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  • Spring Fair raised over £13,000!
  • Parent Governor Elections
  • UK Youth Parliament Candidate Harriet Hards (Y12)
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Fairer Funding for Gloucestershire School Petition (here)
  • Forthcoming Events & Calendar / Trips Update
  • Sports Tour Dinner – Fri 5th May @ 7pm
  • GCSE Art Showcase – Wed 29th March 4.30-6.30pm
  • ICT Acceptable Use Policy - reminder
  • Pate’s in The Boat Race
  • Choral Concert on Wednesday at 7.30pm @ All Saints Church

Last Saturday’s Spring Fair was a fabulous occasion and the added tech theme was genius! There was a great atmosphere and I cannot say enough how proud I was of our students, in particular all the Year 7 & 8 stalls, the buskers and the helpers at the arcade games.

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Some of the student stalls picked up on the tech theme, whether high tech...

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... or low tech!

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I hope you will have had a chance to read the email from Laurette Thomas (the PA Chair), earlier in the week, in which she warmly thanked the incredible number of people who made the event such a success. I can hardly believe we raised over £13,000 - truly astonishing. I am sure you will join me in thanking Laurette and her core team for the monumental effort that they put in, always with a smile. This support for Making £nds Meet and specifically for the purchase of our much needed third server – which is now ordered and will be up and running by Easter thanks to you all - is absolutely fantastic. Thank you!

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Just one small message from the organisers following on from the fair - could the generous parents who donated a Stop Motion Animation package please get in touch with Laurette (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - they need your help to change the email address to which the package is registered, so that its new owners can enjoy it to the full! Many thanks.

Bakers:  The PA will be flying our colours again at Wednesday’s Choral Concert, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, snacks and LOTS OF CAKE to students and audience (All Saint's Church, Pittville @ 7.30pm). If you are able to bake a cake please contact Laurette Thomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thank you again for your support in advance.

Parent Governor Elections: We have had 3 parent governor nominations and so we will be holding a ballot, in which all parents are entitled to vote for their 2 preferred candidates. Please see their résumés (here). Pupils will be given yellow ballot papers to bring home on Monday and these need to be returned to the ballot box in Main Reception by the following Monday (27th March). Every parent or guardian is allowed 2 votes. I am very grateful to the candidates for putting themselves forward and offering a whole range of skills which any school governing body would be delighted to have. The results will be announced on Tuesday 28th March.

Speaking of elections, one of our Y12 Politics students, Harriet Hards, is running as a candidate for Cheltenham in the UK Youth Parliament. She delivered an impressive candidate's speech in assembly to the whole school this morning. The Youth Parliament scheme was set up in 1999 and allows young people from all across the country to voice their opinions and bring about positive change through campaigning in a nonpartisan way. Once elected, MYPs meet with MPs and local councillors, organise events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers. (Follow this link for further information on UK Youth Parliament) Here is Harriet's candidate's address and details on how to vote: "If I’m elected for Gloucestershire, my priorities will be reducing political disillusionment among young people, encouraging the Curriculum for Life programme and providing more mental health support for young people. Youth turnout at elections is dangerously low in the UK, an unacceptable 43% in the 2015 General Election. The only way to ensure that young voices are heard is to raise the turnout through engaging political education in schools. Then we will see more positive results in elections and referendums in the future, and hopefully even see voting opened up to 16 and 17-year-olds. I want to turn back the clock on disillusionment and prove that young voices do matter.  Elections are won by those who show up and vote.  Another important issue that I feel is particularly relevant to Pate’s is the school funding crisis. Despite having some of the best schools in the country, Gloucestershire consistently finds itself at the bottom of the funding heap, and that’s just not fair. If I’m elected I will put pressure on Alex Chalk and the local councils to take action on this issue."  Voting is open from Monday to Friday 20th to 24th March, please text 'UKYPGLOS Harriet' to 82055 if you would like to support our student in this fantastic opportunity. Thank you.

Scholastic Book Fair: Continuing our reading theme, the Library is continuing the Scholastic Book Fair on Monday and Tuesday lunchtime. If we can reach £300 worth of sales we would earn £150 of Scholastic books for our library. This equates to 50p back for every £1 spent. This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire new books for the library so please do encourage your children to come and take a look. Books start from £2.99 and World Book Day tokens, which have been going home over the last fortnight, can be used to get £1 off a book. Please click here to see a selection of the books on sale.

Fairer Funding for Gloucs Schools - there is an online local petition for fairer funding of Gloucestershire schools, due to be presented to Neil Carmichael on Monday. At the time of writing this petition has 673 signatures and it would be great to get it to 1,000 – HERE IS THE PETITION if you would like to sign it and HERE is a BBC News article on the current situation.

Forthcoming Events:

GCSE Art Showcase – Wed 29th March 4.30-6.30pm in the Art Gallery. You are invited to drop in for drinks and nibbles and to enjoy our showcase of this year’s GCSE stunning artwork.

Sports Tour Dinner – Fri 5th May 2017 @ 7pm in the Refectory: You are cordially invited to our Tour Dinner, which will be hosted by Pate’s students travelling to South Africa for a Netball and Hockey Tour in July 2017. There will be a choice of curries and a bar, entertainment, a raffle, and after dinner speaker Kellie Hull, U21 Severn Stars Netball Captain who has represented England in New Zealand.  Tickets cost £15 and can be purchased from our website (here).

Calendar Update:

  • 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
  • Wed 29th March 4.30-6.30pm - GCSE Art Showcase in the Art Gallery
  • 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
  • Fri 7th April – Mufti day & House Talent Competition
  • Fri 7th April – School finishes for Easter at 3.40pm
  • Mon 24th April – School restarts
  • 24th Apr – 2nd May incl. – Y10 Exams
  • Mon 1st May – Bank Holiday

Trips this week:

  • 20/3 – Yr10 GCSE Everyman Theatre Trip ‘The Crucible’ – 7.15pm-10.30pm
  • 23/3 – Yr9 Students x 11 - Famelab Academy Final to EDF Energy – 12.30-4.30pm

Student ICT Acceptable Use Policy: Further to our email earlier this week, a reminder that school is required to obtain confirmation that you have read and agree with the contents of this updated policy. Please read the policy (here) and then use the parental consent process on Schoolgateway to confirm your agreement to the terms, by Friday 26th March 2017. You will find the acceptance request in the Trips Section of your Schoolgateway account. Please ensure that you do complete the request in the same way as you normally do for a Trip ie checkout as for a normal transaction, even though there is no payment required. You will be asked to tick the consent box and also put a comment. This can be as simple as Yes or Accept or Agree to confirm. If you have two or more students at the school you will need to confirm your agreement for each student. If you have any queries please contact Tim Read (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

We have just heard the exciting news that we have 2 former pupils featuring in this year’s Boat Race (2nd April) – Flo Pickles (Oxford) and Holly Hill (Cambridge), pictured left to right below. We wish them both best of luck and look forward to having a Pate’s winner this year (unless both teams sink of course)!

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We are all set for a breath-taking concert at All Saints on Wednesday (7.30pm), when students and parents will be performing CARMINA BURANA! Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) and are available to buy online (here), or on the door. As always, there will be a delicious array of refreshments provided by the Parents’ Association.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master