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Well played! Tennis captain Lara takes a bow.

It’s been another great year for tennis at Downe, in no small part due to the leadership of Captain Lara Wigan. Lara has now played her last official match for Downe and passed the captaincy to a worthy successor, Camilla Farrell.

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Spotlight on one of our link charities

The green fields of Hampstead Norreys provide an open air playground for some dedicated work with young disabled children. Local charity Newbury Riding for the Disabled was one of the recipients of funds raised at the Downe House Gift Fair last October and every penny is put to good use in a year round operation that brings huge benefits to many disabled children.

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What’s in a name?

Parents, pupils and staff often wonder how the boarding houses came to be named. A quick interrogation of our archivist Jane Caiger-Smith throws light on the little slices of history that led to the current house identities. First of all, AGS and AGN!

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Twenty four hours in Veyrines

Joining Downe House at 11+ or 12+ gives every girl in Lower School the opportunity to spend a term in France at the School’s boarding house situated in the Dordogne. And what a term! As well as following a full timetable of lessons taught in French (except Maths and English), the girls live and breathe the French experience, eating four course dinners, doing charity work locally, teaching English at the local primary school, giving a concert at the local retirement home and going on ‘sorties’ to enhance curriculum learning.

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Downe House in the Saddle

With the recent arrival of Clare Chamberlayne to our co-curricular team as the new Downe House Equestrian Co-ordinator, there is a newfound spirit amongst our keen horseriders. Mrs Chamberlayne organises the girls’ participation in equestrian competitions where they represent the School, and most importantly, supports their training to achieve the best possible results.

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Hounds for Heroes – four paws to the rescue!

Hounds for Heroes was chosen by the girls as their Lower School charity in 2014 and it is easy to see why they felt so motivated to fundraise for this great cause. Injured and disabled men and women of the UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services often rely on the help of an assistance dog to overcome their disability and gain practical support, making a real life difference to quality of life.

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Get interested in careers. It’s the Law!

DH LINKS never sleeps. The most recent meeting in its programme of careers and networking events was a gathering of practising lawyers and barristers, primed to impart their wisdom on pursuing a career in the legal profession to girls in the Sixth Form and recent Downe House alumnae.

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21st century learning finds its expression in the 10 Year Vision

Parents and supporters gathered at the Royal College of Nursing in London this week for the unveiling of the next phase of the Downe House 10 Year Vision. Parents, including past Old Seniors, joined the Foundation Team to hear about the School’s exciting plans to forge ahead with a new state-of-the-art Centre for Learning. Ground will be broken in summer 2016 bringing the dream a step closer to reality.

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Lord George Carey delivered the Summer Medley lecture

The latest Medley lecture gave rise to some interesting ethical, political, medical and religious debate as the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey introduced the subject of assisted dying.

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An Evening at the Races

On Saturday 23 April York House held its charity event an Evening at the Races in aid of EDCLUB. Charity fundraising is an activity that the Downe House community is passionate about and the evening brought everyone together in the best tradition to raise money for a charity whose values and objectives the girls wholeheartedly believe in.

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Audition success with The National Youth Theatre

Every year the National Youth Theatre auditions 5,000 youngsters across 30 towns and cities in the UK. Only 300 gain a place, which is exactly why huge congratulations are in order for Cosima Davies in LV for winning a coveted place.

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“Defeating Trunchbull” was the climax of a prep school Day of Musical Theatre

One hundred children from six prep schools got to grips with the Matilda soundtrack and pulled out all the stops on Tuesday to learn, rehearse and perform to parents, fellow pupils and teachers at a musical theatre day. Pupils from Winchester House, Ravenscourt Park, Godstowe, Feltonfleet, Chandlings and Eaton House The Manor all participated with gusto and embraced the opportunity to perform.

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