- Languages Week
- Sixth Form Play – Coriolanus 3-5 February 2016 @ 7pm
- Inaugural Cheltenham Pate’s Theatre Festival – full programme here
- Calendar Update
- Forthcoming Trips Update
- Easyfundraising news
- Please park considerately
I was delighted to award Sports Colours (badges / ties, depending on the award) for boys’ sport in whole school assembly this morning. We also applauded the PE staff for their devotion to duty and all the time they give (days, evenings, weekends) to enable the students to participate in such a wide variety of highly competitive quality sport. Sport is an important part of our culture at Pate’s, at all levels, and we are very lucky to have such a top team of staff to run it.
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The students have enjoyed an exciting Languages Week. We were privileged to welcome Dr Steve Wharton (University of Bath highly-acclaimed Admissions Tutor for Programmes in International Management and Modern Languages), who kindly gave up his time to present to Y11 and 12 Pate's students on the value of languages, not just for personal development, travel and enjoyment but also for the world of work in today's global economy. His compelling facts and some enlightening and inspirational footage of celebrities using their languages, for example Gwyneth Paltrow's fluent Spanish interview, helped to underpin the message that Languages are for all and can open doors to many interesting spheres, including journalism, engineering, research, physics and many more besides. He also stressed the value of the year abroad for personal and linguistic development and cited linguists as one of the most readily employable postgraduates. Following the talk and time for questions, students were met by visiting and enthusiastic linguists who came to dispel myths, present Careers at GCHQ, and offer multiple, challenging taster lessons in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Russian. This unique opportunity to decipher and try out new alphabet systems, speak the language and unpick complexities was further complemented by Mrs Underhill's culturally rich session and valuable insight into Polish language and culture. Our huge thanks go to all our visitors for spending their precious time with our dynamic students. In the afternoon, our Y13 were joined by 6th form visitors from Stroud High and were treated to a 1st year university-level seminar in the target on 'Ostalgie und Kindheitserinnerung' in the Film Goodbye Lenin and 'La Haine' by Dr David Clarke and Dr Nina Parish respectively. We look forward to more of these opportunities in the near future.
Save ‘Routes into Languages’! Routes into Languages provides thousands of students all over the UK with a plethora of excellent projects and initiatives that they offer for free (our Languages Week speaker is an example). However, funding is due to end in July 2016, which is bad news for language learners and teacher. Please click here to sign a petition to maintain funding for it, and share it as widely as you can.
Sixth Form Play - Coriolanus Wed-Fri 3-5 February @ 7pm – Rehearsals begin this week 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 (here) or over the counter at main reception and cost £6 (adults) & £4 (students), and I do hope that you and your family and friends will be able to come and support the students.
Cheltenham Pate’s Theatre Festival – 17-20 February 2016
We are excited to be hosting the inaugural Cheltenham Pate’s Theatre Festival, taking place in the Performing Arts building at Pate’s over half term – the first of its kind in Cheltenham. Follow the link to see our programme of professional touring shows and workshops (here) – all lasting no more than one hour. Ticket prices are between £5 & £8 and are available on the school website via Ticketsource (here) or over the counter at main Reception. The festival includes our own Y12 drama students performing The Grandfathers (12+) as well as (in association with GYP www.gyptheatre.org) Simon Armitage’s lyrical piece Eclipse as part of the National Theatre Connections programme - the show lasts about one hour and can be seen in the PAB on Friday 26th & Saturday 27th February at 7.30pm. It then transfers to a performance, on Tuesday 15th March 2016, at the Bristol Old Vic, one of the country’s leading venues and drama schools. If preferred by the National Theatre in liaison with the playwright, this performance may be chosen to be performed at the National Theatre on the Southbank in London this summer. Full programme available here.
Monday 25th January – daily afterschool rehearsals 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)
School finishes for half term – Friday 12th February @ 3.35pm
CHELTENHAM PATE’S THEATRE FESTIVAL 17-20 February – programme here
INSET Day – Monday 22nd February (no students in school)
Students return to school – Tuesday 23rd February
Easyfundraising News: We had great news this week from easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/patesgs when we were given a cash boost after a Pate's family booked their holiday through the site. That brings our total to £830 since the start of the school year. Travel agents such as Expedia, Thomas Cook, Thomson and Hotels.com can be accessed through the site. So if you're planning your next break you can collect a free donation without it costing you a single penny extra! Plus, if you book before 13th March we'll earn a bonus donation too! Don't forget you can also shop with hundreds of other retailers too such as Amazon and John Lewis. Further information is also available from our website here
Upcoming Trips Update:
27th Jan 16 A Level Biology Live Y12/13 – Birmingham Town Hall
27th Jan 16 Yr7 Trip (Forms 7G/7R) Victoria Art Gallery
28th Jan 16 Yr7 Trip (Forms 7B/7Y) Victoria Art Gallery
29th Jan 16 U19 Netball Regional Schools Finals
Please park considerately – just a reminder to please bear our neighbours in mind when parking around school. Access and parking can be difficult for people living close and there is sometimes tension. Please be considerate at all times and never block driveways. Thank you.