Summer Term Academic Round-Up

It was another busy term for our pupils, and, for almost five hundred, the focus was on the public exams. The exam season, which began in early May and lasted a full seven weeks, yielded a total of 5,661 exam scripts; each one represented the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work – in […]

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HATA Review of Poland Trip

See the link for an illustrated account, co-authored by pupils, of the recent HATA (History and the Arts) trip to Poland, run by the History Department. We had a wonderful time, rich in beauty, culture and history – as well as the contemplation of horror (we visited the World War II Jewish ghetto in Krakow […]

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The Everest Lecture

To our great pleasure, Karen Darke visited the College on Thursday 4th July to give a fascinating and inspirational talk as this year’s Everest Lecturer. Karen is an adventurer, Paralympian and currently a full-time athlete. After an accident in her early twenties, Karen was paralysed, breaking her neck, back, arms, skull – and the list […]

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Incrementum 2019

Once again this year, 35 pupils from Marlborough College Malaysia joined 40 pupils from Marlborough College UK for the Incrementum course. This takes place in Marlborough College as a part of Skill Up week, and takes its name from the school motto “deus dat incrementum”. The first three days were spent mixing with MCM on […]

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Form Summer Festival

Once again, the Shell’s year of exploratory learning in Form culminated in two days of creative, practical and thinking challenges in the Form Summer Festival. Pupils could choose from 12 activities covering aspects of science, sport, the media, literature, film, textiles, ceramics, painting, television, music, psychology and geometry. These included two trips away from the […]

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Remove Eurovision Song Contest 2019

On Tuesday evening, the whole Remove gathered in the Ellis Theatre for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, organised by the Modern Languages Department. Each of the language sets in the Remove prepares a song in the language they are studying and performs it to an audience of pupils and beaks. In addition, the visiting French […]

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Modern Languages L6 Drama Festival

Once again the Language Centre courtyard was packed on a beautifully warm summer evening, as the members of the audience took their seats for this year’s Modern Languages Lower Sixth Drama Festival. With nine languages represented, including an entry in English from the Exchange group visiting from our partner school in Paris, we were in […]

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C1 artwork by Julian Trevelyan

“Marlborough College” c.1960 by Julian Trevelyan, R.A., Hon. R.E. (1910-1988) Hanging silently and peacefully, indeed perfectly, in C1 House Library is a “home grown” work of art of distinction and beauty. In fact, the more one looks at this work the more it strikes the viewer. Go beyond the merely superficially naive style and look […]

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Video: Art Scholars’ Creativity

Dr Roberts and pupil video enthusiasts, with music by Mr Adam Staines, have created a compelling vignette of work by current Art scholars. This shows scholars speaking about their work created for the Art Scholars’ Exhibition in the Mount House based on the theme of “identity” and what this title means. Well worth two minutes […]

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Summer Term Library Review

Summer is our shortest term, but we’ve certainly packed in a lot of events and activities: we’ve had over 14,500 visits to the Library and over 1,700 loans. We’ve launched our new ‘Ideas Space’: a collaborative working area featuring Marlborough College’s biggest whiteboard, and it certainly proved extremely popular during the exam period! We’ve offered […]

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Artist-in-Residence Interview

Peps Haydn Taylor (NC L6) sits down with Artist-in-Residence, Siobhán Humston, top discuss her latest exhibition, Akin Uncountable… *********************************** Walking into Siobhán Humston’s studio space is like walking into a tiny private forest – every surface is adorned with poppy seed heads or pots of dried yellow mulberries, twigs with interesting lichen or reused containers […]

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Richard Shirley Smith Exhibition

Mount House Gallery, Friday 13th September 6.30 to 8.30pm “A Retrospective of Paintings, Drawings and Engravings by Richard Shirley Smith” will be our first exhibition in the new school year. It promises to be a not to be missed show. Richard Shirley Smith was Head of Art at the College between 1966 and 1970. Works […]

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Artists Visit Royal Academy & National Portrait Gallery

On Monday 24th June, 57 Remove artists experienced the vast and diffuse array of artwork on display in this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Seeing such an impact on walls piled eight pictures high in some places was a test in “visual overload.” However, it was thrilling to see our pupils take this […]

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Skill-Up Incrementum Week

This week for our post-GCSE Skill-Up week, 40 Marlborough College pupils in the Hundred have been joined by 35 pupils from Marlborough College Malaysia as a part of the Marlborough College based Incrementum course. The MCM and MCUK pupils have been busy playing sports, building rafts, and getting to know one another. In addition to […]

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Higher Education and Gap Year Fair

Alessandra Pidgeon (LI L6) looks back at the Higher Education and Gap Year Fair, held on Monday 10th June. What stood out for me overall was the enthusiastic and friendly attitude of all the university and gap year representatives. Each stall captured my attention and everyone was happy to answer any questions, no matter how […]

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Gallery: Remove Artwork

Last week 62 pupils sat the 2.5 hour Remove Art Exam – and their work can be viewed below in an online picture gallery. The task was to create a sustained quality drawing based on current project work, under exam conditions. From climate change to memonto-mori via natural form, pupils observed and explored their subject […]

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Welchman Prize Winner

The Final of the second Annual Welchman Prize has been won by James Ruddell (C3 L6). The competition is entered by all pupils studying Further Mathematics A level in the Lower Sixth and each has to submit an extended article and give a presentation on its contents. James responded to the stimulus ‘Explore an interesting […]

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Gallery: A Level Fine Art

The latest exhibition in the Art School is a selected cross-section of coursework and examination projects by our current Upper Sixth artists. This display is to be moderated by external examiners. The images below speak for themselves in terms of pursuit, refinement, scale, ambition, links to artists to inform understanding, experimenting with various styles and […]

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Gallery: GCSE Art Moderation

This year’s GCSE Art Moderation took place in the Ceramics studio as two moderators examined this year’s Hundred coursework and examination projects, along with our internal marks which were released to pupils earlier in May. Display boards, as seen in the images below, were filled with work by pupils celebrating the examined assessment objectives as […]

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Art Historians in Oxfordshire

A total of 46 History of Art pupils travelled across the county boundary into Oxfordshire on Wednesday for a study day at the Ashmolean Museum and Blenheim Palace. The morning was spent in Britain’s oldest museum looking at exhibits in the Cast Room, and at all manner of artefacts from the ancient world to paintings […]

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1,000 books destined for MCM

Each year, the Memorial Library accessions approximately 2,000 new books; invariably this means we need to make room, but what happens to the books we remove? Since I visited Marlborough College Malaysia last year, and at the behest of Alan Stevens, the Master of Marlborough College Malaysia, we have organised an annual shipment of books […]

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