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  • Parliament Week at Pate’s
  • Bake-Off Signature Round winners
  • Sports Tour Auction tonight + bar – doors open at 7pm in Refectory
  • Silent Bids catalogue here – please email Mitchell Renton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before 7pm tonight
  • PA Quiz Night – Fri 1 December, doors open @ 18:30 (Refectory)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Support Staff Vacancies– Odyssey Teaching School Administrator / Finance Manager
  • Annual Parent Survey (here)
  • Trips Update: Extended deadline for the Y9 & Y10 Spanish Trip to Malaga
  • Calendar Update
  • Youth Parliament Update
  • Cross Country Championships Success
  • Public Speaking Success

We all thoroughly enjoyed last night’s Autumn Concert and it was exciting to see some of our newer students taking part for the first time in our first major concert of the year. Louise Turner, our Musician in Residence who herself left Pate’s Y13 only last year, conducted the Concert Orchestra and Girls’ Choir, and we saw the first outing of the new Brass Ensemble, led by our trombone teacher Pete Johnson. All the ensembles played beautifully, topped off with a Pate’s Big Band stunning finale. Many thanks to Ellie Lane and everyone involved for another outstanding evening.

This week students joined in UK Parliament Week - an annual festival that engages students from across the UK with Parliament and empowers them to get involved. Pate's Year 12 Politics students devised a programme of activities with lunchtime debates and quizzes. Highlights included a leaders' debate, where Politics A level students took on the roles of the leaders of UK political parties, complete with impressive regional accents! A Question Time style audience was gathered and students listened attentively to the leaders' views and answered a host of questions on current political topics such as Austerity measures, Brexit, tax evasion, immigration, economic policies and past election manifesto commitments. The break time debate on 'Should 16 year olds get the vote?' was well attended by Y7s and Y12s in particular, and 85% of the audience voted to lower the voting age to 16. Thank you to Year 12 Politics classes for their impressive efforts, organisation, enthusiasm and supply of cake! Thanks also to Ms Emily Cluer for organising Parliament Week.

Staff turned out in droves on Monday to help judge the Signature round of the Great Pate’s House Bake-Off! 168 students baked their socks off and staff blind-tasted a huge selection of cookies, gingerbread and brownies. The remaining bakes were sold to the students in aid of Making £nds Meet. Congratulations to the winners, who will now go through to the Grand Final Showstopper round next week – please follow this link to see who will be going through. Thanks to Mitchell Renton, Head of Richmond, who answered the call to launch this event, due to popular demand. There will be a cake sale of the Showstoppers on Monday lunchtime – so the students should remember to bring some money if they would like to buy a slice of cake. Next week I will reveal who has been crowned winner of the first Pate’s House Bake Off!

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Congratulations to the Charity Challenge Committee who managed to sell 1200 Krispy Kreme donuts in around 8 minutes at break today, all in aid of The Samaritans. 

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Support Staff Vacancies:
Teaching School Administrator – Term time only, 30 hours per week. Odyssey Teaching School Alliance are looking to recruit an administrator with a flair for customer service, marketing and events management. This varied role will include recruitment, the promotion and organisation of events, overseeing the Alliance website, meeting and greeting delegates as well as more general administrative tasks. Based at Pate’s Grammar School but working with schools across our Alliance, we are looking to appoint a self-starter with an eye for attention to detail. Strong IT and media skills are essential. Please follow this link to our website for full details. The deadline for applications is Friday 1st December 2017.
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.

Annual Parent Survey
As parents, your feedback and views are very important to us. We would be immensely grateful if you could spare just two minutes to complete our annual online parent survey which can be found by clicking here.  The information we gather is anonymous and will help us to continue to improve and develop the school experience that we offer to all our pupils. We would ideally ask that every parent completes this and shares their views with us - many thanks in anticipation of your help and support with this. If you have any questions or queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You are warmly invited to join us at the Sports Tour Auction tonight - doors open @ 7pm in Refectory – for a good night out. There will be a bar and all money raised will go towards the 2018 South Africa Rugby Tour. If you can’t make it please send in your silent bids to Mitchell Renton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), stating your maximum bid and contact details. Bid before 7pm. New lots have been added today – lots of collectables, signed rugby and football kit, signed Manchester United football, tickets and health club memberships! The updated Auction Catalogue is here. All successful bids will be emailed out after the event.

Quiz Night: This is a final call for teams of up to six people (parents, friends, students), to take part in the PA’s Family Fun Quiz on Friday, December 1st. There are just a handful of places left so email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible if you want to reserve a table at £30 a team. The PA bar will be open as usual for drinks and snacks, but bring more substantial snacks if you fancy. Doors open at 6.30pm and the quiz will start at 7pm sharp. This year’s theme is ‘Les Misérables’ - this is not the massive clue it seems: the names of the rounds will connect to Les Mis, but the questions will be on a broad range of general knowledge.

Trips Update: Please note that the deadline for the Y9 & Y10 Spanish Trip to Malaga has been extended to this coming Monday 20th November. Please follow this link for full details of the trip. 

Calendar Update:

  • 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 (book here)
  • Tues 5 Dec 6-8pm – Parents’ Association Christmas Bazaar
  • Please pop in for a short time (or all the time) to shop, eat, be entertained, and to play some festive games.
  • Thurs 7 Dec 4-7pm – Y12 Parents’ Evening (1)

The trips for w/c 20/11 are:

  • 20-21 November – Art trip to Yorkshire (27 x Yr 12/13)
  • 23 November – Inter-climate Change Conference at Cheltenham Council Chambers – 12-3.30pm (15 students)
  • 22 November - Target 2.0 Event at CLC 1pm-5pm (8 Yr13 Students)

Youth Parliament Update: “Last Friday I went down to Westminster to attend the annual UK Youth Parliament sitting in the House of Commons. We were there to debate and vote on the national campaigns which MYPs will be working on over the next 12 months; the chosen campaigns this year were Votes at 16 and Curriculum for Life, with Transport, Protect LGBT+ people and Work Experience Hubs narrowly missing out. I heard many fantastic speeches from my fellow MYPs and prepared speeches of my own on each of the 5 issues, though the size of the Youth Parliament meant I was not chosen to speak. The event was chaired by the Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, and we were addressed by Andrea Leadsom, Justine Greening, Valerie Vaz and Tracey Crouch, throughout the day. It was an amazing day and I am so proud to be part of a Youth Parliament that is more respectful, representative (in gender and ethnicity) and supportive than the actual House of Commons; it was a pleasure to prove many sceptics wrong about the maturity and engagement of young people.” Harriet Hards (Y13)

On Friday 10th November, numerous Pate's athletes battled through the cold (and considerable mud) at the annual Cheltenham District Cross Country Championships at St. Edward's School. They represented themselves and the school brilliantly, and many are now selected to represent Cheltenham at the County Championships. The junior girls' team (made up of students from Y8 and 9) were very impressive, winning their respective competition. They were helped in no small part by Molly Powlesland, Emma Tillott and Darcy Barton, who finished 1st, 2nd and 5th respectively. Additionally, we were treated to the most emphatic victories by the senior teams (those from Y12 and Y13). Both the boys and girls won their competitions with 3 of the top 5 runners from each race wearing the black and red of Pate's, including Will Crisp who took 1st place in the fastest of all the races. Well done to all involved and best of luck for those competing in the next round.

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Public Speaking Success: Our Y10 & Y11 Public Speaking teams enjoyed unprecedented success this week, when they took not only first place, but second place as well in the ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition held at Marling School. Our students were polished and professional and an absolute credit to the school - congratulations to winners Bethan Avery and Matt Robyns-Landricombe (both 10R), and to runners-up Alex Clark (awarded Best Chair) and Luke Goddard (both 11G). Congratulations also to Millie Davies (11B), and Eleanor Stiles (10R) who won Best Speaker.

The Pate’s Pig has so far raised £308 by devouring out of date pound coins and £5 notes. Thank you to everyone who has donated. (The dapper silver pig, complete with Pate’s tie, lives on the Reception Desk.)

Finally just a reminder that Friday 24th and Monday 27th November are INSET teacher training days, when there will be no students in school.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master