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  • Candlelit Carol Service – Wed 17th December @ 7pm at Christchurch, Malvern Rd.
  • Christmas jumpers on last day of term - donations to charity
  • Amnesty student event
  • Pate’s 1st XV Rugby success
  • Upcoming Events (next term dates for your diary)
  • Last day of term finish @ 12 noon
  • Mon 5th January – inset day (apart from Y11 mock exams)
  • More Wizard of Oz photos on the website (here)  plus photos available to buy (here)

We were delighted to welcome Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper on Monday to speak to Year 9 History students. Zigi, who survived Auschwitz, had the students spellbound for 90 minutes as he recounted his incredible life story with humour and passion.  I am grateful to Mr Morton for organising this privilege for our students.  Also this week Year 8 held their annual Christmas community event, when children from local primary schools joined us for some Christmas cheer, singing, games and gifts!  Well done to everyone involved and to Miss Thorpe for helping them with their organisation and hosting.

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I am very much looking forward to our candlelit Christmas Carol Service on Wednesday (7pm at Christchurch).  It is a magical way to enjoy some real Christmas spirit and well worth coming out for (even in the torrential driving rain we had last year!).  The Parents Association will be there as always, offering mulled wine and mince pies afterwards (though this is not a fundraiser for the school, donations will be gratefully received to contribute towards the cost).  

Students re invited to wear their favourite Christmas jumper on the last day of term (Friday 19th December) over the top of their school uniform.  The Charity Committee will collect donations (50p suggested) and would be grateful if students could bring some change into school.  We are all  looking forward to the Christmas festivities planned in school over the last week of term; there so much going on right up until the final bell on Friday!

A group of sixth formers organised an Amnesty Day in school last week in support of Stop Torture Day, managing to raise £360 for the cause.  Forty five letters were written to victims and their governments and everyone contributed to the fabulous ‘freedom wall’ (artwork below), now on display in the gallery corridor.  The student Amnesteam would like to invite any students in Year 10-13 to get involved – please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or come along to C102 on Tuesday lunchtimes.  They would love to see you there!


Pate’s 1st XV Rugby team success
The 1st XV rugby team finished their season on Wednesday with a convincing win of 47-14 over Chosen Hill to win the Gareth Warren Trophy. The game was played in memory of Gareth Warren who sadly passed away this year after teaching at Chosen Hill and coaching their 1st XV for many years. It has been the best season for potentially 20 years.  We had a very tough set of fixtures, but the team won 11 games; drew 1; and lost only 1 (against Clifton College on the first weekend of the season).  The side produced some outstanding rugby to be placed 36th in the country in the Daily Mail Trophy competition, being the 3rd highest state school in the country. The team beat some top rugby schools with notable wins against Hereford Cathedral, St. Peter’s, RGS Worcester and Bristol Grammar School. The most satisfying victory, after 2 tough close loses over the last 2 seasons, was against Cheltenham College, when the side battled back to win 25-21.  Congratulations to the boys and to our fantastically dedicated PE department.  All team results can be found on our sports website.


Upcoming Events:
Gloucestershire Youth Opera performances of Dido & Aeneas (back by popular demand – click here to read a review) – another chance to see this wonderful performance on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th January 7-00-8.30pm at Pate’s (PAB).  Purcell’s retelling of Virgil’s classic conflict between love and duty performed by a small group of very talented youngsters.  Dido & Aeneas will be of particular interest / enrichment to Latin, Music and Drama students and is produced by our own Edward Derbyshire and Warwick Cole (musical director).  Admission is free (donations welcome).  Please follow this Ticket Source link to reserve your free tickets.
Music Recitals
– Wed 14th January @ 7pm (A Level recital) and Thursday 22nd January @ 7pm.  Please make a note in your diaries.  More on this in the New Year.

Please note that school will finish at 12 noon on the last day of term.  Also just a reminder that Monday 5th January is an inset day in school, apart from Year 11 students coming in for their mock exams.  NB: we have been informed that Marchants will not be running their Pate’s service on that day, so those families will need to make alternative arrangements to get into school.  Please check with your own bus company whether their service will run on that date.

In the meantime I look forward to seeing many of you at the carol service on Wednesday.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master