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  • The Great Pate’s House Bake-Off
  • New Sixth Form Block Presentation Evening (book here)
  • PA Christmas Family Quiz – Fri 1 December (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Senior Rugby Tour Auction Evening – Fri 17 November (book here)
  • German Exchange 40th Anniversary Celebration
  • Calendar & Trips Update
  • Young Geographer of the Year Competition
  • Pate’s Students Meet Hilary Clinton
  • Social Media Warning re 48 Hour Challenge
  • Diwali Celebration Photo Gallery (view / order photos here)

I would like to welcome everyone back, hopefully refreshed. This morning’s whole school assembly was led by our Gold Duke of Edinburgh students, sharing a film reflecting on their incredible canoeing expedition to Canada over the summer. My thanks to Jane Jowett and her team for making it so special.

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STOP PRESS! There was a flurry of excitement in assembly this morning when a new House competition was announced: The Great Pate’s House Bake-Off (by popular demand)! Each form group will nominate four contestants for the Signature round (Junior Cup – Cookies, Intermediate Cup – Gingerbread figures, Senior Cup – Brownies). The five winners in each section will then go through to the Grand Final Showstopper, which will be judged on Monday 20th November (Junior Cup – 24 assorted cupcakes, Intermediate Cup – A Layer Cake, Senior Cup – A Trophy Cake). There will be plenty of cake eating along the way (cake sale proceeds to Making £nds Meet). This should be great fun and the students themselves will be helping us to blind-judge the winners. It is a credit to our Heads of House that they have been able to make this happen for the students and everyone is looking forward to the first House Bake-Off!

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You are warmly invited to join us for a presentation about how the school is funded and our exciting new sixth form and library block and associated refurbishment of the vacated spaces, here in school this coming Tuesday 7th November at 6pm, during which we will share:

  • how Pate’s is funded and our continued need to Make £nds Meet in the short term
  • further information regarding the recent news on education funding
  • campus development planning
  • further plans and images of the new building and the construction timeline – building commences January 2018
  • suggestions for how you can help

Myself, members of the Senior Leadership Team and other members of staff will be present. There will be an opportunity for questions formally at the end, plus informally after the presentation has finished. Tea and coffee will be available. It would help us to prepare appropriate seating numbers if you could reserve your place here if you would like to join us. We very much look forward to sharing plans of this exciting stage in the school’s future.

Tickets go on sale today for the annual PA Christmas Family Quiz which will be held in the Refectory on Friday 1st December. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7 o’clock start. The price has been held at £30 for a team of up to 6. If you haven’t been before it is a wonderful sociable evening and teams (made up of parents, friends, staff, and students) can bring in their own picnics (anything from a bag of crisps to a full-blown feast ... (there have even been candelabras!). The PA will run the usual bar for drinks and refreshments. To book in your team email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be quick – it’s always a sell out!

The Senior Rugby tourists would like to invite you to their fundraising auction evening on Friday 17th November at 7:00pm in the Refectory. The aim of the auction is to help raise money towards the 2018 South Africa Rugby Tour. The evening will offer you the opportunity to bid for a fantastic variety of Christmas presents. Here is a taster of some of the lots we have: 2017 signed British & Irish Lions Jersey, a wide variety of experiences, international rugby tickets, as well as a meal for 8 supplied, cooked and served for you by Matthew! Look out for the auction catalogue in next week’s bulletin including details of how to submit silent bids.  Please follow this link to book your free place.

It is the 40th Anniversary year of the Pate’s German Exchange with Lina-Hilger-Gymnasium in Bad Kreuznach, Germany and we are holding a celebratory high tea tomorrow, when we will be welcoming exchange students old and new, plus staff, to reminisce and also look ahead to the future of our long-lasting partnership. Our 2017 activities, learning and event is kindly supported by the UK-German Connection. Many thanks to Lorna Blacklock for leading the exchange program!

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Calendar Update:

  • Tues 7 Nov - Parents' Presentation re new Sixth Form Block @ 6pm (book here)
  • Thurs 9 Nov @ 4-7pm – Y13 Parents’ Evening (1)
  • Sun 12 Nov – Remembrance & Reconciliation Parade - 10.30am @ Winchcombe War Memorial (cadets arrive at 9am)
  • Tues 14 Nov @ 6-7.30pm – Ski Trip Parents’ Information Meeting in hall
  • Thurs 16 Nov @ 7pm – Autumn Concert
  • Fri 17 Nov @ 7pm – Rugby Tour Auction Evening (book here)
  • Wed 22 Nov @ 4-7pm – Y10 Parents’ Evening
  • Fri 1 Dec @ 6.30/7pm – PA Quiz Night in Refectory (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Trip this week: 7 November German Exchange & Partners to Bristol

The standard of entries for this year's Young Geographer of the Year competition was very high, with posters about students’ favourite places ranging from Brazil to Cuba and showing great creativity in presenting their ideas. The following students won the school competition and will now be put forward to the national final. Congratulations to Laura Brophy, Alex Daniels, Jojo Hynes, Naomi Layzell, Sophie O'Riordan, Tom Rex, Gaurav Singh, Ella Smith, and Aoife Spence for their winning entries. Well done!

Pate's students meet Hillary Clinton!

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Four of our lucky Pate's 6th formers: Ellie Cheslin, Lily Curle, Ellie O'Driscoll, and Grace Pascoe, were given the wonderful opportunity to attend the Hillary Rodman Clinton Event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival last Sunday. The University of Gloucestershire Outreach scheme provided four tickets for our 6th form for this highly prestigious event, along with students from nine other local schools. Ellie Cheslin (Y12) was also given a once in a lifetime experience to meet Hillary herself backstage and she asked her a question about the current situation in North Korea (see photo). In a 90 minute interview with Mariella Frostrup, Clinton blamed a costly online targeted campaign by Russians posing as Americans for her election defeat, she also said a right wing press had exaggerated her use of private emails and talked about Donald Trump fueling fears over immigration. The former Secretary of State was warmly received by the Cheltenham crowd despite being an hour late. The girls have all been invited to write a news report about the event in a school competition. We are hugely grateful to the University of Gloucestershire for giving our students such an incredible experience.
Please follow this link to read Lily Curle’s interesting report.

Social Media Warning: A worrying 'game' called the 48-Hour Challenge is circulating on Facebook which encourages children to go missing for up to two days at a time. The sick viral trend also says points are awarded for every social media mention while they're missing, meaning that frantic friends and family who post appeals to find them are welcomed. It's a copycat version of the Game of 72 which circulated in Western Europe several years ago, in which children tried to go missing for up to 72 hours. Please follow this link to read full article online in ‘The Independent’.

Our Diwali celebration at the end of term was a huge success - the photos tell their own story!  My thanks to the Thrinethra Gowri Shankar (11Y) and her parents for organising such a popular and accomplished event, raising well over £3,000 for our Making £nds Meet campaign.  Please follow this link to see the photo gallery (copies of photos can be emailed for a small charge).

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The students’ mufti day and cake sale at the end of last term raised £1272 for the Heads Together Campaign and £50 for Therapy Dogs (the visit from Matt the border terrier was a great success!). Thank you to the Charity Team for organising this and to everyone who took part.

It has been a busy first week back. Wednesday’s Higher Education and Careers Fair was added to this year by the Pate’s Society, who organised industry expert panels of ex-students to be in school to offer advice on their particular chosen career paths. This was a valuable and unique opportunity for our youngsters and I am grateful to the Pate’s Society members who organised it.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master