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Head Master's Message w/c 10th July 2017

HEADLINES:

  • Pate’s House Drama tickets now on sale
  • Lower School Music Competition results
  • Sports Celebration Evening Awards
  • CCF Update
  • PA Back to School 80s & 90s Disco – Monday 10 July 7-9.30pm
  • Second-hand uniform needed
  • Pate’s Aprons for sale
  • Summer Sports Teams – photos available to order
  • Staff Vacancy for Science Support Worker
  • Mobile Phones / Devices in school
  • Snapchat Dangers!
  • 2017-18 Calendar / 2018-19 Term Dates Published
  • Unprecedented Success in Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2017
  • National Enterprise Competition news
  • Rounders Tournament Success
  • GYP ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ tour 2017
  • Cory Band concert – Sun 8 October 5-7.30pm
  • Calendar and Trips Update
  • Tewkesbury Medieval Festival this weekend

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Pate’s House Drama 2017 tickets are now on sale! There are record numbers of students taking part this year and tickets will sell out very quickly, especially for the evening performances. Please do, where possible, consider the matinée performance, especially if you are buying more than 2 tickets – it is ideal for grandparents and younger families; there is a lovely atmosphere and it is every bit as good as the evening performances, just a less busy, more relaxing experience! Tickets are available on the school website (here).

It has been an exciting week of activities and events. It was great to hear so many performances on a wide range of instruments and from beginners up to diploma level in Tuesday’s Lower School Music Competition! The results for each class are attached here.  Many thanks to Oliver Parker (CLC), Helen McNaught and Charlotte Lapham for adjudicating. Over 200 parents and students enjoyed the Sports Celebration Evening on Tuesday, hearing speeches from team captains about the highs and lows of their season. Please follow this link for full details. Players’ Player of the Year awards were presented by the staff following a student vote (click here for details). The highlight of the evening was an inspirational speech from ex-student Holly Hill - as well as studying at Cambridge University, she was also a member of the successful Varisty boat race team this year. We were lucky she could squeeze us into her busy schedule before flying to Switzerland the following morning to compete for the first time for GB seniors with her target of Tokyo 2020 in her sights.

The CCF return to Pate's today after a busy week at Okehampton Battle Camp. The contingent came away with prizes as winner of the Wyvern Challenge with an outstanding performance at competition events which included shooting, command tasks and military skills. In addition, the contingent was awarded the prize for best overall contingent. Individual prizes included: Best shot of basic cadets - Tom Stevens; Best shot of advanced cadets - James Nicholls; Best basic phase cadet - Alice Folkard; Best advanced phase cadet - Harry Folkard. Contingent prizes awarded were: Best overall cadet - Ollie Karn; Most improved cadet - Poppy Romback; Cadet showing best leadership potential - Dolores Fawcett-Till. The camp had many varied and exciting activities, including a day of adventure training where the cadets were able to conquer any fear of heights on the high ropes and display their planning and construction skills with a raft race. Military skills were taught and practised and all basic cadets received their signals qualification. The military activities were very popular and the cadets applied themselves to the training, returning with no injuries and in high spirits! It was a pleasure to accompany them; their behaviour and their initiative were exemplary and they very much deserved their Best Contingent Award - congratulations and well done to them. Commander Cameron MacKay

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JOINING CCF 2017-2018: The CCF website now has details of joining CCF for the academic year 2017-2018 (here). Current Y8 Students: Applications are accepted for those who are entering Y9 in September 2017 (application form below). New joiners to 6th Form: In addition, those who attend 6th form can now also join the CCF as late joiners and will need to complete the same form (below). Credit is given for previous cadet experience and rank from other cadet units when you join Pate’s CCF. Direct link to application form here.

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We look forward to another week of end of term activities and trips and if you would like to join me for an end-of-term bop then please come to the PA's Back To School 80s and 90s disco this Monday (10th July) from 7pm to 9.30pm in the hall. Old Pate's boy and professional DJ Pete French will be putting us through our paces. Hope to see you there. Tickets adults £5, children £1 (pay on the door). Refreshments available in the Gallery. Any queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PA's second-hand uniform needed! The PA's second-hand uniform sale was so successful at last week's new Year 7s evening that is has been almost completely stripped of stock! Please, please, they beg, could you check through cupboards and donate any uniform you no longer need. Please hand in to Reception. Thank you!

We have a small number of Pate’s aprons for sale at £8 each – they are black and decorated / embroidered with Pate’s in red stitching. If you would like to buy one please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Friday, so that payment options via Schoolcomms Gateway can be set up for you.

Summer Sports Team Photos:  our summer team photos are now available from Academy Portraits by using the following link and access code: Link: www.academyorder.co.uk.  Access code: 4MQGF54L.

Staff Vacancy for a Science Support Worker: would you, or someone you know, be able to support and tutor GCSE and A level students (one to one and small group settings) in at least 2 of Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics? Available 2 -3 days per week (term time only) between 8:40 a.m. and 3:40 p.m? Pate's Grammar School is looking to recruit somebody for the above part time role starting in September 2017, initially on a one year contract. Please contact Rachel Thorpe (Assistant Head) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested or would like to understand more about this post. The closing date for applications is Monday 17th July 2017.

Mobile phones / devices in School: schools have long been divided on the use of mobile devices during the school day and many have recently reviewed their policies, with a number of schools choosing to ask students to leave them at home, and others removing all guidance on their use, giving unfettered access to them. During the Christmas term we undertook a digital detox and the feedback from you as parents was supportive of this. As a school we have reached a decision on how we would like to proceed with a trial mobile phone policy for the next academic year. Please follow this link for further details. If you have any queries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

CAUTION: Snapchat dangers! We have been made aware that, following a recent Snapchat update (these are usually automatic), standard settings allow others to see the location (or last known online location) of users. More alarmingly, this also means that if a student (or any Snapchat user) posts to a public story then anyone can see what they've photographed or videoed. This shows up on the map and, by zooming in or out, can bring it down to a local view pinpointing buildings, thus seeing where people live or spend their time. However, it is possible to turn this feature off by clicking 'settings' and going to 'ghost mode' but this must be done manually. Please follow this link to the BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40509281) for further information.

The 2017-18 school calendar is now published on the school website (here). A list of term dates for 2017-18 and 2018-19 (INSET days as yet unpublished) is also available on the school website. Please note that the online calendar will continue to be updated with latest events and trips, and may occasionally be subject to alterations due to unforeseen circumstances. If you have any queries regarding the school calendar please email enquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Outstanding Success in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2017: Congratulations to Michael Brownlie, Ned Flewitt and Tom Hodgkinson, Y12 students who achieved highest honours in this year’s challenge. It is worth adding some background information so that we can appreciate this incredible achievement: 7058 students in the country sit the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge; of these, 55 students achieve the amazing heights of a Roentgenium award - higher than the traditional gold award - of these, 5 students in the country achieved 60/68 or above; of these, Tom, Michael and Ned are 3 of them. This is unprecedented in the history of sitting this challenge. Congratulations to them and all the rest of the Year 12s who sat the paper.

National Enterprise Competition final: well done to our team of Y9 students: Ryan Eccles, Isaac Fee, Emilia Miller, Aayush Mohta, Matthew Robyns-Landricombe and Eleanor Stiles, who, although pipped at the post this time, clearly impressed the judges in this exciting final, hosted by CBBC’s Sam & Mark and key backer Theo Paphitis. Here is the team photographed with Olympic gold medallist Joe Clarke.

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Pate's U14's Rounders Tournament – gripping report! After a successful afternoon of House Rounders, the Y9 team were excited going into the tournament on 27 June. With the rather daunting prospect of opposition schools ahead of them, each player was aware of their position and role to play within the squad. The team worked really hard and deservedly gained three wins in their first three games, against Cleeve, Chosen Hill and Bournside. The last game in the group stages was against Cheltenham Ladies College - this proved to be a tough fixture which the Ladies College won, putting them top of the group, with Pate's still qualifying in 2nd place. The Pate's team was then drawn against the winner from the other group, Balcarras, with Cheltenham Ladies College playing Tewkesbury in the other Semi-Final. Pate's restricted Balcarras to a score of 3.5 rounders, to then bat for 6 rounders, the score-line not really showing how close the game was. Tewkesbury beat CLC after a 5 good ball play off. The final then consisted of Pate's vs Tewkesbury. Pate's, fielding first, were sharp and on their toes, they managed to dismiss several batters putting lots of pressure onto the Tewkesbury side, however they still managed to score a strong 6 rounders. It was then Pate's turn to bat, they started convincingly reaching 3 rounders within the first few balls, however this slowed. It was not until the very last 'good ball' at which point Pate's were tied 6-6 with the Tewkesbury team. Saloni Rai was facing the final ball and with a huge hit she impressively scored a whole rounder, very nearly being dismissed at 4th base, the final score 7-6 to Pate's. Hurray! The girls played very intelligently throughout, supporting each other on the pitch through sophisticated decision making and a great display of tactical awareness. A huge thank you must go out to Mrs Dandy for organising and running the tournament which just about avoided the rain, also to all of the teams who participated and demonstrated a great level of rounders throughout.

Forthcoming Events:
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PA's Back To School 80s and 90s disco this Monday (10th July) from 7pm to 9.30pm in the hall. Old Pate's boy and professional DJ Pete French will be putting us through our paces. Hope to see you there. Tickets adults £5, children £1 (pay on the door). Refreshments available in the Gallery. Any queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


GYP ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ tour 2017:  GYP is a youth theatre company made up of Pate’s students past and present – a perfect summer’s evening entertainment!

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We are privileged to have the world-famous Cory Band performing at Pate’s on Sunday 8 October 3-5.30pm. Please following this link for full details. Tickets cost £10 – or £15 to sit on the balcony – and are available to buy on our website (here). To see The Cory Band perform live is honestly breath-taking, so don’t miss out! Please do spread the word (this event is open to the general public).

Calendar Update:

  • Mon 10 July – Back to School 80s & 90s School Disco 7-9.30pm (hall) Family event
  • Tues 18 July – House Drama Performance @ 7pm 
  • Wed 19 July – House Drama Matinée Performance @ 2pm
  • Wed 19 July – House Drama Performance & Adjudication @ 7pm
  • Thurs 20 July – Summer Charity Day student entertainments from 1pm
  • Fri 21 July – School finishes for summer at 12:00 – buses will arrive early

Trips this week:

  • 10 July – Yr9 Warner Brothers Trip
  • 10 July – Yr7 History Trip
  • 12 July – Yr12 STEM Dyson Trip
  • 16 July – South Africa Hockey/Netball Girls Tour sets off

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A reminder to those who bring cars onto the school site – please keep speed right down and drive carefully on site. Thank you.


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Well done to Y7 who produced these huge gargoyles for the Tewkesbury Medieval Festival this weekend. They will be on display as part of the Carnival Parade on Sunday at 11.15am (from the High Street, down Church Street to Lower Lode Lane). For full details and programmes for Saturday and Sunday events you can visit their website: www.tewkesburymedievalfestival.org.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

Head Master's Message w/c 3 July 2017

 HEADLINES:

  • Athletics Update
  • UK Team Maths Challenge
  • Joining CCF 2017-18
  • BBC Micro:Bit computing / coding competition
  • Upcoming Events
  • Sports Celebration Evening – Tues 4 July @ 7pm in the hall
  • Junior Concert – Wed 5 July @ 7pm in the hall
  • Summer Art Exhibition Private View – Thurs 6 July 4.30-7pm in Gallery
  • Family School Disco – Mon 10 July 7-9.30pm in the hall
  • Cory Band Concert – Sun 8 October 3-5.30pm in the hall
  • Calendar & Trips Update
  • School Transport Update
  • Piano & Music Recital raises over £1,000 for charity

Exams are officially over for another year and we are into the final three weeks of summer activities, including massed orchestra and choir workshops, climbing wall, cookery, bushcraft, archery, orienteering and a Philosothon, as well as exciting trips and activities being organised in departments around school. House Drama rehearsals begin this week, in preparation for three performances over the last week of term. The theme this year is Myths and Legends from Around the World and posters are beginning to go up around school advertising the various productions. This is a lovely time of year in school, when the students have been able to choose what they would like to do from an array of exciting activities, and my thanks to Rachel Thorpe and Rob Swan for their hard work in making it possible to produce individual timetables for all students.  Quite a feat!

Athletics Update:  Not only has it been a record year for athletics team success, there is also unprecedented success for individuals. Six Pate’s athletes have been chosen to represent Gloucestershire at the English Schools National Athletics Championships. There are only 32 athletes from all ages and all events, boys and girls. This is the most athletes from one school in the County team EVER and we are rightly very proud of our students. They travel with our best wishes and full support:

  • Oliver Keitley (Y9) Junior Boys Triple jump
  • Rory Cawkwell (Y12) Senior Boys 200m
  • Will Crisp (Y12) Senior Boys 800
  • Jamie Worman (Y12) Senior Boys Long Jump and 4x100m relay
  • Holly Bankes (Y12) Senior Girls 400m
  • Melissa Bird (Y13) Senior Girls Discus

UK Team Maths Challenge: A team of four pupils, Katy Daly (8G), Sophie O’Riordan (8Y), Rish Fulmali (9R) and Rushil Raina (9R) competed against teams from across the UK in this year’s UK Team Maths Challenge trophy on Monday 19th June at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London. Over 1750 schools entered the competition and Pate’s were crowned the winners in the regional finals held at Wycliffe College in April. As winners they won the opportunity to compete as one of the 88 teams to have qualified to take part in the national final. The competition at the final was very strong but Pate’s finished in the top half of the schools in the country, a great achievement! These pupils were chosen following a selection process which was open to all year 8 and 9 pupils. They had then been attending regular practise sessions in their lunch times to prepare and had to work together on a number of different mathematical rounds. Thanks to Sophie Dodds in the Maths Department, who ran all the training sessions and accompanied the students to London for the national finals on one of the hottest days of the year!

JOINING CCF 2017-2018: The CCF website now has details of joining CCF for the academic year 2017-2018 (here). Current Y8 Students: Applications are accepted for those who are entering Y9 in September 2017 (application form below). New joiners to 6th Form: In addition, those who attend 6th form can now also join the CCF as late joiners and will need to complete the same form (below). Credit is given for previous cadet experience and rank from other cadet units when you join Pate’s CCF.  Direct link to application form here.

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BBC Micro:Bit @Pate’s: I pleased to announce that all of the current Year 7 students have been given their own BBC Micro:Bit. It is theirs to keep forever! This is a powerful minicomputer that has been provided by the BBC, in conjunction with other sponsor companies. The aim is to inspire students to get involved in computing, specifically coding! The students have just completed a unit in their computing lessons that gave them an introduction into how to program the Micro:Bit and they now have the summer holidays to prepare for next term, when there will be a competition running (details will be announced at the beginning of the Autumn Term). There are excellent resources to inspire students on the Micro:Bit website (here), including Coding with Dr Who and Robot Wars!

Upcoming Events:

School Sport Celebration Evening – Years 7-10 - Tuesday 4th July 7-9.30pm in the main hall: We would like to invite all pupils and parents with any connection to sport at Pate’s in Years 7 to 10 to our “Sports Celebration Evening”. The event will begin at 7pm in the main hall at Pate’s on Tuesday 4th July and finish by about 9.30pm. The PA will be serving drinks and snacks during the evening. The captains and players of our teams will present a review of their season, with players’ player of the year presentations and any trophies celebrated. Our special guest will be former student Holly Hill, who is a GB U23 rower as well as being a member of the winning Cambridge Varsity boat race this year. Please follow this link to book your free places for this event. Here’s looking forward to a sporty evening, from Mr Dandy and the PE Department.

Junior Concert – Wednesday 5th July 7pm in the hall: Tickets are now available for this, the final concert of the school year. Do join us to celebrate the talent and dedication of our young musicians and choirs - it is such a pleasure to see how they have developed over the year. It is always a warm relaxed evening and there will be a bar provided by the Parents’ Association – a lovely way to celebrate the end of another musical year at Pate’s. Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) and are available from Ticketsource (here).

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Pate’s Art Department invites you to join them at their Summer Exhibition Private View in the Gallery on Thursday 6th July between 4.30 & 7pm. Do pop in for drinks and nibbles and enjoy the breath-taking artwork produced by our sixth formers this year.

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Parents let your hair down at the end of term!  With so many opportunities for the students to celebrate the end of another school year, the PA thought it would be a great idea for parents to be able to celebrate the end of another school year too, and I would like to invite you to join me at their 80s & 90s school disco on Monday 10 July 7-9.30pm in the hall. Refreshments will be on sale in the gallery and tickets cost £5 on the door. Bring the children along – it’s a family disco and they won’t be embarrassed at all. 
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We are privileged to have the world-famous Cory Band performing at Pate’s on Sunday 8 October 3-5.30pm. Please following this link for full details. Tickets cost £10 – or £15 to sit on the balcony – and are available to buy on our website (here). Cory Band concerts are incredible – so don’t miss out, and please do spread the word (this event is open to the general public).

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Calendar Update:

  • w/c 3 July – Activities Fortnight – personalised student timetables
  • Mon 3 July - Sports Tour - Parents Information Evening @ 6pm (Gallery)
  • Tue 4 July – Sports Celebration Evening @ 7pm (hall)
  • Wed 5 July – Junior Concert @ 7pm (hall)
  • Wed 5 July – Prague Music Tour - Parents Information Evening @ 6pm (hall, immediately before concert)
  • Thur 6 July – Summer Art Exhibition Private View 4.30-7pm (Gallery)
  • Mon 10 July – 80s & 90s School Disco 7-9.30pm (hall)  Family event
  • Tues 18 July – House Drama Performance @ 7pm (tickets available soon)
  • Wed 19 July – House Drama Matinée Performance @ 2pm
  • Wed 19 July – House Drama Performance & Adjudication @ 7pm
  • Thurs 20 July – Summer Charity Day Entertainments from 1pm
  • Fri 21 July – School finishes for summer at 12:00 – buses will arrive early

Trips info for this week:

  • 4/7 - Yr12 Maths Conference Bath University (15 students)
  • 4/7 - Rymans National Enterprise Challenge Final - (6 Yr9 students)
  • 5/7 – English Trip – Romeo & Juliet – The Everyman – 19.45
  • 5/7 – Yr9 Wimbledon Trip (10 Girls) – All Day
  • 7/7 – Yr12 Girls Get Set Finals Day at GE – All Day
  • 7/7 – Yr12 Cambridge University Trip (37 students)
  • 7/7-9/7– Yr 12 Biology Nettlecombe Trip
  • Girls South Africa Tour – Parents Information Evening - 3/7 – 6pm
  • Prague Music Tour – Parents Information Evening - 5/7 – 6pm

Minibus Service to North West Gloucestershire: GL18 & GL19 Areas: A parent group is attempting to organise a minibus service serving the area to the North-West of Gloucester, as far out as Dymock, Redmarley, and Pendock. The intention is that pupils would be picked up from their front doors. The actual cost would be dependent on the route dictated by those using the service, but they have obtained an indicative price for a minibus driven by a CRB checked driver, travelling out from Gloucester and travelling in a clockwise direction around the periphery of the intended area, and into Pate’s via Tirley: with fifteen users the approximate cost would be of the order of £6 per day, for mornings only. If there is sufficient interest in the concept, they will obtain a composite price for a morning and an afternoon run. If you would like to pursue this please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance and we will pass your details on.

Finally, thanks to Edward Derbyshire and all those who attended his recent Piano and Poetry Concert, which raised over £1,000. This money will be divided between Making £nds Meet and Arthritis Research.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

Head Master's Message w/c 26th June 2017

HEADLINES: 

  • Activities Fortnight arrangements
  • Girls Athletics Success
  • Upcoming Events:
  • Sports Celebration Evening Tues 4th July @ 7pm
  • Junior Concert Wed 5th July @ 7pm
  • The Cory Band Sun 8th October 3-5.30pm
  • Hosts needed for Chinese students in September
  • Calendar & Trips Update
  • School Transport requests
  • School Gateway Update
  • Anyone for Croquet...?

We are now into the final week of sixth form exams and the countdown begins to the end of term, when I look forward to welcoming many of you into school to enjoy our summer events, including our Sports Presentation Evening, Junior Concert, Summer Art Exhibition (breath taking by the way!), and of course House Drama at the end of term! Staff have been brilliant, organising end of exam celebrations, trips and days out and I must say a very big thank you to Ruth Harding and Fiona Hutton-Potts in particular, for all the hard work and thoughtfulness that went into making the Y11 Prom such a special event and something to remember.

One more week of lessons and then the students will go off timetable for ‘Activities Fortnight’, the fortnight beginning 3rd July, which is crammed with activities, trips, rehearsals and events. Your son or daughter will receive their final personalised timetable by email over the weekend. Please do take time to look through this with them - it tells them not only which activities they are involved in, but also what they need to bring/wear each day etc. Any queries should be directed to Miss Thorpe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Orchestra & Choir Workshops: For parents of all students involved in the orchestra and choir workshops on day one of Activities Fortnight (July 3rd) there is a special message from Ellie Lane our Director of Music, which can be found by clicking here.

Girls’ Minors Athletics Championships: This week was the turn of the Y7 and Y8 girls to represent Pate’s in athletics against the rest of the Cheltenham District. Last week saw the boys win in emphatic style and this week the girls continued our unprecedented success with big wins in the Y7 and Y8 competitions which allowed a huge winning total in the overall competition - twice as many points as 2nd place! Amongst this group of outstanding athletes, Naomi Layzell (Y8) was probably the most impressive with 1st places in High Jump, Long Jump and 800m from her maximum three events. Equally impressive were the Y7 team who won every single event apart from two. Well done and thanks to Mrs Dandy and Miss Jones.

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South West Athletics Championships: Following the success of Pate’s athletes at the County Championships, many athletes from Pate’s represented Gloucestershire at the South West Championships in Exeter. This is an exceptionally high standard of performance and the results below will result in a record number of Pate’s students travelling in the county squad for the National Championships. A special mention must go to Holly Bankes (Y12) who won the senior girls’ 400m (a South West champion, against girls in the year above!). Here is an amazing set of results: Tim Andrew (100m 7th), Holly Bankes (400m 1st), Mel Bird Y13 (Shot 5th and Discus 5th), Rory Cawkwell Y12 (100m 2nd in heat and 200m 4th), Emma Clarke Y10 (300m 7th in heat), Will Crisp Y12 (800m 1st), Amelia Errington Y12 (800m 3rd), Oliver Keitley Y9 (200m 7th in heat and Triple Jump 6th), Grace Knapp Y12 (1500m 2nd), Inca Padfield Y10 (800m 2nd in heat), Molly Powlesland Y9 (1500m 6th) and Jamie Worman Y12 (Hurdles 3rd and Long Jump 5th).  Congratulations to everyone.

Sports Team Photos:  We are taking the summer team sports photos on Tuesday 27th June. Please see the attached timetable and be sure to arrive on time wearing the correct kit.

NB:  Students who ordered a winter team photo can collect from the refectory at break times or the PE office.

Upcoming Events:
School Sport Celebration Evening – Years 7-10 - Tuesday 4th July 7-9.30pm in the main hall: We would like to invite all pupils and parents with any connection to sport at Pate’s in Years 7 to 10 to our “Sports Celebration Evening”. The event will begin at 7pm in the main hall at Pate’s on Tuesday 4th July and finish by about 9.30pm. The PA will be serving drinks and snacks during the evening. The captains and players of our teams will present a review of their season, with players’ player of the year presentations and any trophies celebrated. Our special guest will be former student Holly Hill, who is a GB U23 rower as well as being a member of the winning Cambridge Varsity boat race this year. Please follow this link to book your free places for this event.  Here’s looking forward to a sporty evening, from Mr Dandy and the PE Department.

Junior Concert – Wednesday 5th July 7pm in the hall: Tickets are now available for this, the final concert of the school year. Do join us to celebrate the talent and dedication of our young musicians and choirs - it is such a pleasure to see how they have developed over the year. It is always a warm relaxed evening and there will be a bar provided by the Parents’ Association – a lovely way to celebrate the end of another musical year at Pate’s. Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) and are available from Ticketsource (here).

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We are thrilled to announce that the world-famous Cory Band will be holding a concert at Pate’s on Sunday 8 October 3-5.30pm. Cory regularly wins both domestic and international brass band competitions and performs a widely varied repertoire of music at home and abroad to a professional standard. The band seeks to grow its art form with powerful and inspiring experiences for its artists and its audiences. Proud of its roots, this ensemble also dares to step out of the traditional brass band genre to deliver a tantalising mixture of both blockbusting and beautiful music that amazes and captivates its audiences wherever it performs. Cory Band, whose home is in Treorchy in the Welsh Valleys, comprises both male and female performers of mixed ages and backgrounds, hailing from near and far, but with one thing in common – the drive to do whatever it takes to keep Cory at the top of its game. Performances are wonderfully entertaining and offer music that everyone can enjoy. Don’t miss a fantastic opportunity to discover the brass band sound that is breaking new ground! Tickets cost £10 – or £15 to sit on the balcony – and are available to buy on our website (here). There will be a bar provided by our Parents’ Association.  Cory Band concerts are incredible – so don’t miss out, and please do spread the word (this event is open to the general public). Please take a look at the Cory Band homepage and the Cory Band Youtube channel.

Host Families for Chinese Students in September: We are pleased to announce that as part of continued friendship with HaiLiang School in China, we are offering students the chance to host a Chinese young person this coming September. Hosting forms are available here. To ensure that you are in with a chance and don't miss out, forms must be returned by Friday 7th July. Please follow this link for further information and answers to frequently asked questions attached.

Calendar Update:

  • Tue 27 June – Summer Sports Team photos (timings here)
  • Fri 30 June – INSET DAY NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
  • Sat 1 July – CCP Annual Camp (returns 7 July)
  • w/c 3 July – Activities Fortnight
  • Tue 4 July – Sports Celebration Evening @ 7pm (hall)
  • Wed 5 July – Junior Concert @ 7pm (hall)
  • Wed 5 July – Prague Music Tour - Parents Information Evening @ 6pm (hall, immediately before concert)
  • Thur 6 July – Summer Art Exhibition Private View 4.30-7pm (Gallery)

Trips this week: Y12 - Oxford University on 29 June

School Transport Update:

  • Travel-share enquiry from a family living in the Forest of Dean area (travelling from near Mitcheldean to Cheltenham daily ) – they would ideally like to provide transport home at the end of the school day, in exchange for providing transport into Pate’s in the mornings.
  • Travel-share enquiry from a family travelling in from Westbury On Trym, Bristol – to possibly share travel to the train station.
  • If you would like to pursue either of these enquiries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

School Gateway (our on-line payment system): Please note that the minimum student account top-up for next academic year will be increased to £25. Also, just a reminder that Refectory tokens can be purchased from the school’s Revel machine, using cash at any time.

Finally, anyone for croquet?! A family has generously donated a brand new Croquet set to the PA which they are selling to raise funds for Making £nds Meet. It is a great value, entry level complete croquet set, and includes mallets of all different sizes to suit even the smallest members of the family. It retails for about £95 but they would like £50. If you are interested please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. First come first served!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

Head Master's Message w/c 19 June 2017

HEADLINES: 

  • Cricket Festival Week
  • ANNOUNCEMENT – Cory Band Concert @ Pate’s Sun 8 October @ 3pm
  • Host families needed for Chinese students visiting from HaiLiang School in September
  • County Music Auditions at Pate’s – Wed 28 June
  • Cheltenham Music Festival events
  • Pate’s Atheletics
  • Winter Sports Photos available to order
  • Calendar & Trips Update

Cricket Festival week: The sun shone for our annual cricket festival week with 6 competitive games played. The week started with the 1st XI battling against a strong group of former students in the Headmasters XI. School were chasing 205 to win with Innes Gardener ending on 97 not out after the 20 overs. Unfortunately the 1st XI fell 6 short of the run chase.

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The U13s and U15s both beat All Saints and Balcarras respectively in their leagues on the Tuesday with the U14s beating Balcarras in a friendly. The U15s game was a County Cup double header, which means they play Sir Thomas Rich’s in the final next week. The U15 girls XI played a game on the grass square against Kings, Gloucester. They really enjoyed the experience but were 23 runs short of the Kings total.

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The highlight of the week was the visit of the famous MCC men’s team to Pate’s on the Thursday. The young 1st XI did exceptionally well to limit the experienced MCC team to 123-7 at lunch. Unfortunately revived after some food the MCC pushed onto 246-8 before they declared. The 1st XI pushed hard with the bat with the talented Year 10s of Tim Andrew (49) and Oli Heaton-Jones (23) scoring freely. The highlight was Matt Long’s unbeaten 82 in a run chase that fell 35 short. Matt Long received the MCC Spirit of Cricket award for his top batting performance and attitude throughout the game.

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We are thrilled to announce that the world-famous Cory Band will be holding a concert at Pate’s on Sunday 8 October 3-5.30pm. Cory regularly wins both domestic and international brass band competitions and performs a widely varied repertoire of music at home and abroad to a professional standard. The band seeks to grow its art form with powerful and inspiring experiences for its artists and its audiences. Proud of its roots, this ensemble also dares to step out of the traditional brass band genre to deliver a tantalising mixture of both blockbusting and beautiful music that amazes and captivates its audiences wherever it performs.  Cory Band, whose home is in Treorchy in the Welsh Valleys, comprises both male and female performers of mixed ages and backgrounds, hailing from near and far, but with one thing in common – the drive to do whatever it takes to keep Cory at the top of its game. Performances are wonderfully entertaining and offer music that everyone can enjoy. Don’t miss a fantastic opportunity to discover the brass band sound that is breaking new ground!  Tickets cost £10 – or £15 to sit on the balcony – and are available to buy on our website (here).  There will be a bar provided by our Parents’ Association.
Cory Band concerts are incredible – so don’t miss out, and please do spread the word (this event is open to the general public). Please take a look at the Cory Band homepage  and the Cory Band Youtube channel

We are pleased to announce that as part of continued friendship with HaiLiang School in China, we are offering students the chance to host a Chinese young person this coming September.  Hosting forms are available here.  To ensure that you are in with a chance and don't miss out, forms must be returned by Friday 7th July. Please follow this link for further information and answers to frequently asked questions attached

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County Music Auditions at Pate’s: On Wednesday 28th June the Music Department will be hosting Gloucestershire Music auditions. This will give pupils the chance to audition for one of the county ensembles in school. If pupils would like an audition slot they should sign up at the music office by next Friday at the latest. There are several ensembles:

  • Gloucestershire County Youth Choir - open to keen singers in Years 7 - 13
  • Intermediate County String Orchestra for players grade 5 and above
  • Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Academy
  • Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra grade 5+
  • Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra grade 7+

If any pupils are unsure and would like to talk about it, please contact Miss Lane. Please follow this link for full details.

Cheltenham Music Festival - under 18s £5 only!!  Cheltenham's very own Music Festival, featuring top musicians from all over the world, starts on July 5th. We are incredibly lucky to live in or near a town with such a vibrant cultural scene! Even better news is that under 18s can access each concert for only £5, which is amazing value. I strongly encourage everyone to explore some new music and support part of what makes Cheltenham such a great place to live in. Full listings can be found here http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music/whats-on/grid

Pate’s Athletics:
Boys’ Minors Athletics Championships: This week is was the turn of the Y7 and Y8 boys to represent Pate’s in athletics against the rest of the Cheltenham District. The aim was to retain the Minors’ Shield for the 19th consecutive year and this was achieved with unprecedented success. Amongst this group of outstanding athletes, Joe Coley (Y7) was possibly the most impressive with two 1st places (High Jump and Long Jump) and a 2nd place (100m) from his maximum three events. Max Liu (Y8) also broke the hurdles record which was set in 1984! In total, there were 13 1st place finishes and we scored points (top 6 finish) in 42 of the 48 performances! It is this strength in depth and utter commitment to the team which led to emphatic wins in both year groups and the shield returning to Pate’s. Well done all!  Mr Stoneman and Mr Dandy

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Athletics County Championships: Following the success of Pate’s athletes at the District Championships, many athletes from Pate’s represented Cheltenham at the County Championships. Despite there being a few athletes selected who couldn’t perform, the following did themselves, the school and Cheltenham proud! In total, our students were crowned County Champions in 11 out of the 18 events entered with many now double County Champions (and most competing with the year group above them).

  • Tim Andrew Y10 (100m 3rd)
  • Mel Bird Y13 (Shot 1st and Discus 1st)
  • Rory Cawkwell (100m 1st - Championship Record! - and 200m 1st)
  • Emma Clarke Y10 (800m 3rd and 300m 2nd)
  • Will Crisp Y12 (800m 1st)
  • Amelia Errington Y12 (800m 1st)
  • Luke Goddard Y10 (High Jump 1st)
  • Oliver Keitley Y9 (200m 1st and Triple Jump 1st)
  • Inca Padfield Y10 (800m 2nd and Triple Jump 3rd)
  • Babajide Popoola Y10 (100m 8th)
  • Molly Powlesland Y8 (1500m 3rd)
  • Jamie Worman Y12 (Hurdles 1st, 400m 1st and Long Jump 2nd)

The majority of these athletes have now been selected to represent Gloucestershire at the South West Championships in Exeter on Saturday – we wish them the best of luck. It is thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of Pate’s PE staff that our students have so many opportunities to shine at top level sport – so congratulations to Simon Dandy and the team as well!

Winter Sports Photos: Our winter sports photos look great and are available for purchase from the Academy Portraits website (here) using the access code H48D8X8R. They will also be displayed in our sports photo boards in the main hall corridor. We are having all our summer sports teams photographed on Tuesday 27th June.

Calendar Update:

  • w/c 19th June – internal exams for Y7, 8 & 9 and mock exams for Y12
  • 21-23 June – 8B & 8G Camp
  • 23-25 June – 8R & 8Y Camp
  • Tue 27 June – Summer Sports Team photos (timings tbc)
  • Fri 30 June – INSET DAY NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
  • Sat 1 July – CCP Annual Camp (returns 7 July)
  • w/c 3 July – Activities Fortnight
  • Tue 4 July – Sports Celebration Evening @ 7pm (hall)
  • Wed 5 July – Junior Concert @ 7pm (hall)
  • Wed 5 July – Prague Music Tour - Parents Information Evening @ 6pm (hall, immediately before concert)
  • Thur 6 July – Summer Art Exhibition Private View 4.30-7pm (Gallery)

Trips for this week:
19 June - UKMT Maths Final, London
22 June – Yr 11 Trip to Thorpe Park
22 June - Yr 7 Trip to Drayton Manor

Congratulations to Y11 who have now finished their GCSEs and are off to Alton Towers next week to celebrate! Internal exams begin this week and I would like to wish the best of luck with those.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
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Head Master's Message w/c 12th June 2017

HEADLINES:

  • Cricket Week Programme
  • Science in the Community
  • Science Technician Staff Vacancy
  • Sporting Excellence
  • Important reminder for unreturned rugby and football tops!
  • Winter Sports Team photos available
  • Y11 & Y13 photos - reminder that these are still available to buy online
  • Calendar Update
  • New Bus Route proposed - from Bourton-on-the-Water area
  • Lost Property Valuables
  • Golf Success

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It is Pate’s Cricket Week this week and I am looking forward to Monday’s match - Headmaster’s XI vs ex-Students from 2.15pm - as well as MCC vs Pate’s match on Thursday from 11.30am. Please follow this clink to see the full programme of events – everyone is welcome to drop onto the back field to watch some cricket.  My thanks to Brian Hamilton (parent) for the loan of the cricket marquee.

Last week our Science Faculty hosted the whole of Years 3,4,5 and 6 from Rowanfield Primary School, for two days of exciting hands-on Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The children had a great time and I am sure the excitement of those multi-coloured flames will live long in the memory! My thanks to Geoff Worth and all of our Science teachers for organising this really valuable event on the fringes of Cheltenham Science week.

Staff Vacancy: There is still time to apply for the Science Technician vacancy from September, based in the Physics Department, to work 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday term time only. Please follow this link to our website for full details and an application form. Applications should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., along with a covering letter explaining why the job appeals to you and what skills and qualities you could bring to the role. The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 12th June 2017 and interviews will take place during week commencing 19th June. If you have any queries about what is involved please email Liz Robertson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Sporting Excellence:
Year 9s Boys fly out the blocks to win Cheltenham Championships! It was a fantastic result for Pate's Y9 boys at the Cheltenham District Y9 Championships on Wednesday night at the Prince of Wales Stadium. The boys won the competition, which included teams from all across the Cheltenham District area, with 65 points. Despite some fierce competition, this group have now won their age group events for the last three years. From such a talented group, Oli Keitley was the most outstanding. The competition allows athletes to enter into three events but it doesn't expect victory in all three! Well done Oli, a triple champion (Long Jump, Triple Jump and 300m). It was a much tougher day for the girls, who competed admirably. The stand out performance celebrated by the girls was Scarlett Knight who won the 800m B Final. Congratulations and very well done to everyone!

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English Schools Athletics Cup Regional Round: After the success of the County Round of the English Schools Athletics Cup competition, all four teams from Pate's headed to Exeter for the Regional Rounds. We were the only school apart from Millfield (often recognised as the best sporting school in the world!) from the South West to have all four teams in the regional rounds. As if this achievement wasn't enough, we came away with some of best results in memory. The day provided the highest level of competition some of our athletes will compete at, with top sporting schools from across the South West of England - many schools having huge number of students to pick from! The junior girls' team finished in 2nd with Naomi Layzell being the top scorer with 41 individual points. The intermediate girls' team were pushed into 4th with Inca Padfield and Piper Holmes both picking up 38 individual point totals.  It was a fantastic day for the boys' teams with both the intermediate boys' beating all the other teams in their group to win their competitions. Although the junior boys were also announced as winners on the night, a further interrogation of the points put them into second. Oil Hepburn racked up 41 individual points for the juniors with Babajide Popoola gaining 40 points for the intermediate team. Well done to all involved! 

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IMPORTANT REMINDER – PLEASE CHECK YOUR CUPBOARDS! We are still awaiting the following unreturned items:

  • Rugby shirts
  • Rugby warm-up tops
  • Football shirts

It is really important that these are returned to the school office. Thank you for your help.

Winter Sports Photos: Our winter sports photos look great and are available for purchase from the Academy Portraits website (here) using the access code H48D8X8R. They will also be displayed in our sports photo boards in the main hall corridor. We are having all our summer sports teams photographed on Tuesday 27th June - details to follow after half term.

Reminder that the Year 7 & 11 class photos and Year 11 & 13 Whole Year Group photos are still available to order from www.tempest-groups.co.uk. Search for Pate’s Grammar school, password pgs1574. The time Lapse video for the large group photos can be found by following the link: https://youtu.be/KJQhzAxnYtw .

Calendar Update:
• Mon 12th June – Pate’s Cricket Week - Headmaster vs students from 2.15pm – all welcome
• Thurs 15th June from 11.30am – Pate’s vs MCC cricket match – all welcome
• w/c 19th June – internal exams for Y7, 8 & 9 and mock exams for Y12
• 21-23 June – 8B & 8G Camp
• 23-25 June – 8R & 8Y Camp
• Tue 27 June – Summer Sports Team photos
• Fri 30 June – INSET DAY NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
• Sat 1 July – CCP Annual Camp (returns 7 July)

School Transport Update: We have had an enquiry from a family living close to Bourton-on-the-Water, who would like to make contact with other families in the same area. If you would like to be put in touch please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., so that your details can be forwarded on.

New Proposed Bus Route from Bourton-on-the-Water area (from September 2017): Calling at Stow On The Wold Village Centre | Bourton On The Water Village Centre | Possibly Northleach Village Centre | Andoversford Village Centre.  If you would like to register an interest in this route please contact Craig Rob at A1 Connect Travel on 01242 699099.

We have a number of small, valuable items in Lost Property – including jewellery, watches, earphones, keys, memory sticks etc – and many pairs of glasses/glasses cases. These will be on display in main reception during the day – please encourage students to come and have a look, it may be that we can reunite a large proportion of items with their owners.  Here is a small selection:

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Congratulations to Harrison Ottley-Woodd (Y12), who won the South West Schools Golf Championship last week. He shot an impressive 6 under par for round 1 and 3 over par round 2, giving him a winning score of -3 Total for both rounds. Harrison will now be representing Pate’s at the English Schools' National Finals Championships later this month at The Kendleshire Golf Club.

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Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Half-Term Message May 2017

HEADLINES:

  • Cricket Week w/c 12th June – please join us and enjoy some cricket
  • Enigma machine comes to Pate’s
  • Staff Vacancy – Science Technician
  • Winter Sports Photos now available to buy
  • Calendar & Trips update
  • PQA Performing Arts Summer Schools @ Pate’s

GCSE and A Level exams are well underway now and there is a quiet determination about the school. My thanks to Mrs Dickinson and Mrs Graves in the exams office, who are doing a brilliant job of making sure everyone is happy and that all goes according to plan. Half term will be a good break for everyone and time to recharge the batteries. I am looking forward to Pate’s Cricket Week w/c 12th June – all are welcome to join us on the field watch some cricket – Monday 12th Headmaster’s XI vs Students from 1pm and on Thurs 15th Pate’s vs MCC.

Enigma machine comes to Pate's: Y7 & Y10 were treated to a lecture by Dr Mark Baldwin yesterday. Dr Baldwin is one of the countries most experienced speakers on WWII intelligence with a particular expertise in code breaking and the enigma machine. He spoke on the subject of cyphering from the early Caesar cypher through to coding during World War II, and bought in his own Enigma machine and demonstrated how it worked. The Enigma machines were used to encrypt data during World War II. Combining three rotors from a set of five, the rotor settings with 26 positions, and the plugboard with ten pairs of letters connected there were an amazing 3 x 10^114 (3 followed be 114 zeros!) different settings, given that there are 4 x 10^80 atoms in the observable universe it is a wonder that it was ever deciphered!

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Dr Baldwin was hugely generous with his time, after speaking to both Year 7 & 10 he stayed for an hour after school to talk to the many staff members that had sat in on the presentation. Some of the Y13 computer studies group also took advantage of his knowledge on encoding. Dr Baldwin is speaking at the Pittville Pump Room on 21st July, more information can be found here. A special thank you to Dr Tomasetto and Mr Swan for organising the event and to Dr Baldwin for giving his time and expertise on the Enigma machine.

Staff Vacancy: We have a vacancy in school for a Science Technician from September, based in the Physics Department, to work 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday term time only. The job includes organising practical work in the labs, assembling apparatus, maintaining equipment, ordering stock and liaising with teaching staff. Whilst a science background would be an advantage, it is more important to us that applicants are very organised, practical, forward thinking, flexible and able to use their own initiative whilst working as part of a team. Please follow this link to our website for full details and an application form. Applications should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., along with a covering letter explaining why the job appeals to you and what skills and qualities you could bring to the role. The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 12th June 2017 and interviews will take place during week commencing 19th June. If you have any queries about what is involved please email Liz Robertson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Winter Sports Photos:  Our winter sports photos look great and are available for purchase from the Academy Portraits website (here) using the access code H48D8X8R. They will also be displayed in our sports photo boards in the main hall corridor.  We are having all our summer sports teams photographed on Tuesday 27th June - details to follow after half term.

Calendar Update:

  • Fri 26th May – SCHOOL FINISHES FOR HALF TERM
  • Mon 5th June – School Restarts
  • Mon 12th June – Pate’s Cricket Week - Headmaster vs students from 1pm – all welcome
  • Thurs 15th June from 11am – Pate’s vs MCC cricket match – all welcome
  • w/c 19th June – internal exams for Y7, 8 & 9 and mock exams for Y12
  • 21-23 June – 8B & 8G Camp
  • 23-25 June – 8R & 8Y Camp

Trips for w/c 5th June:

  • 9th June – Yr8 Science Fair – Cheltenham Town Hall
  • 9-12th June – Yr7 Normandy Trip (50 Students)

The Pauline Quirke Academy, which operates from Pate’s, has a choice of fabulous summer schools (31st July – 4th August - 10am til 4pm) now available for booking:

  • Practical Film-making Masterclass with Film Director Omid Nooshin Musical Theatre
  • Acting Masterclass with Helena Devereux
  • Musical Theatre Masterclass led by professional choreographer and singer Leanne Verey
  • Junior Music Theatre Summer School (ages 8 and under) led by Emily-Rose Cluderay
  • Courses cost £220 (payable by instalments) There is also a discount for friends or siblings attending together - reducing the price to £185.
  • Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details. PQA website.

I would like to wish Pate’s families a happy half term.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 22 May 2017

HEADLINES: 

An Evening of Music and Poetry – Fri 26th May @ 7pm in the hall
Performing Arts Summer Schools – Pauline Quirke Academy @ Pate’s
Sports News
Calendar / Trips Update
PA Back to School Day – Mon 10th July
New Bus Route from Moreton-in-Marsh / Blockley
Student Achievements

External exams officially started this week and school is quiet with our Y11s and Y13s on study leave.  However, auditions are well underway for this year’s biggest ever House Drama competition (Y7-10) – Legends from Around the World - and the students are looking forward to getting stuck into rehearsals once their exams are out of the way.  

Forthcoming Events:

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Edward Derbyshire invites you to an evening of music and poetry this Friday 26th May @ 7pm in the hall, "to celebrate what we all do so well as a community of staff and students and of the friendships and happy moments we share here at this incredible school. This will be a light-hearted evening’s entertainment - I shall be playing a selection of my favourite piano pieces, and introducing pieces from my favourite playwright. There will be refreshments throughout the evening, and participation from some of the Theatre Studies students, who will perform short monologues and duologues. Tickets cost £10 and are available on our website (here) – all proceeds in aid of Arthritis Research and to Making £nds Meet. I do hope you will be able to join us.” Edward Derbyshire, Head of Drama.

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The Pauline Quirke Academy, which operates from Pate’s, has a choice of fabulous summer schools (31st July – 4th August - 10am til 4pm) now available for booking:

  • Practical Film-making Masterclass with Film Director Omid Nooshin Musical Theatre
  • Acting Masterclass with Helena Devereux
  • Musical Theatre Masterclass led by professional choreographer and singer Leanne Verey
  • Junior Music Theatre Summer School (ages 8 and under) led by Emily-Rose Cluderay
  • Courses cost £220 (payable by instalments) There is also a discount for friends or siblings attending together - reducing the price to £185.  
  • Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.  PQA website.

English Schools Track and Field Cup – Gloucestershire round:  The 4 Pate’s teams competed exceptionally well against larger schools from all over the County, and should have qualified for the Regional Round in Exeter Arena on Tuesday 6th June.  The results were: Junior boys – 1st; Junior girls – 1st; Inter boys – 2nd; Inter girls – 2nd.
District Athletics Trials:  Pate’s had the most athletes from any other Cheltenham School competing for a place at the County trials on Saturday 10th June.  Congratulations to the following athletes on their outstanding performances:
U19s – Holly Bankes (1st 800m), Mel Bird (1st shot and discus with a new District record), Rory Cawkwell (1st 100m equalling the District record), Will Crisp (1st 800m), Amelia Harrington (1st 800m), Grace Knapp (1st 1500m), Jamie Worman (1st long jump and 400m);
U17s – Tim Andrew (2nd 100m), Emma Clarke (2nd 300m and 800m), Luke Goddard (1st high jump), Jade Gough (2nd 3000m), Inca Padfield (1st 800m), Jack Musselwhite (2nd 400m);
U15s – Nathan Acero (2nd discus), Daksh Bagi (1st long jump and 2nd 100m), Oliver Keitley (1st 200m and triple jump), Naomi Layzell (1st high jump), Molly Powlesland (2nd 1500m), Hannah Seakins (2nd 200m). 

Swimming success – Congratulations to Joseph Giles who achieved a silver medal in 100m backstroke (1:06.05) and a gold medal in the 50m backstroke (30.55), at the South West Regionals in Hengrove last weekend.  This qualifies him to swim at The English Nationals this summer in Sheffield.   We wish him the best of luck!

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Calendar Update:

  • Tues 23 May - School finishes early at 2pm (buses arrive early)
  • Wed 24 May @ 6pm in Refectory - Parents' Info Meeting re Y7 Normandy trip
  • Fri 26th May – SCHOOL FINISHES FOR HALF TERM
  • Mon 5th June – School Restarts
  • w/c 12th June – Pate’s Cricket Week
  • Thurs 15th June from 11am – Pate’s vs MCC cricket match – all welcome
  • w/c 19th June – internal exams for Y7, 8 & 9 and mock exams for Y12

Trips Update for this week:

  • Yr8 German Trip – 49 Students 22-26th May 2017
  • Yr7 Normandy Parents Information evening – 6pm in Refectory on 24th May

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Back to School Day for grown-ups (Monday, July 10th) is booking up quickly.  If you would like to book your place in class (a full timetable of lessons, school lunch, choir practice and PE) please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tickets cost £50 for the entire day including Disco, or £5 for the ‘80s/’90s disco only – all in aid of school funds. For a reminder of the itinerary details please follow this link.

New bus route from September 2017 – Enrights of Cheltenham is planning to run a new route from Moreton-in-Marsh, through Blockley, Broadway, Alderton and Winchcombe.  Please follow this link for details of all pick-ups and timings.  If you would like to discuss this further please contact Paul Farrell on 07989 688221 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Congratulations to Junaid Hameed (Y12) who competed as a finalist in the International Public Speaking Competition 2017 in London last week.   Junaid sailed through the heats with his prepared and impromptu speeches and managed to get through the Grand Final, along with representatives from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, China and Sri Lanka. Please follow this link to watch the Grand Final and hear Junaid’s speech "Spoils of War".  Voting was very close, but the final winner was Australia and the runner-up Canada.  We are extremely proud of Junaid – to be able to speak at this level, writing speeches off the cuff and answering questions in an international arena is something most of us could not imagine having the courage to do.  Thanks also to our Head of English, Mrs Reid, for all her support and encouragement.

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Finally, just a reminder that school finishes early at 2pm on Tuesday for teaching training.  (Buses will arrive early.)

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 15th May 2017

HEADLINES:

  • Goodbye to Class of 2017
  • Lunchtime changes wef 15th May
  • Political speaker visits
  • Forthcoming event: Music and Poetry – Fri 26 May @ 7pm (Hall)
  • Student Achievements
  • Calendar / Trips Update
  • Back to School Day for Grown-ups
  • Don’t forget to follow Pate’s library Twitter @PatesLibrary (apologies, it was omitted from last week’s list!)
  • Sainsburys Active Kids vouchers - final call. We would be grateful if you could send in the last of your vouchers. The scheme has now drawn to a close - we are about to submit our vouchers and request our free equipment. Thank you for your support.

Today was Leavers’ Day, a day of celebration and contemplation for our Year 13s. They started the day with a full cooked breakfast served to them by staff, and the whole school enjoyed their special awards assembly and citations. We will certainly miss them, but hope they will join us for our Y14 Christmas reunion, as is now tradition. It was lovely to welcome Y13 parents into school last night for farewell drinks, and for staff and students to formally thank them for their support. We will see Y13 back in school for their exams and of course results day in August.

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Just to let you know that, from Monday and until the end of term, lunchtime will change to 12:35-13:35, in order to accommodate external exams. So, period 4 becomes 13:35-14:35 i.e. lunchtime and period 4 swap, all other lessons remain the same.

On Wednesday, Pate's welcomed the local Liberal Democrat candidate for Cheltenham - Martin Horwood - for a fascinating Question and Answer session for sixth formers. Martin outlined the current Lib Dem policies for the election on June 8th and provided an excellent opportunity for students to ask probing questions about modern politics and find out his views on some controversial topics affecting young people today. There was a large turnout amongst students for Martin’s visit we are extremely grateful to Martin for making room in his busy schedule to come and talk to them.  Also, on Thursday, we were delighted to welcome Mike Farmer and Julie Farmer from the cross party alliance, Cheltenham for Europe, who gave a lunchtime seminar to sixth form students. The historical significance of European alliances, history of the EU and the challenges posed by Brexit on UK politics, were discussed. Students had the opportunity to ask a range of questions which included: so called 'Henry VIII powers', the impact of Brexit on legislation, and the forthcoming election on June 8th. We'd like to thank Mike and Julie for an informative and interesting talk.

Forthcoming Events:

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Edward Derbyshire invites you to an evening of music and drama on Friday 26th May @ 7pm in the hall. “With the sun shining, and as we say goodbye to our Year 13s, I invite you all to a light-hearted evening’s entertainment, to celebrate what we all do so well as a community of staff and students and of the friendships and happy moments we share here at this incredible school. This will be a light-hearted evening’s entertainment - I shall be playing a selection of my favourite piano pieces, and introducing pieces from my favourite playwright. There will be refreshments throughout the evening, and participation from some of the Theatre Studies students, who will perform short monologues and duologues. Tickets cost £10 and are available on our website (here) – all proceeds in aid of Arthritis Research and to Making £nds Meet. I do hope you will be able to join us.” Edward Derbyshire, Head of Drama.

Second Hand Uniform Sale: The PA will be manning the second-hand uniform cupboard next Friday (May 19th) from 2.45pm. As well as uniform and sports kit there are plenty of second-hand, good quality, house polo shirts on sale - all houses except Pembroke.

We are delighted that two Year 12 students, Thomas Adams and Cadence Ware were awarded 'highly commended' for the prestigious Corpus Christi essay writing competition for Economics and English. Thomas and Cadence were invited to Cambridge at the weekend to collect their prizes. Congratulations to them both - a wonderful achievement!

Calendar Update:

  • Fri 19th May – Second-hand school uniform / kit sale from 2.45pm
  • Fri 19th May – Leavers’ Ball @ Cheltenham Racecourse
  • Tues 23rd May – EARLY 2PM FINISH (buses will arrive early at 2pm)
  • Fri 26th May – SCHOOL FINISHES FOR HALF TERM
  • Mon 5th June – School Restarts
  • w/c 12th June – Pate’s Cricket Week
  • Thurs 15th June from 11am – Pate’s vs MCC cricket match – all welcome

Just one trip this week: Annecy – 16th 22nd May (15 Y9/10 students leaving after registration on 16th)

Back to School Day for grown-ups (Monday, July 10th) has proved very popular – we have over two full classes booked already! If you would like to book your place and have a giggle please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tickets (£50 for the entire day including Disco, or £5 for the ‘80s/’90s disco only) are selling quickly – all in aid of school funds. For a reminder of the itinerary details please follow this link.

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Goodbye and good luck to all our Year 13s – it has been a pleasure and a privilege to have been a part of your journey.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

Head Master's Message w/c 8th May 2017

 HEADLINES

  • Leavers’ Concert and Awards
  • Pate’s Charity Challenge 2016-17
  • Pate’s Sport – Sports Day Results & County/District Cricket selections
  • Drama News
  • Calendar Update
  • Student Achievements
  • General Reminders:
  • Monday is the final deadline to register entries for the Lower School Music Competition which will take place at the end of term – so there is lots of time to practise! (Here is the link to the entry form.)
  • Tuesday is an early 2pm finish (buses will arrive early)
  • Staff vacancy for ICT / AV Technician– details on our website here
  • Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Competition
  • Pate’s Twitter Accounts
  • Pate’s Big Band at Gloucester docks this Sunday 7 May 12-1pm

The stars of the Leavers’ Concert entertained us in style at the Pittville Pump Room last night – at times poignant, at times funny, it was a superb concert. This very talented group of musicians have been so lucky to have each other to collaborate with, and Ellie Lane and Gill Mew to support and guide them. I was delighted to make a number of special awards last night, and there will be more to follow next week. The Dene Stubbs Cup for musical excellence and services to the musical community in school was awarded jointly to Tom Davies and Daisy Houlder; Jake Bussell was presented with the John Elvan Rees Award for dedication to music and encouragement of others; and the Brian Jones Memorial Trophy for outstanding contribution to modern music was awarded to Charlie Hembrow. Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved in making the Leavers’ Concert 2017 one to remember.

Pate’s Charity Challenge 2016-17: In assembly this morning sixth formers announced the total amount of money they have raised for their chosen charities. Through an array of creative events - ranging from foam assault courses, to donut eating, to welly wanging – our teams of fundraisers have managed to raise £7818.30! Charities small and large have been boosted by our generous donations - thank you to parents and students for your support in making that happen and well done to those students who worked so hard to organise such enjoyable events.

You will have received an email yesterday from the Parents' Association launching their latest fundraising idea - one day Back to School for parents/guardians/family members and friends on Monday, July 10th. The staff and I are thrilled to support this and I, in particular, am looking forward to teaching a History lesson to our well-behaved parents! I may or may not be setting homework! Ms Lane is ready to take on lunchtime "Senior Senior" Choir practise, Mr Allinson (SPELLING) is primed for a spot of grammar in English lessons and the refectory is ready for the break-time rush. Be warned: there will be Games sessions too. The idea for a parents' and staff School Disco in the evening came directly from me and the PA has happily run with the idea. I'll be there to enjoy the sounds of the 80s and 90s. Tickets (£50 for the entire day including Disco, or £5 for the disco only) are selling quickly. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your place or click here to find out more.

Pate’s Sport:

Sports Day 2017:
After 2 weeks of heats and finals, House athletics reached it's climax during 2 days of top athletics. With our new House we extended our field events day, with 4 records being broken in a successful day of athletics. Individual winners were presented with their trophies after the relays brought an exciting track programme to an end. Total points were added up and House cups and the shield awarded in the 3 age group category competitions.

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Records:  Jemima Jones - Inter girls shot 9.07m, Rachel Smith - Junior girls shot 7.77m, Mel Bird - Senior girls discus 36.49m and senior girls shot 10.41m.
Individual winners for most overall points:
Minors (Year 7) - Joseph Coley and Darcey Barton
Juniors (Year 8) - Olly Hepburn and Naomi Layzell
Inters (Years 9 & 10) - Oli Keitley and Eve Knowles -Jackson
Seniors (Years 11, 12 & 13) - Rory Cawkwell and Amy Kohnstamm
Senior Boys 1500m Cup - Joe Crutchley
Senior Boys 400m Cup - Will Crisp
Mike Bailey Sprint Cup for most impressive sprint performance - Harry Mason and Megan Hire (Year 7s)
'Pate' Field Events Cup - Mel Bird
House Cup winners
Minors (Year 7) - Richmond
Junior and Inters (Years 8, 9 & 10) - Richmond
Seniors (Years 11, 12 & 13) - Beaufort

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Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for County and District Cricket Squads 2017:
Gloucestershire U17 one day squad - Kiran Chakraborty
Gloucestershire U15 squad - Felix McDermott-Krasker
District U13 squads - Phoebe Bradford and Sam Bradford
District U12 squads - Joseph Coley, Jacob Moore and Aatreya Sugur
Gloucestershire U15 development squad - Matt Long

Drama News: Victoria Williams, senior vocal coach for ‘Matilda’ in the west end, came in this week to do a voice workshop and auditions with Edward Derbyshire and a group of our students. We are delighted that 8 of our students have been offered parts in ‘Loves Labours Lost’ with Gobstoppers (in association with Kneehigh Theatre), which will be performed at Minack open-air theatre in Cornwall over the summer.  We are very lucky be able to offer these opportunities for our students - thanks to Victoria and to Edward, and congratulations to both involved.

Calendar Update:

  • Tues 9th May – 2PM FINISH BUSES ARRIVE EARLY
  • Thurs 11th May – Y13 Parents Farewell, arrive 5.30-6pm in Hall (book places here)
  • Fri 12th May – Y12 HOME STUDY DAY
  • Fri 12th May – Y13 GO ON STUDY LEAVE
  • Fri 19th May – Leavers’ Ball at Cheltenham Racecourse

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We are delighted that Y12 student Jasmine Foister won first prize for her blog entry in the prestigious SheTalksScience competition for Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. Recent research has shown that women are still underrepresented in science at university and beyond. The competition aimed to give young women interested in science a voice by showing how others are already contributing to science within roles that excite and intrigue them. You can read Jasmine's winning entry here.

Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Competition to win £200 and the opportunity to read out your work at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. The theme is ‘Perceptions of Identity’ and there is a poetry and a prose section. The deadline for entries is 29th July. Please follow this link for full details.

Just to let you know that we have a new Twitter account - @PatesTrips – for live updates on all our trips. Here is a reminder of our Twitter accounts for all Pate’s updates: @PatesSport | @PatesGeog | @PatesAllumni | @PatesMusic | @PatesPolitics | @PatesGS | @PatesTrips **NEW**

There is one more chance to see the Pate’s Big band, who are performing (along with their Director Gill Mew) at Gloucester Docks this Sunday 7th May from 12-1pm for the Dragonboat Regatta in aid of CLIC Sargent. The band would love to see you there!

Finally, I would like to wish Year 11 all the best with their revision, as they prepare for their GCSEs.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

Head Master's Message w/c 1st May 2017

HEADLINES: 

  • House Cup 2017 – winners announced
  • House Drama Theme Announced– Legends from Around the World
  • Job Vacancy for ICT / AV Technician
  • Parents’ Association News
  • How to Reappear’ – one woman show Thurs 4 May 7.00-8.30pm in PAB
  • Lower School Music Competition – entries deadline extended to Mon 8 May
  • Calendar / Trips Update
  • Final chance to buy tickets for Leavers’ Concert / Sports Tour Dinner
  • U14 Rugby Champions
  • Pate’s Big Band at Jazz Festival Sun 30 April @ 12:00 (Montpellier Gardens free stage)
  • Pate’s Big Band wins National Gold Award
  • Notices:
  • Y7, Y11 & Y13 Tempest Photographs (ordered online for ‘School Delivery’) are now available to collect from Reception.
  • Ski trip helmets and clothing – please return to the PE office ASAP please.
  • Any SPORTS TEAM clothing borrowed – please return to the PE office ASAP, as they are needed for teams next year.
  • Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers closes at the end of this week – please send in any you have.  Thank you!

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This year’s House Cup winners were announced in yesterday’s assembly and trophies awarded to Head Boys & Girls, as follows: JUNIOR CUP – PEMBROKE (2nd Richmond, 3rd York, 4th Gloucester, 5th Beaufort); INTERMEDIATE CUP – RICHMOND (Joint 2nd Gloucester/York, 4th Beaufort); SENIOR CUP – BEAUFORT (2nd Richmond, 3rd Gloucester, 4th Pembroke, 5th York). Points were incredibly close all round, so congratulations are due to everyone on a spectacular battle, well fought! Also in assembly, the incoming Head Girls & Boys drew lots for this term’s House Drama competition. The theme this year is legends from around the world and there was a buzz of excitement as the following titles were announced: Beaufort – ‘Anansi and the Chameleon’ (African); Gloucester – ‘Sinbad the Sailor’ (Persian); Pembroke – ‘The Firebird’ (Russian); Richmond – ‘Child of Water and Little Blue Rock (Native American); York – ‘The Girl with Rose Red Slippers’ (Egyptian). I know the House officials will already be busy in discussion and scriptwriting and we are all very much looking forward to seeing (and hearing) what cultural enchantment they produce - I can’t wait!

Current Job Vacancy – ICT / AV Technician: Please follow this link to the Pate’s website for detailed job description and person specification.

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I would like to express my sincerest thanks to our fabulous Parents Association. Following their recent very generous donation enabling us to purchase our much needed additional server, they have subsequently donated a further £2243 in support of our School Council’s suggestion to add an additional bike rack and additional outdoor picnic benches. The support we receive from our PA is so vital in these financially constrained times and I know the committee would like me to pass on my thanks to all those who help he PA in any way, enabling them to provide such a significant level of support. Thank you.

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Continuing with the Parents’ Association, we have just heard that the Bag2School collection has raised another £464. Thank you to everyone, particularly the students who have travelled in on buses carrying large bags of clothes, for supporting this collection – that is hugely appreciated.

‘How to Reappear’ – one woman show starring Gemma Bolwell on Thursday 4th May @ 7-8.30pm in PAB: Some of our students will remember Gemma, who is a friend of the school and who has run some drama workshops this year. We are delighted that she has agreed to bring her show to Pate’s – it is a creative, funny and heartwarming performance. Tickets cost £8 (adults) and £5 (students) and are available on Ticketsource (here). Gemma will also be running a question and answer session for the audience after her show.

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Lower School Music Competition – entries deadline extended to Monday 8th May. The competition will take place on Tuesday 4th July 2017. For each instrument /voice there will be a beginner, intermediate and advanced category, with beginner being up to grade 3, intermediate being grade 4-6 and advanced being 7+. There will be the following categories: woodwind, brass, percussion/drums, strings, keyboards (piano/organ), voice, guitar, bass guitar, as well as a group category for chamber music and bands, for groups of up to 6 players, which can cover any genre of music from string quartets to rock bands. For the first time ever there will also be a composition / original music category for pieces or songs up to 4 minutes in length (pieces can be movements or sections from a longer work). Please follow this link for full details and entry forms.

Calendar Update:
• Sun 30th April – Pate’s Big Band at Jazz Festival in Montpellier Gardens @ 12:00
• Mon 1st May – Bank Holiday
• Thurs 4th May – Leavers’ Concert, Pittville Pump Room @ 7pm (tickets here)
• Thurs 4th May – ‘How to Reappear’ @ 7pm in PAB (tickets here)
• Fri 5th May – Sports Tour Dinner @ 7pm (tickets here)
Tues 9th May – 2PM FINISH BUSES ARRIVE EARLY
• Thurs 11th May – Y13 Parents Farewell, arrive 5.30-6pm in Hall (book places here)
• Fri 12th May – Y12 HOME STUDY DAY
• Fri 12th May – Y13 GO ON STUDY LEAVE
• Fri 19th May – Leavers’ Ball at Cheltenham Racecourse

Trip this week: 5th May-7th May 2017 – North Wales Geography Trip (76 Students)

U14 Rugby Champions - Congratulations to the U14 rugby squad who won the U14 County Plate Final at Kingsholm this week. The players enjoyed the experience and atmosphere of playing on the Premiership pitch, beating a determined and physical ean Academy side 63-21. Adam Evans, from the year below, was awarded 'Man of the Match' from former Gloucester and Samoan international Terry Fanolua.

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Congratulations to ‘Team Joel’ sixth formers who raised around £1300 on the last day of term, with their Joelternative Sports Day, in aid of ‘Helping Harry Help Others. The day was a huge success and everyone who joined in thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Well done to the team for organising a perfect end of term event.

JAZZ @ Pate’s: Many congratulations to the Big Band who won a gold award at the National Concert Band Festival which took place at the beginning of April. This followed on from their Platinum Award in the regional round. Thanks as always to Gill Mew whose passion and enthusiasm for all things jazz keeps our bands busy!

I would like to wish Shrey Bhardwaj (Y12) the very best of luck this weekend as he competes with the nation’s best young table tennis players this weekend.at the Butterfly Schools Individual Table Tennis Championships National Finals in Alderley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton, involving more than 350 players representing 50 counties. Please follow this link for further details.

I wish everyone a pleasant long weekend. Do try to pop to the JAZZ FESTIVAL free stage in Montpellier Gardens this Sunday at 12:00 midday to hear the Pate’s Big Band play in a set featuring a selection of school bands if you are able. All are welcome and it would be great to have your support.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

Head Master's Easter Message 2017

HEADLINES:

  • Amnesty Prize for Izzy Parnham-Cope (Y13)
  • Lower School Music Competition - entries by Mon 24 April
  • Pate's Big Band @ Jazz Festival - Sun 30 Apr @ 12:00 Montpellier Gardens
  • Y7, 11 & 13 photos are available to order
  • Pate's Politics - Clare Moody visit
  • Harriet Hards (Y12) elected Member of the Youth Parliament for Cheltenham & Tewkesbury
  • Extra-curricular Achievements
  • 'The Importance of Being Earnest' - Tue 25 April 7pm @ PAB
  • Calendar & Trips Update

It was an exciting end of term Awards Assembly this morning – it was my great pleasure to hand out colours in sport, art and CCF, as well as House-colours, in recognition of outstanding commitment. I also announced the good news of our successful bids to build a new sixth form centre and library, as well as some much needed window replacement around the main school building. There was a lovely response from the students, who applauded the efforts of the three staff who had worked so hard to make our bids successful – in what was effectively a colours award for Stephen Locke, Shirley Park and Graham Woodsford. Very well done and huge thanks to them for constantly doing what it takes to achieve the best outcomes for Pate’s.

Congratulations to Izzy Parnham-Cope (Y13) who has won a highly prestigious Amnesty award for art inspired by humanitarian aid issues in countries supported by the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust.

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My piece was in response to the issue of mass internal displacement in Uganda and the consequences it has on isolated children and families, incorporating photojournalistic images and a UN report on the subject into the artwork itself.” The award was presented by Photojournalist Hazel Thompson and Baroness Cox, and, as prize for coming first place in her category, Izzy has been invited to tea at the House of Lords with the Baroness.  Such a well-deserved award for Izzy - stunning.

Lower School Music Competition – entries by Monday 24th April. The competition will take place on Tuesday 4th July 2017. For each instrument /voice there will be a beginner, intermediate and advanced category, with beginner being up to grade 3, intermediate being grade 4-6 and advanced being 7+. There will be the following categories: woodwind, brass, percussion/drums, strings, keyboards (piano/organ), voice, guitar, bass guitar, as well as a group category for chamber music and bands, for groups of up to 6 players, which can cover any genre of music from string quartets to rock bands. For the first time ever there will also be a composition / original music category for pieces or songs up to 4 minutes in length (pieces can be movements or sections from a longer work). Please follow this link for full details and entry forms, which must be completed and returned to the music office straight after Easter, on Monday 24th April.

JAZZ FESTIVAL - Pate’s Big Band will be playing at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on Sunday 30th April at 12.00 midday in Montpellier Gardens. This is a free event, involving a number of school bands, and is always a thoroughly enjoyable occasion. You can expect a lovely atmosphere and superb food stalls - all in the great British outdoors! All are welcome and it would be great to have your support.

The Y7 & 11 class group photos and Y11 & 13 whole year group photos are now available to buy online direct from Tempest here - www.tempest-groups.co.uk. (Please enter 'Pate’s Grammar school' in the search box, password 'pgs1574'.) If you order before 17th April you have the option of free school delivery. Click here (YouTube unlisted page) to see a fun time lapse video of the photography session.

A reminder that our Bags2School bin is open for all donations of clothing and linen (please don't include Pate's school uniform. this is more valuable for our second hand uniform sales - uniform can be handed in separately at reception at any time). Please bring your full bag (or bags!) to school any time from now until Friday 28th April (first thing on the Friday, please: this is the day of the collection). The big blue bin is hard to miss (close to the entrance), but if in doubt, ask at Reception. If you have any queries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pate’s Politics:

Congratulations to Harriet Hards (Y12) who has been elected as the Member of the Youth Parliament for Cheltenham and Tewkesbury after an intense week of voting in March. Here is what Harriet had to say: “Over the next two years I will now be representing the interests of Gloucestershire's youth, lobbying MPs, organising campaigns and trying to make a difference. This is a fantastic opportunity and I'm really excited to get to work on my election priorities: improving mental health support in schools, encouraging the Curriculum for Life programme and promoting political engagement among young people. This July I will get to go to the Annual Sitting at Liverpool Hope University and I will take part in a debate in the House of Commons in November. The support I've received from everyone at Pate's has been incredible; I'd like to thank every single person who voted for me.”

On Friday 31st March, Year 12 and 13 Politics students were visited by Labour MEP Clare Moody. She spoke about the recent triggering of Article 50 and her ideas about the impending negotiations, as well as the particularly topical issue of Gibraltar, which her South West constituency covers. It was fascinating to hear her perspective as a Member of the European Parliament during such an exceptional time for both Westminster and Brussels. She took questions about the role of the Labour Party at this time, the position of Gibraltar and what we can do to have an effect. The talk provided a really valuable insight into the current political crises and was enjoyed by all in attendance. [Thanks to Harriet Hards for this article.]

Extra-Curricular Achievements: Congratulations to James Nicholls (Y11), who has been selected for the United Kingdom Cadet Rifle Team Channel Isles 2017 tour, and is also a reserve for Canada 2017.

Calendar Update:

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'The Importance of Being Earnest' - Tues 25 April 7-9.10pm in PAB: Y13 students present this comedy of manners and society by Oscar Wilde as a one-off valedictory performance before they leave school. Please come and support their endeavours in this hilarious take on one of the funniest plays in the English language. Be prepared to be fed, watered and entertained royally! Tickets cost £4 and are available online (here)

  • Mon 24th April – School restarts
  • Tue 25th April 7-9.10pm in PAB - 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (Y13 student production)
  • 24th Apr – 2nd May incl. – Y10 Exams
  • Mon 1st May – Bank Holiday
  • Fri 5th May – Sports Tour Dinner (tickets available here)

Trip Update:  24-28th April – Yr9 Malaga Spanish Immersion Trip

School Transport Update: Enrights of Cheltenham have set up a new bus service for Evesham, Broadway, Alderton and Winchcombe, starting in September. If your child is on this route and you can suggest another or different pick up point, or if you would like to book a place for your child or discuss this further, please contact Paul Farrell by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephoning 07989 688221. Full details and timings here.

Thanks to our wonderful Parents’ Association, led by Laurette Thomas, our new IT Server has now been installed and the benefits have been felt straightaway! Thanks once again to all the parents who have found a multitude of ingenious ways to contribute to their children’s education.

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Finally, I would like to wish everyone a happy and relaxing Easter. Good luck to those students whom I know will be revising for external exams.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

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