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20th February 2017

Year 10 student wins Young Chef of the Year Title!

Congratulations to Year 10 student, Sophie Lotinga, who wowed judges with her dessert of a white chocolate mint mousse and took the title of Young Chef of the Year 2017!

The cookery competition, organised by Oaklands College, involved twenty-six aspiring young chefs from Hertfordshire schools. Students were asked to submit their recipe ideas and had only one hour to prepare their dish. The dishes were then judged by a panel including Nick McGeown, head chef of the Lussmans restaurant group, Oaklands head chef Martin West, and St Albans Mayor Frances Leonard.

On her victory, Sophie said: “Cooking has always been one of my passions and I’m thrilled to have won today, I can’t believe it. Competitions like this are great experience for anyone like me to get in a professional kitchen and explore their passion for food.”

Well done Sophie on this amazing achievement!

(Photograph reproduced by kind permission of Oaklands College)

Soul Bands get their groove on!

This year’s, ever popular and much-awaited Soul Band Evening saw the Main Hall packed with parents, friends and families all showing off their dancing skills to the awesome sound of Junior and Senior Soul Band this week.

It was a great night of soul, funk, pop and more, with fantastic arrangements of classic numbers from artists including Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Jackson Five, Dusty Springfield, Beyonce and Maroon 5.

Alongside the fabulous brass, wind, and rhythm sections of the Junior and Senior Soul Bands, there were many guest vocal spots for pupils from across the school, which gave the evening a very inclusive feel.

Our thanks to all the members of Junior and Senior Soul Band, to Seb Skelly for his brilliant arrangements, to the Sound/Light/Tech Crew, and finally to Mr Grimstead and Ms McNally for all of their hard work, amazing directing and true soul!

The Dame Alice Owen’s Team Maths Competition 2017

This was an exciting event which took place on Wednesday 8th February with 80 students from year 8 and 9 competing in teams of 4, solving maths problems with speed and accuracy. Working effectively in a team is vital for success in this competition with rounds like the cross-number challenge and the nail biting ‘Head to Head’ round building on answers from all members of the team.  The afternoon finished with a frenetic relay round where the students had to run around the hall each answering as many questions as possible.  The event was smoothly run buy our fantastic team of sixth formers who all study Maths A-Level. It is great to see so many students really enjoying maths for the entire afternoon!

The winners of the competition was a team with:  Gregoire Denjean, Ollie Alison, Abbie Cook and Nabilah Ahmed with Joseph Price, Danyal Haque, James Alison, Alex Lytrides in second place and Zeb Datta, Aki Bartlett, Yasindu Jayasekera, Rhys Leung in a very close third place.
Congratulations to these students and to all those who took part!

Invitation to our Spring Concerts!

You are warmly invited to attend the following concerts being held in the Edward Guinness Hall at 7.30pm:

American Piano Day Concert – Wednesday 8th March 2017

Senior Ensembles Concert – Wednesday 15th March 2017

Concerto Concert – Wednesday 29th March 2017

Please see Events for further details.