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4th December 2017

Choral Concert is a huge hit!

Dame Alice Owen’s was in excellent voice last week in the school’s ever popular Choral Concert, which this year featured a staggering 250 pupils from Years 7 – 13.

The programme included performances from all four of the school’s fantastic choirs, Junior Choir, Junior Chamber Choir, Senior Mixed Choir, Senior Chamber Choir, along with the superb Close Harmony Group.

The quality of singing was breathtaking, with many parents and staff commenting on how uplifting and heartwarming they felt the evening had been. Many of the songs chosen featured soloists and small groups of singers, with a mix of both intimate and upbeat items, in pop, folk, classical and modern styles. It was great to see the much loved Music Dept handbells making an appearance too!

Congratulations to all the pupils who took part, to the choral directors, Mr Werner, Ms Jenkins, Ms Makepeace-Lott, and to Mr Thompson, for his wonderful accompanying. Thanks also to Mrs Acosta, Mr Grimstead, Mr Wilson, Mrs Hughes and Mr Fry for supporting front of house and backstage.

Year 8 student competes in British Judo Championships 2017!

Last weekend Year 8 student, Oliver Almond, competed as one of over 500 young aspiring judo athletes in the 2017 British Judo Championships at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. Oliver, who was crowned British Judo Champion at Under 12’s last year, battled through a tough field in his new, over 12 age-band, eventually finishing in 9th place.

Oliver started in lively fashion, registered strong wins in both the first two rounds, progressing to the quarter final where he met and lost to the eventual gold medalist.  Dropping into the repercharge, Oliver fought valiantly in his next fight but succumbed to the Welsh Open Champion in his final contest.

Oliver’s performance is enough for qualification to attend the 2018 Regional England Development Squad (REDS) where he will train every month with the other best judo players in Great Britain. We wish Oliver every success in his judo pursuits!

Advanced Learning Alliance produce Autumn Bulletin!

Dame Alice Owen’s School is very proud to be part of the Advanced Learning Alliance which, along with 10 other schools in the local Hertfordshire area, shares expertise by offering a range of support and training to secondary schools and 16-19 providers.

Please visit the Advanced Learning Alliance’s website to view the autumn bulletin which gives a summary of this term.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol comes to DAOS!

As further enrichment to the Year 9 curriculum, we welcomed Ginificent Theatre Company to DAOS last week with their wonderfully accurate performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol’. It has become an annual treat for Year 9 students, whilst studying this Dickens masterpiece, to experience a performance which is so close to the original text that their understanding and appreciation of literature is enabled.

Even with the obstacle of a mishap in their morning performance at a neighbouring school, where their speaker refused to work, our wonderful Tech Crew were on hand to ensure we would not be disappointed! With a stunning cinematic soundscape and imaginative set, students were transported, chapter by chapter, through Dickens’ literary genius. The actors captivated the audience with their swift change of costumes and faithful presentation of the characters, even adding some humour, just as Dickens wished!