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  • 11th November 2019

    Sixth Form Open Afternoon for External Candidates – entry September 2020!

    The Guide to Courses 2020/21 for students who wish to join our Sixth Form in September 2020 is now available on our Guide to Courses page. The Open Afternoon for external candidates wishing to visit our school is this Thursday 14th November 2019 from 2.00pm – 5.00pm. A talk by our Head of Sixth Form, Mr M Ewins, will be given at approximately 2.15pm and 3.05pm. From 3.45pm subject teachers will be available for discussion in the Main Hall.

    There is no need to book to attend our Open Afternoon, simply turn up on the day! We look forward to welcoming you!

    Please note that there will be no parking available on our school site.

    Chamber Concert kicks off Autumn Concerts in style!

    A busy half term for Owen’s musicians kicked off on Wednesday 6th November in the Edward Guinness Hall when some of our chamber groups showcased their work, as well as some GCSE Music students’ solos.

    For some it was their first time on stage in a DAOS Concert, while others were sharing with us the experience of many years. The evening featured The Guitar Ensemble with no less than 14 guitarists, our Year 8 and Year 10 and 11 String Quartets and some wonderful solo performances from Gabriella Bavetta, Kayla Nicol, Isaac Sheer, Josh Gearing and Katya Kirby. For the fitting finale we were treated to a group of experienced Owen’s musicians playing together for the very first time which was breathtaking! Well done to Eleanor Davis and Jeremy Weinstein on violins, Jemima Atputharatnam on viola, Matthew Mayes on cello, Doraly Gill on double bass, Joe Loveday on clarinet, Jess Brady on French horn and Dora Goudie on bassoon!

    Our thanks go to James Widden, Joe Niesyto, Janna Hunneke, and Katrina Makepeace-Lott for their direction, tuition and accompanying.

    A Harvest Festival Thank-you!

    Many thanks to everyone who donated to the Hatfield Foodbank for the harvest festival collection! This year, the number of items collected exceeded all expectations and will go a long way for providing emergency supplies and support for people in crisis.

    OSA Quiz Night Success!

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

    280 guests (parents, sixth form students, staff, alumni and friends) tested their knowledge in a wide range of categories such as entertainment, food, music and politics. The evening was a great success and raised well over £6,000 for the school.

    A big thank you to all those who worked so hard to make the evening such a fantastic success! Do keep a look out for the next OSA event next term!

    Invitation to our Gym and Dance Display!

    You are warmly invited to our annual Gym and Dance Display on Wednesday 27th November 2019 and Thursday 28th November 2019 at 7.00pm in the Main Hall.

    This year’s theme is ‘Disco and Divas’ and performances will include an exciting array of acts performed to a variety of music styles and genres.

    Please see Events for booking details. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • 4th November 2019

    Half Term Hockey and Rugby Tour to Holland!

    During October half term the PE department took 64 students to Valkenburg Holland for Rugby and Hockey. Students were coached by specialist and had training sessions every morning to develop their skills. During the day students did several excursions such as Lazer tag (in a cave), tobogganing and bowling. Students then developed their skills in the evening playing local clubs and a tournament at the end of the week. The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were a credit to the school.

    Remembrance Service – Monday 11th November 2019

    Staff, students and alumni are welcome to attend our Remembrance Service which will be held by the War Memorial in the school grounds at 1.00pm on Monday 11th November 2019.  In case of inclement weather the service will be performed in the main hall.

    We have two War Memorials here on the school site – you can read about our Memorials to those Old Owenians who lost their lives in both wars in our School History section on this website.

    A third Memorial is based at Owen’s Fields, City and Islington College, London, dedicated to the people who died in the Dame Alice Owen’s Girls’ School air raid shelter on 15th October 1940.

    Tickets go on sale for music concerts!

    You are warmly invited to this month’s  music concerts involving both Junior and Senior students in various ensembles!

    Please see Events for booking details.

    OSA Autumn Quiz – this Saturday 9th November!

    This year’s OSA (Owen’s School Association) Autumn Quiz is being held on Saturday 9th November 2019 from 7.00pm. The quiz nights are very popular and the aim is 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 newcomer 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. Food is included and the bar will be will stocked as usual. Tickets are £15 each for adults and £6 each for 6th form students.

    All funds raised go to support your School so please do make every effort to come along for a fun evening!

    ** Please book your tickets now on www.buytickets.at/theosa **

  • 21st October 2019

    End of Half Term Newsletter Now Available!

    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 half term!

    Old Owen’s Firework Display!

    Everyone is welcome to Old Owens’ annual firework display on Friday 1st November 2019 at  Old Owens Sports Ground, Coopers Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 4NF.

    Doors open at 6pm followed by the display @ 7.30pm. Prices in advance (which can be bought from the bar) are Adults @ £6, Children under 16 @ £4 and Under 4’s go free. Prices on the night on the door are Adults @ £7, Children under 16 @ £5 and under 4’s go free.   Please do come along!

  • 14th October 2019

    DAOS Jazz Evening at The Bull Theatre!

    The Music Department were delighted to present a fantastic evening of jazz last Friday to a sold-out audience of families and friends at the Bull Theatre in Barnet. It was a really exciting opportunity for pupils to play in a professional venue and to showcase all of the exciting work that has been taking place as part of the Owens Jazz Project.

    The programme featured performances from Junior Big Band, the DAOS Jazz Quartet, Junior Improvisation Group, Intermediate Improvisation Group and the Senior Big Band. The level of musicianship, skill and ensemble awareness was stunning and the massed line-up of all our jazz players playing together for the finale showed the very best of what our young musicians can do.

    Another highlight was the appearance of our very own music staff jazz ensemble, featuring Ms McNally-Mayne, Mr Hunt, Mr Guy, Mr D’Souza, Mr Crossley and Mr Hunt.

    Our thanks and congratulations to all the performers who played and sang so well, to Mr Hunt, Mr Crossley and Mr Kelly for all their leadership and coaching of the ensembles, to Ms Bamber and Mrs George for helping to organise the event, to Wesley and DAOS their help in setting up in the venue, to the schoolkeepers for helping with moving equipment and to parents/families for coming along and being such a great audience!

    We would also like to thank The Nicholas Barnes Trust for its generous support of the Owen’s Jazz Project.

    Year 10 GCSE Information Evening

    Dear Year 10 Parents/Carers,

    Thank you for support on Thursday 10th October for the Year 10 GCSE Information Evening, I understand from Dr Mitchell it was a very positive turn out. Many apologies for not being there in person. As mentioned on the night, we have shared the presentation with everyone for their own reference (please see below). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other queries or questions about how together we best support our students in KS4.

    Kind regards,
    Mr Grimstead and Miss Surry
    KS4 Pastoral Team

    Harvest Festival donations!

    As part of our harvest festival celebrations for this year, we will be collecting non-perishable food for the Trussell Trust which provides emergency supplies to people in crisis. This year, the charity particularly need tinned peas, tinned carrots, tinned fruit, tinned meat, instant mashed potato, custard (tinned or packet), sponge puddings and long life fruit juice.

    Students should give their donation to their form prefect during form time ready for collection by the charity at the end of this half term. Many thanks in advance for your support.

  • 7th October 2019

    OSA Autumn Quiz – tickets now available!

    This year’s OSA (Owen’s School Association) Autumn Quiz is being held on Saturday 9th November 2019 from 7.00pm. The quiz nights are very popular and the aim is 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 newcomer 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. Food is included and the bar will be will stocked as usual. Tickets are £15 each for adults and £6 each for 6th form students.

    All funds raised go to support your School so please do make every effort to come along for a fun evening!

    ** Please book your tickets now on www.buytickets.at/theosa **

    Redheart Theatre Company entertain Years 9 and 11.

    Year 9 students enjoyed a morning of Gothic Horror on Tuesday 1st October, welcoming Rupert Mason from Redheart Theatre Company for his annual retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s  ‘The Tell Tale Heart’ and ‘The Red Room’ by H.G. Wells.  Students were riveted by Mason’s performance, brought alive with a soundscape and lighting to create an atmospheric and electric experience.

    A brief Q&A session followed with questions from students eager to understand the techniques behind such wonderful writing.

    Later that afternoon, Year 11 were presented with a one-hour retelling of ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ which provided an important revision of the complex text. Mason managed to engage the audience with skill and leave them with a deeper understanding of the inner workings of Jekyll’s mind!

    DAOS Golfing Success!

    September was a brilliant month for golfers at Owen’s. With the number of players at the school growing, we were able to field three strong teams at the Arkley Senior Challenge to defend our title from last year. The teams played some excellent golf and the team of Jonathan Boscott, Alistair Clews and Tom Ranger finished in second place just one point behind the eventual winners. The team of Brendan Brunton, Alfie Reynolds and Maisie O’Shea also finished amongst the prizes in third place.

    This success was then followed by a fantastic performance in our annual match v Aldenham in which we successfully defended the Morkill Cup. The players would like to thank the Brewers and Old Fold Manor Golf Club for their generosity and support on the day.

    If any boys or girls would like to try golf they should contact Mr Meekin.