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 HEADLINES:

• Coriolanus – Sixth Form play – final performance tonight at 7pm
• Humanities Week activities 
• Britten's St Nicolas at our Choral Concert (@ All Saints, Pittville) on Tues 9th Feb @ 7.30pm
• Sixth form students’ 24 hour bike ride in aid of WOE school in Ghana -Thurs 11th Feb
• Charity Committee mufti and Valentine’s Day activities – Fri 12th Feb
• Cheltenham Pate’s Theatre Festival – 17-20 Feb 2016 (programme update here)
• Calendar update
• Pate’s Reading Week - w/c 29th Feb
• Famelab Academy Winners
• U18 Netball regional finals
• PS - We are collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers.  Thank you!

If you have tickets for tonight’s performance of Coriolanus then you are in for a treat! (If not, then we can squeeze you in on the door tonight – 7pm start.) I was in the audience last night and was so impressed with the raw passion and commitment of every performer, which has to be the hallmark of Edward Derbyshire’s sixth form productions. My thanks to Edward who as always has put so much energy into the experience for the students to produce a piece of such high quality, given the limited amount of rehearsal time. It is a real testament to Edward’s expertise, inspiring such spirited performances from every member of the cast and crew – an experience that will stay with them long after they have left school.

This coming week is 'Humanities Week of Transformation!' - how change is happening in every sphere of our existence. Please click here to see the winning poster by Caitlin Hancock (7G), advertising all the activities that students can get involved with. Please do encourage them to join in!

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 regarding which you have never heard of.

Tuesday night will be the annual extravaganza of the Pate’s Choral Concert (@ All Saints, Pittville on Tues 9th February @ 7.30pm). 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. 

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logo CopySixth form fundraising this week for Ghana: a group of sixth form students are travelling with staff to Ghana at Easter to take part in community-based teaching, building and sports projects. On Thursday lunchtime through to Friday lunchtime this week, throughout the night (in the hall) and in assembly on Friday morning, they will ride spin bikes continuously the length of Ghana – 339 miles in 24 hours. The money they raise will go directly to WOE school, where they will be volunteering - there will be collection buckets around school and any donations would be very welcome. They are having a busy week - selling pancakes in aid of Ghana on Shrove Tuesday from the refectory (pancakes with chocolate and cream at £1.50); selling cakes on Thursday lunchtime; and organising a pizza and onesie night for Year 7 students! Thanks for supporting our students in their efforts!

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heart image CopyLove Message from the Charity Committee: Next Friday the 12th will be the Pate's Day of love, as Charity Committee presents mufti Valentine's Day. Pay £1 to wear red or pink (£1.50 for plain clothes). There will be serenade-o-grams selling for £2.00 which are being sold each day in the refectory by a member of the committee. You could also treat your special someone with a carnation for £1.50. All you need to tell us is the lesson you want them to be given it in and the teacher and the name of the student. Also Treat Yo Self with something from our bake stand at break on the day in the hall. Happy Valentine's Day! From Your Charity Committee x

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Cheltenham Pate’s Theatre Festival – 17-20 February 2016 – please click here to see the updated programme of professional touring shows and workshops. Ticket prices are between £5 & £8 and are available on the school website via Ticketsource (here) or over the counter at main Reception. We are excited to be hosting this Theatre Festival here at Pate’s (Performing Arts Studio) over half term – the first of its kind in Cheltenham. Please follow this link to see the latest programme – including circus skills, voice and acting workshops, Bollywood Dance class, and professional touring theatre companies and artists

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Calendar Update:

  • Choral Concert (@ All Saints, Pittville) - Tues 9th February @ 7.30pm - 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

logoFamelab Academy Winners: Congratulations to Amy James (9R) who has won the Pate’s final of this prestigious competition, for her inspiring presentation on Schizophrenia in twins. Runners up were Luke Goddard (9D) who explained the many issues of Antibiotic Resistance and Charlotte Casey (9Y) who enlightened us about Entomophagy. For the second year, all Y9 pupils have taken part in this County-wide competition organised by Cheltenham Festivals and sponsored by EDF. After receiving training in their Science lessons, pupils gave a 3-minute presentation about any aspect of Science that interested them and were judged on 3 criteria: Clarity; Content; Charisma.

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Very well done to all the Famelab class winners; they are: 9A Lucy Arthur and Millie Davis; 9D Luke Goddard and Amal Patel; 9E David Parsonage and Edward Watine; 9P Amy James and Amy Howard; 9T Sam Thomas and Charlotte Casey. Overall winner Amy will now take part in a 2-day master class on Presentation skills and a day of Work Experience at a local company. She will then represent Pate’s at the County final, to be held at EDF, Gloucester on March 24th. We wish her luck!

Forthcoming Library Event - Pate’s Reading Week Feb 29 – Mar 4  Let’s get the whole school reading

  • Daily book quiz with prizes
  • Designing a book – OUP designer talks to Y9 Art classes
  • New and second-hand book sale
  • Lunchtime ‘read aloud’
  • Writing a Novel – talk by YA author Helen Maslin for Y10 - Genres in the spotlight
  • What the staff are reading
  • Pause for Poetry
  • Pate’s Big Book Bake Off – at PA Spring Fair
  • Have You Read? – pupils’ book reviews

Congratulations to our U18 Netball squad in honourably representing Gloucestershire in the South West Regional Finals which took place last week in Cornwall. The girls worked so well together with multiple turnovers within defence and midcourt and some excellent goals by the shooters.  It was a tough competition certainly and we are very proud of our girls, who didn’t win but put up a great fight on the day! Well done to them! Please follow this link for a detailed report.

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Good luck to our sixth form languages students who are bravely heading off to Spain and Germany this weekend to do a week’s work experience. My thanks to their teachers for organising this really exciting opportunity for them - they will gain so much from it.  The House swimming competition got underway on Tuesday, with lots of swimmers taking part and some great races. We are very much looking forward to the finals on Wednesday!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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