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12th March 2018

Year 7 Trip to see Matilda the Musical!

During the past year one of our talented Year 7 students, Tilda Marriage Massey, has been performing in Matilda the Musical in London’s West End and on 7th March 65 pupils and three members of staff had the privilege of seeing Tilda in action on stage.

This award-winning show, based on the book by Roald Dahl and adapted by the Royal Shakespeare Company, had us all mesmerised from the start with its imaginative sets, breathtaking choreography and clever lyrics.  The frightening yet brilliant Miss Trunchbull kept us on the edge of our seats as the threat of The Chokey loomed for poor Bruce, who chomped his way through an entire chocolate cake (go on Brucy!) and while hearing about ‘The Smell of Rebellion’ during the ‘Phys-Ed’ lesson we were treated to some gymnastic delights.  In one of her songs Matilda exclaimed that ‘sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty!” In contrast to this the behaviour of our pupils was impeccable throughout the afternoon, so well done Year 7.

Finally, a huge thank you to Tilda for such an enthralling performance which we will all remember for a long time to come.

Senior Ensembles Concert hits the right notes!

There was a definite upbeat and lively feel to the programme of the Senior Ensemble Concert last week, which opened with an exhilarating set of traditional reels and jigs performed by the Irish Music Group. The Senior Brass Ensemble ushered in the first of several songs from musicals, with a beautiful arrangement of Sondheim’s ‘Send in the Clowns’, featuring Neve Mayes on solo flugelhorn.

The Close Harmony Group displayed their mastery of 17th century madrigal repertoire, singing  ‘Fair Phyllis, I saw’, followed by another song from a musical,, ‘Memory’, by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Senior Sax Ensemble gave us another reel, ‘Slip Reel’ by Catherine Evison,  and then produced a truly warm, mellow sound for an arrangement of Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’.

Senior Percussion Ensemble dazzled on an array of instruments in their performance of ‘Friend Like Me’, before the Concert Band took the stage for a highly enjoyable programme of four pieces, ‘Fiesta’, ‘Variations’ (featuring soloist Ben Clarke), ‘Ride’ and ‘An Original Suite’ by Gordon Jacob.

Congratulations to all the performers who were involved in the concert and many thanks to their musical directors, Mr Grimstead, Mr Kelly, Ms Makepeace-Lott, Mr Crossley and  Ms McChrystal. Thanks also to Ms Meik and the Music Dept Staff for their support.

OSA Quiz Night Success!

The OSA (Owen’s School Association) would like to thank all those who attended the Spring Quiz night on Saturday night!

More than 145 guests (parents, Sixth Form students, staff, alumni, friends) tested their knowledge in a wide range of categories such as music, entertainment, food and politics. The evening was a great success and raised over £2000 for the school plus some matched funding from Deutsche Bank kindly being arranged by a Year 7 parent.

A big thank you to all those who took part and to Year 9 parent Simi Shah for co-ordinating and to all the parents, Year 12/13 helpers and staff who helped set up and run the event and clear up to ensure a fantastic success. Do keep a look out for details of the upcoming OSA Summer Fete next term!

Drug Awareness Talks educate students!

Last Friday we were very fortunate to welcome Mr Paul Hannaford, courtesy of Hertsmere Borough Council, to DAOS.  Paul has been speaking to many primary and secondary schools in the borough, sharing his first hand experiences of drug abuse and involvement with gangs and knife crime.

The talks, given to each year group in turn, were hard-hitting and not an easy listen for our pupils. The feedback, however, has been overwhelmingly positive from both parents, students and staff, with many agreeing that this was one of the most powerful talks they have ever heard

Read more of Paul’s story at www.paulhannaford.com.

Senior Strings – Regional Festival of Music for Youth!

Having enjoyed great success two years ago in the National Festival of Music for Youth, Senior Strings were again proud to represent the school at one of the opening Regional Festivals, which took place on Tuesday 6th March in the Union Chapel, Islington.

The group’s performance of the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings was very positively received by the audience and, in their feedback, the adjudicators commented on the impressive quality of sound produced, along with the high level of technical and interpretative skill shown.

In the coming weeks we will find out whether Senior Strings have been invited to now participate in the National Festival, so watch this space for further news.

Many thanks to all the pupils who continue to work with such dedication, to Mr Widden for his musical direction and organisation of the performance, and to Mr Grimstead for supporting the trip on the day.