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  • Pate's gifted linguists speak at European Parliament in Strasbourg
  • Rowan Williams & Spirituality week
  • Swimming Gala results
  • Mozart Requiem 18th March – rehearsals for parents and staff
  • Economics & Business - competition successes!
  • Trips Update
  • Easter Drama Workshops
  • ‘Hamlet’ - Review, plus photographs for sale
  • And finally…

I have had the privilege of spending the last couple of days in Strasbourg with our Euroscola Competition winners on their trip to European Parliament in Strasbourg for the exciting Euroscola parliamentary event, where they presented an introduction to Pate's in an official EU language other than English and spent the day discussing European Integration in working parties and committees with young people from a multitude of other European countries. Please follow this link to see their presentation, which was streamed live around the school today.  Well done to Emma Charlesworth, Joseph Crossley, Annabelle Dufour, Tara Goatley, Pietro Gribaudi, Isabel Ion, Natasha Ion, Katie Lawrence, George Penny, Natasha Steels and Rosie Towle.

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Earlier this week I was delighted to welcome Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalen College and former Archbishop of Canterbury, who gave a lecture entitled: “Does faith have a future in our society?” as part of Pate’s Spirituality Week. He talked about faith, past, present and future, and was happy to answer some searching questions from our audience. I hope all those who attended will agree that it was a privilege to hear his thoughts and appeal for calm and tolerance to both the religious and non-religious in today’s turbulent times. I am very grateful to Erica Melton and Helen Smith in the RE Department for organising such memorable multi-faith events this week, including a trip to a Mosque, visiting Muslim artist Razwan Ul-Haq and Mindfulness sessions.

Congratulations to all the students who competed in the Swimming Gala this year, and most especially to the winners - Gloucester! There were some fantastic races with many very talented swimmers on display, and the relays deciding the final placings. The Year 7 crowd cheered on their Houses as the lead changed hands many times. Please click here to see the final placings.

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Mozart Requiem 18th March - A last reminder that any parents or staff who would like to join the Senior Vocal Group for their performance of Mozart’s Requiem are very welcome. There are two rehearsals, Sunday 22nd February 7pm and Sunday 15th March 7pm (both in the school hall). Tickets are available via the website (here).

Economics and Business Success!
The Target 2.0 team - Avani Lal, Martin Oliver, Dhruv Satish and Jacquelin Tan (all Y13) - won the area final of the Bank of England's Target 2.0 competition this week. This is a very prestigious competition and Pate's have only managed to be placed as runners up in the last three years! They will be going to the final in London 20th- 21st of March to present to the Bank of England. Fingers crossed! Please follow this link to read all out the team on the Bank of England website.  

BASE National Finalists for third year!
Yet again our Year 12 Economics and Business students have become BASE competition regional heat champions and gained a place at the National Final. BASE is ICAEW’s National Business and Accounting competition for students in school or college aged 16-19. It provides a unique and exciting experience, where students are able to engage in a business challenge that enables them to develop key employability skills and understand what it’s like to be an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. The team of six - Sam Cole, Oliver Dudlyke, Sam Fraser, Annabel Manley, Jack Sherer-Clarke and Alisha Wala - successfully fought off 17 other teams at the Bristol heat of BASE held at the University of South West of England on Tuesday this week. They will attend the National Final in Birmingham on 25 June.

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Congratulations to Sam Fraser, Annabel Manley, Hay-Yeung Tang, Paul Wang and Ben Winch (all Y12) on winning through to the National Final of the PwC supported competition called the ‘National Schools Employability Challenge’. They have successfully completed 3 online stages to be selected by PricewaterhouseCoopers to attend the final in London on 10th April.

Trips Update:
Malaga trip Parents’ Information evening – Thursday 26th February at 6pm in the Performing Arts Block.
South Africa Hockey & Netball Tour – please note that the final payment of £500 (or the full payment of £1850) must be paid by 13th March 2015. (Please pay by cheque, payable to ‘Pate’s Grammar School’.)

Y7-9 Easter Drama workshops - Pate’s inaugural ‘play in a week’ from Monday 30th March to Thursday 2nd April (9am-4pm), with an open performance at 5pm on 2nd April, in the Performing Arts Block. This course will introduce a variety of skills, including acting and voice work, music and choreography, stage fighting and design. It will culminate in a performance of a brand new, devised play on the last afternoon, where participants will be able to showcase their work. The title for this new work will be ‘Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder’. The course costs £120 per student - please register your interest no later than Friday 13th March. Please follow this link for full details.

Photographs from the Sixth Form play ‘Hamlet’ are now available to buy from our website – please follow this link.  You may have seen the review of ‘Hamlet’ in the Echo this week – please click here to read the full review.

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Just a reminder for those who ordered Wizard of Oz DVDs - they are available to collect from Reception.

And finally, Pate’s students past and present have been in the news this week – please do click on the images below to see why…

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Happy half term!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master