News & Dates

  • 17th July 2017

    End Of Term Newsletter now available!

    Many 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 everyone a wonderful summer break!


    The Great Gig 2017!

    Last Friday the Tech Crew hosted the traditional annual Great Gig with great success, overseeing a wide variety of acts performing to an audience of over 200 people, and raising almost £1400 to spend on new equipment next year.

    Thanks to all those who helped, performed or attended the Gig and we look forward to seeing you again this time next year!

    Advanced Learning Alliance produce Summer Bulletin!

    Dame Alice Owen’s School is very proud to be part of the Advanced Learning Alliance which, along with 10 other schools in the local Hertfordshire area, shares expertise by offering a range of support and training to secondary schools and 16-19 providers.

    Please view their summer bulletin on the Advanced Learning Alliance website.

    All welcome to Open Day this week – Thursday 20th July 2.00pm – 4.30pm

    We look forward to welcoming you to our annual Open Day this week – for our whole school community as well as prospective parents and students! Our Headteacher, Mrs Nemko, will give talks at 2.30pm and 3.30pm in our Sports Hall and various exciting activities will be taking place throughout the afternoon including musical interludes in the Edward Guinness Hall, science experiments in the Myddelton Building and sporting events.

    Refreshments will be available in the English Department (Jane Austen Tea Room) and MFL Department (Modern Foreign Languages Cafe), as well as in our Sixth Form Dining Room, served by our parent’s OSA (Owen’s School Association). In our Main Foyer, admission information will be available, past papers on sale and staff on duty to answer any questions.

    Booking is not required. Please park with consideration for our neighbours, thank you! See Directions for more information.

  • 10th July 2017

    Summer fete – huge success!

    We would like to thank the OSA (Owen’s School Association) for their huge efforts in organising a very successful Summer fete on Saturday 8th July 2017 which raised over £5000!

    Parents, students and staff who supported the event were very complimentary about the wide range of stalls, entertainment and refreshments on offer.

    Special thanks to the army of volunteers who helped before, during and after the event and to all those who supported and attended!

    A decade of athletic achievement!

    On Friday 30th June the Year 7-10 athletics teams travelled to Gosling to compete in the District Championships, the pupils were fantastic and put in some incredible individual performances!

    As a school we dominated the team events with the girls winning the year 7, 8 , 9 and 10 team trophies. The boys won year 7 and 8,  placed 2nd at year 9 and won year 10. The senior boys also won their team event earlier in the year. This meant we won the overall boys’ competition, the overall girls’ competition and the overall competition. For all medallists, please see our end of term newsletter published next week.

    We have now won the overall competition ten years in a row!  Well done to all the students involved!

    Author Visits DAOS!

    On Friday 7th July the author Dave Cousins visited the school library to talk to Year 8 classes in their English lessons. Dave enthralled his audience with stories of his childhood and early career in music. He really emphasized the importance of reading. Dave spoke about his books 15 Days Without a Head and Waiting for Gonzo, and captivated the audience with a reading from Waiting for Gonzo. After three lively sessions and an interview with the creative writing group Dave enjoyed lunch with the Book Club.

    The students really enjoyed the visit; one student commented: ”The author talk was a great success as Dave Cousins was very entertaining and engaging, telling us the stories which led to his book. The lunch was brilliant and we enjoyed exchanging thoughts on books and describing what we were writing”.

    Thanks to the OSA for supporting this visit.

    Swinging Summer Sounds!

    The Wind, Brass and Percussion Concert on Tuesday 11 July showcased a stunning line-up of ensembles, including debut performances by the newly-formed Junior Big Band and Senior Big Band. Their sets included Take the A Train, Gimme’ Some Lovin’, Mr PC, Una Mas and Groove Merchant,  played with real commitment and enthusiasm.

    The second half of the concert featured performances by the Senior Percussion Ensemble and Concert Band, who both played extremely challenging music at an exceptionally high level. Concert Band’s performance of The Incredibles was a definite highlight, along with the brilliant rhythmic excitement of Senior Percussion Ensemble’s Samba Reggae.

    Our congratulations to all those pupils who practised so hard and played so well, and to Mr Crossley, Mr Kelly, Mr Wilson, Mr Skelly and Ms Browne for all their dedication, hard work and support.

    DAOS and Pope Paul talk Science!

    On Monday 3rd July an excited class of Year 6 students from Pope Paul school visited DAOS. The students had a taster science lesson in the labs performing flame tests and a session in the library looking at the books on the shortlist for the Royal Society Prize.

    On Thursday 6th July 7 DAOS students visited the same class of Year 6 students from Pope Paul to talk to them about science in secondary school. This included a presentation of the independent research in science carried by our year 7 students and a Q&A with former Pope Paul students in Year 8.

    Many thanks to Mr Friedlander, KS3 Science Co-ordinator, for organising these visits and to Mrs Compton, our Librarian.

    Year 9 Newspaper Day!

    Our annual Newspaper Day took place last Wednesday and produced some of the most outstanding examples of journalistic writing to date. Students worked in groups, led by an Editor, to produce a newspaper, containing local, national and international news, in just one day. A number of press conferences were set up by teachers from a range of departments to give students a taste of the media world. A ‘Dame Alice Owen’s Community’ section was also included to celebrate school news and achievements.

    The newspapers will be judged over the next week and winners announced thereafter.

    Thanks to the English Department and supporting staff who managed the students throughout the day, working with them to extend their writing skills and appreciation of meeting deadlines!

  • 3rd July 2017

    Author, Penny Joelson, visits DAOS!

    On Wednesday 28th June we were delighted to welcome local author Penny Joelson who came to talk to students in their English lesson. Penny spoke about her book I Have No Secrets which was published in May, and has already had a fantastic reception with great reviews.

    The Year 7 and 8 students really enjoyed Penny’s visit asked lots of interesting questions and were eager to buy a signed copy of the book. We are looking forward to Penny’s second visit in the last week of term.

    Rampaging Chariots!

    Congratulations to George Whelan, Luca Choteborsky, Wayne Lee and Maxim Lavrov for their success at this year’s Rampaging Chariots competition.  Over 20 schools and other institutions competed in the Robot Wars type competition, held on 24th June at Leonardo in Luton.

    The team were overall winners of the Assault Course challenge and also progressed well in the Sumo event. Other events at the competition included Tug of War and Two-A-Side Football.

    Owen’s Bake Off 2017!

    Thursday 29th June saw the 7th annual lower school baking competition. 38 keen bakers from Years 7, 8 and 9 took part in a 2 hour competition to bake an item that could be served at a summer garden party. Highlights included jelly filled chocolate cake, rose pavlova and chocolate soil cakes! This year we were delighted to welcome Mrs Nemko, Mr Fry and Mrs Yunis as our guest judges who did a great job of tasting 38 different dishes!

    The winners were:
    Year 7: Annalisa Christou for her chocolate orange jelly cake.

    Year 8: Anna Partridge with her summer platter.

    Year 9: Maya Korouei for her beautifully decorated ‘Garden’ cake.

    The overall winner of the competition was Year 8 student, Anna Simpson, for her beautifully decorated seaside cupcakes.

    Very well done to all of the competitors!

    Final Reminder: OSA Summer Fete – this Saturday!

    ‘We look forward to seeing all of you at the Dame Alice Owens Summer Fete on Saturday 8th July between 3-6 pm. There will be lots of fun activities, stalls and food from around the world as per the attached poster.

    Please contact if you are able to offer help in any way on the day. We are also looking for a parent who can help with the nail varnish stall and any donations for the cake stall and bottles for the tombola.’

    The Owen’s School Association


  • 26th June 2017

    Year 12 students visit Heals & The Design Museum!

    Many thanks to Mrs Davighi for this report:

    ‘We were invited to tour Heals on the morning of Tuesday 27th June looking at Iconic design meeting managers and buyers from Heals to discuss how designers launch their products into industry and have success in the British market place. Students enthusiastically carried out research on Iconic design & sketched innovative designs in support of their current coursework major product design project. Heals laid on a fabulous lunch in their restaurant, along with wonderful goodie bags.

    In the afternoon we went to the Design Museum to look at the galleries and the new California design exhibition. Both visits provided our students with the valuable opportunity to see innovative and creative ideas, they were sketching and gathering ideas, California exhibition was popular with the robotic self-driving car and Goggle exhibits.

    Our visit was highly successful and the day was thoroughly enjoyed by both staff and students. My thanks go to Rebecca de Souza (Year 8 parent) for her support on setting up the opportunity for us.’

    Year 12 Art Trip to Kew Gardens!

    Many thanks to Miss Veerayen for this report:

    ‘Our annual Art trip to The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew took place on Friday 23rd June 2017. Students enthusiastically sketched, resourced and collated a range of primary sources in support of their current coursework project. The trip provides our students with the valuable opportunity to draw on site and The Palm House, Shirley Sherwood Gallery and The Hive proved popular locations.

    Our visit was highly successful and the day was thoroughly enjoyed by both staff and students. My thanks go to Mrs. Grigson for her support on the trip.’

    Invitation to our Summer Production!

    You are warmly invited to our Summer Production of ‘Wendy & Peter Pan’ by Ella Hickson featuring students from Years 7 – 9. Performances take place on Wednesday 5th July 2017, Friday 7th July 2017 and Saturday 8th July 2017.

    Please see Events for further details and booking information!

    Old Owenians Newsletter now available!


    The 21st edition of the Old Owenians Newsletter June 2017 is now available!





    Year 7 and 8 Poetry Reading Competition!

    The annual R.F. Cholmeley Poetry Reading Competition for Years 7 and 8 took place on Thursday 22d June and was hotly contested with some excellent performances.

    Two readers from each class entertained the rest of the year with some brilliant poetic performances, many of which were composed by themselves. The Year 7 competition was won by Hannah Doolan who performed ‘The Pig’, a classic Roald Dahl poem and the Year 8 competition was won by Ibti  Koleoso who read Maya Angelou’s ‘Still I Rise’.