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 HEADLINES:

  • Poppy Appeal raised over £125
  • PA raised over £5,200 this week (with the help of Y7)!
  • Candlelit Carol Service at Christchurch, this Wed 13 December @ 7pm
  • Pate’s Choral Concert Thurs 22 March – your chance to take part in Handel’s ‘Messiah’
  • Calendar & Trips Update
  • DofE DEADLINE: DofE on-line sign up for Bronze, Silver and Gold awards closes Fri 15 December
  • Lost Property on display this week
  • Reval (refectory tokens) machine to be removed
  • Pate’s Amnesteam ‘Write for Rights’ campaign
  • Sports Update:
    • Pate’s ‘Obble’ bobble hats for sale (here)
    • First tournament for U12 Girls Hockey

In today’s assembly I was proud to announce that Sophie O’Riordan (9Y) has been voted Young Geographer of the Year 2017, for her project on Oslo which won the secondary school section of this national competition. Congratulations to Sophie and very well done on this truly outstanding achievement. Also at this morning's assembly, our Christmas Charity team of sixth formers, led by Pranav Satish and Caitlin Smalley, gave a presentation on the work of the James Hopkins Trust, which provides support to local families with seriously handicapped children. They have organised a fundraising mufti day and raffle on Thursday in aid of this charity and we can all pay £1 to wear our Christmas jumpers (or £1.50 for casual mufti) and buy raffle tickets (50p or £2 per strip) to be in with a chance to win a fabulous hamper. Raffle tickets will be on sale in the refectory at breaktimes all week from the students in the dayglow orange tshirts! Winners will be announced on the last day of term before buses. The team are also organising the Year 13 charity lunch and quiz on Thursday, when staff traditionally don their pinnies and serve the students their Christmas lunch, all in aid of the James Hopkins Trust.

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On the subject of fundraising, thanks to everyone who donated to our Poppy Appeal, which raised over £125 this year.

What a week for the PA and Year 7s! The inaugural Christmas Bazaar was a stunning success with Year 7 pulling out all the stops to fill the gym with hilarious games and challenges. The excitement and festive cheer was contagious and it is no wonder they raised more than £1,100 between them. Congratulations to 7R who raised the most money on the night!  (However, there will be prizes for all for such a stunning joint effort.)  The Hall was filled with stall holders many of whom have begged to return if and when we do it again. Student buskers and a community choir created the perfect Christmas spirit while the café fed dozens of hungry people with homemade soup, toasties and mince pies. It was a joyous occasion which raised £3,260 in the process.

Last Friday was the PA’s Festive Family Quiz where 32 teams of students, family and friends thrashed it out for the honour of winning the 2017 challenge. The Pixies won by a magnificent one point! Throughout the evening £1,935 was raised for Making £nds Meet. We are so lucky to have such a unique Parents’ Association, raising startling amounts of money, week in, week out, and bringing a great atmosphere to every occasion. They will be in action again at the Carol Service, serving mulled wine and mince pies by way of a Thank You for your continued support. Here is a photo of everyone heads down over the quiz, as well as the winning Pixies!

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You are warmly invited to the candlelit Carol Service, taking place at Christchurch, Malvern Road, this 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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Pate’s Choral Concert Thursday 22nd March 2018 – your chance to take part! As ever parents are invited to take part in the annual Choral Concert. This year we are singing ‘Messiah’ by Handel – a mini version anyway (eschewing the full three hours). Senior Vocal Group will be rehearsing on Monday lunchtimes from January, and we are having two extra rehearsals to allow parents to join us. These will be on Sunday 18th February 7 – 9pm in the hall, and Sunday 18th March in the hall 7 -9pm. On the day of the concert itself there will be a rehearsal with orchestra at 4pm at All Saints Pittville, until 6pm. The concert starts at 7:30pm, and the mini-Messiah will be the second half. If you would like to part, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can organise enough copies. If you already have your own copy (the orange Novello Watkins Shaw edition) please let me know.

Calendar Update:

  • Tues 12 Dec – Christmas lunches Year 7-12 + staff
  • Wed 13 Dec – Y8 Reports
  • Wed 13 Dec – Carol Service @ Christchurch 7pm with mulled wine and mince pies afterwards
  • Thurs 14 Dec – Mufti (Christmas jumpers) & Y13 Charity Christmas Lunch
  • Fri 15 Dec – Duke of Edinburgh deadline to register for Bronze, Silver, Gold awards on-line
  • Fri 15 Dec – School finishes at 1pm (buses arrive early)
  • Tues 2 Jan – INSET DAY (Only Y11 students in school for mock exams)
  • 2-11 Jan – Y11 Mock exams (and study leave period)
  • 9-19 Jan – Y13 mock exams (and study leave period)
  • Wed 3 Jan – School re-starts
  • Thurs 11 Jan – Y9 Options Evening @ 7pm
  • Trips for this week: 11th December 2017 – 140 x Y7 to the Panto (11.15-17.15)

Just a reminder that DofE on-line sign up for Bronze, Silver and Gold awards will close on Friday 15th December. ALL Levels: If you have signed up for DofE your next step is to sign up on the School DofE website for a Core Skills Weekend (the whole group does not need to attend the same weekend, this is mandatory individual training).

Lost Property will be available for sifting this week: we have large amounts of clothing, shoes and bags, as well as lost keys, glasses, memory sticks and jewellery. These items will be on display in lost property (Reception) until we break up on Friday. Parents are welcome to come in and browse - please encourage students to check through it as well. All named items will be returned to the owners. Please note that ANY ITEMS NOT COLLECTED WILL BE RECYCLED.

Following the recent consultation with parents, we have decided to remove the Reval machine (Refectory tokens) from January, on the basis that few students use it and we would like to discourage students from bring cash into school every day. We have received very little feedback from parents on this issue, but If you are concerned about the £25 minimum top-up on Schoolscomms accounts then please do contact our Bursar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to discuss this further. 

The Pate’s Amnesteam organised their annual Amnesty International Write for Rights event this week, bringing students from all ages together to write letters of solidarity to wrongfully imprisoned human rights defenders as well as letters to the governing bodies responsible for holding them. We know that these letters bring hope to these courageous individuals and their causes and Memoona Ahmed, Noama Chaudhry and Tara Sreeves (Y13 Chairs of Pate's Amnesty Society) would like to thank everyone who took part.

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Sports Update: 
Our Under 12 Girls Hockey team had an exciting first district tournament this week. They played fantastically as a team, winning 3-0, 1-0 and 2-0 and progressing through to the final as top of their group. Pate’s met Balcarras in a very tight semi-final in which the girls worked well as a team to win on penalty corners. They met a well-established St Edwards team in the final who ultimately proved too strong. What a memorable first tournament! The girls have shown so much progress, both as individuals and as a team, and should be excited for next season!

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The Pate’s ‘Obble’ Hat: As part of the fundraising for South Africa 2018 tour, the rugby tourists are excited to launch the Pate's "Obble" Hat, supporting The Oddballs charity to raising awareness of testicular cancer throughout the UK.  As an ambassador of the Oddballs Charity, we would like you to play your part by purchasing your own Pate’s Obble Hat for only £15. The Obble Hats will be available in early January 2018, but why not pre-order yours now via school gateway (here). Thank you.  

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This will be a busy few days for Refectory staff who will be cooking and serving hundreds of Christmas lunches during the course of the week and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Laura Davis and her team for all their hard work and for serving us with a smile every day! I am looking forward to serving the Year 13s their Christmas lunch and also to judging everyone’s favourite House Dance competition on the last day of term.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

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