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HEADLINES:

  • Making £nds Meet thank yous
  • House Competition Sponsors and thanks
  • Music Theory lessons available after school
  • Staff Vacancies for 2 Foreign Language Assistants
  • Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Do you know anybody who might be?
  • Homework update & Broadening Horizons advice
  • 2nd hand school uniform shop open after school on 23 Sept
  • Pate’s Equestrian Team call out for competitors
  • Upcoming Events
  • Important notice re infectious diseases
  • Student achievements
  • Please park considerately
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead – tonight and tomorrow night in PAB @ 7pm
  • Sports fixtures kick off this weekend! Follow on Twitter @PatesSport

This morning’s entertaining assembly was led by the sixth form Wellbeing Committee, who presented their manifesto for this year, their term of office. Their projects include improving the school’s carbon footprint, by looking at various waste materials and rainwater collection for our toilet facilities. Students can look forward to lunchtime relaxation and mindfulness sessions, as well as TPM activities aimed at improving student health and wellbeing. This committee means business, and I have no doubt our students will benefit from their ideas. I look forward to hearing more about their work over the coming months.

I would like to say a huge thank you to those who have sent in donations to our Making £nds Meet Appeal over the summer holidays; these donations are vital for us to continue providing the education that your children deserve. I will reply in person to all of them in due course and there will be more about the Appeal next week.

House Music Wednesday and Thursday 28th & 29th September: Tickets have now sold out for both evening performances; matinée tickets are still available (28th September @ 2pm) at the time of writing. Please click here to buy tickets. 

I would like to express my gratitude to our House Sponsors for supporting this year’s round of House Competitions. My thanks go to:

  • Montpellier Lodge supporting Beaufort
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys supporting Gloucester
  • Willans supporting Pembroke
  • MD2MD supporting Richmond
  • Evans Jones supporting York.

Our current financial pressures would mean that House Competitions, as we know (and love) them, would be significantly curtailed, if we didn’t have this external support. Thank you!

Music Theory lessons: This year we are running Music theory lessons which will take place on Tuesdays afterschool for a small fee. This is mainly aimed at those wanting to take grade 5 theory at the end of the year, but there is also some interest in grades 1-3 theory, so if you are interested in this please do get in touch. Please click here for more information and to sign up for these lessons. Forms should be returned to Freya Ireland in the Music Department as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Staff Vacancies:
1) German Foreign Language Assistant
Hourly Rate £14/hr, approximately 12 hrs per week
October 3rd 2016 – June 2nd 2017 fixed term contract
2) Spanish Foreign Language Assistant
Hourly Rate £14/hr, approximately 8-10 hrs per week
October 3rd 2016 – June 2nd 2017 fixed term contract
The ideal candidates will be native speakers (either German or Spanish respectively) with a keen interest in youth culture, current affairs, politics, film and literature and may too already be familiar with the topics we cover in the 6th form particularly.
Please click here for full details of the role and how to apply.

Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Do you know anybody who might be?
The Teaching School arm of Pate’s Grammar School (Odyssey Teaching School Alliance) is again offering Schools Direct teacher training places for September 2017. This is a fantastic opportunity to train within a school environment with placements available at one of the following pairings, Pate’s Grammar School and All Saints Alliance or Sir Thomas Rich’s and Tewkesbury Secondary School, with places available in a wide range of subjects. At primary level our alliance is also able to offer you the chance to train with a group of 8 strong Gloucestershire based primary schools, many rated as outstanding or ‘good with outstanding features’. If you or someone you know might be interested in pursuing a teaching career and you have the relevant degree please do visit the ITT/Schools Direct section of our website (here), or alternatively email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone Elena Fenby on (01242) 538276 for more information.
Pate’s Grammar School will be offering a taster day on the 7th October for anyone interested in finding out more about training at secondary level with the opportunity to observe some lessons. If you are interested in attending please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your free place.

Two weeks into term and hopefully your son/daughter is getting into a routine with their homework. The start of year is always an opportune moment to reflect on the school's homework philosophy, a copy of which (aimed at parents) can be read here. Pupils will also be looking at the pupil version of the homework philosophy in tutor time over the next fortnight. At Pate’s we also passionate about promoting independent learning and providing students with a broad education; we hope that they will leave us as rounded individuals with a thirst for knowledge and a passion for life-long learning. Our newly updated Broadening Horizons booklets have been written to help students think about their learning beyond the confines of standard schemes of work, set homeworks or exam specifications. It is our aspiration that students will be stretched and challenged to think about more independent methods of learning, often away from teachers and the classroom. The activities in our Broadening Horizons booklets (found here [years 7 – 9] and here [years 10 – 13]) have been put together to suggest ways in which students can begin to explore individual subjects from new perspectives and in greater depth. We hope that you will work with us to encourage your son or daughter to read their booklet carefully, to be inquisitive, and to keep an open mind. Any questions about either our homework philosophy or the Broadening Horizons Booklets should be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We are always keen to hear your feedback and views.

2nd hand school uniform:  For all those with an immediate or future need for items of school uniform, please be aware that our well-stocked Uniform Shop will be open on Friday 23rd September from 3pm for 45 mins. Just arrive at the main reception and you will be directed from there.

Call-out for Pate’s Equestrian Team: any student who has their own horse and would like to compete for the school team should contact Maddie Jenkins Y13 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further details. 

The Schoolcomms issues we had last week should now be rectified but please let us know if you are still having issues.

Upcoming Events:
Tues 4 Oct: School finishes early at 2pm (buses will arrive early). This is the date of our annual Open Evening and we would be grateful if parents could make a note and allow the students to either stay on or come back into school to act as tour guides for our visiting families. More to follow on this – we rely heavily on students to act as Pate’s ambassadors for the open evening and your support in this is very much appreciated.
Wed 5 Oct: Parents’ Association AGM 7-8pm in the Art Gallery: please do come along if you can, meet our super PA team of parents – HAVE FUN AND SUPPORT YOUR PA!
Thur 6 Oct: Y12 Parents’ Social Evening 6.30-8.30pm, entrance via the Art Gallery.
SPECIAL OFFER: Tickets to see Wi-Fi Wars, showing at Cheltenham Town Hall on Tuesday 27th September, for a special 2-4-1 rate. It is a live comedy game show, targeted at young people (11+), where the audience gets to play along via their own smart phone or tablet, using our Wi-Fi and some very innovative technology. The guys who host the show have just won the Guinness World Record for most people to ever simultaneously play Pong and the show received a 9/10 rating on ‘Kids Rated’ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6xlVXJg7Xs. It is also very impressive tech wise as the boys created and developed it all themselves. They talk a lot about the tech and make it interesting, understandable and encourage everyone to ask questions, so it has an educational element. PLEASE USE THIS PROMOTIONAL CODE (WIFI241) online at www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk or via our box office.

IMPORTANT - Infectious diseases: please could we ask that parents respect isolation periods and not risk returning ill children to school early, especially as we have a student in school who is undergoing an extended period of chemotherapy. Also, if your family is aware of any incidences of chicken pox, measles and the like please do let us know urgently, so that we can be alert, having such a vulnerable member of the school community - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for your support.

Congratulations to Faith Innes (Y10), who has for the second year running won a prestigious Art Prize with the Royal Horticultural Society. She not only won the First prize, she also won the overall ‘Junior best in class’. The theme was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 100 years since Roald Dahl’s birth and here is Faith’s winning entry:

Faith Innes 2 Copy


This is the time of year when it is useful to mention to parents about parking in the surrounding streets. With lots of traffic coming and going from school it can be challenging for our neighbours and it is therefore very important that cars park considerately – please NEVER block driveways and keep noise levels to a minimum. Your support in this is very much appreciated.

Just a reminder of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Tom Stoppard): student production directed by Amelia Yates (Y13), performing tonight and tomorrow 16th & 17th September at 7pm in the Performing Arts studio. Tickets are free, just turn up!  Do come along and support our sixth form Theatre Studies students in this highly impressive endeavour. The students have put many hours into rehearsing and the performance will be graded as part of Amelia’s Extended Project Qualification. All the best to them with it!

Finally, I would like to wish the boys rugby teams good luck in their first Saturday block of fixtures tomorrow morning against Beechen Cliff, Bath. Also just a reminder to all the parents and students to check fixture lists and team sheets on www.patessport.org and to follow the latest Pate’s sport news on our twitter account @PatesSport.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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