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13th March 2017

Sports News!

We are delighted to announce that the Year 8 and Senior Football teams both qualified for the district and county cup finals which take place over the next month!

In addition, we won the district tournament in Sports Hall Athletics and have qualified for the county round which is taking place on 21st March 2017.  Good luck to the Year 7 and 8 students involved in this competition next week!

Year 10 students win Maths Feast Competition!

On 22nd February 2017 the Year 10 Maths team consisting of Aron Thomas, Sebastian Kreutz-Wellsted, Ethan Dommett and Louis Hurrey took part in the regional final of the UK Maths Trust Maths Feast competition. This involves tackling a variety of challenging maths problems. The students had a great time as can be seen from their comments below:

‘The 3 rounds at maths feast were really fun and challenging, they combined our maths knowledge and added in lots of teamwork to make a truly riveting competition. The countdown rounds were a fun break between the main ones and we learnt new stuff such as how to use square tables. Overall it was a great experience and a real achievement to win’
– Ethan

”I’m really proud of our performance at Maths Feast! We had to complete a series of fun, maths-based problems which we managed to get through. The event was very well organised and I had a thoroughly good time’
– Louis

And we won!

OSA Quiz Night success!

We are delighted to reported that there was an excellent attendance at The Owen’s School Association (OSA) annual Spring Quiz Night on Saturday 11th March 2017.  It was a fun evening with parents, teachers and sixth formers showing what they were made of against stiff competition.  After a close competition, a team comprising of DAO teachers beat the 24 other teams!  We would like to congratulate them on a stirling performance!  This event raised over £3000 for the School which will be used to purchase much needed books and equipment to enhance the children’s education!

A huge thank you to all members of the OSA who work tirelessly to bring our whole School community together and fundraise for the School!  Special thanks to Sarah Lewczynski for co-ordinating this event, Mike Thorpe for the quiz questions, Tony Vourou for being the evening’s quizmaster and to our Sixth Formers and Tech Crew who helped out too!

Year 7 students win Herts Maths Competition!

Last week our Year 7 team competed in the Hertfordshire Year 7 Team Maths Competition. This was held at Broxbourne School and competition was fierce.

Our team of 4 was: Katie Partridge, Aimi Weightman, Zak Ahmed and Pierre Eveson.  They worked amazingly well as a team and came first!

Well done to them for being the best in Hertfordshire!

American Piano Day!

The Music Department were delighted to host an exciting American Piano Day on Wednesday 8th March, and to welcome guest pianist, Eliza McCarthy, to the school. Eliza, winner of the 2013 British Contemporary Piano Competition, gave a really enjoyable and engaging and recital to all Year 7 students during the afternoon and then led an insightful masterclass for our A Level Music and piano students.

In addition, Eliza performed at our American Piano Concert which was held in the Edward Guinness Hall on Wednesday evening. This concert featured over 100 pianists and percussionists from Years 7 -13, performing a programme of brilliant pieces from American composers, including Gershwin, Joplin, Barber, Adams, Copland, MacDowell and Copland.

There were pieces for two hands, four hands, eight hands and more, reaching the awesome total of over 100 hands as the stage was filled with keyboards, pianos and percussion for a spectacular massed performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘America’ from West Side Story, specially arranged for DAOS pupils by Seb Skelly.

A huge thank you to all the performers involved and a huge thank you to Mr Thompson (Head of Piano) for his vision in directing and organising the Piano Day this year. Thanks also to our other wonderful piano teachers, Ms Pinto and Mr Hunt, and to Ms Browne for directing the percussionists and conducting ‘America’. We’re looking forward to next year’s event already!

Year 7 students take part in Readathon!

Year 7 students are well into the Readathon sponsored read, which runs until 31 March! They are being sponsored to read books of their choice, and some have found innovative ways of persuading their family and friends to sponsor them by agreeing to do things such as reading a book suggested by their parents, reading for an agreed amount of time each night and reading an agreed number of books.

Every little bit of money helps and will enable the Readathon charity to take books and storytellers into hospitals to brighten the lives of sick children.  Do you know a Year 7 student that you could sponsor for this really valuable fund raising event? Students can read whatever they want; it does not have to be fiction, and can be in printed or electronic format. If you would like to know more about this, please contact the school library.