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  • Student Achievements
  • Swimming Gala Finals results
  • Sixth Form Play ‘Antigone’ tonight at 7pm (ALL INDOORS & HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!)
  • Humanities Week
  • PA Update re Spring Fair – Sat 11 Mar 10.30-12.30 – RAFFLE TICKETS & DONATIONS!
  • BREAKING NEWS! John James Newman (‘The Voice’) gig at Pate’s – Thurs 9 March
  • Calendar Update
  • Instrumental concert Tue 28 Feb – Tickets on sale here
  • Asian Celebration – Tue 28th Feb @ Everyman (details here)

In assembly this week I presented students with awards for outstanding dedication, week in week out, in their chosen extra-curricular pursuits. Full and Half Colours and Silver & Gold Awards were presented for Music, Drama and Rugby (girls sport to follow at the end of their season). It is a proud moment when the students come up to the stage and are congratulated by me personally and indeed by the whole school. With so many demands on young people’s time, it is fantastic to see when they really throw themselves into these physical disciplines, for us all to enjoy – it is not always about being the best, and when students believe in what they do and show real commitment they inspire us all. Congratulations and well done to everyone who received their Colours this week, and thanks to the staff, whom I know struggle to choose between so many worthy candidates.

Continuing in the same vein, congratulations to Shrey Bhardwaj (Y12) who won the Gloucestershire Schools Table Tennis Individual Championships for Under-19 Boys, held in Gloucester on 28th Jan, without losing a single game throughout the tournament. As a result, Shrey will now be representing Gloucestershire County (and Pate’s) in the finals of the English National Schools Championships on 29th April in Wolverhampton.

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The House Swimming Gala finals took place this week with students giving their all up and down the pool, cheered on by Year 7. The House Officials’ fancy dress race was as entertaining as ever (see below). Congratulations to everyone involved and to the PE Department who, along with Mr Hosken, organised a very slick event. Here are the trophy winners: Minors: Pembroke; Juniors/Inters: Gloucester; Seniors: Beaufort. There were also some outstanding individual performances, please follow this link for more details.

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I watched the sixth formers’ play this week and was so impressed by their creativity and professionalism in their utterly convincing and courageous performance of ‘Antigone’. As we know, the sixth form like to challenge themselves and their audiences - ‘Antigone’ was no exception and I did flinch a few times! But what a team effort and such accomplished musicians, tech, make-up, costume, choreography, actors - all supported and encouraged by their director, Edward Derbyshire. Well done to everyone involved – it is one of the most polished performances I’ve seen – and best of luck with your final performance tonight. Do go along if you can – it starts at 7pm and the whole performance is taking place in the hall (nothing outdoors!).  Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) on the door.

I am sure that Year 8 students enjoyed their rainforest experiences in Humanities Week this week!  My thanks to Ruth Taei for organising such important and exciting experiences.

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The Annual Parents’ Association Spring Fair is to be held on Saturday 11th March from 10:30 to 12:30.  In support of Making £nds Meet, the profits generated from this event will go towards an essential upgrade to our IT infrastructure which will benefit the entire school community.  Specifically, we are aiming to raise a sufficient amount of money to increase the capacity of the server (approx. £10,000), thus enabling it to handle a greater number of concurrent users through Citrix.  After half-term, we will despatch letters home with the children to include further details of events and tickets for a fabulous raffle that we urge you to sell to colleagues, friends and family. Thank you so much for your support, we look forward to seeing you on the day.

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Breaking News! We have just heard that ‘The Voice’ star John James Newman will be putting on a gig for us at Pate’s to raise money for our Making £nds Meet campaign! The concert will take place on Thursday 9th March (timings to be confirmed) – it will be a great night so please put it in the calendar! Tickets will go on sale straight after half term. Please follow this link to see him perform.

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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).

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Calendar Update:

Sun 19th February – Choral Concert rehearsals in school hall 7pm
Mon 20th February – INSET day NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
Tues 21st February – School re-starts
Tues 28th February – Instrumental Concert @ 7pm
Tues 28th February – Asian Celebration @ Everyman 6-7pm + Anita and Me (full details here)
Wed 1st March 6-7.30pm – Y12 University talk with Dr Andrew Spence (in Hall)
Thurs 2nd March 4-7pm – Y10 Parents’ Evening
Thurs 2nd March 6pm – Parents’ Info. Meeting re Annecy Exchange @ 6pm (E204)
Fri 3rd March 4.30pm – CCF Passing Out Parade
Thurs 9th March – John James Newman (‘The Voice’) Gig (timings tbc)
Sat 11th March – Spring Fair 10.30-12.30

The students on the Art trip in New York are having a great time and others will be off on the German exchange next week, which all sounds very exciting. Whatever you are doing I would like to wish everyone a very happy half term.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master