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Global Schools’ Exchange trip to Methodist Ladies College, Melbourne

During the summer holidays, two Upper Fifth and one Lower Sixth girl travelled to Melbourne in Australia for a five-week placement from 12 July to 4 August 2017 at the Methodist Ladies College (MLC) in Melbourne, as part of the Downe House Global Schools’ Exchange Programme.

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Celebrating the European Day of Languages

Last week, the Modern Languages Department organised a series of events to mark the European Day of Languages which is organised by the Council of Europe and celebrated every year on 26 September across 45 participating countries.

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Classics Study Day at Cambridge University

A group of Sixth Formers interested in exploring the Ancient World attended a Classics Study Day organised by the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge.

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Celebrating 20 years of Headship for Emma McKendrick

Last night, governors, long-serving staff and former staff members joined together in celebrating Emma McKendrick’s 20 years of headship at Downe House.

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Introduction to Sixth Form

Upper Fifth girls and their parents found out all that is in store in the Downe House Sixth Form at our introductory day on Saturday 23 September and discovered just how exciting the transition promises to be when they reach the top of the School.

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Downe House Ball held at the Hurlingham Club

At the biennial Downe House Ball held at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham, over 220 parents, staff and girls gathered for a delightful evening of entertainment starting with a beautiful solo performance by Head of Choral, Alexandra O’Kane. Senior Choral, several vocal and instrumental soloists and the folk ensemble, Thingamjigs then performed a number of songs for the guests whilst drinks were served.

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New Partner Schools join the Downe House Global Schools’ Network

Three new partner schools from South Africa, Spain and India have joined the Downe House Global Schools’ Network this year and another four potential partner schools are in the pipeline in the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

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‘Walking Tall’ with Simon Weston CBE

The single aim of every Medley Lecture is to inspire the audience and in telling his life story, Simon Weston CBE was inspirational, thought provoking and full of pragmatic but uplifting advice for everyone in the audience of over 500 girls, parents, alumnae, staff and guests.

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Second place in Ardington Crafts Competition

Exciting news for Upper Fifth girl, Ariel whose artwork, ‘Miranda’ has been awarded second place in the competition organised by the Ardington School of Crafts near Oxford.

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New Scholars’ Dinner

On Friday evening, Downe House hosted the inaugural ‘Enrolment of Scholars’ Dinner’ in the Main Dining Room.

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Sixth Form Fundraises for EDCLUB Movement

Downe House Sixth Formers have raised an amazing £2,350.34 for EDCLUB Movement, a charity that encourages disadvantaged children to learn using broadband. The money was raised through a sponsored walk, mufti days and other fundraising activities and comes hot on the heels of a similar sum donated last year, the proceeds of a Lower Sixth charity evening.

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Downe House Alumna honoured with her own crater on Pluto

A vast crater on Pluto has been named after Venetia Phair, née Burney (DH 1931-36) who suggested the planet be named after the Roman God when it was first discovered by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930.

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