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 HEADLINES:

  • This week at Pate’s
  • Important note regarding communications with parents (Schoolcomms)
  • Performing Arts Update
  • Art Department News
  • Trips Update
  • Travel to School Update
  • Student extra-curricular achievements
  • Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers due in
  • Berkhampstead School 70th Anniversary celebrations

We had blustery Sports Day finals this week but the students were stoic and fought a very close battle for the House Cup. The final winners were not known until the relays – congratulations once again to Gloucester on a very close win, beating Richmond by only 1 point! Please click here for details of the record-breakers (8 in all) as well as the individual sports awards. Well done to all who took part in such challenging conditions and my thanks to Simon Dandy and the PE staff for organising such a professional and enjoyable competition.

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Congratulations to the Big Band for once again bringing the Cheltenham Jazz Festival Jazz it Up stage to a resounding climax last weekend! The official photographer took some great photos – please click here to see them (also available to buy online). My thanks to Gill Mew for all her hard work with the band.

You will have read by now my recent communications relating to the funding cuts we are facing. Today’s general election result won’t change anything as education was not high on the agenda for any of the parties, and I discussed the situation with our students in assembly this morning because I feel it is important to share with them the facts. Thank you so much to the many of you who have already signed up to attend one of the forthcoming finance presentations. If you haven’t yet put your name down, please do so.
The funding presentations are taking place on:
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. The more people who are aware and know the solutions, the more likely we will be able to continue to offer our students a fabulous education.

On the subject of the general election, 3 lucky Y13 Pate’s Politics students won a draw to attend the election count for Cheltenham on Thursday - Matt Cowley, Sally Gleeson and Josh Henry attended last night’s count and declaration, kindly arranged by the then Independent candidate for Cheltenham, Richard Lupson-Darnell. This event was not open to the public and was a once in a lifetime opportunity for them to witness the results of the Cheltenham constituency as it happened and I am very grateful to Mr Lupson-Darnell for giving them the opportunity.

Communication with Parents (Schoolcomms):
We are seeing a steady increase in the number of parents who have registered with Schoolgateway over the past couple of weeks. The aim is for as many parents as possible to register with Schoolgateway as this will be the online payment option for all trips and catering as we move forward. Please could we remind those parents who have not as yet registered that they will need to do this by Friday 22nd May as over the half term break we will be switching the online payment option for cashless catering over to the new system and the current sQuid online payment option will cease. Therefore in order for you to continue to top up funds online for catering then you need to have a registered with Schoolgateway by the start of the new half term. All trips have already ceased via sQuid and we are in the process of transferring new trips and some existing trips over to Schoolcomms.

  • Catering:  You can still top up on line via sQuid until half term on an ‘as needed’ basis. The only thing that really needs to be cancelled is any auto-top up you may have set up. The accounts will be transferred to Schoolgateway over the half term break which will effectively zero the sQuid account, and hence trigger an auto top-up if still in place. After half term you will then to up via the Schoolgateway for catering.
  • Trips: Once we have the online payment options for trips set up we will email parents again. Currently any trips can be paid for by cash or cheque. We hope to start using this in the near future and will be launched on a trip by trip basis.
  • Email and Text messaging:  You should by now be receiving this Head’s bulletin and Head of Year Updates via Schoolcomms. In addition this week we have instigated the option of texting primary contacts if we have an unexplained absence at morning registration.
  • To register: First - Visit the website: Go to http://www.schoolgateway.com and click on the ‘New User’ tab. There will also be a direct link from our website, via the Parents Portal for ease of access.  Fill in your email address and your mobile number: you will then receive a text message from 01242 650113 with a PIN number. Now click on the ‘Existing User’ tab and log in with your email address and your PIN.
  • Trouble logging in?  It may be because the school does not have your current email and phone number set up on your record. Please contact the school on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will update the details on our system.
  • Second – Download the app:  If you have a smartphone, please download the ‘School Gateway’ app from your app store (Android and Iphone). Please do consider using the app: not only does it give you a convenient ‘dashboard’ with all the information shown on the website, it also allows you to contact the school for free and it will also save the school a considerable amount of money by reducing our text charges.

Performing Arts Update:
Looking ahead to the school show in November – “The Sound of Music” details are now released (here) with all you need to know about auditions, rehearsal schedules and performance dates, including how to get involved behind the scenes. Formal auditions will take place in September, but there will be fun drama warmup workshops on Sunday 30th August (Y11-13) and Monday 31st August (Y7-10) running 2-4pm in the hall, just before term starts, which will of course include our new Y7 and Y12 students.

Upcoming Events:
A 'Night at the Musicals' (Wednesday 24th June 7-9pm) - 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. There will be refreshments available throughout the evening. All are welcome, and tickets cost £3 per person and are available on Ticketsource (here).

Art Department News:
Y12 Art students Matthew Hallett, Katie Jones and Rishitha Jonnalagadda submitted art work into the 16 -18 category of the Gloucester Open Art Competition and have all be selected to exhibit. Not only that, but Rish won the overall price which is an opportunity to curate a solo show at The White Room Gallery. Please follow this link for more details about the competition and its exhibitions in the Gloucester City Museum, Gloucester Quays and The White Room Gallery between now and 7th June. Congratulations and well done to them all.

The current exhibition showing in the Art Gallery is ‘Coffee Art’; our Y9 Art students have produced a variety of coffee-inspired art in response to a competition run by SOHO Coffee Company. Penny Manuel from SOHO attended our private view this week and has donated art materials as prizes for the students’ work. Please follow this link to the SOHO website to have a quick look at some of their art. My thanks to Penny and to SOHO for their continued support of our Art Department.

Trips Update:
Y11 Alton Towers trip June 2015 - any unpaid, non-returned slips need to be returned as soon as possible please.
Y7 Drayton Manor trip June 2015 - any unpaid, non-returned slips need to be returned as soon as possible please.

Travel to School Update:
Marchants busesplease click here for details of changes to the service and fares (recently handed out to students by Marchants). Please contact Marchants direct on 01242-257714 if you have any queries.
Proposed new bus route from West Swindon (Link Centre) – one of our families has been in discussion with Denwell Mini Coaches regarding setting up a new route from September if there is sufficient interest in sharing the cost. If you would like to explore this further or register an interest please contact Denwell direct on 01452-863377.

‘Connected Economists’ is a free magazine written by students for students; it has a truly global perspective with articles have been contributed from around the world, and Henry Mitchell (Y13) was selected to join the editorial team over a year ago along with two students from Eton College and one from Denstone College. The team have faced many hurdles, involving legal teams, graphic designers and printers; and working with two editors living in the United States has presented a unique challenge for them. Their magazine is now published and distributed across the UK, as well as being launched in the United States, Dubai, Australia and Hong Kong. Copies can be found in the library and Economics Department and, if any students are interested in contributing to future editions, they should please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Henry direct.

You may remember that Y12 students Sam Fraser, Annabel Manley, Hay-Yeung Tang, Paul Wang and Ben Winch got through to the National Schools Employability Challenge (NSEC) final, run by RateMyApprenticeship and supported by PwC, which took place at the PwC London office recently. Congratulations to Hay-Yeung who was declared as the overall winner of the national competition and is therefore now officially the most employable student in Britain! He was awarded a week of paid work experience at PwC, as well as a brand new iPad and a trophy. Please visit our website (here) to read more details of how the students qualified through the various stages of the competition and the final itself.

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Congratulations also to Douglas Wescott (Y11), who has just heard that he has been selected from approximately 100 candidates to receive a gliding scholarship with the Honourable Company of Air Pilots. He will be undertaking glider pilot training and hopes to gain his wings over the summer.

Just a reminder to send in your Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers now that the scheme has finished so that we can claim our awards (there is a collection box at Reception).

Did you attend Berkhampstead School? They are holding its 70th anniversary celebrations and would like to invite their old-boys and girls to join their Platinum Celebration weekend on 15-17th May. Please contact Mrs Simons on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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