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  • ‘Lawless’ photos are now available – please follow this link.
  • DVDs can be ordered here - £10 cost, delivery in the New Year.
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  • 500th Birthday Celebration
  • Digital Detox – 29th November until 2nd December
  • Online Digital Parenting Courses
  • Black Friday / Christmas shopping
  • Events Update
  • Y12 Drama performances 8th & 9th December @ 7.30pm in PAB
  • Carol Service – Wed 14th December @ 7pm at Christ Church
  • Calendar Update
  • Trip Launch – India 2018
  • Maths News
  • Sports Team Success
  • GL20 Lift-Share Enquiry

Last night’s 500th birthday celebration concert in Gloucester Cathedral was magnificent. Youngsters from The Richard Pate School performed alongside our orchestra and choirs in an altogether unforgettable concert. The evening began with massed orchestras playing ‘Jupiter’ composed by Pate’s alumnus Gustav Holst; followed by Star Wars. It is difficult to imagine how it must feel to play a piano (Sasha Fernandes aged 9) or violin solo (Louise Turner Y13) before 700 people in Gloucester Cathedral, but I can assure you that it was privilege to be on the receiving end! The Chamber Choir was of course in its element - their performance was awe-inspiring; and I hear that even the vergers were dancing when the Pate’s Big Band & Jazz Orchestra played ‘I Wanna be Like You’ from Jungle Book (thanks as always to Gill Mew). The evening closed with ‘Live and Let Die’ – loud and resounding enough for the whole of Gloucester to have heard it! Congratulations to our Director of Music Ellie Lane and our Musician in Residence Freya Ireland; and thank you to all our parents for supporting the students in taking part. It was a night to remember – hoping to publish some photos next week.

Based in the great fan vaulted cloister (once frequented by the monks, although latterly by Harry Potter) were our magnificent Parents’ Association, who managed to serve 700 people with hot drinks and cake, all within 20 minutes!  Sixteen parent bakers provided 600 slices of cake and in so doing raised £732.83 for the school – such awesome wizardry was not lost on the senior verger, who told me he had never in all his years at the cathedral witnessed such impressive organisational skills, nor enjoyed such delicious cake.  Once again, thank you to the many parents who helped, under the superb leadership of Laurette Thomas, Carolyn Hopper and Jane Kent.  Perhaps the icing on the cake was being complimented on our students being the best behaved group anyone at the cathedral can remember for many years.

A digital detox can work wonders. Shutting off from technology has been shown to improve sleep and concentration, reduce stress, improve happiness, and help with mental health.  As always with research there may be opposing articles and views but at Pate’s we like the sound of those benefits for the young people in our community. We would love your support to give this a try and encourage your sons and daughters to leave their phones and games behind them during school hours from Tuesday 28th November to Friday 2nd December. It is an experiment to prove that talking, socialising and laughing help to make you feel better. We want the students during school hours to be as screen-free as possible. Some of you may need to contact them during school hours, this can still be done via a landline and the school reception and we will be sure to pass messages on.  If this is too inconvenient then please encourage your offspring to leave their phones under lock and key in their locker. Our staff will be role modelling this too.

We are trying to improve mental health rather than fighting the digital onset so please support us by trying something similar at home, we are certainly not coming at this with punitive measures.
If you like to read more about this the link below will help:  Lepp A, Barkley J, Karpinski A (2014). “The relationship between cell phone use, academic performance, anxiety, and Satisfaction with Life in college students” Computers in Human Behavior  Vol 31: 343-350 – READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

We’re a Digital School! Free training for parents:  Pate’s is part of Parent Zone’s Digital Schools Membership programme, recognising our commitment to keeping our pupils safe online, and making sure we work with you to achieve this.  Our membership gives you access to Parent Zone’s online digital parenting course, Parenting in the Digital Age. This short course gives you straightforward information and advice on how to manage and feel confident about your child’s online world.  For your free access to the programme, go to
• Click on the pink ‘Add to cart’ button to start your registration.
• On the next page click checkout. You’ll then be asked to enter your email address. 
• On the next page, you will need to enter the coupon code DSP16 to ensure you have free access to the programme.  The code gives you 100% discount on the price of the training.
Once you’ve completed the short registration you’ll receive two emails - one confirming your order and one with log in instructions. After clicking the link in the email press the log-in button and you should be asked to set a password, after which you will be directed to the Parent Resources page where you can start the course.

Once you have logged in the Parenting in the Digital Age course page will always be accessible at this link:
We strongly urge you to complete this course to raise your awareness and gain some really useful advice to support your son/daughter in an online world which they are immersed.

It's Black Friday!  Please shop through the easyfundraising website to raise money for Pate's. 
Are you a Christmas shopper on the hunt for bargains on Black Friday?  Don’t forget to use easyfundraising when shopping online. You’ll find incredible offers from over 3,100 retailers, including Currys, Argos, eBay, Amazon and many more, while raising FREE donations for Pate's Grammar School. Here’s how you can sign up today:

1. Join – Head to and sign up for free.
2. Shop – Every time you shop online for a Black Friday bargain, go to easyfundraising first and pick the retailer you want and bag that bargain!
3. Raise – After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to Pate’s for no extra cost whatsoever!
It’s even simpler if you get the Donation Reminder. When you shop online you’ll receive a reminder on a retailer’s website to collect a donation. Get it at

Upcoming Events:

  • Shows in the Studio present:  'Blackout' by Davey Anderson.  James wakes up in a prison cell, accused of attempted murder. Through this intensely physical retelling of his young life, we learn to see the world as James does, and to discover his innocence. Please join our Year 12 Theatre Studies students in their first public performance as they explore this uncompromising, and yet ultimately uplifting, text in innovative and surprising ways.  Performances are on Thursday & Friday 8th & 9th December, 7.30 til 8.30pm in the Performing Arts Studioplease follow this link to reserve a free ticket. 
  • Pate’s Sports Tour - Auction on 9th December @ 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm in the refectory).  More news on the Auction catalogue and silent bids soon...
  • German Christmas Market - Sat 10th December 11am til 2pm (Hall) – join us for Christmassy gift stalls, games and delicious food and drink.
  • Carol Service – Wed 14th December @ 7pm at Christ Church, Malvern Road, Cheltenham.  This is the most perfect way to begin the Christmas celebrations – do join us if you can for carols, readings, orchestra and choirs.

Calendar Update:
Tues 13th December 12:40-1.40pm – Y7 Christmas Lunch
Tues 13th December 1.40-2.40 – Y8-12 Christmas Lunch
Thurs 15th December – Y13 Christmas Charity Lunch

Trip Launch:  India 2018.  This trip is primarily aimed at any current Y11 and Y12 (as well as Y10 students, depending on availability) and will have particular subject value for students of RE, Philosophy & Ethics and Geography, as well as Politics and Economics.  There is a parents and pupil information evening on Tuesday 29th November at 7pm in the Refectory.  Booking forms to join the expedition, a full itinerary and detailed fundraising advice will be handed out at the meeting. Please email Helen Smith, Head of RE Philosophy & Ethics, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to register for this talk.

This week’s trips:

  • 29/11 – Art Trip to National Portrait Gallery Y10 34 Students
  • Yr7 Urban Geography Trip during w/c 28/11 and w/c 5/12

Maths @ Pate's:  UKMT Senior maths challenge.  The UKMT Senior maths challenge took place on 8th November and the results are now in:

  • 19 Gold
  • 34 Silver
  • 31 Bronze
  • 15 students have been selected for the follow on rounds.  Well done to all entrants!

UKMT Senior Maths challenge.  Well done to Michael Brownlie, Dan Gilchrist, Ollie Guest and Oliver Wheat for coming 1st in the regional round of the team maths challenge - next stop: National finals.

University of South Wales maths pop quiz - Pate's achieved 1st AND 2nd place out of 32 teams!  Even more impressive is that both teams scored the same and were separated by the tie breaker which was to guess the number of sweets in a tin!  So very well done to the following Y11 students:  1st place:  Ben Corbishley, Josh Duffield, Ewan Gimmler, Tom Hopper and James Somper:  and 2nd place:  Jade Gough, Emma Hatherell, Tristan Sharman, Beth Taylor and Riya Wadhwa.

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Congratulations to Rachel Holland (Y13) and her squad who won "Junior Team of the Year" at the Gloucestershire Sports Awards last week. There were many talented and successful teams in this category from across the whole county. Well done.

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GL20 Lift-Share Enquiry:  We have had a lift-share enquiry from a parent who lives near Beckford, off the A435 which runs into the A46.  This might work well with anyone coming from any of the Bredon Hill villages like Bredon, Westmancoat, Kemerton, Overbury, Beckford, Ashton Underhill etc.  Please contact the school office in the first instance if you would like to pursue this (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Finally, I would like to remind parents to make sure that students have working lights on their bikes.  Students are cycling into school on very busy roads and sometimes visibility can be poor at this time of year – there have been some near misses.  Cycle helmets are a really sensible idea too.

I would like to wish everyone an enjoyable and relaxing long weekend.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master