Prize Day 2022
In the last week of term, Marlborough College Malaysia was once again able to host Prize Day, the College’s traditional celebration of the pupils, their achievements and the College’s achievements. This year, Prize Day was separated into three events, with Pre-Prep Prize Day on Thursday 23rd June, Years 4-6 Prize Day on Friday 24th June, and Years 7- Upper Sixth Prize Day on Saturday 25th June 2022.
Each prize-giving ceremony was filled with outstanding musical performances by the pupils. A combination of solos, ensembles, and orchestral performances was the perfect way to celebrate the young musicians’ hard work and commitment over the year. The Prize Day on Saturday included a special performance by the College Symphony Orchestra of the Fanfare for MCM by Ji Hoon Li, an Old Marlburian. This rousing performance marked the entry of the Master and members of Council.
The College Chaplain, the Venerable Edward John, and Mr Mohadzir Bin Kamilan gave the opening prayers which were followed by I Vow to Thee My Country by Gustav Holst.
Mr H.Y. Lau, the Deputy Chairman of the College Council, gave a speech that celebrated the exceptional success of our pupils in last year’s IB and IGCSE exams and recognised the many accolades that the College has received culminating in its being named one of the 100 leading schools globally and winning the ISC International Award for Strategic Leadership. He concluded by looking forward to the next academic year when Marlborough College Malaysia will celebrate its tenth anniversary.
In his address, the Master, Mr Alan Stevens, reflected on the challenges that the world and the College Community has faced since the last time we met physically for Prize Day in 2019. The Master remarked on the exceptional support and commitment of all members of the community: parents, pupils, academic and support staff. Recalling the motto of Honan House, ‘Find a way or make a way’, the Master reflected on the way that traditional high College standards were met by adapting, such as the immersive Drama performances of ‘Inside Out’ and Penang Street, as well as the Year 7 Guernica Project and the IB Art Exhibition. The Master noted that the pace and tone had changed in recent weeks with the relaxation of restrictions in Malaysia and he anticipated the College’s most exciting year to date during the 10th Anniversary. He finished with words of encouragement to the Upper Sixth Leavers, and a final farewell to founding members of staff, Mr Holden and Mrs Mooney.
As is traditional, each Prize Day ended with a rousing song that summed up the pupils and the College’s ethos and positive outlook. The Pre-Preparatory School Prize Day ended with We’re all going on a Summer Holiday, Preparatory School Prize Day finished by singing All Things Bright and Beautiful and everyone at the Year 7-Upper Sixth Prize Day joined together to sing Jerusalem.
A fitting celebratory end to an extraordinary year.