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Head Master's Message w/c 6th July 2015

HEADLINES:

  • This week at Pate’s
  • Music Competition Results (here)
  • Spanish Work Experience Exchange – Feb 2016
  • Y8 & 9 (ie current Y7 & 8) Extra-curricular opportunities from September
  • Fundraising presentation at Cirencester Mon 6 July @ 7pm
  • Tai Ahmed winner of Exeter University essay competition (read it here)
  • Speaker from Palestine
  • Sponsorship opportunity for Richmond House next year
  • House Drama update
  • School Reunion for 2005 and 2010 leavers Sat 4 July @ 12pm

It has been a fabulously creative Arts Week at Pate’s, with a celebration almost every night of the week, including the A Level Art exhibition, Sports evening and Junior Concert. These have been wonderful opportunities for the students to showcase and celebrate what they are passionate about and I am enormously grateful to staff for organising them; I know that the benefits will be felt by those students long after they have grown up and left school.  In assembly this morning our new Y12 Wellbeing Committee introduced themselves and their aspirations for their year in office. They hope to promote an all-round sense of wellbeing within the school community and environment through a variety of organised opportunities and events, as well as masterminding the school recycling project, and I very much look forward to hearing more about their work in September.

Our Charity Committee has launched its annual Charity Day event, which will take place on the penultimate afternoon of this term, 16th July. They have organised an exciting summer festival with rides and attractions on the school field. Students are invited to pay £1 to dress in mufti on a Festival theme. Committee members will be selling £5 wristbands which will allow unrestricted access to the rides and attractions all afternoon. (Please make a note that if the weather holds it will be important for the students to be prepared with hats and sunscreen on that day.)

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Head Master's Message w/c 29th June 2015

HEADLINES:

  • This week at Pate’s
  • Cricket Week
  • Sports Team Photos
  • Sports Celebration Evening Tues 30th June @ 7pm
  • Junior Concert Thur 2nd July @ 7pm
  • House Drama update
  • Gloucestershire Youth Players’ summer tour dates

It has been a great week of cricket and House Drama rehearsals. The theme for this week’s Flexible Learning Day was ‘resourcefulness’ and students spent the day pitching their wits at various challenges, including making models and launching rockets, and I hope the students involved in ‘Pate’s Resourceful Monopoly’ fared well in their attempts at running the school finances!

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Head Master's Message w/c 22nd June 2015

HEADLINES:

  • Making £nds Meet Appeal
  • Parents’ Association Lobbies Parliament
  • House Drama 2016
  • Request for hosting Australian cricketers
  • More Athletics Success!
  • Sports Team Photos now available
  • Trips Launch - Berlin Experience 2016
  • Calendar / Forthcoming Events:

I would like to express my most sincere thanks to all those have made donations to our Making £nds Meet Appeal. I am writing to thank everyone personally, so if you haven’t received a letter from me within a couple of weeks of sending in your donation, particularly if it came in by ‘pupil post’, I would be most grateful if you would check that we have received it. Some donations have taken a little time to emerge from the school bag! We are making fantastic progress at conquering next year’s shortfall, but the following year (16/17) is still a significant concern. We need to start tackling it now. It is worth noting that many employers offer ‘match funding’ as part of their CSR policy to employees who make donations to a charity. Pate’s, as an ‘exempt charity’, can benefit from this. These can be very generous and double the value of your donation. More information is available here including a list of companies who offer this, or speak to your HR or personnel department direct. I would like to add another reminder that we are giving the finance presentation again in school, next Tuesday 23rd June at 5.30pm. For those of you who live further away in the Cirencester, Stroud, and Swindon areas we are giving the presentation on Monday 6th July at 7pm in Cirencester (United Business Centres (Midlands) Ltd, Cirencester Office Park, Tetbury Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JJ). To book a place, please click on the date of the event you wish to attend, which helps us arrange appropriate seating. For further information on how to make a donation please click here or contact Shirley Park (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

I am delighted that our Parents’ Association Committee have decided to champion a feeling amongst our parents of wishing to help raise the profile of the funding crisis in our schools in Parliament. The committee has prepared a ‘sample letter’ which parents can use as much or little of, as they wish to write to their MP. Please visit the PA part of the website HERE to read more and to access the letter and find contact details for MPs.

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Head Master's Message w/c 15th June 2015

HEADLINES:

  • Funding crisis in schools – BBC news (here
  • What a week of success in Athletics!
  • Second-hand school uniform & kit – Message from the Parents’ Association
  • Calendar / Forthcoming Events:
  • Music Tour photos (here

This has been a hugely successful and enjoyable athletics week for Pate’s, with lots of students taking part in the various regional competitions – please see the full report below. My thanks as always to PE staff for their endless enthusiasm and support.

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Head Master's Message w/c 8th June 2015

Headlines:

  • Summer term activities
  • Cricket Week
  • Arts Week
  • Dates for your Diary
  • Making £nds Meet Appeal
  • A Night at the Musicals – Wed 24th June @ 7pm
  • Sports Celebration Evening – Tues 30th June @ 7pm
  • Trips Update – re Y7 Normandy and Ski Trips
  • Maths Challenge
  • Chernobyl Children's Clothing Appeal
  • School Gateway Update

GCSE and A Level exams have resumed this week and Y7-10 internal exams will take place during week commencing 15th June. Once exams are finished, a truly action-packed remainder of term lies ahead with many trips and activities crammed into the calendar. Summer sports House matches will take place throughout the term and rehearsals begin for all those involved in the annual House Drama competition (House Officials will be sending out rehearsal schedules to parents shortly – thank you for your support in enabling students to take part in this end of term extravaganza!).

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Head Master's May Half Term Message 2015

 

HEADLINES:

  • Parents’ Fundraising Presentation and Update – Tuesday 23rd June @ 5.30pm
  • Ski Trip 2016
  • Extra-curricular clubs reminder
  • Lost Property – final call!
  • Current Vacancy – German Foreign Language Assistant
  • Sports Update
  • Pate’s Reading Challenge
  • Gloucester Academy of Music summer courses
  • National Youth Theatre success

Half term has arrived, bringing some much needed respite from GCSEs and A Level exams.  Our young musicians set off for Cardiff this morning, very excited at the prospect of the concerts and sightseeing Ms Lane has organised for them and I am very grateful to her for providing such a fabulous opportunity that they will never forget.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the many parents who have given up their valuable time to attend our finance presentations. It’s not pleasant listening but I hope you will agree (and the feedback received certainly suggests that is the case) that we have a very real and better alternative in our ‘Making £nds Meet’ Appeal.  We are aware that there are still many parents who would like to attend, so we will give the presentation again on the Tuesday 23rd June at 5.30pm. To help us prepare sufficient seating, please, if possible, book a place in advance via Ticket Source here.  Please note, that the year 11 Alton Towers trip is estimated to return to school at 6.30pm so hope that parents picking up from this might be able to attend the presentation in advance. The initial response has been encouraging; thank you to all those who have already returned their donation forms or donated via Virgin Money Giving. However there is still a long way to go, so please do help if you can. Further links and information available here - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any further queries. I look forward to providing an update on how much of the shortfall we have eaten in to, after half term. 

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Head Master's Message w/c 18th May 2015

HEADLINES:

  • The class of 2015 – Leavers’ celebrations
  • Sports News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Trip Launch – German Exchange
  • Current Vacancies
  • Chernobyl Children's Lifeline Link appeal for clothing
  • Home to School Travel Update
  • Connected Economists Magazine download

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Today is Leavers’ Day, a day of celebration for our Year 13s. They started the day with a full cooked breakfast and the whole school enjoyed their special awards assembly and citations. To quote the lyrics from this year’s Leavers’ Song, “All Star”, they have so much to do and so much to see, and we will certainly miss them, but hope they will join us for our Y14 Christmas reunion, as is now tradition. It was lovely to welcome Y13 parents into school last night for farewell drinks and to thank them for their support, not least, as Joe said in his speech, the many hours spent ironing as those school shirts over the past 7 years!

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Head Master's message w/c 11th May 15

 HEADLINES:

  • This week at Pate’s
  • Important note regarding communications with parents (Schoolcomms)
  • Performing Arts Update
  • Art Department News
  • Trips Update
  • Travel to School Update
  • Student extra-curricular achievements
  • Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers due in
  • Berkhampstead School 70th Anniversary celebrations

We had blustery Sports Day finals this week but the students were stoic and fought a very close battle for the House Cup. The final winners were not known until the relays – congratulations once again to Gloucester on a very close win, beating Richmond by only 1 point! Please click here for details of the record-breakers (8 in all) as well as the individual sports awards. Well done to all who took part in such challenging conditions and my thanks to Simon Dandy and the PE staff for organising such a professional and enjoyable competition.

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Head Master's Message w/c 4th May 2015

 HEADLINES:

  • School Funding
  • Pate's Music - Pate's at Jazz Festival on Sunday
  • Sports Days - Tuesday & Wednesday
  • Pate's Amnesteam announced Final Winners of Amnesty International Youth Campaign Award
  • Performing Arts at Pate's
  • Sport at Pate's
  • Lost Property

Following my recent email inviting parents to come to school to hear a presentation about the impact of the education sector funding cuts on Pate’s, please can I urge you to take a few minutes to read the recent article in the guardian (link here). Pate’s is not in any way protected from these cuts (and cost increases) and maybe I can clarify 3 widespread misconceptions:
1. We have had no funding from the Pate’s Foundation for 3 years.
2. Recent building works and improvements to the site are as a result of successful (and hard fought) bids to specific pots of money that can only be spent on those projects…and we are checked!
3. Political leaders have stated that education funding is ‘ring-fenced’. This only applies to a part of school funding for years 7 to 11 and does not include 6th form funding at all. The real picture is very different.
To hear more, please sign up to the forthcoming funding presentations:
13th May, 7pm in the refectory – click here to book your place
19th May, 7pm in the refectory – click here to book your place
If you can’t make either of these, please get in touch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will find another opportunity. If you have already signed up, thank you and please try and encourage others to attend. This really is important.

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Head Master's Message w/c 27th April 2015

 HEADLINES:

  • Election fever at Pate’s
  • Leavers' Concert Wednesday 29th April @ 7pm (Pittville Pump Room)
  • Upcoming events
  • Trips Update
  • Communications Update
  • Teacher Training Opportunities
  • Message from the School Library
  • Handball regional champions!
  • Young Entrepreneurs Final - results

Election fever is hotting up at Pate’s. We are extremely lucky to have such a politicised student body and it’s been a joy to see students from all year groups across the school getting excited about the General Election. As a school we are delighted to take advantage of this election fever and so are holding not one, but two elections on the 6th May (Leavers Day for Years 11 & 12)…one day before the real thing. So there will be one election for lower school (Years 7, 8 & 9) and one for Years 10,11,12 & 13. In true cutting edge Pate’s style, both will be held via digital democracy in an online vote.

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Head Master's Message w/c 20th April 2015

HEADLINES:

  • Funding Presentations – 13th & 19th May
  • Upcoming Events
  • Ski Trip Update
  • Announcement regarding a new communication/payments system for parents
  • Pate’s Amnesteam in final 3 nominees for Amnesty International award
  • Sam Cole (Y12) winner of Cambridge politics essay competition
  • Year 7, 11 & 13 group photographs available to order

I hope you have had a chance to read my email invitation to the forthcoming presentations about the financial situation facing Pate’s. Please do come. Just as a reminder, the presentations are taking place on Wednesday 13th May and Tuesday 19th May, starting at 7pm, in the refectory. It would help us arrange appropriate seating if you could book places in advance for your preferred date, using the links below, although this is not essential. Students are welcome.
Book a place for the Wednesday 13th May here.
Book a place for Tuesday 19th May here.
Further information is also available on the website here.

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