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HEADLINES:

  • School Funding
  • Hailiang Exchange to China
  • Teacher Training places / taster days available
  • Second-hand school uniform sale – Fri 3 Feb 3-3.45pm
  • Donations of second-hand uniform and sports kit welcome
  • Sports team kit – please return to PE Department
  • Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers - we are collecting!
  • Sixth Form Play ‘Antigone’ – Wed-Fri 8-10th Feb @ 7pm Tickets on sale  
  • 'Lawless' DVDs ready for collection (also House Drama DVDs / House Music CDs)
  • Calendar Update
  • Trips Update
  • Outstanding Achievement

You may have seen the article in today’s Echo about the latest government school funding proposal, which will mean, if it goes ahead, that Gloucestershire schools (already under-funded) will receive even less funding. Dwindling budgets mean that schools are having to make painful choices in order to cut costs, and the education and wellbeing of students will suffer as a consequence. I will continue, through my work with The Grammar School Head’s Association, to bring pressure to bear on ministers and backbenchers to re-think this proposal. As I have said before, we will do all we can not to have to implement cuts and I must thank parents - your generosity and support is crucial if we are to preserve our values and all that is unique about Pate’s.

Assembly was led this morning by students sharing their experience of visiting China in October half term, as part of the Hailiang cultural exchange. We are hoping to run the exchange again in October 2017 – please click here for full details. The exchange is open to students currently in Years 10-12 (register your interest by Tuesday). My thanks to Miss Dodds and Mrs Herbert for accompanying them on their adventure.

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Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Do you know anybody who might be? The Teaching School arm of Pate’s Grammar School (Odyssey Teaching School Alliance) is again offering Schools Direct teacher training places for September 2017. This is a fantastic opportunity to train within a school environment with placements available at one of the following pairings: Pate’s Grammar School and All Saints Alliance or Sir Thomas Rich’s and Tewkesbury Secondary School, with places available in a wide range of subjects. At primary level our alliance is also able to offer you the chance to train with a group of eight strong Gloucestershire based primary schools, many rated as outstanding or ‘good with outstanding features’. If you or someone you know might be interested in pursuing a teaching career and you have the relevant degree please do visit the ITT/Schools Direct section of our website (here), or alternatively email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone Elena Fenby on (01242) 538276 for more information.

Pate’s Grammar School will be offering a Teacher Taster day on the 22nd February for anyone interested in finding out more about training at secondary level with the opportunity to observe some lessons. If you are interested in attending please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your free place.

2nd hand school uniform sale – Friday 3rd February 3-3.45pm: For all those in need of items of school uniform, the PA's well-stocked Uniform Shop will be open next Friday, February 3rd, from 3pm for 45 mins. Just arrive at the main reception and you will be directed from there.

Do you have any outgrown uniform or sports kit? If you do have any outgrown uniform or kit (and also ski clothing) to donate, please bring it in to school as soon as possible so it can find a good home. Thank you.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers: this great voucher scheme is running once again in Sainsbury’s stores. Please could parents collect vouchers when they shop and send them in to school – the more vouchers we collect, the more free sports equipment we can order from the scheme! This is a valuable initiative and we are hoping lots of parents will support it. Thank you.

Could ALL students who have a Pate’s team shirt, dress or warm up top please return it to the PE office. There are many still outstanding from last term, so if parents could support us in this we would be very grateful. Thank you.

Tickets are now on sale for the 6th Form Play ‘Antigone’ – performances on Wed 8th, Thurs 9th & Fri 10th February at 7pm. Sixth form are now intensively rehearsing for this classic Greek tale by Sophocles. This is a promenade performance divided into three short parts, so please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a short spell outside! (Seating will be provided.) Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) – please click here to buy.

'Lawless' DVDs are now ready for collection from school reception.  There are also a number of uncollected House Drama DVDs and House Music CDs for collection too.

Calendar Update:
Mon 30th January – Y9 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
Tues 31st January – House Swimming Gala Heats 11am til 3pm
Tues 7th February – Y11 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
Wed 8th Feburary – House Swimming Gala Finals 9.30-12.30
Wed-Fri 8-10th February – Sixth Form Play Antigone @ 7pm
Fri 10th February – school finishes for half term @ 3.40pm

Trips for this week:
31 Jan - Business Studies All Day Yr10 @ Bristol (6 Students)
1 Feb – Geography Trip Yr12 (5 Students) – Primary School Talk (1.20-3.40pm)
2-6 Feb – Berlin Experience (16 Yr13 Students)

Following Junaid Hameed’s success in winning ‘Best Speaker' at the national final of the English Speaking Union's Public Speaking for Schools competition, he was invited to deliver the winning speech at their Annual General Meeting, which was held in December at their headquarters in London. Congratulations and well done to him – and what a great photo!

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Finally I must say thank you to all the staff and sixth formers who helped at our Sixth Form Open Evening last Tuesday. It was a great success and I am very proud of our students – they were so impressive and spoke openly to visitors about the school and how it feels to be a Pate’s student. Thanks to parents for your support on the evening too.  By the way, please remember to pick up your 'Lawless' DVDs - thanks and congratulations to Tristan Sharman (Y11) for making such an outstanding job of them!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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