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Bring on the tennis!!

Every year, the Downe House PE Department organises a Tennis Tour for the Upper Fourth and Lower Fifth girls to give them the opportunity for pre-season coaching and practice before the Summer Term starts.

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Exploring Imperialist and Soviet history and culture

During the first week of the Easter holidays, 20 Lower and Upper Fifth History GCSE students headed for Russia to explore Imperialist and Soviet history and culture.

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Dance your heart out

There was no shortage of young dance talent on display at The Corn Exchange in the week before Easter as Newbury schools came together to astound audiences with their grace, skill and energy. ‘Spring Equinox’ by Ace Dance Company was a showcase for young dancers keen to hone their performance skills and engage with new audiences.

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Centre for Learning Update

The new Centre for Learning is really taking shape in the heart of the campus and we can clearly see the structure of the building, the central staircase, the spaces where our 250-seat auditorium, our contemporary library, our new School Shop and exciting café and gallery spaces will be.

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Oxford Confirmation Retreat

Each term, a number of girls prepare for confirmation by undertaking an eight-week course run by School Chaplain, the Rev’d Anthea Platt which allows them to explore different aspects of the Christian faith. As part of the course, the girls went to Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford for a Confirmation Retreat.

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Amazing Australia Day

Embracing and celebrating the diversity of Australia was the aim of Australia Day programme certainly delivered an incredible exploration of all things Australian from learning about its Great Barrier Reef and Aboriginal heritage to getting up close and personal with reptiles and making Anzac biscuits.

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Happy Day at Downe!

Although of course we aim for every day at Downe to be a happy day, Happy Day is an annual event at Downe House, which is wholly organised and run by the Upper Sixth Seniors team.

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Music Showcase raises £1000 for Christian Aid

An evening of orchestral and choral music held at St John’s Church in Newbury showcased the talents and musicianship of Downe House staff and pupils.

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Confirmation at Downe House

Confirmation in the School Chapel brings one of the most rewarding moments in Downe House’s spiritual life and last week’s confirmation of thirteen girls was no exception.

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A winning performance!

Congratulations to Remove Music Scholar, Olivia for winning the 11-14 Piano Category of Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2018 competition.

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Our Senior Choral crowned Barnardo’s National Senior Choir of the Year

Hitting the high notes, Senior Choral were crowned ‘Senior Choir of the Year’ at the finals of the Barnardo’s National Choral Competition held at the Royal Festival Hall in London yesterday (12 March). At the end of a day in which they competed against seven other school choirs, the 18 Downe House girls in Senior Choral were announced as winners to great applause, bringing their competition journey to a phenomenal conclusion.

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Cathedral Evensong at Guildford Cathedral

Singing in a Cathedral is a wonderful opportunity for any choir and last week, Downe House Choral had the great privilege of singing Evensong as a visiting choir at Guildford Cathedral, accompanied by Head of Music, Melissa Chang who reports,

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