Uniqueness of Marlborough College Malaysia in Southeast Asia
MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE MALAYSIA IS A DISTINCTIVE SCHOOL, AND WHAT SETS IT APART IS ITS SHARED ETHOS WITH MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE UK.
I AM FORTUNATE to be able to return to Marlborough UK a few times per year, and the very real sense of connection between the two schools is palpable. My own Marlborough roots go back a long way. I was appointed there as head of department, then was asked to be housemaster, and finally international liaison co-ordinator, before joining MCM as deputy head. I have been head of the Senior School for over a year and can testify first-hand to the genuine expansion of our sister College in the UK. For us, ‘franchise’ is a word that denotes a much weaker association.
At both schools there is an evident commitment to meeting the developmental needs of individual pupils. Identifying those needs requires the establishment of a positive relationship between pupil and teacher. This is encouraged by a comprehensive pastoral care structure, directed by housemasters and house-mistresses, and implemented through the tutorial system. All of this is based on mutual respect between pupil and teacher, and working together for a common goal.
At Marlborough College Malaysia, we believe that the needs of individual pupils are best served in the context of boarding. Boarders have more opportunities to build confidence and develop relationships. They quickly understand their strengths and weaknesses, and integrity and courtesy are promoted. They acquire resilience and independence. They are motivated to serve others and appreciate the value of strong friendships.
Marlborough College Malaysia is rightly expected to provide stimulating teaching and an excellent academic programme. In addition to this, great importance is placed on a significant co-curricular dimension, which is unique in the region. The cocurriculum is a critical part of a meaningful holistic education, and we expect all pupils to engage with a broad range of activities outside the classroom, such as sport, music, drama, art and design, expeditions and community service. These activities provide the very best practical opportunities for development of crucial talents, such as leadership, teamwork and communication.
Marlborough College Malaysia is establishing a reputation for co-curricular distinction. It has hosted a series of high-profile sports tournaments, such as the MCM Straits Trophy events, involving teams from Malaysia and Singapore. Pupils have excelled in prestigious international sports competitions and in individual sports, some being selected for national squads.
Pupils at Marlborough College Malaysia learn the importance of service and have raised the profile of important charity work in assemblies. The prefects have launched a ‘Prefects’ Forum’: an in-house opportunity for pupils to raise concerns and suggest improvements. Pupils have been given opportunities to explore the world outside the campus, ranging from boarders’ excursions on weekends, trips to the East Coast of the US, to more challenging International Award expeditions. Also, to make the connection with Marlborough College UK more meaningful, two groups of pupils visit the sister school every year.
At Marlborough College Malaysia, we share the description quoted on the Marlborough College UK website of a pupil becoming a “well-rounded individual who has a sense of perspective for the community and the wider world.” The exceptional boarding and co-curricular dimensions of the College make this a realistic expectation. (