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U18 South West Rugby

Many congratulations to Sam Fraser, Henry Davies and Mac Dale from the 1st XV who have been selected in the U18 South West rugby squad for 3 fixtures over the next month. The final game against London and South East is an England trial when National selectors we pick an England squad to play Ireland and France. The best of luck!

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Year 9s Enter the Dragons’ Den


Your pulse races and your heart pounds in your chest as you enter the Dragons’ Den for a confrontation that will make or break your precious business idea. This is the experience afforded to over 90 Year-9 students during December’s flexible learning day as the Business & Economics Department held their inaugural Dragons’ Den challenge.

A total of 18 teams – who had developed and nurtured their product or service ideas throughout the autumn term, utilising a range of tried and tested business techniques – entered the Dragons’ Den to present their ideas to a group of formidable dragons. This group of dragons included three members of the Gloucestershire Growth Hub, who spend every day helping Gloucestershire’s local businesses to realise their potential and grow, as well as our very own Mr Ellicott and Mr Locke.

The dragons were highly impressed by all of the teams and their business ideas; Karlee Jarvis of the Gloucestershire Business Hub commented: “Wonderful presentations and innovative ideas from your motivated and creative students.” The overall winners were Team Piezo, who developed a highly innovative, creative and beautifully-designed product to help busy business people to charge their mobile devices on the move.
Team Piezo, proud winners of the Business & Economics Departments’ inaugural Dragons’ Den challenge. From left to right, James Burchell; Calum Roe; Pablo Mooney; and Henry Rayner. Their idea was a revolutionary and ecologically sound way of charging mobile devices on the move.  Please take a look at our winners below, plus a selection of photographs from the event.

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A Great First Hockey Season!

After a tough fought first term at Pate’s, the Under 12 Girls Hockey Team have ended on a high by becoming Cheltenham District Champions! The girls braved the wind and rain to win their pool with a 0-0 draw followed by 1-0 and 3-0 wins. The girls faced second place from pool A which was Cotswold School and held on to a 1-0 win to make the final against St Edwards School. The final was a tense match with shots and saves at both ends. Naomi Layzell made a twisting and turning run during the last couple of minutes and struck the ball past the keeper. The girls defended strong and held onto their 1-0 victory to become district champions. The team have showed huge improvement throughout the term and the tournament showcased this. Special mentions to Naomi Layzell, who was the tournament top-goal scorer, and Katy Daly in goal who didn’t let a goal in all afternoon.
Congratulations girls!

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Pate’s cross country athletes continue to impress

The talent and commitment of Pate’s cross country runners continues to shine through, this time at the County Championships at Newent on Saturday 5th December. Many athletes from Pate’s were selected to represent Cheltenham against the best from Gloucester, The Forest and South Cotswold districts. All athletes ran well with some impressive finishing positions. Among the medal positions were Molly Powlesland (Minor Girls’, 3rd place), Dan Marshall (Junior Boys’, 3rd place), Inca Padfield (Junior Girls’, 2nd place) and Bethan Moor (Senior Girls’, 2nd place). The Senior teams continued to exert their dominance with 4th place finishes for Libby Cherry (Senior Girls’) and Jacob Pickering (Senior Boys’) in addition to the excellent races from Tom Davies (7th), Maxime Dufour (10th) and Andrew McPeake (14th) in the Senior Boys’ competition. In the younger years, Luke Buck put in an impressive show to finish 25th in the Junior Boys’ competition, despite being a year young for the age group. Elsewhere, Emma Clarke (13th) and Millie Davies (22nd) ran well in the Junior Girls’ race while Laura McPeake (6th) and Jade Gough (7th) continue to demonstrate how friendly and supportive competition can really improve performances.  Many of these athletes will now be selected to represent Gloucestershire at the South West Championships being held at Pitville Park this year. Well done and good luck for the rest of the season.

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Well done to U16 Girls' Basketball Team

Pate’s U16 Girls’ Basketball both went through to the county tournaments this week and represented Cheltenham against other areas from around Gloucestershire. The girls faced Dene Magna first and battled hard to win 14-10. Pate’s then faced Thomas Keble and settled into their rhythm winning 21-12 which got the girls to the final. The final meant meeting tough opposition in Wynstones. The girls fought hard but lost 32-12, however second in the county is good enough for the girls to progress and will now be in the knockout stage of regionals in the New Year. Super performance girls!

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Pate's U14 girls' basketball team - County Champions!

Congratulations to Pate's U14 girls basketball team - who are now county champions! The girls' were undefeated at the county tournament earlier this week. The whole squad played fantastically beating Dene Magna school 58-4 in the first round, and then went on to face Wynstones, a school renowned for their basketball performance. The teams were neck and neck throughout the match demonstrating fierce attacking skills and determination in defence. Pate's managed to score twice in the last seconds to win the game 35-32. The team is now entered into a knockout regional schools round and are looking forward to their next fixture.

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Pate's Amnesty Group visits House of Commons

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On Wednesday six students from Pate's Amnesty group were lucky enough to attend an Amnesty International conference, held in celebration of Human Rights Day. Students travelled to London to the Speaker's House at the House of Commons, where they mingled with MP's, embassy representatives, Ammesty staff and other Amnesty group members. Speakers included, Jeremy Corbyn, Dominic Grieve, John Bercow and Kate Allen (the Director of Amnesty), whose inspiring words highlighted the importance and effectiveness of Amnesty's work, and the contributions made by its members. One particuarly empowering speech was from a Syrian political prisoner who was unjustly imprisoned for his political activism in Syria, and whose release can be partially attributed to the efforts of Amnesty. Writing messages of solidarity to individuals suffering human rights activists; discussing issues with John Bercow; John McDonnell; and talking to Jeremy Corbyn were all highlights of the trip. Engaging with such important and interesting people left the group with a resolve to get Pate's Amnesty group doing whatever it could to contribute to international efforts to relieve human rights abuses. We are hugely grateful to Alex Chalk, Cheltenham's own MP, for taking the time to come and talk to students at the event after Prime Minister's Question Time.  Article by Lucy Stephenson.


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House Art

Students were given the topic 'Elements' and invited to produce a piece of art work in their own time to submit to our annual House Art competition.  As ever, the entries reflected the breath of creativity of our student body and encompass a wide range of media, including video, painting, sculpture, textiles and photography.  Mr Ashman selected three special prizes, choosing students who demonstrated particular creative endeavour.  The overall House winner was Beaufort who took the trophy for the first time in 12 years.


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Youth Parliament Debate

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Alysha Bodman  (Y12)

On Friday the 13th November, I joined almost 300 elected Members of Youth Parliament at a national, televised debate in the House of Commons to decide the UK Youth Parliament’s priority campaigns for 2016.

I was selected to represent the South West to deliver a speech about the relevance of the Magna Carta at the despatch box. A topic I am extremely passionate about is Feminism and Gender Equality and therefore I focused on this in my speech. I highlighted how far we have come as a society in terms of gender equality since 1215 but how far we still have to go. In addition, I questioned how we can feel represented in our parliament when only 29% of all MPs are female and this received applause, showing that this resounded with the chamber and they also hoped for a more diverse Parliament in the future. Moreover, I received a standing ovation at the end!

Although I was apprehensive to be speaking in such a prestigious place, I managed to use these nerves to my advantage and deliver a passionate and emotive speech. It is a topic that I believe is very relevant so I am very glad that I was able to highlight the unrepresentative Parliament we have in terms of gender. Hopefully, we can work towards a 50:50 parliament in the future!

In the main debates; working together to combat racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim and Jewish was chosen as the issue for the national campaign for 2015 and mental health was chosen as the UK Youth Parliament’s priority campaign for England. It is interesting to note that within Pates, when I held the Youth Parliament’s ‘Make Your Mark’ consultation, Mental Health received roughly 12.8% of the total vote and the Racism and Religious Discrimination motion received 8.4%.

These motions were two of five debated by the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons chamber, during a session chaired by Speaker of the House of Commons the Rt Hon John Bercow MP.

Personally, I am extremely happy about the new chosen campaign topics. It’s important that we can continue to work on removing the stigma of mental health and start working towards making our society more accepting as these are important for young people all over the UK. I believe that this sitting marked the importance of youth voice all over the country, and proves that young people are enthusiastic about achieving social change. We are not an apathetic generation. 


Tug of War Champion


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Congratulations to Ellie Westaway (Y11) who won 2 gold medals for the 520Kg and 560Kg Ladies team events and a 4th place in the 4x4 event at the recent Army Indoor Tug of War Championships.