News & Dates

  • 12th March 2018

    Year 7 Trip to see Matilda the Musical!

    During the past year one of our talented Year 7 students, Tilda Marriage Massey, has been performing in Matilda the Musical in London’s West End and on 7th March 65 pupils and three members of staff had the privilege of seeing Tilda in action on stage.

    This award-winning show, based on the book by Roald Dahl and adapted by the Royal Shakespeare Company, had us all mesmerised from the start with its imaginative sets, breathtaking choreography and clever lyrics.  The frightening yet brilliant Miss Trunchbull kept us on the edge of our seats as the threat of The Chokey loomed for poor Bruce, who chomped his way through an entire chocolate cake (go on Brucy!) and while hearing about ‘The Smell of Rebellion’ during the ‘Phys-Ed’ lesson we were treated to some gymnastic delights.  In one of her songs Matilda exclaimed that ‘sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty!” In contrast to this the behaviour of our pupils was impeccable throughout the afternoon, so well done Year 7.

    Finally, a huge thank you to Tilda for such an enthralling performance which we will all remember for a long time to come.

    Senior Ensembles Concert hits the right notes!

    There was a definite upbeat and lively feel to the programme of the Senior Ensemble Concert last week, which opened with an exhilarating set of traditional reels and jigs performed by the Irish Music Group. The Senior Brass Ensemble ushered in the first of several songs from musicals, with a beautiful arrangement of Sondheim’s ‘Send in the Clowns’, featuring Neve Mayes on solo flugelhorn.

    The Close Harmony Group displayed their mastery of 17th century madrigal repertoire, singing  ‘Fair Phyllis, I saw’, followed by another song from a musical,, ‘Memory’, by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Senior Sax Ensemble gave us another reel, ‘Slip Reel’ by Catherine Evison,  and then produced a truly warm, mellow sound for an arrangement of Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’.

    Senior Percussion Ensemble dazzled on an array of instruments in their performance of ‘Friend Like Me’, before the Concert Band took the stage for a highly enjoyable programme of four pieces, ‘Fiesta’, ‘Variations’ (featuring soloist Ben Clarke), ‘Ride’ and ‘An Original Suite’ by Gordon Jacob.

    Congratulations to all the performers who were involved in the concert and many thanks to their musical directors, Mr Grimstead, Mr Kelly, Ms Makepeace-Lott, Mr Crossley and  Ms McChrystal. Thanks also to Ms Meik and the Music Dept Staff for their support.

    OSA Quiz Night Success!

    The OSA (Owen’s School Association) would like to thank all those who attended the Spring Quiz night on Saturday night!

    More than 145 guests (parents, Sixth Form students, staff, alumni, friends) tested their knowledge in a wide range of categories such as music, entertainment, food and politics. The evening was a great success and raised over £2000 for the school plus some matched funding from Deutsche Bank kindly being arranged by a Year 7 parent.

    A big thank you to all those who took part and to Year 9 parent Simi Shah for co-ordinating and to all the parents, Year 12/13 helpers and staff who helped set up and run the event and clear up to ensure a fantastic success. Do keep a look out for details of the upcoming OSA Summer Fete next term!

    Drug Awareness Talks educate students!

    Last Friday we were very fortunate to welcome Mr Paul Hannaford, courtesy of Hertsmere Borough Council, to DAOS.  Paul has been speaking to many primary and secondary schools in the borough, sharing his first hand experiences of drug abuse and involvement with gangs and knife crime.

    The talks, given to each year group in turn, were hard-hitting and not an easy listen for our pupils. The feedback, however, has been overwhelmingly positive from both parents, students and staff, with many agreeing that this was one of the most powerful talks they have ever heard

    Read more of Paul’s story at

    Senior Strings – Regional Festival of Music for Youth!

    Having enjoyed great success two years ago in the National Festival of Music for Youth, Senior Strings were again proud to represent the school at one of the opening Regional Festivals, which took place on Tuesday 6th March in the Union Chapel, Islington.

    The group’s performance of the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings was very positively received by the audience and, in their feedback, the adjudicators commented on the impressive quality of sound produced, along with the high level of technical and interpretative skill shown.

    In the coming weeks we will find out whether Senior Strings have been invited to now participate in the National Festival, so watch this space for further news.

    Many thanks to all the pupils who continue to work with such dedication, to Mr Widden for his musical direction and organisation of the performance, and to Mr Grimstead for supporting the trip on the day.

  • 5th March 2018

    Shakespeare comes to DAOS!

    Once again, we enjoyed a visit from The Globe Players at DAOS this week, with their wonderful Shakespeare performance, ‘What you Will’.

    This fascinating introduction to Shakespeare for Secondary schools follows the development of Shakespeare’s career, from The Comedy of Errors to The Tempest, and features many of his most famous scenes along the way. Extracts from Richard IIIMacbeth, and Romeo and Juliet, to name but a few, intrigued and entertained our students. The production is intended for Key Stage 3 students and supports Year 7 with their study of Much Ado About Nothing.

    This event is always a valuable experience for the students and feedback was incredibly enthusiastic. Many thanks to the English department for organising it!

    World Book Day 2018!

    We were delighted that the snow did not stop our World Book Day celebrations on Thursday 1st  March!

    Year 7 were treated to a special World Book Day Assembly with the author Penny Joelson, whose book “I Have No Secrets” is one of the five books which is currently available at a discount for World Book Day. Penny read the enticing opening from her book, and explained a little about the story. “I Have No Secrets” is a first class thriller, with many plot twists and interesting characters.

    Penny then went on to inspire our students with two creative writing workshops in the library.

    Students were given lots of excellent tips for writing, and practiced developing their character’s voice.

    It was particularly thrilling to have an author whose book had been chosen as a World Book Day special title visiting the school on World Book Day itself.

    The special £2.50 edition of “I Have No Secrets” is available from participating bookshops at this special price (or £1.50 with a WBD token) until 25th March, subject to availability.

  • 26th February 2018

    Gym and Dance Display 2018 – a sell out!

    The freezing temperatures and snow could not deter a sell out audience from enjoying a fantastic gym and dance display which took place over two nights in our Main School Hall this week!  Students from various years 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.

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

    OSA Spring Quiz – tickets now on sale!

    The OSA Spring Quiz is taking place on 10th March 7.30pm at the school. This is always a fun evening and a great way to meet other parents. A light supper is included and these events are popular so do book early to reserve your place as soon as possible on

    Any donations of raffle prizes also greatly appreciated. All proceeds go towards supporting the School so do make very efffort to join in the fun and come along!


  • 19th February 2018

    World Book Day at DAOS!

    To celebrate World Book Day next Thursday 1st March the Library Department are having a Book Fair which is being launched at Year 7 Parents’ Evening this week.

    They are also delighted to announce that local author Penny Joelson will be visiting the School next Thursday. Penny’s book “I have no secrets” is one of the World Book Day special recommended books and she will talk to all of Year 7 in a special World Book Day Assembly and then speak to some classes in their English lessons. We very much look forward to welcoming Penny to DAOS!

    Soul Bands get their groove on!

    The legendary Owen’s Junior and Senior Soul Bands were on awesome form for one of the highlights of the school year – the spectacular Soul Band Evening. Parents, staff, pupils and friends packed the Main Hall to enjoy a brilliant night of classic soul, funk, pop and jazz numbers, with lights, mirror balls, dry ice and dancing in the aisles all adding to the party atmosphere.

    The bands’ sets included songs by Nina Simone, Shalamar, Destiny’s Child, Ariana Grande, James Brown, Otis Redding, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson, all superbly arranged for Junior and Senior Soul Band by Seb Skelly and Ben Abelman. All the pupils in the instrumental and vocal line-ups of the bands showed such great talent and such great support for each other, it was a wonderful evening to be part of.

    Our thanks to all the students who played and sang so well, to Mr Kelly and Mr Grimstead for their brilliant musical direction, to Mr Skelly for all of his inspiration and assistance, to Ms McNally for her inimitable vocal direction, to the invaluable DAOS Tech Crew for all of their help in sound/lighting production, to the Year 13 Music Technology students, to the Music Department staff for all their support and to the OSA for providing refreshments.

    We’re already looking forward to next year!

    Old Owenians Careers Talks Week 5-9th March 2018!

    We’re really excited to confirm 16 more amazing alumni speakers for this year’s careers event for students during National Careers Week.  We have a wide range of careers represented: Design and Animation, Accountancy, Biomedical Engineering, Astrophysics, Advertising, Recruitment, Marine Biology, Structural Engineering, Radio Production, Investment Banking, Patent Attorney as well as careers in Charity, Law and Social Work.

    Please refer to the timetable of speakers (please view the PDF via our documents section to the right) and sign up for as many talks as you like in the foyer!

    On sale – Tickets to our Spring Music Concerts!

    You are warmly invited to attend the following concerts coming up in March. Please see Events for booking details:

    Piano Day Concert – Thursday 1st March 2018
    Senior Ensembles Concert – Wednesday 7th March 2018
    Choral Concert – Wednesday 21st March 2018
    Concerto Concert – Tuesday 27th March 2018

    Congratulations to our new Senior Prefect Team!

    Following two rounds of voting, including teaching staff, our new Senior Prefect Team for 2018/19 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 2019) are listed below and appear on our Senior Prefects page.

    Head Girl – Tara Daemi Head Boy – Luther Lisk
    Deputy Head Girl – Sarah Kapplani-Mucaj Deputy Head Boy –  Warren Brown
    Senior Prefects:
    Millie Wright
    Maxine Borden
    Dorothy Burrowes
    Senior Prefects:
    Lennard Metson
    Nick Scott
    Dhillon Shukla