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We celebrate Chinese New Year with China Day

The School was immersed in Chinese culture, history, language, fashion and food on Friday as Year 7 boys from Elstree School joined Downe House girls in a China Day celebration. The day formed part of the School’s Higher Education and Global Initiatives programme, aimed at widening students’ knowledge of world cultures and economies.

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All girls and full boarding is just the ticket

Single sex, all boarding. Everyone has an opinion. Our quickfire questions get to the heart of why girls value this type of environment and demand answers of two people who know how it works from the inside out.

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When in Rome...

What is the first thing you do when arriving in Rome? Go straight out for pizza of course! Mrs Toogood, Miss Slocombe and Mrs Richardson accompanied 24 girls to Rome on Saturday 30 January, first stop the pizzeria. From there they made their way to their hotel where the atmospheric rooms had been converted from the cells of an old convent.

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Cambridge Footlights success for Sarah Creedy-Smith

Huge congratulations are in order for former Downe House girl Sarah Creedy-Smith who has been offered a place with the prestigious Cambridge Footlights on their 2016 national and international tour. Sarah left Downe in 2015 to read English Drama and Education at Cambridge and has clearly wasted no time in discovering an outlet for her talent and energy.

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Best ever results for the Downe House ski team in Flaine!

Congratulations to our ski team who competed out at the British Schoolgirls' races in Flaine. It was our most successful year yet!

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Award Holders lunch with Geraldine James.

On Tuesday 26 January we were delighted to host a wonderful lunch with Geraldine James, OBE, for the Geraldine James Award Holders.

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Looking through a global lens

Developing a broad, culturally relevant worldview is more important than ever for young people in 2016 and Downe House has been devoting much resource and energy to its global exchange programme.

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A weekend of sporting prowess

A team of eight Downe House girls took part in the Knole cross country race at the weekend. This gruelling three mile open race saw entry from 29 teams and 199 runners of all ages including VI form. Our young athletes performed brilliantly and we saw Downe House competitor Kitty come home in first place, an amazing victory for a Year 9 pupil. Congratulations to Kitty and to her team mates for their great performances.

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Cooking up a storm with Leiths

Filleting fish, pounding pesto, spatchcocking chicken and perfecting pastry – never was school so geared to endowing its pupils with such an enhanced set of life skills. The students signed up to Leiths Academy at Downe House, an additional option to curriculum studies, not only learn an impressive set of cookery skills but discover a creative channel to counterbalance academic studies.

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Music to our ears

New Year congratulations go to Lower Fifth pupil Tiffany L who joins three other Downe House girls to take up a place with The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in 2016. The organisation comprises five choirs for young people and offers unrivalled performance opportunities for young singers as well as first class teaching and guidance.

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Downe House girl recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2016

It was with immense pleasure that we received the news that The Honourable Heather Galbraith, a former Downe House girl, has been awarded an MBE for Services to Equestrianism in Ayrshire in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2016.

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Mandarin Chinese – the global passport

It’s the language that was considered an unusual choice 10 years ago but today Mandarin Chinese is fast becoming mainstream. As the global demand for people with Chinese language skills increases at an unprecedented pace, a growing number of schools include it as an essential part of the Modern Foreign Languages offering.

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