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  • Head Master’s China Update
  • Languages Week
  • Staff Vacancy – Assistant Groundsman (part-time)
  • Parents’ Association Spring Fair – Saturday 12th March – help and raffle prizes needed
  • Calendar Update
  • School Nurse
  • Service & Pupil Premium
  • Rugby Success
  • 2 x Six Nations Tickets available @ £75
  • Bad Weather Advice
  • Extra-curricular clubs this term
  • NB: Sound of Music DVDs are awaiting collection from Reception

I am writing this from Shanghai, the final leg of my week long trip visiting schools in China. It has been an amazing experience. The size of the schools is staggering, up to 12,000 on a single campus, and the scale of the ambition here is not to be underestimated. The education leaders I have met are very keen to learn from successful schools like ours, they had researched Pate's voraciously, and I am sure there will be opportunities for students and staff following this visit. In many ways the school system here is very different from ours, but it has been lovely to speak with teachers about our shared desire to provide the best education for the students in our care. Much to think about and discuss, however I am sure that the links we have made this week will serve Pate's well in the future.

Come to my house if there are other options for me it seems stupid propecia online and it is here that you can hear a lot of interesting facts about which you have at no time heard of.

Did you know…? The proportion of the world which does not speak any English is approximately 75% (CBI 2012); Learning a foreign language strengthens connections within the brain, enlarges the hippocampus and improves memory; improves career prospects; can increase salaries by 8-20%; generally broadens our experience and makes us better communicators; helps prevent dementia in later life?!
It is Pate’s Languages Week this week and today's Assembly was led by Sam Attwood, Head of Languages. The aim of Languages Week is not only to offer lectures and specialist workshops to our language students, but to make all of us aware of the advantages of learning a language, at whatever age.
Sam's Top Tip: Risk-taking is one of the most important features of a good (language) learner - accept what you don’t know, focus on what you do know, embrace a challenge, give it a try and launch yourself ahead! You don’t need to wait for perfect pronunciation or form. You can communicate, plain and simple. And in all this, you - like the penguin in the video (click below) - might struggle for a moment…then work it out…

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There will be quizzes and competitions to enter and cultural delicacies available from the refectory throughout the week.

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Staff Vacancy - Assistant Groundsman (part-time permanent contract – 2 days per week)
There is a vacancy in school for an assistant to work closely with our groundsman and help him in his day to day activities, maintaining the sports fields and grounds, to start in early March. No experience is necessary as training will be given. Applicants need to be physically fit.
Salary is £7.21 per hour and hours of work would be 08:30 – 16:30, with a half hour for lunch. Days to be worked are flexible at the outset, to be agreed. Some overtime will be required during busy periods.
To apply please complete an application form (available on the school website here) and send in with an accompanying letter explaining why you are suitable for the role, addressed to Stephen Locke, Bursar at Pate’s Grammar School (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Closing date for applications is Friday 29th January. Interviews will take place early in February.

The Parents’ Association Spring Fair is just around the corner – Saturday, March 12th from 10.30am to 12.30. A team of volunteers is needed which can help organise the fair over the next few weeks. The focus this year is raising the money to fund next year’s Library budget and to enable a much needed refit to one of the IT classrooms; both of which support the goals of the Making £nds Meet appeal.
Prizes are also needed for the raffle which alone raises thousands of pounds for the appeal. If you or friends and family have anything to offer, or the time to help in the coming weeks, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
… oh, and do be sure to save the date in your diary!  Thank you.

Music Recital - Thurs 21st January @ 7pm in the hall - musical entertainment with soloists and chamber ensembles. Tickets on the door (£5).

Calendar update:
EARLY FINISH - Tues 19th January – school finishes at 2pm, buses will arrive early (staff training)
Music Recital - Thurs 21st January @ 7pm. Tickets on the door (£5).
Monday 25th January – daily afterschool rehearsal begin for sixth form play + Sunday 31st January
EARLY FINISH - Tues 26th January – school finishes at 2pm, buses will arrive early (sixth form open evening)
House Swimming Gala (Heats) - Tuesday 2nd February (12-3pm)
Sixth Form Play - Coriolanus - Wed-Fri 3-5 February @ 7pm. Tickets cost £6 (adults) & £4 (students) – click here for tickets or buy over the counter at Reception.
Choral Concert (@ All Saints, Pittville) - Tues 9th February @ 7.3pm - Tickets cost £8 (adults) & £5 (students) – click here for tickets or buy over the counter at Reception.
House Swimming Gala Finals – Wednesday 10th February (9.15-11.45am)

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The School Nurse has relocated to a different room: Just a reminder that we have a school nurse who runs a drop-in clinic for students every Monday lunchtime in A133 (room next to exams office, near reception). Please note the new location. Students are invited to drop in any Monday lunchtime to discuss any medical issues or queries.

Service & Pupil Premium: if you are a family with parents serving in the armed forces; or a family which has been in receipt of Pupil Premium (free school meals etc.) within the last six years, please do get in touch to make sure that we are aware of it. The Department for Education will provide extra funding to the school for each eligible student, enabling us to put more resources in place to offer individual support for these students. Please email Stephen Locke, Bursar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) stating the name of the student/s and which type of premium applies. If you have any queries please contact Mr Locke. Thank you.

U18 South West Rugby: Many congratulations to Sam Fraser, Henry Davies and Mac Dale (below) from the 1st XV who have been selected in the U18 South West rugby squad for 3 fixtures over the next month. The final game against London and South East is an England trial when National selectors we pick an England squad to play Ireland and France. The best of luck!

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Pate’s U15 rugby into last 16 of National Cup:  This week the U15 rugby team defeated a large and determined side from Magdalen College, Oxford 17-10 in round 6 of the U15 NatWest Schools Vase Cup. The team are now into the last 16 nationally and face a long trip to Devonport High School for Boys next week. A win will mean they are only 2 games away from a final at Twickenham. Well done!

Six Nations tickets available:  School have 2 tickets for England v France in this year’s Six Nations in Paris on Saturday 19th March, kicking off at 9pm local time. The cost for the two tickets is £75. If anyone is interested then please contact Mr. Dandy (here) ASAP. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bad Weather Advice:  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 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 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.

Extra-curricular clubs this termplease follow this link to the website for details.
Sixth form girls have the opportunity to play some girls rugby this term and are thoroughly enjoying getting stuck in! Thanks to the boys for their support.

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Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master