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Summer Edition 2016

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DOWNE HOUSE EDUCATION

DOWNE HOUSE EDUCATION DUKE OF EDINBURGH BY CHELTENHAM LADIES COLLEGE “A full boarding school turning out delightful, principled, courteous and able girls who go on to make a significant contribution to the world. As one parent said, ‘We couldn’t be more thrilled.’“ The Good Schools Guide An Independent Boarding School for girls aged 11 - 18 Open Days: 26 Nov 2016, 21 Jan and 18 Mar 2017 Please contact registrar@downehouse.net to book an appointment. This year, the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award, the world’s leading youth achievement award, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The award aims to help students gain new skills and explore new territories, and it is well-known for the challenging and rewarding expeditions required of the participants at every level (Bronze, Silver and Gold). Girls at Cheltenham Ladies’ College have recently been on expeditions across the UK, as well as in the French Alps and Madagascar. Alex McHattie, a CLC student who completed her Gold expedition last summer, recalled: “As I left for Madagascar I had no idea what to expect. I was embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. I saw views like no other, met people who are beyond admirable and I learnt so much about myself. DofE showed me just how far I could push myself and what I was capable of doing.” Along with the expeditions, the awards also require participants to learn a new skill, undertake a physical activity and take part in volunteering. Many schools provide opportunities to help participants with these activities. At Cheltenham Ladies’ College, the girls are supported through the school’s Community Links volunteering programme and undertake a range of activities, from teaching languages and reading at local primary schools to helping at local animal shelters. CLC girls alone undertake over 3,200 hours of volunteering each year. If schools across the country dedicate time and resources to these outstanding awards, then we can look forward to another 60 years of a thriving DofE scheme that supports the next generation of leaders to broaden their horizons and improve the lives of those around them. t 01635 200286 www.downehouse.net Cold 6 www.schoolnotices.co.uk Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 9JJ For more information please visit www.dofe.org www.schoolnotices.co.uk 7

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