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Reception for new parents at the House of Lords

The prestigious location of the House of Lords was the venue for the annual Evening Reception for 130 guests including current parents, Governors, alumnae and staff, kindly hosted by former Downe House parent, The Lord Palmer.

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Upper Fourth tour Ypres Battlefields

Just before the half term break, the Upper Fourth set off for Belgium for a tour of the battlefields and cemeteries around the medieval town of Ypres where so many important and decisive battles were fought during the First World War.

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Tennis at the top

Downe House tennis players were thrilled to spend time with Annabel Croft, former professional British no.1 female tennis player, on 25 May.

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When in Sweden…

It is not just the pupils who benefit from the Global Schools Exchange Programme at Downe House. Lower Fifth students can apply to spend time at one of our 12 partner schools across five continents but earlier in the Summer Term, our Director of Information Systems made his own trip to Campus Manilla Gymnasium, Sweden, to witness the progressive use of technology in the classroom, along with Mr Gareth Bouwer, Head of Computing and ICT.

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Lower Fourth go camping!

The Lower Fourth from Hill and Hermitage Houses went on a camping weekend as part of their Wakefield Award, the young leaders’ award which the girls work towards during their Lower School years at Downe House.

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It’s all about sport at the Prep Schools’ Masterclass

Last week, the first ever Prep School Sports Masterclass at Downe House took place as part of the ongoing programme of Prep School Days which aim to share the expertise of Downe House teachers in different disciplines.

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Mountaineer Mollie Hughes – the ascent to Everest.

Mountaineer Mollie Hughes yesterday smashed the Everest record and will go down in history.

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Oyster Society ‘Insight into the World of Fashion’ talk

The latest in the series of Oyster Society talks, which aim to provide an insight into different career paths, saw Downe House alumna, Pom Ogilvy return to Downe House to deliver ‘An insight into the World of Fashion’ to Sixth Form girls.

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India Day – a glorious celebration of India’s culture

As part of Downe House’s Global Initiatives, there is an annual International Day organised by the Higher Education and Global Initiatives Department and this year, the theme was India.

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What would Florence Nightingale do?

Nurses all over the country will be celebrating Nurses’ Day on 12 May, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, and our own Palmer Centre medical staff are joining the initiative to recognise the phenomenal contribution of nurses to society.

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Lights, music, action…Lower Sixth organise a Charity Fashion show

Opportunities really do abound at Downe House and Lower Sixth former, Jameliah landed her dream job of producing and directing a Charity Fashion Show entitled, ‘Spectrum’ held in the Performing Arts Centre.

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Holcombe Singers Debut Album on sale in aid of charity

‘We Are Young’ is the debut album of the Downe House ensemble group, Holcombe Singers and is about to be released to raise money for the group’s three chosen charities – Marie Curie Nurses, The Queen Elizabeth Foundation and Malawi Open Arms, the Holcombe House International Charity.

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