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  • House Drama – Tues & Wed 12th & 13th July
  • Charity Day – Thursday 14th July
  • House Polo Shirts - available to buy
  • EU Referendum – Pate’s results
  • Multi-Academy Trust update
  • Calendar update
  • Rachel Holland rowing success
  • Summer Art Exhibition now showing in the Art Gallery

Assembly this morning was led by the sixth form Charity Day Committee, who are busy organising an afternoon of outdoor fun and games on the penultimate day of term to raise money for their chosen charity ‘The Young Shall Grow International’, providing shelter and education for homeless children in Ghana, where the students helped building facilities and teaching the children on their recent visit. The committee have planned exciting rides and attractions for everyone to enjoy and I can confirm that the Head Master’s team are in the advanced stages of training and will be the team to beat when it comes to the Charity Day assault course! (further details below…)

Important information about the last week of term, including House Drama & Charity Day:
House Drama tickets - if anyone has any tickets for Tuesday or Wednesday evening that they know they won't need please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as we have parents on waiting list who would like to buy tickets. Tickets are still available to buy for the matinee on Wednesday at 2.30pm (here).  Tickets can also be bought over the counter at Reception.
Please follow this link for important updated information with EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FINAL WEEK OF TERM, including House Drama and Charity Day.

Charity Day on Thursday - will be a water-themed mufti day with giant inflatable water slide and slippery inflatable assault course. Students and staff have been invited to sign up in teams to compete against each other on the assault course – there will be hot dogs and ice cream for lunch, plus stalls and games and small stage / open mic for anyone who would like to perform / speak. Costs will be £1 for mufti (clothes that you don’t mind getting wet or foamy), plus rides and stalls costing £1, 50p and 20p. Hot dogs and ice cream will cost £1.50 and these will NOT be available to buy on fingers (as students will be selling them outside). Please note that students should bring a towel and change of clothes, as well as remembering the sun cream etc. Thank you!

House Polo Shirts - now available to order via Schoolgateway (here) - open until 12th July to order for September delivery. Cost £10 each. If anyone who doesn't use Gateway wishes to order then please bring cash or cheque to reception - sample sizes are available in the office to check sizing, otherwise please see the sizing chart below:

9-10 - 76-81cm - 30-32in
11-12 - 81-86cm - 32-34in  
XS - 87-92cm - 34-36in
S - 92-97cm - 36-38in
M - 97-102cm - 38-40in
L - 102-107cm - 38-40in

EU Pate's Referendum: Results - Our Year 12 Politics students are keen to have the results of our school referendum on the EU made public. The result of the Pate's whole school referendum, where students from every year group were given the opportunity to cast their vote on the 23rd June - the day of the momentous national referendum - was as follows: -

Should Britain remain a member of the EU or leave the EU?'

Remain: 80%
Leave: 20%

Even though the national vote has already happened, campaigning continues particularly by those who were too young to vote. Some of our Year 12 and 13 students have taken direct action in the form of demonstrations and protests in response to the national result.  Click here for an article which appeared in the Gloucestershire Echo in the run up to the Referendum.

Multi-Academy Trust Update:  My thanks to everyone who took the time and trouble to engage with the recent consultation regarding our proposal to form a Multi-Academy Trust, with Greatfield Park and Warden Hill primary schools. The input from parents and other stakeholders was very useful and has been incorporated into a report which has been presented to the governing bodies of each of the schools. Staff and Governors are giving careful consideration to next steps and will be in touch to update you with further developments in the Autumn term.

Calendar Update:

HOUSE DRAMA performances: Tuesday 12th July @ 7pm Wednesday 13th July @ 2.30pm matinee Wednesday 13th July @ 7pm, plus guest judge and awards (full details here and above)
CHARITY DAY – Thursday 14th July 1.35-3pm – water-themed events and mufti (full details here and above)
School finishes on Friday 15th July at 12 noon.
A LEVEL RESULTS DAY – Thursday 18th August
GCSE RESULTS DAY – Thursday 25th August
School Show workshops / auditions – Saturday & Sunday 3rd & 4th September @ 2-5pm in the hall – all welcome (please book free places here)
CCF Induction Day for new Y9 cadets – Tuesday 6th September @ 9am until 1pm (see CCF website for details here)
Students return to school on Wednesday 7th September.
Just a reminder of the new timings of the school day from September: school will start 5 minutes earlier at 08:40 and finish 5 minutes later at 15:40. School buses are aware of the changes.
OPRO Mouthguard fitting Wednesday 7th September: Please do book your child’s mouthguard fitting appointment in advance here:

Holiday Performing Arts workshops and performancesplease click here for a reminder of these – GYP, Patesian Players and PQA.

The school calendar for next year 2016-17 is now published on the school website and on Platoplease follow this link to see it, where you will also find term dates, inset days and early finishes for next year.

We are delighted and proud to report that Rachel Holland (Year 12 - 3rd from the left in the photo) recently won the Groton School Trophy for the junior coxed four event at the Henley Women’s Regatta (following in the footsteps of Flo Pickles last year). Any Henley medal is a prestigious award and Rachel earned this by coxing the Gloucester Hartpury girls over two days. There was a qualifying time trial to reduce the 23 top club and school entries down to 16, followed by 3 hard fought heats to produce the eventual winners in the final round on Sunday. Well done Rachel and all the best for future events.

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It has been another exciting week in school, with rehearsals and trips, as well as a day visit by our new Year 7 students. My thanks to staff and House Officials for making them so welcome. Sixth form Physics students set off for Cern yesterday; next week our boys set off for South Africa on the senior rugby tour; and the week after that the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award students set off for Morocco.

The Summer Art Exhibition showing our sixth formers’ work is stunning and it was a real joy to talk to staff and students at the private view on Wednesday. The exhibition will be open in the Art Gallery all week during House Drama performances so most of you will be able to enjoy it I hope – I look forward to seeing you there.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master