Nelson Mandela Tribute

A presentation on the life of the former South African President Nelson Mandela was given to Lower School pupils on Tuesday morning. Tributes were given from various members of Common Room including Dr Adam Burns (Politics), Rev’d Dr David Campbell and Nigel Briers (Director of Sport). The Master, Jonathan Leigh, rounded off the presentation by […]

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Review: Christmas Concert

A review of the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Department Christmas Concert… At the end of a mammoth term, both in length and in musical content we were treated to one ‘last hurrah’ and true to form this event didn’t disappoint.   Under the eagle eye (and direction) of Departmental Head, Alex Arkwright, this was a concert […]

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Report and pictures v RGS High Wycombe

The impressive NatWest Schools Cup run came to an end for the XV on Tuesday afternoon after a 15-11 defeat to RGS High Wycombe. In front of an enthusiastic home crowd, the XV made a solid start to the encounter with plenty of possession against a physical RGS side. Charlie Norman, who started the game […]

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Review: USA Concerts

Review for concerts given at Shawnee Playhouse and the Kosciuszko Foundation, New York City, by Marlborough College Music Scholars… The highlight of the Music Scholars’ trip to the USA during the half-term holiday of the Michaelmas Term 2013 was the recital at the Shawnee Playhouse and at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City. Having […]

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Review: Michaelmas Illumination 2013

Entertainment came in the form of comedy sketches, magic, acrobatics and music – displaying just how diverse and talented Marlburians can be.  Furthermore, the organization and presentation of the event was done with absolute precision and wonderfully wacky humour. The night commenced with an introductory rap given by our resident Bermudan, Walker Zupp (B1 U6), […]

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Lacrosse Success

Congratulations to the Open 1st lacrosse team who played an amazing game on Saturday 7th December. Despite being down by 2 points at half time the team rallied and took control, limiting St Helen and St Katherine to just 2 goals. The passes, communication and TEAM play all over the pitch was lovely to watch. Tamsin […]

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Dan Hannan

“Start every speech with a bang,” Dan Hannan told his audience, as he spoke about the art of 21st Century Oratory on 31st October.  This was only one of the Ten Commandments which he argued would make an almost perfect speech.  The Old Marlburian European Parliament Member delivered an ear-opening talk which inspired all who […]

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Lynas gets Ireland call

Congratulations and good luck to Archie Lynas (LI U6) who has been selected by Ireland U18s Rugby for trials after Christmas. The prop will attend a two-day training camp after Christmas before a trial match between Ireland U18 Clubs v Ireland U18 Schools in Dublin on Monday 30th December. Speaking of the news, 17-year old […]

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Video: Joutes Oratoires

The College recently hosted the Western qualifying heat of the Joutes Oratoires (the National Independent Schools French Debating Competition).   On the day, impressive performances from Fraser Anderson (U6 Tu) and Claudia Matthews (U6 LI) secured a place in the regional final against Abingdon. Tom Kiggell, of the Marlborough College French department, was delighted with […]

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Simon Gilderson, MBE

On Thursday 21st November, the Politics Society had great pleasure in hosting Simon Gilderson MBE (BH 1983-88) – an ex SAS veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was invited to discuss to what extent modern wars are unwinnable and he used his own extensive operational experience in a 21 year army career to try […]

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Video: Wiltshire Fire and Rescue

The visit of Wiltshire Fire and Rescue to Marlborough College on Wednesday afternoon provided a number of U6 pupils with a challenge of an altogether different kind. The prime task involved the safe extrication of dummy passengers from two vehicles, which were dismantled as part of the exercise involving a range of operative tools. Sean […]

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Review: Advent Carol Service

A spectacular venue; a sense of history and tradition; a dark, cold and damp evening; the written and spoken word; the candlelight; the time of year; and, for many, the worship of, and a sense of, something beyond. Separately these are important, but the glue that bound them together on Wednesday evening was a stunning […]

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Welcome Home

Marlborough College helped welcome back 200 soldiers from the 4 Military Intelligence Battalion home from Afghanistan today. Servicemen and women assembled outside the Memorial Hall before marching through the High Street to a dais outside Lloyds Bank, where speeches were given. Having completed a six month tour as part of Operation Herrick, the soldiers enjoyed […]

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Blackett Science Lecture

The 9th annual Blackett Science Lecture took place on Tuesday 26th November in the Ellis Theatre given by the Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford University, Professor Steven Balbus titled ‘The Moon: what is, what was, what might have been’. A large audience of pupils and Friends of the Marlborough Telescope outreach group listened to […]

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Speaker: Martin Cottingham

On Thursday 7th November the Politics Society was pleased to host Martin Cottingham, Head of Communications at Islamic Relief UK.  The invitation was extended to provide a fresh perspective on the question as to whether Islam and Democracy are fundamentally incompatible. Having travelled extensively in Muslim countries and with a job whose remit is to […]

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Review: Orchestral Concert

A packed Ellis Theatre greeted the String Chamber Orchestra, with obbligato soloists Savannah Brown, Eleanor Bonney and Ben Christopher for the eleventh concerto from Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico. The opening dialogue of arpeggios was in safe hands with Savannah and Eleanor, and this confident start was maintained throughout the piece, with remarkable ensemble playing from what is […]

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Deutsch Club speaker: Thomas Kielinger

The German Department hosted Thomas Kielinger, OBE, the London correspondent of the prestigious German newspaper ‘Die Welt’, on Friday 22nd November. Herr Kielinger spoke to an audience of Marlburians on ‘Anglo-German Relations: a New High?’ in the Adderley. Guests included teachers and pupils from St. John’s, Marlborough and St Mary’s, Calne. Author of ‘Crossroads and […]

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Pupils help Swindon Food Bank

With Christmas now just one month away, Marlborough College pupils have helped those less fortunate than themselves by making donations to the Swindon Food Bank. Pupils returned from the recent Exeat with donations for the collection, which was collected on Thursday 21st November. David Hartridge, Project Manager for Swindon Food Bank, was also on hand […]

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Review: Evening Recital

In a term which has already featured so many performances from leading Music Scholars, this was a marvellous opportunity to listen to other non-scholars, albeit including some Scholars playing second study instruments. This led to an intriguing mix of age, stage and repertoire, with some truly notable, courageous and expressive performances throughout. Luke Smith (CO […]

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Professor Peter Atkins – The Nature of Energy

Retired Oxford chemistry professor Peter Atkins has published over 70 chemistry textbooks. His Physical Chemistry and Elements of Physical Chemistry are set texts for chemistry undergraduates around the world.  His talk for the Marlborough College Chemical Society was ambitiously entitled The Nature of Energy. Without wasting a word, Atkins used the Laws of Thermodynamics to […]

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Review: Chemistry Conference

Over 1,000 pupils from Marlborough College and other local schools were invited by Dr Garry Doyle, Head of Chemistry, to take part in the Marlborough College Chemistry Conference on Tuesday 19th November 2013.  The speakers, John Emsley, Science Writer in Residence for the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University, Tim Harrison, School Teacher Fellow at […]

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