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  • This week at Pate’s
  • Cricket Week
  • Sports Team Photos
  • Sports Celebration Evening Tues 30th June @ 7pm
  • Junior Concert Thur 2nd July @ 7pm
  • House Drama update
  • Gloucestershire Youth Players’ summer tour dates

It has been a great week of cricket and House Drama rehearsals. The theme for this week’s Flexible Learning Day was ‘resourcefulness’ and students spent the day pitching their wits at various challenges, including making models and launching rockets, and I hope the students involved in ‘Pate’s Resourceful Monopoly’ fared well in their attempts at running the school finances!

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Also this week we were delighted to welcome former pupil Ben Chacko into Pate's to talk to our Sixth Form students. Ben, who left Pate's in 2002, is now the youngest ever editor of the left wing newspaper, the Morning Star. He delivered a fantastic talk on the topics of the 'Power of the Media' and 'Is Socialism Dead?' and ran a Q & A workshop with our the students. Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn recently commented, “The Morning Star is the most precious and only voice we have in the daily media. I look forward to working with Ben in promoting socialism and progress." A fascinating insight was given by Ben into the concentration of power in the media, press ownership and its impact on the free media; commenting that 80% of newspapers are owned by 6 people. 50 students attended the talk and asked a range of insightful questions on the role of free speech, the influence of the media on politics and Ben's views on socialism. We are extremely grateful to Ben for taking time out of his busy schedule to come and talk to our students.  Click here to read more about Ben from The Guardian.

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Sports teams photos:

After the success of our winter sports teams photos we have organised Academy Portraits to visit Pate's next week to complete all our summer sports (cricket, athletics, tennis and rounders). Please ensure that students bring the appropriate and clean kit for the dates below.
Tuesday 30th June - Year 9 boys cricket - 1.30pm (before house matches), Year 10 @ 1.45-2.05pm, Year 8 @ 2.10-2.30pm, Year 7 @ 2.35-2.55pm
Friday 3rd July - Year 9, period 12.35pm.
The photos taken professionally by Academy Portraits of all our winter sports teams are now available to view and purchase via using the security code: 11408-69160.  The photos look great so please take a look.

Cricket festival week:

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We have been blessed with some fantastic weather enabling cricket week to be the most successful ever. The 1st XI defeated a spirited Headmaster’s XI on Monday when old boys returned to Pate's to challenge the senior team over a timed game. School chased down the 240 runs with George Adams (59), Seb Ellis (69) and Benji Grew (71 not out) steering the team home.  An U15 girls XI really enjoyed the experience of playing on the grass square against Kings, Gloucester. Both teams produced similar batting totals but Kings bowled slightly tighter and conceded fewer extras, winning the game by 12 runs.  On Wednesday, with half the year group in Normandy, the U12 A and B teams defeated Tewkesbury and played in good spirit. In the A team James Dawson was the pick of the bowlers with James Dadd (34 not out) top scoring.  The highlight of the week for the 1st XI was the challenge of an MCC adult select team on Thursday. For the first time in many years school bowled out the MCC for 241, with George Adams leading the attack with some real pace. The chase started outstandingly with Ashley Hughes and Henry Mitchell leading the way as openers. After a mid-order collapse, Seb Ellis and Tom Elsey controlled the game before Alex Chalklin hit the winning run with 4 overs remaining. A superb result for the 1st XI. They are now looking forward to the challenge of taking on Trinity Grammar School from Melbourne on Saturday in an Ashes year.  Many thanks to the parents who have volunteered to host the Australians and Warner's Motor Group for supplying their marquee.

Finally, just a reminder of our Sports Celebration Evening this Tuesday 30th June (in the main hall at 7-9.30pm). It has been an incredible sporting year at Pate’s – do come along to celebrate it and to hear our guest speaker ex-student Holly Hill, who was part of the Cambridge Boat Race Crew who rowed on the Thames this year. There will be a bar, selling drinks and snacks on the evening run by girls touring South Africa this July. Please reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a place. Please note that students are not required to wear school uniform for this event.

I am very much looking forward to Arts Week next week, especially the Junior Concert on Thursday (2nd July evening @ 7pm). This is a wonderful summer concert marking the culmination of a year in Music at Pate’s; it is marvellous to see how much the musicians have matured and developed since the Autumn Concert at the start of the year. No advance booking required for this concert; tickets cost £5 (adults) and £3 (students) and will be available at the door on the night. The PA will be running their bar and I hope we will be able to enjoy the interval outside on a warm summer’s evening. This is one not to miss, as well as the Sixth Form Art Exhibition which will be showing in the Art Gallery all week, with a Private View on Wednesday 1st July 4.30-7pm – all are welcome to come along to enjoy a glass something cool and see the stunning art which has been produced by the sixth formers.

House Drama tickets are now on sale via Ticketsource on our website (here) and are selling very quickly – they cost £8 (adults) and £3 (students) and can also be purchased over the counter at Reception. This year there will be 3 performances as follows: Tuesday 14th July @ 7pm; and Wednesday 15th July Matinée @ 2.30pm, as well as the Wednesday evening performance @ 7pm, when the judging will take place. Please note that participating students should stay in school on the Wednesday after the matinée, ready for the evening performance. The Parents’ Association will kindly be cooking and selling hot dogs for tea, although students are welcome to bring a packed tea if they would rather.

A further reminder about the Gloucestershire Youth Players (GYP) July 2015 Season. GYP is a theatre group for local young people over 16, set up and run by our Head of Drama Edward Derbyshire. They go on tour next month with their production of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ and a number of Pate’s students and alumni are involved - please click on the image below for full details of dates and venues and how to book.

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Staff attended various training workshops in school today and I hope families will benefit from the long weekend.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master