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  • PA Spring Fair – Saturday 11th March 10.30-12.30
  • Forthcoming Events
  • ‘New Music’ Concert – Monday 13th March 6-7pm
  • Y13 Theatre Studies Devised Pieces – ‘Diamond Dogs’ & ‘Small Steps’ – 2 performances this week
  • Choral Concert ‘Carmina Burana’ @ All Saints Church, Pittville on Wed 22nd March 7.30pm
  • ‘Facebook Live’ – Social Media debate with Alex Chalk
  • Calendar Update
  • Trips Update
  • Other Pate’s News: Library / Maths Feast / Dragons’ Den / Middle House Public Speaking Competition / Pate’s Equestrian Team
  • Parent Governor Elections – nominations by Wednesday

Assembly this morning was led by Charlie Hembrow (Y13) playing Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Never Going Back Again’ on his acoustic guitar, and what a perfect way to start the day. It is such a privilege to be able to enjoy talent like that, which at Pate’s it might be easy to take for granted. Last night’s music gig was a really superb night out and what a great time we all had – huge thanks to parent Barry Chandler who owns Montpellier Lodge in Cheltenham and who organised the event for us, and to John James Newman and Sam Attwood (our Head of Languages) and her band – who all performed free, in aid of Making £nds Meet, raising lots of money for the school and giving us a night to remember. Thanks to everyone who supported this event and to our tech crew (have a listen to John here on YouTube)

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Also in assembly Junaid Hameed (Y12 school councillor) announced the winner of the recent School Council Bottle Flipping Tournament – congratulations to Patrick Burgess (Y12) who with great expertise out-flipped everyone to carry off the ‘Golden Bottle’. Our sixth form Development and Alumni Committee presented prizes to the winners of the 'Pate’s Spirit' bake-off – congratulations and very well done to the bakers of these incredible cakes (indeed to everyone who baked) which in themselves say so much about our students! These cakes will be auctioned off at tomorrow’s Spring Fair. Congratulations to:
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Izzy Parnham-Cope (Y13): Most Professional Cake - 

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Ella Hung (8G): Best Presented Cake -

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Esme Smith (Y13): Best Tasting Cake -

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The PA Spring Fair is tomorrow! 10.30 to 12.30. Please please find the time to pop in. The challenge is to raise £10,000 for a new IT server. A record number of Years 7s and 8s have set up their own stalls in the gym while the IT department and School Council have set up a retro games arcade. If you missed the chance to buy raffle tickets you can pick some up and enjoy a cuppa and cake (or homemade soup for lunch post games). The plant stall is laden with primulas, the library's book stall is heaving with good reads, and the tombolas are jam packed. External stalls are selling everything from Easter crafts to jewellery. Hope to see you there.

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Forthcoming Events:

  • ‘New Music’ Concert on Monday 13th March 6-7pm, led by our Musician in Residence, Freya Ireland. Tickets are free for this refreshingly different concert, which will include student compositions and new arrangements of pop songs. This is the first of its kind at Pate’s, a fairly low key affair, no need to book, just turn up – sounds fun!
  • Y13 Theatre Studies students will be performing their devised pieces as follows: Thursday evening March 16th @ 7-8pm, and on Friday morning 17th March – ‘Diamond Dogs’ @ 9.15- 10am & ‘Small Steps’ @ 11.05-11.45am. All in Pate’s Performing Arts Studio. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy - free tickets available here.
  • CHORAL CONCERT - CARMINA BURANA! On Wednesday 22nd March at 7.30pm (at All Saint's Church, Pittville). The school choirs will be performing Carl Orff's very exciting and extremely famous work 'Carmina Burana' (in times past known as 'the music from the Old Spice advert'!). Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) and are available to buy online (here). As always, there will be a delicious array of refreshments provided by the Parents’ Association. I know some parents are singing too and we all look forward to seeing lots of you there.

PS: Don’t’ forget Tweedy’s Lost Property’:
Stroud Subscription Rooms (8th April)
Everyman Theatre (9th April)
Banbury (12th April)
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‘Facebook Live’ is coming to Cheltenham, as Alex Chalk MP steps up his national social media campaign. Having organised a debate in Parliament to highlight the impact of social media on teenage mental health, and more recently launched a national Parliamentary Inquiry, he has now invited Facebook to take part in a ‘LIVE’ internet safety session with local parents and pupils at Bournside School on Thursday 16 March at 5.30pm. It will give families the chance to hear from Facebook about their new online safety campaign and the ways social media can be harnessed for positive change. It will also provide an opportunity to raise any specific concerns, issues or suggestions for improvement they may have for Facebook, as well as Instagram and Whatsapp (who are also owned by Facebook). Those who cannot attend are able to submit questions in advance via Alex Chalk’s Facebook page, or ask questions live on the night from home via the ‘Live’ facility. Please follow this link for full Facebook article.

Calendar Update:

  • Sat 11th March – Spring Fair 10.30-12.30
  • Mon 13th March – New Music Concert 7-8.30pm in school hall (more next week)
  • Tues 14th March – Schools photos for Years 7, 11 & 13
  • Thurs 16th March – Y7 Pizza & Onesie Night 4-7pm
  • Fri 17th March – Y13 Theatre Studies Monologues & Duologues 9.30-12.30 (no tickets)
  • Sun 19th March – Rehearsal for Choral Concert 7-9pm
  • Tues 21st March – Y7 Parents’ Evening 3-7pm
  • Wed 22nd March – Choral Concert @ All Saints Church, Pittville 7.30pm
  • Mon 27th March – Y8 Grade Cards published
  • Tues 28th March – Y9 Grade Cards published
  • Thurs 30th March – Sports Teams Photos for Y7, 8, 9 & Snrs
  • Thurs 30th March – Y8 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
  • Tues 4th April – Y10 Sports Teams photos for Y10
  • Thurs 6th April – CCF Annual Inspection @ 10:40am

Trips this week:
16/3 – French exchange trip to London
17/3 – European Youth Parliament, Oxford – Yr12 (8 Students)
17/3 – Maths Challenge
17/3 – Theatre Studies Trip to ‘Othello’ Bristol – 6pm-Midnight

Library News: The author Chris Bradford brought his Bodyguard show to Pate’s last Friday. The show was thoroughly enjoyed by Y7 & Y8 students and staff alike and was a fitting final event for our week of book related events for our Reading Week 2017. The enthusiasm for reading at Pate’s was very much in evidence (as this picture of the signing queue shows!) and we look forward to building on this next year.

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Thank you to all parents who have sent in money for post-event signed books from Chris. The order has now been sent off and we will be in touch with students as soon as they arrive to arrange collection. Thank you for all your support.

Pate's hosted the 'Maths Feast' this week: This was an exciting competition between local schools for students in Y10, testing mathematical, communication and teamwork skills. Pate's entered two teams of four students. Well done to: Tim Andrew, Will Abbott, Divya Cherian, Maddie Dalgleish, Shen Haegoda, Eve Knowles-Jackson, Oli Norbury and Hannah Simpkins for taking part.

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Last week saw the annual Dragon’s Den competition. This year was extra special because the teams were from Years 7-9 and had taken part in the Young Entrepreneurs Club run brilliantly by our two Business prefects from Y11 - Ahmed Imran and Manasa Damarla - who ably led the teams to an exciting presentation and showed that they could teach entrepreneurial skills brilliantly. As usual, Pate’s students were incredibly creative in their ideas, including a homework app, a fitness watch and a voice activated home help device. It was a very close competition but the winning team, ‘Fabrik’, won with their creation, the SmartDrobe. This wardrobe helps you to choose your outfit and included a 360degree mirror. The team won due to their excellent presentation, which included a prototype, good market research and their ability to answer difficult questions under pressure. They are: Nandita Damarla, Iona Derby, Priscilla Ho and Chae-Ha Snapes. Well done girls! We look forward to your future business ventures!

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Congratulations to Richmond this week on winning Middle House Public Speaking Competition 2017! The title of the speech was “This House believes in lifelong security” and here are the results: Best Chair: James Nicholls (Richmond); Best Speaker: Lexie Evans (Richmond); Best Questioner: Jacob Phypers (York). 2nd: York; 3rd Gloucester; 4th Beaufort.

Pate’s Equestrian Team: Last Sunday Emma Hatherell (Y11), Maddie Jenkins (Y13), and Jess Telford (Y12), 3 members of the Pate’s equestrian team, entered a show-jumping competition at Hartpury College. Everyone had at least one clear round with Emma not knocking a pole all day, giving her 3rd in the 95cm and 2nd in the 105cm; Jess also came 3rd in the 110cm, which was the largest class of the day. Well done to our girls – see photos below of Emma (1), Maddie (2) and Jess (3).

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Just a reminder about the PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTIONS: There are two vacancies for Parent Governors to join the Governing Body of the school. Nominations are invited from parents with pupils registered at Pate’s Grammar School. (Parents are able to self-nominate.) Governors play an important decision-making role in the strategic planning and management of the school, working with the Head Master and senior leadership team, and are appointed for four years. There is an expectation that governors will show commitment in the role, attending regular meetings and taking on extra responsibilities where possible. We welcome candidates with enthusiasm and experience or skills which will enable them to make a positive contribution within a secondary school setting. Please click here for full details, nomination form and detailed Governor Job Description, or contact Stephen Locke, Bursar on (01242) 538252 for more details or advice on the process. If you would like to discuss the governor role in more detail please contact our Chair of Governors, Mr Wallace Ascham, by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 15th March.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master