- PA Quiz raised over £1300 for Making £nds Meet
- Flexible Learning Day for Years 7-11
- Amnesty Campaign Day in school
- Sports Update
- Sound of Music – Photos and DVDs
- School Calendar update and forthcoming events
- Christmas Update!
- Mandarin Speaking Competitors through to the grand final
The Parents' Association would like to thank everyone who made last Friday's Family Quiz Night such enormous fun and such a buzzing success. Profits from the evening totalled more than £1,300 which are going straight to Making £nds Meet. The Quizmaster has already been booked for next year so please pencil in Friday December 2nd 2016. A PPA team will be on hand at tomorrow's German Christmas Market serving teas and coffees and selling second-hand uniform and ski clothing. They will also be welcoming everyone for mulled wine and mince pies after next week's Carol Service at Christ Church, Cheltenham.
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Students in Years 7-11 enjoyed a flexible learning day this week, when the usual timetable was suspended and instead they spent the day on life skills. Year 7 were joined by students from Forest High School and were given a virtual £300 to spend on improving our school community. They worked in groups to develop ideas of how they would spend the money and they presented their case to a panel of judges. The winning idea of a nifty cereal dispenser will be implemented at Forest High. There were prizes awarded for creativity, teamwork and presentation skills. Year 8 spent part of the day preparing for their Christmas tea party this week, hosting local elderly residents - making mince pies, writing cards and poems, wrapping presents, organising and rehearsing their entertainment. Year 9 enjoyed a day of politics plus business and enterprise activities, including a Dragons’ Den challenge; whilst Year 10 spent the day in a variety of organisations doing work shadowing. Year 11 had a Careers Carousel of careers talks and A Level taster lessons. My thanks to Rachel Thorpe for organising such an exciting and interesting day for everyone; one I am sure has made a great impact on them.
Last Friday Pate's Amnesty Group ran their annual campaign day, this year in aid of Refugees and Asylum Seekers. It featured live music from the a Capella group, a cake sale, a mural, polaroid picture taking and making tie-dye t-shirts. The day was very successful, raising over £150 and getting students engaged with letter writing and petition signing in the process! Very well done to the Amnesty team.
On Wednesday six students from Pate's Amnesty group were lucky enough to attend an Amnesty International conference, held in celebration of Human Rights Day. Students travelled to London to the Speaker's House at the House of Commons, where they mingled with MP's, embassy representatives, Ammesty staff and other Amnesty group members. Speakers included, Jeremy Corbyn, Dominic Grieve, John Bercow and Kate Allen (the Director of Amnesty), whose inspiring words highlighted the importance and effectiveness of Amnesty's work, and the contributions made by its members. One particuarly empowering speech was from a Syrian political prisoner who was unjustly imprisoned for his political activism in Syria, and whose release can be partially attributed to the efforts of Amnesty. Writing messages of solidarity to individuals suffering human rights activists; discussing issues with John Bercow; John McDonnell; and talking to Jeremy Corbyn were all highlights of the trip. Engaging with such important and interesting people left the group with a resolve to get Pate's Amnesty group doing whatever it could to contribute to international efforts to relieve human rights abuses. We are hugely grateful to Alex Chalk, Cheltenham's own MP, for taking the time to come and talk to students at the event after Prime Minister's Question Time.
Congratulations to Pate's U14 girls' basketball team - who are now county champions! The girls' were undefeated at the county tournament earlier this week. The whole squad played fantastically beating Dene Magna school 58-4 in the first round, and then went on to face Wynstones, a school renowned for their basketball performance. The teams were neck and neck throughout the match demonstrating fierce attacking skills and determination in defence. Pate's managed to score twice in the last seconds to win the game 35-32. The team is now entered into a knockout regional schools round and are looking forward to their next fixture.
Pate’s U16 Girls’ Basketball both went through to the county tournaments this week and represented Cheltenham against other areas from around Gloucestershire. The girls faced Dene Magna first and battled hard to win 14-10. Pate’s then faced Thomas Keble and settled into their rhythm winning 21-12 which got the girls to the final. The final meant meeting tough opposition in Wynstones. The girls fought hard but lost 32-12, however second in the county is good enough for the girls to progress and will now be in the knockout stage of regionals in the New Year. Super performance girls!
Pate’s cross country athletes continue to impress: the talent and commitment of Pate’s cross country runners continues to shine through, this time at the County Championships at Newent on Saturday 5th December. Many athletes from Pate’s were selected to represent Cheltenham against the best from Gloucester, The Forest and South Cotswold districts. All athletes ran well with some impressive finishing positions. Among the medal positions were Molly Powlesland (Minor Girls’, 3rd place), Dan Marshall (Junior Boys’, 3rd place), Inca Padfield (Junior Girls’, 2nd place) and Bethan Moor (Senior Girls’, 2nd place). The Senior teams continued to exert their dominance with 4th place finishes for Libby Cherry (Senior Girls’) and Jacob Pickering (Senior Boys’) in addition to the excellent races from Tom Davies (7th), Maxime Dufour (10th) and Andrew McPeake (14th) in the Senior Boys’ competition. In the younger years, Luke Buck put in an impressive show to finish 25th in the Junior Boys’ competition, despite being a year young for the age group. Elsewhere, Emma Clarke (13th) and Millie Davies (22nd) ran well in the Junior Girls’ race while Laura McPeake (6th) and Jade Gough (7th) continue to demonstrate how friendly and supportive competition can really improve performances. Many of these athletes will now be selected to represent Gloucestershire at the South West Championships being held at Pitville Park this year. Well done and good luck for the rest of the season.
A Great First Hockey Season! After a tough fought first term at Pate’s, the Under 12 Girls Hockey Team have ended on a high by becoming Cheltenham District Champions! The girls braved the wind and rain to win their pool with a 0-0 draw followed by 1-0 and 3-0 wins. The girls faced second place from pool A which was Cotswold School and held on to a 1-0 win to make the final against St Edwards School. The final was a tense match with shots and saves at both ends. Naomi Layzell made a twisting and turning run during the last couple of minutes and struck the ball past the keeper. The girls defended strong and held onto their 1-0 victory to become district champions. The team have showed huge improvement throughout the term and the tournament showcased this. Special mentions to Naomi Layzell, who was the tournament top-goal scorer, and Katy Daly in goal who didn’t let a goal in all afternoon.
Sound of Music photos are now available to buy (electronically) - please follow this link to see them on our website. Also, just a reminder that Sound of Music DVDs are ready for collection from Monday at Reception (cost £10 if you haven’t paid already).
School Calendar Update and Forthcoming Events:
- Ghana trip - Parents’ Info. Evening - Tues 15th December @ 4pm in the Gallery
- Carol Service – Wed 16th December @ 7pm at Christ Church, Malvern Road, Cheltenham.
- School finishes on Friday 18th December @ 12 noon (buses will arrive early). School re-starts on Mon 4th January
- Figgy Pudding show presented by the Patesian Players – 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.
- Y12 Theatre Studies students will be performing ‘Grandfathers’ on Friday 8th January @ 7.30-8.30pm (please note the new time) in Performing Arts. This is visceral theatre at its best and not for the faint-hearted. Do come along to enjoy a wonderful performance of a provocative and haunting piece of theatre, written by 23 year old playwright Rory Mullarkey, commissioned for the National Theatre in 2012. Admission is free – please follow this link to reserve your seat.
- Music Society trip to Birmingham Symphony Hall – Saturday 9th January.
Just a reminder that is our German Christmas Market tomorrow between 11am and 1pm, where you will find a large variety of visiting stallholders as well as student-run stalls and activities. The PA will be serving refreshments in the gallery, as well as second-hand school uniform and ski clothing. My thanks to Lorna Blacklock and the German Department for organising this large-scale Christmas event!
The last week of term is packed with fun, of course… the Charity Committee will be running a mufti day on Thursday – students are invited to pay £1 to wear something Christmassy (or £1.50 for non-uniform), all in aid of their chosen charities; Y7 are off to a pantomime; plus Christmas dinners all round. All lunchtimes are taken up with rehearsals for the annual House Dance competition on the last day of term; and, just to add to the fun, many of our Y13s who left us in the summer are coming back to catch up with friends and staff over a mince pie! What could be more festive than that – phew!
Finally, I would like to wish good luck to our students who have got through to the final of the 2015 HSBC / British Council Mandarin Speaking Competition following last week’s heats in London. They are: Libby Cherry, Cara Cox, Abbie Gordon, Harriet Hards, Isaac Hulatt and Felix Munn. Congratulations and good luck in the final!