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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!

Lawless poster Copy

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

 

Head Master's Message w/c 3rd October 2016

 HEADLINES:

  • House Music winners
  • Newspaper & Yearbook Committee - student submissions invited
  • School Council elections launched
  • Pate’s Archives on display
  • Diwali Celebration 15th Oct 5-7pm – tickets on sale
  • ‘Rules for Living’ – student directed play 5th & 7th Oct 7-9pm – FREE tickets available
  • Upcoming Events
  • Easy Fundraising
  • National Tetrathlon Success for Sophie Whitehead
  • Open Evening Tuesday – tour guides needed
  • Cycle Helmet Safety

Congratulations to everyone involved in House Music! A historic event – the first ever House competition with five Houses and the first competition for Pembroke. The theme was the Olympic Games, which the students interpreted in many ways – from David Bowie to Eminem, from Land of Hope and Glory to High School Musical – it was fabulous! Our independent adjudicator awarded the following: Best Y7 Ensemble – Richmond; Best Y8-13 Ensemble – Gloucester; Best Girls Choir - Beaufort; Best Boys Choir – Pembroke. The overall awards were: Junior Cup – Pembroke; Intermediate Cup – York; Senior Cup – Beaufort. Look out for the photos next week. Please click here to order a CD of the event (£5), producing by our student tech crew (not professionally edited).  Huge thanks to Ellie Lane and Freya Ireland in the Music Department and to our very energetic Heads of House.

This morning’s assembly was led by the sixth form Newspaper and Yearbook Committee, who introduced themselves and invited submissions of articles from students to be included in the school newspaper (a maximum of 500 words; articles, stories, poetry, art). There will be prizes! We look forward to publishing their first edition for you to read soon.  Also this morning the School Council elections were launched and we are looking for candidates from each year group to be elected for the coming year (2 from each Year 7-11; 3 from each Year 12-13). Last year’s Council had a very busy year, culminating in the almighty Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament. They invested in some lunchtime footballs for students and introduced the Pate’s Student Discount Card (accepted in many high street outlets and available from the refectory for £2). Candidates should email their manifesto to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midday on Friday 7th October. Hustings assemblies will take place during week commencing 10th October. The results will be announced on 19th October – watch this space!

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Last Saturday, the 24th September 2016, marked the 500th birthday of Richard Pate – founder of the Richard Pate junior and Pate’s Grammar Schools. I was delighted to be invited to a commemorative birthday luncheon to celebrate the day, hosted by the Alumni Association of Pate’s Grammar School, The Pate’s Society. Jacob Bussell in year 13 entertained our guests admirably and former Girl’s Grammar School pupil Dame Felicity Lott and former Deputy Head teacher Mr Bob Beale both spoke about their school days. It was a pleasure to welcome guests who had travelled from Australia, Switzerland, Germany and USA. To mark this special occasion we also opened the Pate’s archives which documents the school’s history from its foundation in 1574. Please click here to see more photos from the day. The archives will be on display for the rest of this week - please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to pop in and have a look.

Tickets are now on sale for our Diwali celebration on Saturday 15 Oct 5-7pm in the hall: this year, as well as the classical Indian dance we have introduced Bollywood! Do join us for some incredible dancing and culture. It is a real feast for the eyes, not to mention the speciality Indian food which will be sold on the evening.  Please click here to buy tickets costing £20 (family ticket for 4), £8 (adults) £3 (students). Thanks to the Parents’ Association who will be running a bar - all the proceeds will be in aid of Making £nds Meet. 

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Performances of ‘Rules for Living’, directed by sixth form student Katie Payne, on Wednesday 5th October and Friday 7th October @ 7-9pm in PAB. Tickets are free and can be reserved here. This is a hilarious new play by young female playwright Sam Holcroft. Please do come along for a treat and support Katie who has produced the play for her extended project A level qualification. 

Upcoming Events:

  • Mon 3 Oct: Music Society visiting speaker Theresa Caudle - Renaissance Instruments Demonstration & Baroque violin and cornet workshop - 3.45-5.30pm in the hall. All welcome.
  • Mon 3 Oct - Ireland Rugby Tour Parents’ Information Meeting 6-7pm in hall:
  • Tues 4 Oct: School finishes early at 2pm (buses will arrive early).
  • Wed 5 Oct: Parents’ Association AGM 7-8pm in the Art Gallery: please do come along if you can, meet our super PA team of parents – HAVE FUN AND SUPPORT YOUR PA!
  • Thur 6 Oct: Y12 Parents’ Social Evening 6.30-8.30pm, entrance via the Art Gallery.
  • 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 @ 6.30pm in Refectory: Canada trip Parents’ Information Meeting
  • Thurs 13 Oct @ 6.30pm in hall: Y7 Parents’ Social Evening


Easyfundraising.org is a charity cashback platform from which we have already derived considerable benefit.  Users simply logon to the Easyfundraising website (or the app) and use it as a portal through to almost any retailer such as Amazon, Argos, John Lewis etc. Thousands of the best retailers and service providers are listed.  The important point is that the purchase costs the user not a penny more and yet the donations back to our school can be surprisingly high. For example, a family package holiday booking could return up to £40, and if you were to arrange your car insurance, up to £30 donated back to school and our Making £nds Meet Appeal.  Make this part of your online shopping routine, and please ask family and friends to also register Pate’s Grammar School as their good cause. There is a ‘refer a friend’ link on the bottom of the homepage.

National Tetrathlon Success
Last weekend saw the National Tetrathlon U19 Championships take place. Run by Pentathlon GB, this event gives athletes a combined score by accumulating points through swimming, fencing, shooting and running. We are delighted to announce that Sophie Whitehead (Y13) came out as National Champion and Jess Telford (Y12) finished in 8th. Both girls can be hugely proud of their achievements and we look forward to more success from both of them in the future.

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We are looking forward to welcoming primary school families at our annual open evening on Tuesday and would like as many students as possible (Years 8-13) to act as tour guides. Students should arrive in school by 5pm and they will be finished by 8.30pm (or earlier if needs be). Students are able to stay on after school if that is more convenient than travelling back again (although school does finish early at 2pm) – they should bring a packed tea and we will show a film in the refectory, where they will be based. Thank you for helping to make our open evening a great success – the students are our best ambassadors and we couldn’t do it without them!

Cycling Safety: Please could we remind parents and students that bicycle helmets must be worn when cycling to school. Traffic can be very busy, especially around the school, and, should the worst happen, a helmet can easily mean the difference between a scrape and something much more serious. Thank you for your support in this.

This week we are hosting 18 students from Hailiang in China, who will join their exchange partners in lessons and activities. I know our students will give them a warm welcome and enjoy getting to know to them and something of their culture over the next fortnight.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

Head Master's Message w/c 26 September 2016

HEADLINES:

Assembly this morning was led by our sixth form Community Committee, setting out their manifesto for their term of office. They have a great deal of valuable community work in mind for the coming year and will be organising for any Year 12 students who are interested to read with children in local primary schools. They will be visiting the elderly in local care homes and organising a Hamper Scamper, as well as a Christmas card competition in school to raise money for a local homeless charity. Over the years our sixth formers have built strong links with the local mum and toddler charity Family Space, and the committee will once again be organising some exciting activities that families can enjoy together, making good use of all that Pate’s has to offer. I am very proud of this outreach work; there is no doubt that our students are enriching the everyday lives of local people and actually making a difference. Good luck to everyone involved. If you have any ideas or suggestions for local projects please email them here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

House Music Update: Performances will take place this week on Wednesday 28th September – matinée at 2pm, plus evening performance at 7pm; and Thursday 29th September at 7pm. Tickets are still available for the matinée here (£8 adults and £3 students). We will be welcoming audiences of around 1300 people this week and all students will have had the opportunity to watch performances. I thank you for your patience with the difficulty in getting tickets for the evening performances; this is something we will be looking at improving for future events. House events like this are a huge undertaking of organisation for staff just because we want to include as many students as possible, and my thanks to Rachel Thorpe for masterminding House Music – our biggest and most popular event. May the best House win!  Tech crew are recording House Music performances and CDs costing £5 are available to order.  Please complete the order form (here), which can be handed in with payment either to the school office or at the performances. * Please note that the CDs will be raw recordings, not professionally edited.

Hot Dog Help! The PA is gearing itself up to serve Hot Dogs and snacks to 900 students in between the matinee and evening performances of House Music on Wednesday but is still very short of helping hands. If anyone can spare any time at all between 3pm and 5.15pm on Wednesday 28th, please click on this Doodle Volunteer link (here) and enter your name.  The PA will be in touch nearer the time but all you have to do is report to the refectory where you will be assigned a job. Thank you!

These are the arrangements for those students not in House Music – Years 8 & 9 will have lessons; Y10 & 11 private study; all will watch the matinée on Wednesday afternoon until the end of the school day, then they will head home on their buses as normal.

MUSIC LESSONS – TABLA:  An opportunity has arisen for a limited number of pupils to take tabla lessons on a Thursday afternoon - more info here. Please complete an application form (here). Applications will be accepted on first come first come served basis. Given the limited number of lessons available please think very carefully about the ability to take on the long-term commitment that learning an instrument requires before taking a space!

LIBRARY: New Scientist & Philip Allan Reviews subscriptions: please click on the relevant publication for an order form for sixth form student subscriptions. 

Upcoming Events:

  • Mon 3 Oct @ 6-7pm in hall: Ireland Rugby Tour Parents’ Information Meeting
  • Tues 4 Oct: School finishes early at 2pm (buses will arrive early). This is the date of our annual Open Evening and we would be grateful if parents could make a note and allow the students to either stay on or come back into school to act as tour guides for our visiting families. More below... we rely heavily on students to act as Pate’s ambassadors for the open evening and your support in this is very much appreciated.
  • Wed 5 Oct: Parents’ Association AGM 7-8pm in the Art Gallery: please do come along if you can, meet our super PA team of parents – HAVE FUN AND SUPPORT YOUR PA!
  • Thur 6 Oct: Y12 Parents’ Social Evening 6.30-8.30pm, entrance via the Art Gallery.
  • 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 @ 6.30pm in Refectory: Canada trip Parents’ Information Meeting
  • Thurs 13 Oct @ 6.30pm in hall: Y7 Parents’ Social Evening
  • Sat 15 Oct 5-7pm in hall: Diwali Celebration:  Tickets will go on sale straight after House Music – anyone who went to this event last year will know what a treat it is - this year, as well as the classical Indian dance we have introduced Bollywood!  Do join us for some incredible dancing and culture. It is a real feast for the eyes, not to mention the speciality Indian food which will be sold on the evening. Thanks to the Parents’ Association who will be running a bar - all the proceeds will be in aid of Making £nds Meet. My thanks to the Gowri-Shankar family for once again supporting the school by organising this fundraising event. More next week… In the meantime please follow this link to see last year's Diwali photo gallery.

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Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Do you know anybody who might be?  Just a reminder that the Teaching School arm of Pate’s Grammar School (Odyssey Teaching School Alliance) is again offering Schools Direct teacher training places for September 2017. 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 will be offering a taster day on the 7th October 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.

Open Evening Tuesday 4th October from 5pm: Students (not in Year 7) have been asked to sign up to be tour guides for our open evening on if they possibly can – your support in this would be greatly appreciated. School finishes early at 2pm (buses will be early) and students will need to arrive back in school at 5pm. They will be finished between 8 & 8.30pm (although they can leave a bit earlier if they need to). If it helps, students can stay on after school and bring a packed tea to eat in the Refectory while they watch a film. Students should sign up with their Form Tutors – the more the merrier! Thank you for your support.

Congratulations to the Pate’s parents involved in putting on a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream recently – by all accounts it was very entertaining and a great success and my thanks to Edward Derbyshire for organising this opportunity and to everyone who supported it. Also congratulations to all the sixth form students involved in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, who really did give rollicking performances in Amelia Yate’s superb production. That’s what friends are for, so well done everyone!

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Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 19th September 2016

HEADLINES:

  • Making £nds Meet thank yous
  • House Competition Sponsors and thanks
  • Music Theory lessons available after school
  • Staff Vacancies for 2 Foreign Language Assistants
  • Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Do you know anybody who might be?
  • Homework update & Broadening Horizons advice
  • 2nd hand school uniform shop open after school on 23 Sept
  • Pate’s Equestrian Team call out for competitors
  • Upcoming Events
  • Important notice re infectious diseases
  • Student achievements
  • Please park considerately
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead – tonight and tomorrow night in PAB @ 7pm
  • Sports fixtures kick off this weekend! Follow on Twitter @PatesSport

This morning’s entertaining assembly was led by the sixth form Wellbeing Committee, who presented their manifesto for this year, their term of office. Their projects include improving the school’s carbon footprint, by looking at various waste materials and rainwater collection for our toilet facilities. Students can look forward to lunchtime relaxation and mindfulness sessions, as well as TPM activities aimed at improving student health and wellbeing. This committee means business, and I have no doubt our students will benefit from their ideas. I look forward to hearing more about their work over the coming months.

I would like to say a huge thank you to those who have sent in donations to our Making £nds Meet Appeal over the summer holidays; these donations are vital for us to continue providing the education that your children deserve. I will reply in person to all of them in due course and there will be more about the Appeal next week.

House Music Wednesday and Thursday 28th & 29th September: Tickets have now sold out for both evening performances; matinée tickets are still available (28th September @ 2pm) at the time of writing. Please click here to buy tickets. 

I would like to express my gratitude to our House Sponsors for supporting this year’s round of House Competitions. My thanks go to:

  • Montpellier Lodge supporting Beaufort
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys supporting Gloucester
  • Willans supporting Pembroke
  • MD2MD supporting Richmond
  • Evans Jones supporting York.

Our current financial pressures would mean that House Competitions, as we know (and love) them, would be significantly curtailed, if we didn’t have this external support. Thank you!

Music Theory lessons: This year we are running Music theory lessons which will take place on Tuesdays afterschool for a small fee. This is mainly aimed at those wanting to take grade 5 theory at the end of the year, but there is also some interest in grades 1-3 theory, so if you are interested in this please do get in touch. Please click here for more information and to sign up for these lessons. Forms should be returned to Freya Ireland in the Music Department as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Staff Vacancies:
1) German Foreign Language Assistant
Hourly Rate £14/hr, approximately 12 hrs per week
October 3rd 2016 – June 2nd 2017 fixed term contract
2) Spanish Foreign Language Assistant
Hourly Rate £14/hr, approximately 8-10 hrs per week
October 3rd 2016 – June 2nd 2017 fixed term contract
The ideal candidates will be native speakers (either German or Spanish respectively) with a keen interest in youth culture, current affairs, politics, film and literature and may too already be familiar with the topics we cover in the 6th form particularly.
Please click here for full details of the role and how to apply.

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 8 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 taster day on the 7th October 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.

Two weeks into term and hopefully your son/daughter is getting into a routine with their homework. The start of year is always an opportune moment to reflect on the school's homework philosophy, a copy of which (aimed at parents) can be read here. Pupils will also be looking at the pupil version of the homework philosophy in tutor time over the next fortnight. At Pate’s we also passionate about promoting independent learning and providing students with a broad education; we hope that they will leave us as rounded individuals with a thirst for knowledge and a passion for life-long learning. Our newly updated Broadening Horizons booklets have been written to help students think about their learning beyond the confines of standard schemes of work, set homeworks or exam specifications. It is our aspiration that students will be stretched and challenged to think about more independent methods of learning, often away from teachers and the classroom. The activities in our Broadening Horizons booklets (found here [years 7 – 9] and here [years 10 – 13]) have been put together to suggest ways in which students can begin to explore individual subjects from new perspectives and in greater depth. We hope that you will work with us to encourage your son or daughter to read their booklet carefully, to be inquisitive, and to keep an open mind. Any questions about either our homework philosophy or the Broadening Horizons Booklets should be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We are always keen to hear your feedback and views.

2nd hand school uniform:  For all those with an immediate or future need for items of school uniform, please be aware that our well-stocked Uniform Shop will be open on Friday 23rd September from 3pm for 45 mins. Just arrive at the main reception and you will be directed from there.

Call-out for Pate’s Equestrian Team: any student who has their own horse and would like to compete for the school team should contact Maddie Jenkins Y13 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further details. 

The Schoolcomms issues we had last week should now be rectified but please let us know if you are still having issues.

Upcoming Events:
Tues 4 Oct: School finishes early at 2pm (buses will arrive early). This is the date of our annual Open Evening and we would be grateful if parents could make a note and allow the students to either stay on or come back into school to act as tour guides for our visiting families. More to follow on this – we rely heavily on students to act as Pate’s ambassadors for the open evening and your support in this is very much appreciated.
Wed 5 Oct: Parents’ Association AGM 7-8pm in the Art Gallery: please do come along if you can, meet our super PA team of parents – HAVE FUN AND SUPPORT YOUR PA!
Thur 6 Oct: Y12 Parents’ Social Evening 6.30-8.30pm, entrance via the Art Gallery.
SPECIAL OFFER: Tickets to see Wi-Fi Wars, showing at Cheltenham Town Hall on Tuesday 27th September, for a special 2-4-1 rate. It is a live comedy game show, targeted at young people (11+), where the audience gets to play along via their own smart phone or tablet, using our Wi-Fi and some very innovative technology. The guys who host the show have just won the Guinness World Record for most people to ever simultaneously play Pong and the show received a 9/10 rating on ‘Kids Rated’ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6xlVXJg7Xs. It is also very impressive tech wise as the boys created and developed it all themselves. They talk a lot about the tech and make it interesting, understandable and encourage everyone to ask questions, so it has an educational element. PLEASE USE THIS PROMOTIONAL CODE (WIFI241) online at www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk or via our box office.

IMPORTANT - Infectious diseases: please could we ask that parents respect isolation periods and not risk returning ill children to school early, especially as we have a student in school who is undergoing an extended period of chemotherapy. Also, if your family is aware of any incidences of chicken pox, measles and the like please do let us know urgently, so that we can be alert, having such a vulnerable member of the school community - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for your support.

Congratulations to Faith Innes (Y10), who has for the second year running won a prestigious Art Prize with the Royal Horticultural Society. She not only won the First prize, she also won the overall ‘Junior best in class’. The theme was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 100 years since Roald Dahl’s birth and here is Faith’s winning entry:

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This is the time of year when it is useful to mention to parents about parking in the surrounding streets. With lots of traffic coming and going from school it can be challenging for our neighbours and it is therefore very important that cars park considerately – please NEVER block driveways and keep noise levels to a minimum. Your support in this is very much appreciated.

Just a reminder of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Tom Stoppard): student production directed by Amelia Yates (Y13), performing tonight and tomorrow 16th & 17th September at 7pm in the Performing Arts studio. Tickets are free, just turn up!  Do come along and support our sixth form Theatre Studies students in this highly impressive endeavour. The students have put many hours into rehearsing and the performance will be graded as part of Amelia’s Extended Project Qualification. All the best to them with it!

Finally, I would like to wish the boys rugby teams good luck in their first Saturday block of fixtures tomorrow morning against Beechen Cliff, Bath. Also just a reminder to all the parents and students to check fixture lists and team sheets on www.patessport.org and to follow the latest Pate’s sport news on our twitter account @PatesSport.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 12th September 2016

HEADLINES:

  • Summer Achievements
  • House Music 28th & 29th September (tickets on sale later this week)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream 14th & 15th September (free)
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern 16th & 17th September (free)
  • Outdoor Education Newsletter
  • House Drama DVDs and photos
  • Summer Sports Team photos
  • Pate’s Library now on Twitter!
  • Lift-Share Requests – Gloucester / Quedgeley / Hardwicke
  • School Gateway problems

It has been a privilege welcoming the students for the start of term, particularly our new students, who have been getting to know each other as part of a fun programme of induction activities. In our first assembly of the year we celebrated a wonderful summer of outstanding achievement, in Rio and also at Pate’s, which is once again the top school of its kind in the country following another set of stunning GCSE and A Level exam results.  There have also been some outstanding individual achievements for a number of our students who were involved in high level competitions over the summer:

The Pate’s Combined Cadet Force Shooting team totally dominated at the annual UK Schools competition. They were up against the top shooting teams in the country and swept up every trophy, culminating in the Grand Aggregate Trophy (worth £22,000!) acknowledging them as the top shooting team in the UK. Congratulations to the team, and especially to John Hawke who won the Marlborough Cup for the top individual in the service rifle competition. Thanks to Jane Jowett for her dedication and hard work supporting the team.

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Sophie Whitehead (Y13) competed for Great Britain at the u19 Modern Pentathlon World Championships. For those unfamiliar with the sport, it is a combination of scores collected across swimming, fencing, horse riding, running and shooting. After qualifying for the final by finishing 16th in her semi-final, she went on to beat her personal best time for the event to finish an astonishingly good 27th in the world. A huge congratulations from all at Pate's.

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Congratulations to Katie Gleeson (Y13) who played Hockey for England u17 against the other home nations at the School Games over the summer and won a silver medal.

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In today’s assembly our Rugby seniors talked to us about their summer tour to South Africa and showed a film - what an incredible experience for them. Another group of senior students went to Morocco to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Gold award. Huge thanks to PE and Outdoor Education Department staff for organising these incredible experiences.

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Pate’s has also won an award this summer - the Secondary Geography Quality Mark in recognition of excellence in teaching and learning in Geography. Congratulations to the Geography Department, which underwent a rigorous moderation process before finally receiving the award. The team of assessors were “hugely impressed by the manner in which the department embraces new and innovative approaches to teaching geography”.

On-Site Works: Over the summer the school underwent a much-needed electrical upgrade and work is about to begin on refurbishing the Outdoor Education Department, which will give us extra classroom capacity. These works have been externally funded by the government’s Condition Improvement scheme. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience during the OED works. OED staff are continuing to operate as normal, working temporarily out of portacabin nearby to OED.

Upcoming Events:
House Music rehearsals begin this week for performances on Wed 28th September - matinee at 2pm and evening performance at 7pm; and Thursday 29th September at 7pm (with adjudication). There is an Olympic theme this year and a slightly new format with the fifth House, Pembroke, but there will be the usual boys and girls choirs, orchestra and band competitions and sell-out audiences. Tickets will go on sale later this week – do look out for the email as tickets will sell out very quickly!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by Pate’s parents and staff, this coming Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th September at 7.30pm in the Performing Arts studio. This is a hilarious adaptation by Patents; their first production since forming the group two years ago. Tickets are free and can be reserved online (here). There will be no interval for this shortened version of the play, but a bar and refreshments will be available before and after the show.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Tom Stoppard): student production directed by Amelia Yates (Y13), performing this coming Friday 16th & Saturday 17th September at 7pm in the Performing Arts studio. Tickets are free and can be reserved online (here). Do come along and support our sixth form Theatre Studies students in this highly impressive endeavour.

Please click here to read this month’s Outdoor Education Newsletter, including details of the Year 8 cycling proficiency course and how to sign up (takes place w/c 19th September).

Please check out our fabulous photo gallery (here) to see the House Drama photos, electronic versions of which are available to buy at a small cost. This is the last chance to order the House Drama DVD (£10)please click here for an order form, which must be returned with payment to reception before Friday 16th September. 

The library has joined Twitter! Follow them @PatesLibrary! Just a reminder of other Twitter accounts for you to follow: @PatesGS, @PatesSport, @PatesAlumni, @PatesMusic, @PatesPolitics.

School Transport – lift share requests: We have had lift share requests from families travelling from Gloucester and also from the Quedgeley / Hardwicke area. If you would like to pursue either of these please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can put you in touch.

School Gateway problems: we are currently experiencing technical problems with the School Gateway online parent pay software. A number of schools have been affected nationally and the company are working to clear the fault as quickly as possible. Please be assured that the system is functioning normally within school, students are able to buy food using their fingers or via the cash machine, even though money transferred to student accounts is not showing to parents on the system.  We will continue to monitor the situation and update you when we have more news.

It is lovely to be back and I am very much looking forward to the great excitement of House Music and the build-up over the coming fortnight. Please do feel free to email me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or your Head of Year with any feedback on how things are going as the term gets underway.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's End of Year Message 2015-16

HEADLINES:

  • Goodbyes to staff
  • House Drama 2016
  • Parents' Association & Making £nds Meet
  • House Drama DVDs and photos available (September)
  • Charity Day
  • CCF Newsletter and Y8-9 recruiting
  • Shooting Champions 2016
  • Calendar 2016-17 (here)

In assembly this morning we said our goodbyes to staff who are leaving us this term. Two staff in particular who are irreplaceable are Heather Eaton and Helen Hooper. Between them they have provided 46 years of care and support to thousands of Pate’s students and we wish them both a long and happy retirement as they go off to become full-time grandparents. Sixth formers Nia Chittenden, Jamie Horseman and Daisy Houlder, accompanied by Dan Gilchrist on cello and Josh Cottell on piano, sang their own incredible version of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ – there was barely a dry eye in the house! And I agree we certainly have been ‘Helen blessed’! We look forward to seeing lots more of Helen and her husband Duncan when we welcome them back to performances and reunions for years to come!

House Drama 2016 was incredible wasn’t it?! Pate’s quite simply has to be the only school on the planet whose students are capable of producing something from scratch, so special, and with such spirit!  A message from Edward Derbyshire, Director of House Drama:

“What an incredible testament to the phenomenal hard work, enthusiasm, energy, commitment and joy the twelve performances of House Drama’s Greek Myths were over both Tuesday and Wednesday. It was uplifting and inspiring to see and hear each fabulous show and witness what is the very best about our school community: teamwork, generosity of spirit, creative genius and a sheer, unadulterated joy, epitomised not only by the reworkings of these timeless stories, but by the roof-raising glory of the final medley. It was an incredible treat for the students’ audiences. Thank you to each and every student involved. They must be rightly proud of all that they achieved!”

Working in the background were the Pembroke House Officials who, without any students until September, contributed hugely to the success of House Drama, producing the programme, and supporting the production in all sorts of way, including making a film and running front of house. They are looking forward to launching their new House fully in September – history in the making for the very first Pembroke students! What an exciting opportunity the next seven years will be for them with lots of ‘firsts’ for Pembroke and its ‘original’ students, whom I have no doubt will relish the prospect and ultimately be Pembroke through and through long after they have left school!

Now I would like to express some heartfelt thank yous. My huge thanks to the amazing team of 78 volunteers, who between them provided 3 raffles, ran front of house and served refreshments to cover 3 performances to over 1000 audience members and 530 wonderful House Drama students. This not only provided an extremely appreciated service but also took £4507.57 in sales, from which 100% of the profit will go towards our Making £nds Meet appeal. A particular thanks to the Parents’ Association committee for masterminding the whole operation. Following on from that an additional huge thanks to all those who have donated or are donating directly towards the M£M appeal (please check the website for latest figures). We are able to carry on providing the ‘Pate’s experience’ because of all your help. Thank You!

House Drama DVDs, produced by our Tech Crew, cost £10 and are available to order (here) - order forms can be handed in at Reception first week back.  There will be lots of House Drama photos available on the website from September too.

Yesterday the whole school enjoyed a fabulous Charity Day, organised by a small group of sixth formers in aid of their chosen charity - 'The Young Shall Grow International'.  The day was a huge success and great fun was had by all on the giant inflatables and on the live stage - no-one wanted to go home at the end of the day!  Thanks to everyone who took part and helped to raise hundreds of pounds for homeless children in Ghana and thanks to parents for your support too.

Please follow this link to read the end of term CCF newsletter (also available on the CCF website). CCF are now accepting applications from the current Y8 students, going into Y9 – please follow this link to apply. 

Shooting Champions 2016! 14 members of the shooting team, with Capt Jane Jowett and CCF staff went to Bisley to shoot against all UK Schools this week in the annual Aggregate Schools Competition. Our team triumphed in the overall competition, including both target and service rifles; WO John Hawke won the top individual award – the Malbourgh Cup. They still have the international Imperial competition to look forward to and I wish them good luck in that. Congratulations to the team in this outstanding success against very tough opposition! 

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Finally I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy summer break.  It has been my privilege to work with Pate's families and staff this past year and I look forward to seeing everyone back refreshed in September.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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