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  • Romance Academy today for Y9-13
  • Spring Fair Sat 14th March 10:30-12:30
  • Second hand school uniform and kit
  • Upcoming Concerts at Pate’s
  • Performing Arts Update
  • Trips Update
  • CCF Update
  • Outstanding achievements – past and present Pate’s students

It has been a busy first week back and I would like to start by congratulating the sixth form on having completed their mock exams this week! Today we were visited by Romance Academy, who ran interactive sessions for students in Years 9-13, looking at how young people today can best build and sustain healthy relationships. Romance Academy is a revolutionary project that tackles the tough issues around teenagers and relationships and it was good to see the students proactively engaging in discussions around some difficult issues. Please do ask your children all about it – we strongly encourage parents to take an active interest and keep the dialogue going long term. For further information please visit the Romance Academy website (here). Also today Y8 have really enjoyed a science show by Tomorrow’s Engineers, involving them in hands-on engineering experiments. We look forward to welcoming them back again for more hands on science fun during British Science week (commencing 16th March).

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The Parents’ Association Spring Fair is only two weeks away on Saturday 14 March from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Please don’t forget to send in any raffle tickets, sold or unsold, which came home with your son/daughter this week. The PA also need lots of volunteers. Are you able to help on the Saturday itself between 9:30 - 11am and/or 11am - 1:30pm? There are a variety of stalls to man as well as teas and cakes to serve. Much preparation is done the day before so they are also looking for volunteers to set out stalls on Friday 13 March 9am -12 noon and 1 - 3pm. No experience necessary! Any help will be gratefully received - as little or as much as you are able. This is the PA's major fund raiser of the year, generating around £5000, so please get involved if you can. Just click here enter your name and tick which time slots you are able to help with. Please add any queries or questions in the comments box if necessary. Find out other ways to help with time or donations (here). If you have any ideas, queries or time to offer please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Parents' Association would also like to remind parents that there is second-hand uniform and sports kit for sale. Great quality blazers cost as little as £7, skirts £3 and jumpers £2. There is a particularly good supply of cricket kit at the moment. Please just ask at the school office, or if you have any particular requirements please contact Bhavna at the Parents’ Association by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please continue to send any donations into the school office. Thank you.  Second hand uniform will also be on sale at the Spring Fair.

Upcoming Concerts:

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Jazz Night Tuesday 3rd March @ 7pm – always a fabulous evening’s entertainment. Tickets cost £5 (£3 for students) on the door.

Choral Concert Poster 18th March
Choral Concert - Mozart's Requiem 18th March @ 7.30pm

Tickets are available via the website (here).

(Also a reminder for all parents and staff involved of the rehearsal on Sunday 15th March 7pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Performing Arts Update:
NEW! Pate’s Live Theatre nights (Performing Arts Building)
Tickets are now available for an on-screen performance of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ from the Wyndham Theatre in London’s West End starring David Tennant and Katherine Tate – Wednesday 11th March 6.30-9.30pm. Tickets cost £3 and are available online (here). Refreshments will be available. All parents and students welcome.
GCSE Drama performances – all parents and students are welcome to attend the Y10 and Y11 Drama exam performances (no booking required, just drop in), taking place in PAB as follows: 
Y10 (grp 1) ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ on Wed 11th March @ 4.30-5.00pm
Y10 (grp 2) ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ on Wed 18th March @ 4.30-5.00pmY11 Tues 24th March @ 4.30-6.00pm (or alternatively Wed 25th March @ 4.00-5.30pm ‘Macbeth: Visions’. 
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.

Trips Update:
Ski Trip – please send in EHICs and party bank Euros (if you would like staff to look after spending money) as soon as possible. Thank you.
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’.)

CCF UPDATE:
As many of you may know, students are invited to become Pate’s Army and RAF cadets from Y9 upwards. The contingent meets every Friday after school and continues to thrive under the new leadership of Cameron Mackay and Jane Jowett. Please click here to read the latest CCF news update for information on subscriptions, trips, leadership opportunities, and upcoming diary dates, including the Annual Inspection and summer camp. We are grateful to parents for continuing to support the students’ involvement with CCF. (You can view the new CCF website here.)

Congratulations to British rower Flo Pickles (Y13) on winning the GB U23 lightweight women’s single scull time trial last weekend, coming seventh overall, which is a fantastic achievement. Please click here for more details. (Photo courtesy of Hartpury College.)

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Finally, I have just received news that Geoff Dyer (former pupil of the school, 1969 -1977) has been awarded the Wyndham Campbell Prize for Nonfiction. Geoff is still in touch with us and we are delighted to be able to share his wonderful achievement. Our congratulations go to Geoff and hope that, although he currently lives in Los Angeles, he might choose to come and visit us in the not too distant future. Please follow this link for further details. 

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

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