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HEADLINES:

  • Pate’s Choral Concert @ All Saints, Pittville – Tues 9th Feb @ 7.30pm
  • Sixth Form Play - Coriolanus Wed-Fri 3-5 February @ 7pm
  • Calendar Update
  • Minibus drivers needed
  • Student Business Survey
  • British Physics Olympiad success
  • Y9 Dragons' Den experience
  • Lost property on display
  • Sound of Music DVDs are now available for collection
  • New look front page of website

Welcome back and best wishes for 2016. Year 11 have returned this week to their GCSE Mock exams, almost finished now - so very well done to them. This term’s main House competition is the swimming gala in February, and House sports matches will also begin next month - so lots for the students to look forward to. This week I am off to China, with the aim of creating links with a number of carefully selected Chinese schools, which I hope might be of considerable benefit to Pate’s in the future and provide valuable opportunities for enrichment. I will be exploring cultural exchange opportunities for our students and teachers, as well as possible gap year ideas. With an increasing number of students worldwide choosing to travel and study abroad, this will be a fact-finding mission for us to see whether and how Pate’s might develop relationships and networks with China and what exciting initiatives might become available to us if we do. Wish me luck!

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Forthcoming Events:

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All four Pate's choirs are joining together for an exciting performance of Britten's St Nicolas on Tuesday 9th February at 7:30pm in All Saints, Pittville. This very engaging piece tells the story of St Nicolas (Sainta Nicolas...) who legend tells became known as Father Christmas. For this concert we are absolutely delighted to be joined by internationally renowned tenor James Gilchrist (http://www.jamesgilchrist.co.uk). It is wonderful that he has been able to fit us in to his schedule and I very much hope that you will be able to join us for this special occasion. Boys Choir, Girls Choir and Chamber Choir will also be performing other items in the concert. Tickets cost £8 (adults) & £5 (students) and are available to buy on the school website (here), or over the counter at Reception, as well as on the door on the night.
This is the last call for any parents who would like to join the chorus for this occasion. You will need to be able to make three rehearsals: Sunday 31st January (7-9pm in Pate’s school hall) and Sunday 7th February (7-9pm in Pate’s school hall), plus Tuesday 9th (4:30-6.15pm at All Saints, Pittville). Please email Ellie Lane (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any queries or would like to take part.  
Please note that Boys Choir, Girls Choir and Chamber Choir will be rehearsing in the church from 2pm on 9th February. A coach will take them from school at 1:45. Members of senior vocal group who need a lift to the church will need to come on this coach and bring some work to do in the interim; if not they should make their own way there ready for their rehearsal – ie a prompt 4:30 start.

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Sixth Form Play - Coriolanus Wed-Fri 3-5 February @ 7pm - Sixth Formers are gearing up for this year’s Sixth Form play, Coriolanus, set in an uncertain world of seeming loyalty but unseemly treachery and violence, accompanied by modern dance and a modern musical soundtrack. Tickets are now on sale at £6 (adults) & £4 (students), and I do hope that you and your family and friends will be able to come and support the students at the shows, which this year are at 7pm on Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th and Friday 5th February 2016, in the Hall. Tickets available via the website (here) or over the counter at Reception.

Calendar update:
Tues 19th January – school finishes at 2pm, buses will arrive early (staff training)
Music Recital - Thurs 21st January @ 7pm
Tues 26th January – school finishes at 2pm, buses will arrive early (sixth form open evening)
Sixth Form Play - Coriolanus - Wed-Fri 3-5 February @ 7pm
Choral Concert (@ All Saints, Pittville) - Tues 9th February @ 7.3pm

Open Morning dates in March, April and June, for primary school students, have now been published and are available on our website (here). Places are available to book on Ticketsource (here).

Minibus Drivers Needed:  School has a small number of parents who are able to drive minibuses on school trips for us; this arrangement has worked really well and we are looking to add to our bank of available minibus drivers. If you have (or someone you know has) a D1 entitlement on your driving license and might be interested in driving minibuses on day trips please contact Stephen Locke, Bursar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more details. The driving would be on an occasional ad-hoc basis by arrangement to suit your availability, with an hourly rate of pay which would include driving and waiting time. Employment would be subject to the usual health and criminal records checks. Just to clarify, there would be no obligation to commit to any dates which weren’t convenient, it would just be occasional driving as and when you were available.

Student Business Survey:  The Pate's Target 2.0 team (Sam Cole, Annabel Manley, Jack Sherer-Clarke and Oliver Wallbridge) are currently preparing for the area final of their competition, whereby they must make a presentation to the Bank of England with justified recommendations of the base interest rate and quantitative easing to keep inflation to the 2.0% target. They have created a survey to collect the views of businesses which can be found here and will take around 2 minutes to complete. If you own, or are high up in a business, the Target 2.0 team would really appreciate your taking part in this simple survey. Thank you very much.

British Physics Olympiad 2015 – Round 1: Congratulations to the sixth form Physics students - Jake Billingham, Sophie Crane, John Greenough, Myles McSwiney, Keshav Manju, Hamish Mitchell and Chris Underhill - who achieved a mix of Bronze, Silver and Gold awards in Round 1 of the recent British Physics Olympiad 2015-16. The questions were incredibly challenging and designed to stretch the top most able young physicists in the country and a special mention must go to Chris Underhill who came within the top 50 (out of more than 1600 students nationally) and achieved a Gold award. He is the first Pate’s student we are aware of who has been invited on to the second round which takes place later this month. All the very best of luck to Chris in the next round.

You may remember that in our Flexible Learning Day before Christmas Year 9 took part in a Dragons’ Den event – please click here to read about their experience and see some of the photos

Lost Property: all the items of lost property which were collected last term will be sorted and available for inspection this coming week from Monday 11th January. Anything which is labelled or named will be returned to students (look out for the emails) and all unnamed items will be on display in the lost property room all week, after which time we will have to dispose of all items. Please encourage students to pop in and have a look for anything they may have lost (or forgotten they have lost!) Parents are also welcome to come into school and check for missing items.

Sound of Music DVDs are now ready for collection from main Reception. I would be grateful if students could drop in and collect them. Thanks to the Tech Crew for all their hard work in producing these.

From Monday you will notice a new improved look to the front page of the school website, which we hope makes for easier access of information. I would be pleased to hear any feedback on it – please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

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