Old Owenians - welcome...

...we value our relationship with our alumni (anyone who has a past relationship with the school, including past students, staff, governors, parents of students and even grandparents of students!) and keep in touch with you via our quarterly Old Owenians Newsletters, as well as a programme of events in which you're able to take part throughout the year.

Programme of Events:

March - our annual Old Owenians Careers Talks Week with opportunity for you to talk to students
May - our biennial Old Owenians Coffee and School Tour Morning for you to socialise here in Potters Bar
October - an annual formal reunion in London, organised by Old Owenians, called the Harold Moore Reunion Luncheon

If you'd like to join our email list (we only mail around 4/5 times per year with details of our quarterly Newsletters, including events), simply send your full name/maiden name and your/your child's year of leaving date to our email account: oldowenians@damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk and we'll send you a confirmation email. All your emails are answered personally. Set up in December 2010 as part of our 400th Anniversary, we're now in contact with over 3,300 Old Owenians. We love to publish articles from you and can help you get in touch with past peers on request (usual data protection rules apply).

Old Owenians Newsletters: Click here!Mandy English

Old Owenians are also very welcome to join us for any of our School Music and Drama events, Science Society Lectures and take a self guided or escorted tour during our annual Open Afternoon in July. More information about these events are given in our Newsletters.

Mrs Mandy English
Alumni Relations and Website Manager (also editor of the Old Owenians Newsletter)

***If you know an Old Owenian who doesn't have access to a computer, please could you help them keep in touch (we can sign you up as a "Friend") as we only communicate via our email list and our Newsletters are online - your support is much appreciated***

Our historical publication, "Dame Alice Owen's - A History 1613-2013" is available to purchase - see 400th News for details!

Latest News (posted throughout the year)...

Added March 2014

Old Owenians Coffee and Tour Morning - Saturday 10th May 2014, 10am-12noon - all welcome!

We’d like to invite you to visit us here in Potters Bar for our Old Owenians Coffee and Tour Morning on Saturday 10th May, 2014 from 10am – 12 noon to enable you to view our new Science facility, the Myddelton Building (and see your Brick on the actual wall!).  You’ll also be able to hear Mr Bernard Bean’s Music Centre students rehearsing in the impressive Edward Guinness Concert Hall (opened by Edward Guinness CVO in 2002), as well as have a trip down memory lane or perhaps enjoy a first visit for our Islington Old Owenians! 

All our other school buildings will be open to tour, including the Edinburgh Centre (Library, Information Technology and Physics, opened by HRH Duke of Edinburgh 1990), the Bernard Ryan Centre (Sixth Form and Modern Languages, opened by HRH the Princess Royal in 1997), the Arnold Lynch Centre (Maths, Art and Design & Technology, opened by HRH Duke of Kent 2007), and the Sports Cricket Pavilion (opened by Monty Panesar in 2010).

The statue of Dame Alice Owen herself will preside over proceedings in our dining hall, where our parent’s OSA (Owen’s School Association) will be delighted to serve you refreshments.  This event was first held in 2012 to provide you with the chance to meet some of your past school friends over a coffee and have our students show you around the school, so we’re excited to repeat this opportunity to open our doors once again especially for Old Owenians.  Tours will start at 10.15am and 11.15am.

If you wish to join us, please register by Monday 5th May by simply sending an email to Mrs Mandy English at oldowenians@damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk stating which tour you would prefer (10.15am or 11.15am) and we will confirm your attendance – family and friends all welcome.  Car parking is available on site and there is an excellent taxi service from Potters Bar station – see our Directions page. We very much look forward to meeting you!
Why not extend your visit to our Old Owen’s Sports Ground, not far away on Coopers Lane in Northaw (postcode EN6 4NF), where they will be serving lunches as usual and Manager, John Clark, would be happy to take your reservation – just ring him on 01707 644211 or email jlcowens@gmail.com for more details.

Old Owenians Newsletter now available!

See our 13th edition on our Old Owenians Newsletters page!

This quarter includes details of new projects, how Old Owenians have been inspiring our Young Owenians (detailed feedback from our Old Owenians Careers Talks Week), as well as an invitation for you to visit us in May (how to join our Old Owenians Coffee and Tour Morning) and Reunions for Leavers in 1992/4 and 2002/!

Happy reading!

Old Owenians Careers Talks Week March 2014

We’re extremely grateful to this year’s Old Owenian speakers who volunteered their time to inspire our students about their personal career experiences. The talks were held during four lunchtimes in National Careers Week 3rd-7th March 2014 and included a wide range of topics to help students finalise their choices of either GCSE's, work experience, A Levels or University courses.

Many thanks go to Alastair Crockett (left 2003), Ben Scarisbrick (left 2004), Matt O’Brien (left 1997), Adrian Kelly (left 2003), Alastair Tyler (left 1983), Christine Eberhardie (left 1965), Aaron Marsh (left 1988), John Greenshields (left 2001), Daniel Rogger (left 2000), Rebecca Rogger (left 2001), Iain Smedley (left 1987), Adam Reader (left 1988) and Jan Allain (left 1976). Graeme Butler (left 2004) and Joe Day (left 1952) were unable attend but we also would like to thank them for volunteering their time and hope they can visit us on another occasion.

Careers covered: architecture, careers in the "Big 4" - KPMG, PwC, Deloitte and Ernst & Young, medicine, air traffic control, banking and finance, accounting, law, development economics, nursing, politics, careers in the army, technology, art, singing, songwriting. A more detailed report will be available in the Old Owenians Newsletter at the end of March and highlights in our School Newsletter at the end of term. In the meantime, please see photos of our guest speakers below with our Dame Alice Owen's statue!

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Added January 2014

Old Owenians Careers Talks Week March 2014

If you'd like to take part in our Old Owenians Careers Talks Week to inspire students, held during National Careers Week 3rd-7th March 2014, please email our Careers Co-ordinator, Mrs Carol Whiter on whiterc@damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk.

Old Owenians on our email list were notified with all the details on how to apply on Tuesday 14th January 2014. Reports from our previous Careers Weeks can be found if you scroll down this page and also appear in our Old Owenians March Newsletters in 2012 and 2013. Thank you for your on-going support for this valued event.

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Added December 2013

Our Old Owenians December Newsletter is now available!

See our Old Owenians Newsletters page for more details!


Old Owenians Careers Talks Week: 3rd-7th March 2014 (DAOS)

Old Owenians Coffee and Tour Morning: Saturday 10th May 2014 (DAOS)

Harold Moore Annual Reunion Luncheon (FOR ALL OLD OWENIANS): Monday 27th October 2014 (LONDON)

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Added October 2013

Tickets for our St Albans Carol Service, December 2013, now available for Old Owenians!

Our traditional Nine Lessons and Carol’s Service, with music provided by the School, usually held at St Mary’s Church in The Walk, Potters Bar is being held at St Alban’s Cathedral for our special 400th Anniversary year on Monday 16th December 2013 at 7.30pm. Old Owenians are invited to join us with current students, their parents, governors and staff. We’re hoping that guests will be able to take advantage of the excellent restaurant facilities in and around St Albans for refreshments either before or after the Service (due to finish around 9pm), as unfortunately we won’t be able to offer our usual mulled wine and mince pies at the Cathedral due to space.

As this is our last 400th anniversary event of our amazing celebratory year we expect it to be oversubscribed. We have therefore reserved 200 special tickets for our Old Owenians, to be offered on a first, come, first served basis. Please send a cheque FROM NOW, made out to Dame Alice Owen's School Fund Raising Account, for £5 per person, stating your Year of Leaving date, to:

Ms Jackie Campbell c/o Finance Office,
St Alban’s Cathedral Carol Service,
Dame Alice Owen's School,
Dugdale Hill Lane,
Potters Bar,

Applications are limited to 2 tickets per order ‐ closing date Friday 15th November. You must include a stamped addressed envelope to either receive your tickets (to be sent out during w/c 25th November) or have your cheque returned if you have been unsuccessful. If you have any queries, you can contact Jackie on campbellj@damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk.

We look forward to seeing you at the end of our Christmas Term!

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Added September 2013

Our Old Owenians Newsletter September 2013 is now available!

Note! Tickets for our St Alban's Cathedral Carol Service are also available now on a first come, first served basis - see pages 2/3 of our September Newsletter below for more details!


Harold Moore Reunion Luncheon - for all Old Owenians!

Please see the letter of invitation from organisers Stan Gould and Michael Harold for this great informal London event on Thursday 31st October, 2013 - all welcome:

Letter of Invitation - Harold Moore Reunion Luncheon

Old Owen's Sports Ground Social Event - message from John and Lynn!

"After a great Elvis night we now have our next event at the club for you to tell fellow members and friends about! Our QUIZ NIGHT on Friday 20th September; 7.30 for 8pm start and only £10 a ticket, which includes food and spot prizes! Maximum teams of 8 people. We recommend booking early! Please support your club!!!! For more information, email or call us on 01707 644211 or 07828 502027 or pop in and ask at the BAR! Look forward to seeing you there!"

Old Owen's Golf Society

Please see details below from Mr Brian Fry about a match on 27th September, 2013 at Aldwickbury Golf Course. They would like to put out a strong team as is possible. If you require further information, please contact him direct on: 07841 417 887, many thanks!

Old Owen's Golf Society v Old Stationers Golf Society

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Added June 2013

27th June - STOP PRESS !!!!!! 400th Beer now SOLD OUT !!!!! STOP PRESS

Old Owenians June Newsletter now available!

Our end of June Newsletter contains many of your wonderful feedback comments from our April events, news updates and your great contributions, valued by our whole school community – it’s now ready for you to read (you’ll need all summer…) - just go to our Newsletter page!

On this link, you might just want to take a quick look at the amazing auction lots for the 400th Ball – you can make a bid, even if you’re not attending!

Remember, for those of you who’d like to visit our School for a self-guided or escorted tour, we’d love to welcome you on our Open Afternoon on Thursday 18th July from 2-5pm – for more details, see page 11 of our Newsletter. One more thing – we’ll be emailing you from a new email address in September – page 5 of our Newsletter tells you all about it!

Next Alumni Team Meeting!

This is being held on Tuesday 17th September, 2013, 9.15-10.15am in the Head's Office, Dame Alice Owen's School. We'd love to recruit two more volunteers to represent the views of Old Girls - from either Islington or Potters Bar, to balance our team - just ring Mandy English for a chat about what you might like to be involved with on 07864 517 175 or email her at 400years@damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk!

Message from The Arrow Editors!

"Just a reminder that our special 400th Anniversary Edition of The Arrow magazine is now on sale in School! All five of the editing team are in agreement that putting together the issue has been an extremely challenging yet rewarding experience, and we sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading the excellent student-written articles as much as we have!

The editing team will be selling The Arrow EVERY FRIDAY LUNCHTIME (£3.50 per copy) from now until the end of term outside the main lunch hall, so if you wish to purchase a copy please drop into Reception to collect one or email arrow_magazine@hotmail.co.uk to request details! All profits will go to Dame Alice Owen’s partner school in Tanzania so it’s an excellent cause, and we really hope we can raise more than ever through sales of this year’s special edition of The Arrow. We’ll also be selling at many school events throughout this half-term including parents’ evenings, prize giving and Visitation, so keep your eyes peeled for The Arrow’s stand if you attend! Thank you so much for your support, and we hope you enjoy reading the magazine."

THE ARROW EDITORS: Amy Mace, Emily Faint, Kelly-Anne Taylor, Rhianna Reechaye and Edwina Otira (Year 12)

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Added April 2013

PTA Volunteer of the Year Finalist!

Ms LewczynskiOld Owenians who left between 2005-2012 will remember parent, Mrs Sarah Lewczynski, of the OSA (Owen's School Association) and be delighted to know she has been selected as a finalist in the PTA-UK Volunteer of the Year Gold Star Awards Scheme. Following a nomination by the school, Ms Lewczynski joins 6 other national finalists who will be judged by an online vote, with the winner being presented a trophy at the PTA-UK National Awards Ceremony in May/June.

Ms Lewczynski may have served you drinks if you ever performed in a school event and you may have received her refreshments if you had a music place (she deals with music entrance exams) or if you took an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification)! If you'd like to support us in voting for her, please click on the link below (only one vote per computer) BEFORE 15TH MAY - thank you for your time:


400th Concert at the Royal Albert Hall - see our new Royal Albert Hall webpage for your feedback!

Final Reminder for our 400th Concert at the Royal Albert Hall!

Red CarnationWear a red carnation!

Meet other Old Owenians in the following bar areas:

Islington - Before 1966 Asahi Bar – LEVEL 1
Islington - 1966 to 1976 Moet and Chandon Bar (other drinks also available) – LEVEL 1
Potters Bar - 1973 - 1992 Berry Bros and Rudd Bar – BASEMENT LEVEL (EAST ARENA FOYER)
Potters Bar - 1993 – 2002 Spitfire Bar – GROUND FLOOR LEVEL NEAR DOOR 6
Potters Bar - 2003 - 2012 North Circle Bar – LEVEL 3

400th Anniversary Beer

400th Anniversary Beer - now available in School 13-15th May

Due to slight production delays, our special 400th Anniversary Beer will now be available on School premises 13th-15th May during the school day (not 1st-3rd May) and on the following dates during the day and evening when we have a school event: 22nd May, 27th June, 3rd July, 10th July.

Our beer will be sold from Reception during the day and via the OSA (Owen's School Association) during evening events at £2.50 per bottle or £16 for a pack of eight. Sales will be limited to two packs of eight per person—cash or cheques only.

A mock‐up sample bottle, pictured here with the classic badger shaped label adorned with our 400th anniversary logo, was presented to the 400th anniversary committee meeting on Tuesday 26th February. David Ross, representing the Brewers, confirmed it would be around 4.5% English Ale, with a shelf life of several months. Only 1,500 bottles are being produced and we anticipate to sell out quite quickly!

Thanks to Hall and Woodhouse Brewers http://www.hall‐woodhouse.co.uk/ for producing our special brew! Old Owenians are welcome to drop in and make a purchase from the School Office!

Added March 2013

Old Owenians March Newsletter now available!

Old Owenians Newsletter - March 2013

This quarter, our Old Owenians Newsletter is packed with 400th News for you, including a request for you to wear red carnations to our London events in April to add to the sense of occasion, and in our usual Visitation tradition! See also below!

In addition, we’ve received some really great life stories and memories (36 articles), have feedback from our Careers Talks week (18 speakers), a write up on Gareth Randell’s radio interview, give reunion information for leavers in 1968 and 1992, show an example of The OWENS Way and include photos from our Sponsored Walk from Potters Bar to Islington!

See our Old Owenians Newsletter page, don't delay, get reading and have a Happy Easter!

Royal Albert Hall and St Paul's/Mansion House ticket holders!

Following a great idea by Head, Alan Davison, we have suggested that all Old Owenians wear a red carnation to identify themselves and add to the sense of occasion at these events! This is also fitting with our tradition as red carnations are worn by Old Owenians at Visitation Prize Giving - our current students wear white!

In addition, although it has not been possible for us to organise seating in reunion groups at the Royal Albert Hall (even our influence doesn’t stretch that far!), they've confirmed that the following bar areas will be open from 5pm so we’ve suggested certain bars which certain year groups (year of leaving date) might like to congregate at if you so wish:Red Carnation

Islington - Before 1966 Asahi Bar – LEVEL 1
Islington - 1966 to 1976 Moet and Chandon Bar (other drinks also available) – LEVEL 1
Potters Bar - 1973 - 1992 Berry Bros and Rudd Bar – BASEMENT LEVEL (EAST ARENA FOYER)
Potters Bar - 1993 – 2002 Spitfire Bar – GROUND FLOOR LEVEL NEAR DOOR 6
Potters Bar - 2003 - 2012 North Circle Bar – LEVEL 3

Remember, we can also promote your own reunion events in our quarterly Old Owenians Newsletter - just send your information to our editor, Mrs Mandy English, at 400years@damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk and she'll include your details or ring her on 07864 517 175 to discuss! We hope to repeat our successful Old Owenians Coffee and Tour Morning next May in 2014, when, if all goes well, you’ll have a new Science Building to look around!!!

If you want to make your own name badge with year of leaving date, please see a PDF of our 400th logo below, which we are happy for you to use!
PDF Icon 400th logo

Change of date for Harold Moore Annual Luncheon Reunion 2013!

Due to a change in circumstance, the date for this prestigious event is now Thursday 31st October 2013, not Monday 28th October 2013. Please amend in your diaries now and see more details on how to sign up to receive an invitation on page 15 of the end of March 2013 Old Owenians Newsletter! Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

National Careers Talks Week 2013


Old Owenians Careers Talks Week goes from strength to strength!

Once again, huge thanks to our eighteen highly qualified speakers this year, photographed next to our Dame Alice statue below, who spoke to students during National Careers Week 4th-8th March. Students were very privileged to have the opportunity to hear from past students in such a wide range of careers, to help them finalise their choices of either GCSE's, work experience, A Levels or University courses. A full report on their talks and student feedback will be available in our next Old Owenians Newsletter at the end of March.

Careers Speakers 2013 - Mike, Jacquelyn, Clare Careers Speakers 2013 - Andy, Gavin, Joanna, Emilios Careers Speakers 2013 - Amy, Harriet, Louisa
Careers Speakers 2013 - James, Adrian, Steve, Andrew Careers Speakers 2013 - Guy, Philippa

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Added February 2013

New Science Building Work in Progress!

See how we're getting on in our Photo Gallery!

Added January 2013

Old Owen's Sports Ground events in February - all welcome!

Saturday 9th February - Quiz Night £10 per person includes curry or chilli with rice, tables maximum of 8 people, start time 8pm.
Thursday 14th February - Three course Valentines meal includes glass of Proseco £20 per head.

Please BOOK for both or either events by asking at the club bar or call 01707 644211 or Lynn 07766 535 567 or John 07828 502 027.

New 400th event for Old Owenian Footballers!

John Sullivan is organising a 6-a-side event on 25th August 2013 at Old Owen's. He would ideally like an entry for each year from the 1987 joiners to the 2013 leavers. He hopes "if we get a team for each year, there will be 20 teams of players who have attended the greatest school in Potters Bar.. Age will clearly be a factor in the winning team.."! He has emailed 1st XI Captain's from this era to invite them to take part, with the help of Ian Breeze, so if you know of anyone who could track down that tricky winger or hard nut left back, please get in contact with him on JOHNDSULLIVAN@HOTMAIL.COM or ring him on 07971 965 269. Also see the Poster he has provided below! Details will also be repeated in our Old Owenians Newsletter at the end of March! Come and join in the fun - we're only 400 once!

PDF Icon 400th anniversary 6-a-side Football Competition

400th Anniversary Cake Cut/400th Anniversary Launch and Unveiling of Historical Display - see Latest News w/c 21st January 2013

New Science Building - Cutting of the First Turf - see Latest News w/c 14th January 2013

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Added December 2012

Our Old Owenians Newsletter December 2012 is now available!

"Our eighth Old Owenians Newsletter is now ready with news of our recent and forthcoming school and 400th events as well as your historic accounts and views – another bumper edition of essential reading! Thank you to our valued contributors once again, especially Gareth Randall, who has kindly submitted a missing chapter from our History Book, called “Student Voices”, which is now available to read on our Newsletter page.

As 2013 draws near, we’ve also got details of your invitation to our launch afternoon on the 22nd January (see page 2) and there are two requests from Old Owenians who want to organise reunions for Leavers in 1953 and 2007 (see page 29). We hope many of you will take the opportunity of our quatercentenary to get together, whether at one of our school events or by arranging your own. So, before our special year begins it just remains to say we really appreciate your on-going support and have a very happy Christmas and successful New Year!

Click on the link above!

Your Old Owenians Team!"
(Tim Rayner, Alan Davison, Bill Hamilton-Hinds, Derek Webb, Mandy English and supported by Louise Nicholaides, Malcolm Moyse, Nicky Williams)

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Added November 2012

Harold Moore Annual Luncheon Reunion - "one of the best ever"!

Many thanks to organisers Stan Gould and Michael Harold for arranging yet another magnificent occasion on Monday 24th October 2012 at the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London. It was very well supported and to quote an Old Owenian "one of the best ever"! Some photos from the event are displayed below (tagged with labels) and a full report will be given in the December Edition of the Old Owenians Newsletter.

Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London
Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London - Harold Moore Luncheon Dining Room
Harold Moore Luncheon - Headteachers Table - David Bolton, Aldon Williamson, Associate Head Bob Paisley, David Ross (Brewers), Garath Randall (ex staff and author of history book)
Harold Moore Luncheon Guests
Harold Moore Luncheon Guests
Harold Moore Luncheon Guests
Harold Moore Luncheon Guests
Harold Moore Luncheon Guests
Harold Moore Luncheon Guests
Harold Moore Luncheon - Ladies singing the old Girls' School Song
Harold Moore Luncheon - applause for speeches Harold Moore Luncheon GuestsHarold Moore Luncheon - Mr Hamilton-Hinds with 400th Memorabilia and History Book
Harold Moore Luncheon - speech from Associate Head, Bob PaisleyHarold Moore Luncheon - MC Barry HymanHarold Moore Luncheon - speech by former Head, David BoltonHarold Moore Luncheon - Head Girl's SpeechHarold Moore Luncheon - Gareth Randall, author of History Book, speaker

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Added October 2012

400th Anniversary Ball - Saturday 13th July 2013 - apply now!

The Owen's School Association (OSA) have invited our whole school community (including students in Years 12 and 13, otherwise over 18's only) to apply for tickets to the 400th Anniversary Ball in 2013. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please see their letter of invitation/application form from our OSA Chair, Mrs Ann Potter, on their website: http://www.theosa.org.uk/. We strongly recommend that you BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment as tables are limited.

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Added September 2012

September edition of our Old Owenians Newsletter now available - click on the link above!

400th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service at St Paul's Cathedral and Reception at Mansion House

Please see our special webpage to find out how to enter our ballot for these two special events on Tuesday 30th April 2013. We anticipate all our events to be oversubscribed, so book early to avoid disappointment.


DO NOT BUY Royal Albert Hall tickets on resale sites! (posted Thursday 27th September)

We have been made aware that some tickets for our event at the Royal Albert Hall are now being sold on resale sites. These could be false tickets, although some could be Royal Albert Hall members seats. The Royal Albert Hall Box Office have recommended us to advise our school community not to purchase tickets via these resale websites.

Royal Albert Hall members have the choice of selling their tickets via agents but if not sold, they can return them to the Royal Albert Hall Box Office to sell at the original price. We hope further tickets will be available early in the New Year from Royal Albert Hall member returns, which include seats in the stalls and a certain number of boxes, although we cannot guarantee how many or when.

400th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall - April 2013 (posted Tuesday 25th September)

Royal Albert Hall

Following our email alert on 10th September, to those on our 400th email list with advance details about tickets on sale for our 400th Concert, we're delighted to say that current tickets available via the RAH Box Office have now almost sold out for our special event next year - thank you for your support!

However don't dismay if you've missed out, we're expecting additional tickets to be returned, either to us or to the RAH Box Office, from RAH members who own debenture seats, mostly in premier positions in the stalls and boxes.

Returns will be available to purchase from early in the New Year, so if you haven't been able to purchase a guaranteed ticket, there will be a further opportunity from mid/late January. Tickets will be made available at the RAH Box Office as and when they are returned. Tickets returned to the school will be allocated via a reserve list which is now in operation.

Please email Mrs Jan Robbins in our school office with your details and number of tickets you wish to purchase to join her list: robbinsj@damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk. We will advise you at the end of December when it's likely returned tickets will become available.


Reminder! New School History Book advance copies!

Orders must be placed by Friday 19th October 2013! See our Payments webpage: http://www.damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk/wisepay.html

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Added May 2012

Mr Hamilton Hinds welcomes our Old Owenian guests
Current students escort Old Owenians on a tour of the school

Our current students had the privilege of showing off their school to over 120 past students and some of their families at our first ever Old Owenians Coffee and Tour morning on Saturday 26th May.

Guests were invited to visit the school for a tour by Year 10 (old Year 4!) and Year 12 (old Lower Sixth!) students, who took them round the original buildings and new additions since 1973, when Dame Alice Owen's was relocated to leafy Potters Bar from Islington.

Students really enjoyed listening to Old Owenians sharing stories about their past school days and were proud to tell our visitors of their excellent experiences of education today! Many Old Owenians expressed praise for our students, who were a credit to themselves and the school.

Our Head Girl, Helen Rampton, told us “It's so lovely that people who came to the school years ago still feel such a strong connection to it, and still want to be so involved in it today.  I really enjoyed giving the tours. It was so interesting to hear the viewpoints and stories of the Old Owenians we showed round, and find out how much the school had changed or stayed the same since they were students. It was a really good experience and gave me a great sense of the history of the school, and I hope in future I'll be able to come back to see the school again and revisit all the memories I have of it!”

Deputy Head Boy, Xavier Hussain, also enthused, “The tours were so well received! The weather was perfect and every guide I spoke to took great pride and pleasure in showing Old Owenians around the school.”

Long serving members of staff, Mr Bill Hamilton-Hinds, Mr Peter Hutchinson and Mr Richard Morley were delighted to see so many old faces. Dr Alan Davison, our current Head, who is also President of the Old Owen's Association and attends the Harold Moore Annual Reunion Luncheon every October, was very pleased to have such support from past students.

Members of our parent run OSA (Owen's School Association) served complimentary refreshments and were excited to offer the new range of high quality 400th memorabilia in an exclusive preview to our guests. If you are interested, details about how items can be ordered will be given in our next Old Owenians Newsletter at the end of June.

Governor, Mr Tim Rayner, and Chair of our 400th Appeal Committee, Mr Peter Snow, were also present to show guests our architect's drawings for our new Science Building, planned for 2013/14.

The next opportunity for Old Owenians to visit the school will be at our Open Day on Thursday 19th July, 2-5pm, when various activities will be taking place. Mainly attended by prospective parents and students, Old Owenians are also very welcome to join us and tour the school. Please view our mini tour guide that was produced for our guests here:
PDF icon Old Owenians Coffee and Tour Morning Guide

Thank you once again to all our Old Owenians who supported this event and we look forward to seeing you again on future occasions!

Old Owenians enjoy complimentary refreshments provided by our OSA after their tour of the school
Old Owenians enjoy complimentary refreshments after their tour
Our Head, Dr Davison, left, talks to Year 10 student

Please see list below of our students who volunteered their time to give tours:
Year 10 – Lizzie Coles, Bryn Davies, Jessie Young, Sarah Masud, Andrew Bays, Anna Berman, Alice Airey, Sophie Robinson, Philippa English, Xenios Mahilla, Alex Marshall
Year 12 – Helen Rampton (Head Girl), Jordan Shum (Head Boy), Josh Sudell (Deputy Head Boy), Xavier Hussain (Deputy Head Boy), Ellie Shipton (Deputy Head Girl), Phillip Crout, Siobhan Rowland, Tom Proffitt, Emily Casey-Haworth, Daniel O'Gorman, Laura Clee

Gary Kemp received the Ivor Novello award for "Outstanding Song Collection" at Grosvenor House in London on Thursday 17th May. We congratulate him on his great achievement - the Ivors are internationally respected for honouring excellence in British music writing. They are judged and presented by the writing community and for over 50 years have been given annually to outstanding songwriters and composers. Gary has recently published "The Lyrics of Gary Kemp" which features all the works that Gary has published in an illustrious songwriting career that has spanned 4 decades.

Dame Beryl Grey visits Dame Alice Owen's

Dame Beryl Grey watches the Harmony Groups

We were very privileged that one of our most famous Old Owenians visited our school this month. Deputy Head Girl, Ellie Shipton and fellow Sixth Former, Becky Byrne gave Dame Beryl Grey a special tour of the school during her day with us.

She also watched "A Tribute" by the Close Harmony and Vocal Harmony groups (below left), listened to a Chamber Orchestra rehearsal (Mr B Pepper), and observed Year 8 Drama (Mrs M Rossi) and Music (Ms N McNally) lessons as well as our Dance Group (Mr S Paine).

In her discussions with Head, Dr A Davison, she admitted hating the Treacle Tart that used to be served at school (although she enjoyed her lunch in the main dining room with us!) and has fond recollections of the Girls' School in Kettering, when it was moved out of London during the war.

Dame Beryl Grey, now a retired English Ballerina, left our Islington School in 1941 at the age of 14 to join Sadlers Wells School. She danced Swan Lake as Odette/Odile on her 15th birthday, Giselle at 16, and The Sleeping Beauty aged 19 and was the first Western guest artist to dance with the Bolshoi Ballet (1957-1958). She also appeared with the Peking Ballet and Shanghai Company (with a Chinese partner) in 1964.

Dame Beryl has and still does hold many distinguished positions - most importantly to us, she returned to Owen's as a governor from 1960-1977, among many of her other roles, and supported the school by becoming a Patron of the Performing Arts Appeal in 2001.

Finally, parent, Rosie Millard, has recently interviewed Dame Beryl for our new historical publication "Dame Alice Owen's School - A History 1613-2013", which is being produced to commemorate our 400th anniversary and will be available this October.


All Old Owenians are invited by the Old Owen's Association, to attend a Wine and Cheese get together on Sunday 20th May between 1-3pm at Old Owen's Sports Ground, Coopers Lane, Northaw. The Old Owen's Cricket Club Sunday XI will be playing if anyone's interested in cricket! Why not pop along and enjoy a sociable afternoon event - for directions, see our Old Owen's Association webpage.

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Added March 2012

You're invited to our first , Saturday 26th May 2012, 10pm-12noon - see Old Owenians Newsletter 5th Edition, 28th March for more details on page 2!

Old Owen's Association

This event is being held on Thursday 19th April at 8pm at the Old Owen's Sports Ground, Coopers Lane, Northaw, Nr Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 4NF. All members welcome.

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Held during National Careers Week 2012, 5-9th March, we were delighted to receive 21 visiting guest speakers - all past students, some from when our School was based in Islington and some from our current site in Potters Bar. The talks really inspired our current students, who having had a taster last year, were even more keen to attend our talks this year! For more detailed news, see our Old Owenians Newsletter, due to be published 28th March 2012 on pages 4 and 5.

Dr Helen Green, left 1989 (Medicine and Drug Development, Roche Products), Graham Bailey, left 1965 (Marketing Consultant), Sheenagh McKillop (Accountancy Practice and Recruitment), Caroline Crewe-Read, left 1990 (English Heritage), Jenny Daniel, left 2004 (BT Recruitment), Fiona Jacob, left 1984 (IT Company Secretary with Civil Service experience), Graham Steed, left 1989 (HMRC), Richard Adams, left 1989 (Global Citizen), Roy Chenery, left 1965 (Marine Engineer, Merchant Navy), Gavin Flook, left 1985, (Deloitte), Jack Shenker, left 2003 (Journalist, The Guardian), Graham Simmons, left 1956, (Construction), Amy Larkin, left 1998, (Advertising), Andra East, left 2003 (Gabrielli Consort), Rob White, left 2001 (Recruitment in Financial Sector), Professor Jack Levy OBE, left 1943 (Engineering), Ben Vickery, left 1978, (Architect for Olympics 2012, Populous), Catherine Pewsey, left 2004 (Stage Management), Glenn Taylor, left 1985 (Estate Agency), Trevor Mose, left 1994 (Local Government) and Samantha Holliday, left 1995 (Local Government).

Old Owenians Careers Talks 5-9th March 2012 - Monday's speakers Careers Speakers 2012 Old Owenians Careers Talks 5-9th March 2012 - Wednesday's speakers
Old Owenians Careers Talks 5-9th March 2012 - Thursday's speakers Old Owenians Careers Talks 5-9th March 2012 - Friday's speakers

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Added December 2011

Our 4th Edition of the Old Owenians Newsletter is now available - click on the link above and remember to use the bookmarks as an index! With a special Christmas message from our Head, Dr Alan Davison, news of our 400th anniversary and contributions from thirty four Old Owenians, it's a packed 41 pages of interesting reading! We wish all our Old Owenians a happy festive season!

Added November 2011

University entrants from Dame Alice Owen’s School are eligible for a number of Awards from the E H Thompson Bequest and one award annually from the F E Beecham Award. These Awards also apply to ex-students from Dame Alice Owen’s, currently in higher education. Those Old Owenians who are eligible and wish to apply need to contact PA to Dr Davison, Ms V Duverge at: duvergev@damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk. More outline details are given below.

E H Thompson Bequest - This trust was established on 27 September 1969. On 1 January 2006, the assets of two other Trusts that were set up for the benefit of Dame Alice Owen's School pupils undertaking university studies were transferred to the E H Thompson Bequest. These were the G A H Beams Bequest and the Maurice Daphne's Bequest (Students' Fund). The Trustee of the E H Thompson Bequest is the Brewers' Company. Normally you may apply for only one award during your course of studies. However, if you undertake a post-graduate degree you may, if funds allow, apply for a further award. All awards are competitive. Applications can only be made after successful qualification for university. Applications may also be made after or during the first year at university.

FE Beecham Award This award is available only to students of Business Studies at a university who intend to enter the business world upon completion of their degree. There is only one award to the value of £400 and it will be allocated on the basis of financial need.

Please note: All awards are typically in the region of £400 to £500 but this may vary according to the number of successful candidates in any one year. These awards are competitive, and the Head is responsible for drawing up a shortlist of 10 candidates from all applications received for the Thompson and Beecham awards each year. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an informal interview at Brewers’ Hall with an awards panel, which will make the final decision on the allocation of awards.

Thanks to Mr Stan Gould and Mr Michael Harold for organising a splendid reunion luncheon for all Old Owenians, at the Imperial Hotel in Russell Square, London, on Monday 24th October. Please see a selection of photographs (tagged with labels) from the occasion, kindly taken by our governor, Mr Tim Rayner.

Harol Moore Annual Luncheon Reunion 2011
Harold Moore Annual Luncheon Reunion 2011
Harold Moore Annual Luncheon Reunion 2011
Harold Moore Annual Luncheon Reunion 2011
Harold Moore Annual Luncheon Reunion 2011
Harold Moore Annual Luncheon Reunion 2011
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Added October 2011

- 21st October 2011 - please read a wide range of contributions from teaching and non-teaching staff about our summer and first half term of the autumn, with a foreward by Dr Alan Davison.

Congratulations to Old Owenian, Gary Kemp, who was presented with the highly prestigious BMI Multi Million award for airplay at the Dorchester hotel on October 4th. True has clocked up 4 million radio airplays in the US, as a result becoming one of the most played songs in US radio and television history. Its popularity has been bolstered by use in a number of television shows, films, samples and cover versions since its release in 1983. Gary is reported to have said of the honour “I am extremely proud to have been honoured by the BMI for what is a mind-boggling 4 million airplays of True. As well as being immensely proud of Spandau Ballet’s success in the US, it shows the strength of UK music over there during that second British Invasion in the early ‘80s and beyond. The continuing airplay over the past 30 years is testament to the longevity of good songs.” The Broadcast Music Inc., BMI London Awards recognise the UK and European songwriters and publishers of the past year’s most-performed songs on radio and television in the United States.

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Added September 2011

Please see click on the September 2011 link above to read about another special Anniversary for the old Islington Girls' School and 28 pages of news and history... For Old Owenians on our 400th Anniversary E-mailing list, please remember to complete the online survey to give us your feedback on 400th Anniversary Memorabilia by Thursday 13th October. Deadline for contributions to our Christmas issue is Friday 25th November! Simply email our editor, Mrs Mandy English, at 400years@damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk with any articles (and especially photos) that you'd like to include!

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Added June 2011

Thanks to a marvellous response from those on our 400th Anniversary emailing list, 24 Old Owenians joined us w/c 20th June to speak to our Years 9, 10 and 12 students about a whole range of careers: Career with Physics degree, Primary Education, Professional Engineering, Publishing and Art Direction, Retailing, Accounting/Economics, Journalism, Medicine and Science, Working with MP's as an intern, Theatre and Media, Medicine and Drug Development, Trainee Solicitor, Building Industry, Marketing and Public Relations, HMRC and Civil Service, Building your own Business, Life as Junior Doctor, Career in Classical Music, Life as a Surgeon, Law, Government, Digital Advertising, Football Coaching and Education with Spurs. Our students were very interested in what our speakers had to say and asked lots of questions!

We are extremely grateful to those who took part and apologies to those whom we couldn't accomodate on this occasion.
Please see some of our photos below - more details in our next Old Owenians Newsletter, 30th June.

Please continue to spread the word about our emailing list, 400years@damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk - Old Owenians simply need to email their full name and year of leaving to sign up - it could be your turn to inspire students next year!

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Ms Christine Eberhardie, an Old Owenian who left in 1965, has very kindly written this article about her career for our students, as she was disappointed not to be available for our Careers Talks Week. She feels she owes her career to the devotion of her parents to a good education and to Dame Alice Owen's and its teachers for inspiring her and believes her choice to train at St George's Hospital London was due to Dame Muriel Powell (Matron of St George's Hospital), who all those years ago, gave out the prizes at Visitation. When Christine won the music prize (a book of Chopin's sonatas), Miss Powell, as she was then, asked her to play them for her one day. During her first year at St George's, they put on a revue and Christine played one of the sonatas for her. Christine appreciates all who have helped her along the way and consequently has an enthusiasm for successful past students giving Careers Talks - thanks for your support too, Christine.

Career advice from Christine - "What you can do with 2 A Levels and enthusiasm!" (Christine is now honorary principal lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University and St George’s University of London)

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Added March 2011

Mr Norman Goldner (1963-1970) has asked us to let you know he is hosting another reunion in Edgware for the 1963 intake this summer. As mentioned after the reunion last December, the date will be Saturday 18th June, 2011 from mid afternoon onwards. He says hopefully the weather will be pleasant to be able to sit outside and that Old Owenians from other years are also very welcome to attend. Please contact Norman for more information at nlygo@aol.com or via Facebook, LinkedIn or even Friends Reunited.

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- put the date in your diary now - Monday 24th October, 2011

This event is held in the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London and is open to all Old Owenians. Here is a chance to meet with old friends in congenial company, and to enjoy good food. Please see a report about last year's event by Stan Gould herePDF Icon. Invitations and further details will be sent out early in September. If you have not attended before, why not round up some of your contemporaries. Please send your contact details (preferably by email), and any enquiries, to either of the organisers below:

Michael Harold

Tel: 020 8445 9782
Stan Gould
87 Wentworth Drive
MK41 8QD
Tel: 01234 346 380

For your interest, Harold Moore was Head Boy before the Second World War and started the lunch by inviting a few of his friends and contemporaries - it was then called the 1930's Luncheon Club. Ray Coombes then took over the organisation, renamed the event as the Harold Moore Luncheon as a tribute, and Stan Gould and Michael Harold have been making the arrangements for the last 3-4 years - it is now open to all Old Owenians.

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- Tuesday 1st February 2011

Gary Kemp (member of Spandau Ballet, Old Owenian from 1978 and Chair of our 400th Anniversary Committee) and Dr Alan Davison, hosted our first Alumni event for many years at the school with over 25 Old Owenian special guests attending. Our current Head Boy, Head Girl and their Deputies also took the opportunity to meet past Senior Team students as well as several members of staff and current parents. We are grateful to those who travelled long distances to join us, including a special mention to Mr Ray Coombes, who drove 200 miles to be with us on this occasion!

The school is keen to reconnect with and support Old Owenians, using our 400th Anniversary e-mailing list to inform you of our celebrations in 2013. We will be producing a quarterly newsletter for you at the end of March, June, September and December each year, with our 2013 events information and other news, which will be available here to read - Old Owenians will be informed via our e-mailing list when it becomes available.

If you would also like to support the school by inspiring our current students with what you've been doing since leaving school, either by writing an article for our half termly school newsletter, talking to Sixth Form students or being interviewed for our annual Arrow magazine, please contact Mrs Mandy English, Communications Officer at: englishm@damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk.

Please see our photo gallery from the Reunion below.

Reunion 1st Feb 2011
Reunion 1st Feb 2011
Reunion 1st Feb 2011
Reunion 1st Feb 2011
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Reunion 1st Feb 2011
Reunion 1st Feb 2011
Reunion 1st Feb 2011
Reunion 1st Feb 2011
Reunion 1st Feb 2011

Mrs Helen Uri (School Years 1936-1941) was interviewed in May 2010 by Sixth Formers for an article in The Arrow 2010 and Ms Ruth Goldman (School Years 1953-1958) provided us with memories from school life in the 1950's for our Autumn Newsletter in October.

Archive Information:

Islington boys' schoolOwen's School Bedford Evacuees 70th Anniversary Reunion

Swan Hotel, Bedford

Reception, dramatised reading and luncheon
Tuesday, 1st September 2009

Formal invitations have been sent to all Old Owenians who were involved in the evacuation, together with their wives/partners, but the celebration is open to any who wish to participate.  The Headmasters of Owen's School and Bedford Modern School have already indicated their intention to be present on 1st September, together with a number of Owens Girls' School alumnae and Bedford residents from 1939-45.

OBMs and spouses/partners are most welcome.

Further details from:

Raymond Coombes (OO)
Taunton TA4
Tel: 01823 400357
Email: raycoombes@btopenworld.com

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