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  • Parent Governor Election Results
  • ‘Joelternative’ Sports Day and Mufti charity fundraiser – Fri 7 April
  • Art Students Fun Prospectus Launch
  • PA Bags2School collection now open
  • PA Second Hand Uniform shop open Friday 7 April 3-3.40pm
  • Cake tins awaiting collection
  • This week @ Pate's
  • Forthcoming Events
  • Calendar & Trips Update
  • Extra-curricular & Alumni Achievements
  • CCF Annual Inspection & Y8 Training - this Thurs 6 April 12:30 onwards

Parent Governor Election Results: I would like to start by thanking our nominees for putting themselves forward in the recent Parent Governor election. I am pleased to announce that Ray Fish and Carolyn Horrocks are duly elected. Voting was very close indeed, as one would expect with such strong candidates, and I am only sorry that there are not sufficient places for all candidates. Thanks to everyone who voted.

Assembly this morning was led by our Charity Committee, who are running thier ‘Joelternative’ sports day in aid of Birmingham based charity ‘Help Harry Help Others’. Next Friday 7th April will be a mufti day – students can pay £1 to dress in ‘sports’ theme, or £1.50 for other. Refreshments will be sold at break and lunch and there will be ‘Joelternative’ Sports on the field (weather dependent) during the lunchtime. These will include, but are not limited to, skipping race, welly wanging, egg and spoon, bean bag hoop toss and piggy back race. A £1 wristband - available from the refectory all week - will entitle the holder to take part in all events. There will be prizes. This is in addition to the three-legged 5 a side competition which will run through the week - £5 per team - and the winners will play the Head Master’s team in the grand final on Friday. Teams should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register themselves BY 6PM TODAY – THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP. More information about ‘Help Harry Help Others’: they are unique in their efforts to not only help find a cure for Brain Cancer but also in helping children suffering from cancer, their families and those people who support them. Around 1,550 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK, a quarter of them with brain tumours. Help Harry Help Others’ mission is to find a cure, and until then make a difference wherever they can.

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Well done to all our sixth form Charity teams this year, who between them have created and organised a fantastic range of fundraising activities that have been enjoyed by the whole school, and which have raised over £7,000 for local, national and international charities.

Also in assembly this morning our team of sixth form Art students launched their fun prospectus, intended for the primary school pupils who are considering coming to Pate’s. The students worked as a team to come up with an intricately folded ‘Harry Potter’ inspired prospectus, designing a shield and mythological creature for each House and cunningly renaming all the departments within the school! Please click here to see the finished product.

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Congratulations to the students on producing such a unique and inspiring handout - I am very proud of what they have achieved. They had great fun doing it, and I know our visitors will have great fun reading it. Special thanks to local graphics designer and friend of the school, James Gregory ('g design') who mentored the students from the start and helped them to bring their ideas into production.

Following on from the initial marvellous news regarding the PA fundraising success at the Spring Fair, I am delighted to say that the final grand total raised was £13,412.88. Thank you again to everyone who contributed towards this fabulous event in any way. A truly astonishing total. The money for the new server has been transferred to the school, it has been purchased and will be integrated next Wednesday (5 April). The first immediate impact is that Citrix will be unavailable from the end of school on Wednesday for a couple of hours whilst that integration takes place (sorry about that!) but then we will have the extra capacity and CPU ‘grunt’ that we need. Thank you once again to everyone who has helped make this happen.

Parents’ Association News:
The Parents’ Association Bags2School collection is now open for business. This is a great chance to raise money for the school - and the process is simple: fill a bag or bags with your unwanted clothes and textiles, then put them in the big blue bin in the layby just before Reception. Don’t worry if you don’t have the official collection bag, it matters not: any bag will do. Thank you.
The PA will be manning the uniform shop next Friday (April 7th) from 3 o'clock until the end of school. Please feel free to pop in (just off Reception) and grab what you need to see you through the last term of the year (there are plenty of larger sizes for any Y11s in need!).

Lots of cake tins and cake transporting items are still to be collected – please collect from main school reception – cake donations for the Spring Fair and choral concert. With thanks to the bakers who provided support – we would like to reunite you with your tins!!

This week at Pate’s:
'Bucket List' Director Workshop: Nir Paldi, Director of the Edinburgh Fringe-winning production 'Bucket List', came to Pate's yesterday to develop ideas with Sixth Form Politics and Theatre Studies students on how we might approach Politics from an artistic standpoint. They explored the way that politics and theatre interact, loosely based on his latest play, Bucket List, which is about the themes of human rights and a young Mexican woman who resolves to take revenge after her mother is shot at a political protest. The students discussed ideas about how to present important current political issues such as post truth politics, the NHS, mental health and women's rights through the medium of Art. It was a fascinating workshop and was very enjoyable for all who took part. 'Bucket List' is to be performed today and tomorrow in Gloucester by prestigious dramatics team Theatre Ad Infinitum. 

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Last Friday, eight members of the 6th Form Pate’s Amnesty Society visited the Amnesty International UK Human Rights Action Centre for their 2017 Youth Conference. They were given talks by members of the Amnesty International UK team and guest speaker Amal Azzudin (well known as one of the Glasgow Girls, who campaigned for better treatment of people seeking asylum in the UK), concerning the subject of refugees and the Amnesty ‘I Welcome’ refugee campaign. The Pate’s students also took part in workshops addressing subjects such as campaigning creatively and effectively, campaigning with MPs, and running Amnesty youth groups. It was a thoroughly inspiring trip and provided insight into the great work Amnesty do.

Forthcoming Events:

  • 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. Y10 team photos will be taken on Tuesday 4th April during Period 2. It is essential that students arrive on time, wearing clean kit. Students have been emailed all the details of timings, thank you in advance for your support in ensuring that they are prepared on the day.
  • MACBETH Wednesday 5 April @ 7pm in the hall: this student led production of Shakespeare’s classic brings an exciting modern twist to the timeless work of revenge, murder and ambition. Made by the students of Year 12, this piece is youthful and vibrant. Come and see what they have made and support drama at Pate’s! All are welcome – free tickets available on Ticketsource (here). Please follow this link to see their trailer. 
  • CCF Annual Inspection - Thurs 6th April @ 12:30 (on the tennis courts)
  • 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:

  • Tues 4th April – Y10 Sports Teams photos for Y10 (Period 2)
  • Wed 5th April @ 7pm - MACBETH Wednesday 5 April @ 7pm in the hall
  • 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:

  • 3rd April – 8R & 8Y Art Trip to Pitt Rivers + 10 students from 8B/G who are taking part in handball competition on 5th April 8.45-15.30
  • 5th April – 8B & 8G Art Trip to Pitt Rivers, Oxford 8.45-15.30
  • 5th April – STEM Taster Day @ Bristol 8.45-16.35 (54 Yr12 students)
  • 7th – 15th April – Ski Trip

Extra-curricular & Alumni Achievements:
Congratulations to Dan Cotton (Y11) who has won the Gloucestershire Young Photographer of the Year 2017. His photo ‘Joy’ was selected from a total of 545 entries from 21 secondary schools. You can see Dan’s photo with others in the exhibition showing at the Parabola Arts Centre between Saturday 22 April and Thursday 27 April.

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Huge congratulations to our Year 8 girls Hockey team on winning the Cheltenham Ladies College Tournament. The fixture list included A + B teams from Balcarras, Bournside, Winchcombe, Cleeve, Cotswolds and of course Cheltenham Ladies College. Cleeve proved to be very strong opponents going 1-0 up initially against the Pate’s girls, however with true determination and a superb team hockey performance Pate’s managed to get two goals back to win 2-1!! The intelligent Pate’s squad won every single fixture - winning one game 6-0, which is quite an accomplishment as the games are only 10 minutes long! Well done to the squad: Maryam Boulkenafet, Phobe Bradford, Sophie Casey (C), Katy Daly, Jennifer Duffield, Verity Khor, Naomi Layzell, Rachel Smith and Maddy Wilce.
Pate's win County Golf Championships: Congratulations to Louis D'Ambrosio, Enrico Green and Harrison Ottley-Woodd, who, as a team, won the Gloucestershire Schools Golf Championships at Tewkesbury Park Golf Club. Well done to Harrison for being placed first overall during the day. They will now represent Gloucestershire at the National Championships at Woodhall Spa Golf Club, Lincolnshire, on 12th July. The best of luck to them!

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Biathlon bronze for Year 12 Jess Telford: Congratulations to Jess Telford on achieving a bronze medal at the U19 British Schools Biathlon at Crystal Palace over the weekend. A top achievement considering Jess is really a pentathlete!

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Pate's former student Hana Kapadia has been named the overall winner of Future Legal Mind 2017. Hana, currently studying at the University of Law, has been named ‘Future Legal Mind 2017’, winning £5,000 and a placement at law firm Simpson Millar. When asked what inspired Hana to study law, she said: "My undergraduate degree in International Relations kick-started my interest in law, as it pervaded many aspects of the course, which led me to write my dissertation on international law and transitional justice. My decision to get into law was cemented by the work experience I've taken in Cheltenham, which showed me how so many areas of the law are interconnected, and inspired me through the exciting, dynamic and intellectually challenging nature of the work lawyers take on." Here are some words from the Chair of judges, Simon Trott: “We were extremely impressed with Hana's essay. It was thoroughly researched, lively, and showed a deep understanding of the UK legal system. Hana's perception of the development of society and how this affects the legal profession was profound.” 

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I am looking forward to the CCF annual inspection parade this Thursday 6th April at 12:30, when we will be honoured to welcome Air Vice Marshall Wigston, second in command of the RAF – this is an incredible privilege, only possible because he is a parent of the school. The parade will take place on the tennis courts and I hope to see CCF parents there, as well as Year 8 parents who are invited to watch the Y8 training exercises (starting from 1:30). Refreshments will be served in the gallery at 1.10.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master