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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

REL Signature

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

REL Signature

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

REL Signature

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

 

Head Master's Message w/c 23rd May 2016

 HEADLINES:

  • Music Department ISM Gold Award
  • BBC Casting for quirky boys!
  • Diary Dates
  • ‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’ one man show – Thurs 2nd June 6-8pm
  • Maths success
  • Trips update
  • Whole School Photographs are ready for collection

Senior students have now begun their GCSE and A Level exams and there is a sense of purpose and quiet determination in school. The exams are running very smoothly and my thanks to Anne Dickinson and Sarah Graves for all their attention to detail to make this happen, and to pastoral staff for providing that extra support for any students who need it. There are foreign languages trips in the offing for the younger year groups, with some of our Y9 & 10s away on their French exchange and the Y8s off to Bremen in Germany this weekend. My thanks to the staff for taking the students on these trips – hugely beneficial experiences which I am sure they will always remember.
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Music Department ISM Gold Award: The Music Department has been awarded a gold award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians for their GCSE work. Last year over 20% of the cohort took GCSE music, making us one of only 87 schools in the country to have so many pupils studying music at GCSE. This includes the 4 specialist music schools as well as top independent schools which have a clear focus on music. Including these specialist schools we were ranked 19th in the country for the music results. It is wonderful to have such a flourishing Music Department and it reflects well that the value of studying the arts at GCSE is understood. Congratulations to Ellie Lane and her Music Department on receiving this impressive award. I am very proud that as a school we have so many opportunities to enjoy concerts and performances, which is only possible because we have outstanding staff who are prepared to give above and beyond to inspire students and make it happen. Preparations are already underway for the end of term House Drama competition, when the students will be showcasing all they have learned about music, drama, dance and, above all, teamwork and leadership. I can’t wait!

BBC casting agents will be holding an improvisation workshop in school next Thursday 26th May 6-7pm, in PAB. They are looking for boys between Y7-Y13 inclusive who think they are good at (comedic) improvisation – they are looking for boys who are funny, can improvise, and are perhaps more physically quirky, for a new BBC Three comedy series to be filmed this September. Anyone interested should contact Edward Derbyshire (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). This opportunity has been made available to our students through Edward’s youth theatre group, the Gloucestershire Youth Players.

Just a reminder that the MAT consultation period ends next Friday 27th May at midday and we would like to hear your views if you have not been in touch already. Thank to those who have taken the time to respond, either by email or in person. Your views are very valuable to us as we consider next steps.

Dates for Diaries:

  • Y9 performance of ‘After Juliet’ – Thursday 26th May @ 4.30-5.30pm (sold out)
  • School finishes for half term – Friday 27th May @ 3.35pm – return to school Monday 6th June
  • Y12 parents’ University Talk by Paul Teulon – Wednesday 8th June @ 6.30pm in Refectory

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! Please buy your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment! Tickets cost £13 (adults) and £7 (students) - please click here to buy tickets.

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On 28th April Y7 & Y8 took part in the UKMT Junior Mathematical challenge. Nationally 40% of entrants receive certificates, however we are pleased to announce that we have: 65 Gold, 84 Silver, and 60 Bronze certificates. 27 of our students have been selected to take part in the follow on round on the 14th June – good luck to them and congratulations to everyone who took part and did us proud.

Trips going out this week:
Y8 German Trip – 22-27th May 2016
Y9 Art Trip to Hauser & Wirth – 25th May 2016

Finally, just a reminder that the whole school photographs have now arrived in school and are ready to collect at main reception.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

Head Master's Message w/c 16th May 2016

HEADLINES:

  • Goodbye to Y13
  • Lunch hour is moving to 12:00 for the rest of this term
  • Extracurricular clubs for this term
  • Order your House Drama t shirts asap
  • Upcoming Events
  • Trips Update
  • Sports News
  • Y9 Health Ambassadors Awards

Today is Leavers’ Day, a day of celebration for our Year 13s. They started the day with a full cooked breakfast and the whole school enjoyed their special awards assembly and citations.  We will certainly miss them, but hope they will join us for our Y14 Christmas reunion, as is now tradition. It was lovely to welcome Y13 parents into school last night for farewell drinks and to thank them for their support. We will see Y13 back in school for their exams and of course results day in August.

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Just to let you know that the lunch hour will change to 12:30 (not 1.35) from Monday, in order to accommodate external exams. So, lunchtime becomes 12:30-13:30 and period 4 becomes 13:30-14:30 i.e. lunchtime and period 4 swap, all other lessons remain the same. The new timings will be in place for the rest of the school year.

Please click here to see this term’s list of extracurricular clubs on offer.

The House Drama competition will take place as usual the last week of term and House Drama T-Shirts are now available to order. They are a lovely memento of a fantastic event, as well as a great top to wear during rehearsals and before performances. This year, by popular demand, t-shirts will be available for those helping in Year 12. If you would like to place an order, please do so by selecting the House T Shirt item on your School Gateway account (here), including an indication of colour and size, or by filling in and returning the attached form (here), together with payment to the front office. (Please note due to changes to bank charges we are unable to accept cheques.) Those who would like to order more than 1 t-shirt will need to send in an order form with cash for the second order (apologies for the inconvenience).   Orders should be placed by Tuesday 17th May.  Please see below for colours and sizes. Thank you.

Sizes:
XXS – 32 inch chest 60cm length
XS – 34 inch chest 65 cm length
S – 36 inch chest 70cm length
M – 38 inch chest 72cm length
L – 41 inch chest 75cm length

T Shirt Types:
Beaufort –blue with white print
Gloucester – green with black print
Pembroke – Purple with white print
Richmond – red with black print
York – Yellow with black print
Helpers – black with white print

Upcoming Events:
Y12 Theatre Studies students’ Monologues & Duologues – Monday 16th May @ 9.15-11.30am (please click here to reserve your free seats)

Y9 performance of ‘After Juliet’ – Thursday 26th May @ 4.30-5.30pm (sold out)
Tweedy’s one-man show ‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’at Pate’s over half term – on Thursday 2nd June 6-8pm. We have sold hundreds of tickets for this incredibly popular show from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! Please buy your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment! Tickets cost £13 (adults) and £7 (students) - please click here to buy tickets.

There is just one trip going out this week - on 16th May 2016 – Y9 Business Studies trip to Drayton Manor

Athletics:
The Prince of Wales Stadium played host to a fantastic afternoon of English Schools Athletics Cup competition Monday after school. Each team was required to enter 14 (boys) or 12 (girls) athletes with each competitor accumulating as many points as they could across two events. Brilliant performances from the Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' teams saw both finish in 1st place. Both the Intermediate Boys' and Girls' team finished in 3rd position. We await results from other county rounds in the South West to find out if the points totals are enough for us to qualify for the Regional Rounds.  There were many fantastic individual performances from the four teams, with the following achieving the top single score: Junior Boys - Daksh Bagi (25 points) for his time of 12.5s in the 100m. Junior Girls - Molly Powlesland (21 points) for her time of 5:29 in the 1500m. Inter Boys - George Williamson and Tim Andrew (both 20 points) for their time of 11.9 in the 100m. Inter Girls - Jade Gough (1500m) (photographed below) and Inca Padfield (800m), who both achieved 20 points for their times of 5:15 and 2:34 respectively. 

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South West Handball Tournament:  The U15 boys represented Gloucestershire in Devon in the Regional Handball Championships. They won 2 out of the 3 group games but disappointingly missed out on the final on goal difference by 1. In the group stage Pate's beat the team who went into the final and won overall and have gone to the National Finals. So close!

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In assembly this morning I spoke to students about our Multi-Academy Trust consultation and explained to them in equal measure the pros and cons of Pate's forming a MAT.  I have asked for their feedback, either in person or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or anonymously into a posting box.  I am happy to talk to the students to answer any questions they might have.

Also in assembly this morning I was pleased to award our fantastic Y9 Health Ambassadors with their level 1 Award in Health Improvement from the Royal Society of Public Health.  Having been selected by our sixth form Wellbeing Committee and undertaking 2 days of training in preparation for their role, they publicised their message to the students through their innovative noticeboard and assemblies, as well as to primary school families at our open mornings; and prepared healthy snacks and handed out free recipes at the spring fair. They have certainly been excellent ambassadors for the school and have done a brilliant job of promoting healthy living.  Well done to Millie Davies, Willow Digweed, Din Gomes, Nida Jameel, Sarosh Khan, Eve Knowles-Jackson, Jasmine Meaden, Eva Macdonald, Hannah Simpkins and Sandra Vinod.

It just remains for me to wish senior students all the very best of luck in their exams which begin this week.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

Head Master's Message w/c 9th May 2016

HEADLINES:

Assembly was led this morning by the sixth form students who recently went to Ghana. They shared their photos and films with us and talked about their remarkable experiences on the project and the people they met. They will be organising a fabulous Charity Day in aid of their charity ‘The Young Shall Grow International’ at the end of term, with water slides and assault courses and the usual fun and games – students will be reminded to bring their water pistols!

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There have been a number of exciting trips recently to Barcelona and Austia, as well as Ghana.  Please click here to see some fab photos. 

Chris Underhill (Y13) also spoke in assembly this morning about his incredible success in qualifying to represent the UK at The International Olympiad on Astronomy & Astrophysics, which will take place in Bhubaneswar, India in December. He told us of the training camps in Oxford, Cambridge and the Marlborough College Observatory, and the many hours of exams he will undertake as part of the process!  I cannot stress what an incredibly impressive achievement this is and we look forward to hearing how he gets on. Congratulations to Chris and please keep in touch!

I was delighted to present awards to a number of students in recognition of their commitment to Music, as well as Drama & Performance over a number of years. They have brought us so much enjoyment with their performances and it was an absolute pleasure to reward and congratulate them as a whole school this morning.

It was great to see some sunshine on sports day, with lots of students enjoying the field and track finals this week…Here are the HOUSE ATHLETICS 2016 RESULTS:

The heats and finals started over a week ago and finished with two afternoons of competitive athletics where the winning House was not decided until the relays.

Congratulations to all who competed in some glorious sunny weather.

3 new records were set this year.
1. Junior girls javelin – Hannah Seakins 20.12m
2. Inter girls javelin – Millie Jackson 25.40m
3. Year 7 boys 300m – Tom Fearn 52.55

Individual winners
For athletes who achieved the highest points in their respective age groups.
Junior Girls – Hannah Jackson
Junior Boys – Daksh Bagi
Inter Girls – Inca Prince and Ella Hordern
Inter Boys – Harry Folkard
Senior Girls – Alixe Cook
Senior Boys – George Williams who wins the Vassar Smith Trophy

Senior Boys 1500m cup – retained by Alex Chantler-Mayne
Senior Boys 400m cup – retained Jacob Pickering
Mike Bailey sprint cup (who still holds the Yr10 100m record from 1971)
A number of athletes won both their sprint races for their age groups, so it was a difficult decision. Alex Quinn-Savory won the senior girls 100m, 400m and was the final leg of Richmond’s winning relay team was presented with the cup.
The ‘PATE’ Cup – Awarded for the third year after being donated by Martin Pate who was a direct descendant of the founder of Cheltenham Grammar School, Richard Pate. It was awarded to Jemima Jones who was selected as the most outstanding field event performer for winning both Inter Girls shot and discus, doing this as a Year 9 in this age group.

House Competition
4th with 433 points – York
3rd with 509 points – Beaufort
2nd with 516 points – Gloucester
1st with 571 points - RICHMOND - Congratulations!

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District Swimming Gala 2016:

A large team of Pate’s swimmers were selected after our swimming gala to represent school at the District Gala at The Ladies College.
Our swimmers competed really well against some outstanding swimmers from the Cheltenham area and returned with 4 trophies. Congratulations!
Results
Year group Girls Boys
7 2= 1st
8 5th 1st
9 - 3rd
10/11 2nd 2nd
12/13 - 1st
OVERALL 4th 1st

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Multi-Academy Trust Consultation & Parents’ Meeting: My thanks to those who have already responded to the consultation. I would like to reiterate that we very much appreciate all feedback and to reassure you that all comments will be taken in account going forward. I would also like to remind you of the parents’ consultation meeting scheduled for Wed 11th May 5-6pm in the Art Gallery – please could you let us know if you are planning to attend (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so that we can organise refreshments and seating etc. If you would like, but are unable to attend this meeting, please do let us know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so that a further opportunity can be arranged to suit.  Please follow this link for our consultation letter + FAQs.

Upcoming Events:
• Y8 German trip parents’ information evening – Monday 9th May at 6.30pm in the hall.
• Multi-Academy Trust Consultation parents’ meeting – Wednesday 11th May at 5pm in the hall.
• Y13 Parents’ Farewell evening – Thursday 12th May @ 5.30-7pm. Please follow this link to reserve free seats.
• Y12 Theatre Studies students’ Monologues & Duologues – Monday 16th May @ 9.15-11.30am (please click here to reserve your free seats)
• Y9 performance of ‘After Juliet’ – Thursday 26th May @ 4.30-5.30pm (sold out)
Tweedy’s one-man show ‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’at Pate’s over half term – on Thursday 2nd June 6-8pm. We have sold hundreds of tickets for this event already! Please buy your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment! Tweedy is very well known as the Giffords Circus clown and as an actor through his work at the Everyman Theatre - he is without doubt one of the very best vaudeville performers we have in the country. He is also a Pate’s parent and we are absolutely thrilled that he will be performing his show in aid of the school’s Making £nds Meet campaign. Tickets cost £13 (adults) and £7 (students) - please click here to buy tickets.

Congratulations to Freya Ireland (Y13) who has just been announced as winner of the inaugural Royal Philharmonic Society Duet Prize for Young Composers. “Freya shone out… from exceptional shortlists that revealed an invigorating array of talent in schools across the UK”. She wins £1500 to assist with her musical development, and a public performance at a national music festival. Freya was given the role of Principal Composer for the National Youth Orchestra this year, having joined the composing section in 2013. Her music has been performed by members of the NYO in Birmingham Symphony Hall, Tate Britain, Royal Festival Hall and other prestigious venues. We are incredibly proud of Freya and grateful for all she has done working with younger students in the school during her time here.

Further congratulations to Elliot Archer (Y13), who was successful in his application for The Honourable Company of Air Pilots PPL Scholarships 2016. Elliot beat 23 others in a test and interview at their company offices in London. Elliot will receive 45 hours of flight training including 10 hours solo, 5 hours solo cross-country and a solo flight of 150 nautical miles landing at 2 or more different aerodromes. Plus he will attend a ground school to study air law, meteorology, aircraft general knowledge, human performance and limitation, navigation and radio aids, flight performance and planning, communications, operational procedures and principles of flight to pass 9 theory exams in order to gain his Private Pilot's Licence. He is well on his way in his career ambition to be a Pilot.

On the 28th of April, Pate’s students joined 20 other schools from all over the EU in Strasbourg to participate in Euroscola - to sit in the chamber of the EP and to ask Parliament officials about their concerns. They discussed current issues with their peers and presented their ideas to the Plenary, dealing with topics like migration and integration, development policies and Human Rights. Josh Grew had the honour of introducing and representing Pate’s with an impressive opening speech in French, so very well done to him. My thanks to Sam Attwood for making the trip possible and inspiring the students to get involved.

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School Transport Update:

Our Year 11 GCSE art exhibition is currently showing the Art Gallery – it is an outstanding collection of work. My congratulations to the students and their mentors Hannah Gardner, Joel Herbert and Jane Overbury. All are welcome to pop into the Art Gallery between Monday and Thursday this week to have a look.

The Pate’s Big Band closed the schools bands events on the open stage at the Jazz Festival at the weekend with a stunning set. They are playing once again on Sunday at the Dragon Boat Regatta, Gloucester Docks 1-2pm – well worth a trip if you can make it. It will be the very last chance to see this stunning set of musicians and singers perform together before a number of them leave school – you will not be disappointed!

Finally the sun is shining and the students are enjoying be outside, so just a reminder to provide sun cream and sun hats if necessary.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

Head Master's Message w/c 2nd May 2016

 HEADLINES:

  • Leavers’ Concert Awards & Gallery
  • Charity Committee have raised £10,512.53
  • Upcoming Events
  • Student Achievements
  • Pate’s Multi-Academy Trust consultation + FAQs

What a stunning Leavers’ Concert we had on Wednesday evening at the Pittville Pump Room! It was a privilege to be in the audience and to award Freya Ireland with the Dene Stubbs Cup for musical excellence and services to music in school; and the John Elvan Rees Award to Rosie Weston for musical achievement, enthusiasm and encouragement of others. Please follow this link for the photo gallery. Our thanks to Duncan Hooper who took the superb photos for us.  

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The Charity Committee led our assembly this morning with a round-up of the work they have done during their year in office. With the support of the Pate’s community they managed to raise £10,512.53! One of the charities which will benefit is St James’ City Farm and they came into assembly with 2 of their goats this morning to say thank you and also to encourage the students to get involved at their farm project based in the middle of Gloucester – a wonderful away-from-it-all rural experience for the young people of Gloucester. Please follow this link to read more about St James’ City Farm.

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Also in assembly I was able to award Robin Hedley (Y13) with a gold medal for his shooting, and present Adam Fielding (Y11) with the School Council’s Rock Paper Scissors trophy (an interesting design made of, you guessed it, rock, paper and scissors!), won at the recent tournament organised by them.

Upcoming Events:

Tickets are selling very quickly for Tweedy’s one-man show‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’at Pate’s over half term – on Thursday 2nd June 6-8pm. Tweedy is very well known as the Giffords Circus clown and as an actor through his work at the Everyman Theatre - he is without doubt one of the very best vaudeville performers we have in the country. He is also a Pate’s parent and we are absolutely thrilled that he will be performing his show in aid of the school’s Making £nds Meet campaign. Tickets cost £13 (adults) and £7 (students) - please click here to buy tickets.

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'Tweedy's Lost Property' was very highly acclaimed at the Edinburgh Festival and is suitable for all ages. Please do join us for a truly memorable show, plus pre-theatre and interval drinks/snacks. Buy your ticket before we sell out!

Please follow this link for a reminder of all current Trips information on our website. 

Pate's came 3rd in the regional final of the UKMT 2016 Team Maths Challenge which took place on Friday 22nd April at Wycliffe College, Stonehouse. They competed against 23 teams from schools from and around Gloucestershire and were beaten by St Edwards School and the winners Cheltenham Ladies College. The team consisted of two year 8 pupils, Jon-Luke Harrison and Daniel Silverthorne and two year 9 pupils, Shenuka Haegoda and Dinula Gomes, a team of 4 Gloucester House pupils (see photo below)! These pupils were chosen after a selection process which was open to all year 8 and 9 pupils. They had then been attending regular practise sessions in their lunch times to prepare. Well done to them and my thanks to Sophie Dodds for supporting them.

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Congratulations to Joanna Van Dyk (Y11), who has been accepted to represent the UK in Costa Rica at the United World College where she will be studying for her International Baccalaureate for the next 2 years. The United World College is a global organisation which educates young people from over 90 different countries in colleges located in 14 different countries. Students live in this multicultural community and are not only academic high achievers but are selected on the basis of their acute sense of social justice, caring for the environment and ability to advocate for change towards a better, more sustainable future. Joanna went through a strenuous selection process and we are very proud of her incredible achievement. My thanks to Ruth Harding for supporting and sponsoring her.

Congratulations to Rob Miller (Y13) who has won the GE STAR award - sponsored by the GE Foundation and administered by the Institute of International Education in New York, this is a very competitive process which is awarded for academic merit. Rob has earned himself a $3000 university scholarship, and the school is awarded $500. My thanks to Sam Attwood for sponsoring Rob’s application and encouraging him to apply for it. Rob has accepted an unconditional offer to study Modern Languages at Birmingham, studying Spanish and Russian.

I must add Grace Kent (Y11) to the names of students who have won a place in the National Youth Theatre. Grace will be studying costume design and production over the summer and will be able to gain experience working on professional shows in the West End and on National Youth Theatre productions. Congratulations to Grace. Please follow this link for more news of outstanding achievements outside school.

You will have received an email from me regarding our consultation on becoming a Multi-Academy Trust, along with Greatfield Park and Warden Hill primary schools. Please click here for a reminder of the facts and FAQs and details of how to send your feedback. The closing date for feedback is 27th May (midday) and there is a parents’ meeting on Wednesday 11th May 5-6pm in the school hall.  We believe this to be an exciting prospect and one which will help Pate's to become an even better school - please let us know your thoughts.

Sports Day heats have been taking place over the last couple of weeks and we are looking forward to the finals this week on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. In the meantime, I wish all Pate’s families a relaxing long bank holiday weekend. Don’t forget that the Pate’s Big Band are playing on the open stage at the Jazz Festival on Sunday at 12.45pm!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 25 March 2016

HEADLINES:

  • Upcoming Events, including ‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’!
  • Pate’s Student Discount Card
  • Trips Update
  • School Transport Update
  • Bags2School reminder
  • Road Works next week
  • National Youth Theatre success
  • EARLY FINISH (teacher training) @ 2pm – Tuesday 26th April (buses will arrive early)

Charlotte Corderoy played the organ for us in assembly this morning. Charlotte has won a gap year organ scholarship at Sherborne Abbey, before going on to study (and play the organ) at Oxford University. I hope her achievements will inspire younger students to consider taking up the organ, especially as we are very lucky to have one in school. Those of you who joined us at the Choral Concert early this year will agree what a privilege it is to hear her play.

Read more: Head Master's Message w/c 25 March 2016

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