Head’s Weekly Message – Friday 16th November 2018


Please remember tonight’s Auction in aid of the Girls Sports Tour – SILENT BIDS ACCEPTED UNTIL 6PM TONIGHT! Please follow this link to see the brochure. The event will take place in the Refectory at 7pm – free entry on the door. There will be refreshments and a bar available.


  • Girls Netball / Hockey Tour Auction – TONIGHT @ 7pm
  • House Art Winners announced
  • Volunteers needed to help with Y11 Mock Interview 31st Jan.
  • Chinese New Year Celebrations planned
  • Silver & Gold Duke of Edinburgh
  • Exam Invigilators Needed
  • Pate’s Foundation Concert (Pittville Pump Room) – Thurs 22 Nov @ 7pm
  • PA Christmas Bazaar – Tues 27th Nov 6-8pm
  • PA Quiz Night Fri 30 Nov – teams book your table!
  • Chicago – the senior production – 5th 6th & 7th Dec @ 7pm
  • Calendar & Trips Update
  • Bishops Cleeve Lift-Share request
  • Congratulations to Y12 Economics students

Driving onto school site: Please DO NOT drive in through the ‘no entry’ gates at the ‘Performing Arts’ car park. This is very dangerous and there was a near miss with someone nearly being hit by a car this week.

Mobile Phones: There has been an attempted mugging incident where a youth attempted to grab the mobile phone of a Pate’s student. Thankfully no harm done, but please remind your children to keep their valuables out of sight, especially on dark nights.

House Art Winners Announced: This morning’s assembly was a celebration of Art, with some stunning art and film on show. Congratulations to everyone who entered a piece on the theme of Diversity. The exhibition will be showing in the Art Gallery for the next few weeks – please do drop in to have a look if you can. Congratulations to: Pembroke – winners of the Junior Award – and Gloucester – winners of the Inter and Senior Awards. There were also individual awards in each year group: Y7 winner – Niall Baker; Y8 winner – Ben Neilson; Y10 winner – Ella Hung; Y11 winner – James Dadd; Y12 winner – Luyander Makonese; Y13 winner – Manasa Damarla.

Re: Volunteers needed to help with mock interviews, 31st January 2019: Shifts in economies throughout the world, prompted by globalisation, technological change and increased competition, mean that employers are increasingly looking for a set of generic employability skills in prospective employees that are in addition to career-specific qualifications because the labour market is intensely competitive.  In order to prepare our students for this, our careers guided programme leads students to explore the skills and qualities that are considered important by each career sector. Students are challenged to consider how they could evidence these skills from their school experience and extra-curricular activities and are encouraged to seek work experiences or volunteer in the community.

We would like to be able to offer all our Y11 students a mock interview so that they are better prepared and more able to perform confidently when confronted with a real interview for a work experience placement, sixth form position, university place or employment. A mock interview at this stage enables our young people to put measures in place to build or evidence skills. We would like to hold these mock interviews on Thursday 31st January. We are grateful to those parents who have already volunteered and look forward to welcoming them on the 31st.

We are looking for additional volunteers who would be prepared to come in and interview our students on Thursday 31st January between 9.30am – 1.00pm. If you are able to help, please contact Emma Adams-Morgan, emma.adams-morgan@patesgs.org  Many thanks for your help and support.

Chinese New Year Celebration: This year we are hoping to launch a Chinese New year celebration and would love to hear from any parents or students who would like to get involved in the planning and running of the event – even if only as an expert advisor. We would love to hear any ideas you have for celebrating Chinese New Year at Pate’s. Please contact joanna.kurlbaum@patesgs.org if you would like to know more, or are able to help in any way. Thank you.

Silver and Gold DofE: Please note that anyone wishing to apply to start either Silver or Gold awards this year through school must complete our online registration form on or before 30 November. The form can be found at https://www.patesgsdofe.org/getting-started

Exam Invigilators Needed: We are looking for more exam invigilators to work on an ad-hoc basis during exams seasons. Previous experience as an exam invigilator is preferred, but not essential, as training will be given. The rate of pay is £9 per hour. Please see the attached job description and follow this link to download a Support Staff Application Form from our website.

Pate’s Foundation Concert (Pittville Pump Room) – Thursday 22nd November @ 7pm. Please join us for this celebration concert combined with youngsters from the Richard Pate School. Tickets cost £10 (adults) and £6 (students) and are available to be on Ticketsource (here).

With less than two weeks before the Christmas Bazaar on Thursday, November 27th from 6pm to 8pm the PA is still short a few volunteers. If you have a spare hour on the evening please click on the volunteer doddle at https://doodle.com/poll/y29drtre6mmnxnsd and pop your name on the list. More Tombola prizes (bottles, chocolate and more chocolate, food and gifts) are desperately needed too. Many thanks to those who have donated already.

PA QUIZ NIGHT: There are just a handful of spaces left for the PA Christmas Family Quiz on Friday, November 30th in the refectory. Contact pavicechair@patesgs.org to put your name down and get payment details for the £30 fee. Teams can be up to six members of any age. Start preparing your picnics keeping them as simple or as lavish as you want. The PA bar will be on hand to serve wine, beer, soft drinks and other refreshments.

Two murderesses, the infamous club singer Velma Kelly and fame hungry Roxie Hart, find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. Sharing the clink with Velma and Roxie, are a collection of other sly females, all awaiting trial for the murders of their own partners headed by prison warden, Mama Matron. Showbiz lawyer Mr Billy Flynn, the puppeteer of the tabloids and representative of Velma, uses his charm to make the tabloids go crazy about Roxie and convince them of her innocence. However, just as Velma’s stardom falls, so does Roxie’s. When Go-to-hell Kitty arrives at the jail on a multiple murder charge, the press forget Roxie and now she and Velma are in the same boat. With one more trick up her sleeve Roxie manages to bring the media attention back onto her, and her day in court arrives. Billy is now ready to play the ultimate showman! 5, 6, 7, 8… ‘

The show will include 35 students directly on stage, with many more students working very hard behind the scenes in choreography, costumes, set and Tech.

Please come along and support the cast who will give you a night to remember.  The story will be told through music, dance and dialogue in a colourful, imaginative and fast-paced way, full of physical theatre, music and resourceful students!

Chicago performances are on 5th, 6th and 7th December @ 7pm. Tickets cost £10 (adults) and £6 (under 18s) and can be bought via Ticketsource on the school website (here).

Calendar Update:

    • Fri 16 Nov – Netball/Hockey Tour Auction Evening TONIGHT @ 7pm (Refectory)
    • Tues 20 Nov – Ski Trip Parents’ Information Evening 6-7pm (Hall)
    • Wed 21 Nov – Y10 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
    • Thurs 22 Nov – Pate’s Foundation Concert @ 7pm (Pittville Pump Room)
    • Tues 27 Nov – PA Christmas Bazaar 6-8pm
    • Wed 28 Nov – Y11 Parents’ Information Evening 7pm (Hall)
    • Fri 30 Nov – PA Quiz Night 6.30pm (Refectory)
    • Wed-Fri 5, 6, 7 Dec – Chicago @ 7pm
  • Trips for this week:
  • 19/11/18 – A Level Physics Trip – 68 Students – All Day
  • 22/11/18 – Foundation Concert rehearsals @ Pump Room 11.05-15.35

School Transport Lift-Share Request – Bishops Cleeve area. Please email office@patesgs.org in the first instance if you would like to pursue this.

On Friday 9th November 2018, 30 Year 12 economics students had the opportunity to attend the Festival of Economics at ‘We the Curious’ in Bristol. The day began with an interactive game, where we had to make the most profit by bidding for materials at an auction and then creating meals for a restaurant. This taught us the importance of adapting to situations in competitive markets whilst in a fun and enjoyable way.

Following this, Helen Miller from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) gave us an engrossing talk on the topic ‘Are the rich paying their fair share of taxes?’ She spoke about the different types of tax and who pays them, and then demonstrating using examples what happens when you change tax rates for the rich, giving her opinions on the topic whilst allowing us to make our own judgements. Afterwards, Helen, along with four other professional economists, engaged in a Q and A session, where they spoke about their jobs and how they had experienced economics, before allowing the audience to ask questions. Over the lunch break, there was an opportunity to speak to professional economists and students from the University of Bristol and ask any questions that people had about economics after A Level.

In the afternoon session, we were tasked with designing a poster outlining the issue of the gender pay gap, and our ideas as to how to reduce it. As part of a competition, these were then judged by a panel of economists, with the best three teams advancing to the next round in Hamburg. We were shocked to find out that two of the top three teams were from Pate’s. Overall the day was enjoyable and enhanced our knowledge of economics, and we would like to thank Mrs Cole for organising the day. Adam Dovey 12G1

Finally, a reminder that Friday 23rd and Monday 26th November are staff INSET days and therefore there will be no students in school.



Russel Ellicott
Head Master