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HEADLINES:

  • Parents’ Fundraising Presentation and Update – Tuesday 23rd June @ 5.30pm
  • Ski Trip 2016
  • Extra-curricular clubs reminder
  • Lost Property – final call!
  • Current Vacancy – German Foreign Language Assistant
  • Sports Update
  • Pate’s Reading Challenge
  • Gloucester Academy of Music summer courses
  • National Youth Theatre success

Half term has arrived, bringing some much needed respite from GCSEs and A Level exams.  Our young musicians set off for Cardiff this morning, very excited at the prospect of the concerts and sightseeing Ms Lane has organised for them and I am very grateful to her for providing such a fabulous opportunity that they will never forget.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the many parents who have given up their valuable time to attend our finance presentations. It’s not pleasant listening but I hope you will agree (and the feedback received certainly suggests that is the case) that we have a very real and better alternative in our ‘Making £nds Meet’ Appeal.  We are aware that there are still many parents who would like to attend, so we will give the presentation again on the Tuesday 23rd June at 5.30pm. To help us prepare sufficient seating, please, if possible, book a place in advance via Ticket Source here.  Please note, that the year 11 Alton Towers trip is estimated to return to school at 6.30pm so hope that parents picking up from this might be able to attend the presentation in advance. The initial response has been encouraging; thank you to all those who have already returned their donation forms or donated via Virgin Money Giving. However there is still a long way to go, so please do help if you can. Further links and information available here - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any further queries. I look forward to providing an update on how much of the shortfall we have eaten in to, after half term. 

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Trip Launch - Ski Trip 2016.  Our long-running and very popular ski trip organised by the PE Department (open to current Y7, 8 & 9 students) will return once again to Wagrain in Austria during February half term next year.  The cost of the trip is £870 – please follow this link for full details.  Please complete an application form (here) and send in along with a deposit of £100 by Friday 7th June.  Names will be drawn from a hat if the trip is over-subscribed.

Reminder re extracurricular clubs – please click here for a reminder of clubs and activities for this term.

Final notice for claiming lost property!  All this term’s lost property will be on display for one week after half term – parents and students are welcome to come to the lost property office in Reception to sift through and claim anything which might have been lost.  All named items will of course have been returned to students, but any unnamed items which are not claimed within the week will have to be disposed of. 

Current Vacancy (reminder):  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. For full details of the role and how to apply please visit our website (here) and to apply please send in a Support Staff application form along 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.

Sports Update:
It has been a busy, action packed week of sport at Pate’s:
1. Congratulations to the 20 Pate’s athletes who have been selected to compete in the Gloucestershire Athletics Championships on Sunday 7th June at The Prince of Wales Stadium.
2. The Year 7 and 8 cricket teams progressed into the next rounds of the County Cup after victories over Dean Academy and Wycliffe.
3. Over 85 athletes from Year 7 to 10 competed in an athletics meeting against Cleeve on Wednesday night, many producing some impressive performances.
4. After the success of our athletes in the County Round of the English Schools Track and Field Cup, all the teams have been selected to compete in the Regional Finals at the Exeter Arena on Monday 8th June.
5. Our U13 boys handball team represented the South West with much pride on Tuesday but unfortunately missed out on a place at the National Finals next month.
6. In an average week of sport at Pate’s, hundreds of pupils were involved playing 16 fixtures across 5 sports.

Pate’s Reading Challenge - a number of students in KS3 and KS4 signed up to the Pate’s Library Reading Challenge back in January.  Each participant set themselves a personal target of the number of books they wished to read by May 15th- a date chosen to enable all years to participate ahead of study leave.  All participants were entered into a draw for each key stage and Mr Ellicott kindly agreed to make the draw. The winners of £10 Waterstones vouchers are: Paras Garg 7B (KS3) and Emanuelle Paulson 11R (KS4).  Congratulations to Paras and Emanuelle and thank you to all of our participants.  The Library will run another challenge next year so watch out for details in the Library.

Gloucester Academy of Music is running summer courses again this year, with a range of music courses, from a Singing Weekend to Orchestral courses, the opportunity to study for the Grade 5 Theory exam, plus Jazz Rock Pop and Soul.  Please follow this link to their website for full details.

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Congratulations to Bella Maxwell (Y10) who has successfully auditioned for the National Youth Theatre.   Each year NYT receives over 4,500 applicants and is able to offer 500 places on its summer acting and technical courses (in costume, lighting and sound, scenery and prop making, and stage management).  On completion of her course Bella will be eligible to become a member and to audition for the company’s productions, which are staged in London's West End, around the UK, and internationally.  This is an incredibly competitive audition process and I am aware that a number of very talented Pate’s students auditioned but were disappointed this time; I hope they will try again another year.  My thanks to Edward Derbyshire for his support and encouragement which I know is very much appreciated by the students.

I would like to wish all Pate’s families a happy half term, which I know for many will involve revision, but hopefully with plenty of opportunities to get out and about and relax with friends and family.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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