Alongside the Downsend day, there is an equally dynamic extra-curricular programme of events available.
There is a wide range of clubs running both at lunchtimes and after school, with a balance of creative, active and thought-provoking activities on offer each day. Clubs typically include Pottery, Chess, Drama, Spanish, Theatre Dance, Electronics and Yoga amongst others. Sports clubs include Athletics, Badminton, Cricket, Hockey, Soccer and Tennis.
The ‘Downsend Saturday Sports Club’ is free of charge and takes place at the Prep School site every weekend during term time. It is available to all Downsend pupils from Reception to Year 2 and sessions are held on the Astroturf, in the Sports Hall or on the grass pitches. Run by expert coaches, pupils are given the opportunity to learn new skills and enjoy small-sided matches. It also provides a great occasion for parents to socialise on the side lines whilst watching their children develop into the future stars of Downsend.
Sport is immensely popular at Downsend and there are a great many opportunities for children of all abilities to have a go at a competitive sport, representing either the school or their house. The majority of sports practices for the Upper School take place at the end of the school day. There is no extra cost for these practices and parents are advised in advance of timings. We encourage all pupils to take part and find as many opportunities as possible for them to 'have a go'.
Our weekly Sports Bulletin reports on the many sporting achievements of our pupils.
Downsend is committed to fulfilling its responsibilities as a community school by providing opportunities for children to extend their talents in Sport and the Creative Arts. The school has just become part of the Surrey CCC family, as the Surrey Cricket Development & Performance Centre, and is the new home of the Ashtead All-Stars (Netball). Our own football coach runs the Josh Evans Football Academy in the evenings and at the weekend and there are plans to develop Hockey, Music, Drama & Dance Academies along similar lines, affording Downsend pupils and children from the surrounding area every opportunity to hone their skills.
Pupils can also choose to play musical instruments and there is an option to book lessons through our peripatetic music teachers on a weekly basis. Many of our pupils also join the School Choirs or Orchestras. Our new Music block containing brand new music practice pods is now in full use.
Drama is taught as a curriculum subject from Years 2 – 5. In addition, there is a Drama Club and Downsend usually puts on at least two major productions in the course of the academic year.
Lessons are available to children from Year 2 onwards.
The children will look at poetry, prose and Drama. They will focus on key areas such as improvisation and story-telling, characterisation, mime and physical theatre, as well as voice work and devising. Through these disciplines, they will cultivate important skills such as imagination, confidence, coordination and teamwork and develop an appreciation and understanding of the spoken word and love of literature.
The majority of school outings are of an educational nature and arise directly from the children's studies. Recent outings have included Windsor Castle, the Globe Theatre, High Ashurst Activity Centre, Port Lympne Zoo, the Tate Modern, Portsmouth Naval Dockyard, West End Theatre and the Imperial War Museum.
Residential trips range from an overnight stay in Year 4 of the Lower School to a five-day trip in Year 6 of the Upper School and a week's visit to France for an intensive language course in Yr 7. Holiday opportunities offered vary, but in recent years have included regular skiing trips, a cricket tour to Barbados and a netball & hockey tour to Cyprus.
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