11th February 2019

End of Half Term Newsletter Now Available!

Many 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 everyone a restful break!


Spring Term Chamber Concerts

The Music Department were delighted to present two wonderful Chamber Concerts during this half term on Wednesday 6th and Wednesday 13th February. Both concerts featured performances by a large number of the school’s many ensembles and chamber groups, as well as solo pieces played and sung by individual students.

The Chamber Concert on Wed 6th February featured stunning solo performances from our Yr 13 A Level students, who are now preparing for their individual recitals at the end of this term.  There was also a lovely opportunity to showcase the composition work of 3 of our Yr 12 A Level music students, Sylvie Hallam, Joe Loveday and Matthew Mayes. Their pieces demonstrated an exceptionally high level of creative and musical skill, which was further heightened by their ability to perform their own work so professionally and sensitively.

It was a treat to here so many different styles of music performed within each concert’s programme, with Beethoven, Mozart and Debussy alongside Bob Marley, Chick Corea and Elton John.

Our congratulations to all the students who took part and who played/sung to such a high standard as part of Irish Music Group, Guitar Ensemble, Junior Saxes, Advanced Saxophone Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Yr 7 – Yr 12 String Quartets, Yr 13 String Quintet, Jazz Trio, Cello Ensemble, Junior Brass Ensemble, Yr 12 Clarinet Quintet, Trombone Quartet, Junior Percussion Ensemble, Senior Percussion Ensemble, Senior Brass Ensemble, Vocal Trios and the Trumpet Ensemble.

Thanks also go to all the visiting music teachers who coach and direct our ensembles with such expertise on a weekly basis, and to all the staff in the Music Department for their encouragement, support and organisation of the concert.

Kick It Out!

We were very fortunate to welcome guest speaker Osei Sankofa from Kick It Out this week to DAOS.

Osei is an ex professional footballer that now works with schools to educate and help tackle discrimination and racism. Osei shared his own experiences from when he played for Charlton, Southend and Bristol City and spoke to Key Stage 3 about some techniques and strategies to tackle discrimination and equality.

All three year groups were fantastically behaved and dealt with some sensitive issues in a very mature manner.