- 17 December 2021
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 you all a restful holiday!
- 6th December 2021
Dame Alice Owen’s nominated top non fully selective state school in the country by The Sunday Times
We were very proud to be ranked as the 29th best state school in the country, by The Sunday Times, this weekend. With 28 selective school above us, we are the top ranking non fully selective state school in the country. This is a wonderful accolade to the hard work of our staff and student body as well as to our wonderful parents and carers who support the school and our young people at home. The table was constructed using an average of the public examination results from 2017, 2018 and 2019 showing how consistently well the young people at Dame Alice Owen’s School achieve.
- 19th November 2021
Live Audiences Return to Owen’s Music Performances
Chamber Concert no. 1. Thursday 21st October
On Thursday 21st October we excitedly welcomed our first live audience back into the Edward Guinness Hall since March 2020 to enjoy an evening of chamber music and solos.
Congratulations to members of the DAOS Chamber Music Programme: the Year 12 String Quintet, the Year 10 Octet and the Year 8 Piano Trio, for their excellent performances of pieces by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Frank Bridge.
An array of soloists from Years 8-13 also delighted and excited us all with their performances of a range of repertoire, from Haydn to Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky to Rae. Congratulations to Zev Sebastian (piano), Clio Proffitt (viola), Harmone Akins (saxophone), Henry Rugg (marimba), Isaac Scheer (trombone), Zoe Gunasekera (voice), Kayla Nicol (violin) and Manav Paul (piano).
The Close Harmony Group sent us all off to the interval refreshments with our toes tapping with their performance of Dolly Parton’s Nine To Five.
Our thanks to ensembles’ tutors, Head of Singing, Katrina Makepeace-Lott and Head of Strings, James Widden for their work preparing the ensembles’ performances, and also to Visiting Music Teacher, Robert Thompson and Year 13 student, Sohan Kalirai, for their expert piano accompaniments.
Y11 GCSE Ensembles Concert – Wednesday 10th November
On Wednesday 10th November there was an excited buzz in the EGH as all 42 of the Year 11 Music students performed their GCSE ensemble pieces, to each other and to an assembled audience of family and friends.
With repertoire ranging from Dvorak’s String Quintet, to Dire Straits, to Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, to James Brown, Shostakovich and Dave, to mention but a few, the evening really showcased the breadth and depth of the GCSE Music students’ talents and musical interests. We were treated to a variety of items, such as vocal duets, brass quartets, a wind trio, a cello duet, jazz band, rock band performances as well as Mr Southorn’s bespoke jazzy arrangement of Bach’s Toccata for saxophone, tenor horn and 2 pianos.
In the words of a very long-standing DAOS Visiting Music Teacher, “it was an excellent evening of top quality performances” and was thoroughly enjoyed by all present.
Congratulations to Year 11 GCSE students, and their friends, for giving us such an inspiring set of performances!
- 5th October 2021
Every year, a dear pair of Old Owenians (The Stubbs Sisters) sends us a bright bouquet of flowers, always inclusive of daisies, to mark the anniversary of Dame Alice Owen’s Girls’ School opening in Islington.
This day is known as Michaelmas Day and pictured here are this year’s blooms.
Another alumna, Marian Beaver (nèe Liddle) – Class of 1964 – recalls with great warmth and sentiment:
“It (Michaelmas) was a truly great day for us each year, possibly eclipsing the day at the end of the year when we curtsied and received our Beer Money.
What may have made it so memorable could have been in part due to us being children during the 1950’s.
“School Birthday” provided some colour and sweetness in a rather grey and bleak era.
None of us came from wealthy families and the visual reminders of the bombs that fell on the school was part of our everyday environment.
Each class had a proper iced birthday cake that was cut and shared between us; we wore home made button holes comprising Michaelmas daisies wrapped in silver foil.
We then all processed past the Angel to St Mary’s Church on Upper Street for a service of thanksgiving.
It was, and remains for all of us, a truly memorable day.”
A warm and heartfelt thank you goes to the Stubbs Sisters for their continued thoughtfulness.
- 4th October 2021
DAOS Golf Team
The DAOS Golf Team successfully defended the Morkill Cup v Aldenham School last week. The event took place at Old Fold Manor Golf Club and was won by a team comprising:
- Brendan Brunton (Capt)
- Alfie Reynolds
- Maisie O’Shea
- Tom Ranger
- Alfie Meekin
- Fred Taylor
- Josh Williams
- Jonathan Boscott
It was a brilliant performance in difficult conditions and was attended by several Brewers, including Tom Morkill the sponsor of the trophy.
- 12th August 2021
GCSE Results 2021
It is, once again, with great pride that I can share the GCSE grades that our students have achieved this year:
- 35% of all GCSEs were graded 9
- 24% of all GCSEs were graded 8
- 74% of all GCSEs were graded 9- 7
- 95% of all GCSEs were graded 9- 5
- 98% of all GCSEs were graded 9- 4
15 students attained all 10 GCSEs at grade 9 with a further 30 attaining all grade 8s or 9s in their GCSEs.
Our students need to be commended for the mature way in which they approached their learning throughout the GCSE course together with the manner in which they prepared for and sat their assessments. The cohort deserves to be very proud of all that they have accomplished. I hope that they can now rest well before the next exciting chapter of their education begins!
Hannah Nemko, Headteacher
- 10th August 2021
A-Level Results 2021
Our congratulations go to everyone who has received A level grades today.
It has, once again, been a difficult year. Our students are to be commended for the magnificent way in which they dealt with a great deal of change and disruption. They showed resilience and great motivation and their hard work and drive to do well has resulted in the awarding of excellent grades.
- 40% of all examinations were graded A*
- 74% of all examinations were graded A*A
- 91% of all examinations were graded A*B
- 99% of all examinations were graded A*C
124 students (59.6%) achieved 3 or more A*A grades. 34 students achieved at least 4 A*As.
52 students attained at least 3A* of which 15 students achieved 4 or more A*s.
All 17 students who were offered a place at Oxford or Cambridge have secured the grades that they require to do so.
I am sure that with the excellent results that they have worked so hard to achieve behind them, our students will indeed Never Stop Learning and continue to achieve great things in the next chapters of their lives.
Year 13, you have been a remarkable year group; I look forward to hearing about all of your great next adventures!
Keep in touch,
Hannah Nemko, Headteacher
- July 2021
Intermediate and Junior Maths Challenges
Congratulations to all those students who achieved so highly in the Intermediate and Junior Maths Challenges including all of those who then went on to win certificates in the Kangaroo and Olympiads! There were 59 Bronze and 69 Silver Junior Maths Challenge awards with 39 Juniors sitting the Kangaroo. IN the Intermediate Challenge, special mention must go the 10 students who achieved a merit in the Grey and Pink Kangaroos as well as to Matei Pirtac who was awarded a Merit in the Cayley Olympiad.
- 9th – 11th July 2021
National English Schools Athletics Championships
Congratulations to five Owen’s students who competed at the National English Schools Athletics Championships on the 9th-11th July in Manchester where we competed in Javelin, 1500m, Triple Jump, 3000m and High Jump.
Evelyne was in a tough Senior Girls High Jump competition finishing in the top 12 in the UK. Freya had a really tough 3000m final in a surprisingly hot Manchester, the pace was quick and there was a group of eight who broke off. Freya ran really well and finished a brilliant 4th in her final year. One of our Year 10 students was in a tough competition in the Triple Jump, missed the cut off and finished 9th. Aimi had a highly competitive 1500m race where she ran strong and finished a fantastic 2nd with a brilliant time of 4.26.85 meaning she has now been picked to represent England in the England Schools International match later this year. Milo Grigson was our final student to compete over the weekend going into the competition ranked 16th in the UK. Milo threw a fantastic 40.68m to finish in 7th position! We are all very super proud of you all!
- July 2021
News from the PE department:
A massive congratulations to Year 10 GCSE PE student Alfie Reynolds who represented Middlesex U18 at the South East regional Golf tournament this term. The tournament took place over two days at Kings Hill golf course in Kent and consisted of two rounds using the medal scoring system. Alfie did extremely well finishing with the best score for Middlesex in round one and the second best score for Middlesex in round two. Considering that Alfie was playing against some older students, he did particularly well and the PE department is extremely proud of this achievement. Alfie is now competing in the England South Boys – Faldo Series, 12th -14th July.
A special mention goes to Alex Lockett in Year 9 who competed in the Junior National Longbow British Outdoor Championships. The competition took place over two days. The first day, despite torrential downpours all day, she won with a score of 353, some 125 points ahead of second place. The second day Alex created two new national records! Well done Alex!