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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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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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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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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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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

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

HEADLINES:

  • Pate’s Choral Concert @ All Saints, Pittville – Tues 9th Feb @ 7.30pm
  • Sixth Form Play - Coriolanus Wed-Fri 3-5 February @ 7pm
  • Calendar Update
  • Minibus drivers needed
  • Student Business Survey
  • British Physics Olympiad success
  • Y9 Dragons' Den experience
  • Lost property on display
  • Sound of Music DVDs are now available for collection
  • New look front page of website

Welcome back and best wishes for 2016. Year 11 have returned this week to their GCSE Mock exams, almost finished now - so very well done to them. This term’s main House competition is the swimming gala in February, and House sports matches will also begin next month - so lots for the students to look forward to. This week I am off to China, with the aim of creating links with a number of carefully selected Chinese schools, which I hope might be of considerable benefit to Pate’s in the future and provide valuable opportunities for enrichment. I will be exploring cultural exchange opportunities for our students and teachers, as well as possible gap year ideas. With an increasing number of students worldwide choosing to travel and study abroad, this will be a fact-finding mission for us to see whether and how Pate’s might develop relationships and networks with China and what exciting initiatives might become available to us if we do. Wish me luck!

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Head Master's Message w/c 14th December 2015

HEADLINES:

  • PA Quiz raised over £1300 for Making £nds Meet
  • Flexible Learning Day for Years 7-11
  • Amnesty Campaign Day in school
  • Sports Update
  • Sound of Music – Photos and DVDs
  • School Calendar update and forthcoming events
  • Christmas Update!
  • Mandarin Speaking Competitors through to the grand final

The Parents' Association would like to thank everyone who made last Friday's Family Quiz Night such enormous fun and such a buzzing success. Profits from the evening totalled more than £1,300 which are going straight to Making £nds Meet. The Quizmaster has already been booked for next year so please pencil in Friday December 2nd 2016. A PPA team will be on hand at tomorrow's German Christmas Market serving teas and coffees and selling second-hand uniform and ski clothing. They will also be welcoming everyone for mulled wine and mince pies after next week's Carol Service at Christ Church, Cheltenham.

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Head Master's Message w/c 7th December 2015

 NEW LINK:  Figgy Pudding show presented by the Patesian Players – Mon 21st December @ 7.30pmfeaturing past and present Pate’s pupils, staff, parents and friends. An evening of music, comedy, dance and poetry. Bar opens at 7pm. Tickets cost £10 (adults) & £8 (under 18s) –please follow this link to reserve your tickets or call 07946 418552. 

HEADLINES:

  • House Art results
  • Sound of Music DVDs available – now £10
  • Alysha Bodman (Y12) – standing ovation at the National Youth Parliament debate
  • Sports Update
  • Forthcoming Events and Calendar Update
  • Hamper Scamper appeal
  • Donations of books and toys for German Christmas Market

In assembly this morning Hannah Gardner, Head of Art, awarded prizes to the winners of House Art 2016. The theme was ‘Elements’ and I hope many of you have had the opportunity to see the exhibition which his currently on in the Gallery. Many students took part, as usual, producing a huge array of talent and enthusiasm. Congratulations to Beaufort, for winning House Art for the first time in their history!

My congratulations to the whole of the cast, band and crew for a wonderful run of The Sound of Music last week, culminating in a great many nuns throwing their wimples into the air at the end of their final performance on Saturday night – even the band! It was a fabulous show and we have received many compliments from parents who were very impressed with the quality of the performances. I would like to thank parents for supporting the children with rehearsals and performance nights, which helped everyone to produce such a professional production. Thanks to Edward Derbyshire and Ellie Lane for all their hard work and expertise. It was quite amazing!

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Head Master's Message w/c 30th November 2015

HEADLINES:

  • Pate’s has a new House – ‘Pembroke’
  • Diwali Dance Celebration photographs
  • German Christmas Market - Sat 12th December 11am - 1pm
  • Pate’s Music Society Update
  • Christmas lunch for Years 8-12 – Tues 15th December @ 1.35pm
  • Christmas Carol Service - Wed 16th December 7pm @ Christchurch
  • Patesian Players Christmas show Figgy Pudding - Mon 21st December @ 7.30pm
  • Community Committee Hamper Scamper
  • Calendar Update
  • Parental Survey
  • Calendar Update
  • Bad Weather Disruption and Safety on site

It is with great sadness that I must share the news that Mrs Ann Barradell-Black sadly died this week after a short battle with cancer. Ann had been a governor of the school since 2006 and was latterly Chair of Governors before becoming ill in the summer. Her passion for Pate’s and its students was always a great driving force behind the school and we will miss her positive energy and unfailing support. Our thoughts are with her husband Tony and her sons Michael and Will.

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Head Master's Message w/c 23rd November 2015

HEADLINES:

  • Sports Teacher of the Year – Simon Dandy
  • Young Sports Player of the Year – Flo Pickles
  • Sound of Music Update
  • Parents’ Association Update
  • Sports Update
  • Sports Travel Donations on School Gateway
  • Calendar Update
  • Travel-Share Enquiry – Forest of Dean area

On Monday morning in school many students observed a minute's silence in the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, which have left us all shocked and stunned.  If any students or families would like to talk to us in the wake of these atrocities please do get in touch, either with Heads of Year or myself, and we will offer whatever support we can.

In whole school assembly today the cast of The Sound of Music performed ‘My Favourite Things’ for us, just as a taster for the shows at the end of this week and to encourage the students to come along for a great evening’s entertainment, to support their friends and snap up the remaining tickets!

Congratulations to our Head of PE, Simon Dandy, who was recently voted Sports Teacher of the Year at the Gloucestershire Sports Awards 2015! He was in good company with Young Sports Player of the Year 2015, ex-Pate’s student Flo Pickles. They were both presented with their awards by sports presenter John Inverdale, at an awards ceremony organised by sports ambassadors with the aim of ‘recognising the true heroes of grassroots sport’. Simon earned the accolade through his work with Pate’s rugby, elevating them to a high level in the county with their hugely successful long run of winning matches, including beating Cheltenham College for the first time in decades. Flo, who left Pate’s last summer, is one of the UK’s most promising rowers, winning a string of national titles and also rowing for Team GB Under-23s. I am delighted for Simon and Flo, and for our students, as I know this is such a well-deserved accolade for a member of staff who is so dedicated and well respected by colleagues and students alike. Click here to read the article in the Echo.

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Read more: Head Master's Message w/c 23rd November 2015

Head Master's Message w/c 16th November 2015

HEADLINES:

  • Rugby Tour Auction tonight @ 7.30pm - Silent Bids welcome
  • The Sound of Music – the trailer!
  • German Christmas Market at Pate’s 12th Dec. – stallholders welcome
  • CCF Parents’ Update
  • Y8 trip to German Christmas Market – 3rd & 4th Dec.
  • Calendar Update
  • Easyfundraising – very easy and totally free of charge!
  • School Gateway Update
  • Do you have a room to let?
  • Student Maths Awards

Last night’s Autumn concert was a roaring success with record numbers of musicians and singers taking part, some for the first time of course. It was great to see our Guitar club perform two pieces for their first ever appearance, and very exciting to welcome Yanna Zissiadou, who joined Ms Lane in the Music Department in September, for her first Pate's concert! For anyone who didn’t make it to the concert (or would just like to hear them again) please do take a look at our a capella group’s warm up rehearsal (here) – totally inspirational!

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I know that everyone who attended the concert last night would like to join me in thanking Ellie Lane, our Director of Music, and her colleagues for putting on these concerts and for all the rehearsal time involved, but particularly for inspiring so many girls and boys to want to perform such a huge variety of musical entertainment, to the very best of their ability!

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