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Headlines:

  • Alex Chalk MP visit to Pate's
  • House Music
  • Rugby Coach Vacancy in school
  • Trips Update
  • Calendar Update
  • Pate’s Choral Concert – would you like to join the choir for this concert?
  • Extra-curricular clubs and achievements
  • Pate’s Music Society launched for students
  • ** House Drama DVDs are now available for collection from Reception **

Assembly this morning was led by the students who went on the Canada trip this summer. They showed photos of the stunning scenery and wild animals they saw, and told us of the challenges they faced canoeing in very turbulent waters and living in the wild. It certainly was the trip of a lifetime and one which Mrs Jowett hopes to run again in 2017 - my thanks to her for all her hard work in organising the trip (I hope everything has now dried out!).  This afternoon our local MP Alex Chalk visited the school to talk to Headteachers of Cheltenham schools about funding and his efforts to redress the imbalance (and Gloucestershire's serious underfunding issues).  He has spoken up on this issue in the House of Commons and has lobbied the Education Secretary, and we will continue to keep this issue at the forefront of ministers' minds.  Afterwards he was kind enough to talk to a group of our 6th form students about life as an MP and he gave a range of insightful responses to questions from the audience on current political questions such as national security, adversarial politics, the Syrian refugee crisis to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership election.   We would like to express our sincere thanks to Mr Chalk for such a fascinating talk.

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House Music this week and there is a buzz around school, with students are getting together in any available space they can find to rehearse - the school is full of music and singing! We have more students than ever before taking this year; both evening performances sold out in record time and I know that there are parents who have not been able to get the tickets they wanted. We have waiting lists for tickets on both nights so please do let us know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any tickets you no longer need so that we can refund you and reallocate them. There are still seats available for the Thursday matinée – available to buy online here, or from Reception – we have sold over 200 tickets for the matinée and there will be a great atmosphere (plus a much better view in many cases). Please note that on performance nights there will be no standing room as, with so many performers, we will be using the gallery and corridors to hold them so please only come if you have a ticket. Seats are not numbered, but please use the same seat throughout to avoid confusion after the interval. It is going to be a wonderful show and I look forward to seeing many of you there. 

House Music practical arrangements: On Monday students involved will be off timetable all day to rehearse. Those involved may wear their House T Shirts instead of their shirt and tie. On Tuesday, students will miss one lesson in the morning and then take part in a medley rehearsal in the afternoon. Full uniform should be worn on this day. On Wednesday evening pupils need to be back in school by 6.30pm ready for the evening performance, and we would encourage pupils to go home between the end of school and the performance.  If however this is not possible, pupils may stay in school in the Refectory (supervised) - students opting to stay in school will need to stay in the Refectory from 3.45 until 6.30pm and will need to bring a packed tea. They will not be allowed off site for any reason.  On Thursday the matinee performance will finish at approximately 5pm. Pupils may then either go home or again stay in school in the Refectory. On Thursday afterschool our wonderful Parents’ Association volunteers will be selling hotdogs + squash (veggie option available) and ice cream, plus drinks and snacks (students will be able to buy these on their ‘fingers’, or with cash). All profits will go towards the Making £nds Meet fundraising appeal. Otherwise pupils can opt to bring a packed tea. Take Away Food (e.g. MacDonalds) may not be brought onto the school site by pupils in any year group on either night. Thank you in anticipation of your help with this. Any questions about the practical arrangements for House Music next week should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rugby coaching staff vacancy:  We are looking to employ a junior rugby coach to work with the U13 age group after Paul Braithwaite successfully secured a rugby development officer role at London Welsh RFC. If any parent knows of anyone who may be interested in the position please contact Simon Dandy (Head of PE) ASAP (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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We are delighted to be taking 17 sixth formers to do some volunteering in Ghana with a local charity called African Adventures. The charity provides humanitarian and financial support to projects which have been independently set up by local residents and our students will have the opportunity to teach English at a primary school, coach sports and help with building projects. Pate’s students have over a number of years done valuable charity work in Romania, but this will be the first trip to Africa. Look out for students selling fundraising refreshments at parents’ evenings over the coming months. Thank you for your support. Lesley Jeanes.

Calendar Update:
Early finish @ 2pm (teacher training) – Tues 29 September. Buses will leave early.
Y12 parents’ social evening – Tues 29 September @ 6pm
Open Evening (& early finish) – Tues 6th October: Students are now beginning to sign up to be tour guides for our annual open evening. School will finish early at 2pm, but students will be welcome to stay on afterschool if they wish. They would need to be in school between 5.15 & 8pm. We would be very grateful for your support in enabling your children to help out; the students really enjoy showing families round and we simply couldn’t do it without them!
Parents’ Association AGM – Wed 7th October @ 7pm in the Art Gallery. All parents are welcome to attend.
Y7 parents’ social evening – Thurs 15 October @ 7pm
Pate’s Choral Concert 10th February – opportunity for parents to join in: On Wednesday 10th February 2016 the annual school choral concert will take place, and as usual parents and staff are invited to take part. This year the work will be Benjamin Britten’s St Nicolas. The commitment will be rehearsals on: Sunday 31st January (7-9pm), Sunday 7th February with orchestra (7-9pm), and a final rehearsal at 4pm on the day. If you would like to take part please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your interest. ‘Winds and tempests howl their cry of battle through the raging sky!’

Extra-curricular clubs:
Pate’s Music Society - we are delighted to announce the launch of the Pate’s Music Society, which aims to promote, foster and inspire students to enjoy music through concert visits and workshops. The Music Society is open to all students from Years 7 to 13. Please follow this link for full details and reply slip.

Extra-curricular clubs and Achievements:
Please follow this link for a list of all the extra-curricular clubs for this term.

Douglas Wescott’s Gliding Experience:
You may recall that over the summer Douglas Wescott (Y12) had the opportunity to learn how to glide, to literally soar with the birds... Douglas is an air cadet in the Pate’s CCF RAF section and, having applied through the CCF for a scholarship with the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, was selected for interview at their HQ in London. Following an interview with a civil aviation pilot, a former scholarship winner and a representative of the Company, he was awarded the scholarship. Please follow this link to the news section of our website to read full details of his fascinating experiences with the Bristol and Gloucestershire Gliding Club at Nympsfield (plus photos).

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Congratulations and well done to archer Lexie Evans (10R) – her Junior Master Bowman score helped ensure a solid win for the Gloucestershire team at a recent inter-county competition held between Gloucestershire, Dorset & Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon.

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As always I am keen to hear your views and feedback on any aspect of school life – please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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