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  • New Timings of the School Day
  • Dates for Diaries
  • Trips Update
  • Diwali Night Celebration 2017 – call for dancers and volunteers!
  • Sports Success Stories
  • Tweedy over half term – Thurs 2nd June 6-8pm

Timings of the school day are changing: With an extra Y7 form (Pembroke) joining us in September and putting greater demand on space and resources, staff have been discussing for some time how best to tackle the challenge. In order to allow students more time to access catering, thereby easing congestion in the refectory, and to maintain our 5 lesson day and extensive programme of extra-curricular lunchtime activities, we will need to add 5 minutes to the either end of the school day. Therefore, from September school will start 5 minutes earlier at 08:40 and finish 5 minutes later at 15:40, which will give students a longer breaktime – 11:05 until 11:35. This allows more time for everyone to access the refectory at break, whilst preserving the full lunch hour for activities. We have considered many options but we feel this is the most positive solution.

The Mat Consultation has now closed. Thank you to those who have sent us feedback, the details of which will be shared with governors and discussed when they next meet in June. I will continue to keep parents up to date going forward.

Dates for Diaries:

  • Y12 Parents' University talk by Paul Teulon - Wed 8th June @ 6.30pm in Refectory
  • Y7 & Y8 exams 13th-15th June incl.
  • Y9 & Y10 exams 13th-20th June incl.

Tweedy’s one-man show ‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’at Pate’s over half term – on Thursday 2nd June 6-8pm. There are just a small number of tickets remaining for this incredibly popular show from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! Tickets cost £13 (adults) and £7 (students) - please click here to buy tickets.

Upcoming trips are:
9th June – Lord’s Cricket England v Sri Lanka – 32 Year 7 Boys
9th June – U15 County Cricket Cup

Diwali Night Celebration, 15th October at 5pm:  Last year, we organised our ‘Diwali Night’ celebration for the first time in aid of ‘Making £nds Meet’ funds for the school. The celebration night included dances such as Indian Classical Dance ‘Bharatanatyam’, Tap and Modern, Indian food, Mehndi and Rangoli. As it was a big success and we had lot of positive feedback from the audiences, we are planning to organise the event again this year on 15th October at 5pm. Pate’s current and ex-students took part in the last year show, this year we are planning to add more variety to the show including other Indian Classical Dance forms (Kathak, Kuchupudi, Mohiniattam) and BOLLYWOOD. We take this opportunity to invite the students who are keen and interested to take part in the dance show to exhibit their dance skills and talent, Mehndi art, Rangoli decorations, Compeering, Poster designing and Welcoming desk. We also need volunteers (both parents and students) to assist on the day. If you would like more information or to register your interest, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are looking forward to hear from you!

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Hopefully the summer photos will be available to order before the end of the term.

Alex represents GB at Triathlon: Year 13 student Alex Chantler-Mayne will take a break from revision this weekend when he will represent Great Britain in the European Junior Triathlon Championships in Lisbon. He continues his success after being placed third at the GB Junior gateway event in Llanelli earlier in May. We wish him all the very best.

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Cheltenham District Athletics Championships: On Friday 13th May, some of Pate’s finest athletes took to the track and field at The Prince of Wales Stadium to compete in the Cheltenham District Athletics Championships. A high percentage of athletes won their events and all the following have been selected to represent Cheltenham District at the County Championships on 11th June. A huge well done to all who competed and best of luck to those progressing to the next stage:

  • Tim Andrew (Junior Boys’ 100m and 200m)
  • Rory Cawkwell (Intermediate Boys’ 200m and 400m)
  • Tom Davies (Senior Boys’ 1500m)
  • Luke Goddard (Junior Boys’ Triple Jump)
  • Jack Musselwhite (Junior Boys’ 300m)
  • Mel Bird (Senior Girls’ Shot and Discus)
  • Libby Cherry (Senior Girls’ 1500m)
  • Jade Gough (Intermediate Girls’ 1500m)
  • Piper Holmes (Junior Girls’ High Jump)
  • Amy Kohnstamm (Senior Girls’ Triple Jump)
  • Bethan Moor (Senior Girls’ 1500m)
  • Inca Padfield (Junior Girls’ 800m)
  • Alex Quinn-Savory (Senior Girls’ 400m)
  • Ellen Thrall (Senior Girls’ Hammer)
  • Sophie Whitehead (Senior Girls’ 800m)

Pate's makes regional athletics finals: Three out of the four Pate's athletics teams have reached the South West Track and Field Cup regional finals in Exeter on Tuesday 7th June. The junior boys and girls teams won the Gloucestershire round and the inter boys scored enough points to progress into the regional finals. Good luck to them.

Congratulations to Georgia Savill (11B), who recently competed at the NSEA National County Novice Dressage Championships, representing Pate’s after becoming Gloucestershire County Champion in March, having only done a few competitions at this level. Competition was strong between the 28 counties and she managed to score a personal best at this level of 70.77% to come 4th. Only 0.6% separated 2nd, 3rd and 4th place and this is a fabulous achievement by Georgia.

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I would like to wish everyone a very pleasant half term. Don’t forget there is still time to buy a ticket to come and see Tweedy over half term – Thursday 2nd June 6-8pm. Click here to buy tickets.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master