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  • House Music winners
  • Newspaper & Yearbook Committee - student submissions invited
  • School Council elections launched
  • Pate’s Archives on display
  • Diwali Celebration 15th Oct 5-7pm – tickets on sale
  • ‘Rules for Living’ – student directed play 5th & 7th Oct 7-9pm – FREE tickets available
  • Upcoming Events
  • Easy Fundraising
  • National Tetrathlon Success for Sophie Whitehead
  • Open Evening Tuesday – tour guides needed
  • Cycle Helmet Safety

Congratulations to everyone involved in House Music! A historic event – the first ever House competition with five Houses and the first competition for Pembroke. The theme was the Olympic Games, which the students interpreted in many ways – from David Bowie to Eminem, from Land of Hope and Glory to High School Musical – it was fabulous! Our independent adjudicator awarded the following: Best Y7 Ensemble – Richmond; Best Y8-13 Ensemble – Gloucester; Best Girls Choir - Beaufort; Best Boys Choir – Pembroke. The overall awards were: Junior Cup – Pembroke; Intermediate Cup – York; Senior Cup – Beaufort. Look out for the photos next week. Please click here to order a CD of the event (£5), producing by our student tech crew (not professionally edited).  Huge thanks to Ellie Lane and Freya Ireland in the Music Department and to our very energetic Heads of House.

This morning’s assembly was led by the sixth form Newspaper and Yearbook Committee, who introduced themselves and invited submissions of articles from students to be included in the school newspaper (a maximum of 500 words; articles, stories, poetry, art). There will be prizes! We look forward to publishing their first edition for you to read soon.  Also this morning the School Council elections were launched and we are looking for candidates from each year group to be elected for the coming year (2 from each Year 7-11; 3 from each Year 12-13). Last year’s Council had a very busy year, culminating in the almighty Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament. They invested in some lunchtime footballs for students and introduced the Pate’s Student Discount Card (accepted in many high street outlets and available from the refectory for £2). Candidates should email their manifesto to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midday on Friday 7th October. Hustings assemblies will take place during week commencing 10th October. The results will be announced on 19th October – watch this space!

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Last Saturday, the 24th September 2016, marked the 500th birthday of Richard Pate – founder of the Richard Pate junior and Pate’s Grammar Schools. I was delighted to be invited to a commemorative birthday luncheon to celebrate the day, hosted by the Alumni Association of Pate’s Grammar School, The Pate’s Society. Jacob Bussell in year 13 entertained our guests admirably and former Girl’s Grammar School pupil Dame Felicity Lott and former Deputy Head teacher Mr Bob Beale both spoke about their school days. It was a pleasure to welcome guests who had travelled from Australia, Switzerland, Germany and USA. To mark this special occasion we also opened the Pate’s archives which documents the school’s history from its foundation in 1574. Please click here to see more photos from the day. The archives will be on display for the rest of this week - please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to pop in and have a look.

Tickets are now on sale for our Diwali celebration on Saturday 15 Oct 5-7pm in the hall: this year, as well as the classical Indian dance we have introduced Bollywood! Do join us for some incredible dancing and culture. It is a real feast for the eyes, not to mention the speciality Indian food which will be sold on the evening.  Please click here to buy tickets costing £20 (family ticket for 4), £8 (adults) £3 (students). Thanks to the Parents’ Association who will be running a bar - all the proceeds will be in aid of Making £nds Meet. 

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Performances of ‘Rules for Living’, directed by sixth form student Katie Payne, on Wednesday 5th October and Friday 7th October @ 7-9pm in PAB. Tickets are free and can be reserved here. This is a hilarious new play by young female playwright Sam Holcroft. Please do come along for a treat and support Katie who has produced the play for her extended project A level qualification. 

Upcoming Events:

  • Mon 3 Oct: Music Society visiting speaker Theresa Caudle - Renaissance Instruments Demonstration & Baroque violin and cornet workshop - 3.45-5.30pm in the hall. All welcome.
  • Mon 3 Oct - Ireland Rugby Tour Parents’ Information Meeting 6-7pm in hall:
  • Tues 4 Oct: School finishes early at 2pm (buses will arrive early).
  • 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.
  • w/c 10 Oct: afterschool rehearsals begin for the school show – Y7-10 Mondays & Wednesdays; Y11-13 Tuesdays & Thursdays all @ 3.45-6.30pm.
  • Tue 11 Oct @ 6.30pm in Refectory: Canada trip Parents’ Information Meeting
  • Thurs 13 Oct @ 6.30pm in hall: Y7 Parents’ Social Evening is a charity cashback platform from which we have already derived considerable benefit.  Users simply logon to the Easyfundraising website (or the app) and use it as a portal through to almost any retailer such as Amazon, Argos, John Lewis etc. Thousands of the best retailers and service providers are listed.  The important point is that the purchase costs the user not a penny more and yet the donations back to our school can be surprisingly high. For example, a family package holiday booking could return up to £40, and if you were to arrange your car insurance, up to £30 donated back to school and our Making £nds Meet Appeal.  Make this part of your online shopping routine, and please ask family and friends to also register Pate’s Grammar School as their good cause. There is a ‘refer a friend’ link on the bottom of the homepage.

National Tetrathlon Success
Last weekend saw the National Tetrathlon U19 Championships take place. Run by Pentathlon GB, this event gives athletes a combined score by accumulating points through swimming, fencing, shooting and running. We are delighted to announce that Sophie Whitehead (Y13) came out as National Champion and Jess Telford (Y12) finished in 8th. Both girls can be hugely proud of their achievements and we look forward to more success from both of them in the future.

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We are looking forward to welcoming primary school families at our annual open evening on Tuesday and would like as many students as possible (Years 8-13) to act as tour guides. Students should arrive in school by 5pm and they will be finished by 8.30pm (or earlier if needs be). Students are able to stay on after school if that is more convenient than travelling back again (although school does finish early at 2pm) – they should bring a packed tea and we will show a film in the refectory, where they will be based. Thank you for helping to make our open evening a great success – the students are our best ambassadors and we couldn’t do it without them!

Cycling Safety: Please could we remind parents and students that bicycle helmets must be worn when cycling to school. Traffic can be very busy, especially around the school, and, should the worst happen, a helmet can easily mean the difference between a scrape and something much more serious. Thank you for your support in this.

This week we are hosting 18 students from Hailiang in China, who will join their exchange partners in lessons and activities. I know our students will give them a warm welcome and enjoy getting to know to them and something of their culture over the next fortnight.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master