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  • Senior House Public Speaking results
  • Ben Chako (Editor of Morning Star) talks to Sixth Formers
  • Finance Manager Vacancy (here)
  • Upcoming Events:
  • Autumn Concert - Thurs 16 November @ 7pm (book here)
  • Sports Tour Auction - Fri 17 November @ 7pm (book here)
  • Christmas Bazaar - Tues 5 December @ 6-8pm
  • PA Second-hand Uniform Sale – Fri 17 November from 3pm
  • Calendar Update
  • Christmas Card Competition
  • CCF Update

Our newly elected School Council were introduced in whole school assembly this morning and there was enthusiastic approval of their pledges for the coming year, regarding new clubs, variety of food (plus popcorn and cake baking rotas), rainy days, and a school uniform review. There is talk of a possible House University Challenge and an even bigger and better Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament. There may even be classroom naming ceremonies! I look forward to seeing what they can achieve during their tenure.

The school gathered to observe a minute’s silence around the quad this morning and a wreath of poppies was laid by senior cadets: Rosanna Crabb-Lahei, Delores Fawcett-Till, Harry Folkard, and Seren Jones. There were poetry readings by Rosanna Crabb-Lahei and Junaid Hameed, and the Last Post was sounded by Rowan Ireland. My thanks to them – they did it beautifully.


Earlier this week York won Senior House Public Speakingcongratulations to: Tony Zhang (Y12), Sophie Challonder (Y13) and Srabosti Basu (Y12) - pictured left to right below. Congratulations to those who won the following: Best Speaker: Sophie Challonder (York); Best Chair: Memoona Ahmed (Gloucester); Best Questioner: Caitlin Leckebusch (Pembroke). My thanks to the Heads of House and House officials for organising yet another impressive House event.

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Ben Chacko, a former pupil of Pate's and editor of the daily left wing newspaper, The Morning Star, came into school on Wednesday this week to give a talk to our Sixth Form students on the media and the case for Socialism. He gave a fascinating insight into free speech, political bias in the media, and the influence of current political events upon the socialist movement. He highlighted the issues of the small ownership of the media, the fact that six men currently own 85% of the UK printed press, and his opinions about the UK press not holding the government to account but 'targeting not the powerful, but the powerless' in society. Ben answered a range of thought-provoking questions from our students on the media's stance on Brexit and its impact on the EU referendum, Trump's effect on the media and 'fake news', the reporting of the recent Paradise Papers and Sexual Harassment scandal in the political world. The Morning Star is widely known to be Jeremy Corbyn's favourite newspaper and Ben Chacko has become a frequent contributor to the Daily Politics show and the BBC Andrew Marr show. We're very grateful to Ben Chacko for making a special trip to Cheltenham to talk to our 6th form.

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Finance Manager Vacancy: to work as part of a small team running the school’s finances and payroll system, ideally 26 hours per week to be worked over 4-5 days (although a term-time only contract may be considered, which would involve 29-30 hours per week term-time, with some work required over holiday periods). This role is ideal for someone who is self-motivated, has strong interpersonal skills, a warm and engaging personality, a keen attention to detail and who thrives in a busy environment. Please follow this link for full details of the post and how to apply. The deadline for applications is Thursday 23rd November and interviews will take place on Tuesday 28th November. If you would like to discuss this post in more detail please contact our Bursar, Stephen Locke, by phone (01242 538252) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Upcoming Events:
Autumn Concert Thurs 16 November @ 7pm: You are warmly invited to join us at the grand Autumn Concert, where all ensembles will be playing: both orchestras and jazz bands, all the choirs, flute choir and guitar club. There will also be some solo and chamber performances. Tickets (£6 adults, £4 children) are available in advance from Ticket Source (here), or on the door. Performers should be in school no earlier than 6:40 (unless otherwise instructed).
Sports Tour Auction Fri 17 November @ 7pm (Refectory): The Senior Rugby tourists would like to invite you to their fundraising auction evening, the aim of which 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 Fort, (Restaurant Critic, author, former editor of Food & Drink for the Guardian, and TV judge on BBC2’s ‘The Great British Menu’ (please follow this link for further info).

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The auction catalogue can be found HERE. If you wish to submit silent bids for any of the items, then please email Mr Renton with your maximum bid & contact details (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). All successful bids will be emailed out after the event next Friday.  Please follow this link to book places.

Next Friday 17th Nov the Charity Challenge Team, led by Matt Liddle 13B2, will be hosting a fundraising event to support the Samaritans. They will be selling Krispy Kreme glazed donuts at break time (£1.50 each or £12 a doz), and there will be a dodgeball tournament at lunchtime. Entries close on Wednesday and cost £5 per team of five. Students need to remember to bring some change on the day!

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The PA and Year 7s want to invite you to the inaugural Christmas Bazaar (replacing the traditional German Market) which will be held on Tuesday, December 5th from 6pm to 8pm. Please pop in for a short time (or all the time) to shop, eat, be entertained, and to play some festive games. More details to follow. Meanwhile if you are a parent or guardian who likes to sing please put your name down to sing Carols round the piano and tree (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register). The PA is also looking for any budding student entrepreneurs from all Year groups who want to sell their wares (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
A reminder that the PA Second-hand Uniform cupboard will be open next Friday (17th) from 3pm as part of the new Open Cupboard every first and third Friday. Meanwhile if you have any uniform requests please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Don’t forget the Pate’s Pig which is devouring out of date tender at a rate of knots. Send in your old £1 coins and £5 notes and the PA will transform it into new money for Making £nds Meet. The dapper silver pig, complete with Pate’s tie, lives on the Reception Desk.

Calendar Update:

  • Sun 12 Nov – Remembrance & Reconciliation Parade – 10:30 @ Winchcombe War Memorial (cadets arrive at 09:30)
  • Tues 14 Nov @ 6-7.30pm – Ski Trip Parents’ Information Meeting in hall
  • Thurs 16 Nov @ 7pm – Autumn Concert (book here)
  • Fri 17 Nov – Charity Challenge Krispy Kreme Donuts (break) and Dodgeball Tournament (lunch)
  • Fri 17 Nov @ 7pm – Rugby Tour Auction Evening (book here)
  • Wed 22 Nov @ 4-7pm – Y10 Parents’ Evening
  • Wed 29 Nov – Y11 Parents’ Information Meeting @ 7pm in hall
  • 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.)
  • Tues 5 Dec 6-8pm – Parents’ Association Christmas Bazaar
  • Thurs 12 Dec 4-7pm – Y12 Parents’ Evening (1)

The Community Committee's Christmas Card Competition! The design that is judged to be the best by Mr Ellicott and the Art Department will be used as the design for the official Pate’s Christmas card! To enter, students should post their cards in the post-box at Reception by Tuesday 21st November. There will be edible prizes for those who come 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Winners will be announced in the whole school assembly on Thursday 23rd November.

CCF Update:
12 Nov 17-Remembrance parade: Pate’s CCF parades every year in support of the Winchcombe remembrance ceremony. The parade is organized and arranged by the Winchcombe branch of the Royal British Legion. The event this year will follow the same format as previous years and will take place this Sunday 12 Nov 17. Cadets will assemble at 09:30 at Winchcombe Youth Centre on Gretton Road. The location is opposite the fire station. Please do not block the fire station forecourt if arriving by car. Parents and guardians are welcome to join us and watch the parade. The event is voluntary for all cadets between Years 10-13 but we urge cadets to take the opportunity to assist us in remembering those who have fallen in conflicts and in the service of our nation. Full details can be found on the website at
Skill at Arms Weekend 4-5 Nov: The Skill at Arms weekend last week was an enormous success and we were able to qualify all of the Y9 cadets on the full bore cadet rifle. This qualifies them to join the shooting team and take part in the many shooting weekends organized by the unit. Those that are interested in shooting should contact Jane Jowett at the Outdoor Ed Dept. We also completed our secondary objective for the weekend by issuing the initial kit for the recruits troop. The MoD has delayed the issue of uniforms for new recruits and we have had to issue kit that remained in stores. For this reason some of the recruits will have been issued kit that was likely to be too large for them. As soon as they are able to do so, the quartermasters will issue replacement items. The staff would like to extend a special thank you to the following senior cadets who gave up their weekend to assist in the conduct of the training: Alice Bedwell, Rosanna Crabb-Lahei, Lola Douglas-Lord, Olivia Hall, Johannah Harris, Meghna Sreekumar, Callan Tricker, Riya Wadhwa and Catherine Yeun.
Exercise Dragon’s Claw 2017: Exercise Dragon’s Claw was conducted at Nescliffe Training area in September. It was a mostly non-tactical exercise that achieved a great deal of syllabus training objectives for the contingent. A selection of photos are below; the full selection can be found at here. 

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I look forward to seeing those of you who can attend the Remembrance Parade in Winchcombe on Sunday (10:30 at the War Memorial).

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master