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Keeeeep Dancing! Exam Success for DH Ballerinas

It takes a lot of hard work, preparation and talent to take a dancing exam and on Wednesday 7th December 2017, some of our most dedicated and hard-working DH Dance ballerinas did just that, with superb results.

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Winner of the Pushkin Institute Competition

A key principle of a Downe House education is that breadth of experience is essential and we aim to encourage every girl to pursue her own individual interests and aspirations. One of our girls, Nina Bugeja has done just that by winning a challenging competition organised by the Pushkin Institute for UK school students.

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Sporting Success

The Autumn Term saw a host of sporting successes across the board and our sportswomen excelled themselves when representing their school and in competitions at national level.

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Christmas time at Downe House

Christmas has been in the air for weeks at Downe House and excitement peaked in the last days of term with a superb Christmas lunch for everyone in the Downe House community, the Search for a Star Charity Talent Contest and the Junior and Senior Carol Services held in Douai Abbey and St Nicolas Church Newbury.

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Oyster Society focus on Medicine

Helping girls to make informed choices about future careers is the Oyster Society’s mission and the Higher Education Department welcomed GP Dr Clare Michell, also a Downe House Alumnae, to talk to all potential Medics about training and working as a GP.

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Fundraising Great Gatsby-style

One of the highlights of this term’s social calendar was the long awaited (by AGN girls at least!) Great Gatsby themed ball on Saturday night which was a huge success and raised over £3500 for the AGN International Link Charity, Sparkes Home Sri Lanka which provides a much needed home for 40 girls aged from 6 years upwards in the village of Kallar on the east coast of Sri Lanka

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“Believe in yourself” says Mountaineer, Mollie Hughes

One of the world’s youngest mountaineers, who conquered Everest at the age of only 21, came to deliver a Medley Lecture at Downe House on 1st December. The purpose of the Medley Lecture is to inspire and to challenge the audience to raise their sights and think about what it takes to overcome life’s challenges and this term’s speaker, Mollie Hughes, one of the youngest British climbers to summit Everest, emphatically succeeded in making us all think about the very important qualities of self-belief and perseverance.

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Downe House Global Schools’ Exchange Programme

Meeting the current group of Exchange students from New Zealand and South Africa is a totally uplifting and heart-warming experience - Chloe, Margaux, Jess and Georgia are having the time of their life and will tell anyone who asks how much they are loving their time at Downe House!

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A puzzling time!

Everyone loves a good puzzle and it was clear from the absolute concentration and focus of the Remove girls and our Year 7 visitors from local prep schools Elstree, Ludgrove, St Andrew’s Pangbourne and Brockhurst & Marlston that they were all thoroughly enjoying themselves at the Downe House Maths Puzzle Day.

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Making connections with DH LINKS

Careers and how to find out about them are never far from the minds of our Sixth Form girls and last week presented the perfect opportunity to get the lowdown on one of the great professions, law.

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Lower and Upper Sixth Form Parents’ Drinks

Seventy five Downe House families 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 Sixth parents’ drinks reception.

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Confirmed in the School Chapel

Girls and their families came together for one of the most rewarding events in the spiritual life of the school as thirteen Lower and Upper Fifth pupils were confirmed in the School Chapel by The Rt Rev’d David Jennings, formerly the Bishop of Warrington and now Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Oxford.

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