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Head Master's Message w/c 20th November 2017

HEADLINES:

  • Parliament Week at Pate’s
  • Bake-Off Signature Round winners
  • Sports Tour Auction tonight + bar – doors open at 7pm in Refectory
  • Silent Bids catalogue here – please email Mitchell Renton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before 7pm tonight
  • PA Quiz Night – Fri 1 December, doors open @ 18:30 (Refectory)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Support Staff Vacancies– Odyssey Teaching School Administrator / Finance Manager
  • Annual Parent Survey (here)
  • Trips Update: Extended deadline for the Y9 & Y10 Spanish Trip to Malaga
  • Calendar Update
  • Youth Parliament Update
  • Cross Country Championships Success
  • Public Speaking Success

We all thoroughly enjoyed last night’s Autumn Concert and it was exciting to see some of our newer students taking part for the first time in our first major concert of the year. Louise Turner, our Musician in Residence who herself left Pate’s Y13 only last year, conducted the Concert Orchestra and Girls’ Choir, and we saw the first outing of the new Brass Ensemble, led by our trombone teacher Pete Johnson. All the ensembles played beautifully, topped off with a Pate’s Big Band stunning finale. Many thanks to Ellie Lane and everyone involved for another outstanding evening.

This week students joined in UK Parliament Week - an annual festival that engages students from across the UK with Parliament and empowers them to get involved. Pate's Year 12 Politics students devised a programme of activities with lunchtime debates and quizzes. Highlights included a leaders' debate, where Politics A level students took on the roles of the leaders of UK political parties, complete with impressive regional accents! A Question Time style audience was gathered and students listened attentively to the leaders' views and answered a host of questions on current political topics such as Austerity measures, Brexit, tax evasion, immigration, economic policies and past election manifesto commitments. The break time debate on 'Should 16 year olds get the vote?' was well attended by Y7s and Y12s in particular, and 85% of the audience voted to lower the voting age to 16. Thank you to Year 12 Politics classes for their impressive efforts, organisation, enthusiasm and supply of cake! Thanks also to Ms Emily Cluer for organising Parliament Week.

Staff turned out in droves on Monday to help judge the Signature round of the Great Pate’s House Bake-Off! 168 students baked their socks off and staff blind-tasted a huge selection of cookies, gingerbread and brownies. The remaining bakes were sold to the students in aid of Making £nds Meet. Congratulations to the winners, who will now go through to the Grand Final Showstopper round next week – please follow this link to see who will be going through. Thanks to Mitchell Renton, Head of Richmond, who answered the call to launch this event, due to popular demand. There will be a cake sale of the Showstoppers on Monday lunchtime – so the students should remember to bring some money if they would like to buy a slice of cake. Next week I will reveal who has been crowned winner of the first Pate’s House Bake Off!

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Congratulations to the Charity Challenge Committee who managed to sell 1200 Krispy Kreme donuts in around 8 minutes at break today, all in aid of The Samaritans. 

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Support Staff Vacancies:
Teaching School Administrator – Term time only, 30 hours per week. Odyssey Teaching School Alliance are looking to recruit an administrator with a flair for customer service, marketing and events management. This varied role will include recruitment, the promotion and organisation of events, overseeing the Alliance website, meeting and greeting delegates as well as more general administrative tasks. Based at Pate’s Grammar School but working with schools across our Alliance, we are looking to appoint a self-starter with an eye for attention to detail. Strong IT and media skills are essential. Please follow this link to our website for full details. The deadline for applications is Friday 1st December 2017.
Finance Manager Vacancy: to work as part of a small team running the school’s finances and payroll system, ideally 26 hours per week to be worked over 4-5 days (although a term-time only contract may be considered, which would involve 29-30 hours per week term-time, with some work required over holiday periods). This role is ideal for someone who is self-motivated, has strong interpersonal skills, a warm and engaging personality, a keen attention to detail and who thrives in a busy environment. Please follow this link for full details of the post and how to apply. The deadline for applications is Thursday 23rd November and interviews will take place on Tuesday 28th November.

Annual Parent Survey
As parents, your feedback and views are very important to us. We would be immensely grateful if you could spare just two minutes to complete our annual online parent survey which can be found by clicking here.  The information we gather is anonymous and will help us to continue to improve and develop the school experience that we offer to all our pupils. We would ideally ask that every parent completes this and shares their views with us - many thanks in anticipation of your help and support with this. If you have any questions or queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You are warmly invited to join us at the Sports Tour Auction tonight - doors open @ 7pm in Refectory – for a good night out. There will be a bar and all money raised will go towards the 2018 South Africa Rugby Tour. If you can’t make it please send in your silent bids to Mitchell Renton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), stating your maximum bid and contact details. Bid before 7pm. New lots have been added today – lots of collectables, signed rugby and football kit, signed Manchester United football, tickets and health club memberships! The updated Auction Catalogue is here. All successful bids will be emailed out after the event.

Quiz Night: This is a final call for teams of up to six people (parents, friends, students), to take part in the PA’s Family Fun Quiz on Friday, December 1st. There are just a handful of places left so email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible if you want to reserve a table at £30 a team. The PA bar will be open as usual for drinks and snacks, but bring more substantial snacks if you fancy. Doors open at 6.30pm and the quiz will start at 7pm sharp. This year’s theme is ‘Les Misérables’ - this is not the massive clue it seems: the names of the rounds will connect to Les Mis, but the questions will be on a broad range of general knowledge.

Trips Update: Please note that the deadline for the Y9 & Y10 Spanish Trip to Malaga has been extended to this coming Monday 20th November. Please follow this link for full details of the trip. 

Calendar Update:

  • Wed 22 Nov @ 4-7pm – Y10 Parents’ Evening
  • Fri 24 Nov – INSET DAY – NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
  • Mon 27 Nov – INSET DAY – NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
  • Wed 29 Nov – Y11 Parents’ Information Meeting @ 7pm in hall
  • Fri 1 Dec @ 6.30/7pm – PA Quiz Night in Refectory (book here)
  • Tues 5 Dec 6-8pm – Parents’ Association Christmas Bazaar
  • Please pop in for a short time (or all the time) to shop, eat, be entertained, and to play some festive games.
  • Thurs 7 Dec 4-7pm – Y12 Parents’ Evening (1)

The trips for w/c 20/11 are:

  • 20-21 November – Art trip to Yorkshire (27 x Yr 12/13)
  • 23 November – Inter-climate Change Conference at Cheltenham Council Chambers – 12-3.30pm (15 students)
  • 22 November - Target 2.0 Event at CLC 1pm-5pm (8 Yr13 Students)

Youth Parliament Update: “Last Friday I went down to Westminster to attend the annual UK Youth Parliament sitting in the House of Commons. We were there to debate and vote on the national campaigns which MYPs will be working on over the next 12 months; the chosen campaigns this year were Votes at 16 and Curriculum for Life, with Transport, Protect LGBT+ people and Work Experience Hubs narrowly missing out. I heard many fantastic speeches from my fellow MYPs and prepared speeches of my own on each of the 5 issues, though the size of the Youth Parliament meant I was not chosen to speak. The event was chaired by the Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, and we were addressed by Andrea Leadsom, Justine Greening, Valerie Vaz and Tracey Crouch, throughout the day. It was an amazing day and I am so proud to be part of a Youth Parliament that is more respectful, representative (in gender and ethnicity) and supportive than the actual House of Commons; it was a pleasure to prove many sceptics wrong about the maturity and engagement of young people.” Harriet Hards (Y13)

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, and many are 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 respectively. Additionally, we were treated to the most emphatic victories by 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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Public Speaking Success: Our Y10 & Y11 Public Speaking teams enjoyed unprecedented success this week, when they took not only first place, but second place as well in the ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition held at Marling School. Our students were polished and professional and an absolute credit to the school - congratulations to winners Bethan Avery and Matt Robyns-Landricombe (both 10R), and to runners-up Alex Clark (awarded Best Chair) and Luke Goddard (both 11G). Congratulations also to Millie Davies (11B), and Eleanor Stiles (10R) who won Best Speaker.

The Pate’s Pig has so far raised £308 by devouring out of date pound coins and £5 notes. Thank you to everyone who has donated. (The dapper silver pig, complete with Pate’s tie, lives on the Reception Desk.)

Finally just a reminder that Friday 24th and Monday 27th November are INSET teacher training days, when there will be no students in school.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

Head Master's Message w/c 13th November 2017

HEADLINES:

  • Senior House Public Speaking results
  • Ben Chako (Editor of Morning Star) talks to Sixth Formers
  • Finance Manager Vacancy (here)
  • Upcoming Events:
  • Autumn Concert - Thurs 16 November @ 7pm (book here)
  • Sports Tour Auction - Fri 17 November @ 7pm (book here)
  • Christmas Bazaar - Tues 5 December @ 6-8pm
  • PA Second-hand Uniform Sale – Fri 17 November from 3pm
  • Calendar Update
  • Christmas Card Competition
  • CCF Update

Our newly elected School Council were introduced in whole school assembly this morning and there was enthusiastic approval of their pledges for the coming year, regarding new clubs, variety of food (plus popcorn and cake baking rotas), rainy days, and a school uniform review. There is talk of a possible House University Challenge and an even bigger and better Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament. There may even be classroom naming ceremonies! I look forward to seeing what they can achieve during their tenure.

The school gathered to observe a minute’s silence around the quad this morning and a wreath of poppies was laid by senior cadets: Rosanna Crabb-Lahei, Delores Fawcett-Till, Harry Folkard, and Seren Jones. There were poetry readings by Rosanna Crabb-Lahei and Junaid Hameed, and the Last Post was sounded by Rowan Ireland. My thanks to them – they did it beautifully.

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Earlier this week York won Senior House Public Speakingcongratulations to: Tony Zhang (Y12), Sophie Challonder (Y13) and Srabosti Basu (Y12) - pictured left to right below. Congratulations to those who won the following: Best Speaker: Sophie Challonder (York); Best Chair: Memoona Ahmed (Gloucester); Best Questioner: Caitlin Leckebusch (Pembroke). My thanks to the Heads of House and House officials for organising yet another impressive House event.

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Ben Chacko, a former pupil of Pate's and editor of the daily left wing newspaper, The Morning Star, came into school on Wednesday this week to give a talk to our Sixth Form students on the media and the case for Socialism. He gave a fascinating insight into free speech, political bias in the media, and the influence of current political events upon the socialist movement. He highlighted the issues of the small ownership of the media, the fact that six men currently own 85% of the UK printed press, and his opinions about the UK press not holding the government to account but 'targeting not the powerful, but the powerless' in society. Ben answered a range of thought-provoking questions from our students on the media's stance on Brexit and its impact on the EU referendum, Trump's effect on the media and 'fake news', the reporting of the recent Paradise Papers and Sexual Harassment scandal in the political world. The Morning Star is widely known to be Jeremy Corbyn's favourite newspaper and Ben Chacko has become a frequent contributor to the Daily Politics show and the BBC Andrew Marr show. We're very grateful to Ben Chacko for making a special trip to Cheltenham to talk to our 6th form.

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Finance Manager Vacancy: to work as part of a small team running the school’s finances and payroll system, ideally 26 hours per week to be worked over 4-5 days (although a term-time only contract may be considered, which would involve 29-30 hours per week term-time, with some work required over holiday periods). This role is ideal for someone who is self-motivated, has strong interpersonal skills, a warm and engaging personality, a keen attention to detail and who thrives in a busy environment. Please follow this link for full details of the post and how to apply. The deadline for applications is Thursday 23rd November and interviews will take place on Tuesday 28th November. If you would like to discuss this post in more detail please contact our Bursar, Stephen Locke, by phone (01242 538252) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Upcoming Events:
Autumn Concert Thurs 16 November @ 7pm: You are warmly invited to join us at the grand Autumn Concert, where all ensembles will be playing: both orchestras and jazz bands, all the choirs, flute choir and guitar club. There will also be some solo and chamber performances. Tickets (£6 adults, £4 children) are available in advance from Ticket Source (here), or on the door. Performers should be in school no earlier than 6:40 (unless otherwise instructed).
Sports Tour Auction Fri 17 November @ 7pm (Refectory): The Senior Rugby tourists would like to invite you to their fundraising auction evening, the aim of which is to help raise money towards the 2018 South Africa Rugby Tour. The evening will offer you the opportunity to bid for a fantastic variety of Christmas presents. Here is a taster of some of the lots we have: 2017 signed British & Irish Lions Jersey, a wide variety of experiences, international rugby tickets, as well as a meal for 8 supplied, cooked and served for you by Matthew Fort, (Restaurant Critic, author, former editor of Food & Drink for the Guardian, and TV judge on BBC2’s ‘The Great British Menu’ (please follow this link for further info).

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The auction catalogue can be found HERE. If you wish to submit silent bids for any of the items, then please email Mr Renton with your maximum bid & contact details (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). All successful bids will be emailed out after the event next Friday.  Please follow this link to book places.

Next Friday 17th Nov the Charity Challenge Team, led by Matt Liddle 13B2, will be hosting a fundraising event to support the Samaritans. They will be selling Krispy Kreme glazed donuts at break time (£1.50 each or £12 a doz), and there will be a dodgeball tournament at lunchtime. Entries close on Wednesday and cost £5 per team of five. Students need to remember to bring some change on the day!

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The PA and Year 7s want to invite you to the inaugural Christmas Bazaar (replacing the traditional German Market) which will be held on Tuesday, December 5th from 6pm to 8pm. Please pop in for a short time (or all the time) to shop, eat, be entertained, and to play some festive games. More details to follow. Meanwhile if you are a parent or guardian who likes to sing please put your name down to sing Carols round the piano and tree (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register). The PA is also looking for any budding student entrepreneurs from all Year groups who want to sell their wares (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
A reminder that the PA Second-hand Uniform cupboard will be open next Friday (17th) from 3pm as part of the new Open Cupboard every first and third Friday. Meanwhile if you have any uniform requests please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Don’t forget the Pate’s Pig which is devouring out of date tender at a rate of knots. Send in your old £1 coins and £5 notes and the PA will transform it into new money for Making £nds Meet. The dapper silver pig, complete with Pate’s tie, lives on the Reception Desk.

Calendar Update:

  • Sun 12 Nov – Remembrance & Reconciliation Parade – 10:30 @ Winchcombe War Memorial (cadets arrive at 09:30)
  • Tues 14 Nov @ 6-7.30pm – Ski Trip Parents’ Information Meeting in hall
  • Thurs 16 Nov @ 7pm – Autumn Concert (book here)
  • Fri 17 Nov – Charity Challenge Krispy Kreme Donuts (break) and Dodgeball Tournament (lunch)
  • Fri 17 Nov @ 7pm – Rugby Tour Auction Evening (book here)
  • Wed 22 Nov @ 4-7pm – Y10 Parents’ Evening
  • Fri 24 Nov – INSET DAY – NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
  • Mon 27 Nov – INSET DAY – NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
  • Wed 29 Nov – Y11 Parents’ Information Meeting @ 7pm in hall
  • Fri 1 Dec @ 6.30/7pm – PA Quiz Night in Refectory (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Tues 5 Dec 6-8pm – Parents’ Association Christmas Bazaar
  • Thurs 12 Dec 4-7pm – Y12 Parents’ Evening (1)

The Community Committee's Christmas Card Competition! The design that is judged to be the best by Mr Ellicott and the Art Department will be used as the design for the official Pate’s Christmas card! To enter, students should post their cards in the post-box at Reception by Tuesday 21st November. There will be edible prizes for those who come 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Winners will be announced in the whole school assembly on Thursday 23rd November.

CCF Update:
12 Nov 17-Remembrance parade: Pate’s CCF parades every year in support of the Winchcombe remembrance ceremony. The parade is organized and arranged by the Winchcombe branch of the Royal British Legion. The event this year will follow the same format as previous years and will take place this Sunday 12 Nov 17. Cadets will assemble at 09:30 at Winchcombe Youth Centre on Gretton Road. The location is opposite the fire station. Please do not block the fire station forecourt if arriving by car. Parents and guardians are welcome to join us and watch the parade. The event is voluntary for all cadets between Years 10-13 but we urge cadets to take the opportunity to assist us in remembering those who have fallen in conflicts and in the service of our nation. Full details can be found on the website at https://www.pgsccf.com/remembrance.
Skill at Arms Weekend 4-5 Nov: The Skill at Arms weekend last week was an enormous success and we were able to qualify all of the Y9 cadets on the full bore cadet rifle. This qualifies them to join the shooting team and take part in the many shooting weekends organized by the unit. Those that are interested in shooting should contact Jane Jowett at the Outdoor Ed Dept. We also completed our secondary objective for the weekend by issuing the initial kit for the recruits troop. The MoD has delayed the issue of uniforms for new recruits and we have had to issue kit that remained in stores. For this reason some of the recruits will have been issued kit that was likely to be too large for them. As soon as they are able to do so, the quartermasters will issue replacement items. The staff would like to extend a special thank you to the following senior cadets who gave up their weekend to assist in the conduct of the training: Alice Bedwell, Rosanna Crabb-Lahei, Lola Douglas-Lord, Olivia Hall, Johannah Harris, Meghna Sreekumar, Callan Tricker, Riya Wadhwa and Catherine Yeun.
Exercise Dragon’s Claw 2017: Exercise Dragon’s Claw was conducted at Nescliffe Training area in September. It was a mostly non-tactical exercise that achieved a great deal of syllabus training objectives for the contingent. A selection of photos are below; the full selection can be found at here. 

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I look forward to seeing those of you who can attend the Remembrance Parade in Winchcombe on Sunday (10:30 at the War Memorial).

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

Head Master's Message w/c 6th November 2017

 

HEADLINES:

  • The Great Pate’s House Bake-Off
  • New Sixth Form Block Presentation Evening (book here)
  • PA Christmas Family Quiz – Fri 1 December (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Senior Rugby Tour Auction Evening – Fri 17 November (book here)
  • German Exchange 40th Anniversary Celebration
  • Calendar & Trips Update
  • Young Geographer of the Year Competition
  • Pate’s Students Meet Hilary Clinton
  • Social Media Warning re 48 Hour Challenge
  • Diwali Celebration Photo Gallery (view / order photos here)

I would like to welcome everyone back, hopefully refreshed. This morning’s whole school assembly was led by our Gold Duke of Edinburgh students, sharing a film reflecting on their incredible canoeing expedition to Canada over the summer. My thanks to Jane Jowett and her team for making it so special.

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STOP PRESS! There was a flurry of excitement in assembly this morning when a new House competition was announced: The Great Pate’s House Bake-Off (by popular demand)! Each form group will nominate four contestants for the Signature round (Junior Cup – Cookies, Intermediate Cup – Gingerbread figures, Senior Cup – Brownies). The five winners in each section will then go through to the Grand Final Showstopper, which will be judged on Monday 20th November (Junior Cup – 24 assorted cupcakes, Intermediate Cup – A Layer Cake, Senior Cup – A Trophy Cake). There will be plenty of cake eating along the way (cake sale proceeds to Making £nds Meet). This should be great fun and the students themselves will be helping us to blind-judge the winners. It is a credit to our Heads of House that they have been able to make this happen for the students and everyone is looking forward to the first House Bake-Off!

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You are warmly invited to join us for a presentation about how the school is funded and our exciting new sixth form and library block and associated refurbishment of the vacated spaces, here in school this coming Tuesday 7th November at 6pm, during which we will share:

  • how Pate’s is funded and our continued need to Make £nds Meet in the short term
  • further information regarding the recent news on education funding
  • campus development planning
  • further plans and images of the new building and the construction timeline – building commences January 2018
  • suggestions for how you can help

Myself, members of the Senior Leadership Team and other members of staff will be present. There will be an opportunity for questions formally at the end, plus informally after the presentation has finished. Tea and coffee will be available. It would help us to prepare appropriate seating numbers if you could reserve your place here if you would like to join us. We very much look forward to sharing plans of this exciting stage in the school’s future.

Tickets go on sale today for the annual PA Christmas Family Quiz which will be held in the Refectory on Friday 1st December. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7 o’clock start. The price has been held at £30 for a team of up to 6. If you haven’t been before it is a wonderful sociable evening and teams (made up of parents, friends, staff, and students) can bring in their own picnics (anything from a bag of crisps to a full-blown feast ... (there have even been candelabras!). The PA will run the usual bar for drinks and refreshments. To book in your team email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be quick – it’s always a sell out!

The Senior Rugby tourists would like to invite you to their fundraising auction evening on Friday 17th November at 7:00pm in the Refectory. The aim of the auction is to help raise money towards the 2018 South Africa Rugby Tour. The evening will offer you the opportunity to bid for a fantastic variety of Christmas presents. Here is a taster of some of the lots we have: 2017 signed British & Irish Lions Jersey, a wide variety of experiences, international rugby tickets, as well as a meal for 8 supplied, cooked and served for you by Matthew! Look out for the auction catalogue in next week’s bulletin including details of how to submit silent bids.  Please follow this link to book your free place.

It is the 40th Anniversary year of the Pate’s German Exchange with Lina-Hilger-Gymnasium in Bad Kreuznach, Germany and we are holding a celebratory high tea tomorrow, when we will be welcoming exchange students old and new, plus staff, to reminisce and also look ahead to the future of our long-lasting partnership. Our 2017 activities, learning and event is kindly supported by the UK-German Connection. Many thanks to Lorna Blacklock for leading the exchange program!

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Calendar Update:

  • Tues 7 Nov - Parents' Presentation re new Sixth Form Block @ 6pm (book here)
  • Thurs 9 Nov @ 4-7pm – Y13 Parents’ Evening (1)
  • Sun 12 Nov – Remembrance & Reconciliation Parade - 10.30am @ Winchcombe War Memorial (cadets arrive at 9am)
  • Tues 14 Nov @ 6-7.30pm – Ski Trip Parents’ Information Meeting in hall
  • Thurs 16 Nov @ 7pm – Autumn Concert
  • Fri 17 Nov @ 7pm – Rugby Tour Auction Evening (book here)
  • Wed 22 Nov @ 4-7pm – Y10 Parents’ Evening
  • Fri 24 Nov – INSET DAY – NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
  • Mon 27 Nov – INSET DAY – NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
  • Fri 1 Dec @ 6.30/7pm – PA Quiz Night in Refectory (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Trip this week: 7 November German Exchange & Partners to Bristol

The standard of entries for this year's Young Geographer of the Year competition was very high, with posters about students’ favourite places ranging from Brazil to Cuba and showing great creativity in presenting their ideas. The following students won the school competition and will now be put forward to the national final. Congratulations to Laura Brophy, Alex Daniels, Jojo Hynes, Naomi Layzell, Sophie O'Riordan, Tom Rex, Gaurav Singh, Ella Smith, and Aoife Spence for their winning entries. Well done!

Pate's students meet Hillary Clinton!

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Four of our lucky Pate's 6th formers: Ellie Cheslin, Lily Curle, Ellie O'Driscoll, and Grace Pascoe, were given the wonderful opportunity to attend the Hillary Rodman Clinton Event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival last Sunday. The University of Gloucestershire Outreach scheme provided four tickets for our 6th form for this highly prestigious event, along with students from nine other local schools. Ellie Cheslin (Y12) was also given a once in a lifetime experience to meet Hillary herself backstage and she asked her a question about the current situation in North Korea (see photo). In a 90 minute interview with Mariella Frostrup, Clinton blamed a costly online targeted campaign by Russians posing as Americans for her election defeat, she also said a right wing press had exaggerated her use of private emails and talked about Donald Trump fueling fears over immigration. The former Secretary of State was warmly received by the Cheltenham crowd despite being an hour late. The girls have all been invited to write a news report about the event in a school competition. We are hugely grateful to the University of Gloucestershire for giving our students such an incredible experience.
Please follow this link to read Lily Curle’s interesting report.

Social Media Warning: A worrying 'game' called the 48-Hour Challenge is circulating on Facebook which encourages children to go missing for up to two days at a time. The sick viral trend also says points are awarded for every social media mention while they're missing, meaning that frantic friends and family who post appeals to find them are welcomed. It's a copycat version of the Game of 72 which circulated in Western Europe several years ago, in which children tried to go missing for up to 72 hours. Please follow this link to read full article online in ‘The Independent’.

Our Diwali celebration at the end of term was a huge success - the photos tell their own story!  My thanks to the Thrinethra Gowri Shankar (11Y) and her parents for organising such a popular and accomplished event, raising well over £3,000 for our Making £nds Meet campaign.  Please follow this link to see the photo gallery (copies of photos can be emailed for a small charge).

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The students’ mufti day and cake sale at the end of last term raised £1272 for the Heads Together Campaign and £50 for Therapy Dogs (the visit from Matt the border terrier was a great success!). Thank you to the Charity Team for organising this and to everyone who took part.

It has been a busy first week back. Wednesday’s Higher Education and Careers Fair was added to this year by the Pate’s Society, who organised industry expert panels of ex-students to be in school to offer advice on their particular chosen career paths. This was a valuable and unique opportunity for our youngsters and I am grateful to the Pate’s Society members who organised it.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

Head Master's Message w/c 16 October 2017

HEADLINES:

Assembly was led this morning by our sixth form Charity Committee, who will be organising a mufti day on Wednesday in aid of Heads Together Charity. Students will be invited to pay £1 to wear fancy dress (or £1.50 for other casual clothes). There will also be a fancy dress competition (in the hall at lunchtime - £2 per group entry fee) and a bake-off for Year 7 & 8 – lots of lovely prizes on offer! The team caused a stir in assembly when they announced that we would be having Matt, the border terrier therapy dog (try saying that in a hurry!) in school on Wednesday lunchtime, out on the school field. Students please remember to bring some cash to join in with mufti events. Have fun with the fancy dress!

I would like to invite parents to join us for a presentation about our exciting new sixth form and library block and the associated refurbishment of the vacated spaces here in school on Tuesday 7th November at 6pm, during which we will share:
• further plans of the new building and the construction timeline – building commences January 2018;
• how the funding works and our continued need to Make £nds Meet in the short term;
• further details regarding the recent news on education funding.
Further details will be sent in due course but places can be reserved here.

Higher Education and Careers Fair – Wednesday 1 November 2017 @ 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm: Our annual HE and Careers Fair is taking place on the evening of Wednesday 1 November. This year we will be hosting over 40 universities and lots of local and national companies and gap year organisations in the hall, gallery and gym. We hope that parents and students in Y9 and above will be able to join us for what is an important part of the top level Careers and Higher Education advice on offer to our students in order to enable them to make sound judgements and decisions for A levels and beyond. There is no need to book a place, just come along.

Diwali tomorrow! Do join us if you can – doors open at 4pm with stalls, henna and Indian food, and the dancing starts at 5pm. Tickets cost £8 (adult), £3 (student), and £20 (family of 4) and are available here (or on the door).

Music Recital – Tuesday 17th October 6-7.30pm: Pay on the door for this concert - tickets cost £5 (adults) and £3 (students). Although there will be no interval, our PA will be running a pre-concert bar service. Do join us if you can, and wind down ready for half term.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Participants Meetings:  All participants or those intending to register for DofE this year are required to attend the relevant meeting below to plan for this years expeditions.
Bronze Participant: Lunchtime Thursday 02 November 2017
Silver & Gold Participants: Lunchtime Tuesday 31 October 2017
DofE Silver & Gold: Just a reminder for anyone involved with, or wanting to be involved with the DofE Award: 
Anyone already signed up to complete either Silver or Gold:
1) You are asked to come to the OED office asap with your group list if not already done so.
2) Your group must book onto the first event which will be a Core Skills weekend - there are only two of these events in the calendar, and your group must be on one of these. There's one in November, and one in January - failure to get on one of these will result in your expedition section being halted until late 2018 / start of 2019.
Anyone wishing to sign up to Silver or Gold:
1) You have until the end of term in December to sign up to the award, after this applications will not be accepted.
2) If you sign up to an award you must come to the OED office immediately to get placed into a group (unless you already have a group in mind).
3) With the above information in mind, you then need to sign up to a Core Skills event as a matter of urgency.
Canada meeting - Gold award: There will be a short briefing on the 2019 Canada trip in the OED Dept. November 6th (Monday) lunchtime.
Nepal meeting - Gold award: There will be a short briefing on the 2018 Nepal trip in the OED Dept. November 7th (Tuesday) lunchtime.
Please go to our website to sign up / book onto events: http://www.patesgsdofe.org/

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Glos Police will be putting on FREE safer cyber workshops around the county to help upskill users – during week commencing 16 October. This is suitable for students and parents. Seats can be booked here.

Gloucestershire County Bridge Association are starting a Youth Bridge Club to run at Cheltenham Bridge Club 4 Tivoli Road Cheltenham GL50 2TG on Sunday mornings, starting on 29th October. Try a FREE half-term Taster Session. Timings are 1000-1100 and again 1130-1230 Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday 24th - 26 October. Further information available at http://www.bridgewebs.com/gloucestershireyouth/.

Calendar Update:
• Sat 14 Oct 5-7pm – Diwali Celebration – tickets available here
• Tues 17 Oct – India Trip Parents’ Information Evening 4-5.30pm in Refectory
• Tues 17 Oct – Music Recital 6-7.30pm (tickets on the door @ £5 & £3)
• Wed 18 Oct – School finishes for half term at 3.40pm
• Mon 30 Oct – School restarts
• Wed 1 Nov – Careers & Higher Education Fair (Hall & Gym) + Alumni Networking event for students (Refectory) both 6-7.30pm (drop-in)
• Thur 2 Nov – Y11 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
• Tues 7 Nov - Parents' Presentation re new Sixth Form Block @ 6pm - please book here

Trips this week:
Yr13 Geography Students (Yr13) A Level Trip to Lake District (25 Students) – 16-18th October 2017
Yr 11/13 China Trip (17 Students) – 16-27th October 2017
Yr13 – Physics Jodrell Bank Trip (49 Students) – 08.00-16.25 – 18th October 2017

We are considering removing the Reval machine (Refectory tokens) later this term, on the basis that few students use it and we try to discourage students from bring cash into school on a regular basis. However, we would like to hear from you if you feel this would be a problem – please email Stephen Locke, Bursar (here) with your feedback. Thank you.

Lost Property will be available for sifting this week: we have large amounts of clothing, shoes and bags which have been handed in and these will be on display before half term. Parents are welcome to come in and browse - please encourage students to check through it as well. All named items will be returned to the owners. Please note that ANY ITEMS NOT COLLECTED WILL BE RECYCLED.

There has been an unprecedented amount of sickness in school this past week with children being quite severe vomiting, so please be aware that, if your child feels unwell and especially if they have a long journey, please don’t risk sending them into school.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a good (and well-earned) half term. Good luck to those students embarking on the China Exchange with Hailiang!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 9th October 2017

HEADLINES:

  • Development & Alumni Committee – New Sixth Form Block
  • School Council Elections
  • House Art launch – ‘Relationships’
  • Pate’s STEM subjects exceptional ranking in National awards
  • PA Update
  • CCF Update
  • Stanger Danger Alert – Stroud area
  • Large collection of vinyl discs free to good home
  • School photos have been sent home
  • Diwali Celebration – tickets here
  • Calendar Update
  • Sports Success
  • Cory brass band on Sunday! Tickets here.

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The Development and Alumni Committee were very excited to present to the whole school in assembly this morning further details about our new sixth form and library block and the associated refurbishment of the vacated spaces. The building (designed by architect and former Pate’s pupil, Joyce Clifford of Quattro, who joined us for assembly) will be at the front of school on the site of the existing caretakers’ garages. The new build is as a result of a grant for nearly £3m won earlier this year. The committee shared pictures of the planned building and the construction and refurbishment timeline, showing works commencing in January 2018, explaining that these funds cannot be spent on anything else other than the build.  Therefore, our Making £nds Meet appeal continues to be vital, especially since we were unable to include furniture and IT in our bid for the grant, and we need to commence an additional fundraising stream to equip the building.

I would like to invite parents to join us for a presentation here in school on Tuesday 7th November at 6pm, during which we will share:

  • further plans of the new building and the construction timeline;
  • how the funding works and our continued need to Make £nds Meet in the short term;
  • further details regarding the recent news on education funding.

Further details will be sent in due course but places can be reserved here

The School Council launched this year’s elections of Y7-13 representatives in assembly this morning. Last year’s representatives did a great job and have had a very positive impact on school life. Not only do we now have a new bike shed and picnic table, plus recycling bins and vegan fayre the refectory - the art of bottle-flipping Pate’s-style has become legendary, following BF Tournament last year (hot on the tail of the Rock Paper Scissors Tournament the year before). The School Council goes from strength to strength and I know this year’s elections will be hard fought, with ambitious manifestoes and colourful hustings delivered in the year group assemblies. The deadline for manifesto applications is Friday 13th October, with hustings / voting the following week. Two representatives for each of Years 7-11 and three from each of Years 12-13 will be elected on 3rd November, ready for the first meeting of the School Council on 8th November. This is an exciting opportunity for students to bring others on board with their ideas and make things happen, as well as becoming ambassadors for the school, so I hope homes will be full of manifesto writing and hustings rehearsals this weekend!

Launch of House Art - ‘Relationships’ theme: Heads of Year, together with the Art Department, have launched the next House competition. The deadline for entries is 2nd November and, as always, judges will look for the creative interpretation of the theme and the skill demonstrated in using the chosen media. The only limitations are scale (no bigger than A1), students can work in any media they choose, but the work must be produced at home - the Art Department can’t supply any materials, however they are on hand to offer advice! The theme ‘Relationships’ links in with the 40th anniversary of our partnership with Lina-Hilger Gymnasium in Germany (German Exchange) and students are invited to enter their House Art piece for this too, the deadline for this is slightly earlier - Monday 30th October (so that the art can be displayed as part of the celebration on 4th November).

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We are very proud of the outcomes of all of the subjects on offer at Pate’s and we are delighted that one area has been recognised nationally. Pate’s has just been ranked 18th nationally for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects across all schools (including independent schools). This is confirmation of the outstanding outcomes our students made last summer. ‘Your Life’, the campaign to boost A Level Maths and Physics take-up has analysed School Performance Table Data from the Department for Education on England’s 2500 secondary schools. In doing so it has provided the first in-depth analysis of schools’ performance in terms of both STEM subject and grade performance. Please follow this link for further details.

PPA logo CopyYour Parents’ Association Update:  More than 60 volunteers from the Parents’ Association worked tirelessly during House Music to cater for 1,000 students and 1,200 audience members. A huge thanks to those who helped and those who shopped. In the process a fabulous refreshment facility was provided and more than £5,500 was raised for Making £nds Meet.  This is a huge amount of money which will be incredibly beneficial to our students - I can't thank the PA enough for all that they do, both in terms of raising money and also bringing heart and soul to all Pate's events.

The Second-hand Uniform cupboard is desperately short of supplies – especially small sizes and sports kits of all descriptions. Please clear out your cupboards and hand in any donations to the reception desk. If you have any questions or requests for specific items please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you to those parents who attended Wednesday’s PA AGM. Laurette Thomas (Chair) presented her annual report (download here – it is well worth a read) and it encapsulated a truly remarkable year. The committee proudly revealed that in the year to July 31st a record-breaking, phenomenal £40,542.75 profit was raised for school funds. However not only was an incredible sum raised, for the benefit of all of our students, including support for the library budget, PE department, IT, furniture for the newly refurbished OED classrooms, school planners, bike racks and picnic benches - a total of 23 events were supported with their legendary refreshment service. Huge thanks must go to the whole committee for their incredible energy, imagination and phenomenal drive to do whatever they can to support the school. We are so very fortunate to have such a fabulous Parents’ Association - we simply can’t do without them. They are always looking for new people to join them. If you would like to know more, not matter how much or little you would like to be involved, please join them for their next committee meeting at 6.45pm on 8th November, in the Development Office Bungalow, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CCF Update:
CCF Exercise Dragons Claw 2017: 43 Cadets across Years 10-13, have just returned from a soggy weekend’s training at Nesscliffe army camp. For Y11’s this was their first taste of leadership as Section commanders and 2i/c's leading the Y10's throughout all the exercises, as well as their section welfare. The seniors acted as Training Staff, enemy, Special Forces AND admin roles. Without exception, our cadets were exemplary. All objectives were met and exceeded during a very wet and physically demanding weekend. I apologise for the smelly boots and the extra loads of washing but you can all be very proud of your children, as am I. Thank you parents for your continued support.
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Skill At Arms (SAA) Training weekend 4-5 Nov 17: PGSCCF will conduct a skill at arms training weekend for the recruits section over the weekend 4-5 Nov 2017. The aim is to complete the weapon training syllabus over an intensive weekend of training for the Y9 cadets. Cadets will undertake the Weapons Handling Test at the completion of training and will thus be able to progress to the shooting phase of training with an opportunity to join the extremely successful Pate’s Shooting team. Any senior cadets present will be able to re-qualify on the weapon system at the same time. The weekend is Non Residential on school grounds at Pate’s CCF. Cadets will be required to bring a packed lunch and refreshments for each training day. Dress will be MTP PCS… Cadets from recruit troop (Y9) will be issued their uniform and boots during the SAA weekend. Full details are available on the website at http://www.pgsccf.com/saawe

Lord Lieutenant's Certificate for Meritorious Service: The Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet Award marks the achievement of outstanding service by an individual to their Cadet movement and is recognised by their appointment as a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for the following year. This year, Cadet Staff Sergeant Ben North was invested to the position on Sunday 1 Oct 17 at the Lord Lieutenant’s awards at Imjin Barracks Officers Mess. Ben will have the opportunity to accompany the Lord Lieutenant, Dame Janet Trotter DBE, to events around the county as she represents Her Majesty the queen and carries out her civic duties. He will have the opportunity to meet with members of the royal family and other dignitaries whilst representing Pate’s and the Combined Cadet Force.  Congratulations to Ben.

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Captain Jane Jowett (Pate’s CCF and Outdoor Education Dept): HM Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificates for Meritorious Service were instituted to give public recognition to members of the Reserve Forces and Cadets whose efforts are not recognised by the twice yearly Honours Lists. The Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate ranks second to the Queen’s Honours Lists. Over the past 3 years, Captain Jowett has significantly increased the availability of the DofE award scheme to include many more cadets and students. Through the Cadet Expansion Programme, she has also brought the DofE award scheme and shooting success to the cadets of Gloucester Academy CCF. Captain Jowett gives very little of her free time to herself and instead dedicates her spare capacity towards the development of the cadets in her charge and has made it her personal aim to ensure that her cadets and students achieve excellence and that they are supported and coached throughout. For outstanding personal commitment to the development and achievement of cadets, Captain Jane Jowett was awarded HM Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate of Meritorious Service on 1 Oct 17 at a ceremony at Imjin Barracks Officers Mess.

Stranger Danger alert (Stroud area on Thursday afternoon): 'A student was walking home alone from school through an alleyway when an older male, walking in the opposite direction, lent in towards the boy and said something to him in his ear which made him feel very uncomfortable. The boy immediately ran away and the incident has been reported to the Police. Anyone with any further information should contact the Police quoting incident number 132.

The Music Department has a large collection of vinyl - several hundred discs of assorted classical music - perhaps even some rare recordings? No vinyl dealer has been interested in taking them, so they are free to a good home. If anyone is interested, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss.

School Photos: Students in Years 7,8,9,10 & 12 should now have received their Academy portraits photograph order forms. Please note that all orders are to be placed on-line direct with the photography company.

Diwali celebration 2017 – tickets cost £8 (adult), £3 (students) and £20 (family of 4) and are now on sale (here). Please join us for an evening of Indian culture, music and dance on Saturday 14th October. Doors open at 4pm and the show starts at 5pm. There will be Indian food on sale, traditional Chaat Indian street food and market stalls, mehndi and face painting. This year there will also be an exhibition of Indian dolls (Navarathiri). Do join us to share this incredibly colourful and joyful event, which is organised once again by the Gowri Shanker family. All proceeds to the school’s Making £nds Meet fundraising appeal.  

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BBC Radio Gloucestershire will be featuring Pate's Diwali Celebration live this Sunday evening between 6 and 8 pm, featuring interviews with Thrinethra Gowri Shankar and Russel Ellicott.

Calendar Update:

  • Sun 8 Oct 3-5.30pm – Cory Brass Band Concert - tickets available here (and on the door)
  • Tues 10 Oct - school finishes early at 2pm (buses arrive early) due to staff training
  • Tues 10 Oct – please note that there will be no school lunch due to the early finish
  • Thurs 12 Oct 6.30-7.30pm – Y7 Parents’ Social
  • Sat 14 Oct 5-7pm – Diwali Celebration – tickets available here
  • Tues 17 Oct – India Trip Parents’ Information Evening 4-5.30pm in Refectory
  • Tues 17 Oct – Music Recital 6-7.30pm (more details to follow)
  • Wed 18 Oct – School finishes for half term at 3.40pm
  • Mon 30 Oct – School restarts
  • Wed 1 Nov – Careers & Higher Education Fair (Hall & Gym) + Alumni Networking event for students (Refectory) both 6-7.30pm (drop-in)
  • Thur 2 Nov – Y11 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm

Trips for this week – Yr12 Art Trip to Woodchester (15 Students) – Mon 9 Oct @ 9.00am-3.30pm

Sports Success: Last Wednesday our brilliant U16 netballers managed to get through to the final of the county tournament, thereby sealing a place at the regional finals in Bournemouth in January. This was something they narrowly missed out on as U14s and they have been focussed on achieving ever since.... and they did it!!! Please follow this link to read the Captain’s match report by Helena Cox.

Finally, I would like to thank all the students who volunteered to help out at our open evening this week, and to all the parents who took the trouble to arrange lifts etc. The students were a credit to the school and to their families and helped to make the evening a huge success. Thanks again to everyone who helped.

If you have tickets to see the Cory brass band on Sunday then you are in for such a treat – tickets are available here, or can be bought on the door. This is a large-scale event and seating is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis (the balcony is sold out). 

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

Head Master's Message w/c 2nd October 2017

HEADLINES:

Reminder: please collect House Drama DVDs from main reception this week.

  • Pate’s Open Evening on Tuesday – student tour guides needed! 5.20-8.30pm
  • Support Staff Vacancies for Cover Supervisors - here
  • Cory Band Concert – Sun 8 Oct 3-5.30pm – tickets here
  • Diwali Celebration – Sat 14 Oct 5-7.30pm – tickets here
  • Calendar / Trips Update
  • Student Achievements
  • Lift-share enquiry (2 wks only) for Chalford Hill, Stroud area

Thank you to everyone who came to support House Music this week – our biggest yet! This year’s Revolution theme was an inspiration – with many interpretations, from ‘Made in Dagenham’ to Nintendo Wii to the Russian Revolution! Here are the trophy winners: Junior cup: Pembroke, Inter-cup: Gloucester, Senior cup: Beaufort, Girls Choir: Pembroke, Boys Choir: Beaufort, Junior Ensemble: Richmond, Senior Ensemble: York. Such a spectacle would not be possible without the incredible hard work and enthusiasm of our Director of Music, Ellie Lane, our Musician in Residence, Louise Turner, and Assistant Head, Rachel Thorpe, who somehow masterminds the logistics of a school show with over one thousand students participating!  We had our photographer take lots of shots throughout the final performance and awards, and these will be available to buy (electronic copies) very cheaply - look out for them in my messages over the next couple of weeks.

In assembly this morning our new Community Committee shared their plans for this year, which include working with local care homes, reading with children, a hamper scamper, and a Christmas card competition, as well as spearheading the school’s recycling efforts. I am sure they will be great ambassadors for the school and look forward to hearing more from them over the coming weeks.

The latest edition of the Pate’s Review (special House Music feature), was published this week (available here). Well done to the Newspaper committee, especially to Nadia Protsyshyn and Nathan Bailey for all their hard work.

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Pate’s Open Evening on Tuesday 3rd October. We would greatly appreciate your support in enabling Years 8-13 students to come into school and be tour guides for visiting families on Tuesday from 5.20pm until around 8.30pm. School will finish early at 2pm (buses will be early, NB: there will be no school lunch on that day) and students will need to arrive back in school at 5.20pm. If needed, students can stay on after school and bring a packed tea to eat in the Refectory while they watch a film. Students should sign up with their form tutors on Monday morning, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Thank you for your support.

Support Staff Vacancies: we are looking to add to our bank of Cover Supervisors, working in school to cover lessons at times when teachers are absent due to trips, events, or sick leave, for example. Cover Supervisors would normally be contacted on an ad hoc basis when the need arises, often at short notice, using work set by teachers and performing any related activities to ensure the smooth running of the lesson. Cover supervisors may also be called upon to help with exam invigilation. Please follow this link for full details of this role, including the hourly rate, and how to apply. The deadline for applications has been extended to midnight on Monday 9th October.

Library News: The library has been buzzing with the launch of this year’s Bookbuzz. Run by the Book Trust, this scheme allows each Y7 pupil to choose a book to keep from a selection of carefully chosen titles. The classes have now made their choices and the order has gone in. The books are due in after half-term and will be given out during library lessons.

There is still time to buy tickets to see THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BRASS BAND, who will be performing a concert at Pate’s on Sunday 8th October at 3pm. Tickets cost £10, or £15 to sit on the balcony, and are available here. We are so lucky and absolutely thrilled to have The Cory Band with us – this is an incredible opportunity - please don’t miss it!

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Diwali celebration 2017 – tickets cost £8 (adult), £3 (students) and £20 (family of 4) and are now on sale (here). Please join us for an evening of Indian culture, music and dance on Saturday 14th October. Doors open at 4pm and the show starts at 5pm. There will be Indian food on sale, traditional Chaat Indian street food and market stalls, mehndi and face painting. This year there will also be an exhibition of Indian dolls (Navarathiri). Do join us to share this incredibly colourful and joyful event, which is organised once again by the Gowri Shanker family. All proceeds to the school’s Making £nds Meet fundraising appeal. Call for Diwali helpers – if you would like to be a parent or student helper (setting up / serving / welcoming at this event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For those who can make it there will be a volunteer get together the week before on Friday 6th October at 3.30pm in the Art Gallery.

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Calendar Update:

  • Tues 3 Oct – school finishes early at 2pm (buses arrive early) due to open evening
  • Tues 3 Oct – please note that there will be no school lunch due to the early finish
  • Tues 3 Oct – Pate’s Open Evening 5.30-8.30pm
  • Wed 4 Oct 7-8pm – Parents’ Association AGM
  • Thurs 5 Oct 6.30-8.30pm – Y12 Parents’ Speaker and Social event (book here)
  • Sun 8 Oct 3-5.30pm – Cory Brass Band Concert - tickets available here
  • Tues 10 Oct - school finishes early at 2pm (buses arrive early) due to staff training
  • Tues 10 Oct – please note that there will be no school lunch due to the early finish
  • Thurs 12 Oct 5.30-7.30pm – Y7 Parents’ Social
  • Sat 14 Oct 5-7pm – Diwali Celebration – tickets available here
  • Tues 17 Oct – India Trip Parents’ Information Evening 4-5.30pm in Refectory
  • Tues 17 Oct – Music Recital 6-7.30pm (more details to follow)
  • Wed 18 Oct – School finishes for half term at 3.40pm
  • Mon 30 Oct – School restarts

Trips this week:
Y10 - Art trip to Gloucester Cathedral – 21 Students – 09:00-15:20
Y12 - Road Safety Trip – All Yr12 Students off site – 09:20-11:50

District Swimming Gala Competition:  A fantastic display from several Pate's students as they took to the water in the District Swimming Gala. A relay competition in which Pate's represented in every single race both boys and girls, juniors, inters and senior categories.  The Pate's team competed strongly in every event, placing either 1st, 2nd or 3rd in every single race on the day! There were a total of 12 events so this is quite an accomplishment!  Two records were beaten by Pate's swimmers, both by the Inter Girls Relay team setting new competition records in both of their events!  Each and every swimmer was a credit to the school even with a false start from one of the senior boys! Well done to all that took part and thank you for being so professional on the day!

Lift-Share enquiry (2 weeks only) for the Chalford Hill, Stroud area: Two of our Chinese visiting students need transport to and from school for the next two weeks (as there is no room for them on their partners’ school bus). If you are able to help please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you.

We have welcomed our Chinese exchange students from Hailiang this morning and are looking forward to having them in school for the next two weeks.  My thanks to Sam Attwood, Head of Languages, for organising the exchange and thanks also to the families who are having the students to stay with them.  Also, just a reminder that school finishes early at 2pm for the next two Tuesdays - buses will arrive early at 2pm and there will therefore be no lunch on those days.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 25 September 2017

HEADLINES: 

• ‘Stranger Danger’ Report
• Support Staff Vacancy – Cover Supervisors (part-time ad-hoc)
• House Music arrangements – information for parents (matinée tickets here)
• Music Department Update
• Cory Band Concert – Sun 8 Oct 3-5.30pm – tickets here 
• Diwali Celebration – Sat 14 Oct 5-7.30pm – tickets here
• Calendar Update
• Student Achievements
• Students Tour Guides (Y8-13) needed for Open Evening on Tues 3 Oct

Reminder: please collect House Drama DVDs from main reception this week.

This morning’s whole school assembly was led by our Wellbeing Committee, who laid out their manifesto for the coming year. They aims are to raise awareness about good sleeping patterns, mental health and dementia, and they will be working with Refectory staff on healthy menus and recycling. They will also be launching their ‘recycled art’ competition. Congratulations to the Wellbeing Committee on their energy and ideas, to enrich the whole school community in the months ahead. Also this morning we enjoyed the film made by the Prague Music Tourists, showing clips from all their performances, as well as their sightseeing – what a fabulous time they all had! They described to us the ‘steep learning curve’ of getting to grips with the language, but they needn’t have worried because their music and song clearly transcended everything! Thanks to Ellie Lane and music department staff for providing the students with such a special and memorable experience.

This week, the Humanities Faculty took a group of 6th form students to see ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ in a private screening at The Sherborne Cinema in Gloucester. The film proved an effective consciousness-raising exercise for A-Level Politics and Geography students in their studies of Political Ideologies, Ecologism and Climate Change. The film focused on Al Gore’s “slide shows” and the reality of climate change. Eleven years on, the sequel brings home the intensification of the crisis, as the film’s timeline approaches present day and Trump's impact on global Environmental policy.

Please be aware of the following ‘Stranger Danger’ report received from the Coney Hill area in Gloucester this morning (Friday): in the Coney Hill area, a young male around 16 years old approached two girls in separate incidents. He is believed to have been in school uniform and approached girls saying 'do you remember me'. He has then hugged the girls. Neither girl knew him and were obviously alarmed by his approach. Police have been notified.

Support Staff Vacancies: we are looking to add to our bank of Cover Supervisors, working in school to cover lessons at times when teachers are absent due to trips, events, or sick leave, for example. Cover Supervisors would normally be contacted on an ad hoc basis when the need arises, often at short notice, using work set by teachers and performing any related activities to ensure the smooth running of the lesson. Cover supervisors may also be called upon to help with exam invigilation. Please follow this link for full details of this role, including the hourly rate, and how to apply. The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 2nd October.

Looking ahead to next week, just a few practical details about House Music: On Monday: students involved will be off timetable all day to rehearse. Those involved may again wear their House T Shirts. Year 13 not involved will have lessons as usual, Years 7- 10 not involved will have a separate programme for the day. On Tuesday: students should be back in full uniform. Lessons 1 - 4 will happen as usual, although each House will miss one lesson in the morning and then take part in a medley rehearsal in the afternoon. On Wednesday: once again, students should be back in full uniform. Lessons 1 - 4 will happen as usual, the House Music matinée performance will finish at approximately 4.45 pm. Pupils may then either go home or stay in school in the Refectory. The Parents Association will be serving Hot Dogs to pupils between performances - £1.50 (cash or 'finger') or pupils can opt to bring a packed tea. Take Away Food (e.g. MacDonalds) may not be brought onto the school site by pupils in any year group on either night. Students should be back in school at 6.40pm on both performance nights. Pick up time after the performance on Wednesday will be 9.20pm prompt. On Thursday: Students will be in lessons as usual all day. We would encourage pupils to go home between the end of school and the performance. However, if this is not possible, pupils may stay in school (they should sign in to the Refectory at 4pm and will not be allowed off site). Pick up time after the performance on Thursday will be 9.45pm. These are long and tiring days and we would be very grateful if parents could keep to the pick-up times. Thank you in anticipation of your help with this. Any questions about the practical arrangements for House Music next week should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We are all looking forward to three great performances! Pate’s House Music 2017 tickets are still available for the matinée performance (here).

This is the time of year when it is useful to mention to parents about parking in the surrounding streets. With lots of traffic coming and going from school it can be challenging for our neighbours and it is therefore very important that cars park considerately – please NEVER block driveways and keep noise levels to a minimum. Your support in this is very much appreciated – particularly at big events such as House Music.  Thank you.

Music Department Update:
Important Information for all parents whose children have music lessons in school: Learning a musical instrument - Information for parents (here).
Tabla lessons: Individual tabla (Indian drums) lessons are available in school. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.
Looking after musical instruments in school:  There are many instruments in school, particularly during House Music, and most of them are in a black case of some sort. Please name instruments clearly – this will help avoid pupils accidentally taking the wrong instrument home, and aids the search if an instrument gets lost. You are also reminded that, as with all other personal property, instruments should be insured under your household policy as they are not covered under the school’s policy. Instruments should be kept either in the music department or in a personal locker. They should not be left outside the refectory or anywhere else.  Thank you.

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We have heard that the Cory Band will be performing on television tonight (Friday 22nd Sept – ITV1 @ 10.45pm) on ‘Tonight at the Palladium – a chance to hear them play, and be persuaded to buy tickets for the concert at Pate’s on 8th October at 3pm. Tickets cost £10, or £15 to sit on the balcony, and are available here.

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Diwali celebration 2017 – tickets cost £8 (adult), £3 (students) and £20 (family of 4) and are now on sale (here). Please join us for an evening of Indian culture, music and dance on Saturday 14th October. Doors open at 4pm and the show starts at 5pm. There will be Indian food on sale, traditional Chaat Indian street food and market stalls, mehndi and face painting. This year there will also be an exhibition of Indian dolls. Do join us to share this incredibly colourful and joyful event, which is organised once again by the Gowri Shanker family. All proceeds to the school’s Making £nds Meet fundraising appeal.  Call for Diwali helpers – if you would like to be a parent or student helper (setting up / serving / welcoming at this event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For those who can make it there will be a volunteer get together the week before on Friday 6th October at 3.30pm in the Art Gallery. Applications for performers to take part in the Diwali programme have now closed and we have an exciting line-up of performers once again this year.

Calendar Update:
Wed 27 Sept @ 2pm – House Music Matinée Performance
Wed 27 Sept @ 7pm – House Music Evening Performance
Thurs 28 Sept @ 7pm – House Music Evening Performance + Adjudication
Tues 3 Oct – school finishes early at 2pm (buses arrive early) due to open evening
Tues 3 Oct – Pate’s Open Evening 5.30-8pm
Wed 4 Oct 7-8pm – Parents’ Association AGM
Thurs 5 Oct 6.30-8.30pm – Y12 Parents’ Speaker and Social event (book here)
Sun 8 Oct 3-5.30pm – Cory Brass Band Concert - tickets available here
Tues 10 Oct - school finishes early at 2pm (buses arrive early) due to staff training
Thurs 12 Oct 5.30-7.30pm – Y7 Parents’ Social
Sat 14 Oct 5-7pm – Diwali Celebration – tickets available here
Tues 17 Oct – India Trip Parents’ Information Evening 4-5.30pm in Refectory
Tues 17 Oct – Music Recital 6-7.30pm (more details to follow)
Wed 18 Oct – School finishes for half term at 3.40pm
Mon 30 Oct – School restarts

Student Achievements: Well done to Thomas Adams 13P2, second from right below, captained the Exeter Water Polo team representing Britain in the BIWPA Turbo Cup held in Barcelona at the Beginning of September. “Despite the fact that we didn’t reach the final, it was an absolutely amazing experience to compete against some of the best junior European teams at International level, in one of the most iconic pools in the World, situated on the slopes of Montjuϊc hill within the Olympic village.”

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Finally, I would like to mention our annual Pate’s Open Evening, taking place next Tuesday 3rd October. We will be asking students (not in Year 7) to sign up to be tour guides for our open evening if they possibly can – your support in this would be greatly appreciated. School finishes early at 2pm (buses will be early) and students will need to arrive back in school at 5.20pm. They will be finished between 8 & 8.30pm (although they can leave a bit earlier if they need to). If it helps, students can stay on after school and bring a packed tea to eat in the Refectory while they watch a film. Students will be asked to sign up by their Form Tutors this week – the more the merrier! Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 18th September 2017

HEADLINES:  

Reminder: please collect House Drama DVDs from main reception this week.

In whole school assembly this morning senior girls showed a film and photos from their South Africa sports tour which took place in July – what an incredible experience, packed with sport, safari and sightseeing! My thanks to our PE staff for all their organising and fundraising support they give to the students. Senior boys will start fundraising soon for their tour next summer, which will be begin with an auction night in November.  Also this morning I was delighted to officially congratulate members of the Shooting Team and present them with their trophies from summer competitions. For the second year running they won the UK Schools Aggregate, the South West Regions, AND the Gloucestershire Trophies, competing against over 600 schools in the country, including the likes of Charterhouse, Wellington, Victoria College, Cheltenham College, Marlborough College and many more. Congratulations to the team: Sagnik Bose, Alexander Cheetham , Alex Clarke, Matthew Connole, Ben Corbishley, Tom Jaggard, Sam Jones, Peter Kenmir, Laura Lyons, Ryan McGowen, Henry Milner-Benham, Joe Murphy, James Nichols, Pearlin Paudyal, Doug Wescott, Henry Wigston and Alex Woodsford.

Support Staff Vacancy: for the role of Development Assistant, working as part of a small team to provide administrative support on all aspects of the Development Office’s work in its function to deliver the fundraising and alumni relations objectives of the school.  This is a fixed term contract, running until the end of the Summer term 2018 (although it may lead to a longer term role). Hours routinely 9.30-12.30 weekdays, term time (including INSET days), although flexibility in working arrangements will be required. The role will demand evening and weekend work and may require some work during the school holidays. The precise hours can be negotiated for the right candidate. Please follow this link for full job details / requirements and how to apply. Applications close: 4pm, Monday 25th September 2017.

Music Department News:
Music theory lessons: This year we are once again running music theory lessons. These will take place in the Music Department after school on Wednesdays, 4-5pm. There will be thirty lessons across the year, at a cost of £5 per lesson, payable termly. Lessons are mainly aimed at those wanting to take ABRSM Grade 5 theory in June 2018. Please follow this link for Music Theory forms.  Forms should be returned to Louise Turner in the Music Department as soon as possible. Please direct any questions or concerns to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Music Society: Open to everyone, the Pate’s Music Society runs a series of workshops, lectures and concert trips throughout the year, here at Pate’s and further afield. Highlights from previous years include: Baroque cornett workshop; Introduction to Harp; Dvorak, Brahms and Beethoven by the CBSO with exclusive pre-concert talk from Steven Isserlis and Joshua Bell; La Traviata at the Royal Opera House… Sign up on the Music Noticeboard or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the latest info about upcoming events!

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Music dates for this term: Below is the music calendar for the autumn term. Please ensure you have these dates in your diary, particularly if your child has signed up for a music ensemble, as participation in concerts is part of the commitment. I’d like to draw particular attention to the Cory Band workshop and concert on Sunday 8th October: we are incredibly lucky to have this world famous brass band performing at Pate’s, and both events will be unmissable. Please follow this link to buy tickets.

House Music - Weds & Thurs 27th & 28th September 7pm - MATINEE TICKETS HERE
Brass workshop with Cory Band - Sun 8th October 10am-12pm
(above in conjunction with Gloucestershire Youth Brass Band)
Cory Band Concert - Sun 8th October 3-5.30pm  TICKETS HERE
GCSE solo recordings - Weds 18th October all day
Recital Evening - Tues 17th October 6pm
Autumn Concert - Thurs 16th November 7pm
GCSE ensemble recordings - Mon 11th December all day
Carol Service - Weds 13th December @ Christchurch 7pm

Music ensembles starting w/c 2nd October: Regular rehearsals for music ensembles will kick off after House Music, in the week commencing Monday 2nd October. Please click here to see the timetable.  Please note especially the following ensembles, which are new this year: String Ensemble (Tuesday lunch, G6+), Brass Ensemble (Friday lunch, all welcome). We look forward to seeing lots of faces, new and old, in October!

All parents are invited to the Parents’ Association AGM from 7pm to 8pm on Wednesday, 4th October in the Art Gallery. Tea and cake afterwards! New committee members will be elected and annual reports submitted. In the following year several key committee members (including but not limited to Chair, 100 Club and Stock Manager) will come to the end of their term of office. If you are interested in becoming involved in this rewarding and fun part of Pate’s life please pop in to the AGM or email our current Chair Laurette Thomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. A few months of shadowing could be really useful.

The Parents’ Association secondhand uniform service is moving up a notch. A PA volunteer will open and man the cupboard on the First and Third Fridays of every month and also by arrangement. A wish-list has also been established so if you are looking for a specific item of uniform and it is not there, just pop it on the list and the PA will be in touch if one is donated. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any requests or queries.

URGENT: Host Families for Chinese Students in September – payment of £150 per week: Unfortunately we are still a touch short of one or two families to host our Chinese visitors from September 28th to October 14th 2017. The students are aged 16-17 and so looking forward to their 2 weeks here, seeing what it's like to be a Pate's student – we don’t want to have to turn anyone away! Hosting forms are available here.  Frequency asked questions here. If you would like to ask any questions please email Mrs Sam Attwood (here) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible. Last year was a real success, and these kinds of opportunities to forge international links and support others is part of what make Pate's special. Thank you for your support.

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DIWALI 2017: We are entering into the third year of Diwali celebrations at Pate’s. Calling for entries for the Diwali show. If you have been involved in previous years you will know what a wonderful celebration of Indian dance, food and culture this is. It is something we are very proud of at Pate’s and it would not be possible without the help of Thrinethra Gowri Shankar (Y11) and her family. We would like as many people as possible to be involved, as follows:
We would like following information of students who would like to perform dances:
Individual / Group Name:
Item: Indian Dance / Musical Instruments/Music
Music associated with the item:
Participants' name:
We would like the following information if you would like to help compere the show:
Name:
Year:
We are planning to include Indian Folk dance for Mums / Dads and if any of the parents would like to take part, please send your interest to the above email address. The practise sessions will be organised during school lunch times or in the evenings. We are also planning to have a group song while lighting the candles at the very beginning of the show. It is a repetition of the verses and maximum of 5 minutes. If you are interested in singing please send your details. Again the practice sessions will be organised during school lunch times or in the evenings. You will get a recorded version to practice at leisure. We are looking for at least 20 – 25 students.
Please send us your details AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to Thrinethra Gowri Shankar, Year 11 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you need any more information, please contact Thrinethra. We are really excited about this year’s show as so many new things will be included and the planning is well underway.

Internet Family Safety Workshop – Wed 25 October 12.30-2.30pm in Gloucester: Gloucestershire County Council are offering a FREE parents’ workshop with advice on all online issues, including parental controls, social media and identity theft. Please follow this link for further details.

Calendar Update:

• Tue 19 Sept 6.30-7.30pm – Duke of Edinburgh BRONZE Award info for parents in Refectory
• Wed 20 Sept 6.30-7.30pm – Duke of Edinburgh SILVER/GOLD Award info for parents in Refectory
• Wed 27 Sept @ 2pm – House Music Matinée Performance
• Wed 27 Sept @ 7pm – House Music Evening Performance
• Thur 28 Sept @ 7pm – House Music Evening Performance + Adjudication
• Wed 4 Oct 7-8pm – Parents’ Association AGM
• Thurs 5 Oct 6.30-8.30pm – Y12 Parents’ Speaker and Social event
• Sun 8 Oct 3-5.30pm – Cory Brass Band Concert
• Thurs 12 Oct 5.30-7.30pm – Y7 Parents’ Social
• Sat 14 Oct 5-7pm – Diwali Celebration

Trips this week:
20 September – Yr12/13 Politics/Geography Students (49 Students) Sherbourne Cinema – 09.00-11.20.

Student Achievements:
Rosanna Crabb-Lahei (Y13) has been awarded a prestigious Army Officer Scholarship award and bursary, enabling her to go to Sandhurst after her degree for army officer training. Rosanna is hoping to study medicine and become an army doctor. Extremely well done to Rosanna, and thanks to the members of staff who have supported her throughout the application process.
Cambridge University competition Special Commendations: Becky Fox (Y13) received a Special Commendation for the Cambridge Robinson College essay competition - for her essay on 'If our ideas about gender are culturally shaped, should children be allowed to watch Disney films?’ Asisa Johal (Y13) received a special commendation for the RA Butler Competition run by Trinity College, Cambridge for her essay on ‘How does the concept of intersectionality affect our understanding of gender inequality?’  Congratulations to Becky and Asisa, who will be collecting their prizes from Cambridge university in a few weeks’ time.

School Transport Update: We have had a lift-Share request from a family living the Worcester area. If you would like to make contact, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 11 September 2017

ADLINES: 

  • Welcome to a new year at Pate's
  • House Sponsors
  • House Music - 27th & 28th September
  • Cory Band Concert - Sun 8th October 3-5.30pm
  • Diwali 2017 - Sat 14th October 5-7pm - CALLING DANCERS AND SINGERS
  • House Drama DVDs available
  • House Drama Photos available
  • CCF Update
  • Pate's Sport
  • Calendar Update
  • School Transport Update

It has been a privilege welcoming the students for the start of term, particularly our new students, who have been getting to know each other as part of a fun programme of induction activities. In our first assembly of the year we celebrated the school’s outstanding GCSE and A Level exam results and also talked to students about the latest building improvements which were made over the summer, thanks largely to our successful grant for new windows along the back of school.  In today’s whole school assembly we showed a film we made at the end of last term, in which students talk about how they feel the school meets their individual needs. Based on these interviews with students and staff, we have identified three key features which interviewees tell us they most value about Pate’s. These are: ‘Embracing Challenge’, ‘Supporting Each Other’, and ‘Shaping the Future’, and over the coming months we will be exploring new and innovative ways to do more of the same, even better. Pate’s is an ‘Outstanding’ school in every respect, but I believe that, by collaborating and sharing ideas, we can take it beyond outstanding. I would welcome feedback from parents on this subject – please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I would like to welcome all new Pate’s families and very much look forward to working alongside you in the year ahead.

I would like to formally welcome and thank our House Sponsors for this academic year. We hugely grateful for the continued support from Montpellier Lodge and Harrison Clark Rickerbys and welcome on-board Zoom, Richmond Villages and Hazlewoods. Their support enables our fabulous house competitions to continue.

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Pate’s House Music 2017 tickets are now on sale for performances on Wed 27th September - matinée at 2pm and evening performance at 7pm; and Thursday 28th September at 7pm (with adjudication). The theme this year is ‘Revolution’ and there will be the usual boys and girls massed choirs, orchestra and band competitions and sell-out audiences. Please do, where possible, consider the matinée performance, especially if you are buying more than 2 tickets – it is ideal for grandparents and younger families; there is a lovely atmosphere and it is every bit as good as the evening performances, just a less busy, more relaxing experience! There are record numbers of students taking part this year and tickets will sell out very quickly, especially for the evening performances. Your PA will be running their fabulous bar as usual – show tickets cost £8 (adults) £3 (students) and are available on the school website (here). 

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We are privileged to have the world-famous Cory Band (est. c130 years) performing at Pate’s on Sunday 8 October 3-5.30pm. Tickets cost £10 – or £15 to sit on the balcony – and are available to buy on our website (here). To see The Cory Band perform live is honestly breath-taking, so don’t miss out! Please do spread the word (this event is open to the general public). This band currently holds every single cup in the band world and they will be performing on a specially built-out stage for maximum effect! As well as performing the concert, they will be working with Gloucestershire young musicians during the day, who will then have the incredible opportunity of accompanying the Cory Band on stage for one of their pieces. This event is open to the wider community and there will be a bar serving drinks and snacks. Please do join us for an unforgettably stirring experience. To read more about the band and visit their website and Youtube Channel please follow this link.

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DIWALI 2017: Time flies very quickly and we are entering into the third year of Diwali celebrations at Pate’s. It’s that time of the year to call for entries for the Diwali show. If you have been involved in previous years you will know what a wonderful celebration of Indian dance, food and culture this is. It is something we are very proud of at Pate’s and it would not be possible without the help of Thrinethra Gowri Shankar (Y11) and her family. We would like as many people as possible to be involved, as follows:

We would like following information of students who would like to perform dances:

Individual / Group Name:
Item: Indian Dance / Musical Instruments/Music
Music associated with the item:
Participants' name:
We would like the following information if you would like to help compere the show:
Name:
Year:
We are planning to include Indian Folk dance for Mums / Dads and if any of the parents would like to take part, please send your interest to the above email address. The practise sessions will be organised during school lunch times or in the evenings. We are also planning to have a group song while lighting the candles at the very beginning of the show. It is a repetition of the verses and maximum of 5 minutes. If you are interested in singing please send your details. Again the practice sessions will be organised during school lunch times or in the evenings. You will get a recorded version to practice at leisure. We are looking for at least 20 – 25 students.
Please send us your details AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to Thrinethra Gowri Shankar, Year 11 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you need any more information, please contact Thrinethra. We are really excited about this year’s show as so many new things will be included and the planning is well underway.

House Drama DVDs available: Pre-ordered House Drama DVDs are now available to collect from Reception – if you would like to place a last-minute order please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Most DVDs have been pre-paid on School Gateway, but just a reminder that any extras which have been ordered by email will need to be paid for on collection (£10). My thanks to Tristan Sharman (Y12) who filmed all three shows and spent many hours editing over the summer to produce the film. All proceeds will be reinvested in our tech and media crew, which is great news for our student team and our future productions.
House Drama Photos available: we have some fabulous photos of House Drama – please follow this link to check them out. We are able to send you electronic versions of the images for a small admin charge (details in the link).

CCF Update: Students starting in Year 9 are invited to join CCF and begin training in September 2017. We have migrated to an online joining form which can be found on the website at www.pgsccf.com. The latest newsletter can be found at http://www.pgsccf.com/newsletter

We are always seeking to recruit new volunteers to assist with running the CCF: parents or teachers who have an interest in military matters or have served in the military who would like to assist are invited to get in touch. Our last recruitment drive through the parent community was extremely successful and we now have one of the most highly qualified CCF instructor group in the region. Paid training days are available for supporting events and it is an ideal opportunity to attain new skills and qualifications. There is no minimum commitment required….just give what you can. Higher staff numbers means a higher chance of us being able to offer varied and exciting events to the cadets. If interested please contact the Contingent Commander, Major Cameron Mackay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pate’s Sport:
OPRO mouth guard fitting – Can all students who have ordered an OPRO mouth guard attend the fitting on Wednesday 13th September in the art gallery from 1.30-3.30pm. If you would like to order a mouth guard visit the OPRO website (full details here).
Pate’s Sport website – A reminder to present students and an introduction to new that all sports fixtures and results can be found on our Pate’s Sport website (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Teams will be selected on line, detailing departure and arrival times for matches.
Pate’s Sport Twitter – Follow all latest Pate’s sports news on @PatesSport
Doctor support wanted: On Saturday 23rd September we are looking for a doctor who is willing to stand in as medical care at the Malvern College rugby matches at Pate’s, 1.50-3.30pm. Malvern College require the home school to supply a doctor on site to allow their games to be played. The 3 senior rugby sides are at home, so a parent of those teams would make a perfect fit. If you feel you can help out please be in touch with Mr Dandy (Head of PE) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for your support.

Calendar Update:

  • Wed 13 Sept – OPRO Mouthguard fitting 1.30-3.30pm in Art Gallery
  • Thur 14 Sept – School photographs (individuals Year 7-10)
  • Fri 15 Sept - School photographs (individuals Year 12)
  • Tue 19 Sept 6.30-7.30pm – Duke of Edinburgh BRONZE Award info for parents in Refectory
  • Wed 20 Sept 6.30-7.30pm – Duke of Edinburgh SILVER/GOLD Award info for parents in Refectory
  • Wed 27 Sept @ 2pm – House Music Matinée Performance
  • Wed 27 Sept @ 7pm – House Music Evening Performance
  • Thur 28 Sept @ 7pm – House Music Evening Performance + Adjudication

School Transport Update: we have had a lift-share enquiry from a family living out in the Berkeley area. If you would like to pursue this please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Finally, I would like to wish all Pate’s families a happy and exciting Autumn term and I look forward to seeing many of you at House Music in three weeks’ time.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Summer Message 2017

HEADLINES: 

House Drama 2017
Thank you to our House Sponsors
House Drama DVD
Pate's Refugee 6th form Society
Charity Day
DIWALI 2017 - CALL FOR DANCERS, SINGERS AND PARENTS!
Sporting Success
Calendar Update
Back-to-School Photos!

Congratulations to everyone who was involved in House Drama this week – it was a momentous occasion and when York were announced the winners, not having won it ever before, it felt more like the winning goal in Wembley stadium than a school hall! Pembroke received the Director’s special award – the Shakespeare Cup (kindly donated by Edward Derbyshire) - their show ‘The Firebird’ was outstanding, despite only having Y7s in it! What a talented and spirited group! The following awards were made: Beaufort – Choreography; Gloucester – Stagecraft; Richmond – Music; York – Design. The award for good will, organisation and dedication, obviously must go to our amazing five star Parents’ Association! Thank you so much to them for their amazing generosity and hospitality!  My thanks to the staff who gave their all to achieve such a spectacle, and to Edward Derbyshire in particular, who sadly leaves us this summer to follow exciting projects of his own.  His Gloucestershire Youth Players will be on tour performing 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at various locations this week - please visit their website for details www.gyptheatre.org

We were delighted to be supported by our House Sponsors at the Tuesday evening House Drama performance. I would like to express my thanks to Montpellier Lodge (Beaufort), Harrison Clark Rickersbys (Gloucester), Willans (Pembroke), MD2MD (Richmond) and Evans Jones (York) for their sponsorship over the last 12 months. Our House System is reliant on the extra funds provided by these sponsors. We look forward to welcoming some new sponsors on board in September. More on that at the start of next term.

Thanks to Tristan Sharman (Y11), who very kindly filmed this year's House Drama and will be producing a film on DVD over the summer holiday. The DVD costs £10 and copies can be ordered via Schoolcomms until 31st July. However, if you would like to order more than one DVD, then a separate order will need to be placed and paid for separately. Please email us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to order extra copies. The DVDs will be available to collect in September.  Photos will also be available to order in September.

This week, the Pate's Refugee 6th form Society organised an informative lunchtime talk from Adele Owen, the Director of GARAS, (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees). Adele outlined the current concerns surrounding human rights for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and the gaps in provision for social care and education. The society were given lots of pointers for pressure group lobbying and ways to raise awareness with the younger years as they take their newly formed society forward next year. Thank you to Ellie Williams (Y12) for organising this valuable opportunity.

Yesterday’s Charity Day was great fun and superbly well-organised by our sixth form team, who managed to raise £1333.58! This will be split between Cancer Research UK and The British Heart Foundation. Well done to them and to everyone who performed on the open mic. Special thanks to Denise Hardy for her support and encouragement.

DIWALI 2017:  Time flies very quickly and we are entering into the third year of Diwali celebrations at Pate’s. It’s that time of the year to call for entries for the Diwali show. If you have been involved in previous years you will know what a wonderful celebration of Indian dance, food and culture this is. It is something we are very proud of at Pate’s and it would not be possible without the help of Thrinethra Gowri Shankar (Y11) and her family. We would like as many people as possible to be involved, as follows:

We would like following information of students who would like to perform dances:

Individual / Group Name:
Item: Indian Dance / Musical Instruments/Music
Music associated with the item:
Participants' name:

We would like the following information if you would like to help compere the show:
Name:
Year:

We are planning to include Indian Folk dance for Mums / Dads and if any of the parents would like to take part, please send your interest to the above email address. The practice sessions will be organised during school lunch times or in the evenings.  We are also planning to have a group song while lighting the candles at the very beginning of the show. It is a repetition of the verses and maximum of 5 minutes. If you are interested in singing please send your details. Again the practice sessions will be organised during school lunch times or in the evenings. You will get a recorded version to practice at leisure. We are looking for at least 20 – 25 students.

The closing date for entries are 25th August 2017. Please send us your details to Thrinethra Gowri Shankar, Year 11 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you need any more information, please contact Thrinethra. We are really excited about this year’s show as so many new things will be included and the planning is well underway.

Sporting Success:
District cricket success: Both the U13 and U15 cricket teams played in the Cheltenham and District Cricket Finals last week. The U13s chased Bournside's total hard but came up short, however the U15s scored freely to score the 130 to win with a few overs to spare. Congratulations to both teams and to Sarosh Khan who scored 51 not out in the winning U15 team.

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Shooting Success: Pate's have won the UK Schools Aggregate for the second year against some of the wealthiest independent schools in the country, such as Charterhouse, Wellington and many more. We've also won the trophies for the Gloucestershire and South West regions. We won silver in the 'falling plate' competition, a race to hit down 10 small targets with the GP assault rifle. Four cadets made the GP 20, meaning they are some of the best GP shooters in the country, and similarly we had four cadets in the CTR Cadet 100 (cadet target rifle). In shotgun, we also attained a bronze medal for the school. This has been an outstanding year for the team, building on last year's success. Congratulations to them on this really incredible achievement, and thanks in particular to our Head of Outdoor Education, Jane Jowett, for making it possible for our students to compete at this level.

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Congratulations to Dhruthi Harish (Y7), who won the Avon County Road to Wimbledon Tournament last weekend, which qualifies her to represent Avon County and compete in the National finals which will be held next month on the grass courts at Wimbledon.

Calendar Update:
Pre-season rugby training: With everyone excited about next season’s rugby, pre-season training has been organised for Friday 1st September, as detailed in the attached letter. Please make every effort to attend. Thank you.
Mon 4th September – INSET DAY – NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
Tues 5th September – New Y7 and new Y12 students only in school
Wed 6th September – School restarts for all

As promised, here are some photos from last week’s fun Back-to-School day, organised for parents by our fun-loving PA – enjoy!

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It only remains for me to thank parents and students for your support throughout this year, for following our news and for all your invaluable contributions to school life. I wish everyone a great summer.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 17th July 2017

HEADLINES:

  • Back-to-School Day Report and Grazes!
  • House Drama Tickets and Further Information
  • House Drama HELP NEEDED!
  • Second-hand school uniform needed – especially sports kit and girls’ uniform
  • Charity Day – Thurs 20th July – Rides / Stalls / Mufti
  • House Polo Shirts – please order by Tuesday
  • Host Families Needed for Chinese Students in September
  • Netflix warning!
  • OPRO Mouthguard – book your child’s fitting
  • Summer Sports Team Photos available to order
  • Pre-season Rugby Training – Fri 1st September
  • Calendar and Trips Update
  • GYP ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ tour 2017
  • Sports Success

The Parents’ Association ‘Back-to-School Day’ and school disco was great fun on Monday and raised over £3,000! I would like to thank those daring parents who signed themselves up for a day in lessons, including school lunch, choir practise and PE! All had managed to dress up in full uniform, complete with kit bag, and they blended right in! It is fair to say that a Pate’s school day is a full-on experience (as any student will tell you), and by the end of the day our high flyers were tired, but happy (I am excluding PE injuries and I do hope that the swelling is going down by now). Thanks to our fun-loving PA / parents / staff and thanks to all the students who were so welcoming and polite. Particular thanks to Shirley Park for organising and running (literally!) the event so perfectly. Here are some of the comments we received afterwards (photos to follow next week):

“It would be impossible to sum up just how impressive every aspect of the school was but, for me, the quality of the people we came into contact with I found very inspiring...”
“The students around the school were ALL models of good-manners and respect...”
“It's basically a shopping list of everything you would ever wish for in a teacher...”
“Thanks once again for an unforgettable day...”
“The whole experience almost made me wish I could repeat my school days! I do hope the current pupils appreciate how lucky they are to attend PGS!”

Looking ahead to next week, just a few practical details about House Drama: On Monday: students involved will be off timetable all day to rehearse. Those involved may again wear their House T Shirts. Year 12 not involved will have lessons as usual, years 7- 10 not involved will have a separate programme based over in Cookery with Mr Guichonet. On Tuesday: students should be back in full uniform - although they will need to remember their costumes here appropriate! Lessons 1 - 4 will happen as usual, although each House will miss one lesson in the morning and then take part in a medley rehearsal in the afternoon. On Tuesday evening pupils need to be back in school by 6:00 p.m. ready for the evening performance, and we would encourage pupils to go home between the end of school and the performance. However, if this is not possible, pupils may stay in school in the Refectory. Students opting to stay in school will need to stay in the Refectory from 3.45 – 6.30 pm and will need to bring a packed tea. They will not be allowed off site for any reason. PLEASE ALSO NOTE: Food will only be served in the Refectory at BREAK TIME on Tuesday - NOT AT LUNCH. On Wednesday: the House Drama matinée performance will finish at approximately 5.15 pm. Pupils may then either go home or again stay in school in the Refectory. On Wednesday evening the Parents Association will be serving Hot Dogs to pupils between performances - £1.50 (cash or 'finger') or again pupils can opt to bring a packed tea. Take Away Food (e.g. MacDonalds) may not be brought onto the school site by pupils in any year group on either night. Thank you in anticipation of your help with this. Any questions about the practical arrangements for House Drama next week should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We are all looking forward to three great performances!  Pate’s House Drama 2017 tickets are still available for the matinée performance (here).

House Drama - PARENT HELP NEEDED! The PA needs more volunteers to help serve refreshments at next week’s House Drama. Specifically they are short of help for the intervals in all three shows and to help serve food to all the students taking part from 4pm and 5.30pm on Wednesday (19th July). If you have some time or are coming to a performance please consider clicking on http://doodle.com/poll/iiyy7kga7mmbuxys, popping your name down and ticking the time slot when you can help. Thank you.

PA's second-hand uniform needed! The PA's second-hand uniform sale was so successful at the Year 7s evening that is has been almost completely stripped of stock! Please, please, they beg, could you check through cupboards and donate any uniform you no longer need in particular sports kit and girls uniform. Please hand in to Reception. Thank you!

Charity Day Rides and Stalls! Please note that next Thursday 20th July – the penultimate day of term – is our annual Charity Day at school, organised by a team of sixth formers to raise money for their chosen charities: Cancer Research UK and British Heart Foundation. Students will pay £1 to dress in red, blue and pink (£1.50 for normal mufti). There will be wet inflatable rides, so students will need to bring a spare pair of clothes and towel for this. We also advise sun cream, a hat and plenty of water. Students will need to bring spending money so that they can go on the rides and take part in other activities and stalls. Small snacks will also be available to buy.

ORDER YOU HOUSE POLO SHIRTS FOR SEPTEMBER HERE: We are opening the ordering window for the optional House Polo shirts with an option to order and make payment via Schoolgateway. The order window will be open until Tuesday 18th July so that the bulk order can be placed before the summer holiday and the shirts available at the start of the new term in September. The polo shirts cost £10 each and are a classic polycotton polo shirt with collar, flat knit cuffs and three button neck opening. They also feature the school logo and relevant house name. The House Polo shirt is an OPTIONAL purchase but many students like to wear them for the various House Events that take place throughout the school year. If you would like to order one please do so via Schoolgateway (here). There is no need to indicate colour as this will come through against your son/daughter’s name when you place an order but it is ESSENTIAL THAT YOU INDICATE IN THE COMMENTS BOX THE SIZE YOU WANT. The 9-10 and 11-12 sizes are in the children’s range and the XS – L sizing are in the adult range, so the cuff diameter is more generous. Please follow this link to see a table of measurements / sizes.

Host Families for Chinese Students in September: We are pleased to announce that as part of continued friendship with HaiLiang School in China, we are offering students the chance to host a Chinese young person this coming September. Hosting forms are available here. To ensure that you are in with a chance and don't miss out, forms must be returned by Friday 7th July. Please follow this link for further information and answers to frequently asked questions attached.

As we approach the summer holidays I wanted to draw your attention to a new Netflix film which is being released on Friday called ‘To The Bone’. Eating disorder charities are divided on the show, with some worrying it will glamorise eating disorders. A useful link about the film can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40553260/new-netflix-film-about-anorexia-divides-eating-disorder-activists . Our recommendation is that you watch the show yourselves first of all and if you deem it appropriate then watch it together with your son or daughter before having a discussion of the characterisation and portrayal of eating disorders. As always we will continue to support students to make healthy choices and lead healthy lifestyles through the pastoral system, PDC curriculum and academic lessons. We just felt it prudent to draw your attention to it before the holiday. Andrew Jones, Deputy Head.

OPRO Mouth guard fitting:  As in previous years, we have organised for OPRO to visit school with 2 dental teams to professionally fit mouth guards. As a school we highly recommend mouth guards for rugby and hockey to protect from impact injuries and potential concussion. The mouth guards are of excellent quality, designed individually and are always named. Please see the attached information and contact OPRO directly if you are interested in booking your child in for a fitting. The fitting will take place in the Art Gallery on Wednesday 13th September from 1.30pm. 

Summer sports team photos:  A reminder that our summer team photos are now available from Academy Portraits by using the following link and access code: www.academyorder.co.uk. Access code: 4MQGF54L.
Pre-season rugby training:  With everyone excited about next season’s rugby, pre-season training has been organised for Friday 1st September, as detailed in the attached letter. Please make every effort to attend.  Thank you.

Calendar Update:
• Tues 18 July – House Drama Performance @ 7pm
• Wed 19 July – House Drama Matinée Performance @ 2pm
• Wed 19 July – House Drama Performance & Adjudication @ 7pm
• Thurs 20 July – Summer Charity Day student entertainments from 1pm
• Fri 21 July – School finishes for summer at 12:00 – buses will arrive early

Trip this week: Prague Music Tour: 21st July – 27th July 2017

GYP ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ tour 2017: GYP is a youth theatre company made up of Pate’s students past and present – a perfect summer’s evening!GYP e-flyer 1 CopyGYP e-flyer 2 Copy

Year 7 Rounders District Tournament: The Y7 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! Congratulations and very well done to them.

You may have previously read about the unprecedented individual 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

Rehearsals are going very well for next week’s House Drama and the excitement is building. Our independent judges very kindly came into school to see how rehearsals are progressing, ready for their very difficult adjudication on Wednesday evening after the final performance. It has been great to hear music and singing all around school and I know that House Drama will be a spectacular finale to mark end of another year at Pate’s. I wish everyone a restful weekend to recharge those batteries for a very tiring last week of term, and I look forward to welcome many of you to the performances on Tuesday and Wednesday, when we can marvel at one of the most special events in the school year.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

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