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 HEADLINES:

  • School Funding
  • Pate's Music - Pate's at Jazz Festival on Sunday
  • Sports Days - Tuesday & Wednesday
  • Pate's Amnesteam announced Final Winners of Amnesty International Youth Campaign Award
  • Performing Arts at Pate's
  • Sport at Pate's
  • Lost Property

Following my recent email inviting parents to come to school to hear a presentation about the impact of the education sector funding cuts on Pate’s, please can I urge you to take a few minutes to read the recent article in the guardian (link here). Pate’s is not in any way protected from these cuts (and cost increases) and maybe I can clarify 3 widespread misconceptions:
1. We have had no funding from the Pate’s Foundation for 3 years.
2. Recent building works and improvements to the site are as a result of successful (and hard fought) bids to specific pots of money that can only be spent on those projects…and we are checked!
3. Political leaders have stated that education funding is ‘ring-fenced’. This only applies to a part of school funding for years 7 to 11 and does not include 6th form funding at all. The real picture is very different.
To hear more, please sign up to the forthcoming funding presentations:
13th May, 7pm in the refectory – click here to book your place
19th May, 7pm in the refectory – click here to book your place
If you can’t make either of these, please get in touch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will find another opportunity. If you have already signed up, thank you and please try and encourage others to attend. This really is important.

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We had a wonderful Leavers’ Concert this week in the Pittville Pump Room and my thanks as always to Ellie Lane, our Director of Music, not just for this concert but for all the many concerts, shows and tours she has produced with these students during their time at Pate’s. It is clear to see what a huge impact these experiences have had on their lives.  This weekend - Pate’s Jazz Band will be performing on the Endsleigh free stage in the park on Sunday at about 12:45pm as part of the Jazz Festival – do go and support them if you are in town and soak up the festival atmosphere.

I am very much looking forward to Sports Days on Tuesday and Wednesday this week (starting at 1.30 & 1pm respectively) – parents are very well welcome to join us on the back field and cheer on the students as they battle it out for their House teams. Let’s hope the sun shines. Election posters have gone up around school and the students are weighing up their options ready to cast their votes. Also this week, just a reminder of the Y9 ‘Coffee’ Art competition (sponsored by Soho Coffee) exhibition / private view in the Gallery on Wednesday 6th May at 5-6.30pm. All are welcome!

Great news this week that our Pate’s Amnesteam won the Amnesty International Youth Awards in London this week, in the Best Campaigner category. “Pate’s Amnesteam impressed judges with their excellent forward planning and welcoming attitude towards new members. With their detailed lesson plans and dedication to outreach, this group has been extremely successful in promoting Amnesty throughout their school by routinely teaching younger year groups the importance of human rights domestically and worldwide. Judges were particularly impressed with their very thoughtful application and creative methods to get people involved.” (Click here to read the Amnesty International press release.) Congratulations to the team, especially to Y13 students Kate Harding, Natasha Ion, Colm Peare, Carys Sharkey and Zara von Benzon.

Performing Arts at Pate’s:
“The Sound of Music” has been announced as the Pate’s school show to be performing in November 2015. There will be a briefing for Years 7-12 in PAB on Tuesday 5th May at break and students are invited to come along to hear more about the show and how they can take part.
Live Theatre Nights at Pate’s – hit Sondheim musical “Into The Woods” from the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London on Wednesday May 6th @ 6.30-9.30pm in PAB. Tickets cost £3 and area available to buy on Ticketsource (here). Refreshments will be served.
Come along for a 'Night at the Musicals' (Wednesday 24th June 7-9pm) to hear some of your favourite West End songs, sung live to you by the students, and semi-staged in the rejuvenated Performing Arts Block Studio. You know you want to! You are welcome to come along dressed as your favourite character from the musicals should you so wish (no compulsion!), and there may even be the chance for a sing-along. An evening of laughter, tears, warmth and entertainment to while away a few of those midsummer hours. There will be refreshments available throughout the evening. All are welcome, and tickets cost £3 per person and are available on Ticketsource (here).
Congratulations to George McNulty, Pat Hession-Young & Joe Lumley’s band “Halfway to Nowhere” (which also includes Fintan Gleeson from Archway) which has been selected to perform at the National Finals of Music for Youth in Birmingham in the Rock Pop and Urban category, in July. They will attend workshops with industry professionals such as BBC Introducing and a gig in the evening. The boys will perform an 8 minute, 2 song set. Please follow this link for further details.

Pate’s Sport:
District Swimming Gala:  8 swimming teams from Pate's competed at Cheltenham Ladies College against all local schools in the annual District Gala. Our swimmers were a credit to school winning 4 trophies and breaking 4 District records:
Year 8 girls 2nd Year 7 boys 1st
Year 9 girls 1st Year 8 boys 3rd 
Years 10 & 11 girls 2nd Year 9 boys 3rd
Year 10 & 11 boys 1st
Overall boys 1st
New records were broken by:
Year 7 boys medley and freestyle relays
Year 10 & 11 girls medley relay
Joseph Giles - Year 7 boys 25m backstroke
Cricket season starts in the sun!
The cricket matches are well under way with 21 matches already played since the start of term. The 1st XI produced an excellent team display on Wednesday to beat the invitational adult team of the Gloucestershire Gipsies by 5 wickets. Congratulations to Hugo Smellie for hitting the winning runs and ending on 51 not out.
Congratulations to the following boys who, after a number of trials have been selected in Gloucestershire Cricket Squads for summer 2015. As well as playing for school they will compete in their selected teams against other Counties and Districts over the next few months:
County: Kiran Chakraborty U14s and Felix McDermott-Krasker U13s.
District: U15s - Henry Adams and Rutwik Kulkarni; U14s - Elliot Hayward; U13s - Tim Andrew, Oli Heaton-Jones and Matt Long.
Please follow our sport on http://www.patessport.org and on twitter@PatesSport

Just a final reminder for parents and students to check lost property before they go off on study leave. Anything will is not claimed will be disposed of at the end of term.

Students in Years 11 and 12 are preparing to go off on Study Leave this week, to prepare for their exams, and I would like to wish them all the very best with their exams which will shortly begin.  I wish all Pate's families a lovely bank Holiday weekend.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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