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HEADLINES:

  • Spring Fair tomorrow 10:30-12:30
  • Minibus drivers needed
  • Upcoming Events
  • Trips Update
  • Scottish Universities talk
  • Economics & Business Finalists (again!)
  • Sports success in Judo and Girls Football
  • British Sports Journalism Awards

School is a hive of activity today with parents setting up their café, stalls and activities for tomorrow’s Spring Fair, which will take place in the hall, the gym and the Art Gallery. Thank you to everyone who has sent in donations and raffle ticket money. I look forward to seeing many of you at the fair tomorrow between 10:30 and 12:30.

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We are looking for minibus drivers for our school trips. If you have (or someone you know has) a D1 entitlement on your driving license and might be interested in driving minibuses on day trips please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. The driving would be on an ad-hoc basis by arrangement, with an hourly rate of pay (employment would be subject to the usual health and criminal records checks).

Upcoming Events:
Choral Concert @ Pate's - Mozart's Requiem 18th March @ 7.30pm
Tickets for this spectacular concert are available via the website (here). Also just a reminder about the rehearsal on Sunday evening at 7pm - 9pm in the hall (use the Gallery entrance) for everyone singing in the Mozart Requiem - apart from the Boys Choir and Girls Choir. The final rehearsal, with orchestra, is on Wednesday afternoon between 4 & 6pm in the hall.

Choral Concert Poster 18th March
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).
Y7-9 Easter Drama workshops - final call to sign up for Pate’s inaugural ‘play in a week’ from Monday 30th March to Thursday 2nd April (9am-4pm). Please click here for full details. Please send payment by cheque (payable to ‘Pate’s Grammar School’) to Mr Derbyshire.
Foundation Concert @ Pittville Pump Room – Thurs 26th March @ 7pm. Tickets are now available via Ticket Source (here) 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 cost £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.
Patesian Players performance of ‘Arms & The Man’ – at the Cheltenham Playhouse 9-11th April @ 7.45pm. Please see their website (here) for full details and tickets. (Patesian Players is a theatre group made up largely of ex-Pate’s students, directed by Rory O’Sullivan, previous Head of Drama at Pate’s.)
Sports Tour Dinner (curry night) Friday 17th April @ 7pm in aid of the sports tour fund and also Baphumelele Children’s Home near Cape Town. Tickets cost £15 each, for a thoroughly enjoyable evening, including entertainment and prize draw. Please click here to download a booking form. 

Tour dinner

Trips Update:
South Africa Hockey & Netball Tour – please note that the final payment of £500 (or the full payment of £1850) is now due. (Please pay by cheque, payable to ‘Pate’s Grammar School’.) Thank you.
Important notice – South Africa sports tour - further to recent changes we now require additional information for the South Africa Girls Tour. Please send in copies of the following documents as soon as possible (please post into the trips box):

  • Passports of both parents;
  • Child’s birth certificate.

An Introduction to Edinburgh and Scottish Universities – talk by Mr Colin McLean (Edinburgh University) taking place in the Art Gallery on Monday 23rd March @ 1.40pm.
All are most welcome to attend. Anyone interested in applying to a Scottish University or just to hear more about opportunities in Scotland; or indeed anyone who has an offer from Edinburgh or another Scottish university…please come along.

Five Economics and Business students win through to yet another National Final!
Alistair Frost, Annabel Manley, Martin Oliver, Tim Reilly and Ollie Wallbridge will represent the South West region in the TargetJobs National Schools Business Challenge at the National Final taking place today in Birmingham. The finalists all aged 16-19 years will be assessed on their performance in group activities run by firms such as PwC, Deloitte and Atkins, and will compete for the title of the UK School's Brightest Business Brain. I wish them all the very best of luck in the final!

Sporting Success Stories in Judo and Girls Football:
Congratulations and well done to Cameron Turton (10B), who has won Bronze in the Schools Judo Championship.

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Congratulations to Forest Green Rovers U16 team, especially Pate’s student (centre-back) Sydney Valentine (10Y), on winning the Gloucestershire FA U16 Cup final, beating Longwell Green 1-0. The annual Cup competition involves youth teams from all over Gloucestershire and Bristol. To get to the final, FGR beat Bishops Cleeve Colts, Downend Flyers and Cheltenham Spa. The match was played at the Gloucestershire FA HQ in Almondsbury, Bristol. That makes them County Champions!

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Jungle School - Just a reminder for students that there will be a mufti day on Friday 20th March – wild animal themed! Students should bring some change into school - £1 to dress up as your favourite wild animal (£1.50 for non-themed mufti!) plus lots of Easter fun to join in with; all fundraising activities organised by the Charity Committee.

Finally I must congratulate Peter Fielding (Y13), our own Pate’s School Newspaper Editor, who has been named in the top three student sports journalists in Britain, and also shortlisted for the David Welch award at the British Sports Journalism Awards. The ceremony takes place in London next week and I am really delighted to hear of such an accolade for Peter – well done!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

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