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HEADLINES:

  • Pate’s has a new House – ‘Pembroke’
  • Diwali Dance Celebration photographs
  • German Christmas Market - Sat 12th December 11am - 1pm
  • Pate’s Music Society Update
  • Christmas lunch for Years 8-12 – Tues 15th December @ 1.35pm
  • Christmas Carol Service - Wed 16th December 7pm @ Christchurch
  • Patesian Players Christmas show Figgy Pudding - Mon 21st December @ 7.30pm
  • Community Committee Hamper Scamper
  • Calendar Update
  • Parental Survey
  • Calendar Update
  • Bad Weather Disruption and Safety on site

It is with great sadness that I must share the news that Mrs Ann Barradell-Black sadly died this week after a short battle with cancer. Ann had been a governor of the school since 2006 and was latterly Chair of Governors before becoming ill in the summer. Her passion for Pate’s and its students was always a great driving force behind the school and we will miss her positive energy and unfailing support. Our thoughts are with her husband Tony and her sons Michael and Will.

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In assembly this morning students launched the long awaited plans for a 5th House at Pate’s – ‘Pembroke’. With effect from September 2016, in line with our expansion of an extra form in Year 7 (plus subsequent Y7s), there will be a 5th House at Pate’s. Purple polo shirts are already produced and the students are busy working on designs for the House tie. How the new House system will work:

  • From September there will 5 Houses in years 7, 12 and 13
  • Years 8 - 11 will retain 4 Houses
  • We will end this current House year at Easter
  • Between Easter and Summer there will be individual House competitions, but these won't count towards an overall competition
  • In September we will restart the House Competition - with a new Junior Cup (contested by Year 7), an Intermediate Cup (for years 8 - 11) and a Senior Cup (6th Form)

My thanks to Rachel Thorpe and the Heads of House and the Heads of Department most involved in the House System. They have put a great deal of energy, time, thought into planning this important transition, which I know is very close to everyone’s heart.  It will be an exciting change for the school and will critically allow the House system to flourish and for us to build on the important and unique family and community element that our House system provides for our students.

Also in assembly this morning we showed the stunning photographs from our recent Diwali Dance Celebration – wow! Please do follow this link to see them all. The evening raised £2200 for the school's Making £nds Meet campaign. My thanks once again to everyone involved. The good news is that we are hoping to celebrate Diwali again next year, so there will be another chance for you to come along and enjoy this incredibly artistic form of storytelling through traditional and contemporary dance.

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Forthcoming Events:
The Pate’s German Christmas Market will take place in the school hall on Saturday 12th December between 11am and 1pm. There will be stalls, including Phoenix Cards, Usborne Books, Neal's Yard Remedies, jewellery, decorations and pocket-money toys; and our students will be offering Christmassy competitions, games, crafts, gifts and sweets. Do join us for some pre-Christmas cheer and festive food and drink, all in a good cause. The charity we will be supporting is Brain Tumour Research Charity.

Pate’s Music Society Update:
Music Society event: Carducci String Quartet http://www.carducciquartet.com/ are performing Steve Reich’s ‘Different Trains’ on December 4th in the School’s Main Hall. The performance will start promptly at 2pm and everyone is invited to come and listen to this world-famous Quartet.

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Afterwards Y9 & 10 GCSE Music students will be given the opportunity to watch a workshop on the ‘History of the String Quartet’ and ask the Quartet questions. At 3.45pm Matthew and Emma Denton will be coaching A Level Music violinists and cellists with concurrently running Masterclasses. Performing students are: Louise Turner, Anahita Falaki, David Ion and Dan Gilchrist. At 4.45pm the newly formed Piano Trio with students Felyx Wong, Anahita Falaki and Dan Gilchrist will conclude the Masterclass with a performance of the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor.  We are extremely grateful to the Carducci’s Cavatina Chamber Music Trust who are generously subsidising the cost for these wonderful events. The Music department were able to cover the rest of the costs so that events are free of charge to students and any staff or parents who want to join us. The Masterclass sessions are open to anyone and are also free of charge.
Music Society trip: We have sold-out on our first trip this year to Birmingham Symphony Hall on January 9th 2016 (details here).  Those who have opted to be part of the Music Society Distribution list have already been notified of the event and were able to book straightaway. Please make sure you have opted to be on the list! The Music Society letter can be found here.
The next trip will be in March to see an Opera at the Royal Opera House. We are also organising a trip to see a Musical in the West End around June 2016.
The Music Society presents: the first ever Harp workshop at PGS! We are privileged to have Jemima Phillips (Royal Harpist – read about her here) as our guest. Jemima’s workshop is open to all who want to find out more about the harp and listen to her perform pieces across all genres.  Jemima started teaching harp at PGS since September 2015 and we hope that many more students will take advantage of this opportunity to learn to play harp being taught by such an enthusiastic and intuitive performer and teacher.  After–school harp workshop: 1st December at 4-5pm in the Music Department. This workshop is funded by the Music Department. For further details to please contact Ms Lane or Ms Zissiadou. All students, staff and visitors are invited to join us. Jemima will return for more workshops later in the year.

This year’s Christmas Lunch for Years 8-12 plus staff, will be on Tuesday 15th December at 1.35pm. Tickets are now available up until Thursday 10th December and can be bought at the refectory tills. The lunch costs £3.50, which includes a traditional roast turkey lunch (or Quorn option) and pudding. (Students should advise refectory staff of any dietary requirements in advance.)

Christmas Carol Service Wednesday 16th December 7pm @ Christchurch, Malvern Rd, Cheltenham - Christmas is fast approaching so do please put the Pate’s Christmas Carol Service in your diaries. This candle-lit service is a lovely way to see in the festive season, and beautiful singing from five different Pate’s choirs will get you in the Christmas spirit! As this is a service there is no need to buy a ticket but there will be a retiring collection at the end in aid of Shelter.

Figgy Pudding show presented by the Patesian Players – at Pate’s on Mon 21st December @ 7.30pm, featuring past and present Pate’s pupils, staff, parents and friends. An evening of music, comedy, dance and poetry. Bar opens at 7pm. Tickets cost £10 (adults) & £8 (under 18s) – please follow this link to reserve your tickets or call 07946 418552.  Please click here for full details of performers.

Message from the student Community Committee: We are pleased to support this local charity initiative which provides food and Christmas cheer to disadvantaged people at Christmas. Please deliver your Hamper Scamper donations to boxes in each form room before 11th December. A prize will be awarded to the form that donates the most items! Thank you.

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Calendar Update:

  • Ski Trip Parents’ Information Evening - Tues 1st December @ 7pm
  • Y11 Parents’ Information Meeting - Thurs 3rd December @ 6.30pm (please note the earlier time)
  • Parents’ Association Quiz Night – Friday 4th December @ 6.30pm (7pm start) in the Refectory (only space for one more team – first come first served!)
  • German Christmas Market – Sat 12th December 11am til 1pm
  • Carol Service – Wed 16th December @ 7pm at Christ Church, Malvern Road, Cheltenham.
  • School finishes on Friday 18th December @ 12 noon (buses will arrive early)
  • Figgy Pudding show presented by the Patesian Players – Mon 21st December @ 7.30pm

Parental 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.

Wintry weather and dark nights are upon us and I would like to draw your attention to the following:
BAD WEATHER DISRUPTION:
Over the coming weeks it is possible that there could be severe disruption due to bad weather and that travel could be dangerous, or indeed school may need to be closed.  In the event of bad weather please check the Pate’s website for up to date information at www.patesgs.org. The website will be updated by 7.00am each day with a decision regarding school opening. You can also visit Gloucestershire County Council’s website for a list of school closures at www.glosclosedschools.com or via Twitter @Glos_schools and there will be regular early morning bulletins broadcast on local radio stations (Heart 102.4FM, BBC Radio Gloucestershire 104.7FM).  Please do not telephone the school to find out as the phone lines may not be manned.  We will endeavour to keep school open wherever possible, but please only travel if you have a safe route to school.
Safety on the school site: Please could I stress the importance of slow and careful driving on the school site and surrounding streets. Please drive DEAD SLOW when on school site, especially with the darker nights making conditions more difficult. Reflective strips on clothing and school bags is always a good idea to help keep students safe.

What a wonderful first night The Sound of Music had last night. I really thoroughly recommend it to you – there are some tickets left for tonight’s performance (available on the door).  I was delighted to welcome a number of primary schools who were invited to come and see the show yesterday morning and they loved it of course.  I wish the cast the very best for their final 2 performances this weekend.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

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