13th November 2017

Chamber Concerts kick off Autumn season in style!

The Autumn Term season of concerts at Owens has got off to a wonderful start with two highly enjoyable Chamber Concerts, featuring over 200 pupils from across all Year Groups in the school. The programmes for these concerts present a wonderful mix of small and large school ensembles, alongside solo, duet and trio performances.

The Senior Chamber Concert on Wednesday 8th November featured the Trumpet Ensemble, Advanced Flute Ensemble, String Quartets from Year 12 and Year 13, Year 11 String Trio, Year 11 Vocal Quartet, Trombone Ensemble, Senior Clarinet Ensemble and even a ‘Matilda’ Ensemble, formed by four vocalists in Year 10.

The Junior Chamber Concert on Wednesday 15th November featured the Drumming Group, Cello Ensemble, Junior Clarinet Ensemble, Junior Brass Ensemble, Year 9 Piano Ensemble, Flute Choir, a vocal trio, Acoustic Guitar Ensemble, Junior Percussion Ensemble and Junior Saxes. Many of the performers were taking part in their first ever Owens concert, and everyone played superbly well.

The level of accomplishment, self-discipline, and commitment that our young musicians display continues to be an inspiration to us all – not to mention the enjoyment of and passion for that they share!

Tickets are available to purchase through School Events for our forthcoming  – do come and join us!

OSA Quiz Night Success!

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

Over 200 guests (parents, Sixth Form students, staff, friends) tested their knowledge in a wide range of categories such as entertainment, food and politics. The evening was a great success and raised over £2500 for the school.

A big thank you to all those who worked so hard to make the evening such as fantastic success! Do keep a look out for the next OSA event next term!

Year 12 students visit Houses of Parliament!

Last week our Year 12 Government & Politics students were invited to Parliament by their Conservative MP, Oliver Dowden. Students were given a detailed tour on the history and development of parliament, the UK constitution as well as some of the weird and wonderful moments in the building’s long history. As well as this, students were also able to visit the relatively new UK Supreme Court over the road from parliament and see where Britain’s most senior judges watch over our governments. On top of this, one group even had the opportunity to sit in the galleries of parliament and watch MPs in action as they debated topics including the timing of Brexit as well as Priti Patel’s future in the cabinet.

Over all, both trips were excellent and gave students the invaluable opportunity to see the mother of parliaments and all its quirks with their own eyes!

Geography Lunchtime Talk!

The Geography Department were delighted to welcome Old Owenian Adam Smith back to DAOS to deliver an interesting talk on the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in Business as part of an outreach programme called GeoMentors, run by EsriUK and the Royal Geographical Society. It was interesting to see how GIS can be used to provide real time data in the field both preventing possible disasters from occurring in the oil and gas industry.

Link to Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal 2017!

We would like to say a huge thank you to all parents, teachers and students who took part in the Link to Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal 2017.  We collected 83 shoeboxes in total which is an amazing achievement. The boxes are now on their way to Moldova and will be distributed to families and the elderly living in poverty. Well done to our year 13 student, Julia Dickinson, for organising this collection and she would personally like to thank everyone who took part.

Sixth Form entry September 2018 for external candidates!

The Guide to Courses 2018/19 for students who wish to join our Sixth Form in September 2018 is now available from our Sixth Form Admissions page. The Open Afternoon for external candidates wishing to visit our school is this Thursday 16th November 2017 from 2-4pm. A talk by our Head of Sixth Form, Mr M Ewins, will be given at approximately 2.15pm and 3.00pm. From 4pm subject teachers will be available for discussion in the Main Hall.

There is no need to book to attend our Open Afternoon, simply turn up on the day! We look forward to welcoming you!

Anti-Bullying Week – 13th to 17th November 2017

This week is ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ at DAOS and alongside various assemblies and activities, we have launched a competition for students to have their say about bullying by expressing their thoughts, feelings, solutions and ideas about bullying in school. Entries should be submitted no later than Friday 17th November to Mrs Compton, Mrs Wheatley or form tutor.

We want our students to get behind this and want to be part of making a difference and creating a supportive community!