Southfields’ Sketches: Reflections from the Senior Chaplain

Mr. Edward Twohig, Head of Art, gave two exceptional talks in midweek Chapel concerning the beauty and artistry of the interior of our community’s splendid place of worship. Edward always draws my attention to something new I had yet to discover about what he calls our ‘Teenage Cathedral’! More than a few pupils hadn’t every […]

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Sporting Reflections: Week 9

Last Thursday saw a fantastic day that summed up the breadth and depth of sport at Marlborough. Basketball secured a draw against Wellington and the Fives players were in fine form. It was wonderful to see Malvern College out in force, but exciting to see our U15s and U14s dominant. Rackets saw some exciting matches, […]

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Blackett Science Lecture

Professor Giovanna Tinetti, Professor of Astrophysics at University College London, gave the 14th annual Blackett Science Lecture – held in the Ellis Theatre on Tuesday 27th November. Professor Tinetti is a leading researcher in the UK into Extra-Solar planets (Exoplanets) and specifically the work to discover the chemical composition of their atmospheres, which of course […]

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Coaching Day for Local Schools

In the most recent of a series of sports opportunities for local schools, Mark Ramage (Master in Charge, Hockey) and his team of coaches recently led a hockey morning for 60 children in Years 4,5 and 6. The emphasis was very much on improving stick skills, spatial awareness in small-sided games and, primarily, enjoyment! It […]

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Review: Advent Carol Service

The annual Advent Carol Service, held this year on Sunday 25th November, is always very special. The Chapel is awash with candles and with the beautiful atmosphere created through the readings and prayers it takes one beyond the trials and tribulations of everyday life.  If you add the music to that which is such a […]

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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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Sporting Reflections: Week 7/8

It has certainly been a busy time on the sports fields over the last ten days. Football against Eton saw some hotly-contested matches and some exciting football. The XI were defeated, although not without a fight, but the 2nd XI put in a super performance with an impressive win. It should not go without note […]

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Review: Palmer and Me

On the evening of Monday 12th November in the Garnett Room, 57 pupils and six staff attended “Palmer and Me,” a 56-minute screening, produced and directed by BAFTA award winning Mike Southon. Before this, Mr Southon spent the late afternoon in the Art School discussing the importance and diversity of the moving image with our […]

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Football legend visits Marlborough

Footballing legend Tony Adams visited the College on Tuesday 13th November, speaking to pupils about the highs and lows of his record-breaking career with Arsenal and England. He spoke as passionately as he used to play the game, reliving his early days as an apprentice before moving on to his battles with alcoholism. He also […]

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Review: Arcadia

The Ellis Theatre last week produced a truly remarkable production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, directed by Jane Darby. A fully committed cast and crew worked tirelessly to produce characters of immense detail oscillating between action taking place over a two hundred year time span. This was beautiful work that was not only extremely witty – […]

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U14s reach National Play-Off

The U14A hockey team competed in the newly revised England Hockey Tier 1 Regional finals yesterday at Clifton College, which involved the top eight schools in the West of England. The opening group game was a nervy affair vs Canford with Marlborough making the decisive breakthrough in the last play of the game via a […]

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Perfect score in UKMT Challenge

Almost one hundred of Marlborough College’s keenest mathematicians undertook this year’s UKMT Senior Maths Challenge on Tuesday 6th November. The 90-minute multiple choice paper is tackled without a calculator and with the added jeopardy of negative scoring for those whose proposed answers are incorrect. Ben Place (C1 L6) followed his perfect score in the Lent […]

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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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History of Art Presentations

The History of Art Department recently hosted two busy evenings dedicated to the Upper-Sixth pupils’ achievements in their Personal Investigations. This core element of Pre-U assessment takes the form of a long research essay on a topic chosen by the pupils, and is an opportunity for them to apply the analytical skills they have learned […]

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Southfields’ Sketches: Reflections from the Senior Chaplain

Remembrance Commemorations just barely through and the Christmas music hits the radio waves already! We are in such a rush it seems. Guy Fawkes Day was celebrated in traditional fashion all around College with Houses offering various displays of fireworks on Monday night. Cotton’s show was clearly the most magnificent but I’m biased! And the […]

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Britain is defined by how it remembers World War One

This article by Daniel Hannan (BH 1984-89), originally appeared in The Sunday Telegraph on 11 November 2018. We will remember them. But the way we remember them will keep shifting, saying more about us than about them. As individuals, and as a nation, we are forever bringing our memory of the First World War into alignment […]

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Review: Advanced Pupils’ Recital

The regular Advanced Pupils’ Recital, which is usually held in the Goodison Hall, transferred to the Memorial Hall as part of the special ten-day celebration and commemoration in honour of the 749 OMs and the hall itself. We were treated to a classy display of music making where Music Scholars and non-scholars alike performed alongside […]

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Gallery: Remembrance Day 2018

Marlborough College held a Remembrance Day service on Sunday 11th November, bringing to a close four years of Remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War. A moving Chapel service took place at 10.45am, including a Remembrance Homily given by The Senior Chaplain – The Reverend Tim Novis. Following the service […]

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Review: The OM War Poets

The talent and tragedy of the OM war poets is spoken of a lot within the school and for good reason. Charles Hamilton Sorley (C1 1908-15) and Siegfried Sassoon (CO 1902-04) pioneered a new genre of wartime poetry, poems that spoke less of the glory of sacrifice made for one’s country and more of the […]

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Prep Schools’ Art Day

Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, The Master; Julia Hodgson, Director of Admissions; Edward Twohig, Head of Art and I welcomed 15 Heads and Teachers of Art to our second event involving varied workshops, talks and informative discussions. We began within the Master’s Lodge, amongst an elegant exhibition of artworks forming part of the College’s new initiative Art@theLodge, recently […]

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