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HEADLINES:

  • Annual Fund
  • Chelsea’s choice – child protection
  • Rugby success – Pate’s vs Cheltenham College
  • Great Britain Rifle Team South Africa 2015
  • Y7 Language Immersion trip to Normandy in June 2015
  • Bake it Better for Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Volunteers needed for Gloucestershire School Games 2015
  • House MUSIC CDs (sound recording only)
  • House DRAMA DVDs
  • Open Evening Tuesday 7th October – students needed in school
  • Parents’ Association AGM – Wednesday 8th October @ 7pm


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I would like to express my thanks to those who are already supporting the Annual Fund. However, we still have a very long way to go. Funds exist for academies to bid for to improve the condition of school buildings and we have been successful with our recent bids; I’m sure you will agree that our new reception is fabulous. Sadly and, you would be right to think, unacceptably, there isn’t a similar pot of money that we can bid for to provide additional resources! We want to provide the very best for our students but government funding simply isn’t enough to enable us to do this and we currently receive no support from the Pate’s Foundation. We need your help. Small monthly donations from many of you will go a very long way. You can donate online or download a donation form using the buttons below.  Thank you in advance for your support.

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This week Y8, 9 and 10 students watched Chelsea’s Choice performed by the Alter Ego Theatre company. This was a hard hitting drama looking at child trafficking, which contained some very important and highly relevant messages to help students understand about child exploitation and its various forms. Please click here for details and advice. There is a wealth of support available for students and parents in school, both internally and through outside agencies. Pastoral care remains a priority and I want to encourage anyone to ask for help on any issue if they need it. We are here to help.

It has been a thrilling week for Pate’s rugby teams! For the first time since re-starting rugby fixtures against Cheltenham College, our 1st and 2nd XVs were victorious. The 2nd XV were in control throughout the game to win 18-12 and the 1st XV fought back from 8-21 to win in the final passage of play with flying winger Lorenzo Vilona touching down under the posts to seal a 25-21 win to Pate’s. These were hard fought and very sweet victories! My congratulations to everyone involved in the team, players and staff.

We have also had the exciting news that three of our students have been selected to join the squad for Great Britain U19 Rifle team to compete in South Africa next year. Mike Bumford, Robin Hedley and Tsvetana Myagkova will join the squad training weekend in two weeks’ time and will find out whether they are selected within the final eight to travel to South Africa, or whether they will be reserves. Fingers crossed! Congratulations and well done to them for their hard work and commitment which has brought them such an honour.

TRIP LAUNCH – Y7 Language Immersion trip to Normandy in June 2015. Students will stay at the French-speaking Chateau de la Beaudonnière Complex, where they will enjoy a great variety of outdoor adventure activities, as well as specialist language lessons and fun evening activities. The trip costs £450 per student and full details and reply slip are available here. To reserve a place on the trip please send in a deposit cheque for £75 to Mrs Coppola by Thursday 9th October.

Bake it Better for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) – Wednesday 15th October
Y7-10 students are invited to ‘bake it better’ for a cake decorating competition organised by Isobel Connolly (Y9). Isobel is herself a patient of GOSH and is raising money and awareness for this cause which she is passionate about – please click here to read her letter to parents. Entries should be delivered to the back of the hall on Wednesday 15th October. Judging will take place later that day and the cakes will be on display / on sale in the Art Gallery the following day. All entries will be judged, and prizes awarded for the most creative and unique designs!

The Gloucestershire School Games 2015 is offering opportunities for high calibre student volunteers aged 14+ to get involved with Active Gloucestershire (The County Sports Partnership) and other local and national sports organisations to support and deliver a fantastic School Games 2015. This is an Olympic/Paralympic style multi sports events programme, which will see over 4000 primary school and secondary school participants competing in a variety of sports, representing their School and District to be in for a chance of winning a Gold, Silver or Bronze School Games Medals. This year, there are even more County Finals running throughout the year in a variety of sports across a range of ages; from Basketball, Badminton and Boccia to Softball, Sailing and Swimming, as well as Archery, Equestrianism, Mountain Biking and much more. The Games start in January with a programme of events for the rest of the academic year. Please click here for full details and how to apply. Successful applicants will be invited to a training day at Hartpury College on Saturday 22nd November.

Orders for the Tech crew’s House MUSIC CDs (ie sound recording only) are available (£5 each payable on collection) – please click here for an order form, which should be handed into the office. The CDs will be available to collect from main reception.

There are still some House Drama DVDs awaiting collection from Reception (£10 payable unless already paid). These are still available to buy (without ordering).

Thank you for your support in getting students to school between 5 & 5.30pm on Tuesday so that they can help out with our annual open evening. We simply could not do it without them, so please if at all possible we would like everyone to be involved. The children really enjoy the experience of showing families around, answering questions and showing our visitors what it really means to be a Pate’s student.

Also next week I would like to encourage you to attend the Parents’ Association AGM to be held here at Pate’s on Wednesday 8th October at 7pm in the Art Gallery. The committee do a fabulous job and showing your support by attending the AGM would be great. In order to let us prepare appropriate seating, please could you email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to attend. The agenda can be downloaded here. 

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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