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HEADLINES: 

• ‘Stranger Danger’ Report
• Support Staff Vacancy – Cover Supervisors (part-time ad-hoc)
• House Music arrangements – information for parents (matinée tickets here)
• Music Department Update
• Cory Band Concert – Sun 8 Oct 3-5.30pm – tickets here 
• Diwali Celebration – Sat 14 Oct 5-7.30pm – tickets here
• Calendar Update
• Student Achievements
• Students Tour Guides (Y8-13) needed for Open Evening on Tues 3 Oct

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

This morning’s whole school assembly was led by our Wellbeing Committee, who laid out their manifesto for the coming year. They aims are to raise awareness about good sleeping patterns, mental health and dementia, and they will be working with Refectory staff on healthy menus and recycling. They will also be launching their ‘recycled art’ competition. Congratulations to the Wellbeing Committee on their energy and ideas, to enrich the whole school community in the months ahead. Also this morning we enjoyed the film made by the Prague Music Tourists, showing clips from all their performances, as well as their sightseeing – what a fabulous time they all had! They described to us the ‘steep learning curve’ of getting to grips with the language, but they needn’t have worried because their music and song clearly transcended everything! Thanks to Ellie Lane and music department staff for providing the students with such a special and memorable experience.

This week, the Humanities Faculty took a group of 6th form students to see ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ in a private screening at The Sherborne Cinema in Gloucester. The film proved an effective consciousness-raising exercise for A-Level Politics and Geography students in their studies of Political Ideologies, Ecologism and Climate Change. The film focused on Al Gore’s “slide shows” and the reality of climate change. Eleven years on, the sequel brings home the intensification of the crisis, as the film’s timeline approaches present day and Trump's impact on global Environmental policy.

Please be aware of the following ‘Stranger Danger’ report received from the Coney Hill area in Gloucester this morning (Friday): in the Coney Hill area, a young male around 16 years old approached two girls in separate incidents. He is believed to have been in school uniform and approached girls saying 'do you remember me'. He has then hugged the girls. Neither girl knew him and were obviously alarmed by his approach. Police have been notified.

Support Staff Vacancies: we are looking to add to our bank of Cover Supervisors, working in school to cover lessons at times when teachers are absent due to trips, events, or sick leave, for example. Cover Supervisors would normally be contacted on an ad hoc basis when the need arises, often at short notice, using work set by teachers and performing any related activities to ensure the smooth running of the lesson. Cover supervisors may also be called upon to help with exam invigilation. Please follow this link for full details of this role, including the hourly rate, and how to apply. The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 2nd October.

Looking ahead to next week, just a few practical details about House Music: On Monday: students involved will be off timetable all day to rehearse. Those involved may again wear their House T Shirts. Year 13 not involved will have lessons as usual, Years 7- 10 not involved will have a separate programme for the day. On Tuesday: students should be back in full uniform. Lessons 1 - 4 will happen as usual, although each House will miss one lesson in the morning and then take part in a medley rehearsal in the afternoon. On Wednesday: once again, students should be back in full uniform. Lessons 1 - 4 will happen as usual, the House Music matinée performance will finish at approximately 4.45 pm. Pupils may then either go home or stay in school in the Refectory. The Parents Association will be serving Hot Dogs to pupils between performances - £1.50 (cash or 'finger') or pupils can opt to bring a packed tea. Take Away Food (e.g. MacDonalds) may not be brought onto the school site by pupils in any year group on either night. Students should be back in school at 6.40pm on both performance nights. Pick up time after the performance on Wednesday will be 9.20pm prompt. On Thursday: Students will be in lessons as usual all day. We would encourage pupils to go home between the end of school and the performance. However, if this is not possible, pupils may stay in school (they should sign in to the Refectory at 4pm and will not be allowed off site). Pick up time after the performance on Thursday will be 9.45pm. These are long and tiring days and we would be very grateful if parents could keep to the pick-up times. Thank you in anticipation of your help with this. Any questions about the practical arrangements for House Music next week should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We are all looking forward to three great performances! Pate’s House Music 2017 tickets are still available for the matinée performance (here).

This is the time of year when it is useful to mention to parents about parking in the surrounding streets. With lots of traffic coming and going from school it can be challenging for our neighbours and it is therefore very important that cars park considerately – please NEVER block driveways and keep noise levels to a minimum. Your support in this is very much appreciated – particularly at big events such as House Music.  Thank you.

Music Department Update:
Important Information for all parents whose children have music lessons in school: Learning a musical instrument - Information for parents (here).
Tabla lessons: Individual tabla (Indian drums) lessons are available in school. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.
Looking after musical instruments in school:  There are many instruments in school, particularly during House Music, and most of them are in a black case of some sort. Please name instruments clearly – this will help avoid pupils accidentally taking the wrong instrument home, and aids the search if an instrument gets lost. You are also reminded that, as with all other personal property, instruments should be insured under your household policy as they are not covered under the school’s policy. Instruments should be kept either in the music department or in a personal locker. They should not be left outside the refectory or anywhere else.  Thank you.

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We have heard that the Cory Band will be performing on television tonight (Friday 22nd Sept – ITV1 @ 10.45pm) on ‘Tonight at the Palladium – a chance to hear them play, and be persuaded to buy tickets for the concert at Pate’s on 8th October at 3pm. Tickets cost £10, or £15 to sit on the balcony, and are available here.

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Diwali celebration 2017 – tickets cost £8 (adult), £3 (students) and £20 (family of 4) and are now on sale (here). Please join us for an evening of Indian culture, music and dance on Saturday 14th October. Doors open at 4pm and the show starts at 5pm. There will be Indian food on sale, traditional Chaat Indian street food and market stalls, mehndi and face painting. This year there will also be an exhibition of Indian dolls. Do join us to share this incredibly colourful and joyful event, which is organised once again by the Gowri Shanker family. All proceeds to the school’s Making £nds Meet fundraising appeal.  Call for Diwali helpers – if you would like to be a parent or student helper (setting up / serving / welcoming at this event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For those who can make it there will be a volunteer get together the week before on Friday 6th October at 3.30pm in the Art Gallery. Applications for performers to take part in the Diwali programme have now closed and we have an exciting line-up of performers once again this year.

Calendar Update:
Wed 27 Sept @ 2pm – House Music Matinée Performance
Wed 27 Sept @ 7pm – House Music Evening Performance
Thurs 28 Sept @ 7pm – House Music Evening Performance + Adjudication
Tues 3 Oct – school finishes early at 2pm (buses arrive early) due to open evening
Tues 3 Oct – Pate’s Open Evening 5.30-8pm
Wed 4 Oct 7-8pm – Parents’ Association AGM
Thurs 5 Oct 6.30-8.30pm – Y12 Parents’ Speaker and Social event (book here)
Sun 8 Oct 3-5.30pm – Cory Brass Band Concert - tickets available here
Tues 10 Oct - school finishes early at 2pm (buses arrive early) due to staff training
Thurs 12 Oct 5.30-7.30pm – Y7 Parents’ Social
Sat 14 Oct 5-7pm – Diwali Celebration – tickets available here
Tues 17 Oct – India Trip Parents’ Information Evening 4-5.30pm in Refectory
Tues 17 Oct – Music Recital 6-7.30pm (more details to follow)
Wed 18 Oct – School finishes for half term at 3.40pm
Mon 30 Oct – School restarts

Student Achievements: Well done to Thomas Adams 13P2, second from right below, captained the Exeter Water Polo team representing Britain in the BIWPA Turbo Cup held in Barcelona at the Beginning of September. “Despite the fact that we didn’t reach the final, it was an absolutely amazing experience to compete against some of the best junior European teams at International level, in one of the most iconic pools in the World, situated on the slopes of Montjuϊc hill within the Olympic village.”

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Finally, I would like to mention our annual Pate’s Open Evening, taking place next Tuesday 3rd October. We will be asking students (not in Year 7) to sign up to be tour guides for our open evening if they possibly can – your support in this would be greatly appreciated. School finishes early at 2pm (buses will be early) and students will need to arrive back in school at 5.20pm. They will be finished between 8 & 8.30pm (although they can leave a bit earlier if they need to). If it helps, students can stay on after school and bring a packed tea to eat in the Refectory while they watch a film. Students will be asked to sign up by their Form Tutors this week – the more the merrier! Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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