Art Foundation & Degree Course Successes

One of the highlights during our busy Lent term is celebrating the many achievements by our Upper Sixth Art pupils, whose hard work has been rewarded by gaining commendable Art degree and Foundation course offers. In the Art School, our pupils are provided with mock interviews, personal statement and portfolio preparation tutorials. Workshops concentrating on […]

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Art Scholars’ Exhibition ‘Identity’

On Friday 8th March, the 2019 scholars’ exhibition was opened by Miss Baker, Head of Art at Ludgrove School and former art teacher to two of our scholars, Edward Bentley and Rapha de Segunda. Tasked by Artist in Residence Siobhan Humston and Head of Art Mr Twohig to make a piece of art within the […]

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German trip to Munich

There was a unique German department trip to Munich in February. Two Upper Sixth pupils were joined by all three German teachers to be fully immersed in the German language and culture. The accommodation was a flat in the middle of the listed ‘Borstei’ estate, an excellent position from which to start our daily trips […]

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Visit to Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

We travelled to Drawing Projects UK in Trowbridge, where the new centre is currently hosting 69 artworks selected for the prestigious national competition. We were met by Professor Anita Taylor, artist and also its Director, who introduced us to the touring exhibition, project spaces and training room, workspaces for artists and Studio Café. The exhibition […]

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Choral Society Concert – Elijah

Mendelssohn’s Elijah remains a musical tour de force – no question. Imagine the impact it must have made on the Birmingham public back in 1846 on its première in the exquisite Town Hall, with the composer himself directing proceedings. One hundred and seventy three years later, it still sounds fresh and uplifting, and in no […]

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Reading Spots Project

Marlborough College have held two book drives, collecting 35,000 books to be sent to various Reading Spots projects in Ghana and have donated in excess of £1,000. Claudia Vyvyan (MO U6) became the pupil representative for Reading Spots at Marlborough in the Summer Term of her Lower Sixth after completing the course, as she explains: […]

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Lower Sixth Careers Fair

The Lower Sixth Careers Fair was definitely an insightful opportunity for us to begin considering various career paths, and it gave us the freedom of selecting from a broad range of fields that we may choose to pursue. Fourteen Old Marlburians and parents very kindly came to discuss their personal experiences in their careers. They […]

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Gallery: Invitational Lacrosse Tournament

Marlborough College played host to an annual Invitational Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday 23rd March, featuring 28 teams from eight schools in a round-robin style end of season tournament. In comparison to last year (where the beast from the east cancelled the tournament!) we were very fortunate enough to have fantastic weather with some high level […]

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South African Adventure

Marlborough College was delighted to play host to a touring golf and squash party from Bishops College, Cape Town. Our South African guests provided stiff competition over the course of the two days, playing an 18-hole match against our best golfers at Marlborough Golf Club and competing in a triangular squash fixture against the College […]

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52 pupils complete Extended Projects

After two terms of very hard work, 50 Lower Sixth and two Upper Sixth pupils have completed Extended Projects; 39 dissertations, three investigations, three performances and seven artefacts. Topics ranged, for example, from an original piano trio composition, to a dress made of recycled material, to a cartoon film on ‘flat Earth’, to an investigation […]

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Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools 7s

Marlborough College are in action at the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools 7s this week. U18: Click here for Group E fixtures & results The tournament began on Tuesday with the U18 side opening Group E with a 57-0 win over Wycliffe College. This was followed by a 19-7 defeat to eventual table-toppers Eastbourne College […]

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The Memorial Library – Lent Term Review

It’s been another fantastically busy term in the Memorial Library: we’ve had over 11,000 visits, and loaned 1,481 resources so far. We’ve been a quiet revision space for the Upper Sixth mock exams, we’ve helped with last-minute referencing enquiries for Personal Investigations, and we’ve handed out Easter Eggs galore to our World Book Day quiz […]

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Southfields’ Sketches: Reflections from the Senior Chaplain

‘Imagination is funny, it makes a cloudy day sunny.’ (Johnny Burke, 1940) For ‘Sketches’ this week, I thought I’d share the text of my homily for the Chapel services in this upcoming last few days of the Lent Term. Special thanks to my dear friend and colleague The Rev. Dr. Colin Heber-Percy, whose Lenten Address […]

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Holland & Holland Shooting Championship

At the School Notices Holland & Holland Shooting Championship on Thursday 21st March, the College A-team (Oscar Stratton (C3 U6), Sam Henriques (SU L6), Tom Williams (BH L6) and Sophie Herrmann (DA Sh)) finished second to Strathallan – a team currently on tour in the South-East and shooting everyday!   This is a new competition, despite […]

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Review & Gallery: Cabaret

It’s quite difficult to know where to start in writing this review, but let’s begin with a highly justified superlative. David Kenworthy’s brilliantly directed production of Cabaret was simply a joy to behold. Having resisted the temptation to emphasise the more seedy aspect of this musical (which is so often the case), Mr Kenworthy instead […]

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UK Linguistics Olympiad

The College once again took part in the UK Linguistics Olympiad this year. The competitors were thrown snatches of Welsh, Mongolian, Ndebele and Braille, among others. The requirement to identify the grammar, syntax and meaning of these unknown languages is a fiendish intellectual challenge, rewarding those who can see the patterns they contain and then […]

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History of Art Society: Jack West-Sherring

It was a great pleasure to welcome Jack West-Sherring to address the History of Art Society on Wednesday 20th March. Jack is an auctioneer at Spink’s of London, the world’s oldest auction house, where he works in the historical medals department. Jack’s purpose was twofold: to present a close reading of a beautiful silverpoint drawing […]

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Ceramics for Charity

Every year Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth pupils can opt to participate in Ceramics for charity. This is a specialist activity where pupils learn to throw pots on the potter’s wheel. The pottery is sold either to staff members in the Common Room or to parents at the end of term. The money raised goes […]

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British Physics Olympiad Results

This year 20 Lower Sixth Pupils sat the hard British Physics Olympiad AS Challenge paper. Pleasingly 12 gained medal certificates, including three Silver – Ben Place (C1), James Ruddell (C3) and Elizabeth Tan (CO), three Bronze class I and six Bronze class II. This is a great effort and bodes well for main Upper Sixth […]

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Medieval Discovery

In 2017, a group of Marlburians, led by Tony Roberts of Archeoscan, attempted without success to uncover the footings of the walls of the medieval castle which records show existed in the area now known as ‘The Wilderness’. Undaunted, a new team of pupil archaeological enthusiasts began work under the same expert supervision further south […]

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Review: Mathematics with Olivia Jeans

On the evening Thursday 14th March, International Pi Day, Olivia Jeans (MM 1996-2001) delivered a visually stunning mathematics talk to a lecture theatre buzzing with Further Mathematics A level pupils. She gave a perfectly pitched introduction to work which she is currently undertaking for her Phd at the Open University. Armed with an array of […]

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