Barclay leads UK Astronomy Olympiad team

Charles Barclay FRAS, Head of Astronomy at Marlborough College, has just returned from Beijing where he led the UK Astronomy Olympiad team.  The ten-day long 12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) saw the team win two Silver medals and two Honourable Mentions. The competition was particularly tough (one five-hour theory paper, one five-hour Data-Analysis […]

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Review: English trip to Dublin

On the first weekend of half-term, a group of 13 keen English pupils were fortunate enough to glimpse the literary history and rich culture of the vivacious capital city of Ireland. We arrived in the midst of Dublin Theatre Festival so took advantage of this by witnessing two rather contrasting plays. The first was a […]

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Artists visit Ashmolean Museum

Lower Sixth artists spent a day exploring the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, on Tuesday 6th November. 33 pupils created observational sketches (a number of pupils creating very assiduous and detailed observed work) from a range of paintings and sculptures spanning over five centuries, from Michelangelo in the High Renaissance, to Bacon and Freud, “two masters of […]

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Sixth Form enjoy Chinese experience

The cohort of Sixth Form pupils learning Chinese have just returned from a fantastic two-week trip to China. We were hosted in week one by School no.8 in Beijing and by representatives of the World Leading Schools Association, who looked after us with great care, enthusiasm and generosity. Mornings sampling lessons were followed by afternoon […]

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HATA visit the Tower of London

On Sunday 4th November some members of the HATA (History And The Arts) Society were privileged to be able to spend a day at the Tower of London in the company of the Chairman of Historic Royal Palaces (a Marlborough parent). We were extremely generously treated: the climax of the day was to be among […]

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Half-term trip to Cuenca

The half-term Spanish trip saw 21 Hundred pupils enjoy a productive week exploring and learning in Cuenca, Spain. They had 16 hours of lessons in the target language, visited and explored the local area, did kayaking (some of them even happily falling in the chilly water!), visited a Science Museum, played sports with children from […]

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OA Expedition to Langtang Valley, Nepal

Having only just returned from our exciting expedition in Nepal, memories are still fresh.  The chanting of ‘Om mani padme hum, the Buddhism mantra, heard as we walked around both Swayambhu Stupa, or monkey temple as it is often referred to and again at Boudhanath stupa, one of the largest stupa’s in the world made […]

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Geographers take on Tenerife

During half-term, 12 Sixth Formers and four Geography teachers travelled to Tenerife for a five-day Geography field trip. The ascent of Mt Teide, the world’s third highest volcano measured from its sea floor base (7kms) gave all the team a sensational experience of a strato volcano in sunny weather above the cloud base. The impressive […]

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Gallery: Shell Form Trips

This year’s Shell Form trips were blessed with the most glorious sunny day, as all 16 Forms headed out of the College to destinations across southern England. Pupils travelled to Oxford to see the Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers and Natural History museums, along with the Bodleian Library before spending some time in Blackwells. Pupils in Bristol […]

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History of Art Study Day

Upper Sixth History of Art pupils visited the Holburne Museum in Bath on Sunday 16th September to see the last day of the exhibition ‘Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces from National Trust Houses.’ From Bath, the exhibition moves on to the Dutch Royal Picture Collection at the Mauritshuis in The Hague. It was a great chance […]

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Tour Report: Lacrosse in the USA

The 2018 USA tour squad set out to the Big Apple with a fantastic itinerary ahead of us. Looking back, we realised that the people involved were what made this such a special trip. The squad came together well, overcoming varying age ranges, searing temperatures and a different style of Lacrosse play. Before the hard […]

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China Trip Review

15 Lower Sixth and Hundred pupils joined five adults on a breathtaking journey through Sichuan Province between July 1st and 12th. The journey began and ended in Chengdu, a dynamic and fast growing global mega city. Traditional Tang dynasty Du Fu Cottage and Gardens, Kuang-zhai Alley, Han dynasty Jinli town and the mesmerizing Sichuan opera […]

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Gallery: Skill-Up trip to Iceland

12 intrepid Hundred pupils joined three adults for an amazing Skill-Up trip to Iceland between Sunday 17th and Thursday 21st June 2018. The first day was a non-stop action tour which included the Gunnuhver hot steam outlets, the Krysuvik hot mud pools, the famous Strokkur Geysir, the majestic Gullfoss (waterfall) -Europe’s largest- and Thingvellir-site of […]

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Review: Skill-Up week

Skill-Up week takes place in the penultimate week of the Summer Term and is designed to help pupils in the Hundred begin the transition from the Lower School into the Sixth Form. The various options for the week are opportunities for them to make a head start on subjects that they will be studying at A-Level and/or develop […]

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Memorial Library – Summer Term Review

Library Termly Newsletter Update – Lent 2018 The Memorial Library Team review a packed Summer Term, which saw over 15,000 visits to the library and over 1,800 loans, plus a range of events and activities, including: Everest Reading Challenge Now entering its third year, we’re once again challenging pupils to read 10 books over the […]

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French Final for Yearlings Rugby

Yearlings Rugby players have just returned from an enjoyable three-day trip to France, where they finished runners up in an international rugby tournament hosted by Stade Français. Based in Paris, the tour party watched Castres win an entertaining Top 14 final against Montpellier on Saturday afternoon before their own chance to shine the following day. […]

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Junior Ski Trip to Les Ménuires

Ned Finney (CO Sh) looks back on the Junior Ski Trip to Les Ménuires. Very early on the morning on Sunday 25th March, we left London to go to Les Ménuires in the French Alps. On arrival at the ski resort, we were overwhelmed by the snow conditions, some of the best snow we had […]

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Review: Art & Photography Trip to Venice

For full five days at the beginning of the Easter holidays saw 16 Art and Photography pupils exploring aspects of the incomparable city of Venice. The treasures in Galleria d’Academia, Ca’d Oro, the Scuda San Rocco, Ca le’Rezzonico and the Peggie Guggenheim Museum were eagerly sought out and explored. Amongst churches; S.Zaccaria containing a Giovanni […]

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Barbados Netball Tour Review

On Wednesday 7th February 2018 the Netball touring squad flew out of Gatwick and began their ten-day tour of Barbados. The island immediately captured the hearts of the Marlborough team who enjoyed their immersion into Caribbean culture. With the nearby netball court within walking distance of the hotel, the girls had much opportunity to train […]

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Review: CCF in San Diego

Over the first week of half-term, the Marlborough College CCF headed out to San Diego for a visit to some of the US Navy and Marine installations there. The trip was a huge success on all fronts: fun, informative and incredibly cool! Eight members of the U6 contingent as well as Mr. Moore, Mr. Bate, […]

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