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‘High Fliers’ visit Downe House

As part of the Higher Education Programme for the Sixth Form, the Higher Education and Global Initiatives Department (HEGI) organise a series of talks designed to help the girls to make meaningful and informed decisions on the next stage of their education and future career choices.

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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.

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Arts Award for the Upper Fourth

A new partnership with Trinity College London has seen Downe House become a registered Arts Award Centre to provide Upper Fourth girls with the opportunity to work towards achieving the National Arts Programme Bronze Award by the end of the year. The structured programme aims to develop drama skills, ignite creative thinking and foster an appreciation of the Arts.

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Men of the Memorials

Over Remembrance weekend, Downe House was invited to participate in the events at St Mark’s Church in Cold Ash to mark the occasion of the Centenary of Armistice Day. Cold Ash Parish Heritage Group put on an exhibition called ‘Men of the Memorials’ which commemorated in word, song and artefacts the 180 men of the Parish who went off to fight for “King and Country”.

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Launch of new Sixth Form Enrichment Programme

Last week saw the launch of the new Sixth Form Academic Enrichment Programme, which offers girls the opportunity to hear from professionals and academics working in a wide variety of sectors each week.

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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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