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6th May 2019

Author Penny Joelson talks to Year 8 students!

Year 8 started this week with a treat when very popular local author Penny Joelson came to talk in their Assembly. Penny came last year for World Book Day to talk about her first book, I have No Secrets, and has a great following among our students.

She read the opening of her latest book, Girl in the Window, another really captivating mystery about a girl with ME who is convinced that she has seen someone being abducted. The main character suffers from ME and is housebound, so as well as being a great mystery story with many twists and turns there is a link to ME which is still a misunderstood illness. We were delighted to have Penny to talk today as it is ME Awareness week .

Penny’s website contains information about her exciting mystery books, and also useful links to raise awareness about ME.

DAOS Golf News!

We were delighted that some of our students took part in the Herts Mid Handicap Golf Tournament last week. All of our golfers played very well and all finished in the top half of a field of 60 players: Maisie O’Shea 35 points (18th), Harry Dewberry 33 points (29th), Brendan Brunton 34 points (23rd) and Tom Ranger 37 points (12th).

During the Easter holidays, we also had around twenty students of different ages and abilities taking part in the Golf Scholarship Programme at Old Fold Manor. Boys and girls attended six coaching sessions with the club’s professionals and had great fun taking part in games and lessons designed to give them an introduction into the sport. We would like to thank Old Fold Manor for their generosity and support.

If any parents would like their children to take part in the programme please contact Mr Meekin via admin@damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk. He is in the process of trying to arrange a group for girls so would love to hear from any female students from Years 7-13!

Former Owen’s student inspires reading for pleasure with her first book!

Year 7 Library lessons on May 1st were packed with excitement as Former Owen’s student Emma Everitt-Story made a return visit to talk about her recently published first book, Samantha Drury’s Secret Diary.  After entertaining her audience with some anecdotes about her time at Owen’s Emma told them about her journey to being a published author, which certainly demonstrated resilience as she suffered many rejections before finally getting the book published. Students were eager to buy copies of the book, which Emma signed for them. One Year 7 student said: “It was really enjoyable as she told us about herself and read from the book.”

We hope that Emma will return later this term to talk to the students who have not seen her yet.