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Mel Martin-Hughes - legacy
Reading Week 29 Feb - 4th Mar
Spring Fair Sat 12 Mar 10:30-12:30
Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year 2016 - Pate's Finalists
Coca Cola Real Business Challenge - winners
Trips Update
Upcoming Events
Schoolcomms Gateway
Expensive lost property!
Cheltenham Pate's Theatre Festival success

In a special assembly this morning Lesley Jeanes spoke to us about Mel Martin-Hughes, who tragically died whilst she was a sixth former here at Pate’s several years ago. Whilst in the sixth form Mel had been involved in a school visit to Romania, also fundraising to support the Smiles Foundation and their work out there. Mel had a real affinity with the youngsters she met and was particularly moved by the plight of the disabled children, who were shunned by Romanian society – hidden away in back rooms, with no company, stimulation or solace. Mel’s parents, Laura and Don, joined us in assembly this morning to share news of Mel’s legacy – a £15,000 sensory room especially to bring joy and hope to those Romanian children Mel had met, and others like them. Thank you to the Martin-Hughes family and to all the Pate’s staff and students who have supported them - Lesley Jeanes in particular. Mel would have been absolutely delighted to have made such a difference in the world.

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This coming week is our inaugural Reading Week (29th Feb-4th March) - the Library will be hosting a range of events and competitions all aimed at getting the whole school reading. Each day will have a different genre with plenty of books for browsing around the Library. Staff will be sharing what they are reading in a range of posters to be found on Department doors.
On Wednesday Y9 Art students will be receiving a visit from Sarah Darby, a senior illustrator from Oxford University Press. Sarah will be happy to talk with any art students at break time in the Art Department.
On Thursday all Y10 students will attend a talk with local author Helen Maslin who will be discussing her recently published novel ‘Darkmere’ and talking about the reading and writing process. Details will be sent to Y10 students and their families shortly.
A second hand book sale will take place in the hall at lunchtime on Thursday 3rd March with books priced at 50p. We will also be having a small stall of new books courtesy of local bookshop The Suffolk Anthology A small selection of books will be available for £6.00 each, so if your child would like to come along to purchase any books, please send in the correct money.
Pate’s Big Book Bake-off (PBBBO) - the Parents’ Association Spring Fair is taking place on Saturday March 12th. The PBBO is a prize cake-making competition, open to all. Cakes entries must feature a book theme/character etc. and should be brought along to the Hall on the morning of Friday 11th March. Entries will be judged and the winners announced at the Spring Fair. First prize is a £25 book token with two runners-up prizes of £10. The prizes have been supplied courtesy of Painswick House Dental Surgery, Cheltenham and we thank them immensely for their support. Cakes will be auctioned off via silent bids at the Spring Fair. Do come along and see what our talented and imaginative bakers have produced.

The Annual Parents’ Association Spring Fair is to be held on Saturday 12th March from 10:30 to 12:30. We would love to see you there, even if for only part of the morning.
Raffle tickets have already been sent home, and the list of sumptuous prizes on offer continues to expand at an impressive rate ! 
Now including: free membership and four free classes worth £40 at Slim Fitness, a short break at Swallow Barn in Hartpury, a 3 course meal for 2 and wine at Montpellier Lodge, tickets to the Warwickshire Cup Final at Cirencester Polo Club, a box of Superdry goodies, afternoon tea for two at Cowley Manor, a gift from Regency Hampers, wine tasting vouchers from the Oxford Chelt Wine School, a £40 voucher for Bar and Wok and a selection of books from Waterstones !
The raffle has the staggering potentiality to raise up to £15,000 for the school, so please, use your vision, contact your expanded circle of acquaintance, and let’s sell these tickets !

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Congratulations to Emily Stephens (Y13 oboe) and Freya Ireland (Y13 percussion) who have both made it through to the finals of Gloucestershire Young Musician 2016. They will both perform a recital at Pittville Pump Room on Tuesday 1st March. If you would like to go and support them please click here for tickets. This will be an inspiring evening - good luck girls!

Real success in Coca-Cola’s Real Business Challenge:  not only did our team of Year 10 students succeed in making it through to the South West Regional Final of Coca-Cola’s Real Business Challenge – a great achievement in itself as approximately 900 schools entered the competition this year – but they walked away with the Social Media Award, recognising that they produced the best app and social media campaign out of all 10 teams competing in the Regional Final.
The Real Business Challenge is a national competition set by Coca-Cola Enterprises for students in Year 9 and Year 10. The first part of the challenge required the teams to develop a new, sustainable, healthy juice drink brand with a strong emphasis on ethical decision-making. At the Regional Final – held at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium – the teams were asked to develop a locally-focused campaign to help keep Britain tidy, including the design of a mascot, a marketing plan, a social media campaign, an app and a launch event.
Our team members are pictured below, together with their Coca-Cola mentor at the Regional Final and the Chief Financial Officer of Coca-Cola in the UK, who was the head judge on the day.  (From left to right, Nicole Heaven, Olivia Hall, Rachel Jarvis, Molly Gorman, Meghna Sreekumar and Laura McPeake.)


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Trips Update:

Reminder of trips going out this week:

  • 1st March Latin Trip Evening Yr13
  • 3rd March Latin Trip Monmouth All Day
  • 3rd March Music Society Trip to Oxford (pm)
  • 4th-6th March PGL Netball Tour Yr8

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)

Upcoming Events:

  • Eclipse by Simon Armitage (National Theatre Connections) - GYP ( in association with Pate's Grammar School, presents Eclipse by Simon Armitage Friday 26th & Saturday 27th February @ 7.30-8.45pm in PAB (NB NOT 7pm).  This modern piece is part of the 2016 National Theatre Connections Festival. Six friends are interviewed by the police after the disappearance of Lucy Lime, a strange, unnerving girl - 'I am a walking Universe, I am' - whom they met beneath the cliffs on a Cornish beach, just before a total eclipse of the Sun. Ticket Price: £5.00 (please click here to buy tickets) or pay on the door.
  • A Level Music Recital – 8 March @ 7pm – tickets on the door
  • Spring Fair – Sat 12th March 10:30-12:30
  • Early finish at 2pm – Tues 15 March - buses will arrive early (staff training in school)
  • Orchestral concert – Wed 16 March @ 7pm

Schoolcomms Gateway: just a reminder that, 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 (here) with any concerns.

Expensive lost property!: 

  • Various items of Superdry / Abercrombie & Fitch clothing
  • Mobile phones
  • Spectacles
  • Shoes & trainers galore!

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make enquiries about lost property, or ask the students to call in at Reception.

I would like to congratulate Edward Derbyshire and his team on the success of the Cheltenham Pate’s Theatre Festival over half term. There was a great variety of family events, as well as thought-provoking physical theatre. You can follow these links to read some reviews from the Echo:

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master


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