News & Dates

  • 20th March 2017

    A spectacular Senior Ensembles Concert!

    Featuring over 100 of our most experienced and accomplished musicians in the school, this concert was a spectacular showcase of musicianship and performance of the highest quality.

    The programme included jazz, twentieth-century works, a baroque concerto grosso, unaccompanied madrigals, popular songs from musicals and renaissance brass motets, with performances from Senior Brass Ensemble, Double Reed Ensemble, Senior Percussion Ensemble, Senior Clarinet Ensemble, Close Harmony Group, Senior Strings, Trumpet Ensemble, Saxophone Orchestra and Senior Percussion Ensemble.

    Congratulation to all pupils who contributed to such an impressive concert, and to the expert leadership of their musical directors, Mr Crossley, Mr Kelly, Mr Widden, Ms Makepeace-Lott, Mr Marshall and Mr Wilson.

    DAOS students attend Hertsmere Annual Youth Conference!

    12 of our Year 7 students, who are members of the DAOS School Council, were lucky enough to take part in Hertsmere Borough Council’s 10th Annual Youth Conference which was held in Borehamwood this month. Along with students from more than 10 other Hertsmere schools, the students debated the age of criminal responsibility (currently 10 years old), had an opportunity to vote in a mock referendum and took part in an interactive quiz called ‘Who’s right for the job?’ which explored citizenship and involvement in democracy.

    Many thanks to our School Council Leader, Miss Lord, for accompanying our students to this event.

    Photograph reproduced with kind permission of Hertsmere Borough Council.

    VIXEN rehearsals going well!

    Year 10 – 13 students are busy rehearsing for our drama production of ‘VIXEN’ which is taking place over 3 evenings this week in the Main School Hall – Thursday 23rd March 2017, Friday 24th March 2017 and Saturday 25th March 2017 from 7.30pm.

    The production which is loosely based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has been written by our Head of Drama, Miss E Govier and features many of our GCSE, AS and A2 drama students.

    Tickets are available – please see Events for further details and booking information.

    Politics Lunchtime Lecture!

    Last week, the Politics Department was thrilled to invite Anneli Howard from Monckton chambers to give a guest lecture to students. Anneli was one of the lead barristers at the recent Article 50 case and was instrumental in defending parliament’s right to vote on the process of leaving the European Union. She was also voted as one of the top 100 Lawyers in the UK in 2016 by The Lawyer publication.

    Her talk was passionate, fascinating and challenging and gave students a real understanding into the complex and shifting relationship between the executive, legislature, judiciary and the people themselves. The final part of her talk raised questions of ‘What happens next?’ in terms of Brexit. Students looking to study law at university were particularly gripped by her reflections.

    St Patrick’s Day celebration!

    To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, our Irish Music Group entertained students, staff and visitors with a mix of Irish jigs and reels in the Main Hall last Friday lunchtime.

    The group comprising of Alex Morgan on the accordion; Shauna Finnegan, Sarah Hennebry, Anna Hennebry and Ben Connolly on flute; Joe Loveday on bass guitar and Bessie Walmsley on ukulele were accompanied by Mr Grimstead and Mr Skelly.

    Old Owenians Careers Talks 2017

    Fantastic feedback from speakers and students from our 7th annual alumni careers talks – see PDF in the ‘Documents’ section to the right.

    Thanks to all parents, students and staff who supported the event.  Full report in the Old Owenians Newsletter in June.

  • 13th March 2017

    Sports News!

    We are delighted to announce that the Year 8 and Senior Football teams both qualified for the district and county cup finals which take place over the next month!

    In addition, we won the district tournament in Sports Hall Athletics and have qualified for the county round which is taking place on 21st March 2017.  Good luck to the Year 7 and 8 students involved in this competition next week!

    Year 10 students win Maths Feast Competition!

    On 22nd February 2017 the Year 10 Maths team consisting of Aron Thomas, Sebastian Kreutz-Wellsted, Ethan Dommett and Louis Hurrey took part in the regional final of the UK Maths Trust Maths Feast competition. This involves tackling a variety of challenging maths problems. The students had a great time as can be seen from their comments below:

    ‘The 3 rounds at maths feast were really fun and challenging, they combined our maths knowledge and added in lots of teamwork to make a truly riveting competition. The countdown rounds were a fun break between the main ones and we learnt new stuff such as how to use square tables. Overall it was a great experience and a real achievement to win’
    – Ethan

    ”I’m really proud of our performance at Maths Feast! We had to complete a series of fun, maths-based problems which we managed to get through. The event was very well organised and I had a thoroughly good time’
    – Louis

    And we won!

    OSA Quiz Night success!

    We are delighted to reported that there was an excellent attendance at The Owen’s School Association (OSA) annual Spring Quiz Night on Saturday 11th March 2017.  It was a fun evening with parents, teachers and sixth formers showing what they were made of against stiff competition.  After a close competition, a team comprising of DAO teachers beat the 24 other teams!  We would like to congratulate them on a stirling performance!  This event raised over £3000 for the School which will be used to purchase much needed books and equipment to enhance the children’s education!

    A huge thank you to all members of the OSA who work tirelessly to bring our whole School community together and fundraise for the School!  Special thanks to Sarah Lewczynski for co-ordinating this event, Mike Thorpe for the quiz questions, Tony Vourou for being the evening’s quizmaster and to our Sixth Formers and Tech Crew who helped out too!

    Year 7 students win Herts Maths Competition!

    Last week our Year 7 team competed in the Hertfordshire Year 7 Team Maths Competition. This was held at Broxbourne School and competition was fierce.

    Our team of 4 was: Katie Partridge, Aimi Weightman, Zak Ahmed and Pierre Eveson.  They worked amazingly well as a team and came first!

    Well done to them for being the best in Hertfordshire!

    American Piano Day!

    The Music Department were delighted to host an exciting American Piano Day on Wednesday 8th March, and to welcome guest pianist, Eliza McCarthy, to the school. Eliza, winner of the 2013 British Contemporary Piano Competition, gave a really enjoyable and engaging and recital to all Year 7 students during the afternoon and then led an insightful masterclass for our A Level Music and piano students.

    In addition, Eliza performed at our American Piano Concert which was held in the Edward Guinness Hall on Wednesday evening. This concert featured over 100 pianists and percussionists from Years 7 -13, performing a programme of brilliant pieces from American composers, including Gershwin, Joplin, Barber, Adams, Copland, MacDowell and Copland.

    There were pieces for two hands, four hands, eight hands and more, reaching the awesome total of over 100 hands as the stage was filled with keyboards, pianos and percussion for a spectacular massed performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘America’ from West Side Story, specially arranged for DAOS pupils by Seb Skelly.

    A huge thank you to all the performers involved and a huge thank you to Mr Thompson (Head of Piano) for his vision in directing and organising the Piano Day this year. Thanks also to our other wonderful piano teachers, Ms Pinto and Mr Hunt, and to Ms Browne for directing the percussionists and conducting ‘America’. We’re looking forward to next year’s event already!

    Year 7 students take part in Readathon!

    Year 7 students are well into the Readathon sponsored read, which runs until 31 March! They 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 Readathon 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, please contact the school library.

  • 6th March 2017

    DAOS PE teacher wins silver medal!

    Congratulations to DAOS PE teacher, Miss Phillipa Lowe, who together with Eilidh Doyle, Mary Iheke and Laviai Nielsen won a fantastic silver medal for Team GB in the 4 x 400m women’s relay at the European Indoor Championships which took place in Belgrade, Serbia at the weekend.

    Miss Lowe ran a superb 2nd leg with a personal split time of 53.1 seconds and the team ran a time of 3.31.05 minutes to take the silver medal. Poland won the gold medal with Ukraine taking the bronze.

    Huge congratulations to Miss Lowe on this wonderful achievement!

    MEP visits DAOS!

    We were delighted to welcome Vicky Ford MEP to our School last week who delivered a speech to our DAOS Economics Society.  It was an excellent talk on the trials and tribulations of the UK departing Europe and how she is in a lot of discussion with other European MEPs about what will be the future role of the UK in Europe. Many thanks to Mr Simpson, Head of Economics, for organising this visit.

    Gym and Dance success!

    A sell out audience were entertained to a fantastic gym and dance display which took place over two nights in our Main School Hall this week!  Year 7 – 13 students wowed us with their tumbling and acrobatics during the gym display and there were some mesmerising solo and group performances during the dance section of the programme! It was a highlight to see our Year 10 Dance Leaders choreograph their first dance for Year 7 and 8 students.

    Congratulations to all students who took part and those who helped behind the scenes. Special thanks to Miss Coakley and Miss Lord for organising the event! All their hard work and dedication made this year’s gym and dance display another huge success!

    Parent/Student reminder – Non-Uniform Day!

    This term’s non-uniform day is on Friday 17th March 2017.  All proceeds will go to United World Schools – this is an organization which creates educational opportunity for children living in the world’s poorest regions.

    Please could students give £1 to their Form Tutors on the Friday morning. Assemblies for Year 8 and 9 students in support of this worthy cause will also be held next week.


  • 27th February 2017

    Library Department launches Illustration Competition!

    To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March 2017 and the 60th anniversary of the Cilip Kate Greenaway medal for illustration, the Library Department is holding a competition for illustration.

    Students are encouraged to create an illustration for a book of their choice, or design a new book cover, even create a new picture book. The illustration could have a subject based spin and any media, including graphic design tools can be used so students do not necessarily need to be good artists, just have creative ideas. The closing date is Friday 17th March 2017. Please click on the flyer (to the left) for further details.

    Year 13 students make it to the East of England Final of the Bank of England Economics Challenge!

    Many thanks to Mr Rahul Mahajan, Teacher of Economics, for the following article:

    Following on from a previous report (where we won our regional heat, knocking out QE Boys amongst others), our Target 2.0 team were one of seven schools which had made it through to the East of England final of this prestigious Bank of England Challenge.

    Our team comprising of Callum Brooks (Captain), Tim Crook-Sycamore, Chloe Harris (Head of Research), Jack Larsson, Greg Young and Mimi Zhao,  created a formal presentation and delivered it to a panel of judges from the Bank of England. The presentation concluded with a recommendation on exactly what interest rate the team would set in order to achieve the UK government’s inflation target of 2.0% CPI. Moreover, recommendations on asset purchasing and forward guidance were offered and justified.

    Following the initial presentation, which lasted 18 minutes at the regional final stage, the judges asked a range of difficult and probing questions on the presentation and the economy at large.

    Our team fought a great fight but, alas, did not win the East of England Final. Judging competitions such as these is always fairly subjective, especially when it comes to the monetary policy decision. The team which won was, interestingly, the sole team which placed its neck on the block with the highly debatable decision to alter the Bank’s base rate.

    Both Brewers’ Company schools (Dame Alice Owens and Aldenham) had made it through to the East of England Final, which is a pretty remarkable feat in and of itself. It was really fantastic that both sets of students gelled magnificently at the event. I sincerely hope that our respective sets of economists continue to meet each other socially, possibly at a future Brewers’ event.

    After the event, I provided our team with a tour of a segment of the investment banking district in the City of London, including my two former places of work — one of which overlooked the now defunct Lehman Brothers!

    We are proud of our outstanding students and would like to thank them for the work and effort put into this highly complex and stretching project over the last few months.

    Invitation to our Drama Production – ‘VIXEN’ by Miss E Govier.

    You are warmly invited to our drama production of ‘VIXEN’ by Miss E Govier (our Head of Drama), which is loosely based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The play will feature students from Years 10 – 13 many of whom are studying Drama at GCSE, AS & A2.

    There will be 3 performances: Thursday 23rd March 2017, Friday 24th March 2017 and Saturday 25th March 2017 from 7.30pm in the Main Hall.

    Please see Events for further details and booking information

    OSA Spring Quiz Night – Saturday 11th March 2017!

    A message from the Owen’s School Association (OSA):

    ‘Dear Owen’s Community,

    This is a brief reminder about the forthcoming Owen’s School Association Spring Quiz on Saturday 11th March 2017. The quiz nights are very popular and we aim to make the evening a fun way to raise some money for the school and for you to meet other Owen’s parents whether you’re a quiz new comer or regular quiz goer. You can book as a team or let us put you together with other parents of the same year/ form group – please reserve your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment! Food is included and the bar will be open as usual.

    For full details please see the invitation and booking form (please click on image) or email

    Raffle Prizes – Offers of raffle prizes will be greatly appreciated, please email

    We look forward to seeing you at the quiz!

    The Owen’s School Association Committee’

    Twitter: @dao_osa

    Congratulations to our new Senior Prefect Team!

    Following two rounds of voting, including teaching staff, our new Senior Prefect Team for 2017/18 has been elected. Congratulations to our new team and thank you to our exiting team for their role in leading, supporting and representing our School over the last year. The new team (Class of 2018) are listed below and appear on our Senior Prefects page.

    Head Girl – Niamh Griffin Head Boy – Christopher Dunkin
    Deputy Head Girl – Livia Barreca Deputy Head Boy – Theo Charalambous
    Senior Prefects:
    Hannah Andrusier
    Issy Boffey
    Annie Hallam
    Zara Lock
    Senior Prefects:
    Jonathan Anderson
    Dylan Grice
    Tom Mills