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 HEADLINES:

  • Election fever at Pate’s
  • Leavers' Concert Wednesday 29th April @ 7pm (Pittville Pump Room)
  • Upcoming events
  • Trips Update
  • Communications Update
  • Teacher Training Opportunities
  • Message from the School Library
  • Handball regional champions!
  • Young Entrepreneurs Final - results

Election fever is hotting up at Pate’s. We are extremely lucky to have such a politicised student body and it’s been a joy to see students from all year groups across the school getting excited about the General Election. As a school we are delighted to take advantage of this election fever and so are holding not one, but two elections on the 6th May (Leavers Day for Years 11 & 12)…one day before the real thing. So there will be one election for lower school (Years 7, 8 & 9) and one for Years 10,11,12 & 13. In true cutting edge Pate’s style, both will be held via digital democracy in an online vote.

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Come to my house if there are other options for me it seems silly propecia online and it is here that you can hear a lot of interesting facts about which you have never heard of.

As I am sure you are aware, the real May 2015 election is unique and unpredictable in its outcome and this morning’s assembly was led by sixth form Politics students who spoke briefly about the upcoming general election and also presented the manifestos of the main political parties. Five students each explained the policies of one of the main political parties – they spoke very eloquently and the audience listened respectfully (very unlike any real parliamentary debate!). We were also delighted to welcome Martin Horwood from the Liberal Democrat party who took time out of his busy campaign schedule to come and to talk to the students about democracy and encouraging everyone to use their all-important vote. My thanks to Miss Cluer for her support and encouragement in helping to organise this.

Our Year 9s have also been working on a special project in their PDC lessons where they have made up and named their own political parties and designed their very own political campaigns. Mrs Gue and Mrs Harding have been working tirelessly over the past few weeks in order to help the parties prepare. The hustings for this will take place on Monday in a special assembly in the hall for Years 7, 8 and 9. This election will also be experimenting in using Proportional Representation to measure the results. More to follow!

I am very much looking forward to the Leavers’ Concert on Wednesday (Pittville Pump Room @ 7pm) to see all our Y13 singers and musicians perform together before they finally leave school. It will be an emotional but fabulous evening’s entertainment and I look forward to seeing lots of parents there. A reminder that tickets cost £10 (£6 students) and are available to buy online (here). All are welcome.

Upcoming Events:
I would just like to remind you of the forthcoming finance presentations. It would be helpful if you could let us know in advance if you can attend by using the links below:
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.  Can you afford to miss it?

Invitation from the Art Department:
All are welcome to attend a private view of the Y9 ‘Coffee Art’ Project on Wednesday 6th May at 5-6.30pm in the Art Gallery. Do call in for some light refreshment and to browse the coffee-inspired Y9 art competition, sponsored by Soho Coffee. We would love to see parents and staff there.

Trips Update:
Y8 German Trip Parents’ Information Meeting German Trip – Tuesday 28th April at 7.30pm in the hall (via the Art Gallery entrance please).
China Trip – please note that the balance is now due.
Y7 Alton Towers / Y7 Kenilworth Castle History / Y11 Alton Towers trips – we would be very grateful if payments and permissions slips could be completed as soon as possible (before everything moves over to the new parental pay system). Thank you.

Communications update:
Following the announcement in last week’s bulletin, you will have received some further information from us this morning regarding the new communications and payment system we are introducing, via Schoolcomms. Please take some time to read this important information, particularly the information with regard to the changeover from sQuid to the Schoolcomms for cashless catering and trips payments. Thank you.

Teacher Training Opportunities:
From September 2015 the Teaching School arm of Pate’s (Odyssey Teaching School Alliance) is offering Schools Direct teacher training places. This is a fantastic opportunity to train within a school environment (placements at Pate’s Grammar School and All Saints’ Academy) and positions are still available in Art, English and Physics. If you or someone you know might be interested in pursuing a teaching career and have the relevant degree please visit the ITT/Schools Direct section of our website (here), or alternatively email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone Elena Fenby on (01242) 538276 for more information.

Message from the school library:

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Congratulations to the Under 13 boys who travelled to Bristol to represent Gloucestershire in the South West Regional Handball Tournaments - they won the tournament with two wins from two and are now regional champions! They will go on to represent the South West and are one step away from playing at the Olympic Park. Commiserations but very well done to our Under 15 boys were runners up after losing a very tight final 9-8.


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And finally some breaking news - our team of Y9 entrepreneurs consisting of Manasa Damarla, Rumbi Dhewa, Millie Graves and Francesca Delgado-Morgan just came second in the finals of the Young Entrepreneurs competition held at GCHQ this morning. Their idea was an app called FridgeMinder that can help prevent food waste. They did a superb job of representing the School and were commended on their confident presentation style as well as their thorough coverage of the business case. Very well done to them!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

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