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HEADLINES:

  • Upcoming Events, including ‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’!
  • Pate’s Student Discount Card
  • Trips Update
  • School Transport Update
  • Bags2School reminder
  • Road Works next week
  • National Youth Theatre success
  • EARLY FINISH (teacher training) @ 2pm – Tuesday 26th April (buses will arrive early)

Charlotte Corderoy played the organ for us in assembly this morning. Charlotte has won a gap year organ scholarship at Sherborne Abbey, before going on to study (and play the organ) at Oxford University. I hope her achievements will inspire younger students to consider taking up the organ, especially as we are very lucky to have one in school. Those of you who joined us at the Choral Concert early this year will agree what a privilege it is to hear her play.

Upcoming Events:

All are invited to join us for our Leavers’ Concert this Wednesday 27th April (Pittville Pump Room @ 7pm) – this will be the last chance to see all our Y13 singers and musicians perform together before they finally leave school. It will be a fabulous evening with outstanding solo items as well as final performances with the orchestras, choirs and bands. Tickets cost £10 (£6 students) and are available to buy online (here).

Please join us to celebrate the creative talents of our Year 11 GCSE at the Private View of our annual GCSE showcase exhibition in the Art Gallery on Wednesday 27th April between 4.30 - 6.30pm. This is an opportunity to see all the fantastic, varied work our students have produced over the past two years.

Pate’s Big Band @ Jazz festival – Sunday 1st May at 12.45pm
Pate’s Big Band @ Dragon Boat Regatta, Gloucester Docks – Sunday 8th May at 1pm
Both events will be fabulous – please do go along and enjoy their music if you can.

I was excited to announce to the students this morning that Tweedy will be performing his one-man show ‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’ at Pate’s over half term – on Thursday 2nd June 6-8pm. Tweedy is very well known as the Giffords Circus clown and as an actor through his work at the Everyman Theatre - he is without doubt one of the very best vaudeville performers we have in the country. He is also a Pate’s parent and we are absolutely thrilled that he will be performing his show in aid of the school’s Making £nds Meet campaign. Tickets cost £13 (adults) and £7 (students) - please click here to buy tickets.

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'Tweedy's Lost Property' was very highly acclaimed at the Edinburgh Festival and is suitable for all ages. Please do join us for a truly memorable show, plus pre-theatre and interval drinks/snacks.  Tickets are likely to sell very quickly.  Go on… how long is it since you laughed until you cried? 

On the theme of lost property, a reminder that the lost property office is open to visitors all week – there is a great deal of clothing, water bottles, mobile phones and glasses waiting to be claimed. Parents are welcome to browse.

Pate’s Student Discount Card: We are delighted to announce the launch of the Pate’s Identification Card. This is the culmination of a great deal of research and planning on the part of the School Council and probably the most ambitious project they ever undertaken. The card will be available to purchase from the refectory through the cashless catering system from this Monday. The ID encompasses the brand new Student Discount programme which has been developed with local businesses to offer a discount on purchases for Pate's students. The ‘integrated cards’ are made of a special laminate and are as durable as traditional debit cards but much more environmentally friendly. The cards are just £2 to buy, to cover costs, and is currently accepted at various high street retailers such as Millets, Shoe Zone and McDonald's, with further local agreements with shops such as Smokey Joe's. A full list of participants will be published on Plato soon. Should you know a business that wishes to participate please get in touch with Danai Osmond (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  I am sure you will agree that this is a very impressive achievement and a fine legacy for future students to enjoy and develop. Very well done to Danai and the team.

Trips this week:
25 April – 4 May – German Exchange students are in the UK
27 April – German Exchange students – London Trip
28 April – German Exchange students – Oxford Trip
29 April – German Exchange students – Gloucester Trip
27-29 April – Euroscola Trip to Strasbourg

School Transport Update:

  • Marchants are currently considering extending their bus route in September to include Greet, Gretton, Alderton and Winchombe areas. If you would like to pursue this and take part in the consultation please contact Marchants (here).
  • We have been contacted by a family Gloucester who would like to join up for a lift-share opportunity. If you would like to follow this up please email the school office in the first instance (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  

The Parents’ Association would like to remind you of the current Bags2School project which is a great chance to raise money for the school by donating all your unwanted clothes and textiles. The process is a simple one: the bags should be put in the big brown bin left out during the day by the garages just before Reception. Don’t worry if you don’t have the official collection bag. It matters not. Any bag will do.  Thank you.

Road Works:  Please note that surface repair work is about to start on Princess Elizabeth Way. Please allow extra time for your journeys between Tuesday 26th April and Thursday 5th May.

Finally, I was delighted to hear this morning that Liv Birch (Y12) and Sabrina Davis (Y11) have been accepted into the National Youth Theatre this summer – congratulations to them! Each year NYT receives over 4,500 applicants and is able to offer 500 places on its summer acting and technical courses (in costume, lighting and sound, scenery and prop making, and stage management). On completion of the course Liv and Sabrina will be eligible to become members and to audition for the company’s productions, which are staged in London's West End, around the UK, and internationally. This is an incredibly competitive audition process and I am aware that a number of very talented Pate’s students auditioned but were disappointed this time; I hope they will try again another year. My thanks to Edward Derbyshire for his support and encouragement which I know is hugely appreciated by the students.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

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