- House Art winners
- History / Politic speakers
- Calendar Update
- Year 13 team Bank of England success
- Lost Property available to browse
- Parental online survey (here)
Congratulations to Richmond on winning the overall prize in this year’s House Art competition, which was announced in Friday's assembly. There were a number of individual prize winners from each year group, as well as the following overall winners: Mi-Ha Snapes 8G (Lower School prize); Izzy Tinkler 11Y (Middle School prize); and Paige Hulatt 13B (Upper School prize). Anyone who visited the exhibition will agree that the standard of the artwork was exceptional. Very well done to everyone who took part.
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On Friday we were delighted to welcome Mike Scott-Baumann, historian and writer on the Middle East. He gave a fascinating talk to our Sixth Form students on the historical context and current political crisis in Israel and Palestine. There are more History / Politics talks next week: there will be a talk by a Holocaust survivor for our Y9 History students on Monday; and on Wednesday Adam Vancouverden from the Green Party will be talking to sixth formers. My thanks to Mrs Cluer for organising such interesting speakers for the students.
Our Christmas trees are up around school and Christmas will soon be here. Year 8 students are busy preparing to host an afternoon of Christmas activities and entertainment for visiting local primary school children at the end of the week. They will be organising everything themselves, whether it be gift wrapping, bingo, music or decorations. There will be Christmas carols and mince pies, and I am sure everyone will have a great time.
Rugby Tour to South Africa July 2016 – Parents’ Information evening on Monday 8th December at 7pm in the hall. This trip is open to current Y10 & 11 boys with a commitment to school rugby; a 15 day tour with opportunities to enjoy the South African landscape, wildlife, culture – and rugby! Please click here for a reminder of the details.
The Pate’s German Christmas Market will take place in the school hall on Saturday 13th December between 11am and 1pm. There will be stalls, including Phoenix Cards, rag dolls, candles, jewellery, decorations, cushions and pocket-money toys. Our own students will be offering Christmassy competitions, games, crafts, gifts and sweets. Do join us for some pre-Christmas cheer and festive food and drink, all in a good cause. The charities we will be supporting are Little Princess Trust, James Hopkins Trust, Cheltenham Open Door and Leckhampton Court (Sue Ryder).
Christmas Carol Service Wednesday 17th December 7pm @ Christchurch (Malvern Rd, Cheltenham) - This candle-lit service is a lovely way to see in the festive season, and beautiful singing from five different Pate’s choirs will get you in the Christmas spirit! As this is a service there is no need to buy a ticket but there will be a retiring collection at the end in aid of Shelter.
Christmas lunches for all staff and students will be served in the Refectory during the last week of term as follows: Tuesday 16th December (Y7-12 + staff) and Thursday 18th December (Y13). Christmas lunch for Y7-12 & staff costs £3.50 and tickets are available to buy from the Refectory. Y13 Charity Committee Christmas lunch costs £5 and tickets are available to buy from the Sixth Form office.
Congratulations to the team of Year 13 students (pictured below) who won their regional heat of the Bank of England’s Target 2.0 Competition. Like the Monetary Policy Committee, our team considered many conflicting indicators in order to set monetary policy to meet the 2% inflation target. Two months of preparation, looking at the prospects for the UK economy over the next two years, and following closely the Monetary Policy Committee’s monthly decisions led to the team’s overall recommendation of an interest rate of 0.5% and a total of £375 billion of quantitative easing. The speaking team featured Avani Lal, Martin Oliver, Dhruv Satish and Jacquelin Tan. They were supported by the researchers: Aamena Bala, Isla Chan, Matthew Cowley, Jessica Harris, Louise Jones, Henry Mitchell, Joe Moore, Pippa Rawlinson, Claudine Richardson and Lara Serafin. The team will now progress to the next round, the South West heats in February.
All lost Property will be displayed and available to browse in the ‘lost property room’ at Reception from break time on Monday until the end of the day on Thursday (8-11th December). All named items of lost property will be kept aside and students will be informed by email where they can collect them; we would be grateful if you could remind students to check their emails. Students are welcome to come along and look for lost items before registration, or at break or lunch times. Parents are welcome to pop in and have a look at any time. All unnamed and unclaimed lost property will be disposed of after 11th December.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has completed our online parent survey. There is still time to have your say and we would very much value your feedback – please click here to complete the short anonymous survey.