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DH Alumna and Wartime Codebreaker, Diana Fawkes dies peacefully at the age of 103

DH Alumna Diana Fawkes (nee Weir) and her sister Anna attended Downe House in the late 1920s and early 1930s whilst her brothers both went to Winchester College.

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Downe House rated ‘excellent’ in ISI Inspection 2017

There was cause for delight all round this month as the key findings of the Independent Schools Inspectorate’s March inspection at Downe House acknowledged the excellent work of the staff in fulfilling the School’s aims and the outstanding achievements of the pupils in academic studies and personal development.

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DHSA Short Story Competition 2017

The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford proved a rich source of imagination for our young writers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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