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The search is on for the Downe House Young Musician of the Year 2015

The annual Downe House Young Musician of the Year competition gets underway next week, starting with the vocal round on 2nd March. A record number of girls have submitted entry forms, which are still coming in.

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Girls get down to business

Girls from Downe House LVI were joined by pupils from St Bartholomew’s School in Newbury for a seminar led by Young Enterprise Berkshire. The seminar was provided as part of the programme of support for the business challenge they are completing with Young Enterprise during the academic year.

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UV girls are blown away by Florence

Girls who are studying for GCSE Italian examinations have benefited from intense Italian classes at the British Institute, and a conversation exchange with local students.

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Looking forward to the second half of Term!

With the Long Exeat now nearing its end, the second half of the Lent Term beckons. As every year, the next four and a half weeks will be busy, filled with matches and tournaments, Music and Gym competitions, voluntary activities, examinations, trips, events and more.

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A winning half of term for Downe House

The first half of Lent Term has seen Downe House girls busy with Netball, Squash ,Tennis and Hockey matches, Lacrosse Tournaments, Cross Country events and a Winter Swim Meet, winning competitions, medals and securing personal bests.

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Competition hits a high note

House choirs, solo artists, instrumental and vocal ensembles have been praised by top Musician Mr Rob Farrer who judged the 2015 House Music Competition. Mr Farrer is the Percussion Co-ordinator at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior Department. An acclaimed percussionist, he was formerly a member of award-winning pop group The Divine Comedy, and his career has seen him working with artists such as Tom Jones and Sir Paul McCartney.

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“Our Country’s Good” showcases UV talent

UV girls have risen to the challenge and been praised for their performance of British Playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker’s thought provoking play. Set in 18th century Australia, it concerns a group of Royal Marines and convicts in a penal colony in New South Wales who stage a production of “The Recruiting Officer”. The play explores demanding themes including the idea that it is possible for theatre to be humanising.

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Poll up, poll up, the elections have started!

Girls representing the Conservative, Green, Labour, Lib Dem and UKIP parties launched the mock election week which is open to all members of the School community. The launch took place at Whole School Assembly.

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LVI girls look forward to Oxbridge

Parents and LVI girls with Oxbridge aspirations have been set on their way at Downe House’s annual presentation and workshop. They heard from Lucinda Fraser, Managing Director of the leading consultancy Oxbridge Applications, and former Oxford Admissions Tutor Barry Webb who provided an insightful overview of the rigorous and competitive application process.

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Warm reception for parents at Gallery

Downe House hosted an evening at London's Bankside Gallery, attended by parents of girls in the Lower Fifth and Upper Fifth. Despite freezing weather, over one hundred parents attended the event, which featured a Society of Wood Engravers' Exhibition.

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Archdeacon licenses new School Chaplain

Downe House’s new Chaplain, the Reverend Andrew Taylor, has been formally licensed by the Venerable Olivia Graham, the Archdeacon of the Diocese of Oxford, which serves Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

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Government GCSE League tables fail to tell the full story

Several of the UK's most highly performing independent schools and others offering the IGCSE qualification will now appear to be bottom of the class in the government's rankings.

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