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Headlines:

  • ‘Manners Fortnight’
  • Outstanding Pate’s musicians (past & present)
  • Parents’ Association
  • Upcoming Events
  • Trips Update
  • Message from Pate’s student Amnesty group
  • Young Engineering Talent – Paige Hulatt (Y13)

Today our ‘Manners Fortnight’ drew to a close; students in Year 7&8 were awarded points by staff over the fortnight for general pleasantness, politeness and thoughtfulness. The overall winning House was Gloucester, though the scores were very close! It has been good to see the students (and staff) giving more thought to good manners and consideration of others. Having raised awareness of the all-round benefits of being more polite, thoughtful and kind to each other, I hope students will continue the momentum and also remember to apply it all areas of their lives, including how they behave on the school bus and wherever else they might be. The power of a smile cannot be underestimated!

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In assembly this morning Freya Ireland (Y12) spoke to students and staff about her experiences since having been selected to work with the prestigious National Youth Orchestra. For one of her projects she was asked to compose a piece of music on a fairground theme and her composition entitled ‘Four Horses’ is based upon a carousel; each of the horses has a different personality – please click here to find out what happens when the carousel begins to break down (as performed within an art installation in the Tate Modern in London). What an incredibly creative and exciting piece of music!

Congratulations to Rebecca McNaught who, having left Pate’s to study Music at Oxford last year, has won the final of the Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year playing the cello. Rebecca wins the Oldbury Trophy plus £500 and will also perform her own recital at the Cheltenham International Music Festival, on Thursday 9th July at the Pittville Pump Room @ 6-7.45pm (tickets cost £12/£6). Please follow this link to the festival website and programme for full details and how to buy tickets. Also congratulations to current Pate’s student Abigail Waterman (Y13) who also got through to the final playing the flute. We are absolutely delighted for both of them.

Parents’ Association:
The severity of the financial situation facing Pate’s is alarming. We will be giving more details about how we are going to tackle the reduction in our available funding in due course but please can I urge you to support the school in any or every way you can. The support we get from the Parents’ Association working alongside us, to help achieve our Annual Fund goals is so important. With that in mind, please note that there’s only one week to go until The Parents’ Association Spring Fair on Saturday 14th March from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Volunteers are still urgently needed to help raise as much money as possible. Any help will be gratefully received - as little or as much as you are able.  Please click here to enter your name and tick which time slots you are able to help with. Please also check you have sold or returned the raffle tickets which came home with your son/daughter. There are some fabulous raffle prizes; for a full list of prizes or to find out other ways to help with time or donations please click 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.. And remember – above all else, please come along and join in the fun.

Upcoming Events:
Spring Fair – Saturday 14th March @ 10.30-12.30 (see above)
Choral Concert @ Pate's - Mozart's Requiem 18th March @ 7.30pm
Tickets for this spectacular concert are available via the website (here).
Live Theatre from Wyndham Theatre starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ - Wednesday 11th March 6.30-9.30pm. Tickets cost £3 and are available online (here)
You are invited to the Y9/10 production of ‘Hamlet’ (student directed) on the last day of this term – Friday 27th March @ 4.30-6.00pm in the Performing Arts Building. Admission is free on a first-come-first-served basis and tickets are available on Ticket Source (here). The students are working very hard and devoting all their spare time to this very ambitious project and I encourage to go along and enjoy it.
Y7-9 Easter Drama workshops - Pate’s inaugural ‘play in a week’ from Monday 30th March to Thursday 2nd April (9am-4pm).
Please see the Drama update (here) for full details of the Easter workshop and variety of professional / student performances on offer; as well as the Patents Newsletter (Pate’s parents and staff drama group).
Foundation Concert @ Pittville Pump Room – Thurs 26th March @ 7pm.  Tickets will shortly be released for this prestigious biennial concert, bringing together our musicians with the Richard Pate School to celebrate our shared foundation. This will be a huge musical feast with ensembles from both schools performing, including Pate’s 1st Orchestra, Big Band, Dixie Band, Senior Vocal Group and Boys and Girls Choirs. Tickets will be available from the school office next week, priced at £10 for adults and £6 for children. This concert is always extremely busy so buying tickets in advance is advisable to avoid disappointment on the door. We are also seeking advertisers for the A5 externally printed glossy programme. We are selling a whole A5 page space for £250 and in return we can offer 4 complimentary reserved prime viewing seats. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.
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’.)  Thank you.

Message from Pate’s Amnesteam:
"I want to thank members of Amnesty International all over the world…. Many thanks in particular to the more than 300,000 people that sent letters about my case that were delivered to the Attorney General." These are the words of Claudia Medina Tamariz, the main focus of Amnesty's Mexican Stop Torture campaign. Many of you will have heard the brilliant news that the Mexican authorities have now dropped all charges against her. We wanted to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone - students and staff - who has supported the Pate's Amnesty Group in any way as a small part in the fight against torture. We think Claudia's case shows how the ordinary people who take part in these campaigns can be really effective and change lives! Unfortunately, there is still a long way to go. Amnesty is still calling on Mexico to issue an investigation into Claudia's complaints of torture and there are many people all around the world who are still suffering abuse at the hands of the authorities: those meant to protect them. To find out more about the campaign, please click here. Once again a huge thank you and we look forward to working more with you all in the future - every person really can effect change.

Young Engineering champion:
Congratulations to Paige Hulatt (Y13) who has incredibly managed to win the Talent 2030 National Engineering Competition for the second year running! Do take a look at her winning submission on our website (here). Paige is planning to study engineering at university when she leaves Pate’s and has even been invited to speak at the prestigious CECA (Civil Engineering Contractors’ Assn) conference in London (pictured), on the subject of how to recruit young engineers.  The Talent 2030 published results are available here. Paige has also won £500 for the school as part of her award.

Last Saturday around 100 pupils and parents turned out to support the Robins at their all-important Cheltenham Town Football match against Tranmere Rovers and were featured in programme. I would like to thank the club for inviting us and also to congratulate them on their amazing win. We are hoping that they can continue their winning run against Mansfield at home this Saturday.

Finally, I would like to remind any students who cycle to school to please be sure to wear a helmet. A member of staff was knocked off his bike earlier this week and, although thankfully he was not seriously injured, this should serve as a reminder of how vulnerable cyclists are and how unpredictable the traffic can be.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott

Head Master

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