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  • House Drama update and information
  • Charity Day update - + please don’t forget sunscreen / sunhats! (Thurs 16th July)
  • Community Committee work
  • Young Geographer of the Year Competition
  • Trips update
  • Sports update
  • School Calendar 2015-16 – now published
  • Term Dates 2016-17 – now published
  • Student medication to be collected from the front office please

We have arrived at the last week of term and school is busier than ever in the build up to the grand finale of House Drama, when our students will be bringing to the stage shows which they themselves have scripted, choreographed and rehearsed, not forgetting the huge contribution of band members and tech and media crews, as well as the intense business of producing their own programmes and DVDs. Many other schools can only dream of such things; how lucky we are to have such spirit and such talent. House competitions are one of things which makes Pate’s special and I know that the students are very grateful to their Heads of House – Alex Derbyshire, Sophie Dodds, Joel Herbert and Sam Pickering – for getting behind them. I would like to thank parents for all your help with pick-ups, costumes, learning lines, etc. – I am certain you will agree it was all worthwhile! The sixth form production teams have been outstanding and have done an amazing job managing the record-breaking numbers of students wanting to be involved. My family is very much looking forward to performances next week, and none of it could be possible without Edward Derbyshire’s expertise and tireless enthusiasm, along with Rachel Thorpe’s masterminding of the complex logistics!

House Drama Notes:

  • Cast - Wednesday arrangements: 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 (including a vegetarian option), although students are welcome to bring a packed tea if they would rather. There will also be drinks and ice creams available to buy from the PA.
  • Parking & Pickup: We are hoping to provide parking on the school field for those coming to see the shows. For those parents driving in to pick up students after the show there will be a one way system in operation - please drive straight up around the back of OED, where there will be an exit gate open. Please arrange for your children to meet you there. I must stress very strongly the importance of parking considerately if parking offsite in the surrounding area – our neighbours do suffer increased disturbance and traffic on show nights and it is imperative that driveways are not blocked, even for 5 minutes. Your support with this would be greatly appreciated.
  • DVDs: House Drama DVDs will be filmed and produced once again by our student tech crew. These will cost £10 each and will be available when we return to school in September. Please click here to download an order form, which should be returned to the school office with payment before we break up for the summer. Order forms will also be available on performance nights.
  • Ticket update: both performances night are sold out and there are just a few tickets remaining for the Wednesday matinée performance (15th July) – please click here to buy tickets.

Enough about House Drama for now... because we also have Charity Day for the whole school to look forward to, and here is a message from the Charity Committee:
Next week on Thursday 16th July, Pate’s Charity Committee are hosting the annual Charity Day. From 1.35pm we will have a range of inflatables on the field, like Pillow Wars, Sumo Wrestling, a large bouncy castle, Gladiators and Last Man Standing (one of only 8 in the country). This will also be accompanied by a range of stalls run by every form in year 7 to 9. It will cost just £5 for a wristband to get unlimited goes on each inflatable and the bands will be on sale in the refectory at break and lunch all of the coming week. It will cost £1 to come in mufti and we have chosen a festival theme so we encourage everyone to bring out their flower crowns and come onto the field for live music, candyfloss and the chance to get polaroid photos with their friends. Burgers and hotdogs will be on sale from the refectory. Please remember to bring in some change. The charities we are supporting this year are: Water Aid, Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, The Brain Tumour Charity, St James City Farm and Goedgedacht. Please give generously to these worthy charities! (PS Please don’t forget sunscreen / sunhats!)

Community Committee:  earlier this week a great time was had by the mums and toddlers who visited school with local charity Family Space. Community Committee students had organised the event, with fun and games and a picnic in the wild area – well done to them on this invaluable outreach work. They also led assembly this morning and shared their plans for the coming year; including reading with local children, care home visits and Christmas cards and hampers.  There will be lots of opportunities for our students to engage with and contribute to our local community over the coming months and the Community Committee have made a great start.

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Our school reunion last weekend was a great success – we had school leavers from 5 years ago, and 10 years ago, and they and staff enjoyed catching up on all the news.  It is always so good to welcome students back and my thanks to to the staff who gave up their Saturday afternoon to come along and see how everyone is getting on.  My special thanks to Shirley Park for organising such an enjoyable day for everyone.

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Young Geographer of the Year Competition: congratulations to all of our talented Y7 and Y8 Geographers who entered this competition. The standard of the approximately 200 entries was very high, with evidence of considerable time being spent on research and presentation. We had a very difficult task choosing our winners and had to focus on the entries that directly answered the question set: Does Antarctica matter? The winning entries, which will now be entered into the Royal Geographical Society's national competition, were written by: Luke Buck, Alice Cooper, Helena Cox, Juwayriyah Dhalech, Isaac Fee, Shenuka Haegoda, Ben Halliwell, Coco Heppner, Florence Lazenby and Sam Thomas. Well done!

Trips Update:
SKI 2016 – please note that the payment schedule for accepted SKI trip places is now available on School Comms.

Our Sports Teams Photos
The summer team photos are now available to view and purchase online using the link and security code below. Also find the winter security code for those of you who have not had time to purchase your winter team photos.
Summer sports team photos (here)  A security code is needed this is 11578-99208.
Winter sports team photos (here)  A security code is needed this is 11408-69160.
District Cricket Success
Last Friday both the U15 & U13 Cricket teams played in the District Finals at Cheltenham Cricket Club. The U15s were drawn against Bournside, who had recently been crowned County Champions. Pate’s batted first but could only post 102 after some good bowling, and it was always going to be a tough ask to defend. Despite taking 5 wickets, the total proved to be too small and Bournside knocked the total off with plenty of time to spare.  The U13 game proved to be a different match altogether. This time against Tewkesbury, Pate’s once again batted first but made a commanding total of 200-9 from their 30 overs with Felix McDermott-Krasker scoring an impressive 66. Although Tewkesbury started positively they struggled when Pate’s turned to spin and it was Nick Frank who finished with 5-14 from his short spell that ripped through tail end to give Pate’s the win.

School Year 2015-16 - Calendar:
The school calendar for the next school year is now published and available on the school website and also via Plato (quick links below):
School calendar (here)
Term dates 2015-16 (here) - please note that, to allow for staff training and development, there will be 8 early finishes throughout the school year, when buses will arrive at 2pm, as well as the usual INSET days when no students are in school.
Term dates 2016-17 (here) – please note that INSET and training days will be added at a later date.

Finally, please could I remind parents and students to collect any unused personal medication from the school office before the end of term.  I look forward to seeing many of you at the House Drama performances this week.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

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