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  • School Council Election Results
  • Alex Chalk forum
  • Infectious diseases
  • Parents’Association Update
  • Quiz Night - Fri 2 Dec @ 6.30pm for 7pm start
  • Second-hand school uniform
  • Lawless – a new musical written by Pate’s students - 17th, 18th & 19th November @ 7pm
  • Choral Concert (22 Mar) - calling all parent singers!
  • Calendar Update
  • Trips this week
  • School Transport Update reminder – 2 new proposed routes
  • Deadline for House Art entries – this Wed 9th November
  • National Music for Youth proms

Assembly was led this morning by the newly elected School Council members. The councillors from all year groups each told us what they would like to bring to the table at their meetings with senior staff during the coming year. Ideas ranged from increasing extra-curricular sports opportunities and menus in the refectory to a new House competition – the House Bake Off! It was stirring stuff, with the audience cheering them on all the way! It is very good to see democracy thriving at Pate’s – almost all students voted in the election and the Pate’s School Council is certainly living up to its high profile. Congratulations to the new-elected councillors: Year 7: James Clark, Jannah Hameed & Demi Yussuf; Year 8: Edward Morgan & Alice Williams; Year 9: Sagnik Bose & Jason Yuen; Year 10: Millie Davies & Nick Frank; Year 11: Ben North & James Nicholls; Year 12: Junaid Hameed, Memoona Ahmed & Daisy Furrokh; Year 13: Libby Cherry, Vanessa Opoka & Amy Maiden. Commiserations to those student who weren’t elected this time (voting was extremely close in some year groups!) but thank you for coming forward. Maybe next year…?

Alex Chalk visited school to talk to students today.  As ever it was a talk extremely well attended by students from Y11-13 who listened to Alex discuss wide ranging topics from the Bill of Rights to the Calais “jungle”; from female representation in parliament, to Hillsborough.  Questions from the floor were pertinent and promoted further debate around Brexit, the treatment of judges and Article 50. One subject particularly close to Alex’s heart is mental health. You may remember that earlier in the year he addressed parliament following communication with our Y13 Steph Cater, an ardent campaigner for mental health issues and the disparity of funding for treatment. This caused Alex to get involved with Brownhills, the local eating disorder clinic, and Teens in Crisis (who supply our counsellors in school) and he has since widened this interest to include tackling the damaging effect of social media on young people in a rapidly changing digital age.  We are very grateful to Alex for spending another thought-provoking hour with our students.

Infectious diseases: there is currently an outbreak of Measles within England amongst older children. Public Health England would like us to help to increase parental awareness of this to ensure that, if children and young people previously missed their MMR vaccination in younger years, they should obtain this at their GP surgery. Please click here to see a letter from them.

Could I also remind everyone that we currently have a student in school who is undergoing chemotherapy – please do keep your child off school until any infection has passed and notify us of any infectious diseases going around. Your support in this is much appreciated.

I would like to offer my most sincere thanks to the Parents’ Association who have stepped in to help us replace our PE gym mats. The mats, used by both girls and boys across year groups 7 to 11, were becoming unsafe and we needed to replace the whole set. The PA donated £1674, at short notice, enabling us to do this. We are so incredibly fortunate to have such a supportive organisation to be able to ask for help in these circumstances. Thank You!

Following on from the above please do support the PA. Their Family Quiz Night is being held on Friday, December 2nd when the school refectory will be transformed into a buzzing hive of friendly rivalry as 30 teams battle it out for supremacy. Doors will open at 6.30pm to get started on the picture rounds (although there is time allocated later on for this too) and the Quiz will start promptly at 7pm. Bring your supper (crisps to extravagant picnic) and the PA will be running a bar for drinks.  Make up a team of up to 6 people, all ages and abilities. It is £30 a team to enter. Simply fill in your entry form (click here to download entry forms, also available from the PA forthcoming events section of the website here) and hand this, plus payment (cheques to PGSPA or cash) in at Reception. Don't delay - the Quiz sells out quickly.

Second-hand uniform:  for all those in need of uniform, the well-stocked Uniform Shop will be open next Friday (11th November) from 3pm for 45 mins. Just arrive at the main reception and you will be directed from there.

Meanwhile donations of uniform are urgently needed - there is a great demand to replace lost kit or outgrown items. In particular the PA needs skirts, current sports kit and small sizes of everything! Please just drop donations in at Reception.  Thank you.

Please do support the Parents’ Association in any way you can – the service and the funds they provide are invaluable.

School show – Lawless 18th, 18th & 19th November @ 7pm – Tickets are now available here!
Three Year 13 students – Caitlin Devlin (book and lyrics), and Rudy Percival and Josh Cottell (score) took up the suggestion that Pate’s should have a brand new musical for the School Show in 2016. So now, stupendously, we have the score for a modern and comic interpretation of The Two Gentlemen of Verona called Lawless. It is phenomenal and is what our school is all about – by the students, for the students.

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Lawless is a brand new show with an engaging and fast-moving storyline. The plot centres around four characters: two brothers, Matt and Jason, and two female protagonists, Julia and Silvia. After a night of revelry, Jason is sent to stay with his ambitious older brother in the big city where, apparently ‘dreams come true.’ He leaves behind the girl of his dreams, Julia. However, barely has he arrived in the city before falling for Silvia, his new boss’ daughter. A love triangle between Matt, Silvia and Jason ensues. We have already met the chaos and hubbub of the city, in its chorus of people about their daily lives, and now we encounter a gang of disgraced lawyers who are plotting against Jason’s boss. In true Shakespearean style, chaos follows, with unpredictable results... Please come and support the company of over 100 students across all year groups, who will give you a night to remember and a proud first for our school. Tickets cost £10 (adults) & £5 (students) and are available to buy on Ticketsource (here) or over the counter at Reception.

CHORAL CONCERT - CALLING ALL PARENT SINGERS - CARMINA BURANA!  On Wednesday 22nd March the school choirs will be performing Carl Orff's very exciting and extremely famous work 'Carmina Burana' (in times past known as 'the music from the Old Spice advert'!). This is also an opportunity for any parents who would like to, to join in. There will be a 4pm rehearsal on the day (at All Saint's, Pittville), as well as Sunday evening rehearsals in school from 7pm-9pm on Sunday 19th March and Sunday 19th February. Scores will be available at the first rehearsal, and for the less confident there are several online websites that help with rehearsing the individual parts for this piece. If you would like to take part, please could you email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating which part you would like to sing.

Calendar Update:

  • Mon 14th Nov @ 6.30pm in the hall – Ski Trip Parents’ Information Meeting
  • Fri 25th November – INSET DAY - NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
  • Mon 28th November – INSET DAY - NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL

Trips this week:

  • 9th November 2016 – New York Information Evening 6-7pm
  • 10th November 2016 – MUN Climate Geography Trip (9 Students Yrs9-11)
  • 11th November 2016 – Yr12 Physics A Level Live

School Transport Update (reminder) – proposed new routes with effect from September 2017:

It has been a busy and productive first week of term and we are currently hosting our 40th annual German exchange at Pate’s – my thanks to the parents who are looking after visiting students. The Careers & Higher Education Fair was a great success and my thanks to Liz West for organising it so well. Oh, and please could you remind students to finish off their House Art entries at the weekend – the theme is Reflections – entries close this week and we will soon know which House will be crowned the most creative…

Finally, the best of luck to Jazz Chiswick, Josh Cottell, Tom Davies and Daisy Houlder, who have been asked to play as the closing act with Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra at the National Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 15th November. This is a huge achievement for the four of them – please follow this link if you would like to buy tickets.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master