It’s all about the House
Preparation was intense, the competition fierce and pride was at stake. In a real team effort, the girls worked hard and supported each other to make these competitions one of the highlights of the term, bringing together all age groups.
National Schools Squash Championships
The National Schools Squash Championships saw the Downe House U19 and U15 squads both come a creditable third place in the finals at England Squash in Manchester, following the regional groups.
Berkshire Young Musician of the Year
March saw the culmination of the 2017 Berkshire Young Musician of the Year competition and Downe House cellist Souny Park, in Lower Fourth, took the crown in the 10-12 years old category for her beautiful renditions of the second suite of Bach in D minor and Saint-Saëns cello concerto in A minor.
An incredible Day of Discovery at Downe
The biennial Day of Discovery was a truly memorable one and fully achieved the aim of the day to inspire and encourage girls to discover and experience something new outside the remit of any exam syllabus. A series of over 100 lectures, workshops, demonstrations and masterclasses were scheduled over the course of the day and girls chose four sessions from a diverse range of areas including sciences, arts, politics, adventure experiences, business enterprise, charity work, fitness, cookery, mindfulness, the law, sports and languages - to name but a few.
Aisholt win House Dance 2017
Saturday's House Dance Competition preparations began back in February when the House choreographers - Monique for Aisholt, Sacha and Jammy for Holcombe, Kate for AGS, Ella for Tedworth, and Eloise and Ella for AGN - were given the title "This Girl Can" as the stimulus for their choreography.
Aldon Horse Trials Triumph
Camilla Read in the Lower Fifth won the Under 18 category at the Aldon Horse Trials last weekend, leading in the dressage and with clear rounds in the showjumping and cross country. We could not be more proud of her!
The Downe House Young Musician of the Year Competition was a rousing success
The Music Department received over 185 entries from girls of every ability for this year’s Young Musician of the Year competition and last Sunday’s Prize Winners’ Concert was an occasion to remember with the School’s most accomplished young musicians taking to the stage.
Downe House joins the BSA Boarding Orchard
As part of the BSA Boarding Orchard initiative to plant the largest orchard in the UK, Downe House welcomed Robin Fletcher, Chief Executive of the BSA for the official ceremony to plant a tree at the school.
Happy Day makes everyone….happy!!
Bringing a smile and having fun are the two main aims of the annual Happy Day at Downe House and we hit the jackpot this year with the theme of the Big Kidz Birthday Bash organised by Upper Sixth Formers, Florence Elliott, Head Senior and India Laidlaw, Deputy Head Senior.
Celebrating Pi Day (not the steak and ale kind)
When Lower Fifth pupil Sabrina W asked maths teacher Mrs Lyons whether the School was celebrating Pi Day, it was soon an initiative taken up by the maths department and every year group across the School.
Play in a Day? No problem.
It was all hands on deck last week as the Upper Fifth challenged themselves to a play in a day, with the aim of performing a finished piece to parents and guests on Thursday 9 March.
The story of the DH Herald
DH Herald was founded in 2015 by Sixth former, Alyx Van Der Vorn, who appointed Georgina Anastassopoulos Tubby to succeed her as Editor when she transferred to the Upper Sixth and needed to focus on her studies. After the success of her first edition which was published in January 2017 with the help of the Foundation Department, Georgina is now working on the second edition with the help of her creative team, Jane and Kate who are responsible for the design and layout of the publication. We caught up with them in a production meeting and asked Georgina a few searching questions…
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