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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 

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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... 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 

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