News & Dates

  • 17th September 2018

    DAOS take part in National Skiing Championships!

    Many thanks to Mrs Wootton for this report:

    ‘We entered 4 teams this year in the ESSKIA National Skiing Championships held last Sunday.  The students skied really well and mostly achieved personal bests.  The under 16 Boys came a close 5th and might qualify for the National finals next month (Arthur Bucher, Rhys Skene, Henry Chandler, Ben Roberts) . The Under 14 Girls and Under 19 Boys came 6th and 7th respectively.

    It was Evie Wootton and Carys Skene’s first competition and they showed big promise skiing their runs.  The fastest skiers on the day this time were Daniel Heymoz in year 12 for the boys and Marlene Bucher in year 8 for the girls.

    We were very grateful to parents who helped out – without this help the competition couldn’t take place!’

  • 10th September 2018

    Triumphant day at Tolmers for our Year 7’s!

    Many thanks to Mr Nolan (Teacher of PE/Deputy Pastoral Leader Key Stage 3) for this report:

    “This week, our new Year 7’s experienced their first trip as an Owen’s student. They spent a fun filled day partaking in a number of outdoor and adventurous activities. The purpose of the visit to Tolmers was for the students to get to know each other, their form prefects and their form tutors better.

    The students were split up into their forms and experienced a variety of activities such as Archery, Rock Climbing, Air Rifle Shooting, Inflatable Assault Course and the ‘Sweeper’.

    At the end of the day, prizes were given out by Mr Ward to one member of each form who had impressed with their attitude and application. The winners were:

    7LZS – Caspain Smuts

    7KV – Ava Crofts

    7OP – Ayan Aziz

    7APP – Laura Guiterrez Muurisepp

    7SA – Maya Felton

    7JB – Alex Jordan-Jones

    7MC – Kassya Nelson

    Congratulations to these students, but also well done to all of Year 7 who were fantastically well behaved and were a true credit to the school. Thank you to all the form tutors and prefects who made the visit so special for the students.”

  • 5th September 2018

    Costa Rica – Summer 2018

    Many thanks to Mr Johnstone, Head of RS, for the following report:

    Summer 2018 proved to be another amazing adventure for the RS Department with more than 80 current Yr11 and Yr12 students travelling to Costa Rica for two weeks.

    Full details to follow in the October Half Term newsletter but as a general overview the students enjoyed guided tours of the rainforests with an education of their importance and how they work. Within the rainforests they saw a diversity of wildlife including its most famous inhabitant, the sloth (they literally do live up to their name!), birds, insects, frogs etc. Perhaps the most incredible encounter with the wildlife was being able to witness the protected Green Sea turtles nest at Tortuguero Bay and tracking huge crocodiles that inhabited the rivers. From a geographical view we were also able to see the beautiful Arenal volcano where we were able to bathe in its hot springs. However, perhaps the highlight for most students (and staff) was being able to do the zip line activity over the rainforest canopy.

    In short, a wonderful two weeks and my special thanks to Accounts, Reception, Maria Conte, Sarah Lofthouse, Dr Fraser Ingham, Richard Titley, Jonathan Robinson, Erin Friel and Helen Wootton who made this all possible.

    Welcome Letter from Mrs Nemko now available!

  • 23rd August 2018

    GCSE Results 2018!

    Huge congratulations go to our fabulous Year 11s and their teachers who worked so incredibly hard to ensure their GCSE success, we are so proud of you all, your hard work has paid off!

    As you know, all GCSEs except for Business Studies, Computer Technology, Textiles, Economics and DT(Resistant Materials) have moved to the new 9- 1 grading system where 9 is the top mark which can be awarded (higher than an A*).

    At Dame Alice Owen’s, we are thrilled that 30.6% of all new GCSE grades awarded were a grade 9, with a further 21.2% of examinations being graded 8 and 18.1% graded 7. With 20% of all legacy GCSEs (the old style ones) being awarded an A* and another 41.6% of these grades being awarded an A grade, that brings us to 69.4% of all grades achieved being 9-7(A*-A) compared to 67.5% last year.

    A fantastic 96% students achieved 5 or more GCSES at standard pass/grade C or above including English and maths.

    It has been widely reported that only about 200 students in the country will achieve a “clean sweep” of grade 9s, we are so proud of 5 of our students who each achieved a full house of 11 grade 9s.

    I am sure that parents and students join the governing body and I in thanking the staff for their relentless efforts to help students achieve their very best. The governors, staff and I equally thank our supportive parent body for all they have done to help and encourage all our young people through such a difficult time.