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  • EU Debate in school
  • Tweedy show raised over £5,600 for the school
  • Beaufort House Sponsorship opportunity
  • A Night at the Theatre – Wed 22nd June @ 7.30pm
  • School Sport Celebration Evening – Tues 28th June @ 7pm
  • Calendar Update
  • Second-hand Uniform
  • OPRO Mouthguard fitting – registration
  • Photos available to buy – Winter sports teams
  • Dates of summer sports team photos
  • Sports News!
  • School Transport Update
  • Extra-curricular success

On Tuesday, our Year 10s took part in an EU Referendum debate where a panel of speakers from the ‘Britain Stronger in Europe’ and ‘Vote Leave’ campaigns answered questions from our students. Philip Cole, the Chair of the Cheltenham branch of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign and Nigel Knowlman from Britain Stronger in Europe; Christina Simmonds, UKIP Chairman and Parliamentary Candidate in Cheltenham; and Rupert Lowe, former Referendum Party candidate were representing the Vote Leave campaign. Mike Scott-Bauman, historian and history teacher, kindly chaired the debate. Our Year 10s were determined that the opinions and voices of the younger generation be heard among the clamour of the referendum debate. A good range of questions from the audience were asked, including the impact on world peace, the Environment, political sovereignty and what would happen to Scotland. John Hawke, Year 13 student, asked the panel: "Why do the Vote Leave campaign keep quoting the £350 million a week figure for the cost of the EU when it doesn't include the British rebate and direct investment in our country?". One Year 10 student commented: "Our generation will one day govern a country that will be massively affected by the outcome of this decision - we wish we had a vote!", A poll was taken which indicated an overwhelming majority in favour of remaining in the EU. A huge thank you to our panel of external speakers for engaging our students in a healthy debate and for taking the time to come and talk to them. Thanks also to Miss Cluer for organising this fabulous opportunity for our students.

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‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’ was a sell-out over half term and we are so grateful to Tweedy and his family for all that they did to help us raise over £5,600 for the school’s Making £nds Meet campaign - Wow! Sadly I was unable to be here for the show but staff and parents have been in touch to pass on their thanks to Tweedy and the PA for a fabulous evening. Tweedy had the audience almost passing out with laughter from start to finish and we are so grateful to him for squeezing a Pate’s show in on one of his rare days off from the Giffords tour. (Here is a link to their website for another opportunity to see Tweedy, and the incredible Giffords Circus: It was the perfect family entertainment and the PA once again did us proud with their delicious spread of homemade cakes and ice cream, managing to serve 500 people in just a few minutes at the interval and raise hundreds of pounds in the process. Huge thanks to them – I know they have now moved their attentions to doing the same (only on a bigger scale) for our sell-out House Drama audiences in a few weeks’ time!

I am hugely grateful to our House Sponsors, TVM Cheltenham Ltd (Beaufort), Harrison Clark Rickerbys (Gloucester), MD2MD (Richmond) and Evans Jones Ltd (York) for their support of the 4 houses this year. I am delighted that three of them are continuing to sponsor for academic year 16/17. However after many years of support from TVM Cheltenham, we now need to find a new sponsor for Beaufort. If you are interested in knowing more please contact Shirley Park (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) – perks will include complimentary reserved seats at House Music and House Drama next year. I am very grateful to Willans Solicitors who are very kindly sponsoring Pembroke and welcome them to the House Sponsorship programme.

Upcoming Events:
A Night at the Theatre – Wed 22nd June @ 7.30pm in Performing Arts Studio: + poster
Come along to hear songs from the musicals sung by students from Years 9, 11 and 12, and to hear and see monologues and duologues acted in a revue of student talent and interest. The evening begins at 7.30pm and will last no longer than a couple of hours. There will be pre-show, interval and post-show refreshments available. It all takes place in the intimate and relaxed surroundings of the Performing Arts Studio (plentiful parking, loos and refreshments!). Tickets cost £3 and are available online (here). 

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School Sport Celebration Evening – Years 7-10
Tuesday 28th June 2016 - Main Hall 7-9.30pm
We would like to invite all pupils and parents with any connection to sport at Pate’s in Years 7 to 10 to our “School Sport Celebration Evening”. The event will begin at 7pm in the main hall at Pate’s on Tuesday 28th June and finish by about 9.30pm. The PTA will be serving drinks and snacks during the evening. The captains and players of our teams will present a review of their season, with players’ player of the year presentations and any trophies celebrated. Please follow this link to reserve your free tickets for this event. Looking forward to a sporty evening… Mr Dandy and the PE department. 

Calendar Update:
Cricket week at Pate’s – 20-23 June: all are welcome to join us in the tent to enjoy some cricket fixtures, as follows:
   -  Head Master’s XI vs students – Mon 20th June from 1pm
   -  MCC vs Pate’s – Thurs 23rd June from 11.30am
Early finish at 2pm (buses will arrive early) – Tues 21st June (teacher training).
INSET Day – Fri 24th June
– no students in school (other than exams)

Second-hand Uniform: New Year 7 parents will be visiting school on 29th June and the Parents’ Association will be selling second hand uniform. Any donations of good quality second hand uniform over the course of the next couple of weeks (particularly small sizes) will be gratefully accepted – new parents benefit greatly from this service and it raises valuable funds for school. 

The PA sell everything from blazers to sports kit at very reasonable rates. It is always possible for parents to buy uniform at other times if they contact the office and a member of staff will be happy to oblige. Stock enquiries can also be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you are donating uniform please consider filling in a Gift Aid form. These are available on the Parents’ Association pages of the website.

OPRO Mouthguard fitting in September:  The PE department would highly recommend all pupils who participate in rugby and hockey to protect themselves by wearing a mouthguard. Please follow this link to order your mouthguard - the moulding will take place by OPRO staff in the Outdoor Education Building on Wednesday 7th September from lunchtime. (To see the full range of OPRO mouthguards please check out their website here.)

Sports Team Photos: Summer team photos will be taken as follows and we would be grateful if you could make a note that students need to bring their kit in on these dates:
   -  Y7 & Y8 - Tuesday 5th July 9-11.30am
   -  Y9 & 10 - Wednesday 22nd June 9-11.30am.
Hopefully the summer photos will be available to order before the end of the term.

Sports News:
English Schools Athletics Cup Regional Round Success:  After the success of the County Round of the English Schools Athletics Cup competition, three teams from Pate's headed to Exeter for the Regional Rounds. The sun shone and the athletes impressed. The day provided the highest level of competition some of our athletes will compete at with top sporting schools from across the South West of England, with some schools having as many as 3000 students to pick from! The junior girls' team finished in 7th with Naomi Layzell (Y7) being the top scorer (36 points) despite being a year younger than almost everyone else in the competition. The intermediate boys' team ended the day in 4th with Oli Parmar racking up 39 individual points. The junior boys' team were the pick up the bunch winning their competition by some margin. Once again, Daksh Bagi was highly impressive with a massive 44 point haul from his efforts in the 100m and Long Jump. Well done to all involved. We look forward to more athletics success in the coming weeks.

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Year 9s fly out of the blocks to win Cheltenham Championships!  It was a fantastic result for Pate's Y9 boys and girls at the Cheltenham District Y9 Championships on Wednesday night at the Prince of Wales Stadium. In a rare feat, both teams ran out winners at the end of a competitive evening of athletics. The boys' team finished on 51 points, 7 points clear of the nearest competitor, The Cotswold School. Perhaps even more impressive were the girls who won (10 points ahead of CLC) with a total of 60 points. Congratulations to all the following athletes who all won their event:

  • Millie Davis - 1500m 'B'
  • Emma Clarke - 200m
  • Inca Padfield - 800m
  • Eve Knowles-Jackson - Javelin
  • Piper Holmes - High Jump
  • The Girls’ 4 x 100m Relay
  • Tim Andrew - 100m
  • Jack Musslewhite - 300m.

Year 9 District Rounders Champions!!  The Year 9 rounders team were undefeated during the district rounders tournament this week. They breezed through the group stages beating their closest competition CLC 11.5 - 5! The finals brought some very tough competition but the team performed brilliantly in both batting and fielding, with great decision making and communication. They beat Chosen Hill school by 1 rounder in the semi finals and went on to beat Balcarras in the final by 1/2 a rounder!!  Well done to them.

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International triathlon:  Congratulations to Alex Chantler-Mayne (Year 13), who finished 12th at the European Junior Triathlon Championships in Lisbon recently - a huge achievement considering he has another year to compete in the Junior age group.

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School Transport Update:
Marchants M2: Serving Pate’s & All Saints Academy:  This route is currently under review by Marchants, due to decreasing passenger numbers in recent years. As part of their review of this route they have decided to include new stops in Winchcombe, Greet, Gretton, Alderton & Teddington. If you have any additional stops you would like them to consider incorporating into this route please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
If you currently have children using this service or if you would be interested in using it from September 2016 you will need to register an expression of interest by no later than Friday 24th June 2016. To register your interest in this service please Click Here.
Please note Marchants expect to make a final decision on this service by no later than 30th June 2016, depending upon sufficient numbers of interest.

Taxi-Share request from train station to Pate’s: We have had a request from a parent to ask whether any students would like to taxi-share from the train station to Pate’s at 8.30am each day. Please contact Mrs West (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would like to follow this up.

I would like to congratulate Arianwen Herbert (10Y), who, following a rigorous auditioning process earlier this year, has been offered a place to study with Youth Music Theatre UK over the summer. She will have an opportunity to study a range of performing art disciplines with west end professionals and alumni, including the like of Ed Sheeran, Charlotte Richie and Sam Smith… really exciting. Congratulations and well done!

Finally I wish all the youngsters good luck in their end of year exams next week.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master