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Moving into the Murray Centre

The doors to our brand new building were opened on Thursday night to our Upper Sixth students.This was followed over the weekend by further inductions for the Lower Sixth, Upper Fifth and Lower Fifth.

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Going for Gold!

The world’s leading youth achievement award, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is a popular co-curricular option at Downe House and in the Sixth Form, the latest cohort of girls has just begun their journey of preparation and training activities for the Gold Award.

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House Science Challenge

Always up for a new challenge, the Science Department organised the inaugural Inter-House Science Competition which offered an opportunity for eight girls from each House to compete against each other and test their general science knowledge.

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Poppies, paintings and remembrance

In conjunction with the British Legion and Newbury Racecourse, Downe House held an exhibition at Newbury Racecourse for the third year in a row with a theme of the centenary of Armistice Day.

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From supersonic cars to brain-enhancing drugs

This year’s STEM Day brought together a variety of expert speakers from the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics who gave presentations and practical workshops designed to engage and inspire our Year 11 girls who were joined by pupils from Park House School in Newbury.

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Fabulous Fishbourne

The Lower Fourth girls studying Classics visited the fabulous Fishbourne Palace near Chichester in West Sussex.

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Three Downe House girls join Dragon Academy

Congratulations to Upper School girls and very talented lacrosse players, Romilly, Cordelia and Lara who were selected by the Welsh Lacrosse Association to be members of the Junior Wales Lacrosse Dragon Academy.

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The Importance of an interview

With extremely high numbers of competitive applications for a place at Oxford or Cambridge, being invited to interview is a fantastic achievement in its own right and so good preparation for that interview is an essential part of any Oxbridge application.

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Recycling old uniform

With the introduction of the new Downe House uniform in September 2018, the School decided to organise a collection to recycle old uniform items such as girls’ old blazers, blouses, skirts and jumpers as well as sports kit which no longer form part of the official uniform.

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Centre for Learning named after alumna

With just the finishing touches to go until the Centre for Learning is open for business, Headmistress Emma McKendrick has this week announced that the building will be named ‘The Murray Centre’ after Downe House Alumna, Dame Rosemary Murray.

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12 year old pupil receives Merit in LTCL Diploma

One of Downe House’s youngest girls has recently learned that she has been awarded a Merit in her Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL) Diploma on the violin. The LTCL is a music performance qualification equivalent to the standard expected in a final year undergraduate musician and as such is a significant achievement for Renee Wong in Remove (Year 7).

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Romanovs, Revolution and Stalin’s Soviet Union

The Senior Medley Lecture series is renowned for its sheer variety of speakers and we were privileged to host an audience with bestselling author and historian, Simon Sebag Montefiore.

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