17th June 2019

OSA ‘Inside Out’ Summer Festival – Saturday 6th July 2019!

The OSA are delighted to announce their ‘Inside Out’ Summer Festival which will take place from 4pm – 8pm on Saturday 6th July 2019. There will be music from school groups as well as from external artists, gladiators, a sweeper, bbq, bar, tea and cakes, silent auction, tombola and much more!

They are looking for people to help in a number of ways – Donating cakes and tombola prizes; Small businesses to take a stall or sponsor a silent auction prize; Supply of fake grass or astroturf; Musicians who wish to perform. Their final plea is for those of you whose companies offer Match Funding to contact the OSA and come along on the day.

Please support the School and join the fun!  If you are not able to come along please donate and sell as many raffle tickets as possible. If you are able to help please email chair@theosa.org.uk.

Holocaust Survivor talks to Year 9 and 12 students!

On Wednesday the 12th June the History department was honoured to host Holocaust survivor Harry Spiro BEM. Mr Spiro captivated an audience of Year 9 and Year 12 students with his incredibly moving and powerful life story. His talk was both deeply upsetting and hugely uplifting. Harry emphasised how he does not feel hatred or desire revenge against those who carried out the horrors of the Holocaust. Instead he explained how the happy life he has led after the war and his many children and grandchildren are revenge enough.

Mr Spiro and his wife Pauline were impressed by the quality of questions that our students asked as well as the warmth of their welcome. They also commented on how their visit to Owen’s was one of their most enjoyable school visits ever. We believe that there are few experiences more valuable and eye-opening for History students than first-hand testimony. Sadly the opportunities to hear survivors speak is quickly disappearing and so our students were privileged to hear Harry speak and we were so pleased to see them get so much out of this opportunity.

Summer Chamber Concert showcases DAOS talent!

Despite the marked absence of any Summer weather last week, the last of this year’s Chamber Concerts was an evening of wonderful performances from pupils who play in one of the school’s many chamber ensembles. It was a real treat to hear such a variety of music performed with pieces chosen from the world of the Classical and Romantic eras, jazz, pop, folk and film music.

Taking to the stage were the Cello Ensemble, Vocal Group, Flute Ensemble, Year 9 String Quartet, Clarinet Ensemble, Trombone Ensemble, Year 7 String Quartet, Saxophone Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Junior Percussion Ensemble, Junior Brass Ensemble, 6-Handed Piano Ensemble, Senior Percussion Ensemble, Year 10 String Quartet and Senior Brass Ensemble.

Congratulations to all pupils who performed to such a high standard, and to all the musical directors whose expertise and encouragement continues to inspire and nurture so many of our talented young musicians!