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HEADLINES:

  • This week at Pate’s
  • Music Competition Results (here)
  • Spanish Work Experience Exchange – Feb 2016
  • Y8 & 9 (ie current Y7 & 8) Extra-curricular opportunities from September
  • Fundraising presentation at Cirencester Mon 6 July @ 7pm
  • Tai Ahmed winner of Exeter University essay competition (read it here)
  • Speaker from Palestine
  • Sponsorship opportunity for Richmond House next year
  • House Drama update
  • School Reunion for 2005 and 2010 leavers Sat 4 July @ 12pm

It has been a fabulously creative Arts Week at Pate’s, with a celebration almost every night of the week, including the A Level Art exhibition, Sports evening and Junior Concert. These have been wonderful opportunities for the students to showcase and celebrate what they are passionate about and I am enormously grateful to staff for organising them; I know that the benefits will be felt by those students long after they have grown up and left school.  In assembly this morning our new Y12 Wellbeing Committee introduced themselves and their aspirations for their year in office. They hope to promote an all-round sense of wellbeing within the school community and environment through a variety of organised opportunities and events, as well as masterminding the school recycling project, and I very much look forward to hearing more about their work in September.

Our Charity Committee has launched its annual Charity Day event, which will take place on the penultimate afternoon of this term, 16th July. They have organised an exciting summer festival with rides and attractions on the school field. Students are invited to pay £1 to dress in mufti on a Festival theme. Committee members will be selling £5 wristbands which will allow unrestricted access to the rides and attractions all afternoon. (Please make a note that if the weather holds it will be important for the students to be prepared with hats and sunscreen on that day.)

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Well done to everyone who took part in this week’s Music Competition and congratulations to the winners (please click here to see results).  The overall standard is always high and this year was no exception. 

Spanish Work Experience Exchange – Feb 2016. This is an invaluable opportunity for Spanish A Level students to undertake a week’s work experience in Spain; examples of typical placements are shops, restaurants, cafés, hotels and kindergartens. These expertly managed and fully supported work experience placements offer students the opportunity to develop their skills and confidence whilst giving them a huge advantage in CVs and university applications. Please click here for full details and a reply slip, which should be completed and returned before 11th September, along with a deposit of £175.

Extra-curricular Opportunities from September:
Y8 (ie current Y7) Advanced Cycle Training – w/c 28th September. Please click here for full details and reply slip, which should be returned by 11th September.
Y8 & 9 (ie current Y7/8) Climbing Wall - 6 week courses on Mondays from September 4-6pm. This course will cost £30. Please click here for full details of how to book.
Y9 (ie current Y8) Air Rifle Shooting - 6 week courses on Wednesdays from September 4-6pm. This course will cost £30. Please click here for full details of how to book.

Just a last minute reminder that, as I have said at our funding presentations, we are going on tour! On Monday 6th July at 7pm, the Bursar Stephen Locke, the Vice Chair of Governors Wallace Ascham, Shirley Park, the Development Officer and I will be at the United Business Centres (Midlands) Ltd, in Cirencester, GL7 6JJ, to give the presentation (further directions are available here). There are a couple of places still available, so if you would like to attend please book here. It is really important to us that as many people as possible hear the facts and to that end we will come to you. I am extremely grateful to Pauline Foster and Liz Speak (year 10 parents) of Foster and Brown Research Ltd for providing the venue for us free of charge. If anyone else feels they can offer a venue that would serve a gathering of Pate’s parents, out of Cheltenham, please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Continuing on this theme I am delighted at the response so far to our Making £nds Meet Appeal. Thank you so much to everyone who is actively supporting us. However, we still need many, many more of you to do so. Please help us and donate using the link here. A separate progress report will be sent out next week.

I am delighted that Tai Ahmed in Year 12 has been awarded first prize for a prestigious essay competition run by Exeter university. Tai's essay was the category winner for the topic ‘Delving into water’s hidden depths’ and will receive a prize of £500. The school will receive £250 in book vouchers. Click here to read Tai's essay. 

Today Pate's welcomed Fadi Diab from Ramallah in Palestine for a lunchtime talk on 'Life in Palestine' with our 6th Formers. An informative and unique insight was given into the current political climate in the West Bank and a range of questions were asked on what daily life was like and their views on potential solutions to the current on-going conflict in the area. Ramallah is the biggest city and home of the Palestinian Authority. We are very grateful to Fadi for his time today and also to Mike Scott-Baumann, historian and textbook writer on the Middle East for organising the visit.

I am hugely grateful to our House Sponsors, TVM Cheltenham Ltd (Beaufort), Harrison Clark Rickerbys (Gloucester), Welstone Ltd (Richmond) and Evans Jones Ltd (York) for their support of the 4 houses this year. I am delighted that 3 of them are continuing to sponsor next year. However after many years of support from Welstone Ltd, we now need to find a new sponsor for Richmond from September. If you are interested in knowing more please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – perks will include complimentary reserved seats at House Music and House Drama next year (very valuable when you consider that this year’s House Drama finale sold out almost overnight!).

House Drama ticket update: there are just a few tickets remaining for the Tuesday evening performance (14th July) and more available for the Wednesday matinée (15th July); Wednesday evening is sold out – please click here to buy the last remaining tickets. 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.

I am looking forward to our school reunion this weekend (Saturday at 12pm in the Refectory), when we will welcome back those who left in 2005 and 2010. It is always a really enjoyable event and a chance for everyone to get together with staff and friends and see how the school has changed since they left, or possibly more importantly find some things just the same as they always were…

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

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