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HEADLINES:

  • Amnesty Prize for Izzy Parnham-Cope (Y13)
  • Lower School Music Competition - entries by Mon 24 April
  • Pate's Big Band @ Jazz Festival - Sun 30 Apr @ 12:00 Montpellier Gardens
  • Y7, 11 & 13 photos are available to order
  • Pate's Politics - Clare Moody visit
  • Harriet Hards (Y12) elected Member of the Youth Parliament for Cheltenham & Tewkesbury
  • Extra-curricular Achievements
  • 'The Importance of Being Earnest' - Tue 25 April 7pm @ PAB
  • Calendar & Trips Update

It was an exciting end of term Awards Assembly this morning – it was my great pleasure to hand out colours in sport, art and CCF, as well as House-colours, in recognition of outstanding commitment. I also announced the good news of our successful bids to build a new sixth form centre and library, as well as some much needed window replacement around the main school building. There was a lovely response from the students, who applauded the efforts of the three staff who had worked so hard to make our bids successful – in what was effectively a colours award for Stephen Locke, Shirley Park and Graham Woodsford. Very well done and huge thanks to them for constantly doing what it takes to achieve the best outcomes for Pate’s.

Congratulations to Izzy Parnham-Cope (Y13) who has won a highly prestigious Amnesty award for art inspired by humanitarian aid issues in countries supported by the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust.

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My piece was in response to the issue of mass internal displacement in Uganda and the consequences it has on isolated children and families, incorporating photojournalistic images and a UN report on the subject into the artwork itself.” The award was presented by Photojournalist Hazel Thompson and Baroness Cox, and, as prize for coming first place in her category, Izzy has been invited to tea at the House of Lords with the Baroness.  Such a well-deserved award for Izzy - stunning.

Lower School Music Competition – entries by Monday 24th April. The competition will take place on Tuesday 4th July 2017. For each instrument /voice there will be a beginner, intermediate and advanced category, with beginner being up to grade 3, intermediate being grade 4-6 and advanced being 7+. There will be the following categories: woodwind, brass, percussion/drums, strings, keyboards (piano/organ), voice, guitar, bass guitar, as well as a group category for chamber music and bands, for groups of up to 6 players, which can cover any genre of music from string quartets to rock bands. For the first time ever there will also be a composition / original music category for pieces or songs up to 4 minutes in length (pieces can be movements or sections from a longer work). Please follow this link for full details and entry forms, which must be completed and returned to the music office straight after Easter, on Monday 24th April.

JAZZ FESTIVAL - Pate’s Big Band will be playing at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on Sunday 30th April at 12.00 midday in Montpellier Gardens. This is a free event, involving a number of school bands, and is always a thoroughly enjoyable occasion. You can expect a lovely atmosphere and superb food stalls - all in the great British outdoors! All are welcome and it would be great to have your support.

The Y7 & 11 class group photos and Y11 & 13 whole year group photos are now available to buy online direct from Tempest here - www.tempest-groups.co.uk. (Please enter 'Pate’s Grammar school' in the search box, password 'pgs1574'.) If you order before 17th April you have the option of free school delivery. Click here (YouTube unlisted page) to see a fun time lapse video of the photography session.

A reminder that our Bags2School bin is open for all donations of clothing and linen (please don't include Pate's school uniform. this is more valuable for our second hand uniform sales - uniform can be handed in separately at reception at any time). Please bring your full bag (or bags!) to school any time from now until Friday 28th April (first thing on the Friday, please: this is the day of the collection). The big blue bin is hard to miss (close to the entrance), but if in doubt, ask at Reception. If you have any queries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pate’s Politics:

Congratulations to Harriet Hards (Y12) who has been elected as the Member of the Youth Parliament for Cheltenham and Tewkesbury after an intense week of voting in March. Here is what Harriet had to say: “Over the next two years I will now be representing the interests of Gloucestershire's youth, lobbying MPs, organising campaigns and trying to make a difference. This is a fantastic opportunity and I'm really excited to get to work on my election priorities: improving mental health support in schools, encouraging the Curriculum for Life programme and promoting political engagement among young people. This July I will get to go to the Annual Sitting at Liverpool Hope University and I will take part in a debate in the House of Commons in November. The support I've received from everyone at Pate's has been incredible; I'd like to thank every single person who voted for me.”

On Friday 31st March, Year 12 and 13 Politics students were visited by Labour MEP Clare Moody. She spoke about the recent triggering of Article 50 and her ideas about the impending negotiations, as well as the particularly topical issue of Gibraltar, which her South West constituency covers. It was fascinating to hear her perspective as a Member of the European Parliament during such an exceptional time for both Westminster and Brussels. She took questions about the role of the Labour Party at this time, the position of Gibraltar and what we can do to have an effect. The talk provided a really valuable insight into the current political crises and was enjoyed by all in attendance. [Thanks to Harriet Hards for this article.]

Extra-Curricular Achievements: Congratulations to James Nicholls (Y11), who has been selected for the United Kingdom Cadet Rifle Team Channel Isles 2017 tour, and is also a reserve for Canada 2017.

Calendar Update:

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'The Importance of Being Earnest' - Tues 25 April 7-9.10pm in PAB: Y13 students present this comedy of manners and society by Oscar Wilde as a one-off valedictory performance before they leave school. Please come and support their endeavours in this hilarious take on one of the funniest plays in the English language. Be prepared to be fed, watered and entertained royally! Tickets cost £4 and are available online (here)

  • Mon 24th April – School restarts
  • Tue 25th April 7-9.10pm in PAB - 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (Y13 student production)
  • 24th Apr – 2nd May incl. – Y10 Exams
  • Mon 1st May – Bank Holiday
  • Fri 5th May – Sports Tour Dinner (tickets available here)

Trip Update:  24-28th April – Yr9 Malaga Spanish Immersion Trip

School Transport Update: Enrights of Cheltenham have set up a new bus service for Evesham, Broadway, Alderton and Winchcombe, starting in September. If your child is on this route and you can suggest another or different pick up point, or if you would like to book a place for your child or discuss this further, please contact Paul Farrell by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephoning 07989 688221. Full details and timings here.

Thanks to our wonderful Parents’ Association, led by Laurette Thomas, our new IT Server has now been installed and the benefits have been felt straightaway! Thanks once again to all the parents who have found a multitude of ingenious ways to contribute to their children’s education.

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Finally, I would like to wish everyone a happy and relaxing Easter. Good luck to those students whom I know will be revising for external exams.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

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