News & Dates

  • 12th November 2018

    Non-Uniform Day – Friday 16th November!

    This Friday 16th November 2018 is Non-Uniform Day!  Please could students give £1 to their Form Tutors

     

    on the Friday morning.

    All proceeds will go to TODOS who are a charity helping the homeless in North London.

    Chamber Concert kicks off our Autumn season!

    Our Autumn season of concerts got off to a wonderful start with this week’s Chamber Concert. The programme featured eleven different ensembles, with performances directed by both students and members of staff.

    There was an impressive level of musical understanding, discipline and ensemble awareness on display, with performances of a wide range of pieces in classical, pop and jazz styles.

    Our thanks and congratulations to all students who took part so well in the concert and to all of the Ensemble directors and Music Department staff involved.

    Sixth Form Open Afternoon for External Candidates – entry September 2019!

    The Guide to Courses 2019/20 for students who wish to join our Sixth Form in September 2019 is now available on our Guide to Courses page. The Open Afternoon for external candidates wishing to visit our school is this Thursday 15th November 2018 from 2.00pm – 5.00pm. A talk by our Head of Sixth Form, Mr M Ewins, will be given at approximately 2.15pm and 3.00pm. From 4.00pm subject teachers will be available for discussion in the Main Hall.

    There is no need to book to attend our Open Afternoon, simply turn up on the day! We look forward to welcoming you!

    Please note that there will be no parking available on our school site.

    Lunchtime Economics Talk!

    On Friday 9th November 2018, the DAOS Economics Society welcomed Charlie Robertson from Renaissance Capital to talk about development economics and exchange rates.  Charlie is an excellent speaker and has previously spoken at the school before. His book ‘The Fastest Billion’ is in the library and you can follow him on Twitter @RencapMan. The students asked excellent questions and they have certainly become more informed about Africa and other countries.

     

  • 5th November 2018

    Invitation to our Gym and Dance Display!

    You are warmly invited to our annual Gym and Dance Display on Wednesday 28th November 2018 and Thursday 29th November 2018 at 7.00pm in the Main Hall.

    This year’s theme is ‘Showtime’ and performances will include an exciting array of acts performed to a variety of music styles and genres.

    Please see Events for booking details. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Remembrance Service – Monday 12th November 2018

    Staff, students and alumni are welcome to attend our Remembrance Service which will be held by the War Memorial in the school grounds at 1.15pm on Monday 12th November 2018. In case of inclement weather the service will be performed in the main hall.

    We have two War Memorials here on the school site – you can read about our Memorials to those Old Owenians who lost their lives in both wars in our School History section on this website.

    A third Memorial is based at Owen’s Fields, City and Islington College, London, dedicated to the people who died in the Dame Alice Owen’s Girls’ School air raid shelter on 15th October 1940.

    Tickets go on sale for our Autumn Music Concerts!

    You are warmly invited to our Autumn Concerts involving both Junior and Senior students in various ensembles!

    Please see Events for booking details.

    Donate to the OSA when shopping online!

    Did you know that whenever you buy anything online, you could be raising a free donation for Owens School Association?

    There are nearly 3,000 retailers on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline, and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!

    It’s really simple, all you have to do is:
    1. Join – Head to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/owensschoolassociation and sign up for free.
    2. Shop – Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first, pick the retailer you want and start shopping.
    3. Raise – After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!

    There are no catches or hidden charges and Owens School Association will be really grateful for your donations!

    Thank you for your support.

    The Owen’s School Association

  • 22nd October 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 an enjoyable break!

    Annual pilgrimage to Shakespeare’s Country for our Year 13 students!

    Year 13 English Literature A level students made their annual pilgrimage to Stratford Upon Avon on the 19th to 21st October. Many thanks to Mrs Beaumont for this report:

    “We saw two performances: Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy, Troilus and Cressida and Christopher Marlowe’s exploration of absolute power, Tamburlaine. We enjoyed the autumnal sunshine visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace and touring backstage at The RSC Theatre, where we were provided with insight into all the work that goes on behind the scenes. In the glorious sunshine we visited Anne Hathaway’s cottage and wandered around the beautiful gardens where a young Will Shakespeare courted his pregnant and older bride. We added our comments to the Romeo and Juliet quote arbour and took many pictures.  All in all an insightful cultural visit to this beautiful market town! A huge thanks to Mr Simpson our driver and bard for the weekend and to the wonderful students who made this such a rewarding trip.”

    Year 10 GCSE Information Evening!

    Dear Year 10 Parents/Carers,

    Thank you for such a positive turn out on Thursday 18th October for the Year 10 GCSE Information Evening, it was great to see so many familiar faces. As mentioned on the night, we have shared the presentation with everyone for their own reference (please refer to the documents section to the right). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other queries or questions about how together we best support our students in KS4.

    Kind regards,

    Mr Grimstead and Miss Surry

    KS4 Pastoral Team

  • 15th October 2018

    Work continues on our new Teaching Block!

    Everyone has been astounded with how quickly our new teaching block is taking shape; it is fascinating to be able to watch the way in which the building is being constructed.

    We are lucky enough to be able to enjoy an excellent working relationship with our builders TJ Evers who have done their utmost to ensure there is minimal disruption to the school and that health and safety remain the number one priority.  Our students have equally been commended for their politeness and sensible behaviour throughout the school day.

    To ensure the safety of the site at all times, Evers has a large number of CCTV cameras including some fitted with motion sensors.  If these cameras are activated, the feed is sent simultaneously to TJ Evers and the police.  TJ Evers will share any footage they feel necessary to share under safeguarding law with the school.

    Please remember that no parent, student or visitor of any sort is permitted onto the building site without the express permission and accompaniment of a member of the construction team.

    Harvest Festival donations!

    As part of our harvest festival celebrations for this year, we will be collecting non-perishable food for two organisations – the 60 Plus Club and the Trussell Trust food bank.

    The 60 Plus Club was brought to our attention by one of the school governors, Peter Knell, who is a trustee of this club and is a centre providing lunch and social interaction for people over sixty in the Hertfordshire area.

    The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 400 foodbanks, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK,

    Students should leave any donations in the boxes in the main foyer area opposite the hall ready for collection by the charity on 23rd October.

    Author, Susin Neilsen, visits DAOS!

    Many thanks to our School Librarian, Mrs Compton, for this report:

    “Year 8 students having English on Thursday 11th October 2018 were delighted to have a visit from award winning Canadian author Susin Nielsen, who came to talk about her latest book “No Fixed Address”.  Susin spoke about her background, her career as a writer and her books. She enthralled Year 8 by reading the opening chapter of her new book, “No Fixed Address”, which is a really gripping and funny story about a boy who is having a very difficult time as he and his mother are actually living in a van, hence the intriguing title. Susin has a special talent for bringing humour into difficult situations which makes her books really appealing to so many readers.

    We were thrilled that the representative of Andersen Press, who accompanied Susin, was so impressed with Mrs Dorling’s special handmade display poster that they tweeted about it, and included a photograph with the tweet.

    Thanks to local independent bookseller Brenda Parkhouse for enabling the visit.”