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  • PINK Mufti Day – Fri 10th Feb in aid of Breast Cancer UK
  • Famelab Academy winners
  • LGBT+ Poetry Competition winners
  • Pate’s Instrumental Concert – Tue 28th Feb @ 7pm – tickets on sale
  • Asian Celebration / ‘Anita and Me’ @ Everyman – Tue 28th Feb @ 6pm – tickets on sale
  • New Bus Service from Bristol area confirmed
  • Calendar Update
  • Upcoming Trips Information
  • Reminders
  • Sixth Form Play ‘Antigone’ – this Wed, Thurs & Fri 8-10th Feb @ 7pm (tickets here)

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This morning’s assembly was led by the sixth form charity committee who are fundraising for Breast Cancer UK this term. Next Friday will be a mufti day and students are invited to pay £1 to wear pink (£1.50 for non-pink mufti). Students can send Valentine’s cards and roses, as well as serenade-o-grams, to each other and there will be a cake and sweet sale on Friday (donations of cake very welcome!) Breast Cancer UK are a charity that work to prevent breast cancer through tackling the environmental and chemical causes of cancer – thank you for helping us to support this work, and have some fun at the same time!

The Famelab Academy science communication competition took place in school last week, organised by Cheltenham Festivals and sponsored by EDF. The aim is to find the best Y9 science communicators in the county, helping to inspire pupils to become to become scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Eight Y9 students each gave a three minute presentation on a STEM subject to a panel of three judges and the whole of Y9.  Congratulations to the Pate's Final winner Sriram Iyer, and runners up Sarisha Abhyankar and Kimberley Mok. Each received a cash prize and our winner, Sriram, will now attend a 2-day masterclass with finalists from other schools, as well as spending a day's work experience at a local company.  Sriram now goes through to the Gloucestershire final at EDF next month and I wish him the best of luck!

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Congratulations to the LGBT+ Poetry competition winners: Millie Tarry-Wright (Y13) won Best Poem; Gabriella Hill-Smith (11Y) won Most Heartfelt Poem; and Tom Hopper (11R) won Funniest Poem. Please follow this link to read the Millie’s winning poem.

Pate’s Instrumental Concert – Tuesday 28th February @ 7pm. Tickets are now on sale for this concert (here). There will be the usual great variety of orchestral and jazz pieces, groups and solos. Pate’s concerts never fail to impress us with the high standards and sheer entertainment value of our students; our PA will be as always supporting them by running a pre-show and interval bar with refreshments - a great night for all is absolutely guaranteed! Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) and are on sale (here).

You may remember that some of our Diwali performers were contacted by the Everyman Theatre who, having attended Pate’s Diwali celebration organised by Thrinethra Gowri Shankar (Y10), were asked to perform in an ‘Asian Celebration’ at the Everyman Theatre to launch their new show, Meera Syal’s ‘Anita and Me. This will take place at The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham on Tuesday 28th February, 6-7pm and includes a variety of performances, from Bharatanatyam dance, Traditional Indian music and Bollywood, followed by a break where Indian snacks and refreshments will be for sale. Anyone who watches the Asian Celebration qualifies for a substantially reduced-price ticket (£10) to see the first night of ‘Anita & Me’, which follows at 7.45pm. Please see the poster for more information about the show and how to book FREE tickets for the Asian Celebration and discounted tickets for ‘Anita & Me’. Do apply quickly for the tickets as there is only a limited number available for this super family night out! I would like to say how proud I am of these students who, through their culture and unique talents have attracted the attention of the Everyman and organised themselves independently and professionally in discussions / advertising with the theatre. I wish them all the best of luck on the night – what a great experience! My only regret is that this event and our instrumental concert (above) are unavoidably on the same evening, which presents a dilemma, so my apologies for that!

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New Bus Service from Bristol area confirmed: Denwell Coaches are very pleased to confirm that they are now in a position to go live / take bookings for the new Bristol to Pate's / Sir Thomas Rich's bus service, as follows:

  • Cribbs Causeway 07:20 / 16:46 | M5 J14 (just off) 07:36 / 16:30 | Whitminster 07:49 / 16:17 | Hardwicke 07:56 / 16:10  |  STR 08:15 / 15:50  |  Pate's 08:30 / 15:40.

There may be some fine tuning with route, safe collection/drop off points and times, so the suggested service is a starting point. To secure a seat on this service parents should contact Rob at Denwell Coaches on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Calendar Update:

  • Tues 7th February – Y11 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
  • Wed 8th February – House Swimming Gala Finals 9.30-12.30
  • Wed-Fri 8-10th February – Sixth Form Play 'Antigone' @ 7pm
  • Thurs 9th February 6-7pm – Parents’ Information mtg re German Exchange – in TATAM BLOCK
  • Fri 10th February – PINK MUFTI / school finishes for half term @ 3.40pm
  • Mon 20th February – school restarts
  • Tues 28th February – Instrumental Concert @ 7pm
  • Tues 28th February – Asian Celebration @ Everyman 6-7pm
  • Wed 1st March 6-7.30pm – Y12 University talk with Dr Andrew Spence (in Hall)
  • Thurs 2nd March 4-7pm – Y10 Parents’ Evening
  • Fri 3rd March 4.30pm – CCF Passing Out Parade

Upcoming Trips:

  • 6/2/17 – Yr12 Cadbury World Trip (Geography) 29 Students – 8.30-2.00pm
  • 7/2/17 – UKMT Maths Final London 4 Students
  • 10/2/17 – Yr9 History Trip to Gloucester 80 Students – 9.00-3.30pm
  • 12/2/17 – German Work Experience 8 Students – return 25th February 2017
  • 16/2/17 – Yr9/10 German Exchange – return 25th February 2017
  • 20/2/17 – Spanish Work Experience – return 24th February 2017

Gentle (hopefully useful) reminders:

  • Could ALL students who have a Pate’s team shirt, dress or warm up top please return it to the PE office.
  • Donations of second-hand uniform / kit / ski clothing welcome.
  • We are collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers.
  • '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.
  • Thank you!

This week is Pate’s Humanities Week and there will be a variety of fun and informative activities for students to get involved with! I am very much looking forward to seeing the Sixth Form play this week (‘Antigone’ – performances on Wed 8th, Thurs 9th & Fri 10th February at 7pm) and would like to wish all the best to everyone involved. Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) are on sale (here) or on the door. The trailer looks fab! (here).

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master