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HEADLINES:

  • Funding Presentations – 13th & 19th May
  • Upcoming Events
  • Ski Trip Update
  • Announcement regarding a new communication/payments system for parents
  • Pate’s Amnesteam in final 3 nominees for Amnesty International award
  • Sam Cole (Y12) winner of Cambridge politics essay competition
  • Year 7, 11 & 13 group photographs available to order

I hope you have had a chance to read my email invitation to the forthcoming presentations about the financial situation facing Pate’s. Please do come. Just as a reminder, the presentations are taking place on Wednesday 13th May and Tuesday 19th May, starting at 7pm, in the refectory. It would help us arrange appropriate seating if you could book places in advance for your preferred date, using the links below, although this is not essential. Students are welcome.
Book a place for the Wednesday 13th May here.
Book a place for Tuesday 19th May here.
Further information is also available on the website here.

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Upcoming Events:
Sports Team Photos
We have arranged for a professional photographer to take photos of all our sports teams next week. Photos will be available to be viewed and purchased on line at a later date. Please click here to see the attached timetable for the week.  We would be grateful if you could note the dates and ensure ALL students attend on time, wearing the correct kit. Any questions please contact Mr. Dandy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Leavers’ Concert on Wednesday 29th April (Pittville Pump Room @ 7pm) – this will be the last chance to see all our Y13 singers and musicians perform together before they finally leave school. It will be a fabulous evening with outstanding solo items as well as final performances with the orchestras, choirs and bands. Tickets cost £10 (£6 students) and are available to buy online (here). All are welcome. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
Performing Arts Summer Schools message from Pauline Quirke Academy:
Dear Parents, I would like to warmly invite Pate’s Grammar School students and siblings to join us for some amazing summer courses running at Pate’s during the first week of the summer holidays. PQA is a weekend Performing Arts Academy that runs Performing Arts Summer School Courses each year with a view to extending the skills of young people to a professional level. This year we are very thrilled to welcome a real working Film Director Omid Nooshin, who is taking the two courses of Masterclasses in Screen Acting for us. We have divided his course into a two and then three day event in order that as many young people as possible can benefit from his expertise, and although on the advertising the two day course is for 11 - 13 year olds, I am happy simply to fill places and so please feel free to book on to whichever course suits your arrangements best. Meeting Omid could be a wonderful opportunity for ANY budding actor, as he is often searching for new talent. We also have a 5 day Musical Theatre Course running with a show on the last afternoon, Make A Film in A Week Course, and a course for any 4-6 year olds with a show at the end of the week. In addition I would like to extend to all Pate’s Students the cheaper price quoted on all advertising material, for the courses. Please simply let me know you are a Pate’s student at the time of booking. The closing date for applications for all courses is June 1st, or whenever the course is full. Full payment must be made by two weeks before the course starts. It would be lovely to welcome some new students to our Summer Schools, and I do hope you will consider these courses. With best wishes from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Principal of Pauline Quirke Academy, Cheltenham. Please follow this link to the PQA website for full details and booking formation for all the courses. 

A good time was had by all on the Easter ski trip to Austria - lots of snow and lots of sunshine!  My thanks to PE staff for organising and running the trip.  Please could students return all helmets and clothing to the PE office as soon as possible. Thank you.

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New Communication/Payments System for parents:
We currently use a variety of methods to take payments for lunches, trips and tickets. After a review of costs and functionality, we have decided to move all our online payments processing to a system called Schoolcomms. This system will be cheaper for the school but, more importantly, gives parents a one-stop-shop for all payments and messages (including absence) either using a web-portal or a dedicated smartphone app. We will, of course, still use email and paper where it more appropriate or in circumstances where you either cannot or choose not to take the new service.  You will receive much more information in a separate communication next week, when we will let you know how to register for the service. However, if you are interested, general information about the new system can be found here. Schoolcomms is widely used by schools, so some of you may already be using the system: if this is the case, you can simply add your Pate’s children to your existing login.

Congratulations to our Pate's Amnesteam who have just heard that they have been shortlisted in the final three nominees for the Best New Group in the Campaigner strand of the Amnesty Youth Awards 2015! This is an amazing achievement and I am very proud of their high profile work raising awareness in school, which we as staff and students have undoubtedly benefitted from. Five members of the team have been invited to attend the Youth Awards celebrations and ceremony at the Human Rights Action Centre in London on 29 April, when the final winner will be announced… more to follow.

I am delighted that Sam Cole (Y12), has been awarded First Prize for the prestigious Corpus Christi Bacon Politics and International Relations Essay Competition 2014-2015 competition with a prize of £300. This is a fantastic achievement! Sam is invited to Cambridge University for lunch and a prize-giving ceremony next month, plus a tour of the College and the opportunity to meet current undergraduates. Congratulations to Sam and very well done indeed. Click here to read his prizewinning essay.

Once again I would like to remind students to be aware of their personal safety when out and about on their way to and from school. Even though we now have the lighter nights students should remain aware of strangers and try to stay in groups if possible.

Students in Years 11, 12 and 13 will soon be going off on study leave and the office would like to mention to families that it might be worth a visit to lost property (in Reception) to check for anything which might have been lost or misplaced this term. (Any named items of lost property are automatically returned to students.)

Finally, just a reminder that Year 7, 11 & 13 group photographs are now available and order forms have been sent home with students. You might need to give them a nudge so that you can return your orders in time.

It has been good to welcome students back for the summer term and the final push before the exam season for senior students. Please do not hesitate to contact Heads of Year or myself if you have any queries or concerns about your children in the build up to exams. Also you are welcome to contact Mrs Dickinson in the Exams Office with any specific procedural or timetabling queries This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  (Please click here if you need a reminder of exams information on Plato.)

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

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