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Pate's Rugby Goes Global

 

After the success of the season the 1st XV have made the global selling Rugby World magazine for April 2015. A deserved accolade for a super season of rugby.

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More success for U13 netball squads

Pates U13A built on their recent PGL success at the district tournament. They started confidently with an 11-0 win over Balcarras. A close game with Tewkesbury saw both teams battling for a lead. Turnovers from Thrinethra Gowri-Shankar and Jemima Jones in mid court provided further shooting opportunities. Pates won 5-4. Convincing victories over Winchcombe and Chosen Hill allowed the team to work in various combinations. Izzy Osude using her speed to successfully convert centre passes into circle feeds,, Annie Scott at WD consistently marked her WA out of the centre pass. The final round game v Cheltenham Ladies College saw Pates step up their game as Maddie Roper and Helena Cox moved around the shooting circle effectively, putting themselves into a safe shooting position. Alice Cooper at WA provided some accurate feeds towards the post. Connie Trendell at GK denied CLC further shooting opportunities with some committed defending, linking well with Jemima Jones at GD to minimise the CLC shooters.

Pates U13B played in section B. Following their third place at PGL they were keen to continue that success, starting with a 3-2 win over The Cotswold School. Bournside was even closer in a low scoring game but still resulting in a 2-1 victory. The next game v All saints Academy saw the team converting goals accurately, Evie Davies, Nina Raghuram and Maddie Dalgliesh finding the net. Captain Millie Davies pressured the centre court, assisted by Emma Clarke at centre, both players turning the ball with tips and interceptions.

Eve Knowles Jackson, Coco Heppner and Eva Macdonald had to work closely to minimise the St Edwards shooters in the next game. Each team scoring from their centres meant that it was down to a turnover to provide the win. Lucy Day took 2 clean intercepts at GK , converted by Evie Davies to win 7-5. A 6-3 victory over Cleeve School resulted in first place for PatesU13B.

Pates U13A met Bournside in the semi final, working hard for a 10-0 win. Pates U13B met Tewkesbury in a well contested game, losing 7-4.

The final saw Pates U13A play Tewkesbury again. A change in tactics was necessary and it immediately paid off, Pates taking the lead in the first half. Tewkesbury tried to reply in the second half but some determined and composed netball from the A team saw a 7-4 win for Pates. A combined team effort, these girls work so hard and should be very proud of their performance.

Pates B have progressed throughout the season and have shown a lot of improvement. They have a  positive team spirit and really enjoy competing at a high level. Both teams are a joy to coach and I can only applaud their commitment and enthusiasm. 

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Under 13 PGL Trip

On Friday 6th March 27 year 8 girls headed on their netball tour to the PGL site at Liddington. The weekend consisted of playing lots of netball as well as trying out the activities that PGL had to offer.

The netball tournament ran over two days and Pate’s were represented well with 3 teams entered across the two pools of competition. The A team played very well on the first day with convincing wins over the other teams and went in to day two at the top of their pool but had two tough games still to play on the second day. They again played really well to get them in to the semi-finals without a loss.

The second team had many strong wins on day one, losing only one match to the eventual winners of their pool by just one goal. They managed to keep this good form going into the second day and qualified in second place for the semi-finals.

The third team gained lots of invaluable match play and were competitive in all of their matches, winning two of them against Therfield School and The Grange School.

The semi-finals saw Pates A and B team competing against each other for a place in the final. Both teams played well but the A team came out on top and went through to the final against Langley Grammar School. In the final the whole team played very strongly and turned over a lot of ball with some fantastic defending allowing Maddie Roper and Helena Cox to score. They won the match 11-6. Over the whole tournament the A team scored 110 goals which showed their strength throughout.

It was an enjoyable and successful weekend with all of the girls working well as a team in their activities and in their matches. Jemima Jones got player of the tournament for the A team, Eve Knowles-Jackson for the second team and Jasmine Meaden for the third team. Well done.

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National Cross Country Success

Congratulations to Laura McPeake and Jade Gough from Year 9 and Jacob Pickering from Year 12 who after have the South West  Championships have been selected to run for Gloucestershire at the National Cross Country Championships in Blackburn on Saturday 14th March. A fantastic achievement and good luck!

Laura Mc and Jade G National X country 2015

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First senior 7s for 20 years

 

In a busy term Pate’s have re-introduced senior rugby 7s and entered 4 tournaments to match themselves against the best in the Midlands and South West.

On Sunday 1st March at the Marches 7s at Hereford Cathedral School the squad were set a daunting first game against Millfield but pushed them all the way to lose 12-22 in a pulsating opener. The squad entered the Plate semi-final after beating Adams Grammar School, KES Stratford and Worcester 6th Form College before being knocked out of the competition by Barnard Castle School from Durham.

The squad travelled to Solihull School for their next tournament confident they could cause an upset. The played some outstanding 7s rugby, developing their understanding of the game during the day. They beat King Henry VIII Coventry, Shrewsbury, Malvern College, Bablake and Old Swinford Hospital to top their group and enter the CUP competition semi-final. They played the host school Solihull and ran away comfortable winners 26-14. In the final they were matched against a strong and skilful Warwick side that proved a game to far. The squad were rightly very proud of the performance of coming runners up and are looking forward to the Gloucestershire 7s and dean Close 7s over the next couple of weeks.

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U15 Netball Success

 

On Saturday the 7th of March, the U15 netball team played in the May Dent Tournament held at Cheltenham Ladies College. After arriving with an early 8:30 start, we got into a good warm-up preparing themselves for a challenging day ahead.

The day started off with a game against Balcarras which was to be followed by Wycliffe. Balcarras gave a strong effort but we came away with a very convincing win. After discovering Wycliffe had not turned up, we played the B team from CLC. After a slow start, we got into the game and came away with the best win of our day.

Then, we had 3 games in a row; Dean Close, Bournside, and finally Chosen Hill. Dean Close and Chosen Hill both put out very strong teams but we all rose to the challenge and won. Bournside, a team we had previously beaten, were no match for the speed that we had down the court.

Our final group game was against Stroud High. The whole team were very pumped for this game and after a draw at half-time, we rectified a bad start and beat them by 5.

This lead us into the semi-finals where we were to play Farmors who had come second in their group. A good start encouraged a great game which again, we won, to a score of 8-4.

Being the only team to have won all of their games, we then faced Chosen Hill again in the final. The team were confident in our ability across the court and determined to win the tournament. With a half time score of 3-3, we set out for a victory.

A final score of 8-4 named us winners of the tournament.

I'd like to say thanks to Mrs Mackenzie for her amazing coaching and even more thanks to my team, who all stepped up to the challenge and made me extremely proud to have captained them throughout the years!

Alice Bradley, U15 netball captain.

Winners of the May Dent Tournament 2015.

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Drama Newsletter

Please click on the image below to view the latest Drama Newsletter.

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Young Engineering Champion

Congratulations to Paige Hulatt (Y13) who has incredibly managed to win the Talent 2030 National Engineering Competition for the second year running! Do take a look at her winning submission on our website (here). Paige is planning to study engineering at university when she leaves Pate’s and has even been invited to speak at the prestigious CECA (Civil Engineering Contractors’ Assn) conference in London (pictured), on the subject of how to recruit young engineers.  The Talent 2030 published results are available here. Paige has also won £500 for the school as part of her award.

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Freya Ireland National Youth Orchestra Project

 

In assembly this morning Freya Ireland (Y12) spoke to students and staff about her experiences since having been selected to work with the prestigious National Youth Orchestra.  For one of her projects she was asked to compose a piece of music on a fairground theme and her composition entitled ‘Four Horses’ is based upon a carousel, the four horses each having very different personalities – please click here to find out what happens when the carousel begins to break down (as performed within an art installation in the Tate Modern in London).  What an incredibly creative and exciting piece of music!

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Good news from our Amnesteam campaigners

"I want to thank members of Amnesty International all over the world…. Many thanks in particular to the more than 300,000 people that sent letters about my case that were delivered to the Attorney General."

These are the words of Claudia Medina Tamariz, the main focus of Amnesty's Mexican Stop Torture campaign. Many of you will have heard the brilliant news that the Mexican authorities have now dropped all charges against her. We wanted to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone - students and staff - who has supported the Pate's Amnesty Group in any way as a small part in the fight against torture. We think Claudia's case shows how the ordinary people who take part in these campaigns can be really effective and change lives!

Unfortunately, there is still a long way to go. Amnesty is still calling on Mexico to issue an investigation into Claudia's complaints of torture and there are many people all around the world who are still suffering abuse at the hands of the authorities: those meant to protect them.

To find out more about the campaign, please click on this link.

Once again a huge thank you and we look forward to working more with you all in the future - every person really can effect change.

Thanks,

The Amnesteam x

 

 

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Economics & Business Success

BASE National Finalists for third year!

Yet again our Year 12 Economics and Business students have become BASE competition regional heat champions and gained a place at the National Final. BASE is ICAEW’s National Business and Accounting competition for students in school or college aged 16-19. It provides a unique and exciting experience, where students are able to engage in a business challenge that enables them to develop key employability skills and understand what it’s like to be an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. The team of six - Sam Cole, Oliver Dudlyke, Sam Fraser, Annabel Manley, Jack Sherer-Clarke and Alisha Wala - successfully fought off 17 other teams at the Bristol heat of BASE held at the University of South West of England on Tuesday this week. They will attend the National Final in Birmingham on 25 June.

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Economics and Business Success!

The Target 2.0 team - Avani Lal, Martin Oliver, Dhruv Satish and Jacquelin Tan (all Y13) - won the area final of the Bank of England's Target 2.0 competition this week. This is a very prestigious competition and Pate's have only managed to be placed as runners up in the last three years! They will be going to the final in London 20th- 21st of March to present to the Bank of England. Fingers crossed! Please follow this link to read all out the team on the Bank of England website.  

 

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Congratulations to Sam Fraser, Annabel Manley, Hay-Yeung Tang, Paul Wang and Ben Winch (all Y12) on winning through to the National Final of the PwC supported competition called the ‘National Schools Employability Challenge’. They have successfully completed 3 online stages to be selected by PricewaterhouseCoopers to attend the final in London on 10th April.