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Firstly I would like to thank everyone who supported us for our annual open evening on Tuesday – our tour guides were outstanding and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their visit. I am very grateful to the students and parents for their support, and of course to staff who laid on an array of displays and exciting activities.

Assembly this morning was led by our sixth form Amnesty group, who will be holding their Human Rights Campaign Day and charity event on Wednesday 12th October. Students are invited to pay £1 to dress in yellow and black (or £1.50 for ordinary mufti). Here is a message from the Amnesty Team:

"On Wednesday 12th October we, Pate’s Amnesty Society, are holding our Human Rights campaign day. As well as being a fundraiser event, we hope to raise awareness of the variety of global issues affecting many human beings right now at this moment in time with the aim to encourage more students within the school to take up an interest in the vital work that organisations like Amnesty International do. The event will have 3 main features: Climate Change is a Human Rights Issue, The Refugee Crisis and two cases of individuals whom Amnesty know are in urgent need of public support where their human rights have been infringed upon. We hope to get students involved in writing letters to the relevant embassies on behalf of these two individuals after being informed during the event. The event will also include t-shirt printing, Polaroid photography, virtual reality goggles, a creative competition, a cake sale, henna, a refugee exhibition and live music from Pate’s students. All the profits made will go towards The UK Climate Change & Migration Coalition (UKCCMC) which is an alliance of refugee, human rights and migration rights organisations who challenge the lack of long-term strategies to support and protect people at risk of displacement linked to environmental change. Thank you for your support."

The Parents’ Association Committee members are delighted to announce that, over the three performances of House Music, final takings of £6088 from the raffle and refreshments are estimated to result in a profit figure of around £3600! All of this sum going towards Making £nds Meet.  This is no common achievement, and the immensity of the job done needs a special mention.  During the course of the performances, 900 hungry students and packed audiences totalling 1200 were speedily and amply served with snacks and a variety of refreshments. An extraordinary feat! The PA Committee would like to express its deep gratitude and appreciation to a team of 70 dedicated volunteers, without whom, successes like this would never be achievable. Thank you so much.

I would like to add my own personal thanks to the PA committee and their extended army of volunteers. Your support is invaluable and we are incredibly fortunate to have a Parents' Association that is so energetic, determined and great fun. The funds raised not only have a massive impact across the whole school but are achieved through providing a service that we can’t do without. Following on from the PA AGM this week I would urge you to read the PA Chair’s Annual Report (here). A massive congratulations for such an impressive year and from all the staff and students at Pate’s, thank you. 

House Music photos are now available – do take a look at our gallery on the website (here)
The House CD is now available to collect from Reception (they cost £5, payable on collection for those who haven’t already paid) . There is still time to order one - please click here for an order form, which should be handed into Reception as soon as possible. Thank you.

Come along to the Train to Teach Event at Pate's Grammar School, 14th November 2016, 4.30 pm - 7.30 pm.
The Gloucestershire Train to Teach Event will be an evening held at Pate's Grammar School with Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers exhibiting from around the county.  The evening aims to provide you with the opportunity to meet a variety of ITT providers, find out about the subjects and routes they offer and find about the options that are available for you. Throughout the event there will be an information talk provided by Tim Connole from GITEP about teacher training and what it entails. You will also have the opportunity to find out about any taster days that the providers are offering or school visits that you may be able to arrange.  Representatives from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) will also be attending to provide information regarding the role of Teacher Unions, Conditions of Service and Salaries, Teacher and Professional Standards, and to answer any questions you may have.  If you would like to attend, please visit our events booking page (here) to book your FREE ticket. 

Upcoming Events:
Diwali Celebration – next Saturday 15th October 5-7pm (doors open at 4.30pm) in the hall. Tickets are selling fast for this popular event. Rehearsals are well underway – please do come along to enjoy some truly fabulous Indian classical and Bollywood dances. We will have professionally trained dancers, as well as some students dancing Bollywood style for the first time, thanks to Pate’s parents Preeti Fernandes & Bindu Junemari. This is a great family event, full of colour, with delicious Indian food, PA bar, Henna, Rangoli, Saris for sale… The hall and gallery will be specially decorated for the occasion thanks to all of our organisers and volunteers. How exciting! Click here to buy tickets (or over the counter at Reception).

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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 – EARLY FINISH AT 2PM (staff training)
• Tue 11 Oct @ 6.30pm in Refectory: Canada trip Parents’ Information Meeting
• Wed 12 Oct – MUFTI Day in aid of Amnesty – yellow & black theme
• Thurs 13 Oct @ 6.30pm in hall: Y7 Parents’ Social Evening
• Sat 15 Oct – Diwali Celebration in hall @ 5-7pm (doors open at 4.30pm)
• Wed 19 Oct – School finishes for half term @ 3.40pm
• Sun 30 Oct – School show rehearsals 10am until 4pm in the hall
• Mon 31 Oct – School restarts @ 8.40am

Finally don’t forget tonight’s performance of the hilarious and clever play ‘Rules for Living’, written by young playwright Sam Holcroft and directed by sixth form student Katie Payne, in PAB @ 7-8pm (free entry – seats available).

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master