News & Dates

  • 21st May 2018

    Come and see our 2018 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 24th May between 5-7pm in the Gym.

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

  • 14th May 2018

    DAOS students come 2nd at the Rotary Youth Speaks National Finals!

    Last weekend, our Senior Team (consisting of Year 12 students Tara Daemi, Dorothy Burrowes and Thalia Witherford) travelled to Exmouth to take part in the National Finals of the Youth Speaks public speaking competition run by the Rotary club.

    The team debated their topic ‘Why Slavery still exists in the UK’ and did amazingly well coming 2nd place out of 7 teams.

    Congratulations to them and many thanks to Miss Lawson for organising our involvement in this competition!

    Year 7 Race for The Line Rocket Car Challenge!

    On Wednesday 9th May, The Computer Science & DT dept took the winning 2 teams of the Race for the Line competition to the Regional finals which were held at the RAF Henlow. The students had a fantastic time working as a team and racing their rocket car. We came 5th out of a total of 12 schools narrowly beaten by milliseconds.

    The students were also able to see some of the Tiger Moths  1930’s biplane’s used as Training aircraft for the RAF until mid-1950’s) as well a number of mini demonstrations by the base commanders and polilce.

    Award-winning Author visits Year 13 English Students!

    We were delighted to have a visit from the author Francesca Segal who came talk to Year 13 English students about her book The Innocents, and how Edith Wharton’s book The Age Innocence had influenced her writing. The Innocents has won major book awards including the Costa Award for a first novel and the Betty Trask Award. The Innocents is a humorous re-working of The Age of Innocence set in the contemporary North London Jewish community and has many parallels with Edith Wharton’s novel.

    Our students were able to discuss the themes in both books, and Francesca really helped them think about the character development in the Wharton story. One student said “she was very friendly and easy to relate to, and help to make the book more accessible”.

    Many thanks to our Librarian, Mrs Compton, for organising this visit.

  • 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!


  • Monday 30th April 2018

    Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP visits DAOS!

    Our School was once again delighted to receive a visit from the Secretary of State for Education.  Visiting on Thursday 27th April, Mr Hinds spent the afternoon in the company of our students improving his Spanish, discussing the ways in which the curriculum needs to keep up with changes in technology, plans for university tuition fees and the role of Education in improving social welfare.  He was entertained by the beautiful music performed by our Senior Strings and admitted regretting giving up the trumpet before he became really good at playing it.  Mr Hinds was keen to be kept after school and enjoyed speaking to our staff; he asked about how the demands of teaching have changed over time and what the purpose of marking really was.

    Mr Hinds told us that he thoroughly enjoyed his visit to DAOS and that he would be writing to the students with whom he spoke to further expand on his thoughts on some of the issues they raised.

    Year 10 Art students visit Pitts Rivers!

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

    ‘Our annual visit to Pitt Rivers provided the inspiration for the theme; Adorn, Decorate and Embellish. Its atmospheric galleries hold one of the best collections of anthropology and archaeology from around the world and throughout human history.
    Our year 10 students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and produced some wonderful drawings.

    Thank you to Mrs Lloyd for organising a very successful study trip and to Miss Veerayen, Mrs Grigson and Mrs Samuel for their support.’

    DAOS students debate at the Rotary Youth Speaks finals!

    Saturday 21st of April saw the Regional Finals of the Youth Speaks public speaking competition run by the Rotary club. We had two teams competing in the two age groups and both performed extremely well.

    The intermediate (Year 8) team of Kasra Daemi, Noah Burrowes and Will McGeady spoke eloquently on ‘Is Rugby too Violent?’ and finished as narrow runners up with Kasra winning the award for best chairperson. The boys were competing against students a year older than them so this bodes well for next year!

    The senior (Year 12) team of Tara Daemi, Dorothy Burrowes and Thalia Witherford stunned the audience into silence with their topic ‘Why Slavery still exists in the UK’. They put their argument across extremely emotively and powerfully, and were rewarded by winning their category. They go through to the National Finals in Exmouth on Saturday 12th May – a massive achievement!

    Non-Uniform Day reminder!

    Just a reminder that Friday 4th May is Non-Uniform Day!  Please could students give £1 to their Form Tutors on the Friday morning.

    All proceeds will go to Herts Young Homeless which is a unique charity in Hertfordshire providing services to support vulnerable people. Their focus is on preventing homelessness – from education in schools and family mediation through to supporting 16-24 year olds in their first homes or caring for adults of all ages who have mental health issues and housing needs.

  • 23rd April 2018

    Year 7 Readathon extended!       

    Our Year 7 students are well into the Readathon sponsored read which was due to finish this week. In order to give them more time to read and raise money for the brilliant Read for Good charity the deadline has been extended to the end of this half term, Friday 25th May.

    Year 7 students are being sponsored to read books of their choice, and some have found innovative ways of persuading their family and friends to sponsor them by agreeing to do things such as reading a book suggested by their parents, reading for an agreed amount of time each night and reading an agreed number of books.

    Every little bit of money helps, and will enable the Read for Good charity to take books and storytellers into hospitals to brighten the lives of sick children.  Do you know a Year 7 student that you could sponsor for this really valuable fund raising event? Students can read whatever they want; it does not have to be fiction, and can be in printed or electronic format. If you would like to know more about this visit the Read for Good website or contact the school library.

    Year 7 students enjoy historical Rochester!

    On the 16th and 18th April 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!