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Pate's wins prestigious British Youth Council Discovering Democracy Award
Pate's Reading Week
Scholastic Book Fair 10-15 March @ lunchtimes in the Library
Pate's Big Book Bake-Off!
Private view - exhibition by the prize-winning astrophotographer Gavin James on Wednesday 9th March 5.30–7pm in the Art Gallery
The Spring Fair this weekend Sat 10.30-12.30 - an invitation you can't refuse!
Staff Vacancy - Musician in Residence
Ghana appeal for football shirts and shorts
Calendar & Events
Trips Update
Rugby Success
Travel-Share enquiry - Gloucester
Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers - we are still collecting. Thank you!
Guitar Success for Sam James (Y12)

We are delighted to announce that Pate's Grammar school is a winner for the prestigious British Youth Council Discovering Democracy Awards hosted by the Cabinet Office. The Discovering Democracy Awards showcase schools which are exemplars in preparing their students to be active participants in democratic life. All schools that have achieved the Award are invited to celebrate their success and commitment to promoting democratic participation at an event late this month hosted by the Minster for Constitutional Reform, John Penrose MP. I am particularly proud of our students’ eagerness to understand and to influence political and economic issues and their keen sense of justice and am very grateful to our History & Politics Department in school for giving them so many opportunities to do so.

Reading Week: This week has seen our inaugural Reading Week. We have had a visit from a senior illustrator at Oxford University Press for our Y9 Art students and an author visit from Helen Maslin for all of our Y10s. The school has been decorated with poetry and staff have shared what they are reading with the rest of the school. It has been lovely to hear lots of conversations around school about what people are reading.
Our daily quiz has proved popular so thank you to all our entrants. We also held a second hand book sale in the Hall along with a selection of new books from our visiting local bookshop The Suffolk Anthology. Our final event took place at lunchtime today when Edward Derbyshire read aloud from The Hobbit - I am sure many of us remembers Jackanory!  Thank you to everyone throughout the school for getting involved and showing their support. More pictures will follow next week.
Scholastic Book Fair: Continuing our reading theme, the Library will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair starting next week. The Book Fair will take place every lunchtime from Thursday 10th March – Tuesday 15th March and it will be open to all students. It would be amazing to reach £300 worth of sales which would earn us for £150 of books to take for the school Library from the full Scholastic range. This equates to 50p back for every £1 spent. This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire new books for the library so do encourage your children to come and take a look. Books start from £2.99 and World Book Day tokens (which have been going home over the last fortnight) can be used. Please click here for a list of books which will be included

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Photo - Helen Maslin author of ‘Darkmere’ in Conversation with Caitlin Devlin

Pate’s Big Book Bake Off (PBBBO): It’s time to get creative and get baking for The PBBBO! All entries to the Hall for judging next Friday morning March 11th please. Prizes of 1 x £25 book token and 2 x £10 book tokens, courtesy of Painswick House Dental Practice are on offer to the winners which will be announced at the Spring Fair. Cakes will be sold by silent auction at the Spring Fair so do come along and secure your book-themed treat!

We are delighted and privileged to be hosting an exhibition of work by the prize-winning astrophotographer Gavin James and invite students and parents to the Private View on Wednesday 9th March 5.30 – 7pm. It is an opportunity to see what is out there! Not by travelling to the far corners of the earth, or looking up and seeing the moon, but seeing objects that are up to 23 million light years from our very own galaxy. Year 13 Physics students Chris Underhill and Sophie Crane have been working with Gavin and Jonathan Genton from Marlborough College to facilitate this exhibition of work and provide the fascinating and detailed information that accompany the images of clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. This is a rare opportunity and a must-see for anyone interested in art, science or astronomy.

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This weekend our Art Department is hosting craft workshops in collaboration with the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. The CRAFT LIVE project gives groups of students from Gloucestershire secondary schools the opportunity to learn about the world of craft and design and to take part in practical workshops led by professional designer makers from the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen.

The Parents’ Association would like to gently remind everyone that the Spring Fair is to be held next Saturday 12th March from 10:30 to 12:30. With games, stalls, music, refreshments, entertainment, and the Pate's Big Book Bake Off, this unmissable event promises warmth and conviviality on an impressive scale.
Again, we stress the potential contribution from the raffle, so please be sure to sell your tickets and ask for more if necessary.
The raffle prizes on offer are uncommonly lavish; for example, take a look at this gorgeous prize from Regency Hampers -
We look forward to it immensely, and hope to see you there.

Staff Vacancy - Musician in Residence post - Pate’s Grammar School is looking to appoint a Musician in Residence for the academic year 2016/17. This post would be ideal for either a GAP year pre or post-university. The job specification will be flexible to account for the strengths of the candidate, including such duties as running extra-curricular music ensembles and the Pate’s Music Society; helping with exams, concert preparation and chamber music teaching; music technician role and peripatetic music teacher link; plus possible private tutoring opportunities. Please follow this link for full details, including rate of pay, conditions and application deadline.

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Sixth form fundraising 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 and they would like to appeal to you for any unwanted football tops (any size) or shorts. The children there love nothing more than playing football and so we thought it was worth asking if families had any outgrown kit (any club). Sixth formers have so far raised £1500 to donate towards the latest community building project, through a combination of group fundraising ideas and individual effort, and their efforts will continue right up until they leave. Hopefully they will bring back lots of photos of the children proudly wearing their new kit! Thank you for your support.

Calendar & Events:
Our students will be taking their production of Eclipse (in association with Gloucestershire Youth Players GYP) to Bristol Old Vic on Tuesday 15th March @ 8.30pm, as part of a nationwide competition, the winners of which will get to perform at the National Theatre in London! There will also be Chew Valley School performing their interpretation of the same piece earlier that evening @ 7pm, so a good opportunity for comparison. In this modern short play written by Oxford University’s Professor of Poetry, Yorkshire man Simon Armitage, six young 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. Tickets cost £5 plus small booking fee (please follow this link to Bristol Old Vic website to buy tickets).
Whole School Photo @ 2pm – Tues 8 March
Astronomy Photography Exhibition private view - Wed 9 March 5.30-7pm in the Art Gallery
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 
Debbie Choi, a Miss Cheltenham Finalist and Pate’s Grammar School Alumni is hosting an 80’s themed Zumbathon at Pate’s sports hall on Saturday 19th March at 12:30-15:30 in aid of 2 local charities; Archie’s Chance to Dance and The Hollie Gazzard Trust. All are welcome.
School Finishes for Easter – Thurs 24 March @ 3.35pm
Students return to school – Mon 11 April

Trips Update:
Canada 2017 - Canoe through the breath taking Algonquin Park and down the Madawaska River; visit the CN Tower, Niagra Falls and the Parliament buildings in Ontario. Open to Y10 and above, DofE Gold Participants can use this incredible opportunity to pass their Expedition section of their award. Please follow this link to the Trips website for full details.
Y12 Biology residential field trip at Nettlecombe field study centre in Somerset 1-4 July 2016: this very successful and enjoyable field trip helps the students to develop practical skills in the study of coastline biology, ecology and statistics to complement their classroom work. The cost of the trip is £299 (£125 payable now and balance of £174 payable on 11th April – all via Schoolcomms Gateway). Please follow this link to the Trips website for full details.

A reminder of trips this week:
7th March – MFL Speaking Competition – 8 Students various years
8th March – Yr13 English Trip ‘Dr Faustus’
9th March – MUSIC Trip to London ‘La Traviata’
11th March – Latin Trip Old Vic Bristol ‘Trojan Women by Euripides’

Representative rugby success:  Over the last couple of weeks Pate’s rugby players have proudly played for representative sides. 
Henry Adams, Finn Elliot and George Williams played for Gloucestershire Schools U16s as part of the Gloucester Academy and are now all looking forward to the Wellington Festival during the Easter break.

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Mac Dale, Henry Davies and Sam Fraser from the 1st XV have progressed beyond county and played in England trials for the South West of England. A huge honour for the boys! Congratulations and very well done to them all.

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Travel-Share Enquiry: We have had an enquiry from a family in Gloucester about lift-share possibilities. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance if you would like to pursue this.

Just a reminder that we are collecting Sainsburys Active Kids vouchers – collection box in Reception. Any vouchers you can send our way would be much appreciated. Thank you.

I am looking forward to having a whole school photo taken on Tuesday afternoon, something we haven’t done for a number of years, but which will be a lovely keepsake. With over 1000 people in the picture faces are quite small, but if you have any objection to your child being in the picture please email Laura Adams (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Finally, congratulations to Sam James (Y12) on being awarded a place in the National Youth Guitar Ensemble – a great achievement and terrific opportunity for him.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master