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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

 

Head Master's Message w/c 11th July 2016

HEADLINES:

  • House Drama – Tues & Wed 12th & 13th July
  • Charity Day – Thursday 14th July
  • House Polo Shirts - available to buy
  • EU Referendum – Pate’s results
  • Multi-Academy Trust update
  • Calendar update
  • SCHOOL CALENDAR 2016-17 PUBLISHED
  • Rachel Holland rowing success
  • Summer Art Exhibition now showing in the Art Gallery

Assembly this morning was led by the sixth form Charity Day Committee, who are busy organising an afternoon of outdoor fun and games on the penultimate day of term to raise money for their chosen charity ‘The Young Shall Grow International’, providing shelter and education for homeless children in Ghana, where the students helped building facilities and teaching the children on their recent visit. The committee have planned exciting rides and attractions for everyone to enjoy and I can confirm that the Head Master’s team are in the advanced stages of training and will be the team to beat when it comes to the Charity Day assault course! (further details below…)

Important information about the last week of term, including House Drama & Charity Day:
House Drama tickets - if anyone has any tickets for Tuesday or Wednesday evening that they know they won't need please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as we have parents on waiting list who would like to buy tickets. Tickets are still available to buy for the matinee on Wednesday at 2.30pm (here).  Tickets can also be bought over the counter at Reception.
Please follow this link for important updated information with EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FINAL WEEK OF TERM, including House Drama and Charity Day.

Charity Day on Thursday - will be a water-themed mufti day with giant inflatable water slide and slippery inflatable assault course. Students and staff have been invited to sign up in teams to compete against each other on the assault course – there will be hot dogs and ice cream for lunch, plus stalls and games and small stage / open mic for anyone who would like to perform / speak. Costs will be £1 for mufti (clothes that you don’t mind getting wet or foamy), plus rides and stalls costing £1, 50p and 20p. Hot dogs and ice cream will cost £1.50 and these will NOT be available to buy on fingers (as students will be selling them outside). Please note that students should bring a towel and change of clothes, as well as remembering the sun cream etc. Thank you!

House Polo Shirts - now available to order via Schoolgateway (here) - open until 12th July to order for September delivery. Cost £10 each. If anyone who doesn't use Gateway wishes to order then please bring cash or cheque to reception - sample sizes are available in the office to check sizing, otherwise please see the sizing chart below:

9-10 - 76-81cm - 30-32in
11-12 - 81-86cm - 32-34in  
XS - 87-92cm - 34-36in
S - 92-97cm - 36-38in
M - 97-102cm - 38-40in
L - 102-107cm - 38-40in

EU Pate's Referendum: Results - Our Year 12 Politics students are keen to have the results of our school referendum on the EU made public. The result of the Pate's whole school referendum, where students from every year group were given the opportunity to cast their vote on the 23rd June - the day of the momentous national referendum - was as follows: -

Should Britain remain a member of the EU or leave the EU?'

Remain: 80%
Leave: 20%

Even though the national vote has already happened, campaigning continues particularly by those who were too young to vote. Some of our Year 12 and 13 students have taken direct action in the form of demonstrations and protests in response to the national result.  Click here for an article which appeared in the Gloucestershire Echo in the run up to the Referendum.

Multi-Academy Trust Update:  My thanks to everyone who took the time and trouble to engage with the recent consultation regarding our proposal to form a Multi-Academy Trust, with Greatfield Park and Warden Hill primary schools. The input from parents and other stakeholders was very useful and has been incorporated into a report which has been presented to the governing bodies of each of the schools. Staff and Governors are giving careful consideration to next steps and will be in touch to update you with further developments in the Autumn term.

Calendar Update:

HOUSE DRAMA performances: Tuesday 12th July @ 7pm Wednesday 13th July @ 2.30pm matinee Wednesday 13th July @ 7pm, plus guest judge and awards (full details here and above)
CHARITY DAY – Thursday 14th July 1.35-3pm – water-themed events and mufti (full details here and above)
School finishes on Friday 15th July at 12 noon.
A LEVEL RESULTS DAY – Thursday 18th August
GCSE RESULTS DAY – Thursday 25th August
School Show workshops / auditions – Saturday & Sunday 3rd & 4th September @ 2-5pm in the hall – all welcome (please book free places here)
CCF Induction Day for new Y9 cadets – Tuesday 6th September @ 9am until 1pm (see CCF website for details here)
Students return to school on Wednesday 7th September.
Just a reminder of the new timings of the school day from September: school will start 5 minutes earlier at 08:40 and finish 5 minutes later at 15:40. School buses are aware of the changes.
OPRO Mouthguard fitting Wednesday 7th September: Please do book your child’s mouthguard fitting appointment in advance here: http://mouthguards.opro.com/custom/order

Holiday Performing Arts workshops and performancesplease click here for a reminder of these – GYP, Patesian Players and PQA.

The school calendar for next year 2016-17 is now published on the school website and on Platoplease follow this link to see it, where you will also find term dates, inset days and early finishes for next year.

We are delighted and proud to report that Rachel Holland (Year 12 - 3rd from the left in the photo) recently won the Groton School Trophy for the junior coxed four event at the Henley Women’s Regatta (following in the footsteps of Flo Pickles last year). Any Henley medal is a prestigious award and Rachel earned this by coxing the Gloucester Hartpury girls over two days. There was a qualifying time trial to reduce the 23 top club and school entries down to 16, followed by 3 hard fought heats to produce the eventual winners in the final round on Sunday. Well done Rachel and all the best for future events.

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It has been another exciting week in school, with rehearsals and trips, as well as a day visit by our new Year 7 students. My thanks to staff and House Officials for making them so welcome. Sixth form Physics students set off for Cern yesterday; next week our boys set off for South Africa on the senior rugby tour; and the week after that the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award students set off for Morocco.

The Summer Art Exhibition showing our sixth formers’ work is stunning and it was a real joy to talk to staff and students at the private view on Wednesday. The exhibition will be open in the Art Gallery all week during House Drama performances so most of you will be able to enjoy it I hope – I look forward to seeing you there.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 4th July 2016

 

HEADLINES:

  • A busy week for Pate’s
  • House Drama Tickets
  • CCF – Year 8 join up now for September
  • Staff Vacancy – Science Technician (Physics)
  • Calendar Update
  • Trips Update
  • Summer Holiday Performing Arts programme

The exam season finally drew to a close this week and we have been hugely impressed with the way the students have thrown themselves into Activities Fortnight and House Drama rehearsals!  Parents too have joined in, celebrating outstanding performances at the School Sports Celebration evening and Junior concert this week.  We opened the school up for Year 4 and 5 families to come and have a look around and they saw our students sampling just a few of the exciting activities laid on this week, including bushcraft, baking, climbing, shooting, sport, art, drama and orchestra workshops. We also welcomed parents of our new Y7 starting in September, who came in to meet staff and student mentors for their first visit as Pate’s parents – I don’t know who was more excited, the parents or the staff!  My thanks to Helen Blackwell for organising such a super evening for them. Thank you to everyone who donated second-hand uniform – the new Y7 parents took the opportunity to stock up and the PA managed to raise £385 overall on the night!  Wow!  Huge thanks also to the teams of mums and dad who ran the bars at the Sports evening and Junior Concert, raising a further £763.  That is £1148 raised by the PA in three evenings this week!  What outstanding dedication – thank you so much!

We have sold out of tickets for the last night of House Drama.  However, at the time of writing tickets are still available for the Tuesday evening and the Wednesday matinee (here), costing £8 (adults) & £3 (students).  Tickets can also be bought over the counter at Reception.  There are more students involved than ever before and the evening performances in particular will be very much oversubscribed, therefore we politely request that families limit their ticket buying to no more than 4.  A quick plug for the matinee performance, which is just as good a show as the others; it has a good sized audience but is less of a squeeze, (especially favoured by grandparents)!

Year 9 CCF from September:  Current Y8 students can now sign up via the CCF website to join up from September (here).   There will be a CCF induction day for new joiners – briefing / kit issue etc. - on 6th September.  Cadets meet every Friday after school for training and activities.  This is something different from school life; it is a new discipline, with lots of outdoor activities and plenty of opportunities for leadership and development.  Full details are available on the CCF website (here). 

Staff Vacancy: Science Technician (part-time, term time only). We have a vacancy in school for a Science Technician from September, based in the Physics Department, to work 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday term time only. The job includes organising practical work in the labs, assembling apparatus, maintaining equipment, ordering stock and liaising with teaching staff. Whilst a science background would be an advantage, it is more important to us that applicants are practical, forward thinking, flexible and able to use their own initiative whilst working as part of a team. Please follow this link for full details. The deadline for applications is midday on Tuesday 5th July.

You are warmly invited to attend the Pate’s Summer Exhibition in the Art Gallery on Wednesday 6th July 4.30-7pm. The exhibition will showcase this year’s sixth form work and includes video, photography, textiles, painting, sculpture and ceramics. The exhibition will be open and available to view between 6th and 14th July.

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Calendar Update:
Y7 & Y8 Sports Team Photos – Tues 5th July ** please remind students to bring their kit. Thanks!
China Trip Parents’ Information Meeting – Tuesday 5th July @ 6-7pm (this has now been moved to the Refectory)
HOUSE DRAMA performances: Tuesday 12th July @ 7pm Wednesday 13th July @ 2.30pm matinee Wednesday 13th July @ 7pm, plus guest judge and awards

The following trips are taking place this week:
4th July – Yr9 Warner Brothers
4th July – Yr10 Think Tank Trip, Birmingham
4th July – Yr7 History Trip Tintern Abbey and Chepstow Castle
6th July – PE Activities Day (Golf/Lido) – Small Group
7-9th July – CERN (Physics) Trip
7th July – ART Trip to the Wilson (Yr8, 30 Students)
7th July – Music Trip to The Town Hall - Evening 20 tickets Music Society Summer

Holiday Performing Arts workshops and performances:  There is a great deal of performing arts available through Pate’s over the summer holidays – hopefully you will be able to catch some of them – please see details below:

Gloucestershire Youth Players, under the direction of our own Edward Derbyshire, will be touring with the summer production “Comedy of Errors”. This year all of the performers are in fact Patesians past and present – there are lots of lovely summer venues and, as anyone who has been to previous performances will tell you, there is sure to be lots of fun!  Please follow this to their website for full details.

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The Patesian Players – ex-Pate’s students who get together with our retired Head of Drama Rory O’Sullivan to perform two productions each year – are putting on John Godber’s 1987 School Report “Teechers”. Performances are on 18th, 19th and 20th August @ 7.45pm at The Playhouse, Cheltenham and tickets cost £12/£10 and are available here. They do put on excellent plays and I am sure this one will be no exception – and sounds like good fun.

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Acting, Film-Making and Singing Summer Workshops: There are acting, film-making and singing workshops in July, taking place at Pate’s run by the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts. Sue Day, who runs PQA Cheltenham is a friend of the school and we would like to recommend her excellent professional workshops to all students in Y7-10.  Please follow this link to their website for full details.

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House Drama is looking like the best yet after just 2 days of rehearsal!  What an exciting week it has been and we still have another week of activities to look forward to – please remind students to keep checking those emails for the latest updates!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

 

 

 

Head Master's Message w/c 27th June 2016

HEADLINES:

  • School Improvement Bids Success
  • Staff Vacancies – Science Technician / Reprographics Coordinator
  • Forthcoming Events
  • Calendar Update
  • Trips Update
  • Sports Update

We are delighted to have been informed that our 2 bids submitted to the Education Funding Agency’s Condition Improvement Fund just before Christmas, have been successful. The first bid is for an upgrade to our electrical supply and distribution system worth £131,000. These works will be carried out over the summer holidays, but the contractors will avoid any disruption to results days. The grant for the electrical supply works is great news as we would have had to find these funds from our own budget in the near future. The second bid is to refurbish our Outdoor Education Building to provide 2 additional good sized classrooms and is worth £181,000. These works will take place during the autumn and winter. Outdoor Education activities and CCF will continue throughout, but will operate from a temporary office facility; the shooting range will be unaffected. There will inevitably be some disruption to the area around OED and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience which may result. The grant to provide 2 classrooms is well timed and allows us to be ahead of the game at providing additional classroom space for our expanding numbers. The bid process does not allow any request for funds for furniture or IT to equip the classrooms, so we are absolutely delighted that our fabulous Parents’ Association has agreed to help us and will be fundraising in support of this project over the coming months.

Staff Vacancy: Science Technician (part-time, term time only). We have a vacancy in school for a Science Technician from September, based in the Physics Department, to work 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday term time only. The job includes organising practical work in the labs, assembling apparatus, maintaining equipment, ordering stock and liaising with teaching staff. Whilst a science background would be an advantage, it is more important to us that applicants are practical, forward thinking, flexible and able to use their own initiative whilst working as part of a team. Please follow this link for full details. Please download an application form from the school website (here) and send with a covering letter explaining why the job appeals to you and what skills and qualities you could bring to the role. Please send applications to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midday on Tuesday 5th July. Interviews will take place during the following week.
Staff Vacancy: Reprographics Coordinator (part-time, term time only). We are looking a Reprographics Coordinator to support staff and students in their reprographic needs and also ensure that photocopiers and supplies are maintained. This person will be part of the front office team at school and there will also be school Reception cover required on an ad hoc basis, as well as a variety of other school office duties. Hours of work will be 08:30-11:30 Monday to Friday, although some flexibility will be required during busy periods. Please follow this link to the school website for full details and an application form, which should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with an accompanying letter explaining why you would like to be considered for this post. The deadline for applications is midday on Tuesday 28th June and interviews will take place during week commencing 4th July.

Forthcoming Events:
School Sport Celebration Evening – Years 7-10, Tuesday 28th June 2016 - Main Hall 7-9.30pm, when the captains and players of our teams will present a review of their season, with players’ player of the year presentations and any trophies celebrated. Please follow this link to reserve your free tickets for this event.
Junior Concert - Thurs 30th June @ 7pm: Tickets are now on sale for the end of year Junior Concert – this is the culmination of a year in the life of our orchestras, ensembles and choirs, and such a pleasure to see how our musicians have progressed over the year, both individually and collaboratively - it is a fantastic evening of musical entertainment. Tickets costs £6 (adults) and £4 students and are available to buy in advance (here) or on the door.
You are warmly invited to attend the Pate’s Summer Exhibition in the Art Gallery on Wednesday 6th July 4.30-7pm. The exhibition will showcase this year’s sixth form work and includes video, photography, textiles, painting, sculpture and ceramics. The exhibition will be open and available to view between 6th and 14th July. 

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HOUSE DRAMA performances will take place as follows:
Tuesday 12th July @ 7pm
Wednesday 13th July @ 2.30pm matinee
Wednesday 13th July @ 7pm, plus guest judge and awards
Tickets will be available on Ticketsource next Friday.

Calendar Update:
Rugby Tour Parents’ Information Meeting – Monday 27th June @ 5.45-7.15pm (school hall)
Cern Trip Parents’ Information Meeting – Tuesday 28th June @ 6-7pm (Art Gallery)
Y7 & Y8 Sports Team Photos – Tues 5th July ** please remind students to bring their kit. Thanks!
China Trip Parents’ Information Meeting – Tuesday 5th July @ 6-7pm (Art Gallery)

Trips Update:  The following trips are taking place this week:
27-28th June – London Economics Trip Y12 (46 Students)
28th June – Further Maths trip to Bath – Y12 (14 Students)
29th June – Oxford University Trip – Y12 (54 Students)
29th June – Geography Trip to Cleeve Hill – Y7 (11 Students)
1st July-3rd July – Nettlecombe Trip Y12 (37 Students)
1st July – Cambridge University Trip – Y12 (42 Students)
1st July – Wimbledon Trip – Y9/10 (10 Students)

Sports Update:
Girls’ Minors Athletics Championships:  Just a week after the success of the Boys’ Minors, it was the turn of the girls in their Minors’ Championships. Unfortunately, due to trips to Normandy and Y8 camp, we were not able to enter full teams. Instead, we allowed any girls who were around to enter any events they wanted to do. Despite only taking 8 Y7 girls, we managed to win 5 or the 10 events in the competitions with Molly Powlesland (1500m) and Rachel Smith (Shot Putt) winning their events. Elsewhere, Naomi Layzell put in one of the most impressive athletic performances ever seen at Pate’s with wins in the High Jump, Long Jump and 800m. As a result, the depleted Y7 team still managed to win their competition – very well done and congratulations!
South West Championships:  Well done to all the Pate’s athletes who were selected represent Gloucestershire Athletics Team to compete against all the best talent from across the region in the South West Athletics Championships. All our athletes did themselves, the school and their families proud:
County Girls’ Results: Jade Gough (IG 1500m- 5th), Alex Quinn-Savory (SG 400m- 5th), Bethan Moor (SG 3000m- 2nd), Mel Bird (SG Shot- 1st and Discus- 1st) and Ellen Thrall (SG Hammer- 1st).
County Boys’ Results: Jack Musselwhite (JB 300m- 7th), Rory Cawkwell (IB 200m- 8th) and Jacob Pickering (SB 3000m- 5th).
As a result of their fantastic throwing, Ellen Thrall (Hammer) and Mel Bird (Discus) have been selected to represent Gloucestershire at the National Athletics Championships. This is particularly impressive when you remember that the whole county is only allowed 25 athletes across all age groups, all events and both males and females. Well done to Ellen and Mel, you throw with the support of the whole school community behind you.

Summer Holiday Performing Arts workshops and performances:  There is a great deal of performing arts available through Pate’s over the summer holidays – hopefully you will be able to catch some of them – please see details below:

Gloucestershire Youth Players, under the direction of our own Edward Derbyshire, will be touring with the summer production “Comedy of Errors”. This year all of the performers are in fact Patesians past and present – there are lots of lovely summer venues and, as anyone who has been to previous performances will tell you, there is sure to be lots of fun!

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The Patesian Players – ex-Pate’s students who get together with our retired Head of Drama Rory O’Sullivan to perform two productions each year – are putting on John Godber’s 1987 School Report “Teechers”. Performances are on 18th, 19th and 20th August @ 7.45pm at The Playhouse, Cheltenham and tickets cost £12/£10 and are available here. They do put on excellent plays and I am sure this one will be no exception – and sounds like good fun. 

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Acting, Film-Making and Singing Summer Workshops: Please follow this link for details of acting, film-making and singing workshops in July, taking place at Pate’s run by the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts. Sue Day, who runs PQA Cheltenham is a friend of the school and we would like to recommend her excellent professional workshops to all students in Y7-10.

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Secondhand Uniform:  If you have any school uniform that your child has outgrown (particularly year 7s who have shot up since September) please bring it to reception before next Wednesday. That evening parents of the Year 6s who are due to start in September will be scouring the PA secondhand uniform stall for supplies. If you have any queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This week is the first of our Activities Fortnight and every student has their own individual timetable of events which they have signed up to. On offer there is music, singing, dance, drama, art, sport, cookery and trips, plus the great outdoors and more besides! Huge thanks to Rachel Thorpe for organising this complex timetable – thanks to her hard work our students are going to have a really memorable and enjoyable end of term. This is the first time we have attempted anything quite like this and there will no doubt be things we will learn from it, but I am sure it is going to be a big hit with the students! My thanks also to the staff who have organised the activities, visiting practitioners and trips - fabulous. I would love to hear your feedback on it as we go along – please do email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Daytime rehearsals will begin for the House Drama competition and I know that House Officials have been very busy over recent weeks - writing, auditioning, and choreographing their pieces – how exciting! I can’t wait. We will let parents and students know once tickets are available at the end of next week.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

Head Master's Message w/c 20th June 2016

HEADLINES:

  • Target 2.0 Team makes Bank of England History for Pate's
  • Staff Vacancy – Reprographics Coordinator (part-time)
  • Forthcoming Events:
  • A Night at the Theatre – Wed 22nd June @ 7.30pm in PAB
  • School Sport Celebration Evening – Tues 28th June @ 7pm in main hall
  • Junior Concert – Thurs 30th June @ 7pm in main hall
  • Pate’s Summer Exhibition - Wed 6th July @ 4.30-7pm in Art Gallery
  • Calendar & Trips Update
  • Sports Update
  • Vote for your school library

Yet again the winning Pate's Grammar School Target 2.0 team of Sam Cole, Annabel Manley, Jack Sherer-Clark and Ollie Wallbridge have made history! They are the first ever students to be allowed to post to the Bank of England's esteemed Bank Underground Blog. Please find the article here entitled "If Pate’s Grammar School set UK Monetary Policy…". The editor of the Blog emailed to say "I just wanted to thank you the team for submitting your fascinating post. When we discussed it in the editorial board meeting I made the point that it was FAR better than anything I could have dreamt of writing at your age. Someone asked me how it stood relative to what I could do now, and I had to admit that the same was still true… So it really is impressive.” Congratulations and very well done to the team and to Katherine Fey for helping them to achieve this accolade.

Staff Vacancy: Reprographics Coordinator (part-time, term time only). We are looking a Reprographics Coordinator to support staff and students in their reprographic needs and also ensure that photocopiers and supplies are maintained. This person will be part of the front office team at school and there will also be school Reception cover required on an ad hoc basis, as well as a variety of other school office duties. Hours of work will be 08:30-11:30 Monday to Friday, although some flexibility will be required during busy periods. Please follow this link to the school website for full details and an application form, which should be emailed to Stephen Locke, Bursar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) along with an accompanying letter explaining why you would like to be considered for this post. The deadline for applications is midday on Tuesday 28th June and interviews will take place during week commencing 4th July.

Forthcoming Events:
A Night at the Theatre – Wed 22nd June @ 7.30pm in Performing Arts Studio: Come along to hear songs from the musicals sung by students from Years 9, 11 and 12, and to hear and see monologues and duologues acted in a revue of student talent and interest. The evening begins at 7.30pm and will last no longer than a couple of hours. There will be pre-show, interval and post-show refreshments available. It all takes place in the intimate and relaxed surroundings of the Performing Arts Studio (plentiful parking, loos and refreshments!). Tickets cost £3 and are available online (here).

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School Sport Celebration Evening – Years 7-10, Tuesday 28th June 2016 - Main Hall 7-9.30pm.  We would like to invite all pupils and parents with any connection to sport at Pate’s in Y7-10 to our “School Sport Celebration Evening”. The event will begin at 7pm in the main hall at Pate’s on Tuesday 28th June and finish by about 9.30pm. The PA will be serving drinks and snacks during the evening. The captains and players of our teams will present a review of their season, with players’ player of the year presentations and any trophies celebrated. Please follow this link to reserve your free tickets for this event. Looking forward to a sporty evening… from Mr Dandy and the PE department.
Junior Concert - Thurs 30th June @ 7pm:  Tickets are now on sale for the end of year Junior Concert – this is the culmination of a year in the life of our orchestras, ensembles and choirs, and such a pleasure to see how our musicians have progressed over the year, both individually and collaboratively - it is a fantastic evening of musical entertainment. Tickets costs £6 (adults) and £4 students and are available to buy in advance (here) or on the door.
You are warmly invited to attend the Pate’s Summer Exhibition in the Art Gallery on Wednesday 6th July 4.30-7pm. The exhibition will showcase this year’s sixth form work and includes video, photography, textiles, painting, sculpture and ceramics. The exhibition will be open and available to view between 6th and 14th July.

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Calendar Update:

  • Cricket week at Pate’s – 20-23 June: all are welcome to join us in the tent to enjoy some cricket fixtures, as follows:
  • - Head Master’s XI vs students – Mon 20th June from 1pm
  • - MCC vs Pate’s – Thurs 23rd June from 11.30am
  • Early finish at 2pm (buses will arrive early) – Tues 21st June (teacher training).
  • INSET Day – Fri 24th June – no students in school (other than exams)
  • Rugby Tour Parents’ Information Meeting – Monday 27th June @ 5.45-7.15pm (school hall)
  • Cern Trip Parents’ Information Meeting – Tuesday 28th June @ 6-7pm (Art Gallery)

Trips this week:

  • 19th- 25th June Yr7 trip to Normandy
  • 17th June – Yr8 DT Workshop – 10 students
  • 20th June – Yr11 Thorpe Park

Sports Update:
School Sport Celebration Evening – Y7-10, Tuesday 28th June 2016 in Main Hall @ 7-9.30pm
- A reminder that we would like to invite all pupils and parents with any connection to sport at Pate’s in Y7-10 to our “School Sport Celebration Evening”. The event will begin at 7pm in the main hall at Pate’s on Tuesday 28th June and finish by about 9.30pm. The Parent's Association will be serving drinks and snacks during the evening. The captains and players of our teams will present a review of their season, with players’ player of the year presentations and any trophies celebrated. Please follow this link to reserve your free tickets for this event. Looking forward to a sporty evening… from Mr Dandy and the PE department.
Sports Team Photos: Summer team photos will be taken as follows and we would be grateful if you could make a note that students need to bring their kit in on these dates:
- Y7 & Y8 - Tuesday 5th July 9-11.30am 
- Y9 & 10 - Wednesday 22nd June 9-11.30am.
Hopefully the summer photos will be available to order before the end of the term
OPRO Mouthguard fitting in September: The PE department would highly recommend all pupils who participate in rugby and hockey to protect themselves by wearing a mouthguard. Order mouthguards in advance & book your child's moulding appointment here: http://mouthguards.opro.com/custom/order)- the moulding will take place by OPRO staff in the Outdoor Education Building on Wednesday 7th September from lunchtime. (To see the full range of OPRO mouthguards please check out their website here.)
Boys’ Minors Athletics Championships:  This week saw the annual Boys’ Minors Athletics Competition take place at a very wet Prince of Wales Stadium. This is the competition where Y7 and Y8 boys compete in the full range of events for their school’s year group team. The competition started brilliantly for Pate’s with many boys making it through their heats and into finals on the track. In the field, there was just as much success with lots of athletes picking up points in their events. Unfortunately, an unprecedented decision had to be taken to abandon the competition when the rain storm started and failed to relent. Luckily, the organisers decided that enough results had been recorded for decisions to be made as to the outcome of the competition. We are delighted that Pate’s boys were crowned champions in both the Y7 and Y8 competitions. Clearly this means that when the points were added together Pate’s retained the Boys’ Minors shield for the 16th year. Special mentions should go to Thomas Stevens (Y8 1500m “B”), Daksh Bagi (Y8 Long Jump) and Olly Hepburn (Y7 Javelin) who all won their events. 
Many congratulations to all the Pate's athletes who competed at the County Athletic Championships on Saturday. There were some fantastic performances with many Pate's athletes now crowned County Champion. Possibly the most impressive individual performance was Mel Bird who not only won the shot and discus but broke a Competition Best Performance, throwing the discus over 35 metres! As a result of their performances, the following have been selected to represent Gloucestershire Athletics Team in Exeter this coming weekend. We wish them all the very best of luck:
County Girls: Jade Gough (IG 1500m), Alex Quinn-Savory (SG 400m), Bethan Moor (SG 3000m), Mel Bird (SG Shot and Discus) and Ellen Thrall (SG Hammer).
County Boys: Jack Musselwhite (JB 300m), Rory Cawkwell (IB 100m and 200m) and Jacob Pickering (SB 3000m).

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Year 7 & 8 have finished their end of year exams, and Year 7 all went to Drayton Manor yesterday to celebrate. Similarly our Year 11s have finished their GCSEs and will celebrate with their Prom tonight at Hatherley Manor, followed by a trip to Thorpe Park next week. Well done to the students who have organised the Prom and thanks to Mandy Lane and Fiona Hutton-Potts for so generously supporting them. The Year 7 Normandy trip sets off this weekend and Y8 go on their summer camp. The end of exams heralds a well-earned relaxing wind-down to the summer term, with lots of fun classroom activities, sport, trips, events and shows for our students to look forward to and enjoy. Well done to everyone for giving their best in the exams and to parents for supporting them.

Finally, congratulations to Dan Gilchrist (Y12) on winning the MMA Hibbins Essay Competition (http://www.mma-online.org.uk/hibbins-essay-competition-2016/) . Dan fought off competition from all over the country with his Webern analysis. His winning essay will be published in the 'Ensemble' journal and he receives £200.  Congratulations to him on this outstanding achievement.

I hope the rain holds off for the cricket next week and hope to see some of your there.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 13th June 2016

 HEADLINES:

  • EU Debate in school
  • Tweedy show raised over £5,600 for the school
  • Beaufort House Sponsorship opportunity
  • A Night at the Theatre – Wed 22nd June @ 7.30pm
  • School Sport Celebration Evening – Tues 28th June @ 7pm
  • Calendar Update
  • Second-hand Uniform
  • OPRO Mouthguard fitting – registration
  • Photos available to buy – Winter sports teams
  • Dates of summer sports team photos
  • Sports News!
  • School Transport Update
  • Extra-curricular success

On Tuesday, our Year 10s took part in an EU Referendum debate where a panel of speakers from the ‘Britain Stronger in Europe’ and ‘Vote Leave’ campaigns answered questions from our students. Philip Cole, the Chair of the Cheltenham branch of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign and Nigel Knowlman from Britain Stronger in Europe; Christina Simmonds, UKIP Chairman and Parliamentary Candidate in Cheltenham; and Rupert Lowe, former Referendum Party candidate were representing the Vote Leave campaign. Mike Scott-Bauman, historian and history teacher, kindly chaired the debate. Our Year 10s were determined that the opinions and voices of the younger generation be heard among the clamour of the referendum debate. A good range of questions from the audience were asked, including the impact on world peace, the Environment, political sovereignty and what would happen to Scotland. John Hawke, Year 13 student, asked the panel: "Why do the Vote Leave campaign keep quoting the £350 million a week figure for the cost of the EU when it doesn't include the British rebate and direct investment in our country?". One Year 10 student commented: "Our generation will one day govern a country that will be massively affected by the outcome of this decision - we wish we had a vote!", A poll was taken which indicated an overwhelming majority in favour of remaining in the EU. A huge thank you to our panel of external speakers for engaging our students in a healthy debate and for taking the time to come and talk to them. Thanks also to Miss Cluer for organising this fabulous opportunity for our students.

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‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’ was a sell-out over half term and we are so grateful to Tweedy and his family for all that they did to help us raise over £5,600 for the school’s Making £nds Meet campaign - Wow! Sadly I was unable to be here for the show but staff and parents have been in touch to pass on their thanks to Tweedy and the PA for a fabulous evening. Tweedy had the audience almost passing out with laughter from start to finish and we are so grateful to him for squeezing a Pate’s show in on one of his rare days off from the Giffords tour. (Here is a link to their website for another opportunity to see Tweedy, and the incredible Giffords Circus: http://www.giffordscircus.com/.) It was the perfect family entertainment and the PA once again did us proud with their delicious spread of homemade cakes and ice cream, managing to serve 500 people in just a few minutes at the interval and raise hundreds of pounds in the process. Huge thanks to them – I know they have now moved their attentions to doing the same (only on a bigger scale) for our sell-out House Drama audiences in a few weeks’ time!

I am hugely grateful to our House Sponsors, TVM Cheltenham Ltd (Beaufort), Harrison Clark Rickerbys (Gloucester), MD2MD (Richmond) and Evans Jones Ltd (York) for their support of the 4 houses this year. I am delighted that three of them are continuing to sponsor for academic year 16/17. However after many years of support from TVM Cheltenham, we now need to find a new sponsor for Beaufort. If you are interested in knowing more please contact Shirley Park (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) – perks will include complimentary reserved seats at House Music and House Drama next year. I am very grateful to Willans Solicitors who are very kindly sponsoring Pembroke and welcome them to the House Sponsorship programme.

Upcoming Events:
A Night at the Theatre – Wed 22nd June @ 7.30pm in Performing Arts Studio: + poster
Come along to hear songs from the musicals sung by students from Years 9, 11 and 12, and to hear and see monologues and duologues acted in a revue of student talent and interest. The evening begins at 7.30pm and will last no longer than a couple of hours. There will be pre-show, interval and post-show refreshments available. It all takes place in the intimate and relaxed surroundings of the Performing Arts Studio (plentiful parking, loos and refreshments!). Tickets cost £3 and are available online (here). 

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School Sport Celebration Evening – Years 7-10
Tuesday 28th June 2016 - Main Hall 7-9.30pm
We would like to invite all pupils and parents with any connection to sport at Pate’s in Years 7 to 10 to our “School Sport Celebration Evening”. The event will begin at 7pm in the main hall at Pate’s on Tuesday 28th June and finish by about 9.30pm. The PTA will be serving drinks and snacks during the evening. The captains and players of our teams will present a review of their season, with players’ player of the year presentations and any trophies celebrated. Please follow this link to reserve your free tickets for this event. Looking forward to a sporty evening… Mr Dandy and the PE department. 

Calendar Update:
Cricket week at Pate’s – 20-23 June: all are welcome to join us in the tent to enjoy some cricket fixtures, as follows:
   -  Head Master’s XI vs students – Mon 20th June from 1pm
   -  MCC vs Pate’s – Thurs 23rd June from 11.30am
Early finish at 2pm (buses will arrive early) – Tues 21st June (teacher training).
INSET Day – Fri 24th June
– no students in school (other than exams)

Second-hand Uniform: New Year 7 parents will be visiting school on 29th June and the Parents’ Association will be selling second hand uniform. Any donations of good quality second hand uniform over the course of the next couple of weeks (particularly small sizes) will be gratefully accepted – new parents benefit greatly from this service and it raises valuable funds for school. 

The PA sell everything from blazers to sports kit at very reasonable rates. It is always possible for parents to buy uniform at other times if they contact the office and a member of staff will be happy to oblige. Stock enquiries can also be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you are donating uniform please consider filling in a Gift Aid form. These are available on the Parents’ Association pages of the website.

OPRO Mouthguard fitting in September:  The PE department would highly recommend all pupils who participate in rugby and hockey to protect themselves by wearing a mouthguard. Please follow this link to order your mouthguard - the moulding will take place by OPRO staff in the Outdoor Education Building on Wednesday 7th September from lunchtime. (To see the full range of OPRO mouthguards please check out their website here.)

Sports Team Photos: Summer team photos will be taken as follows and we would be grateful if you could make a note that students need to bring their kit in on these dates:
   -  Y7 & Y8 - Tuesday 5th July 9-11.30am
   -  Y9 & 10 - Wednesday 22nd June 9-11.30am.
Hopefully the summer photos will be available to order before the end of the term.

Sports News:
English Schools Athletics Cup Regional Round Success:  After the success of the County Round of the English Schools Athletics Cup competition, three teams from Pate's headed to Exeter for the Regional Rounds. The sun shone and the athletes impressed. The day provided the highest level of competition some of our athletes will compete at with top sporting schools from across the South West of England, with some schools having as many as 3000 students to pick from! The junior girls' team finished in 7th with Naomi Layzell (Y7) being the top scorer (36 points) despite being a year younger than almost everyone else in the competition. The intermediate boys' team ended the day in 4th with Oli Parmar racking up 39 individual points. The junior boys' team were the pick up the bunch winning their competition by some margin. Once again, Daksh Bagi was highly impressive with a massive 44 point haul from his efforts in the 100m and Long Jump. Well done to all involved. We look forward to more athletics success in the coming weeks.

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Year 9s fly out of the blocks to win Cheltenham Championships!  It was a fantastic result for Pate's Y9 boys and girls at the Cheltenham District Y9 Championships on Wednesday night at the Prince of Wales Stadium. In a rare feat, both teams ran out winners at the end of a competitive evening of athletics. The boys' team finished on 51 points, 7 points clear of the nearest competitor, The Cotswold School. Perhaps even more impressive were the girls who won (10 points ahead of CLC) with a total of 60 points. Congratulations to all the following athletes who all won their event:

  • Millie Davis - 1500m 'B'
  • Emma Clarke - 200m
  • Inca Padfield - 800m
  • Eve Knowles-Jackson - Javelin
  • Piper Holmes - High Jump
  • The Girls’ 4 x 100m Relay
  • Tim Andrew - 100m
  • Jack Musslewhite - 300m.

Year 9 District Rounders Champions!!  The Year 9 rounders team were undefeated during the district rounders tournament this week. They breezed through the group stages beating their closest competition CLC 11.5 - 5! The finals brought some very tough competition but the team performed brilliantly in both batting and fielding, with great decision making and communication. They beat Chosen Hill school by 1 rounder in the semi finals and went on to beat Balcarras in the final by 1/2 a rounder!!  Well done to them.

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International triathlon:  Congratulations to Alex Chantler-Mayne (Year 13), who finished 12th at the European Junior Triathlon Championships in Lisbon recently - a huge achievement considering he has another year to compete in the Junior age group.

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School Transport Update:
Marchants M2: Serving Pate’s & All Saints Academy:  This route is currently under review by Marchants, due to decreasing passenger numbers in recent years. As part of their review of this route they have decided to include new stops in Winchcombe, Greet, Gretton, Alderton & Teddington. If you have any additional stops you would like them to consider incorporating into this route please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
If you currently have children using this service or if you would be interested in using it from September 2016 you will need to register an expression of interest by no later than Friday 24th June 2016. To register your interest in this service please Click Here.
Please note Marchants expect to make a final decision on this service by no later than 30th June 2016, depending upon sufficient numbers of interest.

Taxi-Share request from train station to Pate’s: We have had a request from a parent to ask whether any students would like to taxi-share from the train station to Pate’s at 8.30am each day. Please contact Mrs West (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would like to follow this up.

I would like to congratulate Arianwen Herbert (10Y), who, following a rigorous auditioning process earlier this year, has been offered a place to study with Youth Music Theatre UK over the summer. She will have an opportunity to study a range of performing art disciplines with west end professionals and alumni, including the like of Ed Sheeran, Charlotte Richie and Sam Smith… really exciting. Congratulations and well done!

Finally I wish all the youngsters good luck in their end of year exams next week.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Half Term Message May 2016

 

HEADLINES:

  • New Timings of the School Day
  • Dates for Diaries
  • Trips Update
  • Diwali Night Celebration 2017 – call for dancers and volunteers!
  • Sports Success Stories
  • Tweedy over half term – Thurs 2nd June 6-8pm

Timings of the school day are changing: With an extra Y7 form (Pembroke) joining us in September and putting greater demand on space and resources, staff have been discussing for some time how best to tackle the challenge. In order to allow students more time to access catering, thereby easing congestion in the refectory, and to maintain our 5 lesson day and extensive programme of extra-curricular lunchtime activities, we will need to add 5 minutes to the either end of the school day. Therefore, from September school will start 5 minutes earlier at 08:40 and finish 5 minutes later at 15:40, which will give students a longer breaktime – 11:05 until 11:35. This allows more time for everyone to access the refectory at break, whilst preserving the full lunch hour for activities. We have considered many options but we feel this is the most positive solution.

The Mat Consultation has now closed. Thank you to those who have sent us feedback, the details of which will be shared with governors and discussed when they next meet in June. I will continue to keep parents up to date going forward.

Dates for Diaries:

  • Y12 Parents' University talk by Paul Teulon - Wed 8th June @ 6.30pm in Refectory
  • Y7 & Y8 exams 13th-15th June incl.
  • Y9 & Y10 exams 13th-20th June incl.

Tweedy’s one-man show ‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’at Pate’s over half term – on Thursday 2nd June 6-8pm. There are just a small number of tickets remaining for this incredibly popular show from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! Tickets cost £13 (adults) and £7 (students) - please click here to buy tickets.

Upcoming trips are:
9th June – Lord’s Cricket England v Sri Lanka – 32 Year 7 Boys
9th June – U15 County Cricket Cup

Diwali Night Celebration, 15th October at 5pm:  Last year, we organised our ‘Diwali Night’ celebration for the first time in aid of ‘Making £nds Meet’ funds for the school. The celebration night included dances such as Indian Classical Dance ‘Bharatanatyam’, Tap and Modern, Indian food, Mehndi and Rangoli. As it was a big success and we had lot of positive feedback from the audiences, we are planning to organise the event again this year on 15th October at 5pm. Pate’s current and ex-students took part in the last year show, this year we are planning to add more variety to the show including other Indian Classical Dance forms (Kathak, Kuchupudi, Mohiniattam) and BOLLYWOOD. We take this opportunity to invite the students who are keen and interested to take part in the dance show to exhibit their dance skills and talent, Mehndi art, Rangoli decorations, Compeering, Poster designing and Welcoming desk. We also need volunteers (both parents and students) to assist on the day. If you would like more information or to register your interest, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are looking forward to hear from you!

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Hopefully the summer photos will be available to order before the end of the term.

Alex represents GB at Triathlon: Year 13 student Alex Chantler-Mayne will take a break from revision this weekend when he will represent Great Britain in the European Junior Triathlon Championships in Lisbon. He continues his success after being placed third at the GB Junior gateway event in Llanelli earlier in May. We wish him all the very best.

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Cheltenham District Athletics Championships: On Friday 13th May, some of Pate’s finest athletes took to the track and field at The Prince of Wales Stadium to compete in the Cheltenham District Athletics Championships. A high percentage of athletes won their events and all the following have been selected to represent Cheltenham District at the County Championships on 11th June. A huge well done to all who competed and best of luck to those progressing to the next stage:

  • Tim Andrew (Junior Boys’ 100m and 200m)
  • Rory Cawkwell (Intermediate Boys’ 200m and 400m)
  • Tom Davies (Senior Boys’ 1500m)
  • Luke Goddard (Junior Boys’ Triple Jump)
  • Jack Musselwhite (Junior Boys’ 300m)
  • Mel Bird (Senior Girls’ Shot and Discus)
  • Libby Cherry (Senior Girls’ 1500m)
  • Jade Gough (Intermediate Girls’ 1500m)
  • Piper Holmes (Junior Girls’ High Jump)
  • Amy Kohnstamm (Senior Girls’ Triple Jump)
  • Bethan Moor (Senior Girls’ 1500m)
  • Inca Padfield (Junior Girls’ 800m)
  • Alex Quinn-Savory (Senior Girls’ 400m)
  • Ellen Thrall (Senior Girls’ Hammer)
  • Sophie Whitehead (Senior Girls’ 800m)

Pate's makes regional athletics finals: Three out of the four Pate's athletics teams have reached the South West Track and Field Cup regional finals in Exeter on Tuesday 7th June. The junior boys and girls teams won the Gloucestershire round and the inter boys scored enough points to progress into the regional finals. Good luck to them.

Congratulations to Georgia Savill (11B), who recently competed at the NSEA National County Novice Dressage Championships, representing Pate’s after becoming Gloucestershire County Champion in March, having only done a few competitions at this level. Competition was strong between the 28 counties and she managed to score a personal best at this level of 70.77% to come 4th. Only 0.6% separated 2nd, 3rd and 4th place and this is a fabulous achievement by Georgia.

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I would like to wish everyone a very pleasant half term. Don’t forget there is still time to buy a ticket to come and see Tweedy over half term – Thursday 2nd June 6-8pm. Click here to buy tickets.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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