Report: Rugby Sevens

Congratulations to the XV sevens’ side who reached the final of the Canford Sevens tournament on Sunday 26th February. Due to illness and prior commitments, a squad of just ten made the trip but they performed extremely well with a 46-0 win over Sexey’s in the opening group game. There were then wins over Millfield […]

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Review: U6 Spanish Exchange

Spain is a hugely varied country, at times seeming like a loose alliance of mini-states. Linguistically, culturally and climatologically, the north-western region of Galicia – where nine Marlburians enjoyed a week-long exchange straddling January and February – has more in common with Brittany or Cornwall than Andalucia or the Balearic Islands.  Were our pupils surprised […]

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Review: Joutes Oratoires

The 2017 version of the Joutes Oratoires took place last week, and a very fine display of French debating it was.  Jonny Venn (C3 U6) and Brice Luthi (BH U6) represented the College in this heat of the national competition. Having written and rehearsed their speeches in the weeks leading up to the event, they held their nerve […]

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Cricket Tour to Barbados

Marlborough College Cricket Tour to Barbados 8th – 19th February 2017 After plenty of training, preparation, team meetings and extensive t-shirt sales, the squad of 15 players and three staff left for Barbados on Wednesday 8th February for ten days which would see an intensive spell of seven fixtures as well as opportunities to enjoy […]

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Memorial Hall Update

Full planning for the restoration and upgrade of the listed Memorial Hall has been granted so the Master has announced that it will close on Monday 3rd July for work to commence. It is anticipated that the iconic building will reopen by June 2018, with its character very much intact but facilities, seating capacity and […]

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Languages Study Day

On Friday 3rd February, 10 of our Lower Sixth Modern Linguists attended the Why study languages? day hosted by St Mary’s Calne.  Lecturers from Pembroke College, Cambridge led the day, starting with an introduction to studying Modern Languages at University, followed by sessions in two new languages, selected from Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Linguistics and Portuguese. […]

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Artist in Residence: A Painter’s Progress

Throughout the Michaelmas and first half of the Lent Term, Timothy Betjeman, our present Artist in Residence, can often be found deep in concentration, painting and drawing within the College Chapel. As a highly accomplished plein-air artist, Tim has been inspired to capture the subtly changing light, that can be observed within the Marlborough College […]

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Chinese Exchange

On Monday 30th January, the College was delighted to welcome a party of six Chinese exchange pupils and accompanying staff for a 10-day visit.  The pupils were from Hohhot No.2 School and Fudan Academy. Both are associate schools of WLSA (World Leading School Association). They were accompanied by Marlburians from the Lower School to classes […]

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Review: Careers Speed Dating

On Tuesday 7th February, the Hundred were given a series of enlightening talks about careers and the future by Old Marlburians. Each OM represented a different career, ranging from banking and engineering to drama and the creatives. The format was set up like speed-dating, meaning we sat in small groups for about five minutes as […]

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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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