- 24th April 2017
Year 7 students visit Rochester!
On the 19th and 20th 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 bloody 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 spring sunshine including a visit to the historic fudge shop! Teachers and locals were both hugely impressed with the enthusiasm and politeness of our students!
DAOS to build new Teaching Block!
We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our bid to construct a new building to replace our old teaching block! Much of the funding will be coming from The Department of Education and our thanks goes to the Worshipful Company of Brewers who will help fund the rest. Works will hopefully commence in January 2018.
Sixth Form Prefects at Brewers’ Hall!
Our senior prefects enjoyed a joint Reception at Brewers’ Hall this week with Aldenham School prefects in recognition of their service to their schools. The Brewers’ Company is the trustee for the two major foundations that support the two schools. The Dame Alice Owen Foundation supports Dame Alice Owen’s School in Potters Bar whilst the Richard Platt Foundation supports Aldenham School in Elstree.
Please see Life VLE for a vacancy for a Laboratory Technician required for September 2017. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 10th May 2017.
- 17th April 2017
DAOS welcomes new Deputy Head!
Dame Alice Owen’s School would like to extend a warm welcome to Mr Stephen Fry, our new Deputy Head, who joins us this term from Watford Grammar School for Girls.
Secretary of State for Education visits DAOS!
DAOS was honoured to receive a visit from the Secretary of State for Education on Thursday 30th March. Ms Greening spent time in a variety of lessons where she saw some of the wonderful work going on in class and spoke to a variety of students. She was delighted to hear the Senior Strings perform and to share some anecdotes about her own time in the school orchestra!
Her visit terminated with a grilling by some of our students who wanted to know how she intended to ensure that no one would be disadvantaged in society due to their gender and how she planned to make sure that all young people had access to a high quality education regardless of geography.
The staff were delighted to have the opportunity to discuss issues which concerned them around teacher training, recruitment and workload.
1st XI Football Team become County Champions!
Huge congratulations to our 1st XI football team who defeated Knights Templar 3-2 in the U18 County Cup final. The game was played at the Hertfordshire County FA ground in Letchworth on Thursday 31st March 2017. Owen’s controlled the majority of the game with the goals coming from Oliver Fosh, James Meehan and Charlie Brooks. Knights Templar scored their 2nd goal in the 89th minute which set up a very tense finale (especially as there was 8 minutes of injury time!). The trophy was presented by Sky Sports Spanish Footballer Correspondent, Guillem Balague, who lives locally and has links with Knights Templar School.
This was the first time the school have won the U18 trophy since 2013 and team manager Mr Gamester was exceptionally proud of all players involved. Many of the team are in Year 13 so it was a great occasion for them to finish their Owen’s football career.
The squad was Matthew Eamens, Harry Small, Michael Thompson, Tom McArdle (captain), Oliver Fosh, Ben Reynolds, Charlie Brooks, Will McArdle, Ben Kennedy – Wilson, James Meehan, Sam Lodge, Ben Adie, Tom Mills, Noah Britten, Daniel Hussein and Dom Griffin.
- 27th March 2017
End of Term Newsletter Now Available!
Thanks to our Parent Volunteer Newsletter Editor, Ms Sara-Jane Mansfield, for pulling together all the articles which reflect another amazing half term at Owen’s! Please see our School Newsletters page!
Wishing you all an enjoyable Easter break!
DAOS choirs at the Mid-Somerset Music Festival!
We were delighted to take the DAOS Junior Chamber Choir, Senior Chamber Choir and Close Harmony Group to this year’s Mid-Somerset Competitive Music Festival last week.
All three groups sang to a very high standard, with particular praise from the adjudicator, Vivien Pike, for the energy, blend, level of vocal maturity and musical expression that was displayed.
The Junior Chamber Choir and Close Harmony Group were both awarded in the Commended category, placing third and second in their respective classes. The Senior Chamber Choir were placed in the Distinction category and were also awarded the Brassknocker trophy in recognition of the standard they achieved.
Congratulations and thanks to all pupils who performed so well in the Festival, and who all represented the School so brilliantly. Thanks to Mr Werner, Ms Jenkins and Ms Makepeace-Lott for directing the choirs, to Ms Pinto for being our accompanist, and to Mrs Khan and Ms Gomez who travelled with us as chaperones.
Library Department launches Poster Competition!
The British Science Week website is running a national poster competition to design a poster about types of changes occurring in science and the world about you: changes in the future; changes in the past. Full details about the British Science Week competition can be found on their website.
To run alongside this our Library Department is holding a related competition on the same theme so why not do a poster and enter both competitions? The closing date is Friday 21st April 2017. Please see the flyer (to the right) for further details!
DAOS welcomes Pader Demetrianos!
Pader Demetrianos spoke to our lower school and upper school students about the traditions and customs practiced by the Greek Orthodox Church.
Many thanks to Mrs Rennie (Assembly and Charity Co-ordinator) for organising this visit.
Hiroshima Survivor visits DAOS.
On Thursday 23rd March, our School was delighted to have the opportunity to welcome Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the Hiroshima bomb and lifelong peace campaigner. Setsuko was in London to receive a peace prize which the Islamic community was awarding in recognition of her work, before the first meeting of the historical inauguration of the Nuclear Ban Treaty negotiations at the United Nations in New York on Monday.
Setsuko enthralled our Year 10 students (nearly all of whom are studying peace and conflict in RS and the start of the Cold War in History) with her testimony of the historic day, and its aftermath. Setsuko’s spoke of the anger that she continues to feel, yet how she has channelled that emotion to positive ends, seeking to educate and inspire people to seek peace.
We are grateful to Setsuko for sharing her story with us, and to Dr Kathleen Sullivan (programme director at Hibakusha Stories) and Jane Reed who arranged the event.
Many thanks to Miss McClean for this report.