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 HEADLINES:

  • Leavers’ Concert Awards & Gallery
  • Charity Committee have raised £10,512.53
  • Upcoming Events
  • Student Achievements
  • Pate’s Multi-Academy Trust consultation + FAQs

What a stunning Leavers’ Concert we had on Wednesday evening at the Pittville Pump Room! It was a privilege to be in the audience and to award Freya Ireland with the Dene Stubbs Cup for musical excellence and services to music in school; and the John Elvan Rees Award to Rosie Weston for musical achievement, enthusiasm and encouragement of others. Please follow this link for the photo gallery. Our thanks to Duncan Hooper who took the superb photos for us.  

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The Charity Committee led our assembly this morning with a round-up of the work they have done during their year in office. With the support of the Pate’s community they managed to raise £10,512.53! One of the charities which will benefit is St James’ City Farm and they came into assembly with 2 of their goats this morning to say thank you and also to encourage the students to get involved at their farm project based in the middle of Gloucester – a wonderful away-from-it-all rural experience for the young people of Gloucester. Please follow this link to read more about St James’ City Farm.

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Also in assembly I was able to award Robin Hedley (Y13) with a gold medal for his shooting, and present Adam Fielding (Y11) with the School Council’s Rock Paper Scissors trophy (an interesting design made of, you guessed it, rock, paper and scissors!), won at the recent tournament organised by them.

Upcoming Events:

Tickets are selling very quickly for Tweedy’s 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. Buy your ticket before we sell out!

Please follow this link for a reminder of all current Trips information on our website. 

Pate's came 3rd in the regional final of the UKMT 2016 Team Maths Challenge which took place on Friday 22nd April at Wycliffe College, Stonehouse. They competed against 23 teams from schools from and around Gloucestershire and were beaten by St Edwards School and the winners Cheltenham Ladies College. The team consisted of two year 8 pupils, Jon-Luke Harrison and Daniel Silverthorne and two year 9 pupils, Shenuka Haegoda and Dinula Gomes, a team of 4 Gloucester House pupils (see photo below)! These pupils were chosen after a selection process which was open to all year 8 and 9 pupils. They had then been attending regular practise sessions in their lunch times to prepare. Well done to them and my thanks to Sophie Dodds for supporting them.

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Congratulations to Joanna Van Dyk (Y11), who has been accepted to represent the UK in Costa Rica at the United World College where she will be studying for her International Baccalaureate for the next 2 years. The United World College is a global organisation which educates young people from over 90 different countries in colleges located in 14 different countries. Students live in this multicultural community and are not only academic high achievers but are selected on the basis of their acute sense of social justice, caring for the environment and ability to advocate for change towards a better, more sustainable future. Joanna went through a strenuous selection process and we are very proud of her incredible achievement. My thanks to Ruth Harding for supporting and sponsoring her.

Congratulations to Rob Miller (Y13) who has won the GE STAR award - sponsored by the GE Foundation and administered by the Institute of International Education in New York, this is a very competitive process which is awarded for academic merit. Rob has earned himself a $3000 university scholarship, and the school is awarded $500. My thanks to Sam Attwood for sponsoring Rob’s application and encouraging him to apply for it. Rob has accepted an unconditional offer to study Modern Languages at Birmingham, studying Spanish and Russian.

I must add Grace Kent (Y11) to the names of students who have won a place in the National Youth Theatre. Grace will be studying costume design and production over the summer and will be able to gain experience working on professional shows in the West End and on National Youth Theatre productions. Congratulations to Grace. Please follow this link for more news of outstanding achievements outside school.

You will have received an email from me regarding our consultation on becoming a Multi-Academy Trust, along with Greatfield Park and Warden Hill primary schools. Please click here for a reminder of the facts and FAQs and details of how to send your feedback. The closing date for feedback is 27th May (midday) and there is a parents’ meeting on Wednesday 11th May 5-6pm in the school hall.  We believe this to be an exciting prospect and one which will help Pate's to become an even better school - please let us know your thoughts.

Sports Day heats have been taking place over the last couple of weeks and we are looking forward to the finals this week on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. In the meantime, I wish all Pate’s families a relaxing long bank holiday weekend. Don’t forget that the Pate’s Big Band are playing on the open stage at the Jazz Festival on Sunday at 12.45pm!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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