EPQ at the Mount House Gallery

A thought-provoking and impressive exhibition at the Mount House Gallery by three EPQ students took us into Lent half-term.  ‘Previous Representations of Diogenes in Art’ by Ellie Allan (LI L6) is an essay following the life and beliefs of the Cynic philosopher culminating in a mixed media art work. Six chapters, ‘Shamelessness’, ‘Philanthropy’, ‘Deface the Coinage’, ‘Living […]

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Review: Amir Darwish

Amir Darwish gave a reading to the Poetry Society on Tuesday 7th February.  He had come for the UK as a refugee from Aleppo during the second Gulf War, and this experience had informed much of his writing.  He gave a writing workshop to the Creative Writing students; then, to a huge audience packed into […]

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Cricket tour to Barbados

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the 2017 touring party set off for Barbados. Captained by Billy Mead (C1 U6), the team will play six games in 12 days before returning to the UK on Sunday 19th February. Staff on the tour include Master in Charge of Cricket Mike Bush, Cricket professional Mark Alleyne […]

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Meurtre sur le Nil

On Monday 6th February the French department hosted a murder mystery dinner for some of the top linguists in the Hundred and Lower Sixth, with the help of some guests from Luxembourg as well.   Accusations were flying left right and centre as three tables of eight tried to solve the mystery a murdered millionaire on […]

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Review: Ralph Beckett

The talk by leading racehorse trainer, Ralph Beckett (C2 1985-89) drew an audience from devotees of the newly formed Racing Society as well as members of the Natural History and Biology Society.  Mr Beckett glossed over his less than stellar academic career at Marlborough, focusing instead on time spent riding out for Barry Hills at Manton, betting […]

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Alfred St George Hamersley

With the Six Nations getting under way this weekend, this is an opportune moment to highlight the influence of Alfred St George Hamersley (C3 1862– 66). Hamersley was a former Marlborough pupil and England international of the 1870s who was a pioneer of rugby in New Zealand after he emigrated to work as a lawyer. […]

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Review: Tim Harrison

Tim Harrison from the University of Bristol (School of Chemistry) visited Marlborough on Thursday 2nd February and lectured to members of our Shell on the Chemistry of Fragrances. We also welcomed pupils from St Michael’s, Aldbourne, Preshute, Ramsbury, and Great Bedwyn Primary Schools, Pinewood Prep School and Swindon Academy. Tim took us on a journey […]

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Exercise Road Traffic Collision

Upper Sixth CCF Cadets were put through their paces on Exercise Road Traffic Collision 3 on Wednesday 1st February. The course was delivered by Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue for what is an important part of the CCF programme. Cadets were challenged to carry out a Dynamic Risk Assessment and then brief their crew […]

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Art Historians at Buscot Park

A small group of Marlborough’s History of Art pupils were invited to a private tour of Buscot Park on Wednesday 1st February. They were treated to a two-hour introduction to some of the highlights of the superb collections by Buscot’s curator, Roger Vlitos. Among the treasures that they saw were works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Raphael, […]

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England Squash National Schools Competition

A 4-1 win against KES Birmingham saw the U15 boys progress to the final 16 in the England Squash National Schools competition. After an uneventful jaunt up the M5, the boys arrived well rested and ready to perform. Ben Spink (SU Re), at number one string, went on first. Following a slow start – adjusting to a […]

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Review: Jane Austen At Home

Tuesday 24th January 2017, Adderley  Devised by Stephen Siddall and acted by Emerald O’Hanrahan This presentation of Jane Austen and her work was very interesting and original on many levels.  Many extracts of the author’s books, letters and stories were read and acted out by a single actress who portrayed the emotions of Austen very […]

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B1 Trip to Ypres

A party of 26 B1 pupils, parents and staff spent two days in Ypres, led by former Head of History David Du Croz – Chairman of the World War One Committee – and John Carroll (HM, B1).  Fifteen graves of OMs from B1, B2 and B3 were visited in different sites. At each resting place […]

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Review: Evening Pupils’ Recital

In a truly remarkable evening which embraced chamber music, solo performers, inter-departmental cross-collaboration, concertos (trumpets and strings), scholars, non-scholars, Shell pupils, future Marlburians and culminating in a vibrant performance of Vivaldi’s glorious A minor Double Cello Concerto, this was a recital to remember.  I have rarely seen such a large audience as this (actually, there […]

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Review: Liederabend

“Music and poetry have a common domain, from which they draw inspiration and in which they operate: the landscape of the soul.  Together, they have the power to lend intellectual form to what is sensed and felt, to transmute both into a language that no other art can express.  The magic power that dwells in […]

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Hockey Girls Make History

The U14 girls’ hockey team qualified for the National Finals yesterday and become the first girls’ hockey team to do so in the history of the College. As a result of finishing runners-up in the West regional tournament back in November, the girls travelled to play Bedford Girls School in a play-off match to determine […]

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Review: Leon McCarron

Leon McCarron, film maker, writer and adventurer, visited Marlborough on Tuesday 24th January where he spoke to over 400 Marlburian Geographers about two of his recent journeys. The first was a 1,000 mile walk over five months in 2016 from Jerusalem to Mt Sinai, through the West Bank, Jordan and Sinai. He took us beyond […]

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Review: Marlborough College Concert Series

On a freezing Sunday afternoon, the attentive and responsive audience who filled the Memorial Hall as part of Marlborough College’s continuing Concert Series, were thrilled by the wonderful Academy of St Martin in the Fields Sextet. It is a rare treat to hear six musicians of such calibre and their artistry was revealed in an […]

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Art Scholars’ Exhibition Preview

Pupils, parents and guests are welcome to attend the Art Scholars’ Exhibition Preview evening this Friday 20th January. The event will begin at 7pm and run through until 8.30pm in the Mount House Gallery. Artist in residence Timothy Betjeman and the art scholars have been working hard towards the new year exhibition with their work […]

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Oxbridge Offers

We warmly congratulate those Marlburians who have been offered places at Oxford and Cambridge this year.  At a time when competition for entry to these elite institutions is higher than ever, it is testament to their abilities and attitudes that these candidates have been selected, for a wide range  of courses covering Archaeology, Classics, Modern […]

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1917 OM Dinner

One hundred years ago, 44 Old Marlburians sat down to an eight-course dinner in the small garrison town of Bailleul close to the fighting around Ypres. Today in Norwood Hall the kitchens have replicated three of those courses for the College lunch and the choir will sing the school song. Next weekend a group of […]

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Netball Pre-Season

The 2017 Netball cohort returned for pre-season training on Friday 6th January. The sessions were led by Dani McFarlane, Mistress in Charge of Netball, with a varied programme of activities. Players from the 1st VII, U16s, U15s and U14s gathered at Marlborough on Friday morning before being put through their paces. The day also included […]

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