From Crufts to the Ten Commandments

These were just two of a whole host of fascinating topics presented by Academic Award Holders at the Lower and Upper Schools at the Academic Conferences held this term.

The Conferences provide a platform for the girls to develop their presentation and public speaking skills and really help them develop their confidence and style.

The Upper School Academic Award Holders gathered on 30 October for their Conference and each Award Holder had researched a topic of their choice, which they presented to their peers, with opportunities for questions at the end of each presentation. The topics included ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Whether graffiti is considered art’ and ‘Whether the Ten Commandments are relevant in the 21st century’.

A fortnight later on 13 November, it was the turn of the Lower School Academic Award Holders, to show off their public speaking abilities in the same way as the Upper School. Remarkably, a number of the girls only joined the School in September. The girls presented on a range of topics from the ‘History of the Latin Language’ to ‘The Power of Colour’ and ‘An Overview of the Crufts Dog Show’.

Mr Ross Wise, Head of Academic Scholars and Enrichment said, “The presentations were of the highest standard and all the girls are to be commended for their efforts. The Conferences proved to be a very enriching experience for all involved in terms of increasing their confidence in public speaking as well as learning a great deal about the topics covered.”

Academic Awards are given to girls who show outstanding potential and commitment in one or more subjects and open the door to a full programme of enrichment activities, lectures and mentoring to further extend and develop their skills and understanding.

For more information about Academic Awards at Downe House, please click here

Posted: 21st Nov 2018

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