30th January 2017

Students show their support at the Super 6’s hockey finals!

Last weekend 39 students from Years 7-10 travelled to Wembley Arena as England Hockey hosted the Super 6’s National indoor hockey finals!

There was a supercharged atmosphere in the arena as the students watched several fast and exhilarating 6-a-side matches before having the opportunity to meet some of the GB players – including players from the EuroHockey gold medal winning England women’s team!

Many thanks to Miss Harris, Miss Coakley and Miss Lord from the PE department, for organising this trip and ensuring the girls had a day to remember.

A cake decorating master class for Year 10!

The Food department were delighted to welcome Sasha Capocci to DAOS this week for a cake decorating masterclass.

Sasha has 16 years of professional cake decorating experience and demonstrated how to decorate cakes to a high quality and a professional finish to our Year 10 GCSE Food students. Students also learnt how to use off cuts for decoration, using a selection of modelling tools.

Many thanks to Sasha for sharing her expertise with us, to our link governor Mr Peter Knell for organising the master class and to Mrs June Knell for accompanying Sasha.

Physics students visit CERN!

In January 22 Year 13 Physics students visited CERN which is the European Organization for Nuclear Research and one of the world’s largest and most respected centers for particle physics research.


Students were given give a very inspiring talk about the history and aims of CERN along with getting the rare opportunity to go 100m below the surface to view the cathedral sized CMS detector. Students also visited the UN Offices at Geneva which they also found extremely interesting.

Many thanks to Mr. Holden and Mrs. Lange for organising yet another successful trip to Switzerland!


DAOS students debate at the Rotary Youth Speaks!

The annual Rotary Youth Speaks competition was held in our EGH this month. Seven teams from the school competed with teams from Chancellor’s School, Mount Grace and Bishop’s Hatfield.

Year 9 students, Dan Thomas, George Dean and Yasindu Jayasekera won the intermediate round and progress as district winners. They did a superb talk on ‘Why we should all speak the same language.’ Anahitha Vijay, Regina Ong and Katherine Boscott , also Year 9 students, came second with ‘Why exams aren’t fit for purpose’ and also progress.

Year 13 students, Lewis Hart, Eppie Sharp and Dougal Burrowes won the senior competition with ‘Why the death penalty should be abolished.’ We had a wealth of other teams in this category, all worth a mention, despite the fact they didn’t get through. They are:

Emilia Bryce, Gargi Purandare & Nabiha Karim (Year 11)

Nick Scott, Tim Yeo & Kiara Sterne- Rodgers (Year 11)

Hannah Chen, Emilia McGeady & Claudia Schmidt (Year 10)

Holly Cole, Riya Myanger & Rudi Wilmshurst (Year 11)

Well done to all who took part!