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  • CCF Annual Inspection & Year 8 Taster – Thurs 6 April @12:30
  • Can you help us to find a marquee?
  • Pate’s Y9 student wins Famelab Competition
  • U15s Netball County Champions
  • U13s Netball District Champions
  • Year 7 Netball District Champions
  • Ex-Pate’s student shortlisted for National Legal Award
  • Forthcoming Events & Calendar / Trips Update
  • GCSE Art Showcase – Wed 29th March 4.30-6.30pm
  • Winter Sports Team Photos – Thur 30 March & Tue 4 April
  • Sports Tour Dinner – Fri 5th May @ 7pm
  • Parent Governor Elections – Ballot papers must be returned by Monday

Isaac Fee (9B) played the piano beautifully to a very appreciative audience this morning in assembly. It takes courage and composure to be able to perform to over 1,000 of your peers and it is a great feat for any student to contemplate, so thank you and well done to Isaac, who really set the bar for the rest of the day.  It was standing room only at Wednesday's Choral Concert at All Saints Church and the performances were stunning.  Congratulations to the students, parents and staff involved and huge thanks to our Director of Music, Ellie Lane.  Thanks also to the army of Parents' Association helpers who sold £450 of tea and homebaked cake throughout the rehearsals and performance!

The CCF annual inspection and Year 8 taster session: The CCF annual inspection will be held on Thursday 6 April @ 12:30 (this is a change from the previously advertised time of 10:30). Parents and guardians are invited to attend and observe the Inspection and prize giving at 12:30 at the tennis courts. This is an opportunity for families to observe the training and activities that take place at Pate’s CCF. Year 8 students will take part in training during the afternoon to experience CCF activities prior to taking a decision on joining the CCF in Year 9 – all are welcome to watch. Refreshments will be provided. Further details can be found on the website (here).

Can you help us to find a marquee? The PE department are looking for a marquee to support this year’s Cricket Week, commencing on 12th June. If you know where we could borrow such an item, please could you get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - we would be incredibly grateful for any help on this.

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Good news: Sriram Iyer (9Y) has won this year's Famelab Academy competition, beating finalists from 12 other schools at EDF yesterday. His three minute presentation on 'Dreams' impressed a distinguished panel of judges with his content, clarity and charisma. Cash prizes are awarded both to Sriram and to the school. Over 1500 Y9 pupils in Gloucestershire took part this year so his is an amazing achievement – congratulations and very well done to Sriram.

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Sixth Form Play ‘Antigone’ photos are now available on our website – please follow this link to see / order them.

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Pate’s U15 Netball Squad County Champions! Congratulations to the squad who came out top at the end of the County netball tournament last weekend. The tournament was utterly gripping and particularly thrilling for Caroline Mackenzie, on her final tournament coaching the U15s after many years at Pate’s. I thought it would be fitting to include her final match report in today’s message: “This County tournament for U15 teams was divided into two sections, each team playing 5 matches of 8 minutes each way. Pate's had a difficult start playing a strong High School side. It was a fantastic match with High School just stealing the victory 7-6. The next game was a very tentative win v CLC by one goal despite Pate's having most of the possession. Good wins v Cleeve (13-3), KLB (9-4), and Chosen Hill (13-1) followed, despite Pate’s not always playing their best netball. This placed the U15’s 2nd in the section behind High School. It was great to get to the finals and even better when the team recaptured their best netball against Ribston in the semi's, winning convincingly 7-1 and then a re-match with High School in the final! This time Pate's made the most of their chances in a tense match to win 5-3 and take the May Dent trophy! Well done to the whole squad - County Champions!! ALICE COOPER, HELENA COX, MADDIE DALGLEISH, JEMIMA JONES, T GOWRI SHANKAR, IZZY OSUDE, MADDY ROPER, ANNIE SCOTT and CONNIE TRENDLE. In what will be my final year coaching U15’s at Pate’s I wanted to say how very proud I am of the performance and achievements of the four U15 netball teams I have coached since retiring full time teaching at Pate’s. Thank you all the girl’s in those four years for some very rewarding and fun experiences. In particular, to the girls this year for making it 3 May Dent trophies in a row!! I hope to see you all playing netball for the years to come!” Caroline Mackenzie 

U13 District Netball Champions: Congratulations to our U13 Netball District Champions! After an unbeaten afternoon at CLC the girls won their group, and the semi-final and finished in the final with a 9-3 win over Chosen Hill.  The U13 District champions are: Maryam Boulkenafet, Phoebe Bradford, Sophie Casey, Verity Kohr, Naomi Layzell, Anna Lincoln, Sophie O'Riordan, Scarlett Oram, Chandini Rathnam and Rachel Smith (C).

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Year 7 District Netball Champions: Congratulations to our Year 7 squad who performed with great control under pressure to be crowned well-deserving District Champions: Alex Crane, Ella Dandy (C), Felicity Dye, Ali Hall, Megan Hire, Bea Kenny-Mcrea, Genny Morris, Erin Peshkin and Erin Trendle. What a great start for our Year 7 netball team!

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Former Pate's Grammar School Student Shortlisted for £5,000 National Legal Award: Congratulations to ex-Pate’s student Hana Kapadia (formally of Hesters Way, how studying at University of Law in Bristol) who is a finalist in the nationwide Future Legal Mind Award and is in line for a potential £5,000 prize and a work placement at a prestigious law firm (Simpson Millar) after being whittled down from entries all over the country. Her essay on the UK’s civil justice system impressed industry judges, in response to the question “If eBay can resolve 60 million disputes each year, why does the UK civil justice system need lawyers?” Hana has developed an interest in using technology to improve access to justice, and is actively looking for pro bono activities to help vulnerable members of society, having already volunteered for the National Centre for Domestic Violence and Citizen’s Advice. Congratulations to Hana on her very exciting news and future career. If you would like to know more about the award and the finalists please follow this link.

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 Team (Winter) Photos: We will have a professional photographer in school to take photos of our sports teams and these will be available to purchase online. Years 7,8, 9 & Seniors photographs will be taken on Thursday 30th March and Y10s on Tuesday 4th April. It is essential that students arrive on time, wearing clean kit. Students have been emailed all the details of timings (here), thank you in advance for your support in ensuring that they are prepared on the day.
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).

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Calendar Update:

  • 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 (P3), 8 (P4), 9 (P2) & Snrs (lunch & P5)
  • Thurs 30th March – Y8 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
  • Tues 4th April – Y10 Sports Teams photos for Y10 (Period 2)
  • Thurs 6th April – CCF Annual Inspection @ 12:30 *please note new timings*
  • 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:

  • Yr10 Malaga Trip (20 students) – 27-31st March 2017
  • Yr12 Drama Trip to Bristol Old Vic (8 Students) – 31st March 2017
  • Yr12 Girls Get Set Trip (10 Students) to GE – 31st March 2017

Parent Governor Elections: Just a reminder that yellow ballot papers must be returned by the end of the day on Monday, to the ballot box in Reception. Please click here to see their résumés. The results will be announced on Tuesday.

I am looking forward to the GCSE Art Showcase in the Art Gallery on Wednesday 4.30-6.30pm, which I know staff have been busy preparing for this week. I hope to see some of you there – do try and pop in after school if you can.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master