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  • Auction 4 Charlie

    Published 16/11/18

    NOT YOUR AVERAGE AUCTION.... NOT YOUR AVERAGE BOY ....

    A new parent form year 7 has put together an auction that goes live next Monday 19th November to help raise money for year 7 student Charlie Ilsley's treatment.

     

    Auction4 Charlie is an AMAZING effort by AMAZING local businesses (and some further afield) for an AMAZING boy, Charlie Ilsley.

    Aged just 8, Charlie was diagnosed with a brain tumour and at one stage was given 3 weeks to live. This little warrior battled hard and endure so much and against all odds his cancer was in remission for 2 years.

    In March of this year, devastatingly his cancer returned, it was discovered that Charlie had tumours on his spine. Depsite their best efforts, the NHS could not help Charlie and this time his treatment was ineffective, the tumours had doubleD in size in a few months.

    The only hope for Charlie was pioneering Cyberknife Treatment in Turkey, the cost of which is not covered by the NHS. Now aged 11, Charlie has been spending his time between his new secondary school Highdown in Caversham, Reading and treatment in Turkey. Results so far have been extremely positive and following a recent MRI scan Charlie has no new tumours and those existing are shrinking...BUTthe treatment is very expensive and his parents still need to raise in excess of £50,000 to fund this...

    I'm sure everyone would agree that Charlie's family have enough to worry about without about worrying about raising the money so desperately needed. I'm hoping you can be as generous as all those who have donated and this Christmas we can give Charlie's family the gift of our love and hopefully a big fat cheque to help towards Charlie' treatment.. thanks so much xxx

    Design Collective Berkshire

     

    Charlie's story as featured on Channel 4's Stand Up To Cancer
     

     

     

     

    Click here to visit the Auction Website Page

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  • Another Successful Highdown Careers Fair

    Published 13/11/18

    Representatives from 40 organisations attended the Highdown Careers Fair last Wednesday evening, offering information and advice to students about apprenticeships, graduate schemes, university courses and work experience. The event was really well supported by over 400 students and parents and there was a real buzz and purpose to the evening. Thank you to everyone who came along. 

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  • Armistice 100 Event

    Published 13/11/18

    Highdown School held an Armistice 100 event on Monday 12th November..

    There was a short ceremony and a fantastic display of students' work  including "Armistice2018" postcard entries and winners, a mural by Y12 Enrichment students, a KS3 portrait art project, poetry and stories, drama monologues and our community poppy art based on the idea of "Everyone Remembered", where over 1500 poppies each commemorate someone who has fallen in conflict.

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  • Mandarin Excellence Programme - Information Evening, Tuesday 13th November at 6pm

    Published 12/11/18

    A reminder that there will be a Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP) Information evening taking please tomorrow evening at 6pm.

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  • Diwali

    Published 06/11/18

    Four Year 8 students, Leon Forsyth-Baker, Daisy Rundle, Teddy Hunnisett and Sophia Jackson, helped to deliver the whole school assembly on Diwali by re-telling the story of Prince Rama and Princess Sita.

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  • Sixth Form Open Evening Thursday 1 November

    Published 01/11/18

     

    Sixth Form Open Evening

     

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  • Hockey Update

    Published 31/10/18

    It has been a busy start to the academic year for the Hockey players of Highdown and it has been fantastic to see so many new Year 7s coming along to training as well as new students from the older years. Everyone is always welcome to come along and train. My motto is the more the merrier!

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  • 'Amazing teachers' gave Caversham student hope to turn her life around

    Published 18/10/18

    Highdown Sixth Form Centre has been nominated in the School of the Year category of the Pride of Reading Awards.

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  • Maartens College Visit

    Published 18/10/18

    On Tuesday 16 October 2018 we welcomed approximately 55 students from Maartens College in the Netherlands who were staying in Guildford with local families whilst visiting London and Oxford.

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  • Restart-A-Heart Day

    Published 16/10/18

    At Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre we were again proud to be involved in Restart-A-Heart Day on Tuesday 16 October 2018. The aim of Restart-A-Heart Day is to teach members of the public how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. We made it even bigger and better this year by continuing to educate more young people about the benefits of learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

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  • Ofsted Report - Highdown is a good school

    Published 15/10/18
    We are delighted to share our Ofsted report with our community.  One of the quotes from our parent survey sums up:  ‘’This is a school that supports children to achieve their full potential and has excellent pastoral care.
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