Extra Curricular Activities
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extra curricular activities
*Our Extra Curricular Activities Timetable is scheduled at the beginning of each School Year, giving details of activities from Sept – July. There may be small changes throughout the year, depending on the teachers offering these activities – students will need to be pro-active and check with individual staff members for details.
Extra Curricular Activities are encouraged at Owen’s. The music department is one of the best in the area and many pupils play in the acclaimed school bands, orchestras and choirs as well as county music groups and in some cases the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. However, in a recent survey, it was found that the Guitar Ensemble was by far the most popular and highly-rated group. In recent years the pupils have organized popular and original music events based around more modern music in the Edward Guinness concert hall.
Foreign Languages play a prominent part in Owen’s extracurricular activities. The school is a specialist Language College and students are able to study either Italian, Portuguese, Chinese or Japanese after school from Year 8 onwards and Latin from Year 9 onwards during ‘Twilight Lessons’. Pupils may also extend their GCSE ‘Short Course’ language qualification (in either German French or Spanish) and they can also study German and French and Spanish to a ‘Full Course’ qualification by studying after school in Year 11.
Sport is important at Owen’s and teaching is aided by superb facilities. Football is one of the school’s strong points with teams participating in county and national competitions (The Year 9 team winning the national final in 2007). Cricket and athletics dominate in the summer months and the school often competes in District Sports, an athletics meeting held at the Gosling Stadium in Welwyn Garden City. Rugby is also popular with many boys and the first XV have for the past two years played in a floodlit festival, competing against other Hertfordshire schools at the ground of Hertford RFC. Hockey and Netball form the mainstay of girls PE but individual talent is also catered for in non-team sports such as tennis, swimming, cross-country running and even golf (an annual match between the governors and pupils and staff is organised). The school has also produced some England quality Badminton players.
There are also a number of popular lunchtime or after school clubs such as computer club, art club, Science club, book club, chess club and twilight classes. Please see the schedule above for full details.
Extended School Facilities in our wider community:
For those parents with children at our school, not living in Hertsmere or the local area, follow these links to find out what’s going on in your area:
Family Information Service: 0800 389 8312
Family Information Service: 020 7527 5959
Further information can be found on the Life VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). Log-in via the link above, click on Departments, then Extra Curricular Activities. Some club details are also found under the individual Departments, like Sports Fixtures can be found under PE.