School News

CCF INSPECTION DAY 2022

Inspection Day on Tuesday 3rd May proved to be a very enjoyable – and long overdue – chance to show our Inspecting Officer and current parent, Brigadier Paul Hayhurst, our CCF in all its glory. Cadets, both junior and senior, spent the majority of the day involved in a number of diverse and fun activities, […]

ABINGDON FINAL

We were delighted to welcome Mr Grinsell back to Downside to judge the Abingdon Debating Final last Friday. Throughout the debating rounds Barlow and Isabella have been neck and neck so the final was always going to be an exciting one. The final motion of ‘This House believes Boris Johnson should resign’ was proposed by […]

MAY MORNING MADRIGALS

Sunday 1st May brought with it cold, windy and very wet weather – ideal conditions in which to go to the top of the Roberts Tower and greet the summer with a performance of seasonal madrigals! The Mixed Chamber Choir rose early and, on the stroke of 8.00am, launched into Summer is icumen in, which […]

CHORAL CONCERT: FAURÉ’S REQUIEM

In March, after a two-year Covid-induced break, we were delighted to join together in the Abbey Church for our annual choral concert. The Plunkett Chapel was used as the backdrop, creating a more intimate performing space without losing the church’s glorious acoustic; it suited the occasion extremely well. Fauré’s sublime setting of the Requiem Mass […]