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Reminder: please collect House Drama DVDs from main reception this week.

In whole school assembly this morning senior girls showed a film and photos from their South Africa sports tour which took place in July – what an incredible experience, packed with sport, safari and sightseeing! My thanks to our PE staff for all their organising and fundraising support they give to the students. Senior boys will start fundraising soon for their tour next summer, which will be begin with an auction night in November.  Also this morning I was delighted to officially congratulate members of the Shooting Team and present them with their trophies from summer competitions. For the second year running they won the UK Schools Aggregate, the South West Regions, AND the Gloucestershire Trophies, competing against over 600 schools in the country, including the likes of Charterhouse, Wellington, Victoria College, Cheltenham College, Marlborough College and many more. Congratulations to the team: Sagnik Bose, Alexander Cheetham , Alex Clarke, Matthew Connole, Ben Corbishley, Tom Jaggard, Sam Jones, Peter Kenmir, Laura Lyons, Ryan McGowen, Henry Milner-Benham, Joe Murphy, James Nichols, Pearlin Paudyal, Doug Wescott, Henry Wigston and Alex Woodsford.

Support Staff Vacancy: for the role of Development Assistant, working as part of a small team to provide administrative support on all aspects of the Development Office’s work in its function to deliver the fundraising and alumni relations objectives of the school.  This is a fixed term contract, running until the end of the Summer term 2018 (although it may lead to a longer term role). Hours routinely 9.30-12.30 weekdays, term time (including INSET days), although flexibility in working arrangements will be required. The role will demand evening and weekend work and may require some work during the school holidays. The precise hours can be negotiated for the right candidate. Please follow this link for full job details / requirements and how to apply. Applications close: 4pm, Monday 25th September 2017.

Music Department News:
Music theory lessons: This year we are once again running music theory lessons. These will take place in the Music Department after school on Wednesdays, 4-5pm. There will be thirty lessons across the year, at a cost of £5 per lesson, payable termly. Lessons are mainly aimed at those wanting to take ABRSM Grade 5 theory in June 2018. Please follow this link for Music Theory forms.  Forms should be returned to Louise Turner in the Music Department as soon as possible. Please direct any questions or concerns to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Music Society: Open to everyone, the Pate’s Music Society runs a series of workshops, lectures and concert trips throughout the year, here at Pate’s and further afield. Highlights from previous years include: Baroque cornett workshop; Introduction to Harp; Dvorak, Brahms and Beethoven by the CBSO with exclusive pre-concert talk from Steven Isserlis and Joshua Bell; La Traviata at the Royal Opera House… Sign up on the Music Noticeboard or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the latest info about upcoming events!

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Music dates for this term: Below is the music calendar for the autumn term. Please ensure you have these dates in your diary, particularly if your child has signed up for a music ensemble, as participation in concerts is part of the commitment. I’d like to draw particular attention to the Cory Band workshop and concert on Sunday 8th October: we are incredibly lucky to have this world famous brass band performing at Pate’s, and both events will be unmissable. Please follow this link to buy tickets.

House Music - Weds & Thurs 27th & 28th September 7pm - MATINEE TICKETS HERE
Brass workshop with Cory Band - Sun 8th October 10am-12pm
(above in conjunction with Gloucestershire Youth Brass Band)
Cory Band Concert - Sun 8th October 3-5.30pm  TICKETS HERE
GCSE solo recordings - Weds 18th October all day
Recital Evening - Tues 17th October 6pm
Autumn Concert - Thurs 16th November 7pm
GCSE ensemble recordings - Mon 11th December all day
Carol Service - Weds 13th December @ Christchurch 7pm

Music ensembles starting w/c 2nd October: Regular rehearsals for music ensembles will kick off after House Music, in the week commencing Monday 2nd October. Please click here to see the timetable.  Please note especially the following ensembles, which are new this year: String Ensemble (Tuesday lunch, G6+), Brass Ensemble (Friday lunch, all welcome). We look forward to seeing lots of faces, new and old, in October!

All parents are invited to the Parents’ Association AGM from 7pm to 8pm on Wednesday, 4th October in the Art Gallery. Tea and cake afterwards! New committee members will be elected and annual reports submitted. In the following year several key committee members (including but not limited to Chair, 100 Club and Stock Manager) will come to the end of their term of office. If you are interested in becoming involved in this rewarding and fun part of Pate’s life please pop in to the AGM or email our current Chair Laurette Thomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. A few months of shadowing could be really useful.

The Parents’ Association secondhand uniform service is moving up a notch. A PA volunteer will open and man the cupboard on the First and Third Fridays of every month and also by arrangement. A wish-list has also been established so if you are looking for a specific item of uniform and it is not there, just pop it on the list and the PA will be in touch if one is donated. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any requests or queries.

URGENT: Host Families for Chinese Students in September – payment of £150 per week: Unfortunately we are still a touch short of one or two families to host our Chinese visitors from September 28th to October 14th 2017. The students are aged 16-17 and so looking forward to their 2 weeks here, seeing what it's like to be a Pate's student – we don’t want to have to turn anyone away! Hosting forms are available here.  Frequency asked questions here. If you would like to ask any questions please email Mrs Sam Attwood (here) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible. Last year was a real success, and these kinds of opportunities to forge international links and support others is part of what make Pate's special. Thank you for your support.

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DIWALI 2017: We are entering into the third year of Diwali celebrations at Pate’s. Calling for entries for the Diwali show. If you have been involved in previous years you will know what a wonderful celebration of Indian dance, food and culture this is. It is something we are very proud of at Pate’s and it would not be possible without the help of Thrinethra Gowri Shankar (Y11) and her family. We would like as many people as possible to be involved, as follows:
We would like following information of students who would like to perform dances:
Individual / Group Name:
Item: Indian Dance / Musical Instruments/Music
Music associated with the item:
Participants' name:
We would like the following information if you would like to help compere the show:
We are planning to include Indian Folk dance for Mums / Dads and if any of the parents would like to take part, please send your interest to the above email address. The practise sessions will be organised during school lunch times or in the evenings. We are also planning to have a group song while lighting the candles at the very beginning of the show. It is a repetition of the verses and maximum of 5 minutes. If you are interested in singing please send your details. Again the practice sessions will be organised during school lunch times or in the evenings. You will get a recorded version to practice at leisure. We are looking for at least 20 – 25 students.
Please send us your details AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to Thrinethra Gowri Shankar, Year 11 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you need any more information, please contact Thrinethra. We are really excited about this year’s show as so many new things will be included and the planning is well underway.

Internet Family Safety Workshop – Wed 25 October 12.30-2.30pm in Gloucester: Gloucestershire County Council are offering a FREE parents’ workshop with advice on all online issues, including parental controls, social media and identity theft. Please follow this link for further details.

Calendar Update:

• Tue 19 Sept 6.30-7.30pm – Duke of Edinburgh BRONZE Award info for parents in Refectory
• Wed 20 Sept 6.30-7.30pm – Duke of Edinburgh SILVER/GOLD Award info for parents in Refectory
• Wed 27 Sept @ 2pm – House Music Matinée Performance
• Wed 27 Sept @ 7pm – House Music Evening Performance
• Thur 28 Sept @ 7pm – House Music Evening Performance + Adjudication
• Wed 4 Oct 7-8pm – Parents’ Association AGM
• Thurs 5 Oct 6.30-8.30pm – Y12 Parents’ Speaker and Social event
• Sun 8 Oct 3-5.30pm – Cory Brass Band Concert
• Thurs 12 Oct 5.30-7.30pm – Y7 Parents’ Social
• Sat 14 Oct 5-7pm – Diwali Celebration

Trips this week:
20 September – Yr12/13 Politics/Geography Students (49 Students) Sherbourne Cinema – 09.00-11.20.

Student Achievements:
Rosanna Crabb-Lahei (Y13) has been awarded a prestigious Army Officer Scholarship award and bursary, enabling her to go to Sandhurst after her degree for army officer training. Rosanna is hoping to study medicine and become an army doctor. Extremely well done to Rosanna, and thanks to the members of staff who have supported her throughout the application process.
Cambridge University competition Special Commendations: Becky Fox (Y13) received a Special Commendation for the Cambridge Robinson College essay competition - for her essay on 'If our ideas about gender are culturally shaped, should children be allowed to watch Disney films?’ Asisa Johal (Y13) received a special commendation for the RA Butler Competition run by Trinity College, Cambridge for her essay on ‘How does the concept of intersectionality affect our understanding of gender inequality?’  Congratulations to Becky and Asisa, who will be collecting their prizes from Cambridge university in a few weeks’ time.

School Transport Update: We have had a lift-Share request from a family living the Worcester area. If you would like to make contact, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master