The Down High Association is a group of parents and teachers who meet regularly to raise additional money for the school. This fundraising is essential in facilitating the purchase of many of the ‘little extras’ that your children benefit from throughout their time at Down High.
The activities of the Down High Association encompass both the Preparatory Department and the Senior School.
Some examples of items the Association has purchased for the school
- Down High running vests for the cross country teams
- Funding for a visiting drama group
- The purchasing of specialist quick-fit Chemistry kits
- CD ROMs for Biology
- Keyboards for the Music Department
The Preparatory Department also benefit, with allocated funds helping it to purchase DVD players, reading books and sports equipment.
The Down High Association committee has grown over the past few years and meets (on average) once a term. Meetings are very informal and provide great opportunities to establish contact with other parents and staff members.
Over the years a variety of events have been held such as a family quiz, a car boot sale, a raffle and a photography competition. However the “Festival in the Park” has been the main fundraising event in recent years. This is a very popular family event and a huge range of activities are available, from the traditional fete attractions to treasure hunts and climbing walls. Music also plays a big part at the Festival.
Hot drinks and ‘tuck’ are supplied on Saturday mornings at the playing fields for those who gather to support our school teams. The refreshments are organised by the Association on a rota basis and the weekly turnout is both a great social occasion and an opportunity to support the players. We even provide ‘bacon butties’ during cup matches and mornings when several teams are playing at home. These always go down well!
Last year members of the Down High Association presented the school with a host of new equipment to aid student learning at the school. Included are DHA representatives Claire Buchner (Chair), and Maeve Bogie (Secretary), Head of Technology and Design, Mr Mark Patton, Mr Edwin Mitchell (Head of Science and Physics), Mr David Gray, Head of Biology, and Year 8 students Ellis Heaney, Andrew Moore, Robert Frew and Paul McMeekin.
Would you like to help?
If you are interested in getting involved in the Down High Association, or offering your expertise for any of the events, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You DO NOT have to be on the committee to get involved and we are always looking for new members and supporters.