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  • Pate’s Lecture – Bill McGuire
  • A busy end of term!
  • Website photo gallery
  • Coriolanus DVDs to order
  • Spring Fair donations – request from the PA
  • Cheltenham Pate’s Theatre Festival – 17-20 February 2016
  • China Exchange
  • Public Speaking Finalists
  • A new sport at Pate’s - Handball
  • Schoolcomms Gateway

As part of Pate’s Humanities Week of Transformation we were privileged to welcome Bill McGuire (Emeritus Professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at University College London) to talk to students about how a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes. His talk, entitled ‘Waking the Giant’, was based on his latest book (full details here). My thanks to Ruth Taei for arranging such interesting and thought-provoking activities throughout the week.  It has been a full-on end of term week at Pate’s, beginning with pancakes and culminating in this morning’s whole school assembly with Mr Jones being serenaded by romantic sixth formers whilst riding for Ghana on a spin bike bizarrely (apologies that the photo is not the best quality)!

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The school is full of valentine’s fun today, with everyone in mufti and students swapping flowers and songs of love. My thanks to the Charity Committee for making a day to remember, whilst at the same time raising money for their chosen charities. Congratulations also to the Ghana sixth formers on their supreme efforts raising money to buy materials to donate to the children they will be teaching in Ghana over Easter. They laid on a fabulous fun pizza and onesie night for all Year 7 last night, organising games and a film for them, before riding their bikes through the night in the school hall. A special mention for Lesley Jeanes and Rob Moreton who also cycled through the night, wrote reports and taught lessons all day today!

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We had a wonderful evening at the beautiful All Saints on Tuesday which hosted our Choral Concert. The church was completely full and we enjoyed absolutely stunning performances by the various Pate’s choirs, the Grammatones, and soloists. The performance of St Nicolas with Pate’s Choirs and musicians accompanying James Gilchrist was magnificent and we are so grateful to James for fitting us into his busy schedule and for being such an inspiration to our students. Only those who took part can really appreciate how much work went into it I’m sure, but the passion was plain for us all to see – my thanks to Ellie Lane for inspiring and conducting – everything!

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Over 100 swimmers from all year groups took part in the heats and finals of the swimming galas at Pittville pool. All Year 7 students were spectators for the finals on Wednesday and certainly added to the excitement and noise as they keenly cheered on their Houses. It was great to witness some top swimmers who spend many hours a week training to get to their level of performance competing so competitively for the individual and main House shield. Congratulations to Richmond House who just pushed Beaufort into second place. Special congratulations to the following swimmers on their success of winning individual trophies:
Juniors – Joseph Giles and Emily Wan
Inters – Kei-Won Jang and Jasmine Cash/Laura McPeake
Seniors – Danai Osmond and Sophie Whitehead

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Please click here to see more photos from the swimming gala.

Please do visit the fabulous photo gallery on the website (link here) and see all the stunning Coriolanus photos, plus the newly published photos of last term’s Christmas Carol Service and House Dance. We can pass on high resolution electronic images for a small cost if anyone would like to order them.  Also just a reminder that professionally filmed Coriolanus DVDs are available to order @ £15. Please email Yvonne Shelmerdine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to place your order.

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A note for your diary: The Annual Parents’ Association Spring Fair is to be held on Saturday 12th March from 10:30 to 12:30. In support of Making £nds Meet, the money generated from this event will fund next year's library budget. After half-term, we will despatch letters home with the children to include further details of events and tickets for a fabulous raffle that we entreat you to sell to colleagues, friends and family.
Please remember the Parents’ Association needs plenty of donations to make the Spring Fair go with a swing. They are looking for gifts, books (lots of them for the library fundraiser), sweets, Easter eggs, chocolates, bottles etc. Please send them into school as soon as possible after half term.
Just by way of a heads-up, the PA will be doing a Bag2School collection in April (after the Easter holidays) where all unwanted/used clothes can be brought to school. They will earn cash for Making £nds Meet based on the weight of what they collect. If you are sorting out cupboards or wardrobes, over half term, please put any unwanted clothes aside, ready to bring into school after the Easter holidays.
We are indebted to the PA for their incredible energy and drive to help us. Please support them in as many ways as possible over the next few weeks.

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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China Exchange: Following Mr Ellicott's exciting trip to Hailing Cambridge International School located in Zhuji, near the famous historical city of Hangzhou, we are pleased to be able to offer 2 new and exciting opportunities to pupils. Hailiang is a private school with an excellent reputation, and we are excited about opportunities that our friendship with the school will bring to Pate's pupils both this year and in times to come. The word “Cambridge” in its formal title is because Hailiang specialises in offering international curricula to students, including the chance to study for the International A levels run from Cambridge.  If you are interested in hosting a pupil in October and are yet to communicate your interest to us in the Languages Faculty, please complete the attached form (here) and bring to Mrs Zhang-Evans after half-term.  Additionally, we have an exciting 12-day China trip available at the cost of £1850 for up to 20 pupils. Those students who had originally applied for China summer camp will have priority for places, but the trip is open to all.  As pupils are in Senior 1, priority for hosting will be offered to pupils of a similar age who will be in Y11-13 next academic year.  Please see the attached letters for details of these 2 opportunities for you to peruse over half-term:
1) Host a Chinese pupil for 2 weeks in October (the students are in the equivalent of our Y12)
2) Itinerary for the reciprocal visit (the trip will be launched in the usual way immediately after half-term)

Public Speaking Finalists:  The team of Junaid Hameed, Heather Homer and Bella Maxwell recently won the district finals of the ESU Public Speaking competition and will now move on to the regional finals that will be held in Oxford in March. They would like to take this space to thank Ms Reid and Ollie Carter for their boundless help, support and encouragement.  My congratulations to all concerned - and good luck in the final!


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A new sport at Pate’s: Over the last 2 weeks Pate’s have entered the County Handball Tournaments at U13 and U15 age groups. In lessons, practices and at the tournaments the students have loved the challenge of a new sport. The teams were also very successful, bringing back 3 second places, with the U15 boys becoming County Champions. The boys will now represent Gloucestershire at the South West Tournament.

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Schoolcomms Gateway:  as part of our ongoing efforts to cut costs we are reviewing the payment options offered through Schoolcomms Gateway. We are able to considerably reduce costs to the school by removing the option for parents to pay by credit or debit card and are therefore proposing that from Easter the only payment option available will be the instant bank transfer. Once bank details are added, the payment process is just as simple as paying by card. Please contact Stephen Locker, Bursar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any concerns. 

The Ski trip left for Austria this morning and our senior Art students are enjoying their trip to Barcelona. Whatever you have planned, I wish everyone a very happy and relaxing half term break.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master