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  • Summer Achievements
  • House Music 28th & 29th September (tickets on sale later this week)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream 14th & 15th September (free)
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern 16th & 17th September (free)
  • Outdoor Education Newsletter
  • House Drama DVDs and photos
  • Summer Sports Team photos
  • Pate’s Library now on Twitter!
  • Lift-Share Requests – Gloucester / Quedgeley / Hardwicke
  • School Gateway problems

It has been a privilege welcoming the students for the start of term, particularly our new students, who have been getting to know each other as part of a fun programme of induction activities. In our first assembly of the year we celebrated a wonderful summer of outstanding achievement, in Rio and also at Pate’s, which is once again the top school of its kind in the country following another set of stunning GCSE and A Level exam results.  There have also been some outstanding individual achievements for a number of our students who were involved in high level competitions over the summer:

The Pate’s Combined Cadet Force Shooting team totally dominated at the annual UK Schools competition. They were up against the top shooting teams in the country and swept up every trophy, culminating in the Grand Aggregate Trophy (worth £22,000!) acknowledging them as the top shooting team in the UK. Congratulations to the team, and especially to John Hawke who won the Marlborough Cup for the top individual in the service rifle competition. Thanks to Jane Jowett for her dedication and hard work supporting the team.

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Sophie Whitehead (Y13) competed for Great Britain at the u19 Modern Pentathlon World Championships. For those unfamiliar with the sport, it is a combination of scores collected across swimming, fencing, horse riding, running and shooting. After qualifying for the final by finishing 16th in her semi-final, she went on to beat her personal best time for the event to finish an astonishingly good 27th in the world. A huge congratulations from all at Pate's.

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Congratulations to Katie Gleeson (Y13) who played Hockey for England u17 against the other home nations at the School Games over the summer and won a silver medal.

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In today’s assembly our Rugby seniors talked to us about their summer tour to South Africa and showed a film - what an incredible experience for them. Another group of senior students went to Morocco to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Gold award. Huge thanks to PE and Outdoor Education Department staff for organising these incredible experiences.

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Pate’s has also won an award this summer - the Secondary Geography Quality Mark in recognition of excellence in teaching and learning in Geography. Congratulations to the Geography Department, which underwent a rigorous moderation process before finally receiving the award. The team of assessors were “hugely impressed by the manner in which the department embraces new and innovative approaches to teaching geography”.

On-Site Works: Over the summer the school underwent a much-needed electrical upgrade and work is about to begin on refurbishing the Outdoor Education Department, which will give us extra classroom capacity. These works have been externally funded by the government’s Condition Improvement scheme. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience during the OED works. OED staff are continuing to operate as normal, working temporarily out of portacabin nearby to OED.

Upcoming Events:
House Music rehearsals begin this week for performances on Wed 28th September - matinee at 2pm and evening performance at 7pm; and Thursday 29th September at 7pm (with adjudication). There is an Olympic theme this year and a slightly new format with the fifth House, Pembroke, but there will be the usual boys and girls choirs, orchestra and band competitions and sell-out audiences. Tickets will go on sale later this week – do look out for the email as tickets will sell out very quickly!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by Pate’s parents and staff, this coming Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th September at 7.30pm in the Performing Arts studio. This is a hilarious adaptation by Patents; their first production since forming the group two years ago. Tickets are free and can be reserved online (here). There will be no interval for this shortened version of the play, but a bar and refreshments will be available before and after the show.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Tom Stoppard): student production directed by Amelia Yates (Y13), performing this coming Friday 16th & Saturday 17th September at 7pm in the Performing Arts studio. Tickets are free and can be reserved online (here). Do come along and support our sixth form Theatre Studies students in this highly impressive endeavour.

Please click here to read this month’s Outdoor Education Newsletter, including details of the Year 8 cycling proficiency course and how to sign up (takes place w/c 19th September).

Please check out our fabulous photo gallery (here) to see the House Drama photos, electronic versions of which are available to buy at a small cost. This is the last chance to order the House Drama DVD (£10)please click here for an order form, which must be returned with payment to reception before Friday 16th September. 

The library has joined Twitter! Follow them @PatesLibrary! Just a reminder of other Twitter accounts for you to follow: @PatesGS, @PatesSport, @PatesAlumni, @PatesMusic, @PatesPolitics.

School Transport – lift share requests: We have had lift share requests from families travelling from Gloucester and also from the Quedgeley / Hardwicke area. If you would like to pursue either of these please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can put you in touch.

School Gateway problems: we are currently experiencing technical problems with the School Gateway online parent pay software. A number of schools have been affected nationally and the company are working to clear the fault as quickly as possible. Please be assured that the system is functioning normally within school, students are able to buy food using their fingers or via the cash machine, even though money transferred to student accounts is not showing to parents on the system.  We will continue to monitor the situation and update you when we have more news.

It is lovely to be back and I am very much looking forward to the great excitement of House Music and the build-up over the coming fortnight. Please do feel free to email me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or your Head of Year with any feedback on how things are going as the term gets underway.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master