18th July 2016

End of Term Newsletter now available!

Thanks to our Parent Volunteer Newsletter Editor, Ms Sara-Jane Mansfield for pulling together all the articles which reflect another amazing term at Owen’s! Please see our School Newsletters page!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Summer break!


Dr Davison presented with his traditional portrait!dr_davison_portrait_wp

Celebrating his 11 years of achievements at DAOS, Chair of Governors, Peter Martin, presented the traditional Head’s portrait to Alan Davison at this week’s Visitation; our end of term prize giving.

Old Owenian, Abigail Wilderspin, Class of 2015, who was commissioned to paint the portrait, was previously a three times RBA (Royal Society of British Art) Scholar, and selected to exhibit in the Saatchi Gallery and three times in the Mall Galleries whilst still at School. She’s just spent the last year at Central Saint Martin’s School in Kings Cross, London and will be moving to Wimbledon (Art College)in September to continue her studies. The portrait took her 1000’s of hours…

Mr Pepper hands over the baton!

mr_pepper_officially_hands _over_baton_wpThe Orchestral Concert on Thursday 14 July saw Mr Pepper conducting his last concert at Owen’s, after an impressive 25 years of service directing the school’s outstanding Symphony Orchestra. After a thrilling performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and a standing ovation, Mr Pepper ceremoniously handed over the baton to Mr Wilson and Mr Widden, who will be carrying on the great tradition of orchestral performance here at Owen’s. Staff and students paid tribute to Mr Pepper’s commitment, dedication and support of Symphony and Chamber Orchestra and we all wish him the very best for his retirement.

800m European success for Year 11 student!

Congratulations to Year 11 student Issy Boffey who was crowned European Youth champion over 800m on Saturday 16th July. The European Athletics Youth Championships took place in Tbilisi, Georgia and in the final Issy blew the rest of the field away in the last 200m to win by over a second. This is the first time Issy has represented Great Britain as she represented England last year.

More Sporting Achievements!


Well done to Year 10 student Jasper Den Dulk who won the National Doubles Rowing Championships in Nottingham at the weekend. This is Jasper’s 1st National title and hopefully it will be the first of many!

We would also like to congratulate the Year 7 -10 students who won the Saracens Cheer and Dance Competition at the weekend!


Author Caroline Green visits Owen’s library twice!

Many thanks to Mrs Compton, our School Librarian, for this report:caroline_green_author_visit

‘We were delighted to be able to round off the term with two visits from author Caroline Green. Caroline has visited the school several times before, and her thrillers are very popular with our students. Caroline signed copies of her books for Year 7 students. We are grateful to the OSA for enabling Caroline’s Year 7 visit.

On Friday 8th July Caroline spoke to some Year 7 classes and certainly inspired them to read her books. On Monday 11th July Caroline returned as guest author for the Sixth Form Independent Reading Day to hold a creative writing session with our Year 12 students. Caroline spoke about her work as a writer, about creativity and the importance of reading, and then encouraged our students to try some creative writing tasks themselves using song lyrics as inspiration. This was a lovely opportunity for our students to explore creative writing beyond the exam syllabus’.