The Lent Event

The Lent Event took place this week with a team of seven spending three days in the school.  Revd Rico Tice, the main speaker, was energetic and engaging, challenging us to consider whether Jesus Christ might be as central to life as a ball is to a game. His blend of self-deprecating humour, compassion and […]

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Southbank Sinfonia Chamber Concert

As part of the annual residency by members of our professional orchestra in partnership, the Southbank Sinfonia, we had the pleasure of a chamber music recital in the Goodison Hall which this year took place on 8 February.  We were treated to a musical pot pourri of both solo and ensemble items which also included […]

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MCCS – BBC National Orchestra of Wales

It was such a delight to hear a full orchestra of such quality in this Marlborough College Concert Series. The acoustics of the building did not let us down and we could hear every nuance and detail with absolute clarity. The programme opened with the ‘Suite for Lady Caroline’ – a film score which carried […]

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Remove French Exchange

20 Remove students have just returned from a French exchange visit to our partner school, the Collège de Notre Dame de Bury, north of Paris. Warmly welcomed by their host families, they enjoyed a taste of school life and several excursions into the heart of the city. The charm of strolling through the capital was slightly harder […]

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Schools Determine University Chances

The Sutton Trust, an educational charity set up by the millionaire philanthropist Sir Peter Lampl, released a report in July 2011: ‘Degrees of Success: University Chances by Individual Schools’. The report appears to demonstrate that schools differ considerably in the levels of aspiration they engender in their pupils and in the quality of preparation they provide […]

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HMC Africa School Conference

In 2010 Gardner Thompson of Dulwich College organised the inaugural HMC Africa School conference. Following its success the second Conference was held in 2011 at Oundle School, run by Ian Clark. The third conference will be held at Marlborough College on the 21st February 2012. Interest from HMC schools in Global School Partnerships and communities […]

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“What Makes a Pressure Group Successful?”

Charlotte Hitchmough from Action for the River Kennet, or ARK,  gave an inspiring talk entitled “What Makes a Pressure Group Successful” to the Politics Society. She covered the many different aspects of ARK’s work; a small, outsider, local pressure group working valiantly to protect the beautiful chalk stream that so many of us walk past […]

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Lower Sixth Training Day

Imagine being blindfolded, surrounded by a group of your peers and then trying to assert yourself and stand out from the crowd; this was just one of the weird assessments that the prefects had in store for us. Only at the end of the day did any of it begin to make any kind of […]

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Music Festival Competition 2012

One of the most inclusive and inspiring events in the Music calendar is the internal competitive Music Festival which this year took place on Sunday 29 January 2012. It really is a feast of music; over 260 different performances from over 160 pupils in 22 different categories of classes, judged by seven eminent external adjudicators […]

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Roehampton Schools’ Invitational Tournament

Congratulations to the College 1st V Squash team (Eduardo Tomassini, George Rolls, Matthew Thompson, Archie Sandberg & Ben Wray) who performed extremely well at the Roehampton Schools’ Invitiational Tournament yesterday. In the Group stages, the boys won 3 out of 3 matches, beating K.C.S. (3-2), Sherborne (4-1) and Trinity (5-0). Having topped Group A, the boys […]

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MCCS – East meets West Concert

Just occasionally the MCCS presents something out of the ordinary and in the concert entitled ‘East meets West’ we heard not only something very different but incredibly special.  The mastermind behind the East meets West production is the magnificent British violinist Daniel Hope.  A musician of immense talent and vision, this performance is a journey […]

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Kit collected for SKRUM

This term the Charity Think Tank has collected second hand and unused kit for the Swaziland based charity SKRUM. It will be taken back to Swaziland by Wilson Dlamini at Christmas. During half term, emails were sent out to both parents and members of Marlborough College asking them if they could donate any sports kit […]

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Wind Department Concert

One is aware that the Christmas holidays are finally upon us on the annual occasion of the Woodwind Departmental extravaganza on the final Monday of the Michaelmas Term.  Masterminded by the evergreen Head of Woodwind and Brass Mr Alex Arkwright, it’s an event packed with variety, considerable pupil participation and some fun to boot.  This […]

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Art School Visit by Professor Maurice Cockrill RA

Having admired Professor Cockrill’s paintings for many years, it was particularly pleasing to arrange for Maurice to tour the Art School and meet our Upper and Lower 6th students. As Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools for the last seven years, Maurice has expertly guided many artists who have studied in the world renowned Schools. […]

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Carol Services

After a demanding and musically varied Michaelmas Term, it was a huge pleasure to sit back and witness the Choir’s impressive performance during the Christmas Carol Services. One of the benefits of such a long Michaelmas Term has been that it has given the Choir time to develop quite significantly following a large exodus of […]

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Natural History and Biology Society

The first talk of the year was given by Mr Iain Green, a wildlife photographer who has written two books about the tigers of Bandhavgard in India. Mr Green showed superb photographs of a family of tigers which he studied in the forest over a period of several years. Throughout the course of the lecture […]

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Advent Service 2011

Coming towards the end of what is usually a very long term, the Advent Carol Service is always an occasion for contemplation: the beauty of the chapel enhanced not only by the magical effect of candlelight, but also by the contribution of the Chapel Choir, who work tirelessly to prepare music for this service and […]

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‘Making a Living Through Writing’

Andrew Brown (OM) visited the College in late November to discuss ‘Making a Living Through Writing’ . Andrew Brown is an established journalist for The Guardian, sometime writer and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s programme Analysis, and the author of several books on subjects as diverse as popular science and policing. To an audience of […]

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Symphony Orchestra Concert

The orchestral concert on December 4th opened with the delicate and playful sounds of Dvorak’s Slavonic dance Op 46. The contrasting colours of this delightful nationalistic score were beautifully tailored. The players seemed to enjoy the contrasts of the tight rhythmic sections and the more lyrical, indulgent melodies. The first movement of Mozart’s Symphony no. […]

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7th Annual Blackett Science Lecture

Professor Mike Edmunds, Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics at Cardiff University and Chair of the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project gave an inspiring lecture on the amazing Antikythera Mechanism to a large audience of pupils and Friends of the Marlborough telescope. The bronze mechanism, discovered over 100 years ago by divers in the Mediterranean, dates back some […]

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