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Dr Andi Roberts - Cover Girl

Dr Andrea Roberts (Holcombe Assistant Housemistress) has made it into Acta Crystallographica D (Journal) – and not only in it – but one of her figures of the protein which she solved the structure was featured on the front cover. She was also the first author on the article.

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Code Breaking Enigma Machine

On Sunday, 3 March, the LIV were pushed back into the time of codes and ciphers, leading up to a once in a life-time experience: to type on a real Enigma Machine from World War II.

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Upper V Italian Tour to Florence

Eleven Upper Fifth and two members of staff spent an amazing five days in Florence during the half term break. It was a packed programme including all of the key cultural sights in Florence and some intensive language learning.

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Ski Gold Medal for Emma

Downe House took six girls to Flaine to ski in the British Schoolgirls' Races in January. 'A' Team Emma Poole (Capt), Katarina Huth, Araminta Robertson and 'B' Team Catherine Yung (Capt), Lara Kary, Alix Archambeau.

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Spanish Language trip to Tenerife

On 14 February thirteen girls and two members of staff headed to Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife for a 1-week Spanish trip. They stayed with host families and were warmly welcomed.

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Young Enterprise Trade Fair

On Saturday, 9 February, Commando, one of our Lower Sixth Young Enterprise teams, attended a Trade Fair at the Kennet Shopping Centre in Newbury. This gave the girls the opportunity to sell their very popular beanie hats to members of the public on a face to face basis.

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Berkshire Young Singer of the Year

The first round of the county-wide Berkshire Young Singer of the Year competition was held on 24 November. The following Downe House girls are through to the Semi Finals which will be held on Sunday, 10 March at Waingels College where 20 finalists will be chosen to perform at the Town Hall on Sunday, 19 May.

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Bangalore Acts of Hope

On 2nd December, eight 8 Upper Sixth students visited the Acts of Hope School in Bangalore to help teach and be resident in the school for around two weeks. Acts of Hope School is a charity and offers free first class education in a caring and supportive environment for the children of Bangalore.

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Cece breaks 10 year old swimming record

The Winter Swim Meet was held on Wednesday, 6 February and Downe House were competing against Wycombe Abbey, Queen Anne’s and St. Swinthun’s.

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Runners Up at the South West Rally

On Saturday, 2nd February the U14 XII Lacrosse team journeyed to St. Swithun’s for the South West Rally. The day was bright and dry, but bitterly cold. We were pleased to welcome 5 new members as eight of the regular team were away playing in the Regional Netball Finals.

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South Regional Netball Tournament

Downe House U14 team placed 3rd in their section in the South Regional Netball Tournament at High Wycombe on Saturday, 2 February. It was the first time the U14s had qualified for the event since 2004 in which the top two schools from Berks, Guernsey, Hants, the Isle of Wight, North Bucks, Oxfordshire, South Bucks and Sussex compete for two places in the National Finals.

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U13 team are Newbury and Berkshire Cross Country Champions

The Newbury Schools Cross Country took place on 30 January at the Newbury Rugby Club. Both U13 and U17 teams won. Best placed in the U13 was Lettice Cornell who came 4th. Charlotte Clover came 1st in the U15 age group, Annabel Clover came 2nd in the U17 and Felicity Burton won the U19 Newbury Schools. The U15 and U19 teams were placed 2nd in the Newbury Schools.

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