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  • 15th July 2019

    Summer Concert sizzles!

    The EGH stage came to life once again on Tuesday evening with the thrilling sounds of our multi-talented instrumentalists and singers, who came together to showcase yet more of the highest quality music-making at Owens.

    There were some stunning performances by Junior Big Band, Senior Chamber Choir, Senior Big Band, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band and Senior Strings. The programme included some fantastic jazz numbers by Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington, Sammy Nestico, Pat Methany, and an inspired arrangement by Joe Loveday of John William’s Raiders March.

    The confidence of solo improvising in the Big Bands, the smooth and polished voices in Senior Chamber Choir, the awesome sound of the massed brass and winds in Concert Band, the panache of Symphony Orchestra and  the sublime blend in Senior Strings were a real treat for the EGH audience of parents, friends and families.

    A special goodbye and huge thanks to Mr Marshall who conducted Symphony Orchestra for the last time before the baton passes to Ms Bamber – he was thrilled to be able to lead them in a performance of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony – opening their ears to probably the greatest symphony ever written!

    Congratulations to everyone who performed in the concert and to all their musical directors, Mr Crossley, Ms Makepeace-Lott, Mr Kelly and Mr Widden for their expertise and inspiration. Thanks also to all in the Music Dept for their help in organising the evening, to Wesley Wilson for lighting/sound and to the OSA for providing refreshments.

    New bus route announced!

    In response to parental requests, from September, Sullivans will be offering a bus, called DAY2, from Borehamwood, Shenley and Radlett to Dame Alice Owens as detailed below:

  • 8th July 2019

    Year 7 Enterprise Day!

    Enterprise Day is a cross-curricular event for the whole of year 7 led by the Maths department. The theme was Endangered Animals. This year it involved the departments of: Business and ICT, Art, Languages (German), Food Technology, Design Technology, Mathematics and the Deputy Head.

    The year group were split into 20 enterprise teams. Each person within the team had a specific job title.  Each team was required to:

    • Bake 12 Identical cupcakes
    • Devise and stay within a budget
    • Market their cupcakes with posters and develop an advert via a storyboard.
    • Market the cupcakes abroad with a German advert.
    • Design and produce a T-shirt
    • Design and make a package to contain the cupcake.
    • Project managers to manage their team
    • A final presentation to be made

    All project managers kept their teams on track throughout the day.  In the last hour, every team presented and delivered their pitch four times. A winner was selected from work done during the day, the cupcake sale and their final presentations. A sale of their cupcakes at lunchtime raised over £160 for the WWF charity.

    A remarkable amount of work was completed by the year group in such a short time and 30 degree heat. Everyone deserves many congratulations for what was produced! The winning team was ‘Pawfect Penguin’ – congratulations to them!

    Owen’s Bake Off 2019

    Wednesday 3rd July saw the 9th annual lower school baking competition. 40 keen bakers from Years 7, 8 and 9 took part in a 2 hour competition to bake an item that celebrated the ‘Best of British. This year we were delighted to welcome Mr Fry and Mrs Shadbolt as our guest judges, who all did a great job of tasting 40 different dishes!

    This year’s winners were:

    Year 7: Annabelle with her Lemon and Elderflower ‘Garden Party’ cake

    Year 8: Alice with her brandy snap baskets

    Year 9: Aimi with her ‘Very Berry’ cream tart

    The overall winner of the competition was Year 8 student, Evie Wootton, for her beautiful apple rose tart.

    Year 8 Geography trip to Clacton on Sea

    At the end of June, the whole of year 8 had a day out in Clacton on Sea to practice geographical data collection (and eat ice cream). Students collected plastic on the beach to see how clean it was (very clean!) and in the town itself they carried out a clone town survey. It was decided that Clacton was not a clone town owing to its many interesting independent shops. During the trip, the students ate almost all the ice cream in Clacton, and boosted the profits of the seafront shops as a result of buying candyfloss, plastic crowns and Star Wars footballs. We had positive comments about the students’ behaviour and had a great time.

  • 1st July 2019

    DAOS Athletics Success!

    Many thanks to Miss Lowe for this report from the PE Department:

    We had another successful year at the District Athletics Championships which took place at Jarman Park on Friday 28th June 2019. Year 7, 8 and 9 girls and Year 7 boys (who were joint with Chancellors) as well as Year 9, 10 and Senior boys all won!  Year 8 Boys, Year 10 Girls and Senior Girls were all 2nd.  We were overall girls and boys winners, which means overall District winners! Well done Team Owens!

    We are also pleased to announce another brilliant achievement by all those involved in both the County League Plate Final and the County League final which took place on Tuesday 2nd July. The U14 boys became Plate winners and in the County League final the U16 girls were 8th, U16 boys were 5th and the U14 girls were 2nd by 2 points. As a PE department we would like to thank all the athletes for the effort they have put in this season.

    Rampaging Chariots 2019

    Congratulations to Lucia, Henry, Imogen, Jasmin and Jaiden for their achievements at this year’s Rampaging Chariots competition, which took place on 22nd June and was organised by Leonardo in Luton.  The Year 8 and Year 9 pupils spent several weeks building and fine tuning their chariots ready for the assault course, sumo challenge, tug of war and football competition.

    25 teams competed on the day and our Owen’s team did very well to reach the semi-finals of the football, sumo and tug-of-war competitions and the quarter-finals of the assault course.  Modifications are already underway to prepare the chariots for next year’s event.

    National Art & Design Saturday Club Trust 2019

    Many thanks to Mrs Grigson from the Art Department for this report:

    A bumper year for the National Art and Design Saturday Club at Middlesex University this year with 11 DAOS students attending; Giulietta, Oliver, Abbie, Ben, Issy, Maddie, Phoebe, Eleni, Sanam and Madison from Year 10, and Celia from Year 9.  Our students made full use of the University’s professional facilities and expert teaching.

    This year’s overriding theme was the plastic crisis in our seas and oceans. Sessions including life drawing with a mermaid clad model, casting ceramics from plastic bottles, screen printing posters, illustration, collage, dry point etching, 3D book sculpture and a two week photography workshop in which they explored the studio and dark room, painting with light, capturing movement and producing photograms from plastic waste.

    The Exhibition at Somerset House and Prize Giving at the Institute of Engineering and Technology was a wonderful way to celebrate their work on a national scale.

    We are so grateful to the Sir John and Lady Frances who set up the Sorrell Foundation, and to the tutors and professionals who give up their weekends to provide a unique experience for our young artists; a taste of the university experience and an insight into their possible future creative careers.

  • 24th June 2019

    Year 12 Art students visit Kew Gardens!

    Many thanks to Miss Veerayen for this report:

    Our annual trip to Kew provided a great source of visual inspiration for our Year 12 art students. Alongside the wealth of natural sights within the gardens, the work of the iconic and most celebrated glass artist, Dale Chihuly, is currently being exhibited providing a stunning, contemporary outdoor gallery space. Chihuly’s spectacular glass artworks are displayed throughout the landscape and include feature pieces never seen before in the UK.

    During our visit, students were able to observe the drawings and work of Chihuly and were fortunate to be able to view a brand new, specially designed sculpture providing a reverie of form, colour and light. Students recorded their visit through sketching on site alongside photography and we look forward to seeing the exciting development of their work.

    My thanks go to Mr Anastasi and Mrs Starck for their support.

    Invitation to our Summer Production – Oklahoma!

    You are warmly invited to the Summer Term production of the classic musical Oklahoma! which will feature a range of immensely talented performers from Years 7 – 10. The performances will take place on Thursday 11th, Friday 12th and Saturday 13th July at 7.30pm in the Edward Guinness Hall.

    Please see Events for booking details.

    Year 7 and 8 annual R. F. Cholmeley Poetry Reading Competition!

    Once again, students from Years 7 and 8 showcased their exceptional talents at this prestigious annual event.

    Two readers from each class entertained their peers with powerful poetic performances, many of which were composed by the students themselves.

    Once more, we were fortunate enough to have Ash Dickinson, one of the UK’s best spoken word poets, as guest judge. He was impressed with the level of sensitivity and emotion in the poems and found the judging process a very difficult task.

    Ash worked with several classes during the afternoon stimulating their poetic abilities.

    The Year 7 competition was won by Yoni who performed ‘Excuses, Excuses’ by John Forster and the Year 8 competition was won by Athina with a self-penned poem.

    This year, with the trial of the new House system, points were awarded to all students who participated.

    Congratulations to all contestants for their superb performances.

  • 17th June 2019

    OSA ‘Inside Out’ Summer Festival – Saturday 6th July 2019!

    The OSA are delighted to announce their ‘Inside Out’ Summer Festival which will take place from 4pm – 8pm on Saturday 6th July 2019. There will be music from school groups as well as from external artists, gladiators, a sweeper, bbq, bar, tea and cakes, silent auction, tombola and much more!

    They are looking for people to help in a number of ways – Donating cakes and tombola prizes; Small businesses to take a stall or sponsor a silent auction prize; Supply of fake grass or astroturf; Musicians who wish to perform. Their final plea is for those of you whose companies offer Match Funding to contact the OSA and come along on the day.

    Please support the School and join the fun!  If you are not able to come along please donate and sell as many raffle tickets as possible. If you are able to help please email chair@theosa.org.uk.

    Holocaust Survivor talks to Year 9 and 12 students!

    On Wednesday the 12th June the History department was honoured to host Holocaust survivor Harry Spiro BEM. Mr Spiro captivated an audience of Year 9 and Year 12 students with his incredibly moving and powerful life story. His talk was both deeply upsetting and hugely uplifting. Harry emphasised how he does not feel hatred or desire revenge against those who carried out the horrors of the Holocaust. Instead he explained how the happy life he has led after the war and his many children and grandchildren are revenge enough.

    Mr Spiro and his wife Pauline were impressed by the quality of questions that our students asked as well as the warmth of their welcome. They also commented on how their visit to Owen’s was one of their most enjoyable school visits ever. We believe that there are few experiences more valuable and eye-opening for History students than first-hand testimony. Sadly the opportunities to hear survivors speak is quickly disappearing and so our students were privileged to hear Harry speak and we were so pleased to see them get so much out of this opportunity.

    Summer Chamber Concert showcases DAOS talent!

    Despite the marked absence of any Summer weather last week, the last of this year’s Chamber Concerts was an evening of wonderful performances from pupils who play in one of the school’s many chamber ensembles. It was a real treat to hear such a variety of music performed with pieces chosen from the world of the Classical and Romantic eras, jazz, pop, folk and film music.

    Taking to the stage were the Cello Ensemble, Vocal Group, Flute Ensemble, Year 9 String Quartet, Clarinet Ensemble, Trombone Ensemble, Year 7 String Quartet, Saxophone Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Junior Percussion Ensemble, Junior Brass Ensemble, 6-Handed Piano Ensemble, Senior Percussion Ensemble, Year 10 String Quartet and Senior Brass Ensemble.

    Congratulations to all pupils who performed to such a high standard, and to all the musical directors whose expertise and encouragement continues to inspire and nurture so many of our talented young musicians!