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

HEADLINES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calendar Update:

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

Trips this week:

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

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

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Half Term Message February 2017

 HEADLINES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Calendar Update:

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

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

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

 

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

HEADLINES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calendar Update:

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

Upcoming Trips:

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

Gentle (hopefully useful) reminders:

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

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

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

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

HEADLINES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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

HEADLINES:

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

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

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Calendar Update:

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

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

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

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

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

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

HEADLINES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calendar Update:

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

Trips for this week are:

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

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

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

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 9th January 2017

 

HEADLINES:

  • Forthcoming Events
  • Calendar Update
  • Y10 Drama devised pieces – Thurs 12 January 7-9pm in PAB
  • Choral Concert – CALLING ALL PARENT SINGERS
  • School Newspaper – 'Pate’s Review' (here)
  • Calendar Update
  • Trips Update
  • Schoolcomms / ReVal update

Welcome back and a happy New Year! Christmas already seems a long time ago but I wanted to share this fun photo of the whole school dab, which I took from the stage just as we all set off for the holidays!

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We had a great last day of term – House Dance was incredible and the results were: Junior Cup Pembroke, Intermediate Cup Richmond, Senior Cup Beaufort. Congratulations to them and to everyone who took part!  House Dance was a very tough act to follow, but nevertheless the staff bravely put on a Christmas variety show to show our appreciation for the many ways the students entertain us all year round. We have now put away our wigs and costumes for another year and are well into the business of the spring term.

Hot off the New Year press! This year’s School Newspaper journalists have launched their first edition of the 'Pate’s Review', the school magazine for students and by students. It is fun, intelligent and creative and there is something in it for everyone. Please follow this link to enjoy it.  Well done to Amelia, Fin and the team – not forgetting all those who contributed!

Forthcoming Events:
Y10 Drama performances (devised pieces) on Thursday 12th January 7-9pm in PAB (free entry): Come along and see the Year 10 devised pieces, based on a genre or practitioner, and each no longer than 18 minutes (five groups in total). The students have worked very hard on this original work and are delighted to welcome you. It will also be Year 9 Options Evening, so there will be a (silent) transitory audience, too. The students will, however, be far from silent. Please follow this link to reserve a seat

CHORAL CONCERT - CALLING ALL PARENT SINGERS - CARMINA BURANA! On Wednesday 22nd March 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'!). This is also an opportunity for any parents who would like to, to join in. There will be a 4pm rehearsal on the day (at All Saint's, Pittville), as well as Sunday evening rehearsals in school from 7pm-9pm on Sunday 19th March and Sunday 19th February. Scores will be available at the first rehearsal, and for the less confident there are several online websites that help with rehearsing the individual parts for this piece. If you would like to take part, please could you email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating which part you would like to sing.

Calendar Update:
3rd-23rd January – Y11 Mock exams
16th-26th January – Y13 Mock exams & study leave
Thurs 12th January – Y9 Options Evening 7-8.30pm (Gallery entrance)
Thurs 12th January – Y10 Drama devised pieces 7-9pm (PAB)
Tues 17th January – SCHOOL FINISHES EARLY AT 2PM (staff training)
Mon 23rd January – Y11 vaccinations
Tues 24th January - SCHOOL FINISHES EARLY AT 2PM (sixth form open evening)
Mon 30th January – Y9 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
Tues 7th February – Y11 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
8-10th February – Sixth Form Play Antigone @ 7pm
Fri 10th February – school finishes for half term @ 3.40pm

Trips for this week are: First Lego League Trip – Thurs 12th January 8.00-4.30pm (20 Students, Yr7/8)

Schoolcomms Gateway / ReVal / money in school: Just to let you know that the ReVal machine (lunch money tokens) has been updated to take the new £5 note. Also a reminder about the online payment system Schoolcomms (and mobile app) which makes payments to school / lunch money so quick and simple, and eliminates the problems that bringing money into to school can bring. Here is the Schoolcomms link with full information and a reminder of the variety of services available through Schoolcomms and how to make use of them.

In school we are running the January Mock GCSE and A Level exams and I would like to congratulate Y11 on being half way through, and wish Y13 good luck with their revision. As always, I would like to hear your feedback on school life – please do email me @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

Head Master's Christmas Message 2016

 

As you will be aware. Grammar Schools have been headline news over the last few months as a result of the Government's green paper, 'Schools that work for everyone'. This is a time for existing schools to look at their provision and also for policy makers to consider if and how selective education should be extended. This summer I took over as Chair of the Grammar School Head's Association and therefore have been heavily involved in the dialogue as representative of the 163 Grammars across the country. I introduced the Prime Minister at our Autumn conference and she outlined some of her proposals for developing the education system. As the consultation on the Green paper developed I have continued to promote the cause of selective education and in the last two weeks I have attended sessions with Department of Education officials, met with the Secretary of State, Justine Greening, and had two meetings with the Prime Minister’s policy advisors at 10 Downing Street. This has been a real honour and it has also been an opportunity to talk about all the work we do at Pate's to promote educational excellence in other schools and institutions. As an outstanding school, and especially as an outstanding Grammar School, it is increasingly unacceptable to exist in isolation - and so it should be. I expect that we will see a White paper from the Government in the spring that will give an indication of how the initial ideas will develop. It has been a very exciting few months for me personally and my children think it is ridiculous that their Dad should be invited to the PM's house - although the selfie I took with Larry the Downing Street cat did make them laugh (apologies but it is too embarrassing to publish)!

The church was packed for Wednesday’s candlelit Carol Service and what a perfect start to Christmas! Although only two weeks on from the incredible 500th birthday concert at Gloucester Cathedral, the Music Department did not hold back on complex choral and orchestral arrangements, and how they managed to prepare themselves in such a short time is a little Christmas miracle in itself! Year 7 did themselves proud and the Choirs were magnificent – as were the homemade mince pies and mulled wine provided by the PA! Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved.

Special thanks to Laura Davis and her Refectory team who have cooked hundreds of delicious Christmas lunches which have been hugely enjoyed by students and staff this week – what an outstanding effort!  Also this week we welcomed back last year’s leavers for a mince pie reunion… they chatted to staff almost as if they had never been gone and it is lovely to hear how they are getting on in the world. My thanks to Shirley Park and Alex Gregory for all their work in organising this event, which is now firmly established in the school calendar.

Calendar Update:
Fri 16th December – SCHOOL FINISHES FOR CHRISTMAS AT **1PM**
Tues 3rd January – school restarts for the spring term
3rd-23rd January – Y11 Mock exams & study leave
16th-26th January – Y13 Mock exams & study leave
Tues 17th January – SCHOOL FINISHES EARLY AT 2PM (staff training)
Tues 24th January - SCHOOL FINISHES EARLY AT 2PM (sixth form open evening)

Winners of the RGS Young Geographer of the Year competition were presented with certificates and chocolate prizes for their excellent posters showing 'How Britain is Changing' this week - look out for their posters on display in school next term.  Congratulations to Maryam Boulkenafet, Oscar Godden, Eleanor Howlett, Maggie Maclellan Josh Markos, Edward Morgan, Daniel Silverthorne and Alice Williams.

Water polo victory for tream captain Thomas Adams:  Congratulations to Thomas Adams (Y12) for Captaining the winning Gloucestershire waterpolo squad (16 and Under) at Millfield (Somerset) this weekend to take the South West Intercounties Championship.

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Proposed new GL11 Bus Route: Jackie's Coaches are proposing a further route as follows: Starting from Cam @7.15 | Dursley (uley road) | Uley | Shell Garage, Eastington @7. 50 | 
Pate’s 8.20 (reverse route at the end of the day). If you would like to register an interest in this route or make further enquiries or suggestions please contact Jackie’s Coaches (here). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As I write, the dancers are limbering up for the fascinating and eye-popping spectacle that is House Dance! Speaking as a resident judge of this event, I am preparing myself for whatever comes – previous competitions have given us the sublime and the ridiculous, and everything inbetween. One thing is certain, the students will express themselves, and a good time will be had by all - a great way to finish the term!

More from me next year… in the meantime I wish everyone a very happy Christmas.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 12th December 2017

HEADLINES:

  • What a term for the Pate’s Parents’ Association!
  • 500th Birthday Concert at Gloucester Cathedral – photos here
  • Christmas Mufti – Thurs 15th December
  • Y12 Drama performance ‘Blackout’ – tonight 7.30-8.30pm in PAB
  • German Christmas Market – tomorrow 11am until 1pm
  • Christmas Carol Concert – Wed 14th December @ 7pm at Christ Church (Malvern Road, Cheltenham) No booking required
  • Can you help provide work experience opportunities for our Y12s?
  • National Enterprise Challenge
  • Christmas Card & Poetry Competitions
  • Calendar Update
  • Lost Property
  • Second-hand School Uniform

This term has been very busy for our incredible Parents’ Association, who have raised THOUSANDS of pounds, covering almost every event (House Music, new parent socials, Diwali celebration, school show nights, cathedral concert, Quiz Night…). They will be offering refreshments at the German Christmas Market this weekend and serving mulled wine and mince pies at the carol service on Wednesday – as well as manning the Second-hand school uniform shop on Monday - and I would like to express my most sincere thanks to them. Not only are they raising huge amounts of money, on almost a weekly basis, but they bring with them a lovely camaraderie and our events would be sadly lacking without them. I know many parents are involved in various ways at different times, which makes me so proud – I can’t think of another school which can boast this calibre of parental support!

Quiz-goers had a very sociable and fun evening (with some friendly competition) last Friday. The PA incredibly raised over £1400 for the school. It was great to see so many students taking part. Thank you to the organisers and all those who went along, not forgetting Simon Lewis, the Quiz Master and his team. Particular thanks to Tom Frampton (Y13) who made sure the tech was set up and working.

We have some lovely photos from the 500th Birthday Concert at Gloucester Cathedral – check them out here.

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Christmas Jumper Mufti - Thursday 15th December (pay £1 to wear Christmas-themed mufti, or £1.50 for non-themed clothes). Assembly was led this morning by our current Y13 Charity Committee – Robert Birch, Josh Cottell, Caitlin Devlin, Tom Jaggard, Sophie Letzer, Holly Teague and Sam Tilley – who will be running a Christmas themed charity day in aid of two children’s charities - Hearts That Hope and Winston’s Wish. On Thursday there will be deliveries of candy canes and Christmas cards around school, a cake and sweet sale in the refectory at break time and a full ticketed Christmas lunch for Y13 - remember to bring some change! There will also be a form room decorating competition for Y7 & Y8 all of next week which will be judged on the morning of the 15th. Hearts That Hope is a children’s home in South Africa that gives underprivileged children a place to safe place to live and not only meets their basic needs of food, shelter and clothing but gets them involved in the community and into schools. Winston’s Wish is a local charity that helps bereaved children and their families. Thank you in advance for your support.

Candlelit Carol Service – Wed 14th December @ 7pm at Christ Church: A perfect start to the Christmas celebrations, do join us in beautiful Christ Church (Malvern Way) to hear our singers and musicians in their element and join us for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, compliments of the Parents’ Association.

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Our Y12s are busily seeking work experience opportunities for the week 20-24th February. If any parents are able to offer placements at their place of work that would be gratefully received. Our students have a wide range of interests and the work experience week is usually of benefit to both students and employers who are all but universally full of praise for the commitment and enthusiasm the Y12s bring to their time with them. Any offers of help should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you!

National Enterprise Challenge: During Flexible Learning Day the Y9s took part in a National Competition to find Britain's best young entrepreneurs. It is the largest competition in the country and the task was set by Theo Paphitis. The students had to design an App for Rymans based on a clear understanding of their chosen target market, they then had to consider the marketing mix that they would use for their app, including designing a poster, logo and a YouTube advert. Working in teams of six, the students were faced with the challenges of team work in groups that they weren't used to, as well as considerable time pressures. All groups created really innovative apps and there were some wonderful performances in the final stages as they showed us their adverts. The winning team were chosen for their great pitching and presentation style, but also for their really useful app, Minerva. Minerva aims to provide both revision and study support for students but with a stress-relieving element. In the app students can practice exam questions, revise using flash cards and share ideas and help each other using a social network feature, but added to this the app would ensure that students took breaks from work, rewarding them with mini-games and advice on stress relief every 45 minutes. Well done to: Charlotte Carter, Ryan Eccles, Isaac Fee, Emilia Miller, Aayush Mohta and Matthew Robyns- Landricombe. They will be presenting their ideas at a gala event this summer to Theo Paphitis himself!

Christmas competitions...

There is still time for students to make their Christmas cards this weekend for entry into the Christmas card competition (deadline is Monday). Entries from any age welcome. There is a collection box in Reception and the cards will be sold for charity at the Carol Concert on Wednesday.

Poetry competition run by the LGBT+ society! Open to all years, all styles and lengths of poetry are fine. The theme is Love and Acceptance, some prompts can include writing about family & friends and what change YOU want to see in the world. Entries are to be emailed This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the end of the term. Izzy, Tyler and the LGBT+ Society look forward to reading the entries – there will be EDIBLE PRIZES FOR THE BEST 3 POEMS!

Calendar Update:
Tues 13th December 12:40-1.40pm – Y7 Christmas Lunch
Tues 13th December 1.40-2.40 – Y8-12 Christmas Lunch
Thurs 15th December – Y13 Christmas Charity Lunch
Fri 16th December – SCHOOL FINISHES FOR CHRISTMAS AT **1PM**
Tues 3rd January – school restarts for the spring term
3rd-23rd January – Y11 Mock exams & study leave
16th-26th January – Y13 Mock exams & study leave
Tues 17th January – SCHOOL FINISHES EARLY AT 2PM (staff training)
Tues 24th January - SCHOOL FINISHES EARLY AT 2PM (sixth form open evening)

Lost Property will be available for sifting this week: we have large amounts of clothing, shoes and bags which have been handed in and these will be on display before half term. Parents are welcome to come in and browse - please encourage students to check through it as well. All named items will be returned to the owners. Please note that ANY ITEMS NOT COLLECTED WILL BE RECYCLED.

Just a reminder that the well-stocked Uniform Shop will be open a week on Monday (12th December) from 3pm for 45 mins. Just arrive at the main reception and you will be directed from there.

I hope lots of people can make the German Christmas Market this weekend (Saturday 11am until 1pm). Please join us for lots of lovely Christmassy stalls, refreshments, fun and games and the world's supply of chocolate and cake! There are also some seats available to watch our Y12 perform ‘Blackout’ this evening in PAB (7.30-8.30pm) – free entry to enjoy yet more outstanding variety from Pate’s Drama students.

The Christmas holidays are almost here and so is House Dance - as I write there are all manner of dance troupes and teams of hard-pressed choreographers lurking around every corner working on their routines – I can’t wait!  Just a reminder that school finishes at 1pm on the last day of term.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 5th December 2016

HEADLINES:

  • House Art – Prizewinners here
  • Hamper Scamper – donations welcome
  • Christmas Card competition
  • Sports Tour Auction – Friday 9th December at 7pm in the Refectory (book here)
  • Silent Bid Auction and catalogue here
  • Y12 Drama performances ‘Blackout’ – Thurs/Fri 8th & 9th December @ 7.30pm in PAB
  • German Christmas Market – Sat 10th December 11am until 2pm
  • Christmas Carol Concert – Wed 14th December @ 7pm at Christ Church (Malvern Road, Cheltenham) No booking required
  • Calendar Update
  • Pate’s Big Band success
  • Second-hand School Uniform
  • Cake tins to be collected
  • Digital Detox Effect

House Art prizes were announced in this morning’s assembly and prizes given by Hannah Gardner. House Art is always very popular, but we feel this year’s exhibition is the best ever. The downside is how extremely difficult it was to judge! Individual prizes were awarded to those who had interpreted the theme particularly well and, after much deliberation (it was impossibly close!) trophies were awarded as follows: Lower School – Pembroke; Middle School – Richmond; Upper School – Beaufort. Congratulations to everyone involved! My thanks to Head of Art, Hannah Gardner, and the Art team for organising everything and inspiring us every day with the quality and quantity of art on display around school. Well done to the House Officials for putting together such a professional exhibition. Please click here to see the prizewinning artwork.

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Hamper Scamper – donations much appreciated THIS WEEK ONLY! Our sixth form Community Committee launched operation Hamper Scamper this week – a local Christmas Giving Scheme, designed to spread a little cheer to some of the most disadvantaged children, young people, families and vulnerable adults at Christmas. As a school we will be helping this initiative by collecting donations of food and other items which many people lack, especially around Christmas. These will then be collected and packed for those in need. There will be a collection box in each form room and there are posters around school showing the items we need. The form with the biggest collection will receive a prize! The final collection date is 9TH DECEMBER! CCP always need young and enthusiastic volunteers to help sort, pack and wrap all the donations given, so if this interests anyone please do not hesitate to email the community committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.

Community Committee is also running a Christmas Card competition – entries from any age welcome. There will be a collection box in Reception and the cards will be sold for charity at the German Christmas Market next weekend.

Upcoming Events:
The Hockey/Netball 2017 tourists would like to invite you to their auction evening on Friday 9th December at 7pm in the Refectory. With Christmas fast approaching, this is a great opportunity to bag some amazing early Christmas presents. Lots consist of various fantastic items kindly donated by variety of contacts and the tourists themselves – everything from tea for two at Ellenborough Park and golfing / racecourse events, to vintage spirits and Christmas turkeys! Please click here for the catalogue of lots. Doors open at 6:40pm, along with the cash refreshment bar filled with a selection of beverages. The evening aims to raise money towards the girls’ hockey/netball tour to South Africa in the summer of 2017.  RSVP by booking your free place online here.
We welcome Silent Bids - if you are unable to attend the auction on Friday, but still interested in bidding on the generous list of lots then please email Mr. Renton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your contact details, lot name and your highest bid by Thursday 8th December 16:00pm deadline. Thank you – and good luck!
Shows in the Studio present: 'Blackout' by Davey Anderson. James wakes up in a prison cell, accused of attempted murder. Through this intensely physical retelling of his young life, we learn to see the world as James does, and to discover his innocence. Please join our Year 12 Theatre Studies students in their first public performance as they explore this uncompromising, and yet ultimately uplifting, text in innovative and surprising ways. Performances are on Thursday & Friday 8th & 9th December, 7.30 til 8.30pm in the Performing Arts Studio – please follow this link to reserve a free ticket.  
German Christmas Market at Pate’s on Saturday 10th December 11am until 2pm – please join us for lots of lovely Christmassy stalls, refreshments, fun and games and the world's supply of chocolate and cake!
Candlelit Carol Service – Wed 14th December @ 7pm at Christ Church: A perfect start to the Christmas celebrations, do join us in beautiful Christ Church (Malvern Way) to hear our singers and musicians in their element and join us for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, compliments of the Parents’ Association.

Trips for next week are:
5/12 – 8G/8Y Birmingham German Christmas Market – 9.00-3.00
6/12 – A Level Philosopy and Ethics Masterclass Conference, Oxford – 08.00-16.45
8/12 – Varsity Match, Twickenham – 9.00am-7.00pm
10/12 – Cory Band/Cathedral Choir Concert 6.45pm-9.45pm

Calendar Update:
Tues 13th December 12:40-1.40pm – Y7 Christmas Lunch
Tues 13th December 1.40-2.40 – Y8-12 Christmas Lunch
Thurs 15th December – Y13 Christmas Charity Lunch
Fri 16th December – SCHOOL FINISHES FOR CHRISTMAS AT **1PM**

Congratulations to the Music Department and their Big Band, which played in the National Concert Band Festival on Sunday. Each band is marked according to set criteria and there are 4 different awards available - Big Band got a platinum award (the best obviously!), which means they have been put through to the national finals in April. They played completely brilliantly so it was well deserved! Thanks Gill Mew, who leads the band, and our Director of Music, Ellie Lane – it is thanks to them in particular that our band enjoys such a high profile.

Second-hand school uniform - for all those in need of uniform, the well-stocked Uniform Shop will be open a week on Monday (12th December - the last week of term) from 3pm for 45 mins. Just arrive at the main reception and you will be directed from there.

Meanwhile donations of uniform are URGENTLY needed - there is a great demand across the board for lost kit or outgrown items. The PA needs skirts, current sports kit and small sizes of everything! Please have a clear out and drop donations in at Reception during the coming week. Thank you.

We have an abundance of cake tins left by our star bakers following the recent concert at Gloucester Cathedral - these are available to collect from our lost property office (at Main Reception).  Here is a photo of the PA in action in the cloisters at the catheral.

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We have seen some pleasing and encouraging results from the Mindfulness and Digital Detox initiative in school this week and I hope that it has been an interesting exercise for those who have managed it at home. I would love to hear how you got on with it and whether / how your family benefited from the experience – please do email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.... Food for thought…

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 28th November 2016

HEADLINES:

  • ‘Lawless’ photos are now available – please follow this link.
  • DVDs can be ordered here - £10 cost, delivery in the New Year.
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  • 500th Birthday Celebration
  • Digital Detox – 29th November until 2nd December
  • Online Digital Parenting Courses
  • Black Friday / Christmas shopping
  • Events Update
  • Y12 Drama performances 8th & 9th December @ 7.30pm in PAB
  • Carol Service – Wed 14th December @ 7pm at Christ Church
  • Calendar Update
  • Trip Launch – India 2018
  • Maths News
  • Sports Team Success
  • GL20 Lift-Share Enquiry

Last night’s 500th birthday celebration concert in Gloucester Cathedral was magnificent. Youngsters from The Richard Pate School performed alongside our orchestra and choirs in an altogether unforgettable concert. The evening began with massed orchestras playing ‘Jupiter’ composed by Pate’s alumnus Gustav Holst; followed by Star Wars. It is difficult to imagine how it must feel to play a piano (Sasha Fernandes aged 9) or violin solo (Louise Turner Y13) before 700 people in Gloucester Cathedral, but I can assure you that it was privilege to be on the receiving end! The Chamber Choir was of course in its element - their performance was awe-inspiring; and I hear that even the vergers were dancing when the Pate’s Big Band & Jazz Orchestra played ‘I Wanna be Like You’ from Jungle Book (thanks as always to Gill Mew). The evening closed with ‘Live and Let Die’ – loud and resounding enough for the whole of Gloucester to have heard it! Congratulations to our Director of Music Ellie Lane and our Musician in Residence Freya Ireland; and thank you to all our parents for supporting the students in taking part. It was a night to remember – hoping to publish some photos next week.

Based in the great fan vaulted cloister (once frequented by the monks, although latterly by Harry Potter) were our magnificent Parents’ Association, who managed to serve 700 people with hot drinks and cake, all within 20 minutes!  Sixteen parent bakers provided 600 slices of cake and in so doing raised £732.83 for the school – such awesome wizardry was not lost on the senior verger, who told me he had never in all his years at the cathedral witnessed such impressive organisational skills, nor enjoyed such delicious cake.  Once again, thank you to the many parents who helped, under the superb leadership of Laurette Thomas, Carolyn Hopper and Jane Kent.  Perhaps the icing on the cake was being complimented on our students being the best behaved group anyone at the cathedral can remember for many years.

A digital detox can work wonders. Shutting off from technology has been shown to improve sleep and concentration, reduce stress, improve happiness, and help with mental health.  As always with research there may be opposing articles and views but at Pate’s we like the sound of those benefits for the young people in our community. We would love your support to give this a try and encourage your sons and daughters to leave their phones and games behind them during school hours from Tuesday 28th November to Friday 2nd December. It is an experiment to prove that talking, socialising and laughing help to make you feel better. We want the students during school hours to be as screen-free as possible. Some of you may need to contact them during school hours, this can still be done via a landline and the school reception and we will be sure to pass messages on.  If this is too inconvenient then please encourage your offspring to leave their phones under lock and key in their locker. Our staff will be role modelling this too.

We are trying to improve mental health rather than fighting the digital onset so please support us by trying something similar at home, we are certainly not coming at this with punitive measures.
If you like to read more about this the link below will help:  Lepp A, Barkley J, Karpinski A (2014). “The relationship between cell phone use, academic performance, anxiety, and Satisfaction with Life in college students” Computers in Human Behavior  Vol 31: 343-350 – READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

We’re a Digital School! Free training for parents:  Pate’s is part of Parent Zone’s Digital Schools Membership programme, recognising our commitment to keeping our pupils safe online, and making sure we work with you to achieve this.  Our membership gives you access to Parent Zone’s online digital parenting course, Parenting in the Digital Age. This short course gives you straightforward information and advice on how to manage and feel confident about your child’s online world.  For your free access to the programme, go to www.parentzone.org.uk/parentcourse
• Click on the pink ‘Add to cart’ button to start your registration.
• On the next page click checkout. You’ll then be asked to enter your email address. 
• On the next page, you will need to enter the coupon code DSP16 to ensure you have free access to the programme.  The code gives you 100% discount on the price of the training.
Once you’ve completed the short registration you’ll receive two emails - one confirming your order and one with log in instructions. After clicking the link in the email press the log-in button and you should be asked to set a password, after which you will be directed to the Parent Resources page where you can start the course.

Once you have logged in the Parenting in the Digital Age course page will always be accessible at this link: https://parentzone.org.uk/advice/parenting-digital-age-online-course-parents.
We strongly urge you to complete this course to raise your awareness and gain some really useful advice to support your son/daughter in an online world which they are immersed.

It's Black Friday!  Please shop through the easyfundraising website to raise money for Pate's. 
Are you a Christmas shopper on the hunt for bargains on Black Friday?  Don’t forget to use easyfundraising when shopping online. You’ll find incredible offers from over 3,100 retailers, including Currys, Argos, eBay, Amazon and many more, while raising FREE donations for Pate's Grammar School. Here’s how you can sign up today:

1. Join – Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/patesgs/ and sign up for free.
2. Shop – Every time you shop online for a Black Friday bargain, go to easyfundraising first and pick the retailer you want and bag that bargain!
3. Raise – After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to Pate’s for no extra cost whatsoever!
It’s even simpler if you get the Donation Reminder. When you shop online you’ll receive a reminder on a retailer’s website to collect a donation. Get it at www.easyfundraising.org.uk/raise-more/donation-reminder.

Upcoming Events:

  • Shows in the Studio present:  'Blackout' by Davey Anderson.  James wakes up in a prison cell, accused of attempted murder. Through this intensely physical retelling of his young life, we learn to see the world as James does, and to discover his innocence. Please join our Year 12 Theatre Studies students in their first public performance as they explore this uncompromising, and yet ultimately uplifting, text in innovative and surprising ways.  Performances are on Thursday & Friday 8th & 9th December, 7.30 til 8.30pm in the Performing Arts Studioplease follow this link to reserve a free ticket. 
  • Pate’s Sports Tour - Auction on 9th December @ 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm in the refectory).  More news on the Auction catalogue and silent bids soon...
  • German Christmas Market - Sat 10th December 11am til 2pm (Hall) – join us for Christmassy gift stalls, games and delicious food and drink.
  • Carol Service – Wed 14th December @ 7pm at Christ Church, Malvern Road, Cheltenham.  This is the most perfect way to begin the Christmas celebrations – do join us if you can for carols, readings, orchestra and choirs.

Calendar Update:
Tues 13th December 12:40-1.40pm – Y7 Christmas Lunch
Tues 13th December 1.40-2.40 – Y8-12 Christmas Lunch
Thurs 15th December – Y13 Christmas Charity Lunch
Fri 16th December – SCHOOL FINISHES FOR CHRISTMAS AT **1PM**

Trip Launch:  India 2018.  This trip is primarily aimed at any current Y11 and Y12 (as well as Y10 students, depending on availability) and will have particular subject value for students of RE, Philosophy & Ethics and Geography, as well as Politics and Economics.  There is a parents and pupil information evening on Tuesday 29th November at 7pm in the Refectory.  Booking forms to join the expedition, a full itinerary and detailed fundraising advice will be handed out at the meeting. Please email Helen Smith, Head of RE Philosophy & Ethics, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to register for this talk.

This week’s trips:

  • 29/11 – Art Trip to National Portrait Gallery Y10 34 Students
  • Yr7 Urban Geography Trip during w/c 28/11 and w/c 5/12

Maths @ Pate's:  UKMT Senior maths challenge.  The UKMT Senior maths challenge took place on 8th November and the results are now in:

  • 19 Gold
  • 34 Silver
  • 31 Bronze
  • 15 students have been selected for the follow on rounds.  Well done to all entrants!

UKMT Senior Maths challenge.  Well done to Michael Brownlie, Dan Gilchrist, Ollie Guest and Oliver Wheat for coming 1st in the regional round of the team maths challenge - next stop: National finals.

University of South Wales maths pop quiz - Pate's achieved 1st AND 2nd place out of 32 teams!  Even more impressive is that both teams scored the same and were separated by the tie breaker which was to guess the number of sweets in a tin!  So very well done to the following Y11 students:  1st place:  Ben Corbishley, Josh Duffield, Ewan Gimmler, Tom Hopper and James Somper:  and 2nd place:  Jade Gough, Emma Hatherell, Tristan Sharman, Beth Taylor and Riya Wadhwa.

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Congratulations to Rachel Holland (Y13) and her squad who won "Junior Team of the Year" at the Gloucestershire Sports Awards last week. There were many talented and successful teams in this category from across the whole county. Well done.

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GL20 Lift-Share Enquiry:  We have had a lift-share enquiry from a parent who lives near Beckford, off the A435 which runs into the A46.  This might work well with anyone coming from any of the Bredon Hill villages like Bredon, Westmancoat, Kemerton, Overbury, Beckford, Ashton Underhill etc.  Please contact the school office in the first instance if you would like to pursue this (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Finally, I would like to remind parents to make sure that students have working lights on their bikes.  Students are cycling into school on very busy roads and sometimes visibility can be poor at this time of year – there have been some near misses.  Cycle helmets are a really sensible idea too.

I would like to wish everyone an enjoyable and relaxing long weekend.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

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