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  • Funding
  • This week @ Pate’s
  • Newly elected House Officials
  • Charity Committee have raised c£12,200 this year
  • Outstanding Sports News
  • Events Update
  • Trips Update
  • Staff Vacancies – Cover Supervisors
  • Achievements
  • Valuables in school

As I have mentioned previously, Pate’s along with many other schools is facing significant financial pressures. It was with a small element of relief that I read the BBC news article this week (here) regarding poorly funded schools, even if only that these facts are starting to hit the news. Pate’s is a poorly funded school and next term you will receive much more about the situation we are in and what we are doing about it.  In the meantime I cannot hope to thank the Parents' Association enough for the part they play in helping us. But I would like to try…… particularly after a record breaking Spring Fair. A huge thank you to the Parents’ Association committee, their army of volunteers and students who worked so hard on Saturday to raise an incredible £6,200. Without everyone buying raffle tickets, donating mountains of cakes, chocolate and other prizes, plus volunteering their time to help, it wouldn’t happen. Thank you especially to the Year 7 and 8 parents for supporting their children who ran a wonderful array of stalls with innovative games and LOTS of cake! The money will go towards vital school funds and every penny raised helps in our battle to deal with the financial shortfall we are facing. We look forward to giving news of how Spring Fair funds are helping us, meanwhile I would also like to pass on thanks from the Art department, Chemistry department and Tech Crew as a result of recent donations from the Parents’ Association enabling the purchase of a UV lightbox, a ‘real’ periodic table and 2 spotlights. Our Parents' Association is one to be truly proud of; if you have any ideas or suggestions for fundraising events or want to join the list of hugely valued volunteers please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Still on a similar theme, I would also like to thank all those who are supporting the Annual Fund. We are delighted at the success of this and will be providing an update after Easter, linking it to the issues raised above. If you are not already supporting it, can I urge you to do so? It is so important to us. A donation form can be downloaded here, or online donations can be made via Virgin Money Giving | Pate's Grammar School, using credit or debit card or PayPal. If you would like further information on this or have any queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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This week’s choral concert was outstanding; there was a variety of choral performances from all age groups, and to see Mozart’s Requiem performed by such a huge choir was breathtaking! It was great to see parents and staff joining in the choir and orchestra, and to welcome two of our students back to take part – Rebecca McNaught (cello) and David Bagnall (Tenor). My thanks and huge congratulations to Ms Lane. Also I must thank the Parents’ Association who (once again) organised the refreshments, including a befitting array of homemade sweet and savoury snacks.

Art Department staff and students were delighted to welcome visiting artist Meg Buick into school to work with selected Year 7 & 8 students, showing them new printing and drawing techniques. I would like to say thank you in particular to everyone who took part and placed bids in the Silent Art Auction last term, the proceeds from which have made these fabulous workshops possible. Thank you!

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Bringing our British Science Week activities to a close, students built telescopes and were lucky enough to get an excellent view of the eclipse this morning from the school field.

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The end of term is now very close and this is the time of year when the newly elected House Officials take office for the next 12 months. Following the recent elections and hustings the new officials have now been announced (click here for details) and in assembly this morning the Junior House Drama competition assignments were drawn from a hat. The theme for the end of year competition is ‘Folk Tales’, which may be open to any interpretation with pop music accompaniment: Beaufort ‘Rapunzel’, Gloucester ‘Snow White’, Richmond ‘Sleeping Beauty’, and York ‘Hansel & Gretel’.

Today’s assembly was opened by the outgoing Charity Committee who presented a cheque for £2,500 to representatives from the local children’s charity ‘Hop Skip & Jump’. They announced their final grand total of c£12,200 for their nominated charities both local and global. My congratulations to them and thanks also to Mrs West and Mrs Collier in the sixth form for their support in helping the students organise the many exciting fundraising activities we have all enjoyed throughout the year.

A great couple of weeks of sport @ Pate’s:
Congratulations to the U13 netball squads have won 2 tournaments over the last 2 weeks! On their PGL tour to Liddington the A team won the tournament alongside our B and C teams, who also beat other schools’ A teams. They carried that confidence into the Cheltenham District tournaments where the A team won again and the B team were placed 3rd. Congratulations also to the U15 squad who competed in the annual County May Dent tournament at Cheltenham Ladies College. Competing against all the top schools in the County the girls won their group and beat Chosen Hill in the final to become County Champions.
The rugby 7s season was completed this week with the 1st VII making their 3rd final in a row at the Dean Close 7s, unfortunately losing to Prior Park, Bath. The U13s played against local schools and even faced the challenge of an international team, Kenya. The remained unbeaten all afternoon beating Kenya, Rendcomb College, Bournside, Cheltenham Junior College and Wycliffe College.
Congratulations to Jacob Pickering, Laura McPeake and Jade Gough who successfully ran for Gloucestershire at the National Cross Country Championships in Blackburn last weekend. They all ran superbly well in their races with over 300 athletes from all over England.
On Wednesday 25th March we welcome back Old Boys and Girls as they take on the school 1st teams at football, hockey and netball, 2pm starts. All welcome to come and cheer the school teams along.
More information and photos can be found on the Sports News area of the school website (here). Also please follow all Pate’s sport on Twitter @PatesSport.

Events Update:
Sixth formers have organised a mathematicians’ talk by Cambridge Professor Andras Zsák which will take place on Wednesday 25th March in the Art Gallery at lunchtime. The talk, aimed at sixth formers (and enthusiastic Year 11s), will be ‘a Deduction of Induction’ (all about mathematical induction, starting off proving results in the realms of the natural numbers then moving into transfinite induction and ordinals).
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.
GCSE Drama performances – a reminder that all parents and students are welcome to attend Y11 Drama exam performances (no booking required, just drop in), taking place in PAB on Tuesday 24th March @ 4.30-6.00pm (or alternatively Wed 25th March @ 4.00-5.30pm). They will be performing ‘Macbeth: Visions’
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.
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. 
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.) 

Trips Update:
GCSE Drama trip to see ‘So it Goes’ at Syde Manor, Cheltenham on 22nd April - we are delighted to be able to offer students the opportunity to see this piece, which took Edinburgh by storm last year and has had a run at the Arcola Theatre in London. This trip will be invaluable to the Drama students as they prepare for their written exams. Tickets cost £10 - please click here for full details and reply slip.

Staff Vacancies:
We are currently looking to add to our bank of Cover Supervisors, working on a part-time ad hoc basis to cover lessons for staff training / absence. This will require using work set by teachers; issuing, supporting, supervising, collecting in the work and any related activities to ensure the smooth running of the lesson. There will not be any significant planning, preparation or assessment. Previous experience working with young people would be an advantage, but not essential. This role would be particularly suited to those considering a career in teaching or similar. Please follow this link to our website for full details and rate of pay. If you would like to discuss any details please contact Francesca Coppola by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on 01242 538275.

Congratulations to the European Youth Parliament Y12 debating team: Stephanie Cater, Samuel Cole, Raheem Chaudhry, Rachel Jenkins, Hayden Searle, Jack Sherer-Clarke, Louis Wigley and Hannah Woodman, who were successful in the South West Regional competition in Exeter last Friday. Up against stiff competition from 6 other schools the debates, they were one of two teams to make it through to the National finals in Liverpool in July. A huge thank you to Lauren Holland (Y13) who coached the team to success.

Congratulations to Martin Oliver (Y13), who achieved a fantastic 2nd place in the UK School's Brightest Business Brain competition at the National Final on Friday 13 March 2015 in Birmingham, winning £250 for himself and £500 for the school!

Congratulations to Izzy Avery (Y13), whose artwork has been accepted into the Young Open 2015 exhibition at Black Swan Arts in Frome. Her work has been selected from hundreds of entries on show at the gallery and will now compete for the Young Open Workshop Prize, where professional artists create brilliant prizes of individual learning experiences. The inspirational working artists and craftspeople tailor the sessions which are designed to develop the skills of the winners and broaden their artistic experience. Every artist comes from a different discipline and this year the winner of the People's Choice Award will also have their work framed by local framers Mount at the Silk Mill. Please follow this link for more information about the competition and the gallery.

Finally, could I remind parents and students that money and valuables should be locked away in lockers and not left in bags or pockets in changing rooms. We are a community built on trust and incidents are very rare, but it is important that students learn to take responsibility for their belongings.

Please keep in touch with your news and views; as always you can reach me by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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