Head’s Weekly Message – Friday 13th July 2018


  • House Drama 2018 – winners
  • House Drama DVDs available to order here
  • House Summer Newsletters
  • Summer House Matches – winners
  • Senior Production – Chicago
  • Charity Day raises over £1400 for ‘Cardiac Risk in the Young’
  • Diwali Celebration Sun 4th November @ 4pm – call for entries!!
  • Information from Outdoor Education Department
  • Summer Sports Photos are now available
  • HD Sportswear update
  • Host families need for Chinese visitors Sept/Oct
  • Gloucestershire Youth Players present ‘Twelfth Night’ summer
  • School Transport update re Igo Bus route 2
  • A Reminder to all ‘Advanced Bilingual Learners

Congratulations to everyone involved in last night’s House Drama!  What an incredible achievement to be able to put on five shows of such high calibre, with fantastic sets, superb scripts, musical scores, choreography and costume!  And the whole thing put together by students!  My thanks to Rachel Thorpe and the Heads of House for going above and beyond to help make such a feat possible.  Congratulations to House Drama winners 2018 – Beaufort, who were unbeatable with their James and the Giant Peach.  Gloucester won the award for Best Acting; Pembroke – Best Band; Richmond – Best Choreography, and York – Best Set.

House Drama – the DVD: available to order now! The DVD costs £10 and is available to order via Schoolcomms Gateway here.  Only one copy can be ordered, so if you would like more than one copy please order extras via Mrs Shelmerdine .  The finished article will be available for collection from Reception in September.  Huge thanks to Tristan Sharman for his expertise and incredible hard work filming and editing.  Funds raised will go directly to the Tech Crew budget for future productions.

House Newsletters: please follow the relevant link for your summer term House Newsletter.  BEAUFORT, GLOUCESTER, PEMBROKE, RICHMOND, YORK.

In assembly this morning I presented individual House Sports Colours, as well as announcing the winners of this season’s House Matches: Y7-8 Rounders – Gloucester; Y9-10 Rounders – Richmond; Y7-8 Tennis – Pembroke; Y9-10 Tennis – York; Y12 Mixed Tennis – Gloucester; Y12 Mixed Rounders – Richmond; Y7-8 Cricket – joint Pembroke & Richmond; and Y9-10 Cricket – Gloucester. Also in assembly this morning, there was great excitement as Grace Burnett and Ellie Lane announced next term’s Senior production ‘Chicago.’  There will be many opportunities to join in singing, dancing, costume, set, tech etc. – full details to follow.

Congratulations to the Charity team who organised fun on the field yesterday, with giant inflatables, open mic, sponge the teacher, and Y7 stalls. They managed to raise over £1400 for their chosen charity ‘Cardiac Risk in the Young.’  Thanks to everyone who paid £1 (or £1.50) to wear mufti and join in the fun, and thanks to staff for helping to man the stalls and have wet sponges hurled at them!


Diwali Celebration Sun 4th November @ 4pm – call for entries!!  Time flies and we are now entering into the fourth year of Diwali celebrations at Pate’s. This celebration was featured in the BBC Asian Network show last year covering the South-West Region. Its popularity grows year by year and people have already begun enquiring about this year’s celebration. This celebration at Pate’s gives you a cultural experience packed with dance, music, and food.

It’s time to call for entries, so if you would like to perform in the show, please send the following information before 16th September 2018:

  • Individual / Group Name:
    Item: Indian Dance / Musical Instruments/Music vocal:
    Brief detail about your performing item:
  • Participant’s name:
  • Lead contact details:
  • We also need two comperes for the show, please send your name and year group.

Last year, we had a mums dance and it was an extraordinary hit, so we are including Mums/Dads dance again this year and calling for entries. This year, we are including new Indian classical/semi-classical dance styles and music in the programme.  We are planning to have an opening group song after lighting the candles at the very beginning of the show. It is a three minute song with a repetition of small verses. If you are interested in singing, please send your details. The practice sessions will be organised during the school lunch times or after school.

Please send us your details to Thrinethra Gowri Shankar – thrinethra.gowrishankar@patesgs.org. If you need any more information, please contact Thrinethra. We are really excited about this year’s show with lots of new varieties added and the planning has already begun.

Sponsorship: At last year’s event we had sponsors from businesses based in Gloucester, Cheltenham and London. Again, this year, we are looking for sponsors – if you are interested to sponsor this event, please contact Mrs. Gayathiri Gowri Shankar: gee_shankar@yahoo.com.


Information from Outdoor Education Department

After school Climbing and Shooting Clubs:

Students wanting to join or continue with these clubs from September should sign up via the following link https://www.patesgsoed.org/.


Students heading off on expeditions during the summer should refer to https://www.patesgsdofe.org/forms for joining instructions.

Students wanting to join the DofE scheme for next year at any level should sign up by following this link https://www.patesgsdofe.org/getting-started

You do not need to be a member of CCF in order to participate in the DofE scheme through school.


Students wanting to join the CCF scheme for next year should sign up by following this link https://www.pgsccf.com/join_us

Over the holidays you can contact natalie.berry@patesgs.org  for CCF and DofE queries and pauline.mussi@patesgs.org for Climbing and Shooting Club and DofE queries. We will have intermittent access to our emails and will endeavour to give you a reply within a week.


The summer sports photos are now available online using the link below. They look great so please have a look. Log in details www.academyorder.co.uk PASSWORD: PATESSUMMER18


HD Sportswear orders for New Academic Year: HD Sportswear online shop is open for orders for September with the new range of Canterbury kit.  Items can be ordered for home delivery on UPS for your peace of mind and no stress at the start of term!  See the range here on their website: www.hdsportswear.co.uk


Host families needed: for a group of Chinese students coming over in Sept/Oct – date to be confirmed but likely to by 23 September to 13 October.  If you are interested or would like to know more please email Francesca Coppola fcoppola@patesgs.org


Gloucestershire Youth Players present ‘Twelfth Night’ summer tour – free to watch – between 20th & 30th July at stunning summer venues across the region.  All the players are ex-Pate’s students and they know how to put on a fabulous and thoroughly entertaining performance!  Find them on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram @gyptheatre.


School Transport Update: Following the news this week that Igobus is making changes to Route 2 and not picking up in Hucclecote and other Gloucester areas, is anyone interested in a new Denwell’s bus route picking up in Hucclecote (subject to getting enough pupils).  If this isn’t a feasible option, would you be interested in car sharing? Please can you contact Hannah on h_i_bradley@hotmail.com, if you are interested.


A Reminder to all Advanced Bilingual Learners: Please would you complete this questionnaire (a few minutes only) on the link below if you believe your child might fall into our Advanced Bilingual Learners (ABL) – https://goo.gl/forms/QRIEyRAv9GueojT82 In line with GDPR legislation, the sensitive personal data collected via this form will be kept securely and shared with staff in accordance with our data policy. If you would like discuss our support of advanced bilingual learners, or our use of this data, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Kurlbaum (here). (Joanna.Kurlbaum@patesgs.org).


I look forward to welcoming everyone back in the Autumn on Wednesday 5th September and would like to wish all Pate’s families a happy and relaxing, well-earned summer holiday.  I look forward to seeing everyone back in September, when we will welcome new Year 7s and new Y12s.



Russel Ellicott
Head Master