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An inspiring Michaelmas Concert

The Michaelmas Concert is one of the highlights of the Music Department’s calendar and this year's event involved over 200 pupils including all of the Lower School girls.

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Fast forward to a career in Fashion

A career in fashion is a dream for many young people but getting a foot in the door can be daunting. To help and support girls with a passion for fashion, the latest in the series of DH LINKS Careers Networking events brought together parents and alumnae who work in the fashion, beauty and retail sectors with 20 girls in the Lower and Upper Fifth and Sixth Form.

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A Trio of Sisters and Scholars

A strong streak of sporting talent clearly runs through the Neville family as each of the three sisters currently studying at Downe House has been awarded a Sports Scholarship on their own merit. The eldest sister, Anna who is in the Lower Sixth, has been a Scholar throughout her five years at the School; Honor is in the Lower Fifth and the youngest sister, Iona, has only just joined Downe House Remove in September 2018.

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Global opportunities for girls abound!

The Summer Holidays offered an amazing array of opportunities for girls choosing to go on a Global Student Exchange organised by the Downe House Higher Education and Global Initiatives (HEGI) Department.

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Innovative and eco-friendly Murray Centre

From the outset, the vision for the new Murray Centre in the heart of the Downe House campus included plans to minimise its carbon footprint and to meet the highest building standards in order to provide a state-of-the-art building which will take the School into the future.

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Interviewing for Oxbridge

As part of the ongoing preparation for Sixth Form students who are applying to Oxbridge, the Higher Education and Global Initiatives (HEGI) Department invited the not-for-profit organisation, OxFizz to come and deliver practice interviews for girls who are applying to Oxford or Cambridge as well as any student undertaking an academic interview as part of their university application.

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‘High Fliers’ visit Downe House

As part of the Higher Education Programme for the Sixth Form, the Higher Education and Global Initiatives Department (HEGI) organise a series of talks designed to help the girls to make meaningful and informed decisions on the next stage of their education and future career choices.

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From Crufts to the Ten Commandments

These were just two of a whole host of fascinating topics presented by Academic Award Holders at the Lower and Upper Schools at the Academic Conferences held this term.

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Arts Award for the Upper Fourth

A new partnership with Trinity College London has seen Downe House become a registered Arts Award Centre to provide Upper Fourth girls with the opportunity to work towards achieving the National Arts Programme Bronze Award by the end of the year. The structured programme aims to develop drama skills, ignite creative thinking and foster an appreciation of the Arts.

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Men of the Memorials

Over Remembrance weekend, Downe House was invited to participate in the events at St Mark’s Church in Cold Ash to mark the occasion of the Centenary of Armistice Day. Cold Ash Parish Heritage Group put on an exhibition called ‘Men of the Memorials’ which commemorated in word, song and artefacts the 180 men of the Parish who went off to fight for “King and Country”.

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Launch of new Sixth Form Enrichment Programme

Last week saw the launch of the new Sixth Form Academic Enrichment Programme, which offers girls the opportunity to hear from professionals and academics working in a wide variety of sectors each week.

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Moving into the Murray Centre

The doors to our brand new building were opened on Thursday night to our Upper Sixth students.This was followed over the weekend by further inductions for the Lower Sixth, Upper Fifth and Lower Fifth.

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