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  • Cricket Week Programme
  • Science in the Community
  • Science Technician Staff Vacancy
  • Sporting Excellence
  • Important reminder for unreturned rugby and football tops!
  • Winter Sports Team photos available
  • Y11 & Y13 photos - reminder that these are still available to buy online
  • Calendar Update
  • New Bus Route proposed - from Bourton-on-the-Water area
  • Lost Property Valuables
  • Golf Success

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It is Pate’s Cricket Week this week and I am looking forward to Monday’s match - Headmaster’s XI vs ex-Students from 2.15pm - as well as MCC vs Pate’s match on Thursday from 11.30am. Please follow this clink to see the full programme of events – everyone is welcome to drop onto the back field to watch some cricket.  My thanks to Brian Hamilton (parent) for the loan of the cricket marquee.

Last week our Science Faculty hosted the whole of Years 3,4,5 and 6 from Rowanfield Primary School, for two days of exciting hands-on Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The children had a great time and I am sure the excitement of those multi-coloured flames will live long in the memory! My thanks to Geoff Worth and all of our Science teachers for organising this really valuable event on the fringes of Cheltenham Science week.

Staff Vacancy: There is still time to apply for the Science Technician vacancy from September, based in the Physics Department, to work 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday term time only. Please follow this link to our website for full details and an application form. Applications should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., along with a covering letter explaining why the job appeals to you and what skills and qualities you could bring to the role. The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 12th June 2017 and interviews will take place during week commencing 19th June. If you have any queries about what is involved please email Liz Robertson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Sporting Excellence:
Year 9s Boys fly out the blocks to win Cheltenham Championships! It was a fantastic result for Pate's Y9 boys at the Cheltenham District Y9 Championships on Wednesday night at the Prince of Wales Stadium. The boys won the competition, which included teams from all across the Cheltenham District area, with 65 points. Despite some fierce competition, this group have now won their age group events for the last three years. From such a talented group, Oli Keitley was the most outstanding. The competition allows athletes to enter into three events but it doesn't expect victory in all three! Well done Oli, a triple champion (Long Jump, Triple Jump and 300m). It was a much tougher day for the girls, who competed admirably. The stand out performance celebrated by the girls was Scarlett Knight who won the 800m B Final. Congratulations and very well done to everyone!

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English Schools Athletics Cup Regional Round: After the success of the County Round of the English Schools Athletics Cup competition, all four teams from Pate's headed to Exeter for the Regional Rounds. We were the only school apart from Millfield (often recognised as the best sporting school in the world!) from the South West to have all four teams in the regional rounds. As if this achievement wasn't enough, we came away with some of best results in memory. The day provided the highest level of competition some of our athletes will compete at, with top sporting schools from across the South West of England - many schools having huge number of students to pick from! The junior girls' team finished in 2nd with Naomi Layzell being the top scorer with 41 individual points. The intermediate girls' team were pushed into 4th with Inca Padfield and Piper Holmes both picking up 38 individual point totals.  It was a fantastic day for the boys' teams with both the intermediate boys' beating all the other teams in their group to win their competitions. Although the junior boys were also announced as winners on the night, a further interrogation of the points put them into second. Oil Hepburn racked up 41 individual points for the juniors with Babajide Popoola gaining 40 points for the intermediate team. Well done to all involved! 

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IMPORTANT REMINDER – PLEASE CHECK YOUR CUPBOARDS! We are still awaiting the following unreturned items:

  • Rugby shirts
  • Rugby warm-up tops
  • Football shirts

It is really important that these are returned to the school office. Thank you for your help.

Winter Sports Photos: Our winter sports photos look great and are available for purchase from the Academy Portraits website (here) using the access code H48D8X8R. They will also be displayed in our sports photo boards in the main hall corridor. We are having all our summer sports teams photographed on Tuesday 27th June - details to follow after half term.

Reminder that the Year 7 & 11 class photos and Year 11 & 13 Whole Year Group photos are still available to order from Search for Pate’s Grammar school, password pgs1574. The time Lapse video for the large group photos can be found by following the link: .

Calendar Update:
• Mon 12th June – Pate’s Cricket Week - Headmaster vs students from 2.15pm – all welcome
• Thurs 15th June from 11.30am – Pate’s vs MCC cricket match – all welcome
• w/c 19th June – internal exams for Y7, 8 & 9 and mock exams for Y12
• 21-23 June – 8B & 8G Camp
• 23-25 June – 8R & 8Y Camp
• Tue 27 June – Summer Sports Team photos
• Sat 1 July – CCP Annual Camp (returns 7 July)

School Transport Update: We have had an enquiry from a family living close to Bourton-on-the-Water, who would like to make contact with other families in the same area. If you would like to be put in touch please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., so that your details can be forwarded on.

New Proposed Bus Route from Bourton-on-the-Water area (from September 2017): Calling at Stow On The Wold Village Centre | Bourton On The Water Village Centre | Possibly Northleach Village Centre | Andoversford Village Centre.  If you would like to register an interest in this route please contact Craig Rob at A1 Connect Travel on 01242 699099.

We have a number of small, valuable items in Lost Property – including jewellery, watches, earphones, keys, memory sticks etc – and many pairs of glasses/glasses cases. These will be on display in main reception during the day – please encourage students to come and have a look, it may be that we can reunite a large proportion of items with their owners.  Here is a small selection:

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Congratulations to Harrison Ottley-Woodd (Y12), who won the South West Schools Golf Championship last week. He shot an impressive 6 under par for round 1 and 3 over par round 2, giving him a winning score of -3 Total for both rounds. Harrison will now be representing Pate’s at the English Schools' National Finals Championships later this month at The Kendleshire Golf Club.

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Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master