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She's a winner!

Millie Hughes has been invited to join the National Lacrosse Academy and we could not be more proud of her achievement, given the training and dedication it takes to become part of the ‘talent.’

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Precious metal

This term is all about inspiring women and Mrs Reeve, Teacher of Russian and Housemistress of Willis, paid homage in her assembly to the role models set by our Team GB female athletes who won medals in Rio. At least 59 of them came home from this summer’s Olympics with medals and their trials and successes kept us glued to our screens. Mrs Reeve looked at the swathe of athletes who rose to glory and picked out one key characteristic that they all have in common: resilience. The ability to deal with problems and overcome setbacks has led all the medallists to take their place in world class athletics.

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Twenty five years on!

It was wonderful to see the class of 1991 on Wednesday 21 September at the Royal College of Nursing, London. Twenty five years of life beyond Downe House has seen an impressive list of careers established in medicine, advertising, art and the charity sector. The reunion proved to be a fabulous way of catching up, reconnecting and keeping alive bonds with the wider Downe House family, and it was clear that the friendships formed at Downe House remain strong today, with many still very much in touch.

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The Juice Bar cometh

You don’t have to escape to a spa to be reminded how important nutrition, good sleeping habits, mindfulness, exercise and relaxation are when it comes to well-being. All over Downe House the cause is being taken up as a counterbalance to a busy school life.

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Volunteering adventures

One of our Upper Fifth travelled to another continent this summer to undertake valuable volunteering work far from home. Honor Sells writes this account of her three weeks in India.

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AGS Girls visit their international link charity

Fourteen girls from AGS flew to Myanmar this summer to visit Hosanna Children’s Home, Hope Asia, a charity which aims to rescue orphans at risk from poverty, disease or abandonment. Throughout the year AGS raises funds to support the charity and then came a chance to visit the children to offer practical help.

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To Malawi with Open Arms

Holcombe’s international link charity works to give orphans a loving family environment and the security of a home. Here, Ilaria Bevan (Lower Sixth) reports on a trip of a lifetime volunteering for the charity.

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Aisholt House Charity Trip

“I can honestly say that I learnt some very valuable lessons from India and its amazing people and I gained an insight into a different world,” Hebe Ide (UV)

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Teaching science down on the farm

Biology teacher Debbie Hicks uses her farm as a learning resource and when she is not teaching at Downe House, she is back in Somerset, promoting the use of UK farms as a tool for wider educational benefits. Primary Science, a key science journal for primary teachers, has just published an article authored by Miss Hicks, exploring the key role of the farm in teaching science.

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It’s been a busy summer at Downe House

Parents and girls coming back to the School this week will have noticed some significant changes to the buildings around Downe House and there are more exciting developments in the pipeline over the course of the next two years.

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Outstanding individual results for our Upper Fifth!

With 86% of all grades at A*/A and 77% of girls gaining 8 A*/A or more, the girls have triumphed in the recent GCSE/IGCSE examinations.

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It’s a day of celebration as GCSE results come in!

There is much to celebrate at Downe House today as the UV receive their GCSE results. With an impressive 86% of all grades awarded at A*/A it shows that the girls’ hard work and dedication have paid huge dividends.

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