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Assembly was led this morning by the sixth form students who recently went to Ghana. They shared their photos and films with us and talked about their remarkable experiences on the project and the people they met. They will be organising a fabulous Charity Day in aid of their charity ‘The Young Shall Grow International’ at the end of term, with water slides and assault courses and the usual fun and games – students will be reminded to bring their water pistols!

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There have been a number of exciting trips recently to Barcelona and Austia, as well as Ghana.  Please click here to see some fab photos. 

Chris Underhill (Y13) also spoke in assembly this morning about his incredible success in qualifying to represent the UK at The International Olympiad on Astronomy & Astrophysics, which will take place in Bhubaneswar, India in December. He told us of the training camps in Oxford, Cambridge and the Marlborough College Observatory, and the many hours of exams he will undertake as part of the process!  I cannot stress what an incredibly impressive achievement this is and we look forward to hearing how he gets on. Congratulations to Chris and please keep in touch!

I was delighted to present awards to a number of students in recognition of their commitment to Music, as well as Drama & Performance over a number of years. They have brought us so much enjoyment with their performances and it was an absolute pleasure to reward and congratulate them as a whole school this morning.

It was great to see some sunshine on sports day, with lots of students enjoying the field and track finals this week…Here are the HOUSE ATHLETICS 2016 RESULTS:

The heats and finals started over a week ago and finished with two afternoons of competitive athletics where the winning House was not decided until the relays.

Congratulations to all who competed in some glorious sunny weather.

3 new records were set this year.
1. Junior girls javelin – Hannah Seakins 20.12m
2. Inter girls javelin – Millie Jackson 25.40m
3. Year 7 boys 300m – Tom Fearn 52.55

Individual winners
For athletes who achieved the highest points in their respective age groups.
Junior Girls – Hannah Jackson
Junior Boys – Daksh Bagi
Inter Girls – Inca Prince and Ella Hordern
Inter Boys – Harry Folkard
Senior Girls – Alixe Cook
Senior Boys – George Williams who wins the Vassar Smith Trophy

Senior Boys 1500m cup – retained by Alex Chantler-Mayne
Senior Boys 400m cup – retained Jacob Pickering
Mike Bailey sprint cup (who still holds the Yr10 100m record from 1971)
A number of athletes won both their sprint races for their age groups, so it was a difficult decision. Alex Quinn-Savory won the senior girls 100m, 400m and was the final leg of Richmond’s winning relay team was presented with the cup.
The ‘PATE’ Cup – Awarded for the third year after being donated by Martin Pate who was a direct descendant of the founder of Cheltenham Grammar School, Richard Pate. It was awarded to Jemima Jones who was selected as the most outstanding field event performer for winning both Inter Girls shot and discus, doing this as a Year 9 in this age group.

House Competition
4th with 433 points – York
3rd with 509 points – Beaufort
2nd with 516 points – Gloucester
1st with 571 points - RICHMOND - Congratulations!

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District Swimming Gala 2016:

A large team of Pate’s swimmers were selected after our swimming gala to represent school at the District Gala at The Ladies College.
Our swimmers competed really well against some outstanding swimmers from the Cheltenham area and returned with 4 trophies. Congratulations!
Year group Girls Boys
7 2= 1st
8 5th 1st
9 - 3rd
10/11 2nd 2nd
12/13 - 1st
OVERALL 4th 1st

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Multi-Academy Trust Consultation & Parents’ Meeting: My thanks to those who have already responded to the consultation. I would like to reiterate that we very much appreciate all feedback and to reassure you that all comments will be taken in account going forward. I would also like to remind you of the parents’ consultation meeting scheduled for Wed 11th May 5-6pm in the Art Gallery – please could you let us know if you are planning to attend (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so that we can organise refreshments and seating etc. If you would like, but are unable to attend this meeting, please do let us know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so that a further opportunity can be arranged to suit.  Please follow this link for our consultation letter + FAQs.

Upcoming Events:
• Y8 German trip parents’ information evening – Monday 9th May at 6.30pm in the hall.
• Multi-Academy Trust Consultation parents’ meeting – Wednesday 11th May at 5pm in the hall.
• Y13 Parents’ Farewell evening – Thursday 12th May @ 5.30-7pm. Please follow this link to reserve free seats.
• Y12 Theatre Studies students’ Monologues & Duologues – Monday 16th May @ 9.15-11.30am (please click here to reserve your free seats)
• Y9 performance of ‘After Juliet’ – Thursday 26th May @ 4.30-5.30pm (sold out)
Tweedy’s one-man show ‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’at Pate’s over half term – on Thursday 2nd June 6-8pm. We have sold hundreds of tickets for this event already! Please buy your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment! 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.

Congratulations to Freya Ireland (Y13) who has just been announced as winner of the inaugural Royal Philharmonic Society Duet Prize for Young Composers. “Freya shone out… from exceptional shortlists that revealed an invigorating array of talent in schools across the UK”. She wins £1500 to assist with her musical development, and a public performance at a national music festival. Freya was given the role of Principal Composer for the National Youth Orchestra this year, having joined the composing section in 2013. Her music has been performed by members of the NYO in Birmingham Symphony Hall, Tate Britain, Royal Festival Hall and other prestigious venues. We are incredibly proud of Freya and grateful for all she has done working with younger students in the school during her time here.

Further congratulations to Elliot Archer (Y13), who was successful in his application for The Honourable Company of Air Pilots PPL Scholarships 2016. Elliot beat 23 others in a test and interview at their company offices in London. Elliot will receive 45 hours of flight training including 10 hours solo, 5 hours solo cross-country and a solo flight of 150 nautical miles landing at 2 or more different aerodromes. Plus he will attend a ground school to study air law, meteorology, aircraft general knowledge, human performance and limitation, navigation and radio aids, flight performance and planning, communications, operational procedures and principles of flight to pass 9 theory exams in order to gain his Private Pilot's Licence. He is well on his way in his career ambition to be a Pilot.

On the 28th of April, Pate’s students joined 20 other schools from all over the EU in Strasbourg to participate in Euroscola - to sit in the chamber of the EP and to ask Parliament officials about their concerns. They discussed current issues with their peers and presented their ideas to the Plenary, dealing with topics like migration and integration, development policies and Human Rights. Josh Grew had the honour of introducing and representing Pate’s with an impressive opening speech in French, so very well done to him. My thanks to Sam Attwood for making the trip possible and inspiring the students to get involved.

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School Transport Update:

Our Year 11 GCSE art exhibition is currently showing the Art Gallery – it is an outstanding collection of work. My congratulations to the students and their mentors Hannah Gardner, Joel Herbert and Jane Overbury. All are welcome to pop into the Art Gallery between Monday and Thursday this week to have a look.

The Pate’s Big Band closed the schools bands events on the open stage at the Jazz Festival at the weekend with a stunning set. They are playing once again on Sunday at the Dragon Boat Regatta, Gloucester Docks 1-2pm – well worth a trip if you can make it. It will be the very last chance to see this stunning set of musicians and singers perform together before a number of them leave school – you will not be disappointed!

Finally the sun is shining and the students are enjoying be outside, so just a reminder to provide sun cream and sun hats if necessary.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master