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5th December 2016

Don’t miss our Winter Term Production of ‘The Crucible’!

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This play, by Arthur Miller, features students from Years 9 to 13 many of whom are studying Drama at GCSE, AS & A2. Performances are on next Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th December 2016 in the Main School Hall at 7.30pm.

If you would like to attend a performance of The Crucible, tickets are priced at: Adults £8.00 and Students/Concessions £6.00. Please see Events for a booking form and return with your cheque payment to Mrs A Khan in the Main School Office.

D&T students reach final of the National Design Ventura Competition!

A huge congratulations to Year 9 students – Annabel Hall, Maya Korouei, Ava Lily Read and Jannes Van Winden – who reached the final of the National Design Ventura competition with their ‘Forest fits’ concept.

Out of 240 schools across the country who took part in this national competition, our students have been shortlisted to pitch their idea to panel of judges at the Design Museum.

Miss Chan, Head of our Design & Technology Department, comments ‘‘I am extremely proud of our students who have worked hard to develop an innovative concept. It is unheard of for a school to be shortlisted two years in a row and is well deserved”.

We wish them luck in the final!

Let’s Dance 2016!

Our annual ‘Let’s Dance’ competition took place this week! Congratulations to Year 9 girls Mia Sung, Livia Dunkin and Hannah Penney who won with a contemporary dance. Year 8 students Lucy McClean and Zoe Gunsaya came 2nd with their lets_dance_2016street dance and Anna Judson and Regan Hart from Year 9 came 3rd with their dance entitled ‘Angel vs Devil’! Well done to all performers!

Miss Coakley, Mr Dugan and Year 13 student, Georgia Choudhuri had the difficult task of judging the talented entries from Years 7-9.

Many thanks to Miss Coakley who arranged the event for students and Mr Gamester (back by popular demand!) for compering!

Choral Concert success!

Over 200 pupils from Years 7 – 13 took to the stage last week for the much-awaited Choral Concert, featuring all four of the school’s fantastic choirs, Junior Choir, Junior Chamber Choir, Senior Mixed Choir, Senior Chamber Choir and the superb Close Harmony Group.

All the choirs and the Close Harmony Group have represented the school in national and international choral festivals and competitions in recent years, and the quality of singing and musicianship on display were described by one parent as ‘inspirational and heart-warming’.

Water, weather and spirit were recurring themes throughout many of the songs chosen in the diverse programme, including ‘Drop in the Ocean’, ‘Let the River Run’, ‘The Water is Wide’, ‘Unclouded Day’, ‘Winter’, ‘I Will Sing With The Spirit’, ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘Winter’.

The concert also featured two premieres of arrangements written especially for the choirs – Iain MacLachlen’s ‘The Dark Island’, arranged by Bill Marshall for the Close Harmony Group, and Kate Rusby’s ‘Little Jack Frost’, arranged by Mea Jenkins and Seb Skelly for Junior Chamber Choir and the Irish Music Group. The high level of commitment and enjoyment from the pupils was very evident throughout the evening’s performances and we look forward to hearing the choirs perform again at the Nine Lessons and Carols Service on Monday 16th December in St Mary’s Church, Potters Bar. Congratulations to everyone who sang and played in the Choral Concert, and to the musical directors, Mr Werner, Ms Jenkins, Ms Makepeace-Lott and Mr Grimstead.

Thanks also to Mrs Khan, Mrs Fosh and Mr Marshall (OSA) for all their help backstage and front of house.

Orchestral Concert is a music extravaganza!

This term’s Orchestral Concert was a wonderful introduction to many new DAOS parents to the excitement and calibre of large-scale performances at the school, with a packed audience in the EGH gathered to watch pupils from across all year groups on stage.

The programme featured an impressive range of styles, including film music (‘The Magnificent Seven’, Theme from ‘ How to Train Your Dragon’), rock classics (Aerosmith’s ‘Walk This Way’), orchestral overtures (‘The Merrymakers’ by Eric Coates), symphonic works (Schubert Symphony No 3 in D major, Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony Op110a) and the Symphony Orchestra’s truly phenomenal, mighty roof-raising performance of ‘Crown Imperial – Coronation March’ by William Walton.

Congratulations to all members of Junior Strings, Second Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Senior Strings and Symphony Orchestra who performed to such a high standard and who rehearsed and worked so hard to prepare such an enjoyable concert.

Our thanks to the leaders of all the orchestras and to their conductors, Mr Grimstead, Mr Widden, Mr Radford and Mr Wilson, for all their hard work and encouragement.