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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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Head Master's Message w/c 5th October 2015

HEADLINES:

  • School Council elections
  • Open Evening update
  • Parents’ Association update
  • Calendar 
  • Trips 
  • Sport – Pate’s 1st XV beats Cheltenham College – again!
  • Pate’s Alumni

The School Council has championed a number of popular student-led initiatives with great success and is a respected and influential lobby within the school community.  They led this morning’s assembly very professionally to launch the next round of School Council elections. Students wishing to stand as candidates should email their manifestos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midday on Friday 9th October. Hustings assemblies will give candidates a chance to give a one minute talk to their year group in the week commencing 12th October, and electronic voting will take place between 12th and 16th October. I look forward to watching the election unfold over the coming weeks.

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Head Master's Message w/c 28th September 2015

HEADLINES:

  • House Music 2015 Champions - Gloucester
  • Parents’ Association update
  • Teacher Training Opportunities at Pate’s
  • Calendar Update
  • Pate’s Music

Students raised the roof this week when they put on their three dazzling House Music shows. Congratulations to the House Music champions for 2015 – Gloucester! Main category awards were: Best Boys Choir - York, Best Girls Choir – Richmond, Best Orchestra – Beaufort, Best Jazz Band – Gloucester, and there were individual awards for arrangement, technical performance, interpretation and spirit. The students, whether they played a small or large part, have inspired each other to dig deep and have produced something really special, so spirited and quite unique - something unforgettable. My congratulations and huge thanks to our Director of Music Ellie Lane and to all our music teachers, as well as Heads of House. With so many students wanting to be involved, this year’s House Music was the biggest logistical challenge ever and it is thanks to Rachel Thorpe that it was even possible to fit so many students into rehearsal spaces, holding areas and onto the stage itself! To parents thanks for your patience with pickups and late nights. Please follow this link to our website to see some of the photos taken by the students.

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Head Master's Message w/c 21 September 2015

Headlines:

  • Alex Chalk MP visit to Pate's
  • House Music
  • Rugby Coach Vacancy in school
  • Trips Update
  • Calendar Update
  • Pate’s Choral Concert – would you like to join the choir for this concert?
  • Extra-curricular clubs and achievements
  • Pate’s Music Society launched for students
  • ** House Drama DVDs are now available for collection from Reception **

Assembly this morning was led by the students who went on the Canada trip this summer. They showed photos of the stunning scenery and wild animals they saw, and told us of the challenges they faced canoeing in very turbulent waters and living in the wild. It certainly was the trip of a lifetime and one which Mrs Jowett hopes to run again in 2017 - my thanks to her for all her hard work in organising the trip (I hope everything has now dried out!).  This afternoon our local MP Alex Chalk visited the school to talk to Headteachers of Cheltenham schools about funding and his efforts to redress the imbalance (and Gloucestershire's serious underfunding issues).  He has spoken up on this issue in the House of Commons and has lobbied the Education Secretary, and we will continue to keep this issue at the forefront of ministers' minds.  Afterwards he was kind enough to talk to a group of our 6th form students about life as an MP and he gave a range of insightful responses to questions from the audience on current political questions such as national security, adversarial politics, the Syrian refugee crisis to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership election.   We would like to express our sincere thanks to Mr Chalk for such a fascinating talk.

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Head Master's Message w/c 14th September

HEADLINES:

  • Fundraising update
  • House Music – 23rd & 24th September
  • Richmond House Sponsor – MD2MD
  • Calendar Update
  • Trips Update
  • Music Lessons
  • Pate’s Sport
  • House Drama DVDs (from summer term)
  • Parents Drama Group – Patents
  • Travel Share Opportunity - Gretton

As promised, some news on our Making £nds Meet Appeal. We launched our appeal in April with a target of raising £140,000 by the end of December 2015. I am delighted to say that we have reached our goal and I would like to express my sincerest thanks to all those who helped us to achieve that. The level of response has been heart-warming to say the least and achieving our goal early gives us security in knowing that funding for this year is ‘safe’ and a head-start on tackling our bigger shortfall for next year. We have not yet received confirmed figures for our funding for 16/17 but at this stage we are predicting a shortfall of £250,000. I am inviting you all to join us in our campaign to increase our income as a fairer option for our children that making savage cuts to their educational provision. Please consider making a donation in support of our Making £nds Meet Appeal. Donations can be made by downloading a donation form (here) or by using Virgin Money Giving (here). I look forward to providing you with updates and there will be further opportunities to hear more from us directly at future events. In the meantime thank you in advance for your support; I am confident that together we can do this but we must start now.

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

HEADLINES:

  • Welcome
  • Parents’ Association news and AGM (Wed 7th October @ 7pm)
  • Support Staff Vacancy - Development Assistant
  • Trip Launch – Y9 & 10 French Exchange 2016
  • Schoolcomms Update
  • Calendar Update – mouthguard fitting; school photos; House Music; staff training dates
  • Travel-shares
  • Lost Property – Reminder do please label everything with your child’s name - now before it is too late!

It is a great pleasure to welcome you and your sons and daughters back to a new school year.  In the first assembly of the year I encouraged the students to challenge us, as well as themselves, and not to be afraid to approach things differently, ask questions and think outside the box.  It is particularly exciting to welcome all our new students, though I know it won’t be long before they no longer consider themselves ‘new’.  Induction activities for Year 7 and Year 12 will be taking place over the next few days, with a great variety of fun and games organised to help them relax and get to know each other.  House officials are beginning to organise rehearsals for one of my favourite competitions of the year – House Music (more information below), when all of Years 7 and 12 in particular are required to take part, along with the rest of the school.  This is one of our flagship events in school, not to be missed.  The theme this year is ‘Colours’ and Year 13 students will organise their Houses into boys and girls choirs, orchestras and jazz bands and there will be an almighty sonorous battle for the trophy.  I can’t wait!

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Head Master's Summer Message 2015

 Headlines:

  • House Drama 2015 – Winners Gloucester!
  • Charity Day photos – over £1000 raised by the Charity Committee
  • Final Sports Update – including Rugby and pre-season training
  • Student Achievements
  • Oxford University Competition for girls
  • Lift-Share Enquiry – Quedgeley / Hardwicke area
  • Calendar & Term dates published for 2015-16
  • AMENDED Term dates published for 2016-17
  • Summer dates to note
  • Patesian Players perform ‘Daisy Pulls if Off’ 27-29 August
  • Gloucestershire Youth Players perform ‘As You Like It’ – July tour underway

What an incredible House Drama finale it was on Wednesday evening! The shows were thoroughly entertaining and our expert judges, Pamela Armstrong and Alexis Paterson, were completely blown away – in fact they stood up and joined in the medley, making as much noise as everyone else! They genuinely felt it had been a privilege to be involved, though I didn’t envy them the task of choosing a winner. Huge congratulations to the winners of House Drama 2015 - Gloucester, who also won the award for Musicality under the leadership of Freya Ireland. Other awards were Beaufort – Stagecraft; Richmond – Choreography; and York – Set / Design.  York also won Edward Derbyshire’s special Director’s ‘Director’ Award. Well done indeed to everyone!  

House Drama (digital) photos will be available to buy next week - we will let you know once they are published on the website.
House Drama DVD order form here (return in September)

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Head Master's Message w/c 13th July 2015

Headlines:

  • House Drama update and information
  • Charity Day update - + please don’t forget sunscreen / sunhats! (Thurs 16th July)
  • Community Committee work
  • Young Geographer of the Year Competition
  • Trips update
  • Sports update
  • School Calendar 2015-16 – now published
  • Term Dates 2016-17 – now published
  • Student medication to be collected from the front office please

We have arrived at the last week of term and school is busier than ever in the build up to the grand finale of House Drama, when our students will be bringing to the stage shows which they themselves have scripted, choreographed and rehearsed, not forgetting the huge contribution of band members and tech and media crews, as well as the intense business of producing their own programmes and DVDs. Many other schools can only dream of such things; how lucky we are to have such spirit and such talent. House competitions are one of things which makes Pate’s special and I know that the students are very grateful to their Heads of House – Alex Derbyshire, Sophie Dodds, Joel Herbert and Sam Pickering – for getting behind them. I would like to thank parents for all your help with pick-ups, costumes, learning lines, etc. – I am certain you will agree it was all worthwhile! The sixth form production teams have been outstanding and have done an amazing job managing the record-breaking numbers of students wanting to be involved. My family is very much looking forward to performances next week, and none of it could be possible without Edward Derbyshire’s expertise and tireless enthusiasm, along with Rachel Thorpe’s masterminding of the complex logistics!

House Drama Notes:

  • Cast - Wednesday arrangements: please note that participating students should stay in school on the Wednesday after the matinée, ready for the evening performance. The Parents’ Association will kindly be cooking and selling hot dogs for tea (including a vegetarian option), although students are welcome to bring a packed tea if they would rather. There will also be drinks and ice creams available to buy from the PA.
  • Parking & Pickup: We are hoping to provide parking on the school field for those coming to see the shows. For those parents driving in to pick up students after the show there will be a one way system in operation - please drive straight up around the back of OED, where there will be an exit gate open. Please arrange for your children to meet you there. I must stress very strongly the importance of parking considerately if parking offsite in the surrounding area – our neighbours do suffer increased disturbance and traffic on show nights and it is imperative that driveways are not blocked, even for 5 minutes. Your support with this would be greatly appreciated.
  • DVDs: House Drama DVDs will be filmed and produced once again by our student tech crew. These will cost £10 each and will be available when we return to school in September. Please click here to download an order form, which should be returned to the school office with payment before we break up for the summer. Order forms will also be available on performance nights.
  • Ticket update: both performances night are sold out and there are just a few tickets remaining for the Wednesday matinée performance (15th July) – please click here to buy tickets.

Enough about House Drama for now... because we also have Charity Day for the whole school to look forward to, and here is a message from the Charity Committee:
Next week on Thursday 16th July, Pate’s Charity Committee are hosting the annual Charity Day. From 1.35pm we will have a range of inflatables on the field, like Pillow Wars, Sumo Wrestling, a large bouncy castle, Gladiators and Last Man Standing (one of only 8 in the country). This will also be accompanied by a range of stalls run by every form in year 7 to 9. It will cost just £5 for a wristband to get unlimited goes on each inflatable and the bands will be on sale in the refectory at break and lunch all of the coming week. It will cost £1 to come in mufti and we have chosen a festival theme so we encourage everyone to bring out their flower crowns and come onto the field for live music, candyfloss and the chance to get polaroid photos with their friends. Burgers and hotdogs will be on sale from the refectory. Please remember to bring in some change. The charities we are supporting this year are: Water Aid, Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, The Brain Tumour Charity, St James City Farm and Goedgedacht. Please give generously to these worthy charities! (PS Please don’t forget sunscreen / sunhats!)

Community Committee:  earlier this week a great time was had by the mums and toddlers who visited school with local charity Family Space. Community Committee students had organised the event, with fun and games and a picnic in the wild area – well done to them on this invaluable outreach work. They also led assembly this morning and shared their plans for the coming year; including reading with local children, care home visits and Christmas cards and hampers.  There will be lots of opportunities for our students to engage with and contribute to our local community over the coming months and the Community Committee have made a great start.

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Our school reunion last weekend was a great success – we had school leavers from 5 years ago, and 10 years ago, and they and staff enjoyed catching up on all the news.  It is always so good to welcome students back and my thanks to to the staff who gave up their Saturday afternoon to come along and see how everyone is getting on.  My special thanks to Shirley Park for organising such an enjoyable day for everyone.

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Young Geographer of the Year Competition: congratulations to all of our talented Y7 and Y8 Geographers who entered this competition. The standard of the approximately 200 entries was very high, with evidence of considerable time being spent on research and presentation. We had a very difficult task choosing our winners and had to focus on the entries that directly answered the question set: Does Antarctica matter? The winning entries, which will now be entered into the Royal Geographical Society's national competition, were written by: Luke Buck, Alice Cooper, Helena Cox, Juwayriyah Dhalech, Isaac Fee, Shenuka Haegoda, Ben Halliwell, Coco Heppner, Florence Lazenby and Sam Thomas. Well done!

Trips Update:
SKI 2016 – please note that the payment schedule for accepted SKI trip places is now available on School Comms.

Our Sports Teams Photos
The summer team photos are now available to view and purchase online using the link and security code below. Also find the winter security code for those of you who have not had time to purchase your winter team photos.
Summer sports team photos (here)  A security code is needed this is 11578-99208.
Winter sports team photos (here)  A security code is needed this is 11408-69160.
District Cricket Success
Last Friday both the U15 & U13 Cricket teams played in the District Finals at Cheltenham Cricket Club. The U15s were drawn against Bournside, who had recently been crowned County Champions. Pate’s batted first but could only post 102 after some good bowling, and it was always going to be a tough ask to defend. Despite taking 5 wickets, the total proved to be too small and Bournside knocked the total off with plenty of time to spare.  The U13 game proved to be a different match altogether. This time against Tewkesbury, Pate’s once again batted first but made a commanding total of 200-9 from their 30 overs with Felix McDermott-Krasker scoring an impressive 66. Although Tewkesbury started positively they struggled when Pate’s turned to spin and it was Nick Frank who finished with 5-14 from his short spell that ripped through tail end to give Pate’s the win.

School Year 2015-16 - Calendar:
The school calendar for the next school year is now published and available on the school website and also via Plato (quick links below):
School calendar (here)
Term dates 2015-16 (here) - please note that, to allow for staff training and development, there will be 8 early finishes throughout the school year, when buses will arrive at 2pm, as well as the usual INSET days when no students are in school.
Term dates 2016-17 (here) – please note that INSET and training days will be added at a later date.

Finally, please could I remind parents and students to collect any unused personal medication from the school office before the end of term.  I look forward to seeing many of you at the House Drama performances this week.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

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