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  • The class of 2015 – Leavers’ celebrations
  • Sports News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Trip Launch – German Exchange
  • Current Vacancies
  • Chernobyl Children's Lifeline Link appeal for clothing
  • Home to School Travel Update
  • Connected Economists Magazine download

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Today is Leavers’ Day, a day of celebration for our Year 13s. They started the day with a full cooked breakfast and the whole school enjoyed their special awards assembly and citations. To quote the lyrics from this year’s Leavers’ Song, “All Star”, they have so much to do and so much to see, and we will certainly miss them, but hope they will join us for our Y14 Christmas reunion, as is now tradition. It was lovely to welcome Y13 parents into school last night for farewell drinks and to thank them for their support, not least, as Joe said in his speech, the many hours spent ironing as those school shirts over the past 7 years!

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Thank you so much to those of you who took time out of your busy schedules to attend the finance presentation on Wednesday evening. I hope you now share our determination and passion to do something about the situation that we are facing. We are repeating the presentation on Tuesday 19th May at 7pm in the refectory, for those that haven’t yet seen it - click here to book your place.
If you are not able to attend, 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. Further information is available here on the website.

Pate's Sport Update:

English Schools Athletics Cup Winners:
Pate's organised the Gloucestershire Round of the English Schools Track and Field Cup on Monday when schools from all over the County competed at the Prince of Wales Stadium. In their first championships of the season the Pate's teams performed competitively with some PBs achieved. We hope all teams will progress to the South West Finals. Pate's were by far the top performing team in all 4 competitions. For more detailed results follow this link.
Junior boys - 2nd by 6 points
Junior girls - 3rd, 8 points off winners
Inter boys - 1st by 27 points
Inter girls - 1st by 23 points
Sports Day photos - Field Events:
During the excitement of sportsday last week a professional photographer took many photos during the field events afternoon. The photos which look great can be viewed and purchased using the following link: http://chrisham.jalbum.net
Pate's Sport Team Photos:
After Easter we took team photos of all our sports team. The photos look fantastic and will be available to view and purchase on-line shortly. Please keep an eye open over the next few weeks for further information.
Good luck to U13 Handball Squad - our U13 boys handball squad travel to Swindon on Tuesday to represent the South West in the South of England Championships. The winners will move forward to the National Finals in June. Good luck!

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).

Trip Launch (current Y8 & 9) - German Exchange 2015/16:  An excellent opportunity for students to practise their German in real-life situations, plus the social and cultural benefits are also tremendously valuable, as students will experience life in a foreign country at first hand, living with a German family for ten days, trying different food, visiting different places and living according to different customs. The cost of this trip will be £325 (depending on the number of students involved). Please send in deposits of £100 to reserve a place by 22nd May (full details and reply slip here).

Current Vacancies:
We are looking for a German Foreign Language Assistant to work approximately 12 hours per week (minimum hourly rate £12) between October 1st 2015 - May 31st 2016 on a fixed term contract. The ideal candidate will be a native speaker of German, with a keen interest in youth culture, current affairs, film and literature and may also be familiar with the AS and A2 topics. Responsibilities include planning for one-to-one and pair-work sessions with 6th form students and those lower down the school, with the aim of improving fluency, pronunciation, confidence, building vocabulary and to inspire a deeper interest in German and German culture. To apply for this post please complete a Support Staff application form (here on our website) and send it with a covering letter explaining why the job appeals to you, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 3rd June @ 4pm.

The Geography Department are supporting the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline Link again this year. Belarus is still badly affected by the Chernobyl disaster, food is still contaminated and many children are still suffering with many illnesses from birth. Each year CCLL sponsors 10 children to come to the UK from Belarus for a month's respite visit - while here they get access to safe food, dentist and optician as well as taking part in lots of activities from canoeing to a visit to the seaside all of which is believed to extend their lives by several years.  The students arrive with just one set of clothes, so we are asking for donations of any clothing aged eight to thirteen years. Hopefully everyone is now bringing out their summer clothes from last year, so they can bring in any that no longer fit!! Clothes need to be in good condition (no school uniform, nightwear or socks please). A collection box will be available in reception. Thank you.

Home to School Travel Update:
Marchants Passengers: please follow this link for further information following the new pricing arrangements proposed by Marchants.
New Marchants M3 service will be calling at Cheltenham Spa railway station from September - (stop opposite Tesco Express) at 08:20am to take to Pate’s, dropping off in the afternoon at 4pm, to serve those students travelling by train.
We have a lift-share enquiry from a new parent living in the Bristol area who would like to make contact with families who travel to and from school on the train. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be put in touch.

Connected Economists magazine – the magazine by students for students - download your free copy here. Please see the website (here) for a full article.

On behalf of all the staff at Pate’s I wish our Y13 leavers the very best for the future (and for their exams in a few weeks!). It has been a privilege to have been part of their upbringing; I anticipate great things for them and I’m sure they will keep in touch with all their latest news.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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