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  • Leavers’ Concert and Awards
  • Pate’s Charity Challenge 2016-17
  • Pate’s Sport – Sports Day Results & County/District Cricket selections
  • Drama News
  • Calendar Update
  • Student Achievements
  • General Reminders:
  • Monday is the final deadline to register entries for the Lower School Music Competition which will take place at the end of term – so there is lots of time to practise! (Here is the link to the entry form.)
  • Tuesday is an early 2pm finish (buses will arrive early)
  • Staff vacancy for ICT / AV Technician– details on our website here
  • Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Competition
  • Pate’s Twitter Accounts
  • Pate’s Big Band at Gloucester docks this Sunday 7 May 12-1pm

The stars of the Leavers’ Concert entertained us in style at the Pittville Pump Room last night – at times poignant, at times funny, it was a superb concert. This very talented group of musicians have been so lucky to have each other to collaborate with, and Ellie Lane and Gill Mew to support and guide them. I was delighted to make a number of special awards last night, and there will be more to follow next week. The Dene Stubbs Cup for musical excellence and services to the musical community in school was awarded jointly to Tom Davies and Daisy Houlder; Jake Bussell was presented with the John Elvan Rees Award for dedication to music and encouragement of others; and the Brian Jones Memorial Trophy for outstanding contribution to modern music was awarded to Charlie Hembrow. Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved in making the Leavers’ Concert 2017 one to remember.

Pate’s Charity Challenge 2016-17: In assembly this morning sixth formers announced the total amount of money they have raised for their chosen charities. Through an array of creative events - ranging from foam assault courses, to donut eating, to welly wanging – our teams of fundraisers have managed to raise £7818.30! Charities small and large have been boosted by our generous donations - thank you to parents and students for your support in making that happen and well done to those students who worked so hard to organise such enjoyable events.

You will have received an email yesterday from the Parents' Association launching their latest fundraising idea - one day Back to School for parents/guardians/family members and friends on Monday, July 10th. The staff and I are thrilled to support this and I, in particular, am looking forward to teaching a History lesson to our well-behaved parents! I may or may not be setting homework! Ms Lane is ready to take on lunchtime "Senior Senior" Choir practise, Mr Allinson (SPELLING) is primed for a spot of grammar in English lessons and the refectory is ready for the break-time rush. Be warned: there will be Games sessions too. The idea for a parents' and staff School Disco in the evening came directly from me and the PA has happily run with the idea. I'll be there to enjoy the sounds of the 80s and 90s. Tickets (£50 for the entire day including Disco, or £5 for the disco only) are selling quickly. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your place or click here to find out more.

Pate’s Sport:

Sports Day 2017:
After 2 weeks of heats and finals, House athletics reached it's climax during 2 days of top athletics. With our new House we extended our field events day, with 4 records being broken in a successful day of athletics. Individual winners were presented with their trophies after the relays brought an exciting track programme to an end. Total points were added up and House cups and the shield awarded in the 3 age group category competitions.

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Records:  Jemima Jones - Inter girls shot 9.07m, Rachel Smith - Junior girls shot 7.77m, Mel Bird - Senior girls discus 36.49m and senior girls shot 10.41m.
Individual winners for most overall points:
Minors (Year 7) - Joseph Coley and Darcey Barton
Juniors (Year 8) - Olly Hepburn and Naomi Layzell
Inters (Years 9 & 10) - Oli Keitley and Eve Knowles -Jackson
Seniors (Years 11, 12 & 13) - Rory Cawkwell and Amy Kohnstamm
Senior Boys 1500m Cup - Joe Crutchley
Senior Boys 400m Cup - Will Crisp
Mike Bailey Sprint Cup for most impressive sprint performance - Harry Mason and Megan Hire (Year 7s)
'Pate' Field Events Cup - Mel Bird
House Cup winners
Minors (Year 7) - Richmond
Junior and Inters (Years 8, 9 & 10) - Richmond
Seniors (Years 11, 12 & 13) - Beaufort

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Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for County and District Cricket Squads 2017:
Gloucestershire U17 one day squad - Kiran Chakraborty
Gloucestershire U15 squad - Felix McDermott-Krasker
District U13 squads - Phoebe Bradford and Sam Bradford
District U12 squads - Joseph Coley, Jacob Moore and Aatreya Sugur
Gloucestershire U15 development squad - Matt Long

Drama News: Victoria Williams, senior vocal coach for ‘Matilda’ in the west end, came in this week to do a voice workshop and auditions with Edward Derbyshire and a group of our students. We are delighted that 8 of our students have been offered parts in ‘Loves Labours Lost’ with Gobstoppers (in association with Kneehigh Theatre), which will be performed at Minack open-air theatre in Cornwall over the summer.  We are very lucky be able to offer these opportunities for our students - thanks to Victoria and to Edward, and congratulations to both involved.

Calendar Update:

  • Thurs 11th May – Y13 Parents Farewell, arrive 5.30-6pm in Hall (book places here)
  • Fri 12th May – Y12 HOME STUDY DAY
  • Fri 12th May – Y13 GO ON STUDY LEAVE
  • Fri 19th May – Leavers’ Ball at Cheltenham Racecourse

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We are delighted that Y12 student Jasmine Foister won first prize for her blog entry in the prestigious SheTalksScience competition for Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. Recent research has shown that women are still underrepresented in science at university and beyond. The competition aimed to give young women interested in science a voice by showing how others are already contributing to science within roles that excite and intrigue them. You can read Jasmine's winning entry here.

Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Competition to win £200 and the opportunity to read out your work at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. The theme is ‘Perceptions of Identity’ and there is a poetry and a prose section. The deadline for entries is 29th July. Please follow this link for full details.

Just to let you know that we have a new Twitter account - @PatesTrips – for live updates on all our trips. Here is a reminder of our Twitter accounts for all Pate’s updates: @PatesSport | @PatesGeog | @PatesAllumni | @PatesMusic | @PatesPolitics | @PatesGS | @PatesTrips **NEW**

There is one more chance to see the Pate’s Big band, who are performing (along with their Director Gill Mew) at Gloucester Docks this Sunday 7th May from 12-1pm for the Dragonboat Regatta in aid of CLIC Sargent. The band would love to see you there!

Finally, I would like to wish Year 11 all the best with their revision, as they prepare for their GCSEs.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master