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Head Master's February Half Term Message

HEADLINES: 

  • Humanities Week News
  • House Swimming Gala results
  • Spring Fair – Donations welcome
  • Performing Arts Showcase – Wed 28th Feb @ 7pm
  • Calendar Update
  • Outdoor Education / DoE / CCF Update
  • Cars on Site

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We currently have two parent governor vacancies: Please follow this link for full details, job description and self-nomination form. The deadline for nominations is midnight on Wednesday 21st February.

In assembly this morning I was delighted to present Rugby Colours in recognition of commitment and achievement in Pate’s rugby, and also to officially thank PE staff for all their commitment, training and running fixtures throughout the season. Please follow this link to see the Awards. Shortly after assembly PE staff set off with students to the Austrian Alps on their annual ski trip, and over the weekend our cadets will be off skiing with the CCF.  My thanks to all the staff involved in running these trips.

Humanities Week 2018: Students have participated in a wide range of activities linked to this year's theme of ‘GeoPolitics’. Students had the opportunity to attend a lecture from the National Council of Women which commemorated 100 years of the Women's Vote and brought this topic up to present day (please follow this link for more information about the National Council for Young Women).  Y7 took part in a Spirited Arts activity exploring what it means to be human; Y9 in a 'Digging for Victory' in today's world which culminated in the winners of a slogan competition having the opportunity to make a legendary Woolton Pie. Y10 continued to support Amnesty international, writing persuasive letters to support a wide variety of causes. Thank you to the Humanities teachers and Y12 students for collaborating to provide such a variety of opportunities for the students this week.

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Pate's marked the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 - the first in a series of milestones in the fight for democratic equality with a series of lunchtime activities organised by Year 12 Politics students. This included a passionate debate with the teams arguing for and against the motion, 'This house believes that we have gender equality today, 100 years after the vote', a sign design art competition for the Suffragettes and Suffragists and a cake sale that raised money for a local refuge. It was fantastic to see the Y12s get so enthused about the campaign for universal suffrage and commemorate the occasion. Our Member of the UK Youth Parliament for Cheltenham and Tewkesbury, Harriet Hards (Y13), was interviewed by The Big Issue and you can read the feature on her priorities for Feminism today – here

On Wednesday, Year 12 politics students went to Cheltenham Ladies' College to hear a talk from Professor Matthew Flinders from Sheffield University. He offered an interesting insight into his reflections on the campaigns and outcome of the 2017 General Election, and on ideas of populism versus popularity. It was fascinating to hear about how he believed Labour's 'glorious defeat' had come about and how the political climate has changed over recent years to allow for the rise of a smaller party, UKIP, in 2015, and the reasons behind the rise of populism in politics. It was particularly useful as it directly links to our course on democracy, and was an exciting opportunity to further develop our arguments, viewpoints and opinions.

"During Thursday Lunchtime this week, a mix of Politics, History and Geography students from Y12 & 13 were lucky to receive a talk from former Colonial Officer John Smith CBE, who had served the British Empire in Nigeria, The Solomon Islands and then The Gilbert and Ellice Islands. Tasked with de-colonisation, Mr Smith's role was to train locals into efficient administrative staff - and was clearly a job he took great pride in. While accepting the many atrocities which occurred under British rule, Mr Smith offered a positive view of imperialism and the way he and his colleagues had prepared and developed these men into new leaders to rule prosperous and modernised nations. We can only thank him for talking to us, as personal experiences such as his are so interesting, and incredibly rare to hear."  Harry Folkard 12R1

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Well done to everyone involved in the swimming gala over the past fortnight and congratulations to the PE Department and Heads of House for once again masterminding this spectacular event. Thanks also to Mr Nigel Hosken for keeping score! Here are the final results: 4 House Competition – Juniors (Yr9) and Inters (Yrs 10&11) - 4th York 296pts; 3rd Gloucester 304pts; 2nd Richmond 323pts; 1st Beaufort 367pts. 5 House Competition- Minors (Yrs7&8) and Seniors (Yrs12&13) - 5th York 283pts; 4th Gloucester 300pts; 3rd Beaufort 304pts; 2nd Richmond 316pts; 1st Pembroke 338pts. Individual awards will be presented after half term.

SPRING FAIR DONATIONS WELCOME: please could you send in any items for raffle hampers and tombola – any of the following is ideal: chocolates, sweet treats, biscuits, bottles, unwanted small gifts, toiletries, etc. The Spring Fair is just around the corner – 10th March – and an army of volunteers were in school today sorting books of raffle tickets into envelopes ready to distribute after half term. Thanks to the sixth formers who took the opportunity to serenade them with a surprise love song – I am sure that is something they won’t forget in a hurry!

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Performing Arts Showcase Wednesday 28th February @ 7pm (Hall): Tickets are now on sale for this variety show of talent from all year groups. Please join us for an evening of great entertainment – pre-theatre and interval refreshments kindly provided by our Parents’ Association. Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 students and are available online (here). 

Calendar Update:

  • Sun 18 Feb – Choral Concert rehearsal for parents 7-9pm (school hall)
  • Mon 19 Feb – INSET DAY (no students in school)
  • Tues 20 Feb – School restarts (Y12 out on Work Experience Week)
  • w/c 26 Feb – Pate’s Reading Week
  • Tues 27 Feb – Y8 & 9 Girls HPV vaccinations NB **Y8 to return signed consent forms**
  • Wed 28 Feb – Performing Arts Showcase @ 7pm (tickets here)
  • Mon 5th Mar – Y8 Grade Cards
  • Tues 6th Mar – Y7 Grade Cards
  • Tues 6th Mar – School Photographer (Y7,11 & 13 class groups + Y11 & 13 whole year groups)
  • Tues 6th Mar – Y8 Parents’ Evening 3-7pm
  • Wed 7th Mar @ 6.30pm – Y12 Speaker – Andrew Spencer (Cambridge University)
  • Thurs 8th Mar – Y7 Pizza & Onesie Night (after school until 7.15pm)
  • Sat 10th Mar 10.30-12.30 - PA SPRING FAIR

Outdoor Education Department - Update

Trips: There are now only limited spaces for our trips to Nepal 2018 and Canada 2019, please book to avoid disappointment. Full details can be found at www.patesgsdofe.org

Duke of Edinburgh: All Bronze level participants who have completed Core Skills who have not already signed up now need to sign up for their Day Walks which are set for weekends in early March. They also need to be considering their choice of date and then signing up for Planning Days, Practice Weekends and Assessment Weekends. There are limited places for all of these, so will be allocated on the basis of first come/first served. Sign up is via the links at http://www.patesgsdofe.org/bronze
All Silver and Gold level participants also need to be considering their choice of date Practice Weekends and Assessment Weekends. There are limited places for all of these, so will be allocated on the basis of first come/first served. Sign up is via the links at http://www.patesgsdofe.org/silver or http://www.patesgsdofe.org/gold

Combined Cadet Force:

  • Gloucestershire Joint Services Cadet Committee are hosting a Spring Skills Competition on 04 March 2018. All interested Cadets please sign up online at www.pgsccf.com
  • CCF FTX 16-18 March 2018, this open to RAF as well as Army Cadets.
  • CCF Annual Inspection is being held on 19 April 2018, full details will follow soon.
  • CCF Summer Camp is being held at Okehampton 23-29 June 2018, booking is now open on our website (here). 
  • CCF Skiing Trip to Bavaria 16-23 February 2019 is now open for booking. THIS IS OPEN TO ALL YEAR 8s WHO ARE PLANNING TO JOIN THE CCF IN SEPTEMBER 2018. HERE

Cars on site: Due to the building project at the front of school, spaces for dropping off and parking are restricted, which is interrupting the flow of traffic at drop-off and pick-up times. Please could we ask that drivers be considerate, as follows:-

  • Rather than driving along the front of school with buses in the morning please keep left (one way loop) and exit the second gate (next to caretaker's house)
  • Please do not pull over and block traffic at entrance / along the front of school
  • Please avoid driving onto the school site if possible. Thank you for your support.

Finally, I would like to wish all Pate’s families a restful and happy half term.  Please see the Sports Review below.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 Pate's Sports Weekly Review

Sat 03 Feb 2018 - Sat 10 Feb 2018

Basketball

 

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Report

 

16:00 Mon
05 Feb 18

Boys-U18A

Home

Archway School

HWO

   

16:00 Tue
06 Feb 18

Boys-U18A

Home

Wycliffe College

Lost : 52 - 76

   

16:00 Tue
06 Feb 18

Boys-U15A

Home

Cotswold School

Won : 41 - 36

   

16:00 Wed
07 Feb 18

Boys-U14A

Home

Cleeve School

Won : 40 - 38

   
   

Cricket

 

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Report

 

12:00 Wed
07 Feb 18

Girls-U15A

Neutral

tbc

Won

Pate's 86 - 7 vs Cheltenham Ladies College 74 - 8 - Won

Pate's 75 - 5 vs Winchcombe 60 - 7 - Won

District Ladies Taverns Champions

 
   

Football

 

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Report

 

10:00 Sat
03 Feb 18

1st XI

Home

The King's School, Worcester

Lost : 0 - 3

   

10:00 Sat
03 Feb 18

2nd XI

Home

The King's School, Worcester

Draw : 2 - 2

   

10:00 Sat
03 Feb 18

Boys-U15A

Away

The King's School, Worcester

Lost : 1 - 3

Goals:
Sittampalam

MVP(s)
Laurie Ewles

 

10:00 Sat
03 Feb 18

Boys-U15B

Away

The King's School, Worcester

Lost : 0 - 3

   

10:00 Sat
03 Feb 18

Boys-U14A

Away

The King's School, Worcester

Won : 5 - 2

Goals:
Cheslin, Wood(2), Watson(2)

MVP(s)
Ryan Watson

 

10:00 Sat
03 Feb 18

Boys-U14B

Away

The King's School, Worcester

Canc : -

   

14:30 Tue
06 Feb 18

Boys-U14A

Away

Prince Henry's High School

Lost : 1 - 5

Goals:
Wood

MVP(s)
Oli Hepburn

 

14:30 Tue
06 Feb 18

Boys-U14B

Away

Prince Henry's High School

Lost : 0 - 1

   

14:15 Wed
07 Feb 18

1st XI

Home

All Saints' Academy

Won : 7 - 1

   

14:15 Wed
07 Feb 18

2nd XI

Home

St Edward's School, Cheltenham Boys-U18A

Post : -

   
   

Hockey

 

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Report

 

14:30 Wed
07 Feb 18

1st XI

Home

The King's School, Gloucester

Lost : 0-6

   
   

Netball

 

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Report

 

16:00 Tue
06 Feb 18

U13A

Away

Balcarras School

Won : 41 - 3

   

14:30 Wed
07 Feb 18

1st VII

Home

Hereford Cathedral School

Won : 16 - 15

MVP(s)
Rosanna Crabb-Lahei

 

14:30 Wed
07 Feb 18

2nd VII

Home

Hereford Cathedral School

Won : 24 - 23

   

14:30 Wed
07 Feb 18

3rd VII

Home

Hereford Cathedral School

Won : 34 - 7

   

14:45 Thu
08 Feb 18

U15A

Away

Hereford Cathedral School

Lost : 8 - 11

MVP(s)
Mahek Bhalla

 

14:45 Thu
08 Feb 18

U15B

Away

Hereford Cathedral School

Won : 12 - 6

MVP(s)
Holly Haines

 
   

Rugby Union

 

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Report

 

10:00 Sat
03 Feb 18

U12A

Away

QEH 7s

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QEH 7s - Waterfall tournament, 4 pools of 3 teams

4 Pate's House Teams - Beaufort Gloucester Richmond Pembroke/York

4 Katherine Lady Berkeley House Teams

4 QEH House Teams

Overall standings -

Richmond 5th Place - Silver Trophy Winners

Beaufort 6th Place

Gloucester 11th Place

Pembroke/York 12th Place

 

16:00 Thu
08 Feb 18

U12A

Away

Balcarras School

Won : 15 - 10

   

16:00 Thu
08 Feb 18

U12B

Away

Balcarras School

Draw : 20 - 20

   

 

 

Head Master's Message w/c 5th February 2018

HEADLINES:

  • Students raised £1880 for the James Hopkins Trust
  • Calling all bakers! Cake donations welcome for our fundraising day on Friday
  • Raffle Tickets for PA Spring Fair are available
  • 'Gloucestershire Conservative Future' speaker event
  • Calendar and Trips Update
  • Lost Property on display this week
  • New Sixth Form Centre Building Update
  • Pate’s Sports Weekly Update

Y10 Y & Y11 Girls South Africa sports tour 2019 – EXTENDED deadline for sign up 7th February (here)


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Charity Committee led assembly this morning to tell us all about their ‘Love is Love’ event in aid of ‘Stonewall’ this Friday. The committee will be joining forces with the school’s Amnesty society to show solidarity with LGBT+ / human rights issues, and this coming Friday 9th February will be a rainbow-themed mufti day – students should bring £1 to wear multi-coloured clothing (or £1.50 for non-rainbow mufti). There will be a variety of activities in the Gallery at break and lunchtime, as well as serenade-o-grams taking place throughout the day (bookable in advance).  Calling all bakers!: Students can help the fundraising effort by bringing in cake donations on the day please! Please bring any cake donations to the Art Gallery on Friday morning. Thank you.  Also in assembly, the outgoing committee were delighted to present a cheque for £1880 to the ‘James Hopkins Trust’, which they raised by organising Charity Day in the summer. This generous donation on behalf of our students will have a great impact on this local charity, enabling 125 hours of respite care for families with disabled children. Well done to the organisers of this event – they should be very proud to have made such a difference to such a good cause.

My thanks to our Director of Music, Ellie Lane, and her dedicated team for a fabulous concert on Wednesday evening - there can be no doubt that Pate’s is privileged to have so many talented musicians and an army of dedicated staff to support them. My thanks also to the PE Department (and Heads of House) for organising the House Swimming Gala heats this week – I am looking forward to the finals next week!

Message from Chair of Governors: We currently have two parent governor vacancies. Governors play an important decision-making role in the strategic planning and management of the school, working with the Head Master and senior leadership team, and are appointed for four years. Whatever your background, key attributes for this role are time, effort and commitment. Please follow this link for full details, job description and self-nomination form. The deadline for nominations is midnight on Wednesday 21st February.

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With the Parents’ Association Spring Fair fast approaching (March 10) raffle tickets for the magnificent Prize Draw (prizes include a deluxe two-night stay at Ellenborough Park and a year’s supply of Herbal tea!) are on sale. Books of raffle tickets will come home with students straight after half-term but if you think you may be able to sell any to family and friends over the break please take some books from the Reception desk or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for all your support.

Y13 student Matt Connole hosted a talk this week by Mike Saunders from Gloucestershire Conservative Future, who spoke to our Sixth Form Politics society on the subject of "Why I Voted Brexit". Although the many students who attended the talk did not necessarily agree with Mr Saunders' position on the subject, they were more than happy to listen to what he had to say, before asking a series of probing questions and, despite the fact that it was his first ever political speech, Mike did an excellent job of answering them. It was a valuable opportunity for those in attendance to hear arguments that they had not previously considered, and to engage in some interesting debate. Our thanks to Mike for having the courage of his convictions, and to Matt for organising the talk.

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Calendar Update:

  • Tues 6 Feb – House Swimming Gala Finals 09:00-13:00
  • Thurs 8 Feb – Y11 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
  • Fri 9 Feb – rainbow-themed Mufti day, cake sale / donations welcome!
  • Fri 9 Feb – School Finishes for half term @ 3.40pm
  • Sun 18 Feb – Choral Concert rehearsal for parents 7-9pm (school hall)
  • Mon 19 Feb – INSET DAY (no students in school)
  • Tues 20 Feb – School restarts (Y12 out on Work Experience Week)

Trips Update:

EXTENDED DEADLINE for Y10 & Y11 Girls South Africa sports tour 2019 LAUNCH – Please sign up and pay £250 deposit (here) by 7th February.

Trips for this week:

  • 6/2/18 – Y12 Geographers to Mitton Manor Primary 1.30pm-3.40pm
  • 7/2/18 – Music Trip to see ‘Wicked’ (Y10-12) – 12.30-18.30
  • 7/2/18 – Biology Live Trip, Birmingham Y12 Students 08.45-17.25
  • 9/2/18 – 17/2/18 – SKI 2018 Trip
  • 11/2/18-24/2/18 – Y12 German Work Experience

Lost Property will be available for sifting this week: we have large amounts of clothing, shoes, bags, glasses, watches, jewellery, etc. 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.

New Sixth Form Centre building update: the builders are officially moved in! The old caretakers’ garages have been demolished and foundations are laid ready to move the bin store from the front of school to the back. We will keep you updated on latest developments!

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Finally, I must thank my serenade-o-grammars for a very moving performance at the end of this morning’s assembly to promote their Valentine’s Day fundraising – priceless! (and almost speechless)

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Please see this week’s SPORTS NEWS below.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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Pate's Sports Weekly Review
Sat 27 Jan 2018 - Sat 03 Feb 2018

Basketball

 

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Report

 

16:00 Mon
29 Jan 18

Boys-U18A

Home

Marling School

Lost : 45 - 54

   

15:00 Mon
29 Jan 18

Girls-U14A

Neutral

COUNTY TOURNAMENT

Won : 0 - 0

Wynstones 15 - 28 - Won

Dean Magna 2 - 32 - Won

Thomas Keeble 12 - 18 - Won

County Champions

 

15:45 Tue
30 Jan 18

Girls-U16A

Neutral

COUNTY TOURNAMENT

Lost : 0 - 0

Wynstones 36 - 24 – Lost

 

16:15 Wed
31 Jan 18

Boys-U18A

Away

St Peter's RC High School, Gloucester

Lost : 54 - 65

   
   

Football

 

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Report

 

10:00 Sat
27 Jan 18

Boys-U15A

Away

The Crypt School

Won : 5 - 3

Goals:
Pope, Ewles, Hall(3) MVP(s)
Matthew Hall

 

10:00 Sat
27 Jan 18

Boys-U14A

Away

The Crypt School

Draw : 1 - 1

Goals:
Watson MVP(s)
Josiah Panthin

 

14:15 Wed
31 Jan 18

1st XI

Home

Churchdown School

Won : 5 - 1

   

14:15 Wed
31 Jan 18

3rd XI

Home

High School for Girls Girls-U18A

Won : 2 - 0

   

10:00 Sat
03 Feb 18

1st XI

Home

The King's School, Worcester

tbc : -

   

10:00 Sat
03 Feb 18

2nd XI

Home

The King's School, Worcester

tbc : -

   

10:00 Sat
03 Feb 18

Boys-U15A

Away

The King's School, Worcester

tbc : -

   

10:00 Sat
03 Feb 18

Boys-U15B

Away

The King's School, Worcester

tbc : -

   

10:00 Sat
03 Feb 18

Boys-U14A

Away

The King's School, Worcester

tbc : -

   
   

Handball

 

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Report

 

16:00 Tue
30 Jan 18

Boys-U15A

Neutral

District Tournament

Lost : 0 - 0

All Saints – Won

Bourneside - Lost

 

16:00 Wed
31 Jan 18

Girls-U15A

Neutral

District Tournament

Won : 0 - 0

Pitville "A" – Won

Pitville "B" – Won

Bourneside - Drew

District Champions

 

16:00 Wed
31 Jan 18

Girls-U13A

Neutral

District Tournament

Won : 0 - 0

Pitville "A" – Won

Pitville "B" - Won

Bourneside - Won

 

16:00 Thu
01 Feb 18

Boys-U13A

Neutral

District Tournament

Won : 0 - 0

Pitville - Won

Bourneside – Won

District Champions                   

 
   

Hockey

 

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Report

 

16:00 Mon
29 Jan 18

U13A

Away

RGS Worcester

Lost : 0-3

   

15:30 Wed
31 Jan 18

1st XI

Home

Sir Thomas Rich's School

Won : 4-2

   

14:30 Wed
31 Jan 18

1st XI

Away

RGS Worcester

Won : 1-0

   

14:15 Wed
31 Jan 18

2nd XI

Home

RGS Worcester

Draw : 1-1

   

16:00 Thu
01 Feb 18

U14A

Away

RGS Worcester

Lost : 0-2

   

14:30 Fri
02 Feb 18

U12A

Home

RGS Worcester

tbc : -

   

14:30 Fri
02 Feb 18

U12B

Home

RGS Worcester

tbc : -

   

14:30 Fri
02 Feb 18

U12C

Away

RGS Worcester

tbc : -

   

14:30 Fri
02 Feb 18

U12D

Away

RGS Worcester

tbc : -

   
   

Netball

 

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Report

 

14:30 Sat
27 Jan 18

U16

Neutral

South West Regional Tournament

See report : -

   

14:40 Wed
31 Jan 18

3rd VII

Away

Cokethorpe School

Won : 21 - 2

   

14:40 Wed
31 Jan 18

U16

Away

Cokethorpe School

Won : 25 - 4

   

16:00 Wed
31 Jan 18

U12A

Away

Hereford Cathedral School

Lost : 5 - 21

MVP(s)
Jessica Tredgett

 

16:00 Wed
31 Jan 18

U12B

Away

Hereford Cathedral School

Won : 13 - 7

MVP(s)
Lyra Elliott-Jones

 
   

Rugby Sevens

 

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Report

 

14:00 Wed
31 Jan 18

1st VII

Home

Pate's A & B

Crypt

Tewkesbury School

See report : -

7s Round Robin Tournament -

Pate's A Team 10 vs Tewkesbury 24 - Lost

Pate's B Team 14 vs Crypt 26 - Lost

Pate's A Team 22 vs Pate's B 17 - Won

Pate's A Team 5 vs Crypt 21 - Lost

Pate's B Team 24 vs Tewkesbury 33 - Lost

 
   

Rugby Union

 

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Report

 

10:30 Sat
27 Jan 18

U12A

Home

Queen Elizabeth's Hospital (QEH)

Won : 10 - 0

   

10:30 Sat
27 Jan 18

U12B

Home

Queen Elizabeth's Hospital (QEH)

Lost : 30 - 35

   

10:30 Sat
27 Jan 18

U12C

Home

Queen Elizabeth's Hospital (QEH)

Lost : 15 - 65

   

10:30 Sat
27 Jan 18

U12D

Home

Queen Elizabeth's Hospital (QEH)

Canc : -

   

14:30 Mon
29 Jan 18

U13A

Away

Cheltenham Bournside School & Sixth Form Centre

Won : 35 - 5

   

14:30 Mon
29 Jan 18

U13B

Away

Cheltenham Bournside School & Sixth Form Centre

Won : 50 - 10

   

10:00 Sat
03 Feb 18

U12A

Away

QEH 7s

tbc : -

   

10:00 Sat
03 Feb 18

U12B

Away

QEH 7s

tbc : -

   

10:00 Sat
03 Feb 18

U12C

Away

QEH 7s

tbc : -

   

10:00 Sat
03 Feb 18

U12D

Away

QEH 7s

tbc : -

   

Table Tennis

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Report

15:00 Mon
27 Jan 18

Boys

Away

Schools County Championships

 

8 Pate’s students competed across three age groups.

Keep update with all fixtures, results and team information via the www.patessport.org website or follow us on twitter @PatesSport

 

Head Master's Message w/c 29 January 2018

 HEADLINES: 

  • Y11 Mock Interviews
  • Instrumental Concert this Wed @ 7pm (tickets here)
  • Calendar and Trips Update
  • Pate’s Sports Weekly Update
  • Y10 Y & Y11 Girls South Africa sports tour 2019 - deadline for sign up MONDAY (here)

It was good to see everyone in whole school assembly this morning, after a few weeks missing because of study leave and exams. I congratulated the students who worked so hard throughout their exams and was able to personally thank the many sixth formers who helped out at our open evening on Tuesday – whether they showed people around, talked about subjects in departments, or performed with Gill Mew and the Big Band. Here is just some of the feedback we have received about our students: “His open & pleasant manner… relayed to my son how welcome he’d be made to feel if he was to earn a place in Year 12.” “Our guide was particularly polite, approachable, informative and intelligent - a real credit to your school.”  It was an exciting evening, especially as we were able to unveil plans for the new Sixth Form centre which current Year 11 students will be able to benefit from almost from the start of their time in sixth form.  However we know it is the sixth formers themselves who represent everything which is so special about the school, so my thanks once again to them and to parents who came out to collect them at the end of the night.

I was joined in assembly this morning by Jordan Allison from the University of Gloucestershire, sponsor of the recent Hilary Clinton event at the literature festival. Jordan spoke about the event and awarded Lily Curle (Y12) a certificate and £50 prize money, in recognition of her reporting of her meeting with the first woman presidential candidate of the United States, which was highly commended by the university. Our thanks to the University of Gloucestershire for giving our girls this incredible opportunity.  Read Lily’s report here.    

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Y11 Mock Interviews: “For our flexible learning day this week we experienced the first taste of a job interview, with the help of parents and associates of Pate’s. Despite the initial nerves, everyone was able to speak confidently and gain experience which will be much valued in the future. Many of us learnt much more about ourselves and really benefitted from the experience of answering questions and thinking on our feet, as well as enabling us to consider our paths for the future. We would like to thank all the interviewers for taking time out of their busy schedules to help us gain invaluable skills and provide us with an intellectually stimulating conversation. Also, thank you to Mrs Adams-Morgan for organising this for us!”  By Leanne Crooke, Amy Godfrey, Amy Howard, and Jemima Jones (11B).

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This has also been a week of unprecedented student illness due to a flu virus and a sickness bug. These are nasty things and it is best if students be kept off school until fully recovered, rather than struggle in only to be sent home again ill.

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Instrumental Concert this Wednesday 31 January @ 7pm: Get ready for an eclectic evening of fantastic music! From Bizet to Bublé - the orchestras and jazz bands will be playing something for everyone! Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 students and are available here.

Calendar Update:

  • Mon 29 Jan – French Exchange Parents’ Information Meeting 6pm @ Gallery
  • Wed 31 Jan – Instrumental Concert 7pm (tickets here)
  • Tues 30 Jan – House Swimming Gala (Heats) 10:45-15:40
  • Thurs 1 Feb – Y9 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
  • Thurs 1 Feb - German Exchange Parents’ Information Meeting 7pm @ E109 (computer room)
  • Tues 6 Feb – House Swimming Gala Finals 09:00-13:00
  • Thurs 8 Feb – Y11 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
  • Fri 9 Feb – School Finishes for half term @ 3.40pm (Mufti day)
  • Sun 18 Feb – Choral Concert rehearsal for parents 7-9pm (school hall)
  • Mon 19 Feb – INSET DAY (no students in school)
  • Tues 20 Feb – School restarts (Y12 out on Work Experience Week)

Trips Update:

Y10 & Y11 Girls South Africa sports tour 2019 LAUNCH – Please sign up and pay £250 deposit (here) by Monday.

Trips for this week:

  • 29/1/18 Yr12 (25 Students) – P1-P4 – Cadbury World
  • 2/2/18 – Yr12 (9 Students) – 08.30-15.30 – GE GGS Engineering Challenge

I am looking forward to Wednesday’s concert and hope to see many of you there. Please see below a new addition to weekly updates – the Pate’s Sports Weekly Review  which I hope you will enjoy. My thanks to Mitchell Renton for producing this.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Pate's Sports Weekly Review
Fri 19 Jan 18 - Sat 27 Jan 18

Athletics

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Type

Report

16:00 Wed
24 Jan 18

Boys-U13A

Away

Cheltenham School Indoor Athletics

Won

 

1st Place

16:00 Wed
24 Jan 18

Girls-U13A

Away

Cheltenham School Indoor Athletics

See report

 

5th Place

16:00 Wed
24 Jan 18

Boys-U12A

Away

Cheltenham School Indoor Athletics

See report

 

3rd Place

16:00 Wed
24 Jan 18

Girls-U12A

Away

Cheltenham School Indoor Athletics

See report

 

3rd Place

   

Badminton

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Type

Report

15:50 Tue
23 Jan 18

1st

Home

Cheltenham College

Lost

 

Lost 2-4 in a very competitive set of fixtures

   

Basketball

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Type

Report

16:00 Mon
22 Jan 18

Boys-U16A

Home

Sir Thomas Rich's School

Won : 45 - 40

Friendly

 

16:00 Mon
22 Jan 18

Boys-U14A

Away

Sir Thomas Rich's School

Won : 33 - 21

Friendly

 

15:00 Thu
25 Jan 18

Boys-U16A

Neutral

County Finals

2nd Place

County

vs Marling - Lost 12 - 11 in overtime

vs Wynstones - Won 16 - 11

vs Newent Won - 34 – 4

   

Cricket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Type

Report

12:00 Mon
22 Jan 18

Girls-U13A

Away

Tournament

3rd Place

Tournament

 
   

Football

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Type

Report

14:15 Wed
24 Jan 18

1st XI

Home

Chipping Campden School

Canc : -

 

Waterlogged Pitch

14:15 Wed
24 Jan 18

2nd XI

Home

Chipping Campden School

Canc : -

 


Waterlogged Pitch

10:00 Sat
27 Jan 18

Boys – U15A

Away

Crypt School

tbc

   

10:00 Sat
27 Jan 18

Boys – U14B

Away

Crypt School

tbc

   
   

Netball

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Type

Report

16:00 Mon
22 Jan 18

1st VII

Away

Balcarras School

Won : 44 - 5

   

14:30 Wed
24 Jan 18

1st VII

Home

New College, Swindon

Post : -

   

14:30 Wed
24 Jan 18

2nd VII

Home

New College, Swindon

Post : -

   

14:30 Wed
24 Jan 18

U16

Away

High School for Girls

Lost : 6 - 13

   

16:00 Wed
24 Jan 18

U13A

Away

Hereford Cathedral School

Won : 18 - 15

Friendly

 

16:00 Wed
24 Jan 18

U13B

Away

Hereford Cathedral School

Won : 9 - 4

Friendly

 

16:00 Thu
25 Jan 18

U15A

Away

Balcarras School

Drew : 15 - 15

   

10:00 Sat
27 Jan 18

U16A

Away

South West Regionals - Bournemouth

tbc

 

 
   

Rugby Union

Time/Date

Team

Venue

Opponent

Result

Type

Report

14:30 Fri
19 Jan 18

U12A

Home

RGS Worcester

Won : 30 - 5

Friendly

 

14:30 Fri
19 Jan 18

U12B

Home

RGS Worcester

Won : 20 - 10

Friendly

 

14:30 Fri
19 Jan 18

U12C

Home

RGS Worcester

Won : 30 - 20

Friendly

 

14:15 Mon
22 Jan 18

U13A

Home

Bredon Hill Middle School

Won : 50 - 5

   

14:15 Mon
22 Jan 18

U13B

Home

Bredon Hill Middle School

Won : 70 - 0

   

10:30 Sat
27 Jan 18

U12A

Home

QEH Bristol

tbc

   

10:30 Sat
27 Jan 18

U12B

Home

QEH Bristol

tbc

   

10:30 Sat
27 Jan 18

U12C

Home

QEH Bristol

tbc

   

10:30 Sat
27 Jan 18

U12D

Home

QEH Bristol

Canc : -

   

Keep update with all fixtures, results and team information via the www.patessport.org website or follow us on twitter @PatesSport

 

Head Master's Message w/c 22nd January 2018

 HEADLINES: 

  • Raffle Prizes for Spring Fair
  • Y10 Dragons’ Den Winners
  • Instrumental Concert – Wed 31 January @ 7pm (tickets here)
  • Calendar & Trips Update
  • Students discuss environmental issues in the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street
  • Tuesday Early finish @ 2pm
  • hats Small – order your 'OBBLE' bobble here!

We have now reached the end of our GCSE and A Level mock exams – well done to the students, parents and staff involved. On Tuesday this week we will hold our Sixth Form open evening, and my thanks in advance to all of the sixth form students (and supporting parents) who will be either staying in or coming back to school to help.

A Note from the PA - Do you know of any companies which might donate Raffle Prizes for our Spring Fair? If any parents have access to raffle prizes (vouchers, experiences, etc) that they would be happy to donate for the Spring Fair raffle please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This year’s fair (Saturday, March 10) is raising much needed funds for Music and Drama.

Year 10: Dragons’ Den winners 2018: This year’s business plans and presentations were of an exceptionally high quality, and the judges, including Mr Ellicott, Ms Fey, Mr Locke and Mrs Cole, were faced with difficulty in deciding who would receive the ‘cash’ investment and the trophy. Each team set up a theoretical small business, but the research and cash projections were far being from purely academic. The business plans, according to Ms Fey, were more professional that those delivered by many hopeful entrepreneurs in the real world. Mrs Cole said that many of these business ideas were viable and their potential may yet be tapped. The following awards were made: Best Business Plan - Wholesome Ways; Best PowerPoint – Phonex; Most Profitable and Innovative Ideas – Cloudmine and Drone Delivery; Best New Product – BobbiBrush, and Stin-Ora. The overall joint winners were BobbiBrush and Stin-Ora, both teams scoring 46/50 for entrepreneurial skill, feasibility, marketing and sales, market research, presentation skills and ability to ask questions. The individual winners were: Sarisha Abhyankar, Mahek Bhalla, Olivia Pearce and Filip Ramian from BobbiBrush, (first photo below) and Kishan Johal, Natasha Loveridge, Zac Smith and Shiva Tamil Kumaran from Stin-Ora (second photo below). Congratulations to the 61 students involved, for the level of commitment and teamwork throughout, making the judging so close, as seen in the final scores. A trophy has been awarded to the winning teams.

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Instrumental Concert Wed 31 January @ 7pm: Get ready for an eclectic evening of fantastic music! From Bizet to Bublé - the orchestras and jazz bands will be playing something for everyone! Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 students and are available here.

Calendar Update:

  • Mon 22 Jan – Y11 Grade Cards published
  • Tues 23 Jan – EARLY FINISH – BUSES ARRIVE EARLY @ 2PM (no cooked lunch service)
  • Tues 23 Jan – 6th Form Open Evening 5-8pm (Y11 visit departments, 6th form tour guides)
  • Mon 29 Jan – French Exchange Parents’ Information Meeting 6pm @ Gallery
  • Wed 31 Jan – Instrumental Concert 7pm (tickets here)
  • Thur 1 Feb – Y9 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
  • Thur 1 Feb - German Exchange Parents’ Information Meeting 7pm @ E109 (computer room)

Trips Update:

Y10 & Y11 Girls South Africa sports tour 2019 LAUNCH – Please sign up and pay £250 deposit (here) by 29th January.

Trips for this week:

  • 24/1 Drama Trip to Wolverhampton Theatre ‘Hedda Gabler’ 47 Students Y10-12 18.50-00.10
  • 26/1 Chemistry Science Live, Birmingham Y13 45 Students – 09.00-16.35
  • 26/1-27/1 – U16 Netball Regionals Bournemouth - 10 Students

Students discuss environmental issues in the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street: "Yesterday, we went to the Houses of Parliament, as members of the RSPB Phoenix Youth Forum, to speak to MP Kerry McCarthy, who is a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee, about environmental issues, specifically pollution and the use of plastics. We also met and spoke with our local MPs about improvements that could be made in our constituency. We then had the opportunity to sit in on a debate in the House of Lords, and were taken to Number 10, Downing Street, for a meeting with Sir John Randall, who is advising Theresa May on environmental policies, and the Environmental Minister, Michael Gove. After a meeting, we got a tour of 10 Downing Street. It was a very exciting and interesting day, and we were given a great insight into how government works. We met some really interesting people trying to make the right decisions to help improve our environment." Lily Lawrence and Cadence Ware (Y12)

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Finally, a reminder that, due to the Sixth Form Open Evening, school closes and buses will arrive early at 2pm on Tuesday.  

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

Head Master's Message w/c 15th January 2018

HEADLINES:

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The Parents' Association is pleased to announce this year's Spring Fair, which will be held on Saturday 10 March.  After last year’s amazing success; raising £13,000 and buying a much-needed IT server, the ‘spotlight’ is now quite literally on supporting 'OPPA' - Our Precious Performing Arts. Music and Drama bind the school together, from the defining pillars of House Music and House Drama, to the remarkable concerts and performances every year from hundreds of talented and creative students. Watch this space for more ways to support the Fair, but in the meantime, please save the date and donate any unwanted Christmas supplies or presents (chocolates, bottles, gifts) by simply dropping them into Reception. You may like to consider sponsoring a stall, the cost of raffle tickets, kitchen supplies, or similar? Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any thoughts, questions or possible raffle prizes.

Just a reminder for anyone whose children may already have lost or outgrown uniform: The Parents’ Association’s second hand uniform cupboard will be open and manned next Friday (19th January) from 3pm, and every first and third Friday thereafter. You are always welcome to gain access in an emergency – just ask at reception or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with specific requests. Meanwhile, we would welcome donations of any uniform you no longer need, especially sports kit. Thank you.

Calendar Update:

  • Mon 22 Jan – Y11 Grade Cards published
  • Tues 23 Jan – EARLY FINISH – BUSES ARRIVE EARLY @ 2PM (no cooked lunch service)
  • Tues 23 Jan – 6th Form Open Evening 5-8pm (Y11 visit departments, 6th form tour guides)
  • Thur 25 Jan - Pate's Partners business breakfast @ 8am - book here
  • Mon 29 Jan – French Exchange Parents’ Information Meeting 6pm @ Gallery
  • Wed 31 Jan – Instrumental Concert 7pm (more details and tickets next week)
  • Thur 1 Feb – Y9 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
  • Thur 1 Feb - German Exchange Parents’ Information Meeting 7pm @ E109 (computer room)

Trips Update:

Y10 & Y11 Girls South Africa sports tour 2019 LAUNCH – Please sign up and pay £250 deposit (here) by 29th January.

Trips for this week:

  • Tue 16 Jan – Yr12 Physics Live – 84 Students – 8.55am - 5.05pm
  • Wed 17 Jan – Yr10,11,12 Theatre Splendid Trip to Stroud High – 45 students – 1.30pm-3.15pm
  • Wed 17 Jan – Yr7, 8 1st Lego League trip to Hewlett Packard – 10 Students – 8.30am-4.30pm

Extra-curricular Achievements:
Congratulations to Alex Cheetham (11G), Alex Clark (11G) and Laura Lyons (11R) who have been selected from across the UK for the UK Cadet Rifle Team (U17) 2018 Training Squad in March. We wish them lots of luck in their bid to be selected to represent the UK at the championships in Jersey later this year. My thanks to Jane Jowett (Head of OED) for her support and expertise.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

Head Master's Message w/c 8th January 2018

HEADLINES:

  • Welcome back - new year, new term … new build!
  • Parking on school site
  • Pate’s Partners – Business Breakfast 25 Jan @ 8am (book here)
  • National Council of Young Women visiting speakers
  • Pate’s “Obble” Hats have arrived (order yours here)
  • Calendar Update
  • Y10 & Y11 Girls South Africa Sports Tour LAUNCH – sign up by 29 Jan
  • Lost Property on display
  • Extra-Curricular Achievements

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Welcome back to a new year and a new term … and a new build! New Sixth Form Centre Building work begins this week!  Building contractors (E G Carters) will be setting up their compound in the bungalow car park immediately to the left of the main entrance this coming week. This means we will lose some car parking spaces and, once construction commences (22nd January), we will lose further on-site parking spaces. Builders will be on site for most of this calendar year and we ask for your consideration and patience during this time. We apologise for the inevitable disruption to parking and site movement but this will be kept to an absolute minimum, however we ask for your forbearance during these works. Just to confirm, contractors and students will be segregated throughout. Buses will operate as normal and our site team will be on hand at the end of the school day to direct traffic. For access on site during the day, please follow any signage. The gates to the left of the main entrance (by the caretaker’s house) will be open throughout the day as an additional exit. We will keep you updated throughout each exciting phase of development, but if you have any questions in the meantime, please contact the Bursar on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pate’s Partners: This building work is being funded by bid money granted by the Education & Skills Funding Agency, but we need to raise additional money for furniture and IT. We would like to call on our parent community to help us make contacts with businesses who might be interested in partnering with us to support or sponsor an element of the new build / refurbishment programme. We are launching our Pate’s Partners at a business breakfast on Thursday 25th January at 8am. Places can be booked here, or for more details of the project, updates and our sponsorship opportunities brochure, please visit the new build section of our website here, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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The “Obble” hats have arrived and are available for collection, once purchased via school gateway (here). As part of the fundraising for South Africa 2018 tour, also supporting The Oddballs charity to raising awareness of Testicular Cancer, our rugby tourists would like you to play your part by purchasing your own Pate’s Obble Hat for only £15. Just pay via School Gateway (here) and we will do the rest! Thank you.

Calendar Update:

  • Y11 Mock exams until 11 Jan incl.
  • Y13 Mock exams 9-19 Jan incl.
  • Thur 11 Jan – Y9 Options Evening 7-8.30pm
  • Mon 22 Jan – Y11 Grade Cards published
  • Tues 23 Jan – EARLY FINISH – BUSES ARRIVE EARLY @ 2PM (no cooked lunch service)
  • Tues 23 Jan – 6th Form Open Evening 5-8pm

Y10 & Y11 Girls South Africa sports tour 2019 LAUNCH – Please sign up and pay £250 deposit by 29th January.

Lost Property: There is a large collection of watches, jewellery, memory sticks, glasses and other belonging currently on display in Reception. Parents are welcome to come in and browse - please encourage students to check through it as well. Thank you.

Extra-Curricular Achievements: Huge congratulations to our two sixth formers - Kiran Chakraborty, who has been selected for the Gloucestershire cricket tour to Sri Lanka in February, and James Nicholls, who has been selected for the British Cadet Rifle Team, travelling to Canada this summer. These are incredible achievements, and a great testament to the years of hard work both boys have put into to their respective sports. Well done to them!

 I am very much looking forward to the completion of our new sixth form centre and senior library, plus the subsequent refurbishment and transformation of the existing sixth form areas and common rooms. The new facilities will be hugely beneficial for the whole school community – we will keep you updated with progress over the coming months.  Finally, my thanks to parents supporting Y11 and Y13 students throughout thier revision and exam periods.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

Head Master's Christmas Message 2017

It has been a busy term with a snowy finale - who would have thought it?  Today has been a brilliant last day - House Dance was once again a mixture of incredible talent, friendship and hilarity!  Well done to everyone who took part (there were many!)  I would like to wish all Pate's families a peaceful Christmas and all the very best for 2018.

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Head Master's Message w/c 11th December 2017

 HEADLINES:

  • Poppy Appeal raised over £125
  • PA raised over £5,200 this week (with the help of Y7)!
  • Candlelit Carol Service at Christchurch, this Wed 13 December @ 7pm
  • Pate’s Choral Concert Thurs 22 March – your chance to take part in Handel’s ‘Messiah’
  • Calendar & Trips Update
  • DofE DEADLINE: DofE on-line sign up for Bronze, Silver and Gold awards closes Fri 15 December
  • Lost Property on display this week
  • Reval (refectory tokens) machine to be removed
  • Pate’s Amnesteam ‘Write for Rights’ campaign
  • Sports Update:
    • Pate’s ‘Obble’ bobble hats for sale (here)
    • First tournament for U12 Girls Hockey

In today’s assembly I was proud to announce that Sophie O’Riordan (9Y) has been voted Young Geographer of the Year 2017, for her project on Oslo which won the secondary school section of this national competition. Congratulations to Sophie and very well done on this truly outstanding achievement. Also at this morning's assembly, our Christmas Charity team of sixth formers, led by Pranav Satish and Caitlin Smalley, gave a presentation on the work of the James Hopkins Trust, which provides support to local families with seriously handicapped children. They have organised a fundraising mufti day and raffle on Thursday in aid of this charity and we can all pay £1 to wear our Christmas jumpers (or £1.50 for casual mufti) and buy raffle tickets (50p or £2 per strip) to be in with a chance to win a fabulous hamper. Raffle tickets will be on sale in the refectory at breaktimes all week from the students in the dayglow orange tshirts! Winners will be announced on the last day of term before buses. The team are also organising the Year 13 charity lunch and quiz on Thursday, when staff traditionally don their pinnies and serve the students their Christmas lunch, all in aid of the James Hopkins Trust.

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On the subject of fundraising, thanks to everyone who donated to our Poppy Appeal, which raised over £125 this year.

What a week for the PA and Year 7s! The inaugural Christmas Bazaar was a stunning success with Year 7 pulling out all the stops to fill the gym with hilarious games and challenges. The excitement and festive cheer was contagious and it is no wonder they raised more than £1,100 between them. Congratulations to 7R who raised the most money on the night!  (However, there will be prizes for all for such a stunning joint effort.)  The Hall was filled with stall holders many of whom have begged to return if and when we do it again. Student buskers and a community choir created the perfect Christmas spirit while the café fed dozens of hungry people with homemade soup, toasties and mince pies. It was a joyous occasion which raised £3,260 in the process.

Last Friday was the PA’s Festive Family Quiz where 32 teams of students, family and friends thrashed it out for the honour of winning the 2017 challenge. The Pixies won by a magnificent one point! Throughout the evening £1,935 was raised for Making £nds Meet. We are so lucky to have such a unique Parents’ Association, raising startling amounts of money, week in, week out, and bringing a great atmosphere to every occasion. They will be in action again at the Carol Service, serving mulled wine and mince pies by way of a Thank You for your continued support. Here is a photo of everyone heads down over the quiz, as well as the winning Pixies!

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You are warmly invited to the candlelit Carol Service, taking place at Christchurch, Malvern Road, this Wednesday 13th December at 7pm. Do join the staff and students for breath-taking choral and orchestral performances in the true spirit of Christmas. There will be mulled wine and mince pies for everyone afterwards, thanks to our wonderful Parents’ Association.

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Pate’s Choral Concert Thursday 22nd March 2018 – your chance to take part! As ever parents are invited to take part in the annual Choral Concert. This year we are singing ‘Messiah’ by Handel – a mini version anyway (eschewing the full three hours). Senior Vocal Group will be rehearsing on Monday lunchtimes from January, and we are having two extra rehearsals to allow parents to join us. These will be on Sunday 18th February 7 – 9pm in the hall, and Sunday 18th March in the hall 7 -9pm. On the day of the concert itself there will be a rehearsal with orchestra at 4pm at All Saints Pittville, until 6pm. The concert starts at 7:30pm, and the mini-Messiah will be the second half. If you would like to part, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can organise enough copies. If you already have your own copy (the orange Novello Watkins Shaw edition) please let me know.

Calendar Update:

  • Tues 12 Dec – Christmas lunches Year 7-12 + staff
  • Wed 13 Dec – Y8 Reports
  • Wed 13 Dec – Carol Service @ Christchurch 7pm with mulled wine and mince pies afterwards
  • Thurs 14 Dec – Mufti (Christmas jumpers) & Y13 Charity Christmas Lunch
  • Fri 15 Dec – Duke of Edinburgh deadline to register for Bronze, Silver, Gold awards on-line
  • Fri 15 Dec – School finishes at 1pm (buses arrive early)
  • Tues 2 Jan – INSET DAY (Only Y11 students in school for mock exams)
  • 2-11 Jan – Y11 Mock exams (and study leave period)
  • 9-19 Jan – Y13 mock exams (and study leave period)
  • Wed 3 Jan – School re-starts
  • Thurs 11 Jan – Y9 Options Evening @ 7pm
  • Trips for this week: 11th December 2017 – 140 x Y7 to the Panto (11.15-17.15)

Just a reminder that DofE on-line sign up for Bronze, Silver and Gold awards will close on Friday 15th December. ALL Levels: If you have signed up for DofE your next step is to sign up on the School DofE website for a Core Skills Weekend (the whole group does not need to attend the same weekend, this is mandatory individual training).

Lost Property will be available for sifting this week: we have large amounts of clothing, shoes and bags, as well as lost keys, glasses, memory sticks and jewellery. These items will be on display in lost property (Reception) until we break up on Friday. 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.

Following the recent consultation with parents, we have decided to remove the Reval machine (Refectory tokens) from January, on the basis that few students use it and we would like to discourage students from bring cash into school every day. We have received very little feedback from parents on this issue, but If you are concerned about the £25 minimum top-up on Schoolscomms accounts then please do contact our Bursar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to discuss this further. 

The Pate’s Amnesteam organised their annual Amnesty International Write for Rights event this week, bringing students from all ages together to write letters of solidarity to wrongfully imprisoned human rights defenders as well as letters to the governing bodies responsible for holding them. We know that these letters bring hope to these courageous individuals and their causes and Memoona Ahmed, Noama Chaudhry and Tara Sreeves (Y13 Chairs of Pate's Amnesty Society) would like to thank everyone who took part.

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Sports Update: 
Our Under 12 Girls Hockey team had an exciting first district tournament this week. They played fantastically as a team, winning 3-0, 1-0 and 2-0 and progressing through to the final as top of their group. Pate’s met Balcarras in a very tight semi-final in which the girls worked well as a team to win on penalty corners. They met a well-established St Edwards team in the final who ultimately proved too strong. What a memorable first tournament! The girls have shown so much progress, both as individuals and as a team, and should be excited for next season!

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The Pate’s ‘Obble’ Hat: As part of the fundraising for South Africa 2018 tour, the rugby tourists are excited to launch the Pate's "Obble" Hat, supporting The Oddballs charity to raising awareness of testicular cancer throughout the UK.  As an ambassador of the Oddballs Charity, we would like you to play your part by purchasing your own Pate’s Obble Hat for only £15. The Obble Hats will be available in early January 2018, but why not pre-order yours now via school gateway (here). Thank you.  

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This will be a busy few days for Refectory staff who will be cooking and serving hundreds of Christmas lunches during the course of the week and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Laura Davis and her team for all their hard work and for serving us with a smile every day! I am looking forward to serving the Year 13s their Christmas lunch and also to judging everyone’s favourite House Dance competition on the last day of term.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

Head Master's Message w/c 4th December 2017

HEADLINES:

House Art Winners
Christmas Bazaar Tues 5 Dec 6-8pm
Candlelit Carol Service Wed 13 Dec 7pm @ Christchurch
Indian Classical Music Opportunities
Calendar & Trips Update
Debating Society Success
Bake-Off Showstoppers - photos

This has been a busy ‘Languages Week’ at Pate’s with a myriad of activities taking place, including visiting speakers and a foreign language debating competition at Cheltenham College for Y13 linguists. My thanks to our Head of Languages, Sam Attwood, for her dedication to instilling a love of languages in our students, especially in these times of European upheaval. 

Assembly this morning was led by our Head of Art, Hannah Gardner, who announced the prize winners of House Art 2017 – congratulations to all the individual winners - see their outstanding artwork below - and well done to the many students who took part and made it such an incredbily close faught contest. House Prizes were awarded as follows: Jnr Cup – Pembroke; Inter Cup – York; Snr Cup – Beaufort.

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Don’t miss our special Christmas shopping and social event (set up by the PA to replace the Christmas Market). Please join staff and the PA this Tuesday between 6pm and 8pm to enjoy your first ever Pate’s Christmas Bazaar. There will be 26 external stallholders with everything from Neal’s Yard goodies to Catherine Colebrook gifts – even a wrapping service to help you get on top of festive chores – and a Games Cafe where you can sample the latest board games ready for Christmas. Have your supper (homemade soup or toasties), sing carols round the tree, listen to the incredible Pate’s Buskers, and enter the free raffle. Year 7s have set up their own fundraising stalls:- send a Christmas card to a child in hospital, Guess Who This Is (baby / teenage pictures of staff), and decorate your own festive bauble are just some of the many initiatives. Student entrepreneurs are setting up stalls too. There will of course be the big man himself and one or two of his elves! NB: Due to pressure of work this will not be the real Father Christmas, but a jolly stand-in, known to everyone and just as magical in his own way! (real elves though)...

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You are warmly invited to the candlelit Carol Service, taking place at Christchurch, Malvern Road, on Wednesday 13th December at 7pm. Do join the staff and students for breath-taking choral and orchestral performances in the true spirit of Christmas. There will be mulled wine and mince pies for everyone afterwards, thanks to our wonderful Parents’ Association.

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Indian Classical Music Opportunities: All pupils have, this week, been emailed with a number of opportunities to get involved in / find out more about Indian Classical Music. We are very fortunate to have a specialist peripatetic teacher, so it would be great to take advantage of all that he has to offer! Please encourage your child to check their email to find out about it. Thank you.

Calendar Update:

  • Mon 4 Dec @ 6pm – Girls South Africa Sports Tour launch (Art Gallery)
    • Girls South Africa Sports Tour 2019 Launch – open to girls in current Y10 & Y11. Parents’ information and presentation event . Parents and students are invited.
  • 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 meet Santa!
  • Thurs 7 Dec 4-7pm – Y12 Parents’ Evening (1)
  • Tues 12 Dec – Christmas lunches Year 7-12 + staff
  • Wed 13 Dec – Y8 Reports
  • Wed 13 Dec – Carol Service @ Christchurch 7pm
  • Thurs 14 Dec – Y13 Charity Christmas Lunch
  • Fri 15 Dec – School finishes at 1pm

Trips for w/c 27/11: 7th December 2017 – Y7 Boys Varsity Trip to Twickenham – 51 Boys

Debating Society Success: Congratulations to Debating Society students George Barber (Y12), Ross Chatburn (Y13) and James Somper (Y12), who came out on top in a debate with Cheltenham College this week, entitled "Can One Religion be Superior to Another". There was over an hour of batting issues back and forth and both teams were impressive, with 'objectivity' v 'subjectivity' taking a key role. Also a discussion about fruit as an analogy for religion was popular! Well done to the students for organising this event themselves, and thanks to Cheltenham College for their support.

Following last week’s House Bake-Off results, I am now able to bring you some photos of the individual winning Showstoppers:

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Finally I would like to wish the teams the best of luck in tonight’s Parents’ Association annual quiz!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

Head Master's Message w/c 27th November 2017

 

HEADLINES:

  • House Bake-Off Results
  • Christmas Card Competition results
  • Support Staff Vacancy – Teaching School Administrator (part-time)
  • Girls South Africa Sports Tour Launch – Mon 4 December @ 6pm
  • Calendar & Trips Update
  • PA Second-hand Uniform cupboard
  • Social Media Notice
  • Safety on Site
  • Pate’s students win Target 2.0 competition
  • Parents’ Survey (here)

In whole school Assembly this week the Great Pate’s House Bake-Off 2017 winners were announced! The competition was incredibly hard fought, so huge congratulations to the following students who triumphed: SENIOR CUP: 1st Sophie Clark (13P), 2nd Tom Hulls (12B), 3rd Ellie Stubbs (12B); INTER CUP: 1st Libby Combe (10B), 2nd Corli More (9B), 3rd Sohia Witcomb (10G); JUNIOR CUP: 1st Ellie Brooks (8B), 2nd Amelia Flaxman (7R), 3rd Nathir Kriel (8Y). These students were presented with a certificate and a House Bake-Off Apron. Hopefully we can post some photos in next week’s message. Our inaugural House Bake-Off was great fun – my thanks to Mr Renton for organising it so well and to everyone who got involved. By selling the cakes off we managed to raise around £650 for Making £nds Meet!

Congratulations to Tamsin Hearfield (7R), who was announced by the Community Committee as winner of the Christmas Card Competition.

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.

Girls South Africa Sports Tour 2019 Launch – open to girls in current Y10 & Y11. There will be a parents’ information and presentation event on Monday 4th December at 6pm in the Art Gallery. Parents and students are invited. If you have any queries in the meantime please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Calendar Update:

  • 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
  • Mon 4 Dec @ 6pm – Girls South Africa Sports Tour launch (Art Gallery)
  • 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)

Trips for w/c 27/11:  29/11 - Yr12/13 Language Lectures at Stroud High (12.45-16.25)

A reminder that the PA Second-hand Uniform cupboard will next be open on Friday 1st December 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. . We would be grateful if requests to buy / try uniform could be restricted to these times when the PA are available to man the shop. Thank you.
Social Media: We have been asked to remind parents that, when posting photos online please consider whether others (or parents of those) in the photos are happy for their image to be published on (on Facebook, for example), as some parents definitely don’t want photos of their children posted online. If you are unsure then it would be best not to post the photo. Thank you.

Safety on site: Please could we politely request that parents do not drive onto the school site through the ‘no entry’ signs at the PAB end of school. These are exit gates, not entrance gates, and there have been a number of near-misses. Please use the main gates and arrange to collect children on the other side of school. Thank you.

The Pate's Target 2.0 team won the Gloucestershire competition held at the Parabola Arts centre this week. The team were made up of: Thomas Adams, Nikesh Amlani, Shrey Bhardwaj, Tom Couch, Asisa Johal, and Anjali Kumar. After many weeks of research they concluded that, despite inflationary pressure coming from a tightening of the labour market and increasing, but slowing, demand in the economy, the current Monetary Policy Committee's decision to raise interest rates should be sufficient to bring inflation back to the target rate of 2% in the next 12-18 months. The judges were unanimous in their decision to make Pate's the winners and commented on their 'slick' approach to presenting such complex information.

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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..

I hope everyone is enjoying some well earned time off school and I look forward to seeing you back refreshed next week.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

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

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