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HEADLINES:

  • Spring Fair tomorrow 10.30 til 12.30
  • British Science Week activities
  • Mufti day on Friday – pay £1 to wear African themed outfits, such as safari animals, sports teams, safari gear etc.
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament on Friday lunchtime
  • Drama @ Pate’s
  • Calendar & Events
  • Trips this week
  • Congratulations….
  • Bags in school
  • Scholastic Book Fair in the Junior Library until Tuesday

In assembly this morning we spoke about Tom Millward, our student who left last year to study at Cambridge and who tragically passed away at the weekend. A student who had made the very best of what Pate’s had to offer, Tom could not have been happier in his life and he had great aspirations to change the world with his engineering. Over the coming weeks and months staff and students past and present will be coming together to support one another and ultimately celebrate Tom’s life, in which Pate’s had played such a large part.

Also in assembly this morning Y13 Physics students Nick Hafner, Elliot Archer, Jack Shaw, Jack Anderson, Chris Underhill and Sophie Crane spoke to students about the drone they have built and programmed in their spare time. It was great to hear how the students embarked on the project independently and it was especially impressive how they each played a particular role and worked so well as a team, asking for very little help from staff. They were very grateful to Physics staff and to Daren Brunsdon for their support.

The Parents’ Association look forward to seeing you at The Spring Fair tomorrow morning 10:30 – 12:30. If you would like to bake a cake this evening that would be marvellous. Please bring it in with you in the morning. We can make money with ease by offering irresistible slices with tea or coffee! You have until 12 on the dot tomorrow to buy raffle tickets so pop in - just for half an hour. The draw will be held at 12.15 and a list of prizes is available here. Our second hand uniform shop representatives will also be amongst those present, and we appeal to you for stock, in particular, skirts and ties.  Come along and enjoy !

Thanks to everyone who entered our Pate’s Big Bake Off Competition! Wow, what exciting and impressive cake masterpieces have been produced by our students! Congratulations to: 1st prize Olivia Hall (10B); joint 2nd Jasmine Cash (10R) & Maggie McLellan (7R); joint 3rd Charlie Bailey (7R) & Ella Hung (7G). They each win £30, £10 & £5 respectively – many thanks to Painswick House Dental Practice for sponsoring the competition. Here is the winning cake – which will be auctioned at tomorrow’s Spring Fair!

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British Science Week 2016 – a very exciting week is planned with everything from elemental experiments and dissections, to documentaries and quizzes. Please click here to see the full programme of events organised by the student Science Committee and staff.

Students from the South Africa sports tour will be holding a mufti day in aid of the Goedgedacht Trust in South Africa on Friday. The Trust provides a valuable education to local children in everything from healthy eating and personal health, to what it means to be part of a team. Students are invited to pay £1 to wear any African themed outfits, such as safari animals, sports teams, safari gear etc., (£1.50 for ordinary mufti). The students will be selling charity wristbands (£1 each) with PGS POP on them – path out of poverty. There will be a selection of homemade cakes on offer to buy too (all cash only).

Also on Friday the School Council will be holding the inaugural and much talked about Rock Paper Scissors Tournament in the school hall – in aid of Making £nds Meet... who will dominate to ultimately become the ultimate champion?!

Drama @ Pate’s:
Y12 production of Eclipse (in association with Gloucestershire Youth Players GYP) at 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! Tickets cost £5 plus small booking fee (please follow this link to Bristol Old Vic website to buy tickets).
GCSE Drama students will be performing Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn after school on Tues 22nd March and Wed 23rd March 4 til 5.30pm. Please do come along to support them and get a feel for what is happening in the exciting world of GCSE Drama.  Please follow this link to book your FREE tickets.

Calendar & Events:
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. Tickets cost £6 / £4 tickets (on the door, no advance booking).
Debbie Choi, a Miss Cheltenham Finalist and ex-Pate’s student 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. Please follow this link for full details.
School Finishes for Easter – Thurs 24 March @ 3.35pm
Students return to school – Mon 11 April

A reminder of trips scheduled this week:

  • 15th March Yr12 Science Trip to Warden Hill School (8 Students)
  • 15th March Y12 Theatre Studies Trip to Bristol
  • 16th March Y7 EDF Challenge (6 Students)
  • 17th March RSC Hamlet
  • 18-20th March UK Space Design Competition London

Congratulations…

  • Well done to the Sixth Form Piano Trio for reaching the national finals of the Pro Corda Chamber Music for Schools competition. They play again on Sunday in the finals - good luck to Anahita Falaki (Y13), Dan Gilchrist (Y12) and Felyx Wong (Y12).
  • Congratulations to Sophie Whitehead (Y12), who represented Great Britain U19s in the Modern Pentathlon (swimming, running, shooting, horse riding and fencing) last weekend, coming 9th out of 31 competitors from Egypt, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Croatia and the USA. Sophie set personal bests in the swimming and the overall event. Good luck to her in Barcelona and the European Championships. Well done Sophie!
  • Congratulations to Lauren Keitley (10G) and her quad crew, who won the J15 quads at Gloucester Head last weekend for Gloucester Rowing Club, beating the opposition by 38 seconds!
  • Congratulations to Chris Underwood (Y13) who has achieved a Bronze award in the second round of the British Physics Olympiad and now goes through to the selection camp at Oxford later this year for a place on the British Olympiad Team. If selected, he will go through to the International Physics Olympiad.

Attn tech-minded parents! Does anyone have any old, orange Unilab power signal generators that they would be able to donate/sell to us? Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you.

Bags in school.  Students have been reminded that bags and other items should not be left outside the Refectory or in the changing rooms overnight. Any bags left will be removed and either taken to lost property or locked away in the Sports Hall. Students should use their lockers or take their bags home with them. The school and changing rooms are open for outside lettings during evenings and weekends, and school cannot take responsibility for anything which goes missing having been left lying around. I would be grateful if you could remind students and encourage them to take care of their possessions – a very good habit to get into!

A reminder that the Scholastic Book Fair will be running at lunchtime in the Junior Library until Tuesday 15th March. World Book Day £1 vouchers are welcome. Any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or come and see us!

Our Parents’ Association committee and their supporters have been in school all day working so hard to set up stalls, fabulous raffles and hampers, plus an incredible array of cakes for tomorrow’s spring fair - I hope that many of you will be able to pop in for a coffee to support them tomorrow morning; as well as enjoy Wednesday evening’s orchestral concert (refreshments provided once again by our stunning Parents’ Association).

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

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