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20th March 2017

A spectacular Senior Ensembles Concert!

Featuring over 100 of our most experienced and accomplished musicians in the school, this concert was a spectacular showcase of musicianship and performance of the highest quality.

The programme included jazz, twentieth-century works, a baroque concerto grosso, unaccompanied madrigals, popular songs from musicals and renaissance brass motets, with performances from Senior Brass Ensemble, Double Reed Ensemble, Senior Percussion Ensemble, Senior Clarinet Ensemble, Close Harmony Group, Senior Strings, Trumpet Ensemble, Saxophone Orchestra and Senior Percussion Ensemble.

Congratulation to all pupils who contributed to such an impressive concert, and to the expert leadership of their musical directors, Mr Crossley, Mr Kelly, Mr Widden, Ms Makepeace-Lott, Mr Marshall and Mr Wilson.

DAOS students attend Hertsmere Annual Youth Conference!

12 of our Year 7 students, who are members of the DAOS School Council, were lucky enough to take part in Hertsmere Borough Council’s 10th Annual Youth Conference which was held in Borehamwood this month. Along with students from more than 10 other Hertsmere schools, the students debated the age of criminal responsibility (currently 10 years old), had an opportunity to vote in a mock referendum and took part in an interactive quiz called ‘Who’s right for the job?’ which explored citizenship and involvement in democracy.

Many thanks to our School Council Leader, Miss Lord, for accompanying our students to this event.

Photograph reproduced with kind permission of Hertsmere Borough Council.

VIXEN rehearsals going well!

Year 10 – 13 students are busy rehearsing for our drama production of ‘VIXEN’ which is taking place over 3 evenings this week in the Main School Hall – Thursday 23rd March 2017, Friday 24th March 2017 and Saturday 25th March 2017 from 7.30pm.

The production which is loosely based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has been written by our Head of Drama, Miss E Govier and features many of our GCSE, AS and A2 drama students.

Tickets are available – please see Events for further details and booking information.

Politics Lunchtime Lecture!

Last week, the Politics Department was thrilled to invite Anneli Howard from Monckton chambers to give a guest lecture to students. Anneli was one of the lead barristers at the recent Article 50 case and was instrumental in defending parliament’s right to vote on the process of leaving the European Union. She was also voted as one of the top 100 Lawyers in the UK in 2016 by The Lawyer publication.

Her talk was passionate, fascinating and challenging and gave students a real understanding into the complex and shifting relationship between the executive, legislature, judiciary and the people themselves. The final part of her talk raised questions of ‘What happens next?’ in terms of Brexit. Students looking to study law at university were particularly gripped by her reflections.

St Patrick’s Day celebration!

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, our Irish Music Group entertained students, staff and visitors with a mix of Irish jigs and reels in the Main Hall last Friday lunchtime.

The group comprising of Alex Morgan on the accordion; Shauna Finnegan, Sarah Hennebry, Anna Hennebry and Ben Connolly on flute; Joe Loveday on bass guitar and Bessie Walmsley on ukulele were accompanied by Mr Grimstead and Mr Skelly.

Old Owenians Careers Talks 2017

Fantastic feedback from speakers and students from our 7th annual alumni careers talks – see PDF in the ‘Documents’ section to the right.

Thanks to all parents, students and staff who supported the event.  Full report in the Old Owenians Newsletter in June.