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Diaries of two Global Exchange Students in New Zealand

Out of the different countries on offer to the girls taking part in the Global Schools’ Exchange Programme, New Zealand is by far the furthest away in terms of flight time, but the option to attend the Waikato Diocesan School (known as Dio) in Hamilton is always a popular one.

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A visit from a Roman soldier

The Lower Fourth spent a morning in the Murray Centre hearing all about life in the Roman army from a Roman soldier called Titus.

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DH LINKS focus on a career in PR

The Foundation Office was delighted to welcome back Downe House Alumna, Sophie Toh (Dennys DH 1999) to talk about her career in PR to Lower Fifth and Lower Sixth Form girls.

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Holly’s short cut to raising money for charity

Upper Sixth Form girl, Holly took the brave decision to cut all her hair off to raise money for the young people’s mental health charity, YoungMinds and managed to raise over £5000 in the process.

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An invitation to Buckingham Palace

Achieving the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Gold Award is high up on anyone’s list of lifetime achievements and four Downe House Alumnae and one Upper Sixth form girl were thrilled to be awarded their DofE Gold Awards at Buckingham Palace on 13 May 2019. The girls were presented to HRH The Duke of Gloucester and received their Gold Award certificates in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex and HRH The Countess of Wessex.

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Celebrating success in Speech and Drama

Speech and Drama is hugely popular at Downe House with around three hundred girls electing to take group and solo lessons each year working towards appropriate Trinity College London awards in Speech and Drama, Musical Theatre and Communication Skills.

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DipABRSM success for two musicians

Two girls at Downe House have been celebrating this term following the award of their DipABRSM, the next step beyond Grade 8 and the ARSM. Antonia, in the Upper Fifth, gained the qualification with the oboe and Georgia, in the Lower Sixth, by playing the violin, and both can now add the letters ‘DipABRSM’ after their names, an accolade which equates to the same standard as a first year undergraduate.

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TeachMeet at Downe House

Teaching and learning really is for everyone and at the TeachMeet event hosted at Downe House, over 40 teachers and academic staff from a variety of schools and universities gathered together to share ideas, expertise, experience, innovations and practical applications of new technologies in the classroom.

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Introducing our new Head and Deputy Seniors

Headmistress, Mrs Emma McKendrick has announced the appointment of our new Head Senior and Deputy Head Senior for next year. A huge welcome to Arah and Mathilde (Tilly) who will be leading the School community over the next twelve months.

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Geographers explore Barcelona

The cosmopolitan city of Barcelona provides geographers with an exciting array of study opportunities from case studies of successful urban regeneration to determining longshore drift on the city’s beaches.

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Global Exchange students visit House of Lords

Two of this term’s visiting Global Exchange students, Amruta and Manavi from Mayo College Girls’ School in Rajhastan enjoyed the golden opportunity of a tour of the Houses of Parliament.

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Prep Schools Bring The House Downe!

On 8 May Cadogan Hall in London saw a spectacular celebration of young choral singing as Downe House hosted its very own “Bring the House Downe” Prep Schools’ Choir of the Year Competition.

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