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10th July 2017

Summer fete – huge success!

We would like to thank the OSA (Owen’s School Association) for their huge efforts in organising a very successful Summer fete on Saturday 8th July 2017 which raised over £5000!

Parents, students and staff who supported the event were very complimentary about the wide range of stalls, entertainment and refreshments on offer.

Special thanks to the army of volunteers who helped before, during and after the event and to all those who supported and attended!

A decade of athletic achievement!

On Friday 30th June the Year 7-10 athletics teams travelled to Gosling to compete in the District Championships, the pupils were fantastic and put in some incredible individual performances!

As a school we dominated the team events with the girls winning the year 7, 8 , 9 and 10 team trophies. The boys won year 7 and 8,  placed 2nd at year 9 and won year 10. The senior boys also won their team event earlier in the year. This meant we won the overall boys’ competition, the overall girls’ competition and the overall competition. For all medallists, please see our end of term newsletter published next week.

We have now won the overall competition ten years in a row!  Well done to all the students involved!

Author Visits DAOS!

On Friday 7th July the author Dave Cousins visited the school library to talk to Year 8 classes in their English lessons. Dave enthralled his audience with stories of his childhood and early career in music. He really emphasized the importance of reading. Dave spoke about his books 15 Days Without a Head and Waiting for Gonzo, and captivated the audience with a reading from Waiting for Gonzo. After three lively sessions and an interview with the creative writing group Dave enjoyed lunch with the Book Club.

The students really enjoyed the visit; one student commented: ”The author talk was a great success as Dave Cousins was very entertaining and engaging, telling us the stories which led to his book. The lunch was brilliant and we enjoyed exchanging thoughts on books and describing what we were writing”.

Thanks to the OSA for supporting this visit.

Swinging Summer Sounds!

The Wind, Brass and Percussion Concert on Tuesday 11 July showcased a stunning line-up of ensembles, including debut performances by the newly-formed Junior Big Band and Senior Big Band. Their sets included Take the A Train, Gimme’ Some Lovin’, Mr PC, Una Mas and Groove Merchant,  played with real commitment and enthusiasm.

The second half of the concert featured performances by the Senior Percussion Ensemble and Concert Band, who both played extremely challenging music at an exceptionally high level. Concert Band’s performance of The Incredibles was a definite highlight, along with the brilliant rhythmic excitement of Senior Percussion Ensemble’s Samba Reggae.

Our congratulations to all those pupils who practised so hard and played so well, and to Mr Crossley, Mr Kelly, Mr Wilson, Mr Skelly and Ms Browne for all their dedication, hard work and support.

DAOS and Pope Paul talk Science!

On Monday 3rd July an excited class of Year 6 students from Pope Paul school visited DAOS. The students had a taster science lesson in the labs performing flame tests and a session in the library looking at the books on the shortlist for the Royal Society Prize.

On Thursday 6th July 7 DAOS students visited the same class of Year 6 students from Pope Paul to talk to them about science in secondary school. This included a presentation of the independent research in science carried by our year 7 students and a Q&A with former Pope Paul students in Year 8.

Many thanks to Mr Friedlander, KS3 Science Co-ordinator, for organising these visits and to Mrs Compton, our Librarian.

Year 9 Newspaper Day!

Our annual Newspaper Day took place last Wednesday and produced some of the most outstanding examples of journalistic writing to date. Students worked in groups, led by an Editor, to produce a newspaper, containing local, national and international news, in just one day. A number of press conferences were set up by teachers from a range of departments to give students a taste of the media world. A ‘Dame Alice Owen’s Community’ section was also included to celebrate school news and achievements.

The newspapers will be judged over the next week and winners announced thereafter.

Thanks to the English Department and supporting staff who managed the students throughout the day, working with them to extend their writing skills and appreciation of meeting deadlines!