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11th July 2016

Year 9 Newspaper Day!newpaper_day_wp

Year 9 experienced the reality of a live news room last week as students took part in our annual Newspaper Day. They had just one day to produce a newspaper, containing local and national news stories, by working in teams and researching and reporting on a shortlist of news items taken from the year so far.

This year’s theme, Anniversaries and Celebrations, covered topics such as the anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth, the Queen’s 90th birthday, a celebration of Shakespeare and the anniversary of The Battle of the Somme, to name but a few. A ‘Dame Alice Owen’s Community’ section was also a requirement, to celebrate school news and achievements.  The finished newspapers were of an exceptionally high standard and judging takes place over the next week.

A selection of newspapers will be on display on our Open Day, next Thursday 21st July 2016.

Senior Strings Achieve National Success!

After a highly commended performance in the regional National Festival of Music for Youth in Spring, the DAOS Senior String Ensemble were delighted to have been chosen to go through to the final stages of the festival, the largest of its kind in the world. 29 string players travelled to Birmingham on Thurs 7 July, where their performance in the School Chamber Orchestra category received outstanding feedback from the adjudicators. The ensemble were also nominated for a Music for Youth Education Partnership Award and now eagerly await to hear whether they will be invited to perform at the prestigious Schools Proms in November at the Royal Albert Hall. Congratulations to Senior Strings for such a technically accomplished and musically exciting performance!

Year 10 STEM Day!

stem_day_winner_wp60 x Year 10 students took part in an in-house STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Day last week.  The project for the day was to design and build a water filtration system to clean water in a disaster zone. 2 teams were tied at the end of the session but the winners were finally decided on budget, coming in at a (fake!) £9000 less than their rivals!  The winning system is pictured right.

Students also competed to build the tallest tower that could hold a 100g mass using only 10 pieces of A4 paper  (the winners getting to a height of 64cm!) and were also challenged to build a seat out of 10 balloons & some masking tape, this had to be designed to hold the weight of the smallest person in the team!

A great day was had by all!

A fond farewell!

retirement_dinner-wpLast week saw a very special joint celebration held in our Main School. Current staff were invited to attend a retirement dinner for our Head Dr A Davison, our Deputy Head Mr J Godfrey and Associate Head Mr R Pepper who will all be leaving at the end of the Summer term.  After dinner entertainment was provided by our very own staff band, The Lines, who performed a live set ensuring a great time was had by all!

Many thanks to all those involved in making this evening such a memorable event! Special thanks to Mr Entwistle and his catering staff, our Sixth Formers, our Tech crew and Mrs K Acosta for making the cake!

Leadership Internship post!

We are pleased to offer a one year paid Leadership Internship from September 2016. Please see our Vacancies page for further details and application form.

The following staff vacancies are also available: PE teacher and Lab Technician both required for September 2016 and Drama teacher required for January 2017.

Advanced Learning Alliance produce Summer Bulletin!logo with writing underneath

Dame Alice Owen’s School is very proud to be part of the Advanced Learning Alliance which, along with 10 other schools in the local Hertfordshire area, shares expertise by offering a range of support and training to secondary schools and 16-19 providers.

Please see the Advanced Learning Alliance’s Summer Bulletin which gives a summary of this year.

The Alliance would like to thank everyone who has supported them this year.