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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Review: Faith & the First World War

Pupils from Shell and Remove were joined by guests from the Town to listen to the Revd Canon Andrew Studdert-Kennedy (C3 1972-76) talking about his grandfather Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, better known as Woodbine Willie, as he was renowned for handing out ‘Woodbine’ cigarettes to the men in the trenches. For his bravery in being alongside […]

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Review: La Grande Illusion

Members of the public, pupils and Common Room were treated to a showing of Jean Renoir’s classic war film La Grande Illusion, along with a scholarly introduction given by Andrew Brown, on Tuesday evening as part of the Memorial Hall Festival. This cinematic masterpiece was considered timely on its initial release in 1937 and the […]

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Review: History Department Pageant

On Monday 4th November a cast of about 35 staff and pupils investigated what might have happened had Gavrilo Princip missed his target the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914… would World War One have been avoided? The show kicked off with Mr Dukes (heavily made up as a beggarly Hungarian folk musician) strutting the stage […]

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Review: Walk and Talk

Upper Sixth Art Scholar, Nell Hargrove, looks back at the ‘Walk and Talk’ event in the Mount House Gallery by Edward Twohig, Head of Art.  On Monday evening, Mr Twohig took an eager audience on a ‘Walk & Talk’ around the Mount House Gallery. We were presented with an engaging story of art from 1918, […]

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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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Otto Dix – An Online Exhibition

As part of the Memorial Hall Festival, the German and History of Art Departments collaborated on a joint project highlighting the work of the German artist Otto Dix, who was a combatant in the First World War. Like many of the young men we commemorate in the Memorial Hall, Dix saw service at the Battle […]

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Review: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

A packed Memorial Hall witnessed a truly special concert given by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on Sunday 4th November. The concert, which was not only part of the regular MCCS series, but also part of the Memorial Hall Festival 2018, was recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Excellent national publicity indeed […]

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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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Southfields’ Sketches: Reflections from the Senior Chaplain

Concentrated, intense and, in the words of the Master, ‘frantic’, are three adjectives to describe the Marlborough College experience, and this past week has been no different. After a restful and productive October half-term break, pupils are back and fully charged for the long road to Christmas. This week I have been putting the final […]

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Review: Stuart Pearce

In something of an unusual departure from my normal musical activities I had the pleasure of interviewing England football legend Stuart Pearce as part of the Memorial Hall Festival events. I’ve known Stuart for over a decade which made the process of interviewing him a relaxed and convivial occasion, as we were able to trace […]

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Jeremy Black opens the Memorial Hall Festival

The Memorial Hall Festival opened with a blessing from the Senior Chaplain and a brief welcoming speech from the Master before the main attraction, which was a lecture by the renowned historian Jeremy Black on “Why commemorating the First World War is more important than ever”. Beginning by making reference to readings from actual diary’s […]

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Netballers set for County Tournament

Marlborough College Netball teams are ready for County Finals after dominant performances at the recent U16 and U14 Mid Wilts National Schools Area Tournaments. Dauntsey’s hosted both Area competitions, with seven schools competing in the U16 and six in the U14. The tournament format was round robin with two teams qualifying for the County Finals. […]

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Memorial Library Halloween Event

The Memorial Library celebrated All Hallows’ Eve this year with an all-comers extravaganza of spooky delights. Over 50 pupils from across the college attended, and hoovered up the buffet of spider cakes and trick-or-treat goodies before taking on the Halloween trivia quiz. Any ideas on what the all-time best-selling horror novel is? Or what was […]

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Tom Odell in the Memorial Hall

Tom Odell played to a packed Memorial Hall audience of over 500 music enthusiasts on Wednesday 31st October. The platinum-selling singer-songwriter performed for 45 minutes as part of an exclusive event by Marlborough music store Sound Knowledge. Odell played a solo piano set featuring tracks from his new album ‘Jubilee Road’ before meeting and signing […]

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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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Malaysia visit to Marlborough

The College was delighted to welcome Nick Eatough, Head of the Senior School at Marlborough College Malaysia, for a short visit at the start of this week. Nick had a busy schedule of meetings with Beaks and pupils, as partnership activities continue to evolve. There are plenty of exciting projects in the pipeline as both […]

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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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Prayer Panel Discussion

A panel discussion about how different faiths approach prayer, meditation, and mindfulness will take place at Marlborough College on Friday 23rd November (7.30pm). The meeting will be chaired by Elinor Goodman – journalist, writer, broadcaster and former political editor of Channel 4 News. The panel will consist of: Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam – Bishop of […]

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Newton Family visit

It was a great pleasure to welcome to Marlborough members of the family of W G Newton (C1 1899-1904), Marlborough Architect throughout the 1920s and ‘30s on October 15th 2018. Newton had four children, Christopher (B1 1940-44), Joanna, Henry (B1 1946-50) and Rosemary – the youngest and sole-surviving. Visiting with Rosemary were her nephew Jeremy […]

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University Summary – UK and beyond

This summer’s A-level and Pre-U results were outstanding; the proportion of entries awarded A* (or Pre-U equivalent) was the second highest since its introduction in 2010, and so it was no surprise that the great majority of this year’s Leavers were accepted onto their first-choice university course. All of the familiar favourites are on this […]

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