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Disco fever grips House Music

The disco theme for the House Music competition was grasped with tremendous energy and enthusiasm by all of the participants and the audience too!

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Keen linguists improve their Spanish in Cadiz

Over half term, a group of Lower Fifth pupils studying Spanish set off for Cadiz in high spirits keen to immerse themselves in Spanish language and culture.

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Sports Report

The first half of the Lent Term has seen a number of excellent results in lacrosse, hockey and netball as well as success in local and county cross country, basketball and gymnastics competitions and our best ever performance in the British Schoolgirls’ Ski Races at Flaine.

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Best ever production of The Worst Witch

Lower School pupils gave a spirited performance in the World Premier of The Worst Witch: The Musical, written and directed by DH Drama Teacher, Mrs Warde.

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Farewell to our Australian Exchange students

At the end of the week, we will be bidding a fond farewell to three lovely Australian girls who have been with us since the beginning of the Lent Term as part of the Global Student Exchange Programme. Meg and Shelby from MLC in Melbourne and Elizabeth from St Hilda’s, Queensland have spent the last four weeks living the life of a Downe House Lower Fifth former and seem to have enjoyed every minute of it!

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Oyster Society talk on the world of finance

Matthew Craston came to Downe House to present this term’s Oyster Society talk on an ‘Insight into the World of Finance’ to pupils interested in a career in the finance sector.

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Parents' Reception at the Royal College of Nursing

Over Sixty Downe House parents joined staff at the Royal College of Nursing in London on Wednesday for one of the highlights of the School social calendar, the Lower and Upper Fifth parents’ drinks reception.

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Batting for England

In January we had the pleasure of welcoming former England cricket player Lydia Greenway to talk with our sports scholars about the joys and challenges of life as a top sportswoman. Lydia was an integral part of multiple Ashes and World Cup triumphs and was at the top of her sport for a number of years. She has recently retired so it was a great opportunity for our sports scholars to meet and talk with a professional international sports woman.

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Success in British Schoolgirls’ Races

Six girls in the Downe House Ski Team travelled to Flaine last weekend to take part in the 2017 British Schoolgirls’ Races. The two-day event sees over 150 girls from 31 schools across the UK descend on the French resort and gives young racers aged from 14-18 valuable competitive experience in the Giant and Team Parallel Slalom events.

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Upper Fifth visit Tate Britain

The Upper Fifth GCSE art pupils enjoyed a visit to Tate Britain in London this week to enable them to research their chosen GCSE Art and Design examination topics. Ms Slocombe gave an excellent talk to the girls linking artworks in the galleries to questions on the exam paper.

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From the DH Archive...

A strong sense of community is one of our founding principles that has stood the test of time and has always played a key part in a Downe House education. A reminder of its enduring importance has come from the School Archivist in the form of a heart-warming story about a Holiday Scheme organised by Downe House staff and Sixth form pupils in the 1990s for disadvantaged local children aged between eight and eleven years old who had been nominated by their primary school.

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Hip hip hooray for Mufti Day!

Friday 27 January is mufti day in aid of the wonderful charity Phabkids, chosen by Upper Sixth Former Melissa McAlpine. Melissa is one of the Downe House sports scholars and, as such, participates in sport almost every day with a focus on netball. As an all-rounder she is also in the 1st Tennis Squad, 1st Cross Country Squad and the Squash and Athletics teams. She has chosen Phabkids for the transformational work they do with young children.

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