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Sports Day – how fast they ran!

They sprinted, they jumped, they hurdled…. And AGN were the victors!

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Let’s Dance

The department that knows its popping from its pliés is making it official. There is a new vision for DHDance and it launched on Saturday 18 June.

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Cartoonist for a day

Exploring the world of the illustrator and cartoonist was the aim of a special trip for the Lower Fourth, who, accompanied by Miss Black, took time out to visit the House of Illustration in London, located in a stunning regenerated area and warehouse behind Kings Cross St Pancras.

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Parents and Prep Heads at the House of Lords

Downe House welcomed parents with girls who joined us this academic year to a reception at the House of Lords, hosted by the Lord Palmer, and a spectacular view of the Thames on Monday 6 June. As their daughters near the end of their first year it proved a great social occasion and an opportunity to swap notes.

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No internet no learning. Imagine a world without computers.

A small movement with a huge vision is encouraging Downe House Sixth Formers to volunteer a few hours a week to change the lives of children in Kenya. The formula? Bringing broadband to one of the most deprived slums in Nairobi.

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Life beyond Downe House – five years on

With five years of life beyond Downe House under their belts, the Class of 2010 are spreading their wings and entering careers as diverse as film, travel, fashion and the charity sector. Their reunion in London last month was an occasion to catch up, connect and keep alive bonds with the wider DH family.

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A Reunion at Longford Castle

The splendid surroundings of Longford Castle in Wiltshire provided a very special backdrop for a small group of Downe House Old Seniors from the 1930s to 1960s who gathered for a private tour of the Castle, courtesy of Lord Radnor and his sister Alexandra Ormerod on a sunny day in May.

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House of Veyrines

Saturday afternoons are far from idle in Veyrines. The LIV (Year 8) girls spending a term at the boarding house in France took French fashion seriously in a competition that sparked their imaginations to produce a red carpet dress worthy of the spotlight. In four teams, Givenchy, Yves St Laurent, Christian Dior and Chanel, the girls researched catwalk looks, designed an outfit and then set to work to create it from nothing more than rolls of plain paper table cloths, staples and glue.

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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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