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Head Master's Message w/c 3rd April 2017

HEADLINES: 

  • Parent Governor Election Results
  • ‘Joelternative’ Sports Day and Mufti charity fundraiser – Fri 7 April
  • Art Students Fun Prospectus Launch
  • PA Bags2School collection now open
  • PA Second Hand Uniform shop open Friday 7 April 3-3.40pm
  • Cake tins awaiting collection
  • This week @ Pate's
  • Forthcoming Events
  • Calendar & Trips Update
  • Extra-curricular & Alumni Achievements
  • CCF Annual Inspection & Y8 Training - this Thurs 6 April 12:30 onwards

Parent Governor Election Results: I would like to start by thanking our nominees for putting themselves forward in the recent Parent Governor election. I am pleased to announce that Ray Fish and Carolyn Horrocks are duly elected. Voting was very close indeed, as one would expect with such strong candidates, and I am only sorry that there are not sufficient places for all candidates. Thanks to everyone who voted.

Assembly this morning was led by our Charity Committee, who are running thier ‘Joelternative’ sports day in aid of Birmingham based charity ‘Help Harry Help Others’. Next Friday 7th April will be a mufti day – students can pay £1 to dress in ‘sports’ theme, or £1.50 for other. Refreshments will be sold at break and lunch and there will be ‘Joelternative’ Sports on the field (weather dependent) during the lunchtime. These will include, but are not limited to, skipping race, welly wanging, egg and spoon, bean bag hoop toss and piggy back race. A £1 wristband - available from the refectory all week - will entitle the holder to take part in all events. There will be prizes. This is in addition to the three-legged 5 a side competition which will run through the week - £5 per team - and the winners will play the Head Master’s team in the grand final on Friday. Teams should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register themselves BY 6PM TODAY – THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP. More information about ‘Help Harry Help Others’: they are unique in their efforts to not only help find a cure for Brain Cancer but also in helping children suffering from cancer, their families and those people who support them. Around 1,550 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK, a quarter of them with brain tumours. Help Harry Help Others’ mission is to find a cure, and until then make a difference wherever they can.

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Well done to all our sixth form Charity teams this year, who between them have created and organised a fantastic range of fundraising activities that have been enjoyed by the whole school, and which have raised over £7,000 for local, national and international charities.

Also in assembly this morning our team of sixth form Art students launched their fun prospectus, intended for the primary school pupils who are considering coming to Pate’s. The students worked as a team to come up with an intricately folded ‘Harry Potter’ inspired prospectus, designing a shield and mythological creature for each House and cunningly renaming all the departments within the school! Please click here to see the finished product.

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Congratulations to the students on producing such a unique and inspiring handout - I am very proud of what they have achieved. They had great fun doing it, and I know our visitors will have great fun reading it. Special thanks to local graphics designer and friend of the school, James Gregory ('g design') who mentored the students from the start and helped them to bring their ideas into production.

Following on from the initial marvellous news regarding the PA fundraising success at the Spring Fair, I am delighted to say that the final grand total raised was £13,412.88. Thank you again to everyone who contributed towards this fabulous event in any way. A truly astonishing total. The money for the new server has been transferred to the school, it has been purchased and will be integrated next Wednesday (5 April). The first immediate impact is that Citrix will be unavailable from the end of school on Wednesday for a couple of hours whilst that integration takes place (sorry about that!) but then we will have the extra capacity and CPU ‘grunt’ that we need. Thank you once again to everyone who has helped make this happen.

Parents’ Association News:
The Parents’ Association Bags2School collection is now open for business. This is a great chance to raise money for the school - and the process is simple: fill a bag or bags with your unwanted clothes and textiles, then put them in the big blue bin in the layby just before Reception. Don’t worry if you don’t have the official collection bag, it matters not: any bag will do. Thank you.
The PA will be manning the uniform shop next Friday (April 7th) from 3 o'clock until the end of school. Please feel free to pop in (just off Reception) and grab what you need to see you through the last term of the year (there are plenty of larger sizes for any Y11s in need!).

Lots of cake tins and cake transporting items are still to be collected – please collect from main school reception – cake donations for the Spring Fair and choral concert. With thanks to the bakers who provided support – we would like to reunite you with your tins!!

This week at Pate’s:
'Bucket List' Director Workshop: Nir Paldi, Director of the Edinburgh Fringe-winning production 'Bucket List', came to Pate's yesterday to develop ideas with Sixth Form Politics and Theatre Studies students on how we might approach Politics from an artistic standpoint. They explored the way that politics and theatre interact, loosely based on his latest play, Bucket List, which is about the themes of human rights and a young Mexican woman who resolves to take revenge after her mother is shot at a political protest. The students discussed ideas about how to present important current political issues such as post truth politics, the NHS, mental health and women's rights through the medium of Art. It was a fascinating workshop and was very enjoyable for all who took part. 'Bucket List' is to be performed today and tomorrow in Gloucester by prestigious dramatics team Theatre Ad Infinitum. 

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Last Friday, eight members of the 6th Form Pate’s Amnesty Society visited the Amnesty International UK Human Rights Action Centre for their 2017 Youth Conference. They were given talks by members of the Amnesty International UK team and guest speaker Amal Azzudin (well known as one of the Glasgow Girls, who campaigned for better treatment of people seeking asylum in the UK), concerning the subject of refugees and the Amnesty ‘I Welcome’ refugee campaign. The Pate’s students also took part in workshops addressing subjects such as campaigning creatively and effectively, campaigning with MPs, and running Amnesty youth groups. It was a thoroughly inspiring trip and provided insight into the great work Amnesty do.

Forthcoming Events:

  • Sports Team (Winter) Photos: We will have a professional photographer in school to take photos of our sports teams and these will be available to purchase online. Y10 team photos will be taken on Tuesday 4th April during Period 2. It is essential that students arrive on time, wearing clean kit. Students have been emailed all the details of timings, thank you in advance for your support in ensuring that they are prepared on the day.
  • MACBETH Wednesday 5 April @ 7pm in the hall: this student led production of Shakespeare’s classic brings an exciting modern twist to the timeless work of revenge, murder and ambition. Made by the students of Year 12, this piece is youthful and vibrant. Come and see what they have made and support drama at Pate’s! All are welcome – free tickets available on Ticketsource (here). Please follow this link to see their trailer. 
  • CCF Annual Inspection - Thurs 6th April @ 12:30 (on the tennis courts)
  • Sports Tour Dinner – Fri 5th May 2017 @ 7pm in the Refectory: You are cordially invited to our Tour Dinner, which will be hosted by Pate’s students travelling to South Africa for a Netball and Hockey Tour in July 2017. There will be a choice of curries and a bar, entertainment, a raffle, and after dinner speaker Kellie Hull, U21 Severn Stars Netball Captain who has represented England in New Zealand. Tickets cost £15 and can be purchased from our website (here).

 Calendar Update:

  • Tues 4th April – Y10 Sports Teams photos for Y10 (Period 2)
  • Wed 5th April @ 7pm - MACBETH Wednesday 5 April @ 7pm in the hall
  • Thurs 6th April – CCF Annual Inspection @ 12:30 *please note new timings*
  • Fri 7th April – Mufti day & House Talent Competition
  • Fri 7th April – School finishes for Easter at 3.40pm
  • Mon 24th April – School restarts
  • 24th Apr – 2nd May incl. – Y10 Exams
  • Mon 1st May – Bank Holiday

Trips this week:

  • 3rd April – 8R & 8Y Art Trip to Pitt Rivers + 10 students from 8B/G who are taking part in handball competition on 5th April 8.45-15.30
  • 5th April – 8B & 8G Art Trip to Pitt Rivers, Oxford 8.45-15.30
  • 5th April – STEM Taster Day @ Bristol 8.45-16.35 (54 Yr12 students)
  • 7th – 15th April – Ski Trip

Extra-curricular & Alumni Achievements:
Congratulations to Dan Cotton (Y11) who has won the Gloucestershire Young Photographer of the Year 2017. His photo ‘Joy’ was selected from a total of 545 entries from 21 secondary schools. You can see Dan’s photo with others in the exhibition showing at the Parabola Arts Centre between Saturday 22 April and Thursday 27 April.

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Huge congratulations to our Year 8 girls Hockey team on winning the Cheltenham Ladies College Tournament. The fixture list included A + B teams from Balcarras, Bournside, Winchcombe, Cleeve, Cotswolds and of course Cheltenham Ladies College. Cleeve proved to be very strong opponents going 1-0 up initially against the Pate’s girls, however with true determination and a superb team hockey performance Pate’s managed to get two goals back to win 2-1!! The intelligent Pate’s squad won every single fixture - winning one game 6-0, which is quite an accomplishment as the games are only 10 minutes long! Well done to the squad: Maryam Boulkenafet, Phobe Bradford, Sophie Casey (C), Katy Daly, Jennifer Duffield, Verity Khor, Naomi Layzell, Rachel Smith and Maddy Wilce.
Pate's win County Golf Championships: Congratulations to Louis D'Ambrosio, Enrico Green and Harrison Ottley-Woodd, who, as a team, won the Gloucestershire Schools Golf Championships at Tewkesbury Park Golf Club. Well done to Harrison for being placed first overall during the day. They will now represent Gloucestershire at the National Championships at Woodhall Spa Golf Club, Lincolnshire, on 12th July. The best of luck to them!

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Biathlon bronze for Year 12 Jess Telford: Congratulations to Jess Telford on achieving a bronze medal at the U19 British Schools Biathlon at Crystal Palace over the weekend. A top achievement considering Jess is really a pentathlete!

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Pate's former student Hana Kapadia has been named the overall winner of Future Legal Mind 2017. Hana, currently studying at the University of Law, has been named ‘Future Legal Mind 2017’, winning £5,000 and a placement at law firm Simpson Millar. When asked what inspired Hana to study law, she said: "My undergraduate degree in International Relations kick-started my interest in law, as it pervaded many aspects of the course, which led me to write my dissertation on international law and transitional justice. My decision to get into law was cemented by the work experience I've taken in Cheltenham, which showed me how so many areas of the law are interconnected, and inspired me through the exciting, dynamic and intellectually challenging nature of the work lawyers take on." Here are some words from the Chair of judges, Simon Trott: “We were extremely impressed with Hana's essay. It was thoroughly researched, lively, and showed a deep understanding of the UK legal system. Hana's perception of the development of society and how this affects the legal profession was profound.” 

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I am looking forward to the CCF annual inspection parade this Thursday 6th April at 12:30, when we will be honoured to welcome Air Vice Marshall Wigston, second in command of the RAF – this is an incredible privilege, only possible because he is a parent of the school. The parade will take place on the tennis courts and I hope to see CCF parents there, as well as Year 8 parents who are invited to watch the Y8 training exercises (starting from 1:30). Refreshments will be served in the gallery at 1.10.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 27 March 2017

HEADLINES:

REMINDER Student ICT Acceptable Use Policy – on Schoolgateway – please select the item and, tick the consent box and add a comment, to confirm that you have read and agree with the contents of this updated policy (here). Only one parent needs to respond, for each child. If you have any queries please contact Tim Read (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

  • CCF Annual Inspection & Year 8 Taster – Thurs 6 April @12:30
  • Can you help us to find a marquee?
  • Pate’s Y9 student wins Famelab Competition
  • U15s Netball County Champions
  • U13s Netball District Champions
  • Year 7 Netball District Champions
  • Ex-Pate’s student shortlisted for National Legal Award
  • Forthcoming Events & Calendar / Trips Update
  • GCSE Art Showcase – Wed 29th March 4.30-6.30pm
  • Winter Sports Team Photos – Thur 30 March & Tue 4 April
  • Sports Tour Dinner – Fri 5th May @ 7pm
  • Parent Governor Elections – Ballot papers must be returned by Monday

Isaac Fee (9B) played the piano beautifully to a very appreciative audience this morning in assembly. It takes courage and composure to be able to perform to over 1,000 of your peers and it is a great feat for any student to contemplate, so thank you and well done to Isaac, who really set the bar for the rest of the day.  It was standing room only at Wednesday's Choral Concert at All Saints Church and the performances were stunning.  Congratulations to the students, parents and staff involved and huge thanks to our Director of Music, Ellie Lane.  Thanks also to the army of Parents' Association helpers who sold £450 of tea and homebaked cake throughout the rehearsals and performance!

The CCF annual inspection and Year 8 taster session: The CCF annual inspection will be held on Thursday 6 April @ 12:30 (this is a change from the previously advertised time of 10:30). Parents and guardians are invited to attend and observe the Inspection and prize giving at 12:30 at the tennis courts. This is an opportunity for families to observe the training and activities that take place at Pate’s CCF. Year 8 students will take part in training during the afternoon to experience CCF activities prior to taking a decision on joining the CCF in Year 9 – all are welcome to watch. Refreshments will be provided. Further details can be found on the website (here).

Can you help us to find a marquee? The PE department are looking for a marquee to support this year’s Cricket Week, commencing on 12th June. If you know where we could borrow such an item, please could you get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - we would be incredibly grateful for any help on this.

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Good news: Sriram Iyer (9Y) has won this year's Famelab Academy competition, beating finalists from 12 other schools at EDF yesterday. His three minute presentation on 'Dreams' impressed a distinguished panel of judges with his content, clarity and charisma. Cash prizes are awarded both to Sriram and to the school. Over 1500 Y9 pupils in Gloucestershire took part this year so his is an amazing achievement – congratulations and very well done to Sriram.

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Sixth Form Play ‘Antigone’ photos are now available on our website – please follow this link to see / order them.

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Pate’s U15 Netball Squad County Champions! Congratulations to the squad who came out top at the end of the County netball tournament last weekend. The tournament was utterly gripping and particularly thrilling for Caroline Mackenzie, on her final tournament coaching the U15s after many years at Pate’s. I thought it would be fitting to include her final match report in today’s message: “This County tournament for U15 teams was divided into two sections, each team playing 5 matches of 8 minutes each way. Pate's had a difficult start playing a strong High School side. It was a fantastic match with High School just stealing the victory 7-6. The next game was a very tentative win v CLC by one goal despite Pate's having most of the possession. Good wins v Cleeve (13-3), KLB (9-4), and Chosen Hill (13-1) followed, despite Pate’s not always playing their best netball. This placed the U15’s 2nd in the section behind High School. It was great to get to the finals and even better when the team recaptured their best netball against Ribston in the semi's, winning convincingly 7-1 and then a re-match with High School in the final! This time Pate's made the most of their chances in a tense match to win 5-3 and take the May Dent trophy! Well done to the whole squad - County Champions!! ALICE COOPER, HELENA COX, MADDIE DALGLEISH, JEMIMA JONES, T GOWRI SHANKAR, IZZY OSUDE, MADDY ROPER, ANNIE SCOTT and CONNIE TRENDLE. In what will be my final year coaching U15’s at Pate’s I wanted to say how very proud I am of the performance and achievements of the four U15 netball teams I have coached since retiring full time teaching at Pate’s. Thank you all the girl’s in those four years for some very rewarding and fun experiences. In particular, to the girls this year for making it 3 May Dent trophies in a row!! I hope to see you all playing netball for the years to come!” Caroline Mackenzie 

U13 District Netball Champions: Congratulations to our U13 Netball District Champions! After an unbeaten afternoon at CLC the girls won their group, and the semi-final and finished in the final with a 9-3 win over Chosen Hill.  The U13 District champions are: Maryam Boulkenafet, Phoebe Bradford, Sophie Casey, Verity Kohr, Naomi Layzell, Anna Lincoln, Sophie O'Riordan, Scarlett Oram, Chandini Rathnam and Rachel Smith (C).

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Year 7 District Netball Champions: Congratulations to our Year 7 squad who performed with great control under pressure to be crowned well-deserving District Champions: Alex Crane, Ella Dandy (C), Felicity Dye, Ali Hall, Megan Hire, Bea Kenny-Mcrea, Genny Morris, Erin Peshkin and Erin Trendle. What a great start for our Year 7 netball team!

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Former Pate's Grammar School Student Shortlisted for £5,000 National Legal Award: Congratulations to ex-Pate’s student Hana Kapadia (formally of Hesters Way, how studying at University of Law in Bristol) who is a finalist in the nationwide Future Legal Mind Award and is in line for a potential £5,000 prize and a work placement at a prestigious law firm (Simpson Millar) after being whittled down from entries all over the country. Her essay on the UK’s civil justice system impressed industry judges, in response to the question “If eBay can resolve 60 million disputes each year, why does the UK civil justice system need lawyers?” Hana has developed an interest in using technology to improve access to justice, and is actively looking for pro bono activities to help vulnerable members of society, having already volunteered for the National Centre for Domestic Violence and Citizen’s Advice. Congratulations to Hana on her very exciting news and future career. If you would like to know more about the award and the finalists please follow this link.

Forthcoming Events:
GCSE Art Showcase – Wed 29th March 4.30-6.30pm in the Art Gallery. You are invited to drop in for drinks and nibbles and to enjoy our showcase of this year’s GCSE stunning artwork.
Sports Team (Winter) Photos: We will have a professional photographer in school to take photos of our sports teams and these will be available to purchase online. Years 7,8, 9 & Seniors photographs will be taken on Thursday 30th March and Y10s on Tuesday 4th April. It is essential that students arrive on time, wearing clean kit. Students have been emailed all the details of timings (here), thank you in advance for your support in ensuring that they are prepared on the day.
Sports Tour Dinner – Fri 5th May 2017 @ 7pm in the Refectory: You are cordially invited to our Tour Dinner, which will be hosted by Pate’s students travelling to South Africa for a Netball and Hockey Tour in July 2017. There will be a choice of curries and a bar, entertainment, a raffle, and after dinner speaker Kellie Hull, U21 Severn Stars Netball Captain who has represented England in New Zealand. Tickets cost £15 and can be purchased from our website (here).

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Calendar Update:

  • Mon 27th March – Y8 Grade Cards published
  • Tues 28th March – Y9 Grade Cards published
  • Wed 29th March 4.30-6.30pm - GCSE Art Showcase in the Art Gallery
  • Thurs 30th March – Sports Teams Photos for Y7 (P3), 8 (P4), 9 (P2) & Snrs (lunch & P5)
  • Thurs 30th March – Y8 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
  • Tues 4th April – Y10 Sports Teams photos for Y10 (Period 2)
  • Thurs 6th April – CCF Annual Inspection @ 12:30 *please note new timings*
  • Fri 7th April – Mufti day & House Talent Competition
  • Fri 7th April – School finishes for Easter at 3.40pm
  • Mon 24th April – School restarts
  • 24th Apr – 2nd May incl. – Y10 Exams
  • Mon 1st May – Bank Holiday

Trips this week:

  • Yr10 Malaga Trip (20 students) – 27-31st March 2017
  • Yr12 Drama Trip to Bristol Old Vic (8 Students) – 31st March 2017
  • Yr12 Girls Get Set Trip (10 Students) to GE – 31st March 2017

Parent Governor Elections: Just a reminder that yellow ballot papers must be returned by the end of the day on Monday, to the ballot box in Reception. Please click here to see their résumés. The results will be announced on Tuesday.

I am looking forward to the GCSE Art Showcase in the Art Gallery on Wednesday 4.30-6.30pm, which I know staff have been busy preparing for this week. I hope to see some of you there – do try and pop in after school if you can.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 20th March 2017

HEADLINES: 

  • Spring Fair raised over £13,000!
  • Parent Governor Elections
  • UK Youth Parliament Candidate Harriet Hards (Y12)
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Fairer Funding for Gloucestershire School Petition (here)
  • Forthcoming Events & Calendar / Trips Update
  • Sports Tour Dinner – Fri 5th May @ 7pm
  • GCSE Art Showcase – Wed 29th March 4.30-6.30pm
  • ICT Acceptable Use Policy - reminder
  • Pate’s in The Boat Race
  • Choral Concert on Wednesday at 7.30pm @ All Saints Church

Last Saturday’s Spring Fair was a fabulous occasion and the added tech theme was genius! There was a great atmosphere and I cannot say enough how proud I was of our students, in particular all the Year 7 & 8 stalls, the buskers and the helpers at the arcade games.

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Some of the student stalls picked up on the tech theme, whether high tech...

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... or low tech!

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I hope you will have had a chance to read the email from Laurette Thomas (the PA Chair), earlier in the week, in which she warmly thanked the incredible number of people who made the event such a success. I can hardly believe we raised over £13,000 - truly astonishing. I am sure you will join me in thanking Laurette and her core team for the monumental effort that they put in, always with a smile. This support for Making £nds Meet and specifically for the purchase of our much needed third server – which is now ordered and will be up and running by Easter thanks to you all - is absolutely fantastic. Thank you!


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Just one small message from the organisers following on from the fair - could the generous parents who donated a Stop Motion Animation package please get in touch with Laurette (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - they need your help to change the email address to which the package is registered, so that its new owners can enjoy it to the full! Many thanks.

Bakers:  The PA will be flying our colours again at Wednesday’s Choral Concert, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, snacks and LOTS OF CAKE to students and audience (All Saint's Church, Pittville @ 7.30pm). If you are able to bake a cake please contact Laurette Thomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thank you again for your support in advance.

Parent Governor Elections: We have had 3 parent governor nominations and so we will be holding a ballot, in which all parents are entitled to vote for their 2 preferred candidates. Please see their résumés (here). Pupils will be given yellow ballot papers to bring home on Monday and these need to be returned to the ballot box in Main Reception by the following Monday (27th March). Every parent or guardian is allowed 2 votes. I am very grateful to the candidates for putting themselves forward and offering a whole range of skills which any school governing body would be delighted to have. The results will be announced on Tuesday 28th March.

Speaking of elections, one of our Y12 Politics students, Harriet Hards, is running as a candidate for Cheltenham in the UK Youth Parliament. She delivered an impressive candidate's speech in assembly to the whole school this morning. The Youth Parliament scheme was set up in 1999 and allows young people from all across the country to voice their opinions and bring about positive change through campaigning in a nonpartisan way. Once elected, MYPs meet with MPs and local councillors, organise events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers. (Follow this link for further information on UK Youth Parliament) Here is Harriet's candidate's address and details on how to vote: "If I’m elected for Gloucestershire, my priorities will be reducing political disillusionment among young people, encouraging the Curriculum for Life programme and providing more mental health support for young people. Youth turnout at elections is dangerously low in the UK, an unacceptable 43% in the 2015 General Election. The only way to ensure that young voices are heard is to raise the turnout through engaging political education in schools. Then we will see more positive results in elections and referendums in the future, and hopefully even see voting opened up to 16 and 17-year-olds. I want to turn back the clock on disillusionment and prove that young voices do matter.  Elections are won by those who show up and vote.  Another important issue that I feel is particularly relevant to Pate’s is the school funding crisis. Despite having some of the best schools in the country, Gloucestershire consistently finds itself at the bottom of the funding heap, and that’s just not fair. If I’m elected I will put pressure on Alex Chalk and the local councils to take action on this issue."  Voting is open from Monday to Friday 20th to 24th March, please text 'UKYPGLOS Harriet' to 82055 if you would like to support our student in this fantastic opportunity. Thank you.

Scholastic Book Fair: Continuing our reading theme, the Library is continuing the Scholastic Book Fair on Monday and Tuesday lunchtime. If we can reach £300 worth of sales we would earn £150 of Scholastic books for our library. This equates to 50p back for every £1 spent. This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire new books for the library so please do encourage your children to come and take a look. Books start from £2.99 and World Book Day tokens, which have been going home over the last fortnight, can be used to get £1 off a book. Please click here to see a selection of the books on sale.

Fairer Funding for Gloucs Schools - there is an online local petition for fairer funding of Gloucestershire schools, due to be presented to Neil Carmichael on Monday. At the time of writing this petition has 673 signatures and it would be great to get it to 1,000 – HERE IS THE PETITION if you would like to sign it and HERE is a BBC News article on the current situation.

Forthcoming Events:

GCSE Art Showcase – Wed 29th March 4.30-6.30pm in the Art Gallery. You are invited to drop in for drinks and nibbles and to enjoy our showcase of this year’s GCSE stunning artwork.

Sports Tour Dinner – Fri 5th May 2017 @ 7pm in the Refectory: You are cordially invited to our Tour Dinner, which will be hosted by Pate’s students travelling to South Africa for a Netball and Hockey Tour in July 2017. There will be a choice of curries and a bar, entertainment, a raffle, and after dinner speaker Kellie Hull, U21 Severn Stars Netball Captain who has represented England in New Zealand.  Tickets cost £15 and can be purchased from our website (here).

Calendar Update:

  • Sun 19th March – Rehearsal for Choral Concert 7-9pm
  • Tues 21st March – Y7 Parents’ Evening 3-7pm
  • Wed 22nd March – Choral Concert @ All Saints Church, Pittville 7.30pm
  • Mon 27th March – Y8 Grade Cards published
  • Tues 28th March – Y9 Grade Cards published
  • Wed 29th March 4.30-6.30pm - GCSE Art Showcase in the Art Gallery
  • Thurs 30th March – Sports Teams Photos for Y7, 8, 9 & Snrs
  • Thurs 30th March – Y8 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
  • Tues 4th April – Y10 Sports Teams photos for Y10
  • Thurs 6th April – CCF Annual Inspection @ 10:40am
  • Fri 7th April – Mufti day & House Talent Competition
  • Fri 7th April – School finishes for Easter at 3.40pm
  • Mon 24th April – School restarts
  • 24th Apr – 2nd May incl. – Y10 Exams
  • Mon 1st May – Bank Holiday

Trips this week:

  • 20/3 – Yr10 GCSE Everyman Theatre Trip ‘The Crucible’ – 7.15pm-10.30pm
  • 23/3 – Yr9 Students x 11 - Famelab Academy Final to EDF Energy – 12.30-4.30pm

Student ICT Acceptable Use Policy: Further to our email earlier this week, a reminder that school is required to obtain confirmation that you have read and agree with the contents of this updated policy. Please read the policy (here) and then use the parental consent process on Schoolgateway to confirm your agreement to the terms, by Friday 26th March 2017. You will find the acceptance request in the Trips Section of your Schoolgateway account. Please ensure that you do complete the request in the same way as you normally do for a Trip ie checkout as for a normal transaction, even though there is no payment required. You will be asked to tick the consent box and also put a comment. This can be as simple as Yes or Accept or Agree to confirm. If you have two or more students at the school you will need to confirm your agreement for each student. If you have any queries please contact Tim Read (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

We have just heard the exciting news that we have 2 former pupils featuring in this year’s Boat Race (2nd April) – Flo Pickles (Oxford) and Holly Hill (Cambridge), pictured left to right below. We wish them both best of luck and look forward to having a Pate’s winner this year (unless both teams sink of course)!

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We are all set for a breath-taking concert at All Saints on Wednesday (7.30pm), when students and parents will be performing CARMINA BURANA! Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) and are available to buy online (here), or on the door. As always, there will be a delicious array of refreshments provided by the Parents’ Association.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 13th March 2017

HEADLINES: 

  • PA Spring Fair – Saturday 11th March 10.30-12.30
  • Forthcoming Events
  • ‘New Music’ Concert – Monday 13th March 6-7pm
  • Y13 Theatre Studies Devised Pieces – ‘Diamond Dogs’ & ‘Small Steps’ – 2 performances this week
  • Choral Concert ‘Carmina Burana’ @ All Saints Church, Pittville on Wed 22nd March 7.30pm
  • ‘Facebook Live’ – Social Media debate with Alex Chalk
  • Calendar Update
  • Trips Update
  • Other Pate’s News: Library / Maths Feast / Dragons’ Den / Middle House Public Speaking Competition / Pate’s Equestrian Team
  • Parent Governor Elections – nominations by Wednesday

Assembly this morning was led by Charlie Hembrow (Y13) playing Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Never Going Back Again’ on his acoustic guitar, and what a perfect way to start the day. It is such a privilege to be able to enjoy talent like that, which at Pate’s it might be easy to take for granted. Last night’s music gig was a really superb night out and what a great time we all had – huge thanks to parent Barry Chandler who owns Montpellier Lodge in Cheltenham and who organised the event for us, and to John James Newman and Sam Attwood (our Head of Languages) and her band – who all performed free, in aid of Making £nds Meet, raising lots of money for the school and giving us a night to remember. Thanks to everyone who supported this event and to our tech crew (have a listen to John here on YouTube)

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Also in assembly Junaid Hameed (Y12 school councillor) announced the winner of the recent School Council Bottle Flipping Tournament – congratulations to Patrick Burgess (Y12) who with great expertise out-flipped everyone to carry off the ‘Golden Bottle’. Our sixth form Development and Alumni Committee presented prizes to the winners of the 'Pate’s Spirit' bake-off – congratulations and very well done to the bakers of these incredible cakes (indeed to everyone who baked) which in themselves say so much about our students! These cakes will be auctioned off at tomorrow’s Spring Fair. Congratulations to:
Saffina Hulatt (7G): Best Effort -

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Izzy Parnham-Cope (Y13): Most Professional Cake - 

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Ella Hung (8G): Best Presented Cake -

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Esme Smith (Y13): Best Tasting Cake -

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The PA Spring Fair is tomorrow! 10.30 to 12.30. Please please find the time to pop in. The challenge is to raise £10,000 for a new IT server. A record number of Years 7s and 8s have set up their own stalls in the gym while the IT department and School Council have set up a retro games arcade. If you missed the chance to buy raffle tickets you can pick some up and enjoy a cuppa and cake (or homemade soup for lunch post games). The plant stall is laden with primulas, the library's book stall is heaving with good reads, and the tombolas are jam packed. External stalls are selling everything from Easter crafts to jewellery. Hope to see you there.

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Forthcoming Events:

  • ‘New Music’ Concert on Monday 13th March 6-7pm, led by our Musician in Residence, Freya Ireland. Tickets are free for this refreshingly different concert, which will include student compositions and new arrangements of pop songs. This is the first of its kind at Pate’s, a fairly low key affair, no need to book, just turn up – sounds fun!
  • Y13 Theatre Studies students will be performing their devised pieces as follows: Thursday evening March 16th @ 7-8pm, and on Friday morning 17th March – ‘Diamond Dogs’ @ 9.15- 10am & ‘Small Steps’ @ 11.05-11.45am. All in Pate’s Performing Arts Studio. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy - free tickets available here.
  • CHORAL CONCERT - CARMINA BURANA! On Wednesday 22nd March at 7.30pm (at All Saint's Church, Pittville). The school choirs will be performing Carl Orff's very exciting and extremely famous work 'Carmina Burana' (in times past known as 'the music from the Old Spice advert'!). Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) and are available to buy online (here). As always, there will be a delicious array of refreshments provided by the Parents’ Association. I know some parents are singing too and we all look forward to seeing lots of you there.

PS: Don’t’ forget Tweedy’s Lost Property’:
Stroud Subscription Rooms (8th April)
Everyman Theatre (9th April)
Banbury (12th April)
For more information: http://www.makinprojects.co.uk/tours/tweedy

‘Facebook Live’ is coming to Cheltenham, as Alex Chalk MP steps up his national social media campaign. Having organised a debate in Parliament to highlight the impact of social media on teenage mental health, and more recently launched a national Parliamentary Inquiry, he has now invited Facebook to take part in a ‘LIVE’ internet safety session with local parents and pupils at Bournside School on Thursday 16 March at 5.30pm. It will give families the chance to hear from Facebook about their new online safety campaign and the ways social media can be harnessed for positive change. It will also provide an opportunity to raise any specific concerns, issues or suggestions for improvement they may have for Facebook, as well as Instagram and Whatsapp (who are also owned by Facebook). Those who cannot attend are able to submit questions in advance via Alex Chalk’s Facebook page, or ask questions live on the night from home via the ‘Live’ facility. Please follow this link for full Facebook article.

Calendar Update:

  • Sat 11th March – Spring Fair 10.30-12.30
  • Mon 13th March – New Music Concert 7-8.30pm in school hall (more next week)
  • Tues 14th March – Schools photos for Years 7, 11 & 13
  • Thurs 16th March – Y7 Pizza & Onesie Night 4-7pm
  • Fri 17th March – Y13 Theatre Studies Monologues & Duologues 9.30-12.30 (no tickets)
  • Sun 19th March – Rehearsal for Choral Concert 7-9pm
  • Tues 21st March – Y7 Parents’ Evening 3-7pm
  • Wed 22nd March – Choral Concert @ All Saints Church, Pittville 7.30pm
  • Mon 27th March – Y8 Grade Cards published
  • Tues 28th March – Y9 Grade Cards published
  • Thurs 30th March – Sports Teams Photos for Y7, 8, 9 & Snrs
  • Thurs 30th March – Y8 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
  • Tues 4th April – Y10 Sports Teams photos for Y10
  • Thurs 6th April – CCF Annual Inspection @ 10:40am

Trips this week:
16/3 – French exchange trip to London
17/3 – European Youth Parliament, Oxford – Yr12 (8 Students)
17/3 – Maths Challenge
17/3 – Theatre Studies Trip to ‘Othello’ Bristol – 6pm-Midnight

OTHER PATE’S NEWS:
Library News: The author Chris Bradford brought his Bodyguard show to Pate’s last Friday. The show was thoroughly enjoyed by Y7 & Y8 students and staff alike and was a fitting final event for our week of book related events for our Reading Week 2017. The enthusiasm for reading at Pate’s was very much in evidence (as this picture of the signing queue shows!) and we look forward to building on this next year.

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Thank you to all parents who have sent in money for post-event signed books from Chris. The order has now been sent off and we will be in touch with students as soon as they arrive to arrange collection. Thank you for all your support.

Pate's hosted the 'Maths Feast' this week: This was an exciting competition between local schools for students in Y10, testing mathematical, communication and teamwork skills. Pate's entered two teams of four students. Well done to: Tim Andrew, Will Abbott, Divya Cherian, Maddie Dalgleish, Shen Haegoda, Eve Knowles-Jackson, Oli Norbury and Hannah Simpkins for taking part.

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Last week saw the annual Dragon’s Den competition. This year was extra special because the teams were from Years 7-9 and had taken part in the Young Entrepreneurs Club run brilliantly by our two Business prefects from Y11 - Ahmed Imran and Manasa Damarla - who ably led the teams to an exciting presentation and showed that they could teach entrepreneurial skills brilliantly. As usual, Pate’s students were incredibly creative in their ideas, including a homework app, a fitness watch and a voice activated home help device. It was a very close competition but the winning team, ‘Fabrik’, won with their creation, the SmartDrobe. This wardrobe helps you to choose your outfit and included a 360degree mirror. The team won due to their excellent presentation, which included a prototype, good market research and their ability to answer difficult questions under pressure. They are: Nandita Damarla, Iona Derby, Priscilla Ho and Chae-Ha Snapes. Well done girls! We look forward to your future business ventures!

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Congratulations to Richmond this week on winning Middle House Public Speaking Competition 2017! The title of the speech was “This House believes in lifelong security” and here are the results: Best Chair: James Nicholls (Richmond); Best Speaker: Lexie Evans (Richmond); Best Questioner: Jacob Phypers (York). 2nd: York; 3rd Gloucester; 4th Beaufort.

Pate’s Equestrian Team: Last Sunday Emma Hatherell (Y11), Maddie Jenkins (Y13), and Jess Telford (Y12), 3 members of the Pate’s equestrian team, entered a show-jumping competition at Hartpury College. Everyone had at least one clear round with Emma not knocking a pole all day, giving her 3rd in the 95cm and 2nd in the 105cm; Jess also came 3rd in the 110cm, which was the largest class of the day. Well done to our girls – see photos below of Emma (1), Maddie (2) and Jess (3).

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Just a reminder about the PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTIONS: There are two vacancies for Parent Governors to join the Governing Body of the school. Nominations are invited from parents with pupils registered at Pate’s Grammar School. (Parents are able to self-nominate.) Governors play an important decision-making role in the strategic planning and management of the school, working with the Head Master and senior leadership team, and are appointed for four years. There is an expectation that governors will show commitment in the role, attending regular meetings and taking on extra responsibilities where possible. We welcome candidates with enthusiasm and experience or skills which will enable them to make a positive contribution within a secondary school setting. Please click here for full details, nomination form and detailed Governor Job Description, or contact Stephen Locke, Bursar on (01242) 538252 for more details or advice on the process. If you would like to discuss the governor role in more detail please contact our Chair of Governors, Mr Wallace Ascham, by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 15th March.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 6th March 2017

HEADLINES:

  • National Fairer Funding Consultation – Phase 2
  • Mrs Attwood and her band supporting John James Newman – Thurs 9th March 7-9pm!
  • PA Spring Fair – Sat 11th March 10:30-12:30
  • ‘Pate’s Spirit’ Cake Baking and Decorating Competition – Entries into school on Monday
  • Parent Governor Elections
  • Forthcoming Events
  • ‘New Music’ Concert – Monday 13th March 6-7pm
  • Y13 Monologues & Duologues – Fri 17th March 9.30-12.30 in PAB
  • Choral Concert ‘Carmina Burana’ @ All Saints Church, Pittville on Wed 22nd March 7.30pm
  • ‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’ on tour in April
  • Calendar Update
  • Year 7 Art at The Wilson Gallery

National Fairer Funding Consultation – Part 2: As you may be aware, Phase 2 of the NFF consultation was launched just before Christmas and will conclude in March. The outcome from Phase 1 is certainly not what we (or anybody else for that matter) was expecting and is not good news, i.e. we actually lose money. I would urge parents and staff to respond and have your say in making school funding fairer for all. It is critical that we lobby hard to try and bring about much needed change and I hope you are able to spend a few minutes to respond to the online consultation. To help with this, here are some thoughts and suggestions. Of course, I am more than happy to discuss this with any parent who would like further clarification on any issue. Here is the link to the consultation document.

This is a very busy week for the Pate’s Parents’ Association. Their goal is to raise £10,000 to buy a new IT server for the school and your support is absolutely invaluable. There are lots of ways you can show your support:

  • Join us at the Gig on Thursday 7-9pm - John James Newman, also supporting him we will have Mrs Attwood (our Head of Languages) and her band. The PA will be running a licensed bar – this will be a great night out!
  • Come along to the PA Spring Fair on Saturday 10:30-12:30 - excellent stalls, fun and games and refreshments plus everything you might need for Mothering Sunday!
  • Please send in donations for the stalls: please, sort through anything you might have in the way of unwanted gifts, delicious eatables, lotions and potions, books, dvds etc.
  • Please send in donations of second hand uniform and unwanted sports kits for our shop
  • Please send in your raffle ticket money and stubs for Monday
  • Are you able to volunteer to set up on Friday or help on Saturday. Put your name on this simple volunteer Doodle (here). 
  • Finally, a bugle call to all the bakers out there. If you could manage a spot of baking next week that would marvellous!

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions and thank you all for your tremendous support in helping us to achieve our target to purchase a new IT server.

Commercial IT Services has kick-started fundraising for our new server by pledging to donate £1000 towards the total project cost. The Leckhampton-based business is an expert in technology solutions for the education sector, and a longstanding partner of Pate’s.

‘Pate’s Spirit’ cake baking competition – don’t forget to bake and decorate your cakes this weekend! Pate’s Spirit is the theme - anything goes! Cake entries should be left in the Art Gallery on Monday 6th March. There will be prizes awarded for ‘Best Decorated’, ‘Best Tasting’ and ‘Best Idea’. The cakes will be sold at the Spring Fair next weekend.

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LATEST NEWS – MRS ATTWOOD’S BAND WILL BE SUPPORTING JOHN JAMES NEWMAN AT THURSDAY’S GIG! We are really looking forward to Thursday night. Not only do we have singer songwriter John James Newman ('The Voice'), we also have our own Head of Languages Mrs Attwood and her band, who will play between John James Newman sets. It is a fully licensed event open to everyone so do bring your friends! All proceeds of this show are in aid of Making £nds Meet - huge thanks to John James Newman and Sam Attwood for supporting Pate's Grammar School and thanks also to Pate’s parent Barry Chandler of Montpellier Lodge, Cheltenham, for organising this event.  Tickets cost £10 (adults) and £5 (students) – please click here to buy or pay on the door on the night. I’ll see you there!

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PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTIONS: There are two vacancies for Parent Governors to join the Governing Body of the school. Nominations are invited from parents with pupils registered at Pate’s Grammar School. (Parents are able to self-nominate.) Governors play an important decision-making role in the strategic planning and management of the school, working with the Head Master and senior leadership team, and are appointed for four years. There is an expectation that governors will show commitment in the role, attending regular meetings and taking on extra responsibilities where possible. We welcome candidates with enthusiasm and experience or skills which will enable them to make a positive contribution within a secondary school setting. Please click here for full details, nomination form and detailed Governor Job Description, or contact Stephen Locke, Bursar on (01242) 538252 for more details or advice on the process. If you would like to discuss the governor role in more detail please contact our Chair of Governors, Mr Wallace Ascham, by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 15th March.

Forthcoming Events:

  • ‘New Music’ Concert on Monday 13th March 6-7pm, led by our Musician in Residence, Freya Ireland. Tickets are free for this refreshingly different concert, which will include student compositions and new arrangements of pop songs. This is the first of its kind at Pate’s, a fairly low key affair, no need to book, just turn up – sounds fun!
  • Y13 Theatre Studies students will be performing their Monologues & Duologues at 9.30-12.30 on Fri 17th March in Pate’s Performing Arts Studio. All are welcome to come along and enjoy - free tickets available here.
  • TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR CHORAL CONCERT - CARMINA BURANA! On Wednesday 22nd March at 7.30pm (at All Saint's Church, Pittville). The school choirs will be performing Carl Orff's very exciting and extremely famous work 'Carmina Burana' (in times past known as 'the music from the Old Spice advert'!). Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) and are available to buy online (here). As always, there will be a delicious array of refreshments provided by the Parents’ Association. I know some parents are singing too and we all look forward to seeing lots of you there.

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Tweedy – everyone’s favourite clown is once again touring with his one-man show ‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’ – he will be performing at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham on Sunday 9th April (2pm & 5pm). You might remember that Tweedy performed this show at Pate’s and raised thousands of pounds for the school last year; we had lots of emails from parents thanking him and saying how much they enjoyed themselves, so here is another opportunity to see him. Please follow the relevant link below to buy your tickets (almost sold out so don’t delay!)
Stroud Subscription Rooms (8th April)
Everyman Theatre (9th April)
Banbury (12th April)
For more information: http://www.makinprojects.co.uk/tours/tweedy

Calendar Update:
• Thurs 9th March 7-9pm – John James Newman Gig + Mrs Attwood!
• Sat 11th March – Spring Fair 10.30-12.30
• Mon 13th March – New Music Concert 7-8.30pm in school hall (more next week)
• Tues 14th March – Schools photos for Years 7, 11 & 13
• Thurs 16th March – Y7 Pizza & Onesie Night 4-7pm
• Fri 17th March – Y13 Theatre Studies Monologues & Duologues 9.30-12.30 (no tickets)
• Sun 19th March – Rehearsal for Choral Concert 7-9pm
• Tues 21st March – Y7 Parents’ Evening
• Wed 22nd March – Choral Concert @ All Saints Church, Pittville 7.30pm

We currently have a piece of work on show in the The Language of Landscape Exhibition at The Wilson Gallery, Cheltenham, created by a group of Year 7 students: ‘Discourse and Abstraction’. “For us, the Language of Landscape was an abstract concept. How can discourse be represented through art? We interpreted this as a series of mark-making techniques that inform areas, feelings and objects within an aerial landscape. Our Year 7 students used imaginative tools to create their marks – painting with sticks and printing with leaves have a Palaeolithic quality as well as using nature itself to represent the landscape. These individual paintings were created in an abstract expressionistic style reminiscent of Peter Lanyon, a post-war artist and glider. The aerial perspectives describe geographical locations in and around Cheltenham, including students’ homes and the school itself. Let the colourful mood and complex layers of paint, print and illustration tell you our story.”

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Congratulations to our students who performed to a sold out audience in the Asian celebration at the Everyman on Tuesday, at the launch of their new show ‘Anita and Me’. The Everyman have written to tell me the huge success of their performance and how immaculately behaved and extremely professional the students were throughout – I never doubted they would be! Well done and congratulations to Aparna & Lakshmi Biju, Anu Mathew, Rohan & Roshni Palat, Rudran Ratnanadan and Sandra Vinod. Special thanks to Thrinethra Gowri-Shankar (Y10) who organised the event. Look out for Pate’s own Diwali Celebration, in its third year, on 14th October.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

Head Master's Message w/c 27th February 2017

HEADLINES:

  • Pate’s sixth form Development & Alumni Committee
  • ‘Pate’s Spirit’ Cake Baking Competition - entries Mon 6th March
  • PA Spring Fair – Sat 11th March 10.30-12.30
  • John James Newman Fundraising Gig – Thurs 9th March 7-9pm
  • Drama performances:
  • Y12 performance of ‘Status Update’ on 2nd & 3rd March 7.30-8.30pm in PAB
  • Y13 Monologues & Duologues – Fri 17th March 9.30-12.30 in PAB
  • Choral Concert ‘Carmina Burana’ @ All Saints Church, Pittville on Wed 22nd March 7.30pm
  • Science Fair Judge Needed
  • Calendar Update
  • Trips Update

Assembly this morning was led by our very proactive sixth form Development and Alumni Committee, who launched their ‘Pate’s Spirit’ cake baking competition – students can bake and decorate their cakes on a Pate’s theme - anything goes! Cake entries should be left in the Art Gallery on Monday 6th March – I am looking forward to seeing what the students come up with and will have the difficult job of judging the winners.  There will be prizes for ‘Best Decorated’, ‘Best Tasting’ and ‘Best Idea’.

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The committee updated us on latest news about the Making £nds Meet campaign and thanked staff and students for their support in helping to raise £25,565 in January, which has provided us with some classroom refurbishment, plus new furniture and IT equipment / licenses. Over the coming weeks the committee will be giving their full support to the Parents’ Association Spring Fair and John James Newman gig (see below).

This week is Pate’s Reading Week 2017 and there will be lots of reading-related activities and events. One of our highlights is a visit from top author Chris Bradford who will be presenting his ‘Bodyguard Show’ to Y7 & Y8 on Friday 3rd March. Full details about Reading Week 2017 can be found here.

The Annual Parents’ Association Spring Fair is two weeks away on Saturday 11th March from 10:30 to 12:30. Raffle tickets have already been sent home, (Year 12s will get theirs next week on return from work experience) and the lavish prizes on offer continues to expand at an impressive rate! Now including: a 30-minute helicopter flying lesson with Heli Air, tickets to the Warwickshire Cup Final at Cirencester Polo Club, a family ticket to Giffords Circus, Afternoon Tea for Two at Ellenborough Park Hotel, tickets to Cheltenham Town football club, a hamper from Regency Hampers, a family ticket to the Royal Three Counties Show, a £30 voucher for Bar and Wok, passes to Sandford Park Lido, tickets to Sudeley Castle, a £50 voucher for boutique Frock It, tickets to Cheltenham Race Course and afternoon tea at Cowley Manor. Our raffle has the staggering potentiality to raise up to £15,000 for the school, so please, use your vision, employ slick salesmanship, and let’s sell these tickets!

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BRING YOUR FRIENDS FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT WITH JOHN JAMES NEWMAN GIG AT PATE’S ON THURSDAY 9TH MARCH @ 7-9PM. All proceeds of this show are in aid of Making £nds Meet - huge thanks to John James Newman for supporting Pate's Grammar School and thanks also to Pate’s parent Barry Chandler of Montpellier Lodge, Cheltenham, for organising this event. There will be a bar and refreshments – fully licensed and open to anyone outside school. Tickets cost £10 (adults) and £5 (students) – please click here to buy

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Singer/songwriter John James Newman has written songs for Joe Cocker, Kylie, Chesney Hawkes, Megan Henwood (BBC Folk Award winner) and X-Factor finalists in Europe. His own works include the solo album 'Little Whispers' and 'The Velvet Hearts'. John has opened for the likes of Natasha Bedingfield, The Sugababes, Elkie Brooks, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Jools Holland and Alabama 3 and notably supported Bon Jovi at the O2 Arena in London with his band 'The Velvet Hearts'. John appeared on the first ever BBC ‘The Voice UK’ after being talent scouted for the show.  Click here to see his blind audition and here to see his Round 2 battle on ‘The Voice’. 

Drama at Pate’s: ‘Status Update’ in association with National Theatre Connections on Thursday 2rd and Friday 3rd (7.30-8.30pm). This term our Year 12 Theatre Studies students have been working on a new piece called ‘Status Update’ to perform as part of the “National Theatre Connections Festival” at the Bristol Old Vic. This week they will be putting on ‘home’ performances in the Performing Arts Studio on Thursday and Friday and would love for you join them. The performances will begin at 7:30pm and will last no longer than an hour. Refreshments will be available, FREE tickets are available now on ticket source (here). 

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Y13 Theatre Studies students will be performing their Monologues & Duologues at 9.30-12.30 on Fri 17th March in Pate’s Performing Arts Studio. All are welcome to come along and enjoy.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR CHORAL CONCERT - CARMINA BURANA! On Wednesday 22nd March at 7.30pm (at All Saint's Church, Pittville).  The school choirs will be performing Carl Orff's very exciting and extremely famous work 'Carmina Burana' (in times past known as 'the music from the Old Spice advert'!). Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) and are available to buy online (here). As always, there will be a delicious array of refreshments provided by the Parents’ Association. I know some parents are singing too and we all look forward to seeing lots of you there.

Science Fair Judge needed! Pate’s Year 8 Science Fair - Thursday 13th July: if you are a parent in a STEM career, with lots of enthusiasm for your subject, we would like to hear from you. We are looking for an expert to help judge our Y8 Science competition – someone who can offer lots of encouragement and inspiration to the competitors! Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are keen and able. (Any ideas for scientific prizes would be very welcome too!)

Calendar Update:

  • Tues 28th February – Instrumental Concert @ 7pm
  • Wed 1st March 6-7.30pm – Y12 University talk with Dr Andrew Spence (in Hall)
  • Thurs 2nd March 4-7pm – Y10 Parents’ Evening
  • Thurs 2nd March 6pm – Parents’ Info. Meeting re Annecy Exchange @ 6pm (E204)
  • Fri 3rd March 4.30pm – CCF Passing Out Parade for new recruits
  • Thurs 9th March 7-9pm – John James Newman Gig
  • Sat 11th March – Spring Fair 10.30-12.30
  • Mon 13th March – New Music Concert 7-8.30pm in school hall (more next week)
  • Tues 14th March – Schools photos for Years 7, 11 & 13
  • Thurs 16th March – Y7 Pizza & Onesie Night 4-7pm
  • Fri 17th March – Y13 Theatre Studies Monologues & Duologues 9.30-12.30 (no tickets)
  • Sun 19th March – Rehearsal for Choral Concert 7-9pm
  • Tues 21st March – Y7 Parents’ Evening
  • Wed 22nd March – Choral Concert @ All Saints Church, Pittville 7.30pm

Trips this week:

  • 3rd March GCSE RS trip to Oxford
  • 3-5 March Y8 PGL Netball Tour

Our Year 12s have been out on work experience this week, at home and abroad, and I am looking forward to hearing how they got on. I would like to wish the best of luck to our students who are performing their Asian Celebration at the Everyman this week to a sold out audience. I am very proud of them for representing Pate’s so professionally in the community. Just a reminder about the Instrumental Concert on Tuesday – tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) and can be bought online or on the door.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Half Term Message February 2017

 HEADLINES:

  • Student Achievements
  • Swimming Gala Finals results
  • Sixth Form Play ‘Antigone’ tonight at 7pm (ALL INDOORS & HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!)
  • Humanities Week
  • PA Update re Spring Fair – Sat 11 Mar 10.30-12.30 – RAFFLE TICKETS & DONATIONS!
  • BREAKING NEWS! John James Newman (‘The Voice’) gig at Pate’s – Thurs 9 March
  • Calendar Update
  • Instrumental concert Tue 28 Feb – Tickets on sale here
  • Asian Celebration – Tue 28th Feb @ Everyman (details here)

In assembly this week I presented students with awards for outstanding dedication, week in week out, in their chosen extra-curricular pursuits. Full and Half Colours and Silver & Gold Awards were presented for Music, Drama and Rugby (girls sport to follow at the end of their season). It is a proud moment when the students come up to the stage and are congratulated by me personally and indeed by the whole school. With so many demands on young people’s time, it is fantastic to see when they really throw themselves into these physical disciplines, for us all to enjoy – it is not always about being the best, and when students believe in what they do and show real commitment they inspire us all. Congratulations and well done to everyone who received their Colours this week, and thanks to the staff, whom I know struggle to choose between so many worthy candidates.

Continuing in the same vein, congratulations to Shrey Bhardwaj (Y12) who won the Gloucestershire Schools Table Tennis Individual Championships for Under-19 Boys, held in Gloucester on 28th Jan, without losing a single game throughout the tournament. As a result, Shrey will now be representing Gloucestershire County (and Pate’s) in the finals of the English National Schools Championships on 29th April in Wolverhampton.

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The House Swimming Gala finals took place this week with students giving their all up and down the pool, cheered on by Year 7. The House Officials’ fancy dress race was as entertaining as ever (see below). Congratulations to everyone involved and to the PE Department who, along with Mr Hosken, organised a very slick event. Here are the trophy winners: Minors: Pembroke; Juniors/Inters: Gloucester; Seniors: Beaufort. There were also some outstanding individual performances, please follow this link for more details.

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I watched the sixth formers’ play this week and was so impressed by their creativity and professionalism in their utterly convincing and courageous performance of ‘Antigone’. As we know, the sixth form like to challenge themselves and their audiences - ‘Antigone’ was no exception and I did flinch a few times! But what a team effort and such accomplished musicians, tech, make-up, costume, choreography, actors - all supported and encouraged by their director, Edward Derbyshire. Well done to everyone involved – it is one of the most polished performances I’ve seen – and best of luck with your final performance tonight. Do go along if you can – it starts at 7pm and the whole performance is taking place in the hall (nothing outdoors!).  Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) on the door.

I am sure that Year 8 students enjoyed their rainforest experiences in Humanities Week this week!  My thanks to Ruth Taei for organising such important and exciting experiences.

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The Annual Parents’ Association Spring Fair is to be held on Saturday 11th March from 10:30 to 12:30.  In support of Making £nds Meet, the profits generated from this event will go towards an essential upgrade to our IT infrastructure which will benefit the entire school community.  Specifically, we are aiming to raise a sufficient amount of money to increase the capacity of the server (approx. £10,000), thus enabling it to handle a greater number of concurrent users through Citrix.  After half-term, we will despatch letters home with the children to include further details of events and tickets for a fabulous raffle that we urge you to sell to colleagues, friends and family. Thank you so much for your support, we look forward to seeing you on the day.

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Breaking News! We have just heard that ‘The Voice’ star John James Newman will be putting on a gig for us at Pate’s to raise money for our Making £nds Meet campaign! The concert will take place on Thursday 9th March (timings to be confirmed) – it will be a great night so please put it in the calendar! Tickets will go on sale straight after half term. Please follow this link to see him perform.

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Pate’s Instrumental Concert – Tuesday 28th February @ 7pm. Tickets are now on sale for this concert (here). There will be the usual great variety of orchestral and jazz pieces, groups and solos. Pate’s concerts never fail to impress us with the high standards and sheer entertainment value of our students; our PA will be as always supporting them by running a pre-show and interval bar with refreshments - a great night for all is absolutely guaranteed! Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students).

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Calendar Update:

Sun 19th February – Choral Concert rehearsals in school hall 7pm
Mon 20th February – INSET day NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
Tues 21st February – School re-starts
Tues 28th February – Instrumental Concert @ 7pm
Tues 28th February – Asian Celebration @ Everyman 6-7pm + Anita and Me (full details here)
Wed 1st March 6-7.30pm – Y12 University talk with Dr Andrew Spence (in Hall)
Thurs 2nd March 4-7pm – Y10 Parents’ Evening
Thurs 2nd March 6pm – Parents’ Info. Meeting re Annecy Exchange @ 6pm (E204)
Fri 3rd March 4.30pm – CCF Passing Out Parade
Thurs 9th March – John James Newman (‘The Voice’) Gig (timings tbc)
Sat 11th March – Spring Fair 10.30-12.30

The students on the Art trip in New York are having a great time and others will be off on the German exchange next week, which all sounds very exciting. Whatever you are doing I would like to wish everyone a very happy half term.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
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Head Master's Message w/c 6th February 2017

HEADLINES:

  • PINK Mufti Day – Fri 10th Feb in aid of Breast Cancer UK
  • Famelab Academy winners
  • LGBT+ Poetry Competition winners
  • Pate’s Instrumental Concert – Tue 28th Feb @ 7pm – tickets on sale
  • Asian Celebration / ‘Anita and Me’ @ Everyman – Tue 28th Feb @ 6pm – tickets on sale
  • New Bus Service from Bristol area confirmed
  • Calendar Update
  • Upcoming Trips Information
  • Reminders
  • Sixth Form Play ‘Antigone’ – this Wed, Thurs & Fri 8-10th Feb @ 7pm (tickets here)
  • ANTIGONE’ TRAILER HERE!

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This morning’s assembly was led by the sixth form charity committee who are fundraising for Breast Cancer UK this term. Next Friday will be a mufti day and students are invited to pay £1 to wear pink (£1.50 for non-pink mufti). Students can send Valentine’s cards and roses, as well as serenade-o-grams, to each other and there will be a cake and sweet sale on Friday (donations of cake very welcome!) Breast Cancer UK are a charity that work to prevent breast cancer through tackling the environmental and chemical causes of cancer – thank you for helping us to support this work, and have some fun at the same time!

The Famelab Academy science communication competition took place in school last week, organised by Cheltenham Festivals and sponsored by EDF. The aim is to find the best Y9 science communicators in the county, helping to inspire pupils to become to become scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Eight Y9 students each gave a three minute presentation on a STEM subject to a panel of three judges and the whole of Y9.  Congratulations to the Pate's Final winner Sriram Iyer, and runners up Sarisha Abhyankar and Kimberley Mok. Each received a cash prize and our winner, Sriram, will now attend a 2-day masterclass with finalists from other schools, as well as spending a day's work experience at a local company.  Sriram now goes through to the Gloucestershire final at EDF next month and I wish him the best of luck!

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Congratulations to the LGBT+ Poetry competition winners: Millie Tarry-Wright (Y13) won Best Poem; Gabriella Hill-Smith (11Y) won Most Heartfelt Poem; and Tom Hopper (11R) won Funniest Poem. Please follow this link to read the Millie’s winning poem.

Pate’s Instrumental Concert – Tuesday 28th February @ 7pm. Tickets are now on sale for this concert (here). There will be the usual great variety of orchestral and jazz pieces, groups and solos. Pate’s concerts never fail to impress us with the high standards and sheer entertainment value of our students; our PA will be as always supporting them by running a pre-show and interval bar with refreshments - a great night for all is absolutely guaranteed! Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) and are on sale (here).

You may remember that some of our Diwali performers were contacted by the Everyman Theatre who, having attended Pate’s Diwali celebration organised by Thrinethra Gowri Shankar (Y10), were asked to perform in an ‘Asian Celebration’ at the Everyman Theatre to launch their new show, Meera Syal’s ‘Anita and Me. This will take place at The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham on Tuesday 28th February, 6-7pm and includes a variety of performances, from Bharatanatyam dance, Traditional Indian music and Bollywood, followed by a break where Indian snacks and refreshments will be for sale. Anyone who watches the Asian Celebration qualifies for a substantially reduced-price ticket (£10) to see the first night of ‘Anita & Me’, which follows at 7.45pm. Please see the poster for more information about the show and how to book FREE tickets for the Asian Celebration and discounted tickets for ‘Anita & Me’. Do apply quickly for the tickets as there is only a limited number available for this super family night out! I would like to say how proud I am of these students who, through their culture and unique talents have attracted the attention of the Everyman and organised themselves independently and professionally in discussions / advertising with the theatre. I wish them all the best of luck on the night – what a great experience! My only regret is that this event and our instrumental concert (above) are unavoidably on the same evening, which presents a dilemma, so my apologies for that!

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New Bus Service from Bristol area confirmed: Denwell Coaches are very pleased to confirm that they are now in a position to go live / take bookings for the new Bristol to Pate's / Sir Thomas Rich's bus service, as follows:

  • Cribbs Causeway 07:20 / 16:46 | M5 J14 (just off) 07:36 / 16:30 | Whitminster 07:49 / 16:17 | Hardwicke 07:56 / 16:10  |  STR 08:15 / 15:50  |  Pate's 08:30 / 15:40.

There may be some fine tuning with route, safe collection/drop off points and times, so the suggested service is a starting point. To secure a seat on this service parents should contact Rob at Denwell Coaches on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Calendar Update:

  • Tues 7th February – Y11 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
  • Wed 8th February – House Swimming Gala Finals 9.30-12.30
  • Wed-Fri 8-10th February – Sixth Form Play 'Antigone' @ 7pm
  • Thurs 9th February 6-7pm – Parents’ Information mtg re German Exchange – in TATAM BLOCK
  • Fri 10th February – PINK MUFTI / school finishes for half term @ 3.40pm
  • Mon 20th February – school restarts
  • Tues 28th February – Instrumental Concert @ 7pm
  • Tues 28th February – Asian Celebration @ Everyman 6-7pm
  • Wed 1st March 6-7.30pm – Y12 University talk with Dr Andrew Spence (in Hall)
  • Thurs 2nd March 4-7pm – Y10 Parents’ Evening
  • Fri 3rd March 4.30pm – CCF Passing Out Parade

Upcoming Trips:

  • 6/2/17 – Yr12 Cadbury World Trip (Geography) 29 Students – 8.30-2.00pm
  • 7/2/17 – UKMT Maths Final London 4 Students
  • 10/2/17 – Yr9 History Trip to Gloucester 80 Students – 9.00-3.30pm
  • 12/2/17 – German Work Experience 8 Students – return 25th February 2017
  • 16/2/17 – Yr9/10 German Exchange – return 25th February 2017
  • 20/2/17 – Spanish Work Experience – return 24th February 2017

Gentle (hopefully useful) reminders:

  • Could ALL students who have a Pate’s team shirt, dress or warm up top please return it to the PE office.
  • Donations of second-hand uniform / kit / ski clothing welcome.
  • We are collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers.
  • 'Lawless' DVDs are now ready for collection from school reception. There are also a number of uncollected House Drama DVDs and House Music CDs for collection too.
  • Thank you!

This week is Pate’s Humanities Week and there will be a variety of fun and informative activities for students to get involved with! I am very much looking forward to seeing the Sixth Form play this week (‘Antigone’ – performances on Wed 8th, Thurs 9th & Fri 10th February at 7pm) and would like to wish all the best to everyone involved. Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) are on sale (here) or on the door. The trailer looks fab! (here).

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
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Head Master's Message w/c 31st January 2017

HEADLINES:

  • School Funding
  • Hailiang Exchange to China
  • Teacher Training places / taster days available
  • Second-hand school uniform sale – Fri 3 Feb 3-3.45pm
  • Donations of second-hand uniform and sports kit welcome
  • Sports team kit – please return to PE Department
  • Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers - we are collecting!
  • Sixth Form Play ‘Antigone’ – Wed-Fri 8-10th Feb @ 7pm Tickets on sale  
  • 'Lawless' DVDs ready for collection (also House Drama DVDs / House Music CDs)
  • Calendar Update
  • Trips Update
  • Outstanding Achievement

You may have seen the article in today’s Echo about the latest government school funding proposal, which will mean, if it goes ahead, that Gloucestershire schools (already under-funded) will receive even less funding. Dwindling budgets mean that schools are having to make painful choices in order to cut costs, and the education and wellbeing of students will suffer as a consequence. I will continue, through my work with The Grammar School Head’s Association, to bring pressure to bear on ministers and backbenchers to re-think this proposal. As I have said before, we will do all we can not to have to implement cuts and I must thank parents - your generosity and support is crucial if we are to preserve our values and all that is unique about Pate’s.

Assembly was led this morning by students sharing their experience of visiting China in October half term, as part of the Hailiang cultural exchange. We are hoping to run the exchange again in October 2017 – please click here for full details. The exchange is open to students currently in Years 10-12 (register your interest by Tuesday). My thanks to Miss Dodds and Mrs Herbert for accompanying them on their adventure.

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Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Do you know anybody who might be? The Teaching School arm of Pate’s Grammar School (Odyssey Teaching School Alliance) is again offering Schools Direct teacher training places for September 2017. This is a fantastic opportunity to train within a school environment with placements available at one of the following pairings: Pate’s Grammar School and All Saints Alliance or Sir Thomas Rich’s and Tewkesbury Secondary School, with places available in a wide range of subjects. At primary level our alliance is also able to offer you the chance to train with a group of eight strong Gloucestershire based primary schools, many rated as outstanding or ‘good with outstanding features’. If you or someone you know might be interested in pursuing a teaching career and you have the relevant degree please do visit the ITT/Schools Direct section of our website (here), or alternatively email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone Elena Fenby on (01242) 538276 for more information.

Pate’s Grammar School will be offering a Teacher Taster day on the 22nd February for anyone interested in finding out more about training at secondary level with the opportunity to observe some lessons. If you are interested in attending please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your free place.

2nd hand school uniform sale – Friday 3rd February 3-3.45pm: For all those in need of items of school uniform, the PA's well-stocked Uniform Shop will be open next Friday, February 3rd, from 3pm for 45 mins. Just arrive at the main reception and you will be directed from there.

Do you have any outgrown uniform or sports kit? If you do have any outgrown uniform or kit (and also ski clothing) to donate, please bring it in to school as soon as possible so it can find a good home. Thank you.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers: this great voucher scheme is running once again in Sainsbury’s stores. Please could parents collect vouchers when they shop and send them in to school – the more vouchers we collect, the more free sports equipment we can order from the scheme! This is a valuable initiative and we are hoping lots of parents will support it. Thank you.

Could ALL students who have a Pate’s team shirt, dress or warm up top please return it to the PE office. There are many still outstanding from last term, so if parents could support us in this we would be very grateful. Thank you.

Tickets are now on sale for the 6th Form Play ‘Antigone’ – performances on Wed 8th, Thurs 9th & Fri 10th February at 7pm. Sixth form are now intensively rehearsing for this classic Greek tale by Sophocles. This is a promenade performance divided into three short parts, so please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a short spell outside! (Seating will be provided.) Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) – please click here to buy.

'Lawless' DVDs are now ready for collection from school reception.  There are also a number of uncollected House Drama DVDs and House Music CDs for collection too.

Calendar Update:
Mon 30th January – Y9 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
Tues 31st January – House Swimming Gala Heats 11am til 3pm
Tues 7th February – Y11 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
Wed 8th Feburary – House Swimming Gala Finals 9.30-12.30
Wed-Fri 8-10th February – Sixth Form Play Antigone @ 7pm
Fri 10th February – school finishes for half term @ 3.40pm

Trips for this week:
31 Jan - Business Studies All Day Yr10 @ Bristol (6 Students)
1 Feb – Geography Trip Yr12 (5 Students) – Primary School Talk (1.20-3.40pm)
2-6 Feb – Berlin Experience (16 Yr13 Students)

Following Junaid Hameed’s success in winning ‘Best Speaker' at the national final of the English Speaking Union's Public Speaking for Schools competition, he was invited to deliver the winning speech at their Annual General Meeting, which was held in December at their headquarters in London. Congratulations and well done to him – and what a great photo!

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Finally I must say thank you to all the staff and sixth formers who helped at our Sixth Form Open Evening last Tuesday. It was a great success and I am very proud of our students – they were so impressive and spoke openly to visitors about the school and how it feels to be a Pate’s student. Thanks to parents for your support on the evening too.  By the way, please remember to pick up your 'Lawless' DVDs - thanks and congratulations to Tristan Sharman (Y11) for making such an outstanding job of them!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
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Head Master's Message w/c 23rd January 2017

HEADLINES:

  • Sixth Form Play – ‘Antigone’ Wed-Fri 8-10th Feb @ 7pm. Tickets on sale
  • Spring Fair ambition to raise funds for essential computer servers (Sat 11th March)
  • Calendar Update
  • Trips Update
  • Pate’s Athletes impress

We are now into the final few days of mock A Level exams and it will be good to finally get back into the usual school routine. There is much to look forward to this term, beginning with the House Swimming gala (Heats on 31st January, Finals on 8th February at Cheltenham Leisure Centre). Sixth form will begin rehearsals for ‘Antigone’, to be performed 8-10th February @ 7pm - tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) - please click here to buy - this sounds exciting, being performed across three different locations (including the quad, weather permitting – seating will be provided but bring a coat!). I am looking forward to the Humanities Week events and of course to the School Council’s Bottle Flipping Tournament at the end of term!

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Calendar Update:

• Mon 23rd January – Y11 vaccinations
• Tues 24th January - SCHOOL FINISHES EARLY AT 2PM (sixth form open evening)
• Mon 30th January – Y9 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
• Tues 7th February – Y11 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
• 8-10th February – Sixth Form Play Antigone @ 7pm
• Fri 10th February – school finishes for half term @ 3.40pm

Trips this week:  23 Jan - Yr10 Biology Live, 08.30-5.00pm

Pate's Athletes Impress in Regional Event: We were delighted to hear that Rory Cawkwell and Holly Bankes (both Y12) picked up a gold medal each at the recent South West Indoor Athletics Championships. Rory won the 60m with Holly coming home first in the 400m. The victory was even more impressive given they were competing in the u20 category! Well done to both.

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Just a reminder that there is an early finish (2pm) on Tuesday, due to our Sixth Form open evening. Please note that there will be no lunchtime service in the Refectory (the breaktime service will be available as usual).

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

Head Master's Message w/c 16th January 2017

HEADLINES:

  • 2pm early finish for the next 2 Tuesdays
  • Student volunteers for Sixth Form Open Evening Tues 24th Jan
  • Sixth Form Play – ‘Antigone’ Wed-Fri 8-10th Feb @ 7pm. Tickets on sale
  • Spring Fair – Sat 11th March
  • Bag2School collection after Easter
  • CCF Important Dates and Forthcoming Events
  • Calendar Update
  • Trips Update
  • New Bus Routes for Sept 2017 (incl. Evesham/Winchbome) – less chance to express an interest

GCSE mock exams have now finished and Y13 begin their A Level mocks next week. I must congratulate Y11 on the way they have conducted themselves throughout and my thanks to Anne Dickinson and Sarah Graves for seamlessly organising the exam arrangements, as always. Last night we welcomed Y9 students and their parents into school to talk about their GCSE options for next year, to visit departments and talk to teachers. It doesn’t seem long since we welcomed them on their first day at school and it’s lovely to see how they have grown as individuals and arrived at this milestone in their education, relishing their choices and wondering what the future might hold for them. At the other end of the scale our Y13s are beginning to receive their offers of university places and these are such exciting times when the future begins to seem more real to them. There will always be disappointments and difficulties of course, as not everyone will get the choice of university they wish for, and perhaps deserve, but there is everything to play for and the future is so bright for all of them.

Just a reminder that there is an early finish (2pm) for the next two Tuesdays, due to staff training and Sixth Form open evening respectively. Please note that there will be no lunchtime service in the Refectory. The breaktime service will be available as usual.

Once again we will be asking for the help of our sixth formers to host our open evening on Tuesday 24th January, to talk to visiting families and show them around. We will need them between roughly 5.15 - 8.30pm.  We reply on parents for support in making this possible - thank you for your support. Our sixth formers are the best ambassadors any school could have and they are key to the success of this event.

Tickets are now on sale for the 6th Form Play ‘Antigone’ – performances on Wed 8th, Thurs 9th & Fri 10th February at 7pm. In this new interpretation by the philosopher Slavoj Zizek, the classic Greek tale by Sophocles is split into three potential endings. Antigone is censured by the ruler of Thebes, Creon, for burying her treacherous brother Polyneices expressly against his decree. In an exploration of the tension between the secular and the divine, ruler and subject, peace and anarchy, revolution and counter-revolution, the Chorus takes us on a narrative journey through Antigone's 'choices'. This is a promenade performance divided into three short parts, so please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a short spell outside! There will be two intervals. Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) – please click here to buy. 

A note for your diary : The Annual Parents’ Association Spring Fair is to be held on Saturday 11th March. After half-term, we will despatch letters home with the children to include further details of events and tickets for a fabulous raffle that we urge you to sell to colleagues, friends and family. 
The success of the raffle is supported by the generosity of those that provide the prizes. If you are an individual, a group or a business with something to donate, we would be so grateful. Please contact the PA Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bag2School: If you are sorting out your cupboards or wardrobes, please note that we shall be doing a Bag2School collection in April (after the Easter holidays) where all unwanted/used clothes can be brought to school. We will earn valuable cash for Making £nds Meet based on the weight of what we collect. Please start collecting now. Thank you in advance for your support.

CCF Important Dates & Forthcoming Events: Please click here for full details of passing out parade (March), field training exercise (March), Annual Inspection (April), Mess dinner, and this year’s summer camp. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any queries.

Calendar Update:

  • 16th-26th January – Y13 Mock exams & study leave
  • Tues 17th January – SCHOOL FINISHES EARLY AT 2PM (staff training)
  • Mon 23rd January – Y11 vaccinations
  • Tues 24th January - SCHOOL FINISHES EARLY AT 2PM (sixth form open evening)
  • Mon 30th January – Y9 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
  • Tues 7th February – Y11 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
  • 8-10th February – Sixth Form Play Antigone @ 7pm
  • Fri 10th February – school finishes for half term @ 3.40pm

Trips for this week are:

  • 18/1/17 - Yr7 (6 students) to The Wilson, Cheltenham – 1.45pm-3.30pm
  • 20/1/17 - Yr7 (12 students) Girls Get Set to Churchdown School – 10.00am-2.00pm

Additional Bus Routes 2017 – last chance to express an interest:
Denwell have confirmed a new bus route for September 2017 starting in Faringdon and on to Pate's via Lechlade, Fairford, Meysey Hampton, Poulton, North Cerney, Charlton Kings and on into Pate's. All parents who are interested in booking a place on this bus should contact Denwell direct on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible, even if you have already expressed interest when the route was first suggested.
Denwell are also close to confirming a route starting at Cribbs Causeway to Pate's via Almondsbury, Alveston, Thornbury, Stone, Cambridge, Whitminster, Hardwicke then M5 direct to Pate’s. All interested parties should contact Denwell direct on the email above.
Enrights are considering creating a new bus route between Evesham and surrounding areas, plus possibly Winchcombe. If you would like to express an interest or request further details please contact Paul by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or on his mobile: 07989 688221.
Finally, a group of parents are also investigating a bus route using an established coach company, starting in Dursley, from September 2017, as per the route below:
1. Proposed Route - Dursley, Uley, Eastington Shell Garage Services and then directly onto M5 to Pate’s. Possibly of interest to students living in GL5, GL10, GL11, GL2, GL13 postcode areas;
2. The objective of this route is to provide an efficient and direct service for those en route, enabling convenient outbound and return timings; 
3. There are two well established bus companies interested in providing this route, but it is only viable with a minimum of 16 students; 
4. Please can you let oThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know if you are interested no later than the end of Jan 2017. The more students that use this new route, the cheaper will be the cost. 
Proposed Timings:
Dursley Yew Tree 0727 | 1633
Uley Rd               0732 | 1628
Uley Centre         0737 | 1623
Eastington           0750 | 1610
Pate’s                 0820 | 1540
Please note that all buses that operate routes into the school are run by independent bus companies and the school has no jurisdiction on route, timings or pricing. Pate’s is not involved in organising or funding any transport to and from school for students but we are happy to advertise potential routes to parents to help with transport arrangements. Contractual agreements are made by parents directly with the bus companies.

Finally, congratulations to Sam James (Y13) who has passed his ATCL Trinity Diploma in classical guitar with a Distinction – an outstanding achievement and one to shout about! Well done Sam.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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