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National Council for Women visiting speakers

On the fifth of January, Pate’s was lucky enough to host two speakers from the National Council of Women: Barbara Maddison and Jenny Raw. The event, which took place during lunchtime, in association with the Amnesty International Group and the Feminist Society, attracted a diverse range of like-minded individuals. Barbara Maddison introduced the non-governmental organisation, outlining the history of the National Council of Women, which spans over one hundred years. It was founded in 1895 in response to the poor working conditions faced by British women. Different groups from around the country unified to form what would later be known as the National Council of Women. Jenny Raw then spoke about her experiences with the National Council of Young Women – formed more recently – and the amazing opportunities this had afforded her. Though only eighteen, she has already addressed the organisation’s national conference, and the Commission on the Status of Women’s UN conference. As students, this was truly inspiring to hear, and helped many of us to realise that age is not a limiting factor to activism. We hope that the talk will help more people to get involved with the work that this fantastic organisation does, and we cannot emphasise enough our gratitude for this wonderful opportunity.  Ellie Cheslin Y12

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U12 District Tournament

Our Under 12 Girls Hockey team took part in their first tournament this week. The district tournament saw 8 schools from across Cheltenham district take part. Pate’s were in a group with three other schools. The girls played fantastically as a team, seeing them win 3-0, 1-0 and 2-0 progressing through to the final as top of their group. Pate’s met Balcarras in a very tight semi final in which the girls worked well as a team to win on penalty corners. We met a well established St Edwards in the final who proved too strong. The girls have showed so much progress as individuals and as a team and should be excited for next season!

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Cheltenham District Cross Country Championships


On Friday 10th November, numerous Pate's athletes battled through the cold (and considerable mud) at the annual Cheltenham District Cross Country Championships at St. Edward's School.

They represented themselves and the school brilliantly, with many now selected to represent Cheltenham at the County Championships.

The junior girls' team (made up of students from Y8 and 9) were very impressive, winning their respective competition. They were helped in no small part by Molly Powlesland, Emma Tillott and Darcy Barton who finished 1st, 2nd and 5th in the race.

Additionally, we were treated to the most emphatic victories but the senior teams (those from Y12 and Y13). Both the boys and girls won their competitions with 3 of the top 5 runners from each race wearing the black and red of Pate's, including Will Crisp who took 1st place in the fastest of all the races. 

Well done to all involved and best of luck for those competing in the next round.  

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Netball County Tournament

The U16’s county tournament, played at CLC , was a great success. We started the group stage by playing one of our toughest competitors- CLC. However, the whole team got off to a great start, managing to come away with a win of 8-3. Next, we played Kingshill and kept up the high standard of netball to achieve another decisive victory, this time 9-4. After Kingshill we played Ribston, a match which we had thought would not be too challenging. But this matched proved to be quite tough with some talented shooters from Ribston ensuring some great goals. In the second half, the team stepped up the standard to ensure a win and some great play from our defenders- Jemima Jones and Connie Trendle- saw us obtain a closer win of 7-5. The final match of the group stages saw us face Thomas Keble, and the team was able to practice some new skills we had been learning in lunchtimes at club whilst winning the game decidedly with a score of 12-1.

This meant we were through as the Winners of our group to face Farmors in the Semi Finals and one step closer to our goal- to qualify for regionals! The whole team was very tired due to a full-on set of group stage matches but the semi- final saw everybody have an amazing game, keeping focus to the last minute. The whole team (and Mrs Taylor!) definitely had their eyes set on a place at regionals!  We dominated the play, winning the match with a great score of 7-1.

The final, however, was one match too many for us and saw the whole team exhausted. We lost out 3-12 to High School For Girls, who played some great netball and deserved the trophy.

The whole team is very happy to have ensured a place at regionals (after closely missing a spot in Year 9) and are incredibly excited to start this stage in the new year. All of us would like to give loads of thanks to Mrs Taylor for her dedication and support of the team and thanks also to Mrs Walker for taking and helping us on the day.

Athletics report

You may have previously read about the unprecedented individuals athletics success this season. As a reminder, a record six Pate’s athletes were selected to represent Gloucestershire at the English Schools National Athletics Championships. The results are below but it would be wrong not to single out Will Crisp who was 2nd in the whole of England AND he can compete again next year as a Y13! Also very noteworthy is Mel Bird, who competed in her 5th(!) and final championships- that will be some record to beat! 

Oliver Keitley (Y9) Junior Boys Triple jump- 14th

Rory Cawkwell (Y12) Senior Boys 200m- 4th in heat

Will Crisp (Y12) Senior Boys 800- Silver medal

Jamie Worman (Y12) Senior Boys Long Jump- 10th

Holly Bankes (Y12) Senior Girls 400m- 4th in final 

Melissa Bird (Y13) Senior Girls Discus- 10th

Year 7 Rounders District Tournament

They Year 7 team played in the district tournament with little opposition in the pool stages but kept their focus to progress to the semi-final beating all the schools convincingly by 10 rounders. They played Balcarras in the semi-final continuing the winning streak, ending the match 12 - 7.5. During the final they came across a fast bowler from Tewkesbury which caused them to change their batting position in the box to allow them time to place the hit. Also taking no balls enabled the team to have more scoring opportunities ending with a rounders total of 8. The team displayed some excellent fielding  putting their tactical knowledge to the test and Tewksbury only managed to score 5.5 making Year 7 district champions!

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