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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

Head Master's Message w/c 21st November 2016

 HEADINGS:

  • ‘Lawless’
  • Parliament Week at Pate’s
  • Mindfulness and Digital Detox
  • Gloucester Cathedral Concert – Thursday 24th November @ 7pm (tickets here)
  • PA Family Quiz Night – Friday 2nd December, doors open @ 6.30pm (apply here)
  • Girls Sports Tour 2017 - Auction of Promises – 9th December @ 7.30pm
  • Boys Sports Tour 2018 launched
  • Calendar update
  • Trips Update
  • Annual Parent Survey (here)
  • Diwali – update and stunning photos

Last night was the opening night of the our musical ‘Lawless’ – entirely conceived, written, composed and performed by Pate’s students across all years groups. Huge congratulations to everyone involved – it is a huge success! Three friends, encouraged by Mr Derbyshire, had the idea for the musical back in the summer; it is one thing to have a great idea, but quite another thing to bring that idea to the stage and perform it to such a professional standard. I am delighted for everyone who has put so much into this, whilst juggling school work and other commitments at the same time. What an incredible achievement. Our student tech crew have filmed the show and DVDs are available to order at a cost of £10 (order form here) - it is likely that the DVDs will not be ready for collection until the New Year.

This week we celebrated a nationwide initiative, ‘Parliament Week’, and Year 12 Politics students organised a programme of lunchtime activities designed to connect young people with the UK Parliament. In light of recent world political events, we believe it’s vital more than ever that young people engage with democracy from a young age and feel empowered by a positive culture of citizenship. On Wednesday and Thursday lunchtime, our Year 12 students organised their own range of activities aimed at the whole school to explore what the UK Parliament means to them and their community. Events included a Political Leaders’ debate; a letter writing competition to local MPs on issues that affect young people; a Have I Got News For You style quiz; an exhibition of student ideas on how to improve democracy; and a ‘Political Bake Off’ with themed political cakes.

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Mindfulness and digital detox are to be the focus of the next fortnight for Pate’s. During the coming week staff will be helping students to practice mindfulness - in other words, self-awareness and positive interaction with everything around us. During the long weekend (Friday and Monday INSET days) homework assignments will be little or none and we would like students to maximise rest and relaxation time, and minimise study time as much as possible. ‘Digital detox’ week will begin on Tuesday 29th November, when students will be asked to leave their phones in lockers or pockets and, instead of using social media or computer games, talk to friends and family, play games, or simply do something completely different which does not involve any screens. It would be great if parents could join in with these initiatives and support the students in the challenge, as we feel the benefits will be well worth the effort and have far-reaching effects. (Parents wishing to contact students over this period should do so via the school office.) Thank you for supporting our initiative in whatever way you can – we look forward to hearing how everyone gets on!

Upcoming events:
Gloucester Cathedral Concert – Richard Pate 500th Birthday Celebration Concert on Thursday 24th November @ 7pm. There are still some tickets left for this event, at a cost of £5 each. Please follow this link to Ticketsource

PA Family Quiz Night is being held on Friday, December 2nd - when the school refectory will be transformed into a buzzing hive of friendly rivalry as 30 teams battle it out for supremacy. Doors will open at 6.30pm to get started on the picture rounds (although there is time allocated later on for this too) and the Quiz will start promptly at 7pm. Bring your supper (crisps to extravagant picnic) and the PA will be running a bar for drinks. Make up a team of up to 6 people, all ages and abilities. It is £30 a team to enter. Simply fill in your entry form (click here for PA website and to download entry forms) and hand this, plus payment (cheques to PGSPA or cash) in at Reception. Don't delay - the Quiz is almost fully booked!

Pate’s Sport are hosting an Auction on 9th December @ 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm in the refectory) to raise money for the senior girls South Africa tour. The girls will travel to several areas of the country and will experience a variety of cultures and living conditions. They will experience playing hockey and netball against a township and a range of different schools. Please put the date in your diary and come along to the auction to support our girls on their once in a lifetime adventure – it will be a great night with plenty of tempting lots to bid for.   More news on the Auction catalogue and silent bids soon...

Senior Boys Rugby Tour 2018 - Launched on Wednesday to years 10 & 11 - the boys will return to South Africa on tour in 2018 - for more details about the trip and information on how to sign up, please click here . Please note that, in order to confirm your place on the trip, deposits need to be paid on schoolcomms by Monday 5th December.

Other Calendar dates:

  • Tues 22nd Nov @ 3.45pm in the refectory – DoE Bronze info meeting
  • Fri 25th November – INSET DAY - NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
  • Sunday 27th November – Pate’s Big Band plays in the National Concert Band Festival at All Saints Academy, Cheltenham 10am – 12 noon.
  • Mon 28th November – INSET DAY - NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
  • Wed 30th November @ 7pm in the hall – Y11 Parents Info meeting
  • The trips for w/c are;
  • UKMT Maths Challenge – 4 Students Yr12/13 – 16.00-21.00

Annual Parent Survey:  As parents, your feedback and views are very important to us. We would be immensely grateful if you could spare just two minutes to complete our annual online parent survey which can be found by clicking here.  The information we gather is anonymous and will help us to continue to improve and develop the school experience that we offer to all our pupils. We would ideally ask that every parent completes this and shares their views with us - many thanks in anticipation of your help and support with this. If you have any questions or queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Diwali celebration photos now available (here).  Our recent Diwali celebration raised almost £2,500 all in aid of our school and its students - huge thanks to everyone involved! Thanks in particular to Thrinethra Gowri Shankar (Y10), who organised a stunning programme of entertainment, and to Mr & Mrs Gowri Shankar who organised stalls and a wonderful army of helpers, not forgetting our amazing Parents’ Association.

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As it happens our Diwali celebration was attended by representatives of the Everyman Theatre and three of the acts have since been invited to perform at the Everyman Studio Theatre on Tuesday 28th February 6-7pm, just before the main performance of ‘Anita and Me’, a stage adaptation of Meera Syal’s much loved novel. Tickets for the dance event will be free of charge and we will share details as soon as they are available. In the meantime congratulations to musicians Rohan & Roshni Palat (10 & Y13), and dancers: Lakshmi & Aparna Biju (Y11 & 12), Thrinethra Gowri Shankar (Y10), Anu Matthew (Y12), Sandra Vinod (Y10) and Aili Wang (Y12).

We have had a confirmed case of chicken pox in a Y9 student this week. Please click here for advice if you would like to know more about chicken pox and how it spreads. 

Finally, just a reminder that Friday and Monday are INSET days, when there will be no students in school and teachers will be training and visiting other schools to share ideas. I hope the students can enjoy some well-earned downtime.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 14th November 2016

HEADINGS:

  • Updated calendar on website 2017-18
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award – Pate’s Newsletter November 2016
  • Dodgeball & Donut Friday this week!
  • Lawless – performances this week on 17th, 18th & 19th November @ 7pm
  • PA request for helpers at Lawless interval
  • Gloucester Cathedral Concert – Richard Pate 500th Birthday Celebration Concert on Thursday 24th November @ 7pm
  • PA Family Quiz Night - Friday, December 2nd
  • Fancy a stall at our German Christmas Market on Sat. 10th December?
  • Calendar Update
  • School Transport Update
  • Donations of children’s coats
  • National Music for Youth Proms
  • Remembrance Parade on Sunday in Winchcombe at 10.30am

The school gathered to observe a minute’s silence around the quad this morning and a wreath of poppies was laid by senior cadets. There were poetry readings by Junaid Hameed and Max Rayner and Will Lewis sounded the Last Post. My thanks to them – they did it beautifully.

This morning’s assembly was led by sixth form charity committee - Nia Chittenden, Henri Ezard and Sulaiman Uppal - who are raising money in support of the incredibly important work of MIND mental health charity locally. Next Friday will be a dodgeball and donut affair! Yes the Krispy Kremes are back! – on sale in the hall at break – donuts will cost £1.50 each or £10 for a box of 12. Students can sign up for the Dodgeball tournament (£5 per team of 5) which will take place on Friday lunchtime. This is great fun for the students and all in an excellent cause – well done to the team for setting this up and thanks to everyone who supports it.

Also in assembly this morning Sam Thomas (Y10) sang one of the songs from the upcoming school show ‘Lawless’ (performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday), accompanied by Josh Cottell on piano. What a stunning performance – musically, lyrically and vocally it was exceptional. This promises to be something really special, a first - Pate’s will be the only school of its kind in the country whose students have written and performed in their own musical show. It is a pleasure to see and reflects not only their ability, but also their can-do approach to life generally. Please do come along to see it if you can.

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‘Lawless’ – a new musical – performances at Pate’s on Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week. Tickets cost £10 (adults) & £5 (students) and are available to buy on Ticketsource (here) or over the counter at Reception. Please come and support the company of over 100 students across all year groups, who will give you a night to remember and a proud first for our school.

The PA is still in need of volunteers to run the refreshments during the 20-minute intervals in the refectory at next week's ‘Lawless’ premiere performances.
If you could spare a small amount of time please click on the Doodle link http://doodle.com/poll/s95nizvkiciuy425, fill in your name and tick the slot/slots where you are able to help. If you are not on the PA database please could you also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so the PA can get in touch to let you know the logistics.

Gloucester Cathedral Concert – Richard Pate 500th Birthday Celebration Concert on Thursday 24th November @ 7pm. Tickets are now on open sale for this event, at a cost of £5 each. Please follow this link to Ticketsource. This will be a special occasion in the Pate’s calendar and students from The Richard Pate School will be performing alongside our students, in the stunning setting Gloucester Cathedral.

If your son or daughter is taking part in the concert at the cathedral on 24th November, please follow this link regarding the necessary parental consent (if you haven't already done so).  Thank you.

PA Family Quiz Night is being held on Friday, December 2nd - when the school refectory will be transformed into a buzzing hive of friendly rivalry as 30 teams battle it out for supremacy. Doors will open at 6.30pm to get started on the picture rounds (although there is time allocated later on for this too) and the Quiz will start promptly at 7pm. Bring your supper (crisps to extravagant picnic) and the PA will be running a bar for drinks. Make up a team of up to 6 people, all ages and abilities. It is £30 a team to enter. Simply fill in your entry form (click here to download entry forms, also available from the PA forthcoming events section of the website here) and hand this, plus payment (cheques to PGSPA or cash) in at Reception. Don't delay - the Quiz sells out quickly.

Would you or someone you know would like to have a stall at our German Christmas Market in school on Saturday 10th December from 11-1? Year 7 and 8 will soon be preparing their stalls, games and food all with a German theme. This is also an opportunity for stallholders to have a table and sell their wares. To book a place in the market or find out more please contact Mrs Blacklock (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in the first instance. Student stalls are also very welcome!

Calendar Update:
• Mon 14th Nov @ 6.30pm in the hall – Ski Trip Parents’ Information Meeting
• Tues 15th Nov @ 3.45pm in the refectory – DoE Silver/Gold info meeting
• Wed 16th Nov @ 6pm in the refectory – Senior Rugby Tour to South Africa 2018 – launch meeting. ** Please book onto this event via Ticketsource (here). Thank you.
• Tues 22nd Nov @ 3.45pm in the refectory – DoE Bronze info meeting
• Fri 25th November – INSET DAY - NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
• Mon 28th November – INSET DAY - NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
• Wed 30th November @ 7pm in the hall – Y11 Parents Info meeting

Trips this week:
• 14.11.16 Yr13 Cadbury World P3-5
• 20.11.16 Yr10 Theatre Trip to Bristol Old Vic 12pm-6pm

School Transport Update: in addition to the routes previously mentioned, here is another route being considered with effect from September 2017:
• Denwell route from Bristol – Almonsbury – Alveston – Thornbury – Stone – Cambridge – Whitminster – Pates. To register an interest in this service please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Pate’s parent is taking a trip to Calais to offer help to the refugees and has appealed for warm waterproof coats (size up to age 15). If you are able to help please leave any donations at main reception before Friday. Thank you.

I would like to wish the best of luck to all the students singing in the county youth choir / orchestra at the National Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 15th November. They are: Dom & Tim Andrew, James Burchell, Emma Clarke, Katy Daly, Lucy Day, Mirren Derby, Isaac Fee, Sam Gibson, Flo Graham, Ali Hall, Hannah Hughes, Sam Jones, Delilah Knight, Aaron Le Maistre, Liv Pearce and Tristan Sharman. This is as well as Jazz Chiswick, Josh Cottell, Tom Davies and Daisy Houlder, whom we mentioned last week. It is incredible to see so many Pate’s students involved at such a high level (I hope we have everyone included…!) Please follow this link if you would like to buy tickets.

Finally, I look forward to seeing some of you at the Remembrance parade in Winchcombe on Sunday at 10.30am, when our cadets will be paying their respects at the war memorial.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 7th November 2016

HEADINGS:

  • School Council Election Results
  • Alex Chalk forum
  • Infectious diseases
  • Parents’Association Update
  • Quiz Night - Fri 2 Dec @ 6.30pm for 7pm start
  • Second-hand school uniform
  • Lawless – a new musical written by Pate’s students - 17th, 18th & 19th November @ 7pm
  • Choral Concert (22 Mar) - calling all parent singers!
  • Calendar Update
  • Trips this week
  • School Transport Update reminder – 2 new proposed routes
  • Deadline for House Art entries – this Wed 9th November
  • National Music for Youth proms

Assembly was led this morning by the newly elected School Council members. The councillors from all year groups each told us what they would like to bring to the table at their meetings with senior staff during the coming year. Ideas ranged from increasing extra-curricular sports opportunities and menus in the refectory to a new House competition – the House Bake Off! It was stirring stuff, with the audience cheering them on all the way! It is very good to see democracy thriving at Pate’s – almost all students voted in the election and the Pate’s School Council is certainly living up to its high profile. Congratulations to the new-elected councillors: Year 7: James Clark, Jannah Hameed & Demi Yussuf; Year 8: Edward Morgan & Alice Williams; Year 9: Sagnik Bose & Jason Yuen; Year 10: Millie Davies & Nick Frank; Year 11: Ben North & James Nicholls; Year 12: Junaid Hameed, Memoona Ahmed & Daisy Furrokh; Year 13: Libby Cherry, Vanessa Opoka & Amy Maiden. Commiserations to those student who weren’t elected this time (voting was extremely close in some year groups!) but thank you for coming forward. Maybe next year…?

Alex Chalk visited school to talk to students today.  As ever it was a talk extremely well attended by students from Y11-13 who listened to Alex discuss wide ranging topics from the Bill of Rights to the Calais “jungle”; from female representation in parliament, to Hillsborough.  Questions from the floor were pertinent and promoted further debate around Brexit, the treatment of judges and Article 50. One subject particularly close to Alex’s heart is mental health. You may remember that earlier in the year he addressed parliament following communication with our Y13 Steph Cater, an ardent campaigner for mental health issues and the disparity of funding for treatment. This caused Alex to get involved with Brownhills, the local eating disorder clinic, and Teens in Crisis (who supply our counsellors in school) and he has since widened this interest to include tackling the damaging effect of social media on young people in a rapidly changing digital age.  We are very grateful to Alex for spending another thought-provoking hour with our students.

Infectious diseases: there is currently an outbreak of Measles within England amongst older children. Public Health England would like us to help to increase parental awareness of this to ensure that, if children and young people previously missed their MMR vaccination in younger years, they should obtain this at their GP surgery. Please click here to see a letter from them.

Could I also remind everyone that we currently have a student in school who is undergoing chemotherapy – please do keep your child off school until any infection has passed and notify us of any infectious diseases going around. Your support in this is much appreciated.

I would like to offer my most sincere thanks to the Parents’ Association who have stepped in to help us replace our PE gym mats. The mats, used by both girls and boys across year groups 7 to 11, were becoming unsafe and we needed to replace the whole set. The PA donated £1674, at short notice, enabling us to do this. We are so incredibly fortunate to have such a supportive organisation to be able to ask for help in these circumstances. Thank You!

Following on from the above please do support the PA. Their Family Quiz Night is being held on Friday, December 2nd when the school refectory will be transformed into a buzzing hive of friendly rivalry as 30 teams battle it out for supremacy. Doors will open at 6.30pm to get started on the picture rounds (although there is time allocated later on for this too) and the Quiz will start promptly at 7pm. Bring your supper (crisps to extravagant picnic) and the PA will be running a bar for drinks.  Make up a team of up to 6 people, all ages and abilities. It is £30 a team to enter. Simply fill in your entry form (click here to download entry forms, also available from the PA forthcoming events section of the website here) and hand this, plus payment (cheques to PGSPA or cash) in at Reception. Don't delay - the Quiz sells out quickly.

Second-hand uniform:  for all those in need of uniform, the well-stocked Uniform Shop will be open next Friday (11th November) 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 to replace lost kit or outgrown items. In particular the PA needs skirts, current sports kit and small sizes of everything! Please just drop donations in at Reception.  Thank you.

Please do support the Parents’ Association in any way you can – the service and the funds they provide are invaluable.

School show – Lawless 18th, 18th & 19th November @ 7pm – Tickets are now available here!
Three Year 13 students – Caitlin Devlin (book and lyrics), and Rudy Percival and Josh Cottell (score) took up the suggestion that Pate’s should have a brand new musical for the School Show in 2016. So now, stupendously, we have the score for a modern and comic interpretation of The Two Gentlemen of Verona called Lawless. It is phenomenal and is what our school is all about – by the students, for the students.

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Lawless is a brand new show with an engaging and fast-moving storyline. The plot centres around four characters: two brothers, Matt and Jason, and two female protagonists, Julia and Silvia. After a night of revelry, Jason is sent to stay with his ambitious older brother in the big city where, apparently ‘dreams come true.’ He leaves behind the girl of his dreams, Julia. However, barely has he arrived in the city before falling for Silvia, his new boss’ daughter. A love triangle between Matt, Silvia and Jason ensues. We have already met the chaos and hubbub of the city, in its chorus of people about their daily lives, and now we encounter a gang of disgraced lawyers who are plotting against Jason’s boss. In true Shakespearean style, chaos follows, with unpredictable results... Please come and support the company of over 100 students across all year groups, who will give you a night to remember and a proud first for our school. Tickets cost £10 (adults) & £5 (students) and are available to buy on Ticketsource (here) or over the counter at Reception.

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:

  • Mon 14th Nov @ 6.30pm in the hall – Ski Trip Parents’ Information Meeting
  • Fri 25th November – INSET DAY - NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
  • Mon 28th November – INSET DAY - NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL

Trips this week:

  • 9th November 2016 – New York Information Evening 6-7pm
  • 10th November 2016 – MUN Climate Geography Trip (9 Students Yrs9-11)
  • 11th November 2016 – Yr12 Physics A Level Live

School Transport Update (reminder) – proposed new routes with effect from September 2017:

It has been a busy and productive first week of term and we are currently hosting our 40th annual German exchange at Pate’s – my thanks to the parents who are looking after visiting students. The Careers & Higher Education Fair was a great success and my thanks to Liz West for organising it so well. Oh, and please could you remind students to finish off their House Art entries at the weekend – the theme is Reflections – entries close this week and we will soon know which House will be crowned the most creative…

Finally, the best of luck to Jazz Chiswick, Josh Cottell, Tom Davies and Daisy Houlder, who have been asked to play as the closing act with Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra at the National Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 15th November. This is a huge achievement for the four of them – please follow this link if you would like to buy tickets.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Half Term Message October 2016

HEADLINES:  

  • School show – 'Lawless' 17th, 18th & 19th November @ 7pm – Tickets are now available
  • Higher Education and Careers Fair – Wednesday 2 November 2016 @ 6-7.30pm
  • Musical Theatre Event, organised by Sam Tilley (Y13) on Friday 4th November @ 5-7.30pm in the hall
  • Calendar Update
  • School Transport Update – 2 new proposed routes
  • Student Swimming Achievement for Joseph Giles (Y9)

School show – Lawless 18th, 18th & 19th November @ 7pm – Tickets are now available here!

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Three Year 13 students – Caitlin Devlin (book and lyrics), and Rudy Percival and Josh Cottell (score) took up the suggestion that Pate’s should have a brand new musical for the School Show in 2016.  So now, stupendously, we have the score for a modern and comic interpretation of The Two Gentlemen of Verona called Lawless. It is phenomenal and is what our school is all about – by the students, for the students.
Lawless is a brand new show with an engaging and fast-moving storyline. The plot centres around four characters: two brothers, Matt and Jason, and two female protagonists, Julia and Silvia. After a night of revelry, Jason is sent to stay with his ambitious older brother in the big city where, apparently ‘dreams come true.’ He leaves behind the girl of his dreams, Julia. However, barely has he arrived in the city before falling for Silvia, his new boss’ daughter. A love triangle between Matt, Silvia and Jason ensues. We have already met the chaos and hubbub of the city, in its chorus of people about their daily lives, and now we encounter a gang of disgraced lawyers who are plotting against Jason’s boss. In true Shakespearean style, chaos follows, with unpredictable results...  Please come and support the company of over 100 students across all year groups, who will give you a night to remember and a proud first for our school.  Tickets cost £10 (adults) & £5 (students) and are available to buy on Ticketsource (here) or over the counter at Reception.

First week of term events:
Higher Education and Careers Fair – Wednesday 2 November 2016 @ 6-7.30pm. Our annual HE and Careers Fair is taking place on the evening of Wednesday 2 November. This year we will be hosting over 40 universities and more than 30 local and national companies and gap year organisations in the hall and gym. We hope that parents and students in Y9 and above will be able to join us for what is an important part of the top level Careers and Higher Education advice on offer to our students in order to enable them to make sound judgements and decisions for A levels and beyond. There is no need to book a place, just come along.

Musical Theatre Event, organised by Sam Tilley (Y13) on Friday 4th November @ 5-7.30pm in the hall: Come along for a fun-filled night of entertainment as a group of talented Y13’s raise money for Scoo-B-Doo; a charity that supports the Neo-Natal at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in caring for sick and premature babies. Tickets are free and can be reserved here. I hope you are able to come along and support Sam and our talented performers.

Calendar Update:
• Sun 30 Oct – School show rehearsals 10am until 4pm in the hall (whole company)
• Mon 31 Oct – School restarts @ 8.40am
• Mon 31 Oct – School show rehearsal (whole company) 4-6.30pm in the hall

School Transport Update – proposed new routes with effect from September 2017:

Finally, congratulations to Joseph Giles (Y9) on achieving swimming Gold recently in the 1500m, ranking him No.1 in Gloucestershire in this discipline. Joseph is currently ranked No.1 in: 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m Freestyle, 100m backstroke and 400m IM – what an achievement! We wish him lots of luck in 2017 with his goal of getting to the British Nationals.

I would like to wish everyone a lovely half term.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 17th October 2016

HEADLINES:

  • House Music CDs are available for collection from Reception (including late orders)
  • Development and Alumni Committee assembly
  • Upcoming Events
  • Higher Education and Careers Fair – Wednesday 2 November 2016 @ 6-7.30pm
  • Musical Theatre Event, organised by Sam Tilley (Y13) on Friday 4th November @ 5-7.30pm in the hall
  • Trips Update
  • Calendar Update
  • Please wear seatbelts on buses!
  • Lost Property
  • Diwali Celebration Sat 15 Oct 5-7pm

This morning’s whole school assembly was led by the first ever Development and Alumni Committee, whose brief it is to keep students informed about how the school is performing financially, updating them on current fundraising and projects. The team of sixth formers are specially selected ambassadors for the school, attending social functions, such as reunions, and personally maintaining links with ‘friends’ of the school. They showed a fun and informative film this morning and we look forward to hearing more from them during their term of office.

Rehearsals are now underway for the school show ‘Lawless’, written by sixth formers Caitlin Devlin (script) and Josh Cottell (score). Please note that there have been changes to the rehearsal schedule – please click here for details of the amended schedule (as far as 7th November). Tickets will be on sale next week!

Upcoming Events:
Higher Education and Careers Fair – Wednesday 2 November 2016 @ 6-7.30pm. Our annual HE and Careers Fair is taking place on the evening of Wednesday 2 November. This year we will be hosting over 40 universities and more than 30 local and national companies and gap year organisations in the hall and gym. We hope that parents and students in Y9 and above will be able to join us for what is an important part of the top level Careers and Higher Education advice on offer to our students in order to enable them to make sound judgements and decisions for A levels and beyond. There is no need to book a place, just come along.
Musical Theatre Event, organised by Sam Tilley (Y13) on Friday 4th November @ 5-7.30pm in the hall: Come along for a fun-filled night of entertainment as a group of talented Y13’s raise money for Scoo-B-Doo; a charity that supports the Neo-Natal at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in caring for sick and premature babies. Tickets are free and can be reserved here. I hope you are able to come along and support Sam and our talented performers.

Calendar Update:
• Wed 19 Oct – School finishes for half term @ 3.40pm
• Sun 30 Oct – School show rehearsals 10am until 4pm in the hall (whole company)
• Mon 31 Oct – School restarts @ 8.40am

Trips this week:
U13/U14 Rugby Tour 17-21st October 2016
China Trip 18-30th October 2016
Drama Trip Evening 18th October – 5.45pm-11pm
Yr13 Physics to Jodrell Bank - 19th October (all day)

School Transport update: I would be grateful if parents could advise students to wear seat belts on the school buses (a legal requirement in most cases). One of our students suffered a minor injury this week, when the bus he was travelling on had to brake suddenly, which could have been avoided if he had been wearing a seatbelt. Please click here for further information on seat belt wearing regulations and recommendations. Thank you for your support in this.

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 OVER HALF TERM.

Finally, just a reminder that it is our Diwali Celebration this weekend – Saturday 15th October 5-7pm (doors open at 4.30pm) in the hall. Last minute tickets can be purchased on the door, costing £20 (family), £8 (adults), £3 (students). You will be so glad you came along! All proceeds to Making £nds Meet.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 10 October 2016

 HEADLINES:

Firstly I would like to thank everyone who supported us for our annual open evening on Tuesday – our tour guides were outstanding and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their visit. I am very grateful to the students and parents for their support, and of course to staff who laid on an array of displays and exciting activities.

Assembly this morning was led by our sixth form Amnesty group, who will be holding their Human Rights Campaign Day and charity event on Wednesday 12th October. Students are invited to pay £1 to dress in yellow and black (or £1.50 for ordinary mufti). Here is a message from the Amnesty Team:

"On Wednesday 12th October we, Pate’s Amnesty Society, are holding our Human Rights campaign day. As well as being a fundraiser event, we hope to raise awareness of the variety of global issues affecting many human beings right now at this moment in time with the aim to encourage more students within the school to take up an interest in the vital work that organisations like Amnesty International do. The event will have 3 main features: Climate Change is a Human Rights Issue, The Refugee Crisis and two cases of individuals whom Amnesty know are in urgent need of public support where their human rights have been infringed upon. We hope to get students involved in writing letters to the relevant embassies on behalf of these two individuals after being informed during the event. The event will also include t-shirt printing, Polaroid photography, virtual reality goggles, a creative competition, a cake sale, henna, a refugee exhibition and live music from Pate’s students. All the profits made will go towards The UK Climate Change & Migration Coalition (UKCCMC) which is an alliance of refugee, human rights and migration rights organisations who challenge the lack of long-term strategies to support and protect people at risk of displacement linked to environmental change. Thank you for your support."

The Parents’ Association Committee members are delighted to announce that, over the three performances of House Music, final takings of £6088 from the raffle and refreshments are estimated to result in a profit figure of around £3600! All of this sum going towards Making £nds Meet.  This is no common achievement, and the immensity of the job done needs a special mention.  During the course of the performances, 900 hungry students and packed audiences totalling 1200 were speedily and amply served with snacks and a variety of refreshments. An extraordinary feat! The PA Committee would like to express its deep gratitude and appreciation to a team of 70 dedicated volunteers, without whom, successes like this would never be achievable. Thank you so much.

I would like to add my own personal thanks to the PA committee and their extended army of volunteers. Your support is invaluable and we are incredibly fortunate to have a Parents' Association that is so energetic, determined and great fun. The funds raised not only have a massive impact across the whole school but are achieved through providing a service that we can’t do without. Following on from the PA AGM this week I would urge you to read the PA Chair’s Annual Report (here). A massive congratulations for such an impressive year and from all the staff and students at Pate’s, thank you. 

House Music photos are now available – do take a look at our gallery on the website (here)
The House CD is now available to collect from Reception (they cost £5, payable on collection for those who haven’t already paid) . There is still time to order one - please click here for an order form, which should be handed into Reception as soon as possible. Thank you.

Come along to the Train to Teach Event at Pate's Grammar School, 14th November 2016, 4.30 pm - 7.30 pm.
The Gloucestershire Train to Teach Event will be an evening held at Pate's Grammar School with Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers exhibiting from around the county.  The evening aims to provide you with the opportunity to meet a variety of ITT providers, find out about the subjects and routes they offer and find about the options that are available for you. Throughout the event there will be an information talk provided by Tim Connole from GITEP about teacher training and what it entails. You will also have the opportunity to find out about any taster days that the providers are offering or school visits that you may be able to arrange.  Representatives from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) will also be attending to provide information regarding the role of Teacher Unions, Conditions of Service and Salaries, Teacher and Professional Standards, and to answer any questions you may have.  If you would like to attend, please visit our events booking page (here) to book your FREE ticket. 

Upcoming Events:
Diwali Celebration – next Saturday 15th October 5-7pm (doors open at 4.30pm) in the hall. Tickets are selling fast for this popular event. Rehearsals are well underway – please do come along to enjoy some truly fabulous Indian classical and Bollywood dances. We will have professionally trained dancers, as well as some students dancing Bollywood style for the first time, thanks to Pate’s parents Preeti Fernandes & Bindu Junemari. This is a great family event, full of colour, with delicious Indian food, PA bar, Henna, Rangoli, Saris for sale… The hall and gallery will be specially decorated for the occasion thanks to all of our organisers and volunteers. How exciting! Click here to buy tickets (or over the counter at Reception).

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w/c 10 Oct: Afterschool rehearsals begin for the school show – Y7-10 Mondays & Wednesdays; Y11-13 Tuesdays & Thursdays all @ 3.45-6.30pm.
• Tue 11 Oct – EARLY FINISH AT 2PM (staff training)
• Tue 11 Oct @ 6.30pm in Refectory: Canada trip Parents’ Information Meeting
• Wed 12 Oct – MUFTI Day in aid of Amnesty – yellow & black theme
• Thurs 13 Oct @ 6.30pm in hall: Y7 Parents’ Social Evening
• Sat 15 Oct – Diwali Celebration in hall @ 5-7pm (doors open at 4.30pm)
• Wed 19 Oct – School finishes for half term @ 3.40pm
• Sun 30 Oct – School show rehearsals 10am until 4pm in the hall
• Mon 31 Oct – School restarts @ 8.40am

Finally don’t forget tonight’s performance of the hilarious and clever play ‘Rules for Living’, written by young playwright Sam Holcroft and directed by sixth form student Katie Payne, in PAB @ 7-8pm (free entry – seats available).

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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