Boarding House Plans

Over 90 local people viewed and gave feedback on the College’s revised plans for a new boarding house.  Members of the College were on hand to answer questions from the public assisted by their project team, which included Allies & Morrison, Mace and PPS Group. The event was the first of a two-stage consultation programme. […]

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Review: House Harmony

House Harmony has come to be a real highlight of the Michaelmas Term, and the evening of Thursday 6th October was no exception.  Entirely student-led, teams of no more than ten singers take to the high-wire to perform original arrangements. Performances ranged from the sublime to the hilarious and the evening proved a thoroughly engaging […]

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Netball Tournament Success

The U16 and U14 netball teams are off to a winning start with dominant performances at the Mid Wilts Area Tournament.  Both squads have now qualified for the County Tournament to be held on Sunday 20th November and show much promise for the season ahead. The U16s, with three Remove players making their debut in […]

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2016 University Outcomes

2016 University Outcomes 79% UK applicants achieve first choice universities 75% UK applicants to Russell Group universities 78% UK applicants to Sutton Trust Top 30 Universities 55% of all applicants to QS Top 100 Global Universities 2016 University Outcomes 2016 The great majority (79%) of Marlburians were rewarded for their hard work by gaining their […]

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Blog: The Importance of Active Recovery

After game day or a hard workout/training session, it would seem that complete rest would be the best way to encourage recovery… However, research proves many advantages in active recovery. What is active recovery? Active recovery is a specific session that is less intense and has less volume than any of the other sessions you […]

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Royal Artillery Visit

This week Lower Sixth cadets visited the Royal Artillery at Larkhill. Commonly known as the ‘Gunners’, the Royal Artillery provides firepower to the British Army. The day was spent visiting the Gun line where the cadets had the chance to fire a 105 mm Light Gun they witnessed 3 105 mm Light Gun crews firing […]

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Galactic Archaeology

On Friday 30th September Marlborough was delighted to welcome Dr Payel Das from Oxford University for a Science Department Talk. Dr Das began to specialise in astrophysics from her fourth year at Oxford and obtained her PhD through her thesis into orbital structures and dark matter distributions within the outer regions of elliptical galaxies. She […]

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Compline for the Eve of St. Michael and All Angels

Last Wednesday the recently formed Compline Choir, made up of the six most accomplished choral singers in College, sang Compline for the Eve of the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels (to whom Chapel is dedicated).  Alongside the traditional plainsong, the candlelit congregation enjoyed Palestrina’s Sicut cervus, Arvo Pärt’s Da pacem Domine, as well as the […]

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Mid-Autumn Festival

Last Thursday night the Chinese Department celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival.  Alice Wright (L6) introduced the festival as well as the ancient festival’s mythology before pupils in the Hundred and above sampled Chinese Moon Cakes and loose leaf tea that are traditionally served at the festival. Several pupils also recited poetry dating back to the Tang […]

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Oxford Choral Scholarships

The College community was delighted to receive news that Sarah Mattinson (U6 MM) and Jonathan Venn (U6 C3) have been awarded choral scholarships at the University of Oxford.  Sarah and Jonathan, both of whom are members of the Chapel Choir, Chamber Choir, and Compline Choir in addition to their instrumental activities, were among a large […]

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1871 Challenge Cup

The 1871 Challenge Cup rugby match, played between a Marlborough College Common Room XV and Marlborough RFC Vets, took place on Sunday.    The fixture is so named because Marlborough RFC was a founding member of the Rugby Football Union in 1871 and at the time the Club was entirely made up of boys and […]

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Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Concert

To mark the tenth anniversary of the tragic death of Tom ap Rhys Pryce (B1 1988-93) a collaborative concert featuring Marlborough College Music Scholars, Old Marlburians and special guests was drawn together which proved a fitting occasion for a very special person. The first half of the concert featured Marlborough College Music Scholars (Tom himself […]

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Starfish Film Preview

On Friday 30th September, the film Starfish, written and directed by Bill Clark, who introduced this special preview for Marlborough College, was shown for pupils and members of the public in the Memorial Hall.  Based on a true story, the film is about a family who undergo the terrible trauma of this devastating illness when they […]

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Review: Martha Holmes

On Thursday, the Natural History and Biology Society was treated to a superb lecture by Martha Holmes, series producer of the BBC’s ground-breaking wildlife documentary Life which took four years to make.  Pupils were given a rare insight into the enormous challenges involved in producing ten hours of footage of the behaviour of animals from all corners […]

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Review: Professor Christopher Andrew

On Wednesday and Thursday the History Department was fortunate enough to be visited by Professor Christopher Andrew, the official Historian of MI5 and an eminent and remarkable scholar based at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge.  He gave a splendid lecture in the Garnett Room on Wednesday evening, which was attended by nigh on 200 pupils […]

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Live Reptiles & Wildlife Photography

Mr Ayub Khan, a renowned photographer and wildlife expert came to speak to the Shell this afternoon bringing with him several of his pet reptiles.  Ayub addressed the year group with stories about his travels and interest the Natural World, before introducing the students to a number of his lizards (including a Chinese Water Dragon) […]

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Evening Pupils’ Recital

The first major recital of the term was an Evening Pupils’ Recital, which ostensibly served as a ‘dry run’ for forthcoming major public performances for Music Scholars.   A concert of predominantly ambitious chamber music so early in the school year (just three weeks in) is a potentially dangerous occasion, particularly when considering that many of […]

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European Day of Languages

26th September is the European Day of Languages, an event we marked by inviting Year 8 students from several local schools to compete in a Languages Quiz.  Which country has the most native speakers of Spanish? What would a Mancunian do with a ‘chuddy’? What proportion of the world’s languages are estimated to disappear by […]

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Professor Tim Whitmarsh

Tim Whitmarsh, Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge and author of Battling the Gods, proposes an alternative view of the performance of the Homeric poems.  The traditional approach is based around Odyssey Book 8 where the bard Demodocus is summoned to provide after-dinner entertainment at the palace of King Alcinous, singing stories […]

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Introduction to Irish Literature

Members of the Literary Society crowded into the newly refurbished North Block 5 on Tuesday evening at 5.30pm for an Introduction to Irish Literature. All those studying Pre-U Literature in English in the Lower Sixth attended, accompanied by some interested enthusiasts from the year above. In place of the advertised speaker (who was unfortunately unable […]

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SKRUM Charity Visit

Michael and Linda Collinson, the Founders of SKRUM (Swazi Kids Rugby Mission), visited the College last night to discuss potential GAP year opportunities with our senior pupils.   SKRUM educates young Swazis about HIV/AIDS and Gender Violence through the core values of Rugby; teamwork, respect, sportsmanship. Marlborough has been working in partnership with SKRUM since 2008 […]

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