News & Dates

  • 16th July 2018

    End of Half Term Newsletter Now Available!

    Thanks to our Parent Volunteer Newsletter Editor, Lynn Bath, for pulling together all the articles which reflect another amazing half term at Owen’s!  Please see our School Newsletters page!  Wishing you all a wonderful Summer holiday!

    All welcome to Open Day this week – Thursday 19th July 2.00pm – 5.00pm

    We look forward to welcoming you to our annual Open Day this week – for our whole school community as well as prospective parents and students! Our Headteacher, Mrs Nemko, will give talks at 2.30pm and 3.30pm in our Sports Hall and various exciting activities will be taking place throughout the afternoon including musical interludes in the Edward Guinness Hall, science experiments in the Myddelton Building and sporting events.

    Refreshments will be available in the English Department (Jane Austen Tea Room) and MFL Department (Modern Foreign Languages Cafe), as well as in our Sixth Form Dining Room, served by our parent’s OSA (Owen’s School Association). In our Main Foyer, admission information will be available, past papers on sale and staff on duty to answer any questions.

    Booking is not required. Please park with consideration for our neighbours, thank you!

    Our School Needs You!

    National Book Tokens are giving away up to £5000 of National Book Tokens to one lucky School. The winner will also get £100 of National Book Tokens to spend on themselves!

    Just enter the competition online, it only takes a minute! Please go to

    Summer Concert is a sizzler!

    With sizzling sunshine outside, the Music Department’s spectacular final Summer Concert once again shone the spotlight on the huge array of musical talent we have at Dame Alice Owen’s.

    There was a upbeat, jazzy feel to the opening part of the programme, with fabulous performances by the Junior Big Band and Senior Big Band, playing Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, George Gershwin and Myles Collins.

    Concert Band raised the roof and shook the stage with their exciting performances  of music from the soundtracks to Gladiator and Jurassic Park – definite audience favourites!  They then displayed a very high standard of virtuosity and ensemble playing in Holst’s First Suite in Eflat.

    The second half of the concert featured the Symphony Orchestra, with many Year 11 and Year 13 students returning to play for the final time. Their performance of Dvorak’s Symphony No.9 in E minor, ‘From the New World’, was full of passion, power and lyricism, with the students responding to the style and spirit of the piece brilliantly.

    Congratulations to everyone who performed in the concert and to their musical directors, Mr Crossley, Mr Kelly and Mr Marshall.  Thanks also to Ms Meik for her help in organising the concert, to Mr Anastasi for his continued help in designing the programme covers, and to the OSA for their ongoing support with providing refreshments at all our Music Department events.

  • 9th July 2018

    Record number of students exhibit at the Mall Galleries!

    Our Art Department are thrilled to announce that a record 12 DAOS students have been selected to exhibit their work at the Mall Galleries this Summer – remarkably four of these students are from the GCSE cohort!  Huge congratulations to the following students:

    Asalie Balasuriya (Y13) Lauen Britten (Y12), Regina Dufu Muller-Uri (Y12), Bella Ewins (Y13) Marina Ioannou (Y12), Amber Khan (Y11),  Britney Laryea (Y12), Maye Liu (Y11), Neve Mayes (Y11), Riya Myanger (Y12), Ivy Wang (Y11) and Rudi Wilmshurst (Y12)

    The Exhibition will run from next Tuesday 17th July 2018 (private view) and is open to the public until Saturday 21st July 2018 so please feel free to pop along!

    The Great Gig 2018!

    On Friday 29th June, DAOS hosted the Great Gig 2018. It was an evening filled with many different types of music, from an acoustic harp performance, to a band inspired by Shrek, to the headline act – The Lines (the staff band).

    Our fabulous Tech Crew ran the event, with the intention of raising money to purchase new equipment, and this was a success, raising over £1000 for the crew. They wish to thank all that attended, performed, or assisted with the running of the event, and hope to see you all again for The Great Gig 2019!

    Year 12 student wins composing competition!

    We are delighted to announce that Year 12 student, Theo Gill, recently won the Proms 2018 fanfare composing competition for Proms at St Jude’s.

    The judges were so impressed with his winning entry that it was performed twice in the final concert! Conductor Robert Max, who presented Theo with his prize said “Theo’s piece is certainly worth all the attention.”

    Congratulations to Theo on this amazing achievement!

    (Photo is reproduced by kind permission of David Crossley)


  • 2nd July 2018

    GCSE success at the Young Fashion Designer UK final!

    Last weekend, 3 GCSE Textiles Design students, Gabbie Brissenden, Louise Wise and Rachel Williams, and one A level student, Kathy Young, were chosen to compete in the South East final of the Young Fashion Designer UK Competition. The competition is run by Kent College in Pembury and is open to GCSE and A level students across the South East of the country.

    The finalists had to put up a display of their work and be interviewed by judges from the fashion industry. All of the students where a credit to the school and Louise Wise won the GCSE category with her futuristic coat which featured LED lights in the sleeves and a Jackson Pollock inspired printed lining.

    Owen’s Bake Off 2018!

    Tuesday 26th June saw the 8th annual lower school baking competition. 38 keen bakers from Years 7, 8 and 9 took part in a 2 hour competition to bake an item that could be served for afternoon tea. This year we were delighted to welcome Mrs Nemko, Mr Fry and Mr Jackson as our guest judges, who all did a great job of tasting 38 different dishes!

    This year’s winners were:
    Year 7: Zoey Leahy with her Cupcake plant pots
    Year 8: Greta Beynon with her Red velvet cupcakes
    Year 9: India Jordan Jones with her platter of Earl Grey biscuits and raspberry cake

    The overall winner of the competition was Year 7 student, Emilia Pantelides, for her delicious blueberry and lemon loaf cake.

    Congratulations to all students!

    National Art & Design Saturday Club Trust 2018

    The National Art and Design Saturday Club course continues to be popular with our young artists in year 10 attending free workshops at Middlesex University.

    This year’s Art & Design Club has explored a variety of media and techniques including life drawing (with a model wearing a space suit), ceramics, photography and printing.

    Each student received a certificate from Lady Sorrell in the Summer Exhibition at Somerset House. Congratulations to Eleni Apostoli, Evie Baldwin, Andri Makkofaides, Anahitha Vijay, Anya Cookson, Alessia Moretti Anna Pascoulis and Annie Clarke and our sincere thanks to Mrs Grigson and Beverley Speight (Middlesex tutor) for organising this fantastic experience for our art students.

  • 25th June 2018

    Art Success!

    The art department was thrilled to learn that the work of two Year 12 students, Lauren Britten and Sophie Lloyd, was successfully shortlisted and commended for the Royal Academy A-Level Summer Exhibition Online 2018. Their work titled, ‘Reflect’ and ‘Twisted Thought’ respectively, was selected from over 2,000 submissions and judged by an expert panel. This online exhibition is held to coincide with the world’s largest open-entry exhibition, the RA Summer Exhibition, which is currently celebrating its 250th year.

    Many congratulations to Lauren and Sophie pictured above with a selection of their artwork alongside their commended pieces.

    Ski Sunday 2018!

    It has become the custom for the Owen’s Ski Race Team to spend the hottest day of the year on the ski slopes in Welwyn Garden City competing in the ‘London Schools Ski Race’ competition and Sunday 24th June was no exception! The students really impressed with their hard work and results against the best ski teams in the country. Gaia Siddle and Marlene Bucher were racing for the first time and showed great determination with their racing.

    The Under 16 boys did especially well as there were only 3 in the team and they all secured clean runs and came 4th overall.  The Under 14 boys came 5th, the Under 16 boys came 4th and the Under 16 girls came 8th.  These results show real promise for the regional qualifier in September.  Well done Skiers and many thanks to Mrs Wootton and Mrs Davighi for organising our involvement in this fantastic sport!

    The photo below shows Arthur Bucher who has skied this year with the England squad.

    Year 12 Art Visit to Kew Gardens!

    Many thanks to Miss. Veerayen for this report:

    On Friday 22nd June 2018, our Year 12 art students visited Kew Gardens. The day proved extremely valuable as students were provided with the opportunity to draw directly from primary sources in support of their coursework project.

    The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all and it was wonderful to visit various attractions, in particular the Temperate House, which has recently opened after 5 years of restoration work. My thanks go to Mrs. Grigson for her support on the trip.

    Invitation to our Summer Concert!

    You are warmly invited to our Summer Concert on Thursday 12th July 2018 featuring the Junior Big Band, Senior Big Band, Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra.

    Please see Events for booking details!

    Year 7 and 8 annual R. F. Cholmeley Poetry Reading Competition!

    Once again, students from Years 7 and 8 showcased their exceptional talents at this prestigious annual event. Two readers from each class entertained their peers with powerful poetic performances, many of which were composed by the students themselves. This year, we were fortunate enough to have Ash Dickinson, one of the UK’s best spoken word poets, as guest judge. He was impressed with the level of sensitivity and emotion in the poems and found the judging process a very difficult task.

    The Year 7 competition was won by Evie Salama who performed ‘George’ by Hillaire Belloc and the Year 8 competition was won by Mollie Mardel with a poem called ‘Society’ written by herself. Congratulations to all contestants for their superb performances.

    Ash Dickinson’s judging of the Poetry Reading contest was followed by a series of poetry workshops in the Library with students from Years 8 and 9. Ash performed some of his poems and then gave students brilliant ideas to help even the most reluctant poets to write poems of their own. Students at the workshop really enjoyed these inspirational and creative sessions.

  • 7th May 2018

    Arkley Junior Golf Championships!

    On Tuesday 8th May, we entered 2 teams in the Arkley Junior Golf Championship which took place at Arkley Golf Club, Barnet. Congratulations to Maisie o’Shea and Alfie Reynolds who finished 3rd and Tom Ranger, Tom Liddamore and Victor Blaikley-Gomez who finished 2nd!

    Many thanks to Mr Meekin for organising our participation in this event and congratulations on winning the teacher’s competition!

    Other exciting golf news is that Maisie O’Shea finished 4th in the Herts Mid Handicap Trophy at Redbourn Golf Club, held in April. This was from a field of 70 boys and girls – she finished 1st in the girl’s category! As a result, she was selected to represent Hertfordshire girls. A fantastic achievement – well done Maisie!

    Invitation to our Junior Concert!

    You are warmly invited to our Junior Concert taking place on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 7.30pm in the Edward Guinness Hall. Please see Events for further details!

    The Rwanda Sisterhood Appeal!

    We would like to say thank you to all students, parents and staff who kindly donated items for
    our Charity of the Term – The Rwanda Sisterhood.

    These items will be used to make up ‘Mama Packs’, please visit their website for more details.

    Work to start on new Teaching Block!

    This week Mrs Nemko, our Headteacher, announced the exciting news that work will commence on our new teaching block at the end of this month. We will be launching a fundraising campaign to help furnish the new block with fixtures and fittings as these are not funded by the DfE grant. Please look out for ‘Buy a Brick’ and other fundraising opportunities over these next months.

    We would like to take this opportunity to publically thank the Dame Alice Owen’s Foundation for their very significant contribution towards the funds received from the DfE which has made this project possible.

    Look out for updates on the progress of the new build here on latest news!