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  • Goodbyes to staff
  • House Drama 2016
  • Parents' Association & Making £nds Meet
  • House Drama DVDs and photos available (September)
  • Charity Day
  • CCF Newsletter and Y8-9 recruiting
  • Shooting Champions 2016
  • Calendar 2016-17 (here)

In assembly this morning we said our goodbyes to staff who are leaving us this term. Two staff in particular who are irreplaceable are Heather Eaton and Helen Hooper. Between them they have provided 46 years of care and support to thousands of Pate’s students and we wish them both a long and happy retirement as they go off to become full-time grandparents. Sixth formers Nia Chittenden, Jamie Horseman and Daisy Houlder, accompanied by Dan Gilchrist on cello and Josh Cottell on piano, sang their own incredible version of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ – there was barely a dry eye in the house! And I agree we certainly have been ‘Helen blessed’! We look forward to seeing lots more of Helen and her husband Duncan when we welcome them back to performances and reunions for years to come!

House Drama 2016 was incredible wasn’t it?! Pate’s quite simply has to be the only school on the planet whose students are capable of producing something from scratch, so special, and with such spirit!  A message from Edward Derbyshire, Director of House Drama:

“What an incredible testament to the phenomenal hard work, enthusiasm, energy, commitment and joy the twelve performances of House Drama’s Greek Myths were over both Tuesday and Wednesday. It was uplifting and inspiring to see and hear each fabulous show and witness what is the very best about our school community: teamwork, generosity of spirit, creative genius and a sheer, unadulterated joy, epitomised not only by the reworkings of these timeless stories, but by the roof-raising glory of the final medley. It was an incredible treat for the students’ audiences. Thank you to each and every student involved. They must be rightly proud of all that they achieved!”

Working in the background were the Pembroke House Officials who, without any students until September, contributed hugely to the success of House Drama, producing the programme, and supporting the production in all sorts of way, including making a film and running front of house. They are looking forward to launching their new House fully in September – history in the making for the very first Pembroke students! What an exciting opportunity the next seven years will be for them with lots of ‘firsts’ for Pembroke and its ‘original’ students, whom I have no doubt will relish the prospect and ultimately be Pembroke through and through long after they have left school!

Now I would like to express some heartfelt thank yous. My huge thanks to the amazing team of 78 volunteers, who between them provided 3 raffles, ran front of house and served refreshments to cover 3 performances to over 1000 audience members and 530 wonderful House Drama students. This not only provided an extremely appreciated service but also took £4507.57 in sales, from which 100% of the profit will go towards our Making £nds Meet appeal. A particular thanks to the Parents’ Association committee for masterminding the whole operation. Following on from that an additional huge thanks to all those who have donated or are donating directly towards the M£M appeal (please check the website for latest figures). We are able to carry on providing the ‘Pate’s experience’ because of all your help. Thank You!

House Drama DVDs, produced by our Tech Crew, cost £10 and are available to order (here) - order forms can be handed in at Reception first week back.  There will be lots of House Drama photos available on the website from September too.

Yesterday the whole school enjoyed a fabulous Charity Day, organised by a small group of sixth formers in aid of their chosen charity - 'The Young Shall Grow International'.  The day was a huge success and great fun was had by all on the giant inflatables and on the live stage - no-one wanted to go home at the end of the day!  Thanks to everyone who took part and helped to raise hundreds of pounds for homeless children in Ghana and thanks to parents for your support too.

Please follow this link to read the end of term CCF newsletter (also available on the CCF website). CCF are now accepting applications from the current Y8 students, going into Y9 – please follow this link to apply. 

Shooting Champions 2016! 14 members of the shooting team, with Capt Jane Jowett and CCF staff went to Bisley to shoot against all UK Schools this week in the annual Aggregate Schools Competition. Our team triumphed in the overall competition, including both target and service rifles; WO John Hawke won the top individual award – the Malbourgh Cup. They still have the international Imperial competition to look forward to and I wish them good luck in that. Congratulations to the team in this outstanding success against very tough opposition! 

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Finally I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy summer break.  It has been my privilege to work with Pate's families and staff this past year and I look forward to seeing everyone back refreshed in September.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master