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Pate's Famelab Academy winners



Congratulations to Amy James (9R) who has won the Pate’s final of this prestigious competition, for her inspiring presentation on Schizophrenia in twins. Runners up were Luke Goddard (9D) who explained the many issues of Antibiotic Resistance and Charlotte Casey (9Y) who enlightened us about Entomophagy.

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For the second year, all Y9 pupils have taken part in this County-wide competition organised by Cheltenham Festivals and sponsored by EDF. After receiving training in their Science lessons, pupils gave a 3-minute presentation about any aspect of Science that interested them and were judged on 3 criteria: Clarity; Content; Charisma.

The class winners were:

9A Lucy Arthur and Millie Davis

9D Luke Goddard and Amal Patel

9E David Parsonage and Edward Watine

9P Amy James and Amy Howard

9T Sam Thomas and Charlotte Casey

Following additional training by specially selected young engineers, these pupils took part in the school final on February 1st in front of a large audience and 3 judges.

Amy James will now take part in a 2-day master class on Presentation skills and a day of Work Experience at a local company. She will then represent Pate’s at the County final, to be held at EDF, Gloucester on March 24th. We wish her luck!



South West U18 Netball Finals 2016


After qualifying as the second place team in Gloucestershire after the County Tournament, Pate’s knew that the competition was going to be tough. The squad travelled down to Cambourne in Cornwall on Friday afternoon. The following day the squad stepped up to the level required and played excellent netball throughout the day, despite it being very cold and a bit wet at times.

The first game against King Edwards started off very close with Pate’s leading at half time, however the opposition came back a lot stronger in the second half and picked up balls from a few unforced errors, leaving the final score as 11-6 to King Edwards. The next two games seemed to go the same way for Pate’s, losing 9-5 to Truro College and 5-3 to Maynard.

Pate’s kept their determination and came back to beat New College Swindon 10-7 with a strong team effort. The next game was against Millfield, who went on to win the tournament. Pates played the best they could but unfortunately lost 14-5. With the final game against Canford, Pate’s gave all they could but lost 14-9. Pate’s had a great day of netball with the scores perhaps not reflecting how well they worked together with multiple turnovers within defence and midcourt and some excellent goals by the shooters. Congratulations in representing Gloucestershire in the Regional Finals.

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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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