forty of the Lower-Sixth art historians enjoyed a study day in London on Wednesday 13th February under the bright early spring skies. An early departure maximised the opportunities of the day, and we were among the first visitors to the National Gallery when its doors opened. After a plenary session in front of Holbein’s […]

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EPQ Charity Golf Day

Charlie Purves (B1 L6) managed to organise a superb Charity Golf Day on Friday 8th February, as his Performance submission for the Extended Project Qualification. Despite soakingly wet conditions, some 32 invited golfers (including a Common Room four-ball) turned out to play 10 holes, which Charlie had constructed on his farm in Marden. The day was […]

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Physics trip to Culham

On Tuesday 5th February, the Physics department had a rare opportunity to tour around and learn about the research undertaken at The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. The day began with a talk from one of the employees at Culham, where we learned about the past, present and future of Fusion technology. Fusion is the […]

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Review: Katyuli Lloyd

Marlburians received the opportunity to join a very informative talk given by illustrator Katyuli Lloyd (MO 1998-03) during Visual Arts Week, on illustrating Virginia Woolf’s novel ‘Flush’ and Katyuli’s other recent and successful projects. Katyuli told us that when studying at Cambridge for an Illustration M.A., students were encouraged to ‘work on finding your style […]

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Review: ‘Artists’ Sketchbooks’ Exhibition

The Mount House Gallery welcomed visitors to the new ‘Artists Sketchbooks’ show on Friday 1st February, to open the second annual Visual Arts Week at Marlborough College. Diverse and captivating works by eight contemporary artists are currently being showcased. Their sketchbooks, being presented alongside the artists’ final works, give us a deeper personal understanding of […]

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Gallery: Harry Potter Night

On the evening of Thursday 7th February, the Memorial Library joined hundreds of other schools, libraries and bookshops across the country in celebrating Harry Potter Book Night; and plenty of Marlborough College Potter fans turned up to help us out. The Hogwarts Express steamed in to Platform 9¾, laden with goodies including Ferrero Rocher golden […]

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Review: Professor Anita Taylor

For the second event within Visual Arts Week at Marlborough College, we were privileged to have leading artist Professor Anita Taylor visit and give us a captivating talk titled ‘Creative Practice and the Importance of Drawing’. Anita is the Executive Dean of Fine Art at Bath School of Art & Design, Bath Spa University and […]

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TED Talks – Finalists Confirmed

Well, after three heats and ten illuminating talks, we have our four TED Talks finalists. Harmony Allen (NC L6), Lena Barton (MM L6), Theo Dixon (BH L6) and Jess Reeve (NC L6) will speak again on Tuesday 12th February in The Garnett Room to a packed house. Each engaged, challenged and intrigued in their opening […]

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Gallery: Careers Speed Dating

I found the ‘Career Speed Dating’ event an eye-opening experience. I think the fact that we were able to compare ourselves to the OM speakers was stimulating, as we are currently undergoing the same trials and tribulations they experienced. The dynamic pace of speed dating meant that any questions we wished to ask were straight […]

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NSPCC Number Day

Despite adverse weather conditions, we had nearly 600 pupils involved in the national NSPCC Number Day on Friday 1st February.  We haven’t taken part in NSPCC Number Day for a number of years and the Maths Department decided to bring it back again this year. Pupils were organised into their respective houses and they competed […]

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Review: Dr Luke Skrebowski

Some of the College’s art historians enjoyed an important lecture on Wednesday evening given by Dr Luke Skrebowski from the University of Manchester’s Department of Art History. Dr Skrebowski’s theme was Pop Art and Modernism, and he took as his focus the giant panel painting “F-111” by the American artist James Rosenquist. With admirable analytical […]

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Marlburians celebrate Oxbridge Offers

We warmly congratulate the 15 Marlburians who have been offered places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities; the pupils, listed below, should be truly proud of their achievements. Their success is the culmination of commitment, focus and hard work and will, no doubt, inspire those in younger year-groups to be academically purposeful and ambitious. Our applicants […]

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Review: AS IF Comedy Collective

The new year is often an abstemious time for many of us, not least the Remove. Once they have committed to their own version of ‘dry January’ – abstaining from Haribo, fizzy drinks and discos – they can find themselves at something of a loss on a Saturday night.   Fortunately, the AS IF Comedy Collective were booked […]

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History of Art Study Day

A large party of Upper Sixth History of Art pupils travelled to London last week to see some key curricular works at the National Gallery and the British Museum. The main business for the morning session at the National Gallery was attending exhibitions on Mantegna and Bellini and Impressionist paintings on loan from the Courtauld […]

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PSHE Talk Review: Emma Cole

Positive Voice for HIV – Emma Cole, Thursday 17th January 2019 Since coming out as a HIV positive woman in 1991, Emma Cole has told her story to thousands of young people. Last week the Marlborough College Upper School were told Emma’s inspiring and truly admirable HIV tale. Remarkably, Emma has turned her life as an […]

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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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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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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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