News & Dates

  • 20th May 2019

    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 restful half term!

    Come and see our 2019 GCSE Art Exhibition!

    It’s an exciting time for the Art Department as students exhibit their final artwork exam pieces in a dedicated exhibition to celebrate their work and in preparation for the examiners.

    Our GCSE Art Exhibition will be open on Thursday 23rd May between 5-7pm in the Gym.

    All are welcome to see our talented artists displays – really not to be missed!

    Whitsun Concert wows audience!

    ‘Some of it had me in tears – it was so breathtakingly good’, were the words of one parent following this week’s wonderful Whitsun Concert. With upper school pupils revising hard for exams, it was the turn of over 250 of our young musicians in Years 7 – 10 to take the limelight on stage in the EGH.

    The immense variety of musical styles performed by pupils in Second Band, Junior Strings, Junior Chamber Choir, Second Orchestra and Junior Choir was entertaining and engaging as ever, with a programme that featured classical, pop, traditional, South American, African and jazz styles.

    The instrumental playing in all the ensembles was of a really impressive standard, with the exciting, massed sound brass, woodwind and percussion of Second Band opening the concert brilliantly. Junior Strings had some Harry Potter tricks up their sleeves, while Second Orchestra were joined by 16 of the school’s finest pianists for a breathtaking performance of Saint-Saens’ Suite, Carnival of the Animals.

    The Junior Choir and Junior Chamber Choir filled the EGH with a beautiful, blended sound, performing some great favourites from last term’s repertoire, including Hold Back the River, The Rose, A Magpie Sitting on a Broken Chair, Fix You and Waving Through a Window from the new TONY award-winning musical, ‘Dear Evan Hansen.’ There were many opportunities to feature individual solo singers and some special guest solo instrumental performers.

    Our thanks and congratulations to everyone who performed in the concert and to their musical directors, Mr Crossley, Ms Bamber, Mrs Brady and Ms Jenkins.   Thanks also to Mr Bean, Ms Browne, Mrs Acosta, Ms Makepeace-Lott, Mr Grimstead and the OSA for their help in supporting the evening.

  • 13th May 2019

    Year 7 students enjoy historical Rochester!

    On the 14th and 15th May the History department organised two one day trips to the historic city of Rochester. Students were given a chance to explore the second oldest cathedral in Britain and its Norman roots before climbing the tallest keep in Britain at Rochester Castle and hearing the gruesome story of the 1215 siege.

    Year 7 historians were also given a workshop at the Guildhall museum that brought to life the origins and development of the city from Romans to Saxons to Normans. Students even had the opportunity to dress up in armour from each of these eras. Finally, the groups were invited to explore the medieval high street in the glorious Spring sunshine including a visit to the historic fudge shop! Teachers and locals were both hugely impressed with the enthusiasm and politeness of all our students!

    National Youth Jazz Orchestra Workshops

    We were delighted to welcome a Sextet from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra to the Music Department on Friday 3rd May, who led a wonderful afternoon of performances and workshops for our young and aspiring jazz musicians.

    Members of our Junior Big Band and Senior Big Band had the opportunity to listen to the NYJO Sextet perform and then worked alongside them in collaborative workshop sessions, which focused on developing and extending pupils’ aural, improvising and ensemble skills.

    It was fantastic to see our pupils playing together and alongside the NJYO leaders, all of whom commented on how impressed they were with the very high level of musicianship and ensemble awareness that our Owens students displayed.

    Parents and friends joined us at the end of the afternoon for a fantastic performance presentation, which showcased some of the pieces and skills pupils had been learning.

    Funded by the Nick Barnes Trust, the NYJO visit marked the launch of what we hope will be the start of an exciting DAOS Jazz project, with more opportunities and performances planned for the coming year.

    Thanks to Mr Kelly, Mr Crossley and the Music Department for helping organise and support the event and congratulations to all of our pupils who contributed so brilliantly.

    Help win up to £5000 worth of book tokens for our Library!

    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!

    No purchase is necessary. The more people who enter the competition, the better our chances of winning! In order to enter, please go to You will need to provide some personal details including your email address. If you would prefer to unsubscribe from future mailings, this is easily done by scrolling down to the ‘unsubscribe’ button on the confirmation email and following the instructions once your entry has been submitted.

    Invitation to our Whitsun Concert

    You are warmly invited to the forthcoming Whitsun Concert on Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 7.00pm. The following ensembles will be performing; Junior Choir, Junior Chamber Choir, Junior Strings, Second Band and Second Orchestra. Please see Events for booking details.

  • 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 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.

  • 29th April 2019

    Race for the Line!

    Congratulations to our Year 7 Rocket Car team for competing in the regional finals of the Dendrite Race for the Line competition.

    The event, which took place at the Duxford Imperial War Museum, required pupils to design and make a rocket powered car then race it against the clock over a fixed distance. Despite a minor issue of wheels coming off towards the finish line, the team did well to achieve fourth place out of the 13 schools that took part. Well done to our year 7 students!

    Winter Athletics Training in Lanzarote!

    During the Easter holiday six staff and forty four students travelled to sunny Club La Santa in Lanzarote. The trip was used to improve the level of athletics at school by training on both field and track events. Students took part in daily training sessions in the morning and the evening and during the day students had the opportunity to develop other sporting skills by playing golf, volleyball, tennis, basketball, football and many more. Students also went go-karting in which Miss Martin became the new Lewis Hamilton driving the quickest lap of all those involved!

    The last day involved a pentathlon where each student competed in the 100m, high jump, long jump, shot put and 800m. Students were in teams and competed for points in each event, with Mrs Gamester’s team being the eventual winners.

    The trip was a huge success with the recent after-school training sessions seeing more than 60 students attend! We are hoping to not only win the county league but make the regional A final of the track and field cup this season.

    Year 10 Art students visit Pitts Rivers!

    Many thanks to Mr Anastasi, Head of the Art Department, for this report:

    The annual visit to The Pitt Rivers Museum provided the ideal setting for the theme; Nature and the Environment. Its atmospheric galleries hold one of the best collections of anthropology, archaeology from around the world and throughout human history. Our young artists thoroughly enjoyed the experience and produced some outstanding observations. Their attitude to learning and behaviour was exemplary, well done Year 10!

    Thank you to Mrs Starck for organising a very successful study trip and to Miss Veerayen, Mrs Grigson, Ms Mouzouri and Ms Zeligowska for their support.