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Head Master's Message w/c 18 April 2016

HEADLINES:

  • House Cup – winners announced
  • Schools Direct Teacher Training places available
  • Current Staff Vacancies
  • Whole School Photo available to buy
  • Winter Sports Team Photos – instructions
  • School Gateway Update
  • Upcoming Events
  • Trips Update
  • Lost Property
  • Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers
  • National School Funding Formula consultation ends this weekend
  • Outstanding Achievements

This morning was the biggest House assembly event of the year. Heads of House awarded individual House Colours to those Year 10 & 11 students who had shown the most outstanding participation and support for House events this year. Onto the main awards and I was delighted to award the Sports Cup to Richmond (2nd Gloucester; 3rd Beaufort; 4th York) and the Competitions Cup to Gloucester (2nd Richmond; 3rd York; 4th Beaufort). There was great anticipation as the overall winner of the House Cup was announced – with only 3 points separating first and second place, the winner of the House Cup 2016 is GLOUCESTER! (2nd Richmond; 3rd Beaufort, 4th York.) Congratulations to all involved – that would be just about everyone! Huge thanks to the Heads of House – there can be no exaggerating how much above and beyond they go to support the students in these events. Special thanks to Alex Derbyshire and Sam Pickering who have handed over the Heads of House baton to Meg Jones and Mitchell Renton; they are a huge act to follow so the very best of luck to Meg and Mitchell, and also to Edward Derbyshire who is now Head of Pembroke House. The stage is set and House officials have already begun auditions for the first competition - House Drama. I can’t wait, especially as this year for the first time all rehearsals will take place during school hours, with a special timetable at the end of term to allow more rehearsal time, so even more students will be enabled to take part. And those for whom drama is just too dramatic can expect a variety of other exciting activities which are currently being planned within departments…more on this over the coming weeks. There is much to look forward to!

Read more: Head Master's Message w/c 18 April 2016

Head Master's Easter Message 2016

HEADLINES:

  • Pate’s team wins Bank of England Target 2.0 Competition £5,000 prize
  • House Official elections
  • House of Commons Health Questions
  • Pate’s students Homeless Period appeal success
  • British Science Week & Humanities Week – a look back
  • Staff Teaching Vacancy for Head of Personal Development Curriculum (PDC)
  • Calendar & Events:
  •      CCF Update & Annual Inspection – Friday 22nd April 1.30-4.30pm
  •      Sports Tour Dinner – Fri 22nd April @ 7pm
  •      Jazz Night – Tuesday 12th April @ 7pm
  • National Schools Funding Formula consultation – update
  • Please send in your orders for Y7, 11 & 13 group photos
  • Talent Competition winners - Richmond

A number of our staff and students, past and present, paid their respects at Tom Millward’s funeral today. I spoke about Tom’s substantial and hugely positive contribution to school life during his time here and how he touched us all with his cheerful brilliance and love of life. He will be greatly missed.

Read more: Head Master's Easter Message 2016

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

HEADLINES:

  • School Funding – Government Consultation
  • Spring Fair raised over £8,800
  • Library Update
  • GCSE Drama practical exam performances (Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn) this week – Tues & Wed 4-5.30pm in PAB
  • Rugby Tour dinner and after dinner speaker Terry Fanolua - Fri 22nd April @ 7pm
  • Calendar & Events
  • Trips Update
  • Sporting Success
  • Making £nds Meet Update

National Schools Funding Formula – Important Consultation:  Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced the first of two consultations on vital funding reform for schools. Critics have long argued for a review of the disparities in school funding and hopefully through this consultation there may now be some light at the end of the tunnel. The results of these consultations will strongly influence what new funding arrangements will be phased in from 2017-18. The first of these proposes a national school funding formula which will include a basic per-pupil amount; and factors reflecting pupil characteristics, school and areas costs. The precise composition of the formula, and weighting given to the different factors, will be the subject of a further consultation expected later in 2016. If you would like further information please contact Stephen Locke (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
The fact is that Gloucestershire is a poorly funded county and Grammar schools in particular are badly affected. It is critical that we lobby hard to try and bring about much needed change. If you are able to spare a few minutes please follow the link to the online consultation below. Two of the 25 questions are really key, these are: 

  • Qu. 2 - Do you agree with our proposal to move to a school-level national funding formula in 2019-20, removing the requirement for local authorities to set a local formula? Yes, we believe this is an absolute prerequisite of truly fairer funding.
  • Qu. 20 - Do you agree with our proposal to require local authorities to distribute all of their schools block allocation to schools from 2017-18? Yes, we believe this is absolutely essential.

Please click here to take part in the consultation. Thank you. 
Just as we strongly encourage our students to be politically active within our democratic system, I urge parents now to get involved in this very important consultation; the implications for our children are huge. However, I am determined that in the meantime we continue to do everything we can to ensure that our own students are not disadvantaged as we wait for this to be resolved. 

Read more: Head Master's Message w/c 21st March 2016

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

HEADLINES:

  • Spring Fair tomorrow 10.30 til 12.30
  • British Science Week activities
  • Mufti day on Friday – pay £1 to wear African themed outfits, such as safari animals, sports teams, safari gear etc.
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament on Friday lunchtime
  • Drama @ Pate’s
  • Calendar & Events
  • Trips this week
  • Congratulations….
  • Bags in school
  • Scholastic Book Fair in the Junior Library until Tuesday

In assembly this morning we spoke about Tom Millward, our student who left last year to study at Cambridge and who tragically passed away at the weekend. A student who had made the very best of what Pate’s had to offer, Tom could not have been happier in his life and he had great aspirations to change the world with his engineering. Over the coming weeks and months staff and students past and present will be coming together to support one another and ultimately celebrate Tom’s life, in which Pate’s had played such a large part.

Read more: Head Master's Message w/c 14th March 2016

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

HEADLINES:

Pate's wins prestigious British Youth Council Discovering Democracy Award
Pate's Reading Week
Scholastic Book Fair 10-15 March @ lunchtimes in the Library
Pate's Big Book Bake-Off!
Private view - exhibition by the prize-winning astrophotographer Gavin James on Wednesday 9th March 5.30–7pm in the Art Gallery
The Spring Fair this weekend Sat 10.30-12.30 - an invitation you can't refuse!
Staff Vacancy - Musician in Residence
Ghana appeal for football shirts and shorts
Calendar & Events
Trips Update
Rugby Success
Travel-Share enquiry - Gloucester
Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers - we are still collecting. Thank you!
Guitar Success for Sam James (Y12)

We are delighted to announce that Pate's Grammar school is a winner for the prestigious British Youth Council Discovering Democracy Awards hosted by the Cabinet Office. The Discovering Democracy Awards showcase schools which are exemplars in preparing their students to be active participants in democratic life. All schools that have achieved the Award are invited to celebrate their success and commitment to promoting democratic participation at an event late this month hosted by the Minster for Constitutional Reform, John Penrose MP. I am particularly proud of our students’ eagerness to understand and to influence political and economic issues and their keen sense of justice and am very grateful to our History & Politics Department in school for giving them so many opportunities to do so.

Reading Week: This week has seen our inaugural Reading Week. We have had a visit from a senior illustrator at Oxford University Press for our Y9 Art students and an author visit from Helen Maslin for all of our Y10s. The school has been decorated with poetry and staff have shared what they are reading with the rest of the school. It has been lovely to hear lots of conversations around school about what people are reading.
Our daily quiz has proved popular so thank you to all our entrants. We also held a second hand book sale in the Hall along with a selection of new books from our visiting local bookshop The Suffolk Anthology. Our final event took place at lunchtime today when Edward Derbyshire read aloud from The Hobbit - I am sure many of us remembers Jackanory!  Thank you to everyone throughout the school for getting involved and showing their support. More pictures will follow next week.
Scholastic Book Fair: Continuing our reading theme, the Library will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair starting next week. The Book Fair will take place every lunchtime from Thursday 10th March – Tuesday 15th March and it will be open to all students. It would be amazing to reach £300 worth of sales which would earn us for £150 of books to take for the school Library from the full Scholastic range. This equates to 50p back for every £1 spent. This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire new books for the library so do encourage your children to come and take a look. Books start from £2.99 and World Book Day tokens (which have been going home over the last fortnight) can be used. Please click here for a list of books which will be included

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Photo - Helen Maslin author of ‘Darkmere’ in Conversation with Caitlin Devlin

Pate’s Big Book Bake Off (PBBBO): It’s time to get creative and get baking for The PBBBO! All entries to the Hall for judging next Friday morning March 11th please. Prizes of 1 x £25 book token and 2 x £10 book tokens, courtesy of Painswick House Dental Practice are on offer to the winners which will be announced at the Spring Fair. Cakes will be sold by silent auction at the Spring Fair so do come along and secure your book-themed treat!

We are delighted and privileged to be hosting an exhibition of work by the prize-winning astrophotographer Gavin James and invite students and parents to the Private View on Wednesday 9th March 5.30 – 7pm. It is an opportunity to see what is out there! Not by travelling to the far corners of the earth, or looking up and seeing the moon, but seeing objects that are up to 23 million light years from our very own galaxy. Year 13 Physics students Chris Underhill and Sophie Crane have been working with Gavin and Jonathan Genton from Marlborough College to facilitate this exhibition of work and provide the fascinating and detailed information that accompany the images of clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. This is a rare opportunity and a must-see for anyone interested in art, science or astronomy.

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This weekend our Art Department is hosting craft workshops in collaboration with the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. The CRAFT LIVE project gives groups of students from Gloucestershire secondary schools the opportunity to learn about the world of craft and design and to take part in practical workshops led by professional designer makers from the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen.

The Parents’ Association would like to gently remind everyone that the Spring Fair is to be held next Saturday 12th March from 10:30 to 12:30. With games, stalls, music, refreshments, entertainment, and the Pate's Big Book Bake Off, this unmissable event promises warmth and conviviality on an impressive scale.
Again, we stress the potential contribution from the raffle, so please be sure to sell your tickets and ask for more if necessary.
The raffle prizes on offer are uncommonly lavish; for example, take a look at this gorgeous prize from Regency Hampers - http://www.regencyhampers.com/Classic-Gift-Hampers/Ascot-Gift-Hamper
We look forward to it immensely, and hope to see you there.

Staff Vacancy - Musician in Residence post - Pate’s Grammar School is looking to appoint a Musician in Residence for the academic year 2016/17. This post would be ideal for either a GAP year pre or post-university. The job specification will be flexible to account for the strengths of the candidate, including such duties as running extra-curricular music ensembles and the Pate’s Music Society; helping with exams, concert preparation and chamber music teaching; music technician role and peripatetic music teacher link; plus possible private tutoring opportunities. Please follow this link for full details, including rate of pay, conditions and application deadline.

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Sixth form fundraising for Ghana: a group of sixth form students are travelling with staff to Ghana at Easter to take part in community-based teaching, building and sports projects and they would like to appeal to you for any unwanted football tops (any size) or shorts. The children there love nothing more than playing football and so we thought it was worth asking if families had any outgrown kit (any club). Sixth formers have so far raised £1500 to donate towards the latest community building project, through a combination of group fundraising ideas and individual effort, and their efforts will continue right up until they leave. Hopefully they will bring back lots of photos of the children proudly wearing their new kit! Thank you for your support.

Calendar & Events:
Our students will be taking their production of Eclipse (in association with Gloucestershire Youth Players GYP) to Bristol Old Vic on Tuesday 15th March @ 8.30pm, as part of a nationwide competition, the winners of which will get to perform at the National Theatre in London! There will also be Chew Valley School performing their interpretation of the same piece earlier that evening @ 7pm, so a good opportunity for comparison. In this modern short play written by Oxford University’s Professor of Poetry, Yorkshire man Simon Armitage, six young friends are interviewed by the police after the disappearance of Lucy Lime, a strange, unnerving girl - 'I am a walking Universe, I am' - whom they met beneath the cliffs on a Cornish beach, just before a total eclipse of the Sun. Tickets cost £5 plus small booking fee (please follow this link to Bristol Old Vic website to buy tickets).
Whole School Photo @ 2pm – Tues 8 March
Astronomy Photography Exhibition private view - Wed 9 March 5.30-7pm in the Art Gallery
Spring Fair – Sat 12th March 10:30-12:30
Early finish at 2pm – Tues 15 March - buses will arrive early (staff training in school)
Orchestral concert – Wed 16 March @ 7pm 
Debbie Choi, a Miss Cheltenham Finalist and Pate’s Grammar School Alumni is hosting an 80’s themed Zumbathon at Pate’s sports hall on Saturday 19th March at 12:30-15:30 in aid of 2 local charities; Archie’s Chance to Dance and The Hollie Gazzard Trust. All are welcome.
School Finishes for Easter – Thurs 24 March @ 3.35pm
Students return to school – Mon 11 April

Trips Update:
Canada 2017 - Canoe through the breath taking Algonquin Park and down the Madawaska River; visit the CN Tower, Niagra Falls and the Parliament buildings in Ontario. Open to Y10 and above, DofE Gold Participants can use this incredible opportunity to pass their Expedition section of their award. Please follow this link to the Trips website for full details.
Y12 Biology residential field trip at Nettlecombe field study centre in Somerset 1-4 July 2016: this very successful and enjoyable field trip helps the students to develop practical skills in the study of coastline biology, ecology and statistics to complement their classroom work. The cost of the trip is £299 (£125 payable now and balance of £174 payable on 11th April – all via Schoolcomms Gateway). Please follow this link to the Trips website for full details.

A reminder of trips this week:
7th March – MFL Speaking Competition – 8 Students various years
8th March – Yr13 English Trip ‘Dr Faustus’
9th March – MUSIC Trip to London ‘La Traviata’
11th March – Latin Trip Old Vic Bristol ‘Trojan Women by Euripides’

Representative rugby success:  Over the last couple of weeks Pate’s rugby players have proudly played for representative sides. 
Henry Adams, Finn Elliot and George Williams played for Gloucestershire Schools U16s as part of the Gloucester Academy and are now all looking forward to the Wellington Festival during the Easter break.

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Mac Dale, Henry Davies and Sam Fraser from the 1st XV have progressed beyond county and played in England trials for the South West of England. A huge honour for the boys! Congratulations and very well done to them all.

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Travel-Share Enquiry: We have had an enquiry from a family in Gloucester about lift-share possibilities. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance if you would like to pursue this.

Just a reminder that we are collecting Sainsburys Active Kids vouchers – collection box in Reception. Any vouchers you can send our way would be much appreciated. Thank you.

I am looking forward to having a whole school photo taken on Tuesday afternoon, something we haven’t done for a number of years, but which will be a lovely keepsake. With over 1000 people in the picture faces are quite small, but if you have any objection to your child being in the picture please email Laura Adams (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Finally, congratulations to Sam James (Y12) on being awarded a place in the National Youth Guitar Ensemble – a great achievement and terrific opportunity for him.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 29th February 2016

 

HEADLINES:

Mel Martin-Hughes - legacy
Reading Week 29 Feb - 4th Mar
Spring Fair Sat 12 Mar 10:30-12:30
Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year 2016 - Pate's Finalists
Coca Cola Real Business Challenge - winners
Trips Update
Upcoming Events
Schoolcomms Gateway
Expensive lost property!
Cheltenham Pate's Theatre Festival success

In a special assembly this morning Lesley Jeanes spoke to us about Mel Martin-Hughes, who tragically died whilst she was a sixth former here at Pate’s several years ago. Whilst in the sixth form Mel had been involved in a school visit to Romania, also fundraising to support the Smiles Foundation and their work out there. Mel had a real affinity with the youngsters she met and was particularly moved by the plight of the disabled children, who were shunned by Romanian society – hidden away in back rooms, with no company, stimulation or solace. Mel’s parents, Laura and Don, joined us in assembly this morning to share news of Mel’s legacy – a £15,000 sensory room especially to bring joy and hope to those Romanian children Mel had met, and others like them. Thank you to the Martin-Hughes family and to all the Pate’s staff and students who have supported them - Lesley Jeanes in particular. Mel would have been absolutely delighted to have made such a difference in the world.

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This coming week is our inaugural Reading Week (29th Feb-4th March) - the Library will be hosting a range of events and competitions all aimed at getting the whole school reading. Each day will have a different genre with plenty of books for browsing around the Library. Staff will be sharing what they are reading in a range of posters to be found on Department doors.
On Wednesday Y9 Art students will be receiving a visit from Sarah Darby, a senior illustrator from Oxford University Press. Sarah will be happy to talk with any art students at break time in the Art Department.
On Thursday all Y10 students will attend a talk with local author Helen Maslin who will be discussing her recently published novel ‘Darkmere’ and talking about the reading and writing process. Details will be sent to Y10 students and their families shortly.
A second hand book sale will take place in the hall at lunchtime on Thursday 3rd March with books priced at 50p. We will also be having a small stall of new books courtesy of local bookshop The Suffolk Anthology http://www.theanthology.co.uk/ A small selection of books will be available for £6.00 each, so if your child would like to come along to purchase any books, please send in the correct money.
Pate’s Big Book Bake-off (PBBBO) - the Parents’ Association Spring Fair is taking place on Saturday March 12th. The PBBO is a prize cake-making competition, open to all. Cakes entries must feature a book theme/character etc. and should be brought along to the Hall on the morning of Friday 11th March. Entries will be judged and the winners announced at the Spring Fair. First prize is a £25 book token with two runners-up prizes of £10. The prizes have been supplied courtesy of Painswick House Dental Surgery, Cheltenham http://www.painswickhousedental.co.uk/ and we thank them immensely for their support. Cakes will be auctioned off via silent bids at the Spring Fair. Do come along and see what our talented and imaginative bakers have produced.

The Annual Parents’ Association Spring Fair is to be held on Saturday 12th March from 10:30 to 12:30. We would love to see you there, even if for only part of the morning.
Raffle tickets have already been sent home, and the list of sumptuous prizes on offer continues to expand at an impressive rate ! 
Now including: free membership and four free classes worth £40 at Slim Fitness, a short break at Swallow Barn in Hartpury, a 3 course meal for 2 and wine at Montpellier Lodge, tickets to the Warwickshire Cup Final at Cirencester Polo Club, a box of Superdry goodies, afternoon tea for two at Cowley Manor, a gift from Regency Hampers, wine tasting vouchers from the Oxford Chelt Wine School, a £40 voucher for Bar and Wok and a selection of books from Waterstones !
The raffle has the staggering potentiality to raise up to £15,000 for the school, so please, use your vision, contact your expanded circle of acquaintance, and let’s sell these tickets !

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Congratulations to Emily Stephens (Y13 oboe) and Freya Ireland (Y13 percussion) who have both made it through to the finals of Gloucestershire Young Musician 2016. They will both perform a recital at Pittville Pump Room on Tuesday 1st March. If you would like to go and support them please click here for tickets. This will be an inspiring evening - good luck girls!

Real success in Coca-Cola’s Real Business Challenge:  not only did our team of Year 10 students succeed in making it through to the South West Regional Final of Coca-Cola’s Real Business Challenge – a great achievement in itself as approximately 900 schools entered the competition this year – but they walked away with the Social Media Award, recognising that they produced the best app and social media campaign out of all 10 teams competing in the Regional Final.
The Real Business Challenge is a national competition set by Coca-Cola Enterprises for students in Year 9 and Year 10. The first part of the challenge required the teams to develop a new, sustainable, healthy juice drink brand with a strong emphasis on ethical decision-making. At the Regional Final – held at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium – the teams were asked to develop a locally-focused campaign to help keep Britain tidy, including the design of a mascot, a marketing plan, a social media campaign, an app and a launch event.
Our team members are pictured below, together with their Coca-Cola mentor at the Regional Final and the Chief Financial Officer of Coca-Cola in the UK, who was the head judge on the day.  (From left to right, Nicole Heaven, Olivia Hall, Rachel Jarvis, Molly Gorman, Meghna Sreekumar and Laura McPeake.)

 

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Trips Update:

Reminder of trips going out this week:

  • 1st March Latin Trip Evening Yr13
  • 3rd March Latin Trip Monmouth All Day
  • 3rd March Music Society Trip to Oxford (pm)
  • 4th-6th March PGL Netball Tour Yr8

China Exchange: Following Mr Ellicott's exciting trip to Hailing Cambridge International School located in Zhuji, near the famous historical city of Hangzhou, we are pleased to be able to offer 2 new and exciting opportunities to pupils. Hailiang is a private school with an excellent reputation, and we are excited about opportunities that our friendship with the school will bring to Pate's pupils both this year and in times to come. The word “Cambridge” in its formal title is because Hailiang specialises in offering international curricula to students, including the chance to study for the International A levels run from Cambridge. If you are interested in hosting a pupil in October and are yet to communicate your interest to us in the Languages Faculty, please complete the attached form (here) and bring to Mrs Zhang-Evans after half-term. Additionally, we have an exciting 12-day China trip available at the cost of £1850 for up to 20 pupils. Those students who had originally applied for China summer camp will have priority for places, but the trip is open to all. As pupils are in Senior 1, priority for hosting will be offered to pupils of a similar age who will be in Y11-13 next academic year. Please see the attached letters for details of these 2 opportunities for you to peruse over half-term:
1) Host a Chinese pupil for 2 weeks in October (the students are in the equivalent of our Y12)
2) Itinerary for the reciprocal visit (the trip will be launched in the usual way immediately after half-term)

Upcoming Events:

  • Eclipse by Simon Armitage (National Theatre Connections) - GYP (www.gyptheatre.org) in association with Pate's Grammar School, presents Eclipse by Simon Armitage Friday 26th & Saturday 27th February @ 7.30-8.45pm in PAB (NB NOT 7pm).  This modern piece is part of the 2016 National Theatre Connections Festival. Six friends are interviewed by the police after the disappearance of Lucy Lime, a strange, unnerving girl - 'I am a walking Universe, I am' - whom they met beneath the cliffs on a Cornish beach, just before a total eclipse of the Sun. Ticket Price: £5.00 (please click here to buy tickets) or pay on the door.
  • A Level Music Recital – 8 March @ 7pm – tickets on the door
  • Spring Fair – Sat 12th March 10:30-12:30
  • Early finish at 2pm – Tues 15 March - buses will arrive early (staff training in school)
  • Orchestral concert – Wed 16 March @ 7pm

Schoolcomms Gateway: just a reminder that, as part of our ongoing efforts to cut costs, we are reviewing the payment options offered through Schoolcomms Gateway. We are able to considerably reduce costs to the school by removing the option for parents to pay by credit or debit card and are therefore proposing that from Easter the only payment option available will be the instant bank transfer. Once bank details are added, the payment process is just as simple as paying by card. Please contact Stephen Locker, Bursar (here) with any concerns.

Expensive lost property!: 

  • Various items of Superdry / Abercrombie & Fitch clothing
  • Mobile phones
  • Spectacles
  • Shoes & trainers galore!

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make enquiries about lost property, or ask the students to call in at Reception.

I would like to congratulate Edward Derbyshire and his team on the success of the Cheltenham Pate’s Theatre Festival over half term. There was a great variety of family events, as well as thought-provoking physical theatre. You can follow these links to read some reviews from the Echo:
http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/Review-Harm-Pate-s-Theatre-Festival/story-28783385-detail/story.html
http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/Review-Tracks-2C-Cheltenham-Pate-s-Theatre/story-28783359-detail/story.html

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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Head Master's Half Term Message February 2016

 HEADLINES:

  • Pate’s Lecture – Bill McGuire
  • A busy end of term!
  • Website photo gallery
  • Coriolanus DVDs to order
  • Spring Fair donations – request from the PA
  • Cheltenham Pate’s Theatre Festival – 17-20 February 2016
  • China Exchange
  • Public Speaking Finalists
  • A new sport at Pate’s - Handball
  • Schoolcomms Gateway

As part of Pate’s Humanities Week of Transformation we were privileged to welcome Bill McGuire (Emeritus Professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at University College London) to talk to students about how a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes. His talk, entitled ‘Waking the Giant’, was based on his latest book (full details here). My thanks to Ruth Taei for arranging such interesting and thought-provoking activities throughout the week.  It has been a full-on end of term week at Pate’s, beginning with pancakes and culminating in this morning’s whole school assembly with Mr Jones being serenaded by romantic sixth formers whilst riding for Ghana on a spin bike bizarrely (apologies that the photo is not the best quality)!


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The school is full of valentine’s fun today, with everyone in mufti and students swapping flowers and songs of love. My thanks to the Charity Committee for making a day to remember, whilst at the same time raising money for their chosen charities. Congratulations also to the Ghana sixth formers on their supreme efforts raising money to buy materials to donate to the children they will be teaching in Ghana over Easter. They laid on a fabulous fun pizza and onesie night for all Year 7 last night, organising games and a film for them, before riding their bikes through the night in the school hall. A special mention for Lesley Jeanes and Rob Moreton who also cycled through the night, wrote reports and taught lessons all day today!

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Read more: Head Master's Half Term Message February 2016

Head Master's Message w/c 8th February 2016

 HEADLINES:

• Coriolanus – Sixth Form play – final performance tonight at 7pm
• Humanities Week activities 
• Britten's St Nicolas at our Choral Concert (@ All Saints, Pittville) on Tues 9th Feb @ 7.30pm
• Sixth form students’ 24 hour bike ride in aid of WOE school in Ghana -Thurs 11th Feb
• Charity Committee mufti and Valentine’s Day activities – Fri 12th Feb
• Cheltenham Pate’s Theatre Festival – 17-20 Feb 2016 (programme update here)
• Calendar update
• Pate’s Reading Week - w/c 29th Feb
• Famelab Academy Winners
• U18 Netball regional finals
• PS - We are collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers.  Thank you!

If you have tickets for tonight’s performance of Coriolanus then you are in for a treat! (If not, then we can squeeze you in on the door tonight – 7pm start.) I was in the audience last night and was so impressed with the raw passion and commitment of every performer, which has to be the hallmark of Edward Derbyshire’s sixth form productions. My thanks to Edward who as always has put so much energy into the experience for the students to produce a piece of such high quality, given the limited amount of rehearsal time. It is a real testament to Edward’s expertise, inspiring such spirited performances from every member of the cast and crew – an experience that will stay with them long after they have left school.

This coming week is 'Humanities Week of Transformation!' - how change is happening in every sphere of our existence. Please click here to see the winning poster by Caitlin Hancock (7G), advertising all the activities that students can get involved with. Please do encourage them to join in!

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Read more: Head Master's Message w/c 8th February 2016

Head Master's Message w/c 1st February 2016

HEADLINES:

  • Sixth Form Play - Coriolanus Wed-Fri 3-5 February @ 7pm
  • Britten's St Nicolas at our Choral Concert (@ All Saints, Pittville) on Tues 9th February @ 7.30pm
  • Cheltenham Pate’s Theatre Festival – 17-20 February 2016 (programme update here)
  • Willans LLP to sponser Pembroke house from September
  • Look out for our Youth Health Champions
  • Calendar update
  • Upcoming Trips
  • Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers
  • Driving car onto school site
  • Thanks to sixth form helpers for a successful open evening

In assembly this morning the sixth form showed us a gritty scene from Coriolanus, which they are performing next week – click here to watch the trailer.  As always with the sixth form play it will be a very visceral piece of theatre to challenge the senses. We have around 50 students taking part, all have been enjoying the experience of putting together a play in a fortnight, plus with an ingenius set design and modern soundtrack. Please do come along and enjoy this unique spectacle – expect some surprises!  Sixth Form Play - Coriolanus Wed-Fri 3-5 February @ 7pm – Tickets are now on sale (here) or over the counter at main reception and cost £6 (adults) & £4 (students). There will be a PA bar. 

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Read more: Head Master's Message w/c 1st February 2016

Head Master's Message w/c 25th January 2016

HEADLINES:

  • Languages Week
  • Sixth Form Play – Coriolanus 3-5 February 2016 @ 7pm
  • Inaugural Cheltenham Pate’s Theatre Festival – full programme here
  • Calendar Update
  • Forthcoming Trips Update
  • Easyfundraising news
  • Please park considerately

I was delighted to award Sports Colours (badges / ties, depending on the award) for boys’ sport in whole school assembly this morning.  We also applauded the PE staff for their devotion to duty and all the time they give (days, evenings, weekends) to enable the students to participate in such a wide variety of highly competitive quality sport.  Sport is an important part of our culture at Pate’s, at all levels, and we are very lucky to have such a top team of staff to run it.

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

Head Master's Message w/c 18th January 2016

HEADLINES:

  • Head Master’s China Update
  • Languages Week
  • Staff Vacancy – Assistant Groundsman (part-time)
  • Parents’ Association Spring Fair – Saturday 12th March – help and raffle prizes needed
  • Calendar Update
  • School Nurse
  • Service & Pupil Premium
  • Rugby Success
  • 2 x Six Nations Tickets available @ £75
  • Bad Weather Advice
  • Extra-curricular clubs this term
  • NB: Sound of Music DVDs are awaiting collection from Reception

I am writing this from Shanghai, the final leg of my week long trip visiting schools in China. It has been an amazing experience. The size of the schools is staggering, up to 12,000 on a single campus, and the scale of the ambition here is not to be underestimated. The education leaders I have met are very keen to learn from successful schools like ours, they had researched Pate's voraciously, and I am sure there will be opportunities for students and staff following this visit. In many ways the school system here is very different from ours, but it has been lovely to speak with teachers about our shared desire to provide the best education for the students in our care. Much to think about and discuss, however I am sure that the links we have made this week will serve Pate's well in the future.

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Read more: Head Master's Message w/c 18th January 2016

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