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 Headlines:

  • House Drama 2015 – Winners Gloucester!
  • Charity Day photos – over £1000 raised by the Charity Committee
  • Final Sports Update – including Rugby and pre-season training
  • Student Achievements
  • Oxford University Competition for girls
  • Lift-Share Enquiry – Quedgeley / Hardwicke area
  • Calendar & Term dates published for 2015-16
  • AMENDED Term dates published for 2016-17
  • Summer dates to note
  • Patesian Players perform ‘Daisy Pulls if Off’ 27-29 August
  • Gloucestershire Youth Players perform ‘As You Like It’ – July tour underway

What an incredible House Drama finale it was on Wednesday evening! The shows were thoroughly entertaining and our expert judges, Pamela Armstrong and Alexis Paterson, were completely blown away – in fact they stood up and joined in the medley, making as much noise as everyone else! They genuinely felt it had been a privilege to be involved, though I didn’t envy them the task of choosing a winner. Huge congratulations to the winners of House Drama 2015 - Gloucester, who also won the award for Musicality under the leadership of Freya Ireland. Other awards were Beaufort – Stagecraft; Richmond – Choreography; and York – Set / Design.  York also won Edward Derbyshire’s special Director’s ‘Director’ Award. Well done indeed to everyone!  

House Drama (digital) photos will be available to buy next week - we will let you know once they are published on the website.
House Drama DVD order form here (return in September)

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Our Y12 Charity Committee did a super job with their end of term festival on the field for everyone yesterday – a great success and great fun, raising over £1,000 for charity. Very well done to them for organising their day so seamlessly and for involving so many students. Congratulations to 7Y whose stall raised the most money on the day!

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Final Sports Update of the year:
Once again, Melissa Bird (Y11) was a stand out individual performer as she competed for the Gloucestershire team in the Intermediate Girls’ Discus at The English Schools National Championships. This year she was joined by Ellen Thrall (Y12) who threw the hammer in the Senior Girls’ age group (most of her competitors were a year older). Both girls represented themselves, Pate’s and the county brilliantly and finished in highly respectable 11th (Melissa) and 6th (Ellen) positions, having been selected amongst just 25 athletes from the whole county, boys and girls, across all events - a great achievement in itself!
A photo of our U13 winning cricket team (as mentioned in last week’s message):

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Rugby next term:
As we end our sporting year we are already keenly looking forward to next terms rugby season. Please click here for next season’s fixture card (can also be viewed on www.patessport.org). Also see the pre-season training letter and dates in the calendar item below.

Student Achievements:
The Y10 band “Halfway to Nowhere” - Pat Hession-Young, Joe Lumley and George McNulty (plus Fintan Gleeson from Archway) played in the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham Town Hall on Saturday - one of 10 bands from all round the UK. They got a standing ovation and also won the ‘Best Performance Practice’ award!!! They now wait to see whether they have been picked to play in the Royal Albert Hall at the Schools Proms in November. Congratulations and very well done to the boys, who have often entertained us, plus visitors to the school over the last 12 months. What an achievement!

Well done to Pate’s Y9 girls Bizzie Ascham, Jade Gough, Millie Jackson, Beth Taylor, Emily Woodall and Amy Jackson (Y12), who ran last weekend at the Cheltenham Race for Life Muddy Run. The girls got together and organised this fundraiser by themselves and have currently raised over £600! Their fundraising page is https://www.justgiving.com/amyjackson16/.

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Oxford University Competition: The competition, run by TNMOC and the University of Oxford in conjunction with cs4fn at Queen Mary University of London, is asking girls what they would like to communicate to Ada Lovelace. The competition is open to 3 age groups of girls: under 13, 13-15 and 16-18 years old – please follow this link for further details.

Lift-share enquiry: we have had an enquiry from a family living in the Quedgeley / Hardwicke area, looking for a possible lift share from September. If you would like to pursue this please contact the school office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in the first instance.

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)
Climbing club update: Please accept our apologies for the misinformation regarding Climbing Club. We can now confirm that the Climbing Club will take place for Y8 & 9 (ie current Y7/8) on MONDAYS from 7th September 4-6pm.
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.
AMENDED Term dates 2016-17 (here) – please note that INSET and training days will be added at a later date.
Summer dates:
Sound of Music workshops: Y11,12,13 students on Sunday 30th August 2-4pm; and Y7,8,9,10 students on Monday 31st August 2-4pm (school hall).
Rugby training for all playersclick here for details.

Summer Shows: Pate’s students past and present are involved in theatre productions over the summer as follows – why not go along and support them – you are guaranteed to have a great time, plus plenty of talented faces you will recognise! 
Patesian Players perform ‘Daisy Pulls it Off’ at the Cheltenham Playhouse on 27th, 28th & 29th August @ 7.45pm. Join us for a trip back into the 1920s with an affectionate look into the exclusive world of Grangewood School for Girls where not liking hockey is a sure sign of a rotter and pillow fights the most extreme form of wickedness. Then enter Daisy Meredith, the first girl to win a scholarship from an elementary school. Enjoy her spiffing adventures with new found best chum Trixie and be dismayed by the attempts to get her expelled. Throughout Daisy's honesty and integrity never wavers and from near despair, the story unfolds in true fairy tale tradition where all wrongs are righted and virtue properly rewarded. The girls are played by current Pate’s students (Y8-9) and their teachers by Pate’s alumni. Please click here for tickets.
Gloucestershire Youth Players (GYP) July 2015 Season. Please click on the image below for full details of dates and venues and how to book.

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In the final assembly of the year this morning I presented Sports colours and awards (both to individuals, teams and Houses) to students from all year groups. Students showed their appreciation to staff, Heads of House in particular and also to those teachers who are moving on to new challenges, or, in the case of Malcom and Pat Andrew, Rod Ashman and Sally Houlton, retiring after a combined 128 years of teaching at Pate’s Grammar School! My thanks to all the staff for such a great year, but also my thanks on behalf of the staff to all of our students and their parents; we will look forward to returning in September to continue the journey. In the meantime, I wish everyone a long and enjoyable summer holiday and the best of luck for those results days!  I'll see you there!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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