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  • Sports Teacher of the Year – Simon Dandy
  • Young Sports Player of the Year – Flo Pickles
  • Sound of Music Update
  • Parents’ Association Update
  • Sports Update
  • Sports Travel Donations on School Gateway
  • Calendar Update
  • Travel-Share Enquiry – Forest of Dean area

On Monday morning in school many students observed a minute's silence in the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, which have left us all shocked and stunned.  If any students or families would like to talk to us in the wake of these atrocities please do get in touch, either with Heads of Year or myself, and we will offer whatever support we can.

In whole school assembly today the cast of The Sound of Music performed ‘My Favourite Things’ for us, just as a taster for the shows at the end of this week and to encourage the students to come along for a great evening’s entertainment, to support their friends and snap up the remaining tickets!

Congratulations to our Head of PE, Simon Dandy, who was recently voted Sports Teacher of the Year at the Gloucestershire Sports Awards 2015! He was in good company with Young Sports Player of the Year 2015, ex-Pate’s student Flo Pickles. They were both presented with their awards by sports presenter John Inverdale, at an awards ceremony organised by sports ambassadors with the aim of ‘recognising the true heroes of grassroots sport’. Simon earned the accolade through his work with Pate’s rugby, elevating them to a high level in the county with their hugely successful long run of winning matches, including beating Cheltenham College for the first time in decades. Flo, who left Pate’s last summer, is one of the UK’s most promising rowers, winning a string of national titles and also rowing for Team GB Under-23s. I am delighted for Simon and Flo, and for our students, as I know this is such a well-deserved accolade for a member of staff who is so dedicated and well respected by colleagues and students alike. Click here to read the article in the Echo.


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A message from our Sound of Music Director, Edward Derbyshire:"It has been a real pleasure and privilege working with all the students involved in The Sound of Music. There has been a real sense of purpose during rehearsals, and so much has been learnt beyond the music and dialogue: camaraderie; common purpose; even comic timing! I do hope that you are able to come and see the results of their endeavours, a joyful celebration of individual and ensemble talent from every member of the cast and crew, and a ray of sunshine in the darkness of a northern winter." The cast, band and crew are very excited about putting on this show, as am I, especially having overheard the incredibly high standard of the performers during rehearsal … please try not to miss it!  There is still time to buy your tickets for The Sound of Music performances this Thursday, Friday and Saturday 26th, 27th & 28th November @ 7pm –Tickets cost £10 (adults) and £5 (students); available via our website (here) or over the counter at reception. Pre-theatre Yodel suppers are still available to book for the Friday only, at a cost of £10 per head. Please click here for details of the pre-theatre supper menu, which can also be booked via our website.

The Parents' Association still has a handful of spaces left for the Family Quiz Night on December 4th. Please get your entries (download the form here) in this week to avoid disappointment. Entry fees are £30 per team. Teams can be made up of parents, staff, students and friends. If you have already returned your form but not had a response from the PA please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Volunteers are still needed to help us run the interval bars in the Refectory for next week's much anticipated Sound of Music. Friday and Saturday evenings during the interval are still a tad short for help so please consider clicking on the volunteer Doodle (here) and ticking a short time slot where you could help.

Second-Hand Ski Clothing: Following the continued success of the second-hand uniform sales the Parents' Association is asking for donations of any ski clothing your son or daughter has outgrown or no longer uses. This will be sold at the German Christmas Market (December 12th) and will be available to buy in the run up to the school ski trip in February. Donations can be left in Reception – please label bags “Ski Clothing Donation”. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any queries.

Sports Update:
On Friday 13th November numerous Pate's athletes battled through the rain (and considerable mud) at the annual Cheltenham District Cross Country Championships at St. Edward's School. They represented themselves and the school brilliantly, with many now selected to represent Cheltenham at the County Championships. Highlights included the Junior girls team (Y8&9) and the Senior boys team (Y12&13) both winning their respective competitions. In addition to the team competitions, Molly Powlesland, Joe Speak and Alex Chantler-Mayne all won their races! Well done to all involved and best of luck for those competing in the next round.

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Sports Travel Donations: You should have received notification that you will not be able to access your School Gateway account between 5pm this evening and 6am tomorrow morning due to planned maintenance. School Gateway has apologised for the inconvenience this may cause. As a result of this I would just like to remind you that the deadline for donations towards our sports travel costs available via your child’s payments on school gateway, was today, but in light of the planned maintenance we have extended the deadline until midnight this Sunday (22nd November). I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all those who have already made a donation to this and of course to those who continue to support our Making £nds Meet Appeal (click here for more information) - your contributions are preserving your child’s education.

Calendar Update:
• Sound of Music performances Thurs-Sat 26th-28th November @ 7pm
• Ski Trip Parents’ Information Evening Tues 1st December @ 7pm
• Y11 Parents’ Information Meeting Thurs 3rd December @ 7pm
• Parents’ Association Quiz Night – Friday 4th December @ 6.30pm (7pm start) in the Refectory (details above)
• German Christmas Market – Sat 12th December 11am til 1pm

Travel-Share Enquiry – Forest of Dean area: We have had a travel-share enquiry from a family regarding transport from the Forest of Dean area. If you would like to pursue this enquiry please contact Mrs Hutton-Potts (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in the first instance.

I look forward to seeing many of you at The Sound of Music this week for another fabulous evening’s entertainment performed by Pate’s students.  I can't wait!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master