Founder’s Weekend at Downe House is an incredibly special weekend in the School’s calendar when the whole community comes together for its annual celebrations. With stunning departmental displays, tennis tournaments, wonderful showcases, music events and the much-loved Founder’s Tea, it is undoubtedly a highlight of the school year.
“The School belongs to you all and to each one, and there is no one who has not given something to its life.”
Olive Willis, Founder of Downe House
“Downe is very much a whole community and, whether you are a parent, relative, friend or alumna, you are most welcome.”
Mrs Emma McKendrick, Headmistress
During Founder’s Weekend the cloisters come alive with activities, from wellbeing to gymnastics, and stalls masterminded by the girls in support of their House charities so there is always plenty to see, do, eat and drink! Alongside the House stalls are other worthwhile charitable causes and Young Enterprise stalls to explore. In addition each department puts on its own workshops and exhibitions, including a variety of music concerts and drama showcases.
A crowd favourite each year is the much-anticipated Founder’s Tea, served beautifully each afternoon in the Founder’s Weekend marquee. Families are also invited to bring their own picnics, rugs and chairs to enjoy lunch in the beautiful school grounds. To mark the end of Founder’s Weekend we host a Family Big Band BBQ where friends and families are invited to indulge in a tantalising selection of BBQ food whilst enjoying a summer’s evening filled with jazz.
Read the full Founder’s Weekend 2019 programme or see the Founder’s Weekend 2019 album.
The best way to find out more about Downe House, is to come and experience it for yourself – arrange a visit or join us for one of our Open Mornings?Discover