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House Art Winners
Christmas Bazaar Tues 5 Dec 6-8pm
Candlelit Carol Service Wed 13 Dec 7pm @ Christchurch
Indian Classical Music Opportunities
Calendar & Trips Update
Debating Society Success
Bake-Off Showstoppers - photos

This has been a busy ‘Languages Week’ at Pate’s with a myriad of activities taking place, including visiting speakers and a foreign language debating competition at Cheltenham College for Y13 linguists. My thanks to our Head of Languages, Sam Attwood, for her dedication to instilling a love of languages in our students, especially in these times of European upheaval. 

Assembly this morning was led by our Head of Art, Hannah Gardner, who announced the prize winners of House Art 2017 – congratulations to all the individual winners - see their outstanding artwork below - and well done to the many students who took part and made it such an incredbily close faught contest. House Prizes were awarded as follows: Jnr Cup – Pembroke; Inter Cup – York; Snr Cup – Beaufort.

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Don’t miss our special Christmas shopping and social event (set up by the PA to replace the Christmas Market). Please join staff and the PA this Tuesday between 6pm and 8pm to enjoy your first ever Pate’s Christmas Bazaar. There will be 26 external stallholders with everything from Neal’s Yard goodies to Catherine Colebrook gifts – even a wrapping service to help you get on top of festive chores – and a Games Cafe where you can sample the latest board games ready for Christmas. Have your supper (homemade soup or toasties), sing carols round the tree, listen to the incredible Pate’s Buskers, and enter the free raffle. Year 7s have set up their own fundraising stalls:- send a Christmas card to a child in hospital, Guess Who This Is (baby / teenage pictures of staff), and decorate your own festive bauble are just some of the many initiatives. Student entrepreneurs are setting up stalls too. There will of course be the big man himself and one or two of his elves! NB: Due to pressure of work this will not be the real Father Christmas, but a jolly stand-in, known to everyone and just as magical in his own way! (real elves though)...

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You are warmly invited to the candlelit Carol Service, taking place at Christchurch, Malvern Road, on Wednesday 13th December at 7pm. Do join the staff and students for breath-taking choral and orchestral performances in the true spirit of Christmas. There will be mulled wine and mince pies for everyone afterwards, thanks to our wonderful Parents’ Association.

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Indian Classical Music Opportunities: All pupils have, this week, been emailed with a number of opportunities to get involved in / find out more about Indian Classical Music. We are very fortunate to have a specialist peripatetic teacher, so it would be great to take advantage of all that he has to offer! Please encourage your child to check their email to find out about it. Thank you.

Calendar Update:

  • Mon 4 Dec @ 6pm – Girls South Africa Sports Tour launch (Art Gallery)
    • Girls South Africa Sports Tour 2019 Launch – open to girls in current Y10 & Y11. Parents’ information and presentation event . Parents and students are invited.
  • 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 meet Santa!
  • Thurs 7 Dec 4-7pm – Y12 Parents’ Evening (1)
  • Tues 12 Dec – Christmas lunches Year 7-12 + staff
  • Wed 13 Dec – Y8 Reports
  • Wed 13 Dec – Carol Service @ Christchurch 7pm
  • Thurs 14 Dec – Y13 Charity Christmas Lunch
  • Fri 15 Dec – School finishes at 1pm

Trips for w/c 27/11: 7th December 2017 – Y7 Boys Varsity Trip to Twickenham – 51 Boys

Debating Society Success: Congratulations to Debating Society students George Barber (Y12), Ross Chatburn (Y13) and James Somper (Y12), who came out on top in a debate with Cheltenham College this week, entitled "Can One Religion be Superior to Another". There was over an hour of batting issues back and forth and both teams were impressive, with 'objectivity' v 'subjectivity' taking a key role. Also a discussion about fruit as an analogy for religion was popular! Well done to the students for organising this event themselves, and thanks to Cheltenham College for their support.

Following last week’s House Bake-Off results, I am now able to bring you some photos of the individual winning Showstoppers:

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Finally I would like to wish the teams the best of luck in tonight’s Parents’ Association annual quiz!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master