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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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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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Head Master's Message w/c 9th November 2015

HEADLINES:

  • The South Africa Rugby Tour 2016 Auction (Fri 13th Nov @ 7pm) & Silent Bids catalogue
  • The Sound of Music - Thurs-Sat 26th, 27th & 28th November @ 7pm – tickets selling fast
  • PA Quiz Night – Fri 4th December @ 7pm
  • German Christmas Market – Sat 12th December @ 11am – stallholders invited
  • Rugby Success
  • Calendar update
  • Lost Property update
  • Pate’s cadets on parade in Winchcombe – Sun 8th November @ 10.30am
  • School Finishes early on Tuesday 10th November @ 2pm

In whole school assembly this morning we heard the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Sonata in A Minor, played beautifully by Kimberley Mok (Y8). To hear such an accomplished performance from one so young really is a privilege and it was certainly an awe-inspiring performance.  I hope to see many of you at the Autumn Concert on Thursday - the first performances of the year by the Music Department ensembles. All ensembles will be playing: both orchestras and jazz bands, all the choirs, flute choir and guitar club. There will also be some solo and chamber performances. There is still time to buy tickets (£6 adults, £4 children) either in advance from Ticket Source (here), or on the door.

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Head Master's Half Term Message w/c 19th October 2015

 

HEADLINES:

  • Diwali Night – Sat 7th November 5-7pm
  • Musical instruments in school
  • Autumn Concert – Thurs 12th November @ 7pm
  • Sound of Music - advertising in the show programme
  • Sound of Music – confirmation of rehearsal schedule
  • School Council Election results announced
  • Arianwen Herbert (10Y) cast as Wendy in Peter Pan in the Playhouse Christmas production

Assembly this morning was led by Mr Derbyshire with his sixth form drama group, alongside the Community Committee, raising awareness about homelessness. Community Committee also launched a Christmas Card competition for Y7-9 in aid of a local homeless charity. Also this morning our Diwali Night dancers promoted their event which is taking place on Saturday 7th November 5-7pm in aid of Making £nds Meet. Already they have raised £500 in ticket sales and I am very grateful to the girls and their families for their hard work and generosity in providing traditional Indian snacks and refreshments on the night. Family tickets cost £20, or £8 (adults), £3 (students) and are available online (here) or over the counter at Reception. It is the first time to my knowledge that we have had a Festival of Lights celebration and it is going to be something really special – a celebration of traditional Indian dance and costume, as well as contemporary dance. My thanks to Thrinethra Gowri Shankar (Y9), Maya Horwood (Y9) and Priya Krishna (Y12) for all the work they have been putting into rehearsals (and for the hours it will take to get into their costumes!). It will also be lovely to see ex-students Nupur and Netra Takwale who are coming back to school for perform for us, as well as professional dancer and storyteller Anusha Subramanyam. Please do support this event and bring the family along for what is sure to be a very special show.

Autumn Concert Thursday 12th November:  The Autumn Concert is just around the corner, and with it the first performances of the year by the Music Department ensembles. All ensembles will be playing: both orchestras and jazz bands, all the choirs, flute choir and guitar club. There will also be some solo and chamber performances. Tickets (£6 adults, £4 children) are available in advance from Ticket Source (here), or on the door. Performers should be in school no earlier than 6:40 (unless otherwise instructed).

Musical Instruments in school: A reminder to please make sure that your child’s instrument is clearly named. This helps to avoid instruments getting lost, or mistakenly being taken home by someone else. Please also make sure that their instrument is included on your household insurance policy – lost or broken instruments in school are not covered by the school policy.

Excitement is rising as rehearsals for our show The Sound of Music are in full flow for the performances on 26th, 27th and 28th November. Tickets will go on sale the week commencing the 2nd November. We are offering advertising space in the professionally printed programme which will be an A5 portrait booklet. We anticipate having 400 guests each night. Costs to place an advertisement are:

 

  • £100 - whole A5 page and 4 complimentary tickets with reserved seats
  • £75 - half A5 page and 2 complimentary tickets with reserved seats
  • Premium Space
  • £300 – whole back page and 4 complimentary tickets with reserved seats
  • £200 – inside front cover and 4 complimentary tickets with reserved seats

We anticipate that tickets will sell fast, so if you would like to take up this offer and reserve your complimentary tickets, stating the night of your choice, please respond to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible. There is limited amount of space available in the programme so the opportunity will be on a 'first come, first serve' basis.  We would subsequently need artwork by Thursday 12th November for inclusion in the programme. 

Sound of Music rehearsals have now begun and already it is sounding incredibly good. Cast and parents please click here for an updated confirmed rehearsal schedule

School Council Election results: the majority of students took the opportunity to vote in the recent election and in a number of year groups there were only one or two votes between candidates. Congratulations to the following who have been elected to this year’s school council: Year 7: Ollie Ainsworth-Parker & Kieret Nijjar; Year 8: Matthew Robyns-Landricombe & Olivia Sinha Roy; Year 9: Shenuka Haegoda & Alex Ryder; Year 10: James Nicholls & Ben North; Year 11: Memoona Ahmed & Junaid Hameed; Year 12: Jamie Assemat, Libby Cherry & Felyx Wong; Year 13: Danai Osmond, Charlie Smith & Freya Wilkins.

Congratulations to Arianwen Herbert (10Y), who has been cast in the role of Wendy in the Cheltenham Playhouse Christmas production of Peter Pan. Arianwen will be performing as Wendy on the following dates: 2.30pm matinee performances on December 19th and 22nd and 7.30pm evening performances on December 20th and 23rd. I wish her the best of luck with the show – I am sure there will be plenty of Pate’s families in the audience.

Do enjoy your half term, whatever you are doing.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

 

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Head Master's Message w/c 19th October 2015

HEADLINES:

  • Halloween Mufti Day – Wed 21st October
  • Higher Education & Careers Fair – Wed 4th November drop-in between 6&7.30pm
  • Diwali Night – Sat 7th November 5-7pm
  • Auction of Promises (in aid of Rugby Tour) – Fri 13th November @ 7pm
  • Pate’s Quiz Night – Fri 4th December @ 6.30/7pm
  • Broadening Horizons
  • School office update – Emails / Schoolgateway
  • Sports / Trips /Calendar Updates

My thanks to Y7 & Y10 parents who have attended information / social evenings in school this week.  Please do contact myself or Heads of Year if you have any queries going forward.  Next week we can look forward to Halloween Fun provided by the Charity Committee.  On Wednesday (last day of term), there will be a day of Halloween-themed activities organised by the charity committee to raise money for their 5 chosen charities; including a free showing of a Halloween film suitable for all year groups throughout lunchtime, during which popcorn, sweets, and toffee apples will be available for purchase (students should bring some change).  The day will also be mufti, with a donation of £1.50 for normal clothes, and £1 for Halloween fancy dress. The best costume in each year group, as judged by the charity committee members, will win a special prize. There will also be spooky prizes around the school throughout the day, so students watch out!

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Head Master's Message w/c 12th October 2015

HEADLINES:

  • Student Wellbeing Committee
  • Visiting Speakers this week
  • School Funding Petition
  • Trips Update – Y13 Berlin trip launch
  • Parking cars in the locality
  • Calendar Update
  • NB: Y10 Parents’ Info. Evening Tues 13th Oct @ 6.30pm (not 7pm as previously advertised - apologies)
  • Travel share opportunity – Forest of Dean area

This morning’s assembly was led by our sixth form Wellbeing Committee, who spoke about their upcoming launch event next Wednesday (in PDC classrooms), when students have been invited to take some time out of their busy schedules to learn more about how they can look after themselves in school, as well as enjoy their surroundings. There will be a strong focus on self-confidence, plus how students can get involved in caring for our wild area and pond, as well as recycling in school. I am delighted with their ideas for engaging students in such positive ways and look forward to working with them over the coming months.


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