Review: Rock and Pop Concert

After the success of the musical, Cabaret, and the uplifting performance in Chapel of Elijah there was still one more musical treat in store for the Lent term, and what a fabulous evening it was. The inaugural Rock and Pop Concert was held on the last night of term – a more informal and relaxed […]

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Engineering Education Scheme

This year, nine Lower Sixth engineers are taking part in the Engineering Education Scheme. The scheme is a long established and well-recognised programme that partners pupils with engineers to solve real world problems. Over the course of the project, pupils are encouraged to show enterprise, creativity and innovation whilst gaining extensive experience of problem-solving, team-working […]

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Lent Term – Academic Roundup

Pictured: Remove Germanists welcome German pupils from our partner school Gute Änger Realschule Freising near Munich Last Wednesday, Marrium Khan from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, visited College to speak to a number of our Sixth Form. It was an excellent talk, full of the intricacies of UCAS application, personal statements, and so on. However, the […]

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Art Foundation & Degree Course Successes

One of the highlights during our busy Lent term is celebrating the many achievements by our Upper Sixth Art pupils, whose hard work has been rewarded by gaining commendable Art degree and Foundation course offers. In the Art School, our pupils are provided with mock interviews, personal statement and portfolio preparation tutorials. Workshops concentrating on […]

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Art Scholars’ Exhibition ‘Identity’

On Friday 8th March, the 2019 scholars’ exhibition was opened by Miss Baker, Head of Art at Ludgrove School and former art teacher to two of our scholars, Edward Bentley and Rapha de Segunda. Tasked by Artist in Residence Siobhan Humston and Head of Art Mr Twohig to make a piece of art within the […]

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German trip to Munich

There was a unique German department trip to Munich in February. Two Upper Sixth pupils were joined by all three German teachers to be fully immersed in the German language and culture. The accommodation was a flat in the middle of the listed ‘Borstei’ estate, an excellent position from which to start our daily trips […]

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Visit to Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

We travelled to Drawing Projects UK in Trowbridge, where the new centre is currently hosting 69 artworks selected for the prestigious national competition. We were met by Professor Anita Taylor, artist and also its Director, who introduced us to the touring exhibition, project spaces and training room, workspaces for artists and Studio Café. The exhibition […]

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Reading Spots Project

Marlborough College have held two book drives, collecting 35,000 books to be sent to various Reading Spots projects in Ghana and have donated in excess of £1,000. Claudia Vyvyan (MO U6) became the pupil representative for Reading Spots at Marlborough in the Summer Term of her Lower Sixth after completing the course, as she explains: […]

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Lower Sixth Careers Fair

The Lower Sixth Careers Fair was definitely an insightful opportunity for us to begin considering various career paths, and it gave us the freedom of selecting from a broad range of fields that we may choose to pursue. Fourteen Old Marlburians and parents very kindly came to discuss their personal experiences in their careers. They […]

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52 pupils complete Extended Projects

After two terms of very hard work, 50 Lower Sixth and two Upper Sixth pupils have completed Extended Projects; 39 dissertations, three investigations, three performances and seven artefacts. Topics ranged, for example, from an original piano trio composition, to a dress made of recycled material, to a cartoon film on ‘flat Earth’, to an investigation […]

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The Memorial Library – Lent Term Review

It’s been another fantastically busy term in the Memorial Library: we’ve had over 11,000 visits, and loaned 1,481 resources so far. We’ve been a quiet revision space for the Upper Sixth mock exams, we’ve helped with last-minute referencing enquiries for Personal Investigations, and we’ve handed out Easter Eggs galore to our World Book Day quiz […]

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UK Linguistics Olympiad

The College once again took part in the UK Linguistics Olympiad this year. The competitors were thrown snatches of Welsh, Mongolian, Ndebele and Braille, among others. The requirement to identify the grammar, syntax and meaning of these unknown languages is a fiendish intellectual challenge, rewarding those who can see the patterns they contain and then […]

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History of Art Society: Jack West-Sherring

It was a great pleasure to welcome Jack West-Sherring to address the History of Art Society on Wednesday 20th March. Jack is an auctioneer at Spink’s of London, the world’s oldest auction house, where he works in the historical medals department. Jack’s purpose was twofold: to present a close reading of a beautiful silverpoint drawing […]

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British Physics Olympiad Results

This year 20 Lower Sixth Pupils sat the hard British Physics Olympiad AS Challenge paper. Pleasingly 12 gained medal certificates, including three Silver – Ben Place (C1), James Ruddell (C3) and Elizabeth Tan (CO), three Bronze class I and six Bronze class II. This is a great effort and bodes well for main Upper Sixth […]

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Medieval Discovery

In 2017, a group of Marlburians, led by Tony Roberts of Archeoscan, attempted without success to uncover the footings of the walls of the medieval castle which records show existed in the area now known as ‘The Wilderness’. Undaunted, a new team of pupil archaeological enthusiasts began work under the same expert supervision further south […]

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Review: Mathematics with Olivia Jeans

On the evening Thursday 14th March, International Pi Day, Olivia Jeans (MM 1996-2001) delivered a visually stunning mathematics talk to a lecture theatre buzzing with Further Mathematics A level pupils. She gave a perfectly pitched introduction to work which she is currently undertaking for her Phd at the Open University. Armed with an array of […]

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Junior Art Scholarship Day

Art scholarship candidates from 17 Prep Schools visited Marlborough College on Thursday 28th February. For their scholarship task these 22 Year 8 pupils drew on A1 sized paper, aspects of the interior inside the dining room, drawing room or hallway in the Master’s Lodge – no mean feat! And, while doing so, each were asked […]

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TED Talks Competition

The TED Talks Competition, held between MCM and MCUK, sets both schools off on an internal competition to find the two best ten-minute lectures given by members of the Upper School. These are recorded and the four recordings are judged independently, with prizes being awarded to 1st place (£500), 2nd place (£250) and =3rd place […]

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Review: Half-term trip to Russia

During the Lent half-term 11 Marlburians who study Russian travelled to St Petersburg. Pupils spent their mornings studying the language and afternoons and evenings visiting sights and sampling the delights of the city. Highlights included watching the local ice hockey team CKA beat Yaroslavl Lokomotiv 3-1, watching Zenit St Petersburg beat Fenerbahçe (Turkey) 3-1; as […]

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Food for Thought: Dr Jamie Edwards

The College’s art historians were provided with real food for thought in a talk on Wednesday when Dr Jamie Edwards of the University of Birmingham presented a lecture on Flemish Still Life of the Sixteenth Century. Dr Edwards’s main subject was the so-called ‘mannerist inversion’ paintings of Pieter Aertsen, the Amsterdam painter long active in […]

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Review: Miranda Aldhouse-Green

Miranda Aldhouse-Green, Professor Emerita of Archaeology at the University of Cardiff, visited the College on Wednesday 27th February. She gave a fascinating talk to Latin GCSE pupils about Druids and Boudica’s rebellion, which they are studying for their set texts. She put the accounts of Caesar and Tacitus into the context of Roman imperial expansion, […]

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