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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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Get stuck into Engineering!

A team of pupils took part in an Engineering Education Scheme Assessment day on 20 April at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories in Oxford, along with participants from many other schools who have taken part in this national scheme. The day consisted of presentations and interviews and proved to be both challenging and rewarding for the budding engineers.

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Raising valuable funds for our local charities

Downe House welcomed some very special guests on Monday 25 April. Representatives from the School’s local link charities joined pupils and staff for afternoon tea and a cheque presentation.

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Schools look to the future

The CEO of UCAS, the university admissions service, addressed more than 450 pupils and parents at Downe House School on Tuesday 19 April in a speech which highlighted the need for schools to understand changes in demand for higher education to support their students.

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DH Young Musician of the Year 2016

With 165 entries, 58 qualifiers, 18 finalists and four winners, Downe House Young Musician of the Year is officially the longest running and most toughly contested competition in the School.

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Launch of the Global Schools’ Exchange Programme

With international and intercultural awareness playing an ever greater part in education today, Downe House has found an apt moment to launch its global network of partner schools. The formal launch of the scheme on Wednesday 23 March, fulfils the Higher Education and Global Initiatives (HEGI) team’s ambition to provide exceptional opportunities for students to gain experience of different cultures, languages, learning and ways of life.

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Tennis is a top flight sport at Downe House

It was the Aegon Team Tennis Schools Senior Students Finals 2016 at USN Bolton Arena last week and Downe House saw the fruits of its year round tennis development programme. After making it through a tough qualifying group and knockout rounds against Queen Anne’s, St Mary’s Ascot, Peter Symonds College and others, the team gained a well-deserved place in the finals.

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The Interschool Ski Challenge

The Downe House junior ski team travelled to France on 4 March for the Artemis Interschool Ski Challenge. The trip began with two days of training to prepare for the races ahead.

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Another triumph for the Drama department!

Our AS Drama and Theatre Studies students have spent a term and a half preparing for their practical examination in lessons. Through practical exploration of the renowned theatre company Complicite, seven LVI girls produced an outstanding performance of Jemma Kenney’s ‘Second Person Narrative.' The play captured fragments of a single character’s life, starting at her birth, and ending at her death more than 80 year later. In between we saw her grow up, make friends, get jobs, form relationships, win awards, buy clothes, make mistakes, discover herself, and enjoy a good laugh.

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DH Equestrian enters the show jumping arena

Amber S, Imogen W, Honor S and Camilla R represented Downe House at the National Schools Equestrian Association competition in the Berkshire County qualifiers last Saturday.

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