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  • ‘Lawless’
  • Parliament Week at Pate’s
  • Mindfulness and Digital Detox
  • Gloucester Cathedral Concert – Thursday 24th November @ 7pm (tickets here)
  • PA Family Quiz Night – Friday 2nd December, doors open @ 6.30pm (apply here)
  • Girls Sports Tour 2017 - Auction of Promises – 9th December @ 7.30pm
  • Boys Sports Tour 2018 launched
  • Calendar update
  • Trips Update
  • Annual Parent Survey (here)
  • Diwali – update and stunning photos

Last night was the opening night of the our musical ‘Lawless’ – entirely conceived, written, composed and performed by Pate’s students across all years groups. Huge congratulations to everyone involved – it is a huge success! Three friends, encouraged by Mr Derbyshire, had the idea for the musical back in the summer; it is one thing to have a great idea, but quite another thing to bring that idea to the stage and perform it to such a professional standard. I am delighted for everyone who has put so much into this, whilst juggling school work and other commitments at the same time. What an incredible achievement. Our student tech crew have filmed the show and DVDs are available to order at a cost of £10 (order form here) - it is likely that the DVDs will not be ready for collection until the New Year.

This week we celebrated a nationwide initiative, ‘Parliament Week’, and Year 12 Politics students organised a programme of lunchtime activities designed to connect young people with the UK Parliament. In light of recent world political events, we believe it’s vital more than ever that young people engage with democracy from a young age and feel empowered by a positive culture of citizenship. On Wednesday and Thursday lunchtime, our Year 12 students organised their own range of activities aimed at the whole school to explore what the UK Parliament means to them and their community. Events included a Political Leaders’ debate; a letter writing competition to local MPs on issues that affect young people; a Have I Got News For You style quiz; an exhibition of student ideas on how to improve democracy; and a ‘Political Bake Off’ with themed political cakes.

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Mindfulness and digital detox are to be the focus of the next fortnight for Pate’s. During the coming week staff will be helping students to practice mindfulness - in other words, self-awareness and positive interaction with everything around us. During the long weekend (Friday and Monday INSET days) homework assignments will be little or none and we would like students to maximise rest and relaxation time, and minimise study time as much as possible. ‘Digital detox’ week will begin on Tuesday 29th November, when students will be asked to leave their phones in lockers or pockets and, instead of using social media or computer games, talk to friends and family, play games, or simply do something completely different which does not involve any screens. It would be great if parents could join in with these initiatives and support the students in the challenge, as we feel the benefits will be well worth the effort and have far-reaching effects. (Parents wishing to contact students over this period should do so via the school office.) Thank you for supporting our initiative in whatever way you can – we look forward to hearing how everyone gets on!

Upcoming events:
Gloucester Cathedral Concert – Richard Pate 500th Birthday Celebration Concert on Thursday 24th November @ 7pm. There are still some tickets left for this event, at a cost of £5 each. Please follow this link to Ticketsource

PA 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 for PA website and to download entry forms) and hand this, plus payment (cheques to PGSPA or cash) in at Reception. Don't delay - the Quiz is almost fully booked!

Pate’s Sport are hosting an Auction on 9th December @ 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm in the refectory) to raise money for the senior girls South Africa tour. The girls will travel to several areas of the country and will experience a variety of cultures and living conditions. They will experience playing hockey and netball against a township and a range of different schools. Please put the date in your diary and come along to the auction to support our girls on their once in a lifetime adventure – it will be a great night with plenty of tempting lots to bid for.   More news on the Auction catalogue and silent bids soon...

Senior Boys Rugby Tour 2018 - Launched on Wednesday to years 10 & 11 - the boys will return to South Africa on tour in 2018 - for more details about the trip and information on how to sign up, please click here . Please note that, in order to confirm your place on the trip, deposits need to be paid on schoolcomms by Monday 5th December.

Other Calendar dates:

  • Tues 22nd Nov @ 3.45pm in the refectory – DoE Bronze info meeting
  • Fri 25th November – INSET DAY - NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
  • Sunday 27th November – Pate’s Big Band plays in the National Concert Band Festival at All Saints Academy, Cheltenham 10am – 12 noon.
  • Mon 28th November – INSET DAY - NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
  • Wed 30th November @ 7pm in the hall – Y11 Parents Info meeting
  • The trips for w/c are;
  • UKMT Maths Challenge – 4 Students Yr12/13 – 16.00-21.00

Annual Parent Survey:  As parents, your feedback and views are very important to us. We would be immensely grateful if you could spare just two minutes to complete our annual online parent survey which can be found by clicking here.  The information we gather is anonymous and will help us to continue to improve and develop the school experience that we offer to all our pupils. We would ideally ask that every parent completes this and shares their views with us - many thanks in anticipation of your help and support with this. If you have any questions or queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Diwali celebration photos now available (here).  Our recent Diwali celebration raised almost £2,500 all in aid of our school and its students - huge thanks to everyone involved! Thanks in particular to Thrinethra Gowri Shankar (Y10), who organised a stunning programme of entertainment, and to Mr & Mrs Gowri Shankar who organised stalls and a wonderful army of helpers, not forgetting our amazing Parents’ Association.

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As it happens our Diwali celebration was attended by representatives of the Everyman Theatre and three of the acts have since been invited to perform at the Everyman Studio Theatre on Tuesday 28th February 6-7pm, just before the main performance of ‘Anita and Me’, a stage adaptation of Meera Syal’s much loved novel. Tickets for the dance event will be free of charge and we will share details as soon as they are available. In the meantime congratulations to musicians Rohan & Roshni Palat (10 & Y13), and dancers: Lakshmi & Aparna Biju (Y11 & 12), Thrinethra Gowri Shankar (Y10), Anu Matthew (Y12), Sandra Vinod (Y10) and Aili Wang (Y12).

We have had a confirmed case of chicken pox in a Y9 student this week. Please click here for advice if you would like to know more about chicken pox and how it spreads. 

Finally, just a reminder that Friday and Monday are INSET days, when there will be no students in school and teachers will be training and visiting other schools to share ideas. I hope the students can enjoy some well-earned downtime.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master