Head’s Weekly Message – Friday 25th May 2018

The Pate’s community is deeply saddened by the death of a distinguished teacher and colleague, Chris Morgan, who passed away in his sleep on Tuesday.  Chris was an outstanding History teacher who had enriched the life of thousands of students and prompted so many to follow his passion for the subject at University. He was an exceptional academic whose knowledge and love for his subject was married to a unique and infectious sense of humour.  Chris was looking forward to his retirement at the end of this academic year and it is so sad that he did not have the chance to enjoy his time away from the classroom. In the lead up to his final weeks at Pate’s Chris was persuaded to engage in a Q and A session with sixth form students to mark his time at the school. The hall was crammed and Chris talked about his upbringing, his strongly held beliefs and the continual joy he felt being a teacher. The students responded with gifts and a standing ovation. To generations of Patesians he was a ‘legend’, and I am glad that Chris was able to see how much he meant to them.  Staff and students have been sharing their memories of Chris, and the sheer volume of tributes we have received from his students, past and present, has been deeply moving.  Over the coming months we will find a fitting way to honour Chris and his legacy.  We have lost a very dear friend – someone who loved the school and who cared so much about our students. As we mourn and celebrate the life of a caring, academic hero we wish to offer our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

HEADLINES: 

  • 2018-19 INSET days and early finishes are now published (here)
  • Data Protection Notices
  • Calendar and Trips update
  • Weekly Sports Review

It has been another week of exams in school and I know that senior students will appreciate the half term break.  The Y8 trip to Germany was a great success this week, despite the rain!  The group stayed in a youth hostel right on the banks of the Rhein.  They enjoyed a visit to the fortress and a cable car ride in Koblenz, and learnt all about German history in Bonn.  Some Haribo may also have been consumed!  My thanks to Mrs Lorna Blacklock and the Language Department for organising this trip.

Data Protection Notice: In line with the new regulations regarding how we use your and your children’s data, we have updated our data protection policy which can be found here and our privacy notices. All of these can be found in the “Our School” section on the website under ‘Statutory Policies and Documents” here.

CCF Notice for Year 8 parents:  All students currently in Year 8 are invited to join the Pate’s Grammar School Combined Cadet Force which meets every Friday during term time from 4.00pm to 6.00pm.  Our CCF is highly regarded for its standard of training.  As well as many shooting prizes, one of our cadets was recently awarded ‘Top Cadet’ on a national Leadership Course.  While many aspects of training are funded by the Ministry of Defence, an annual contribution of £130 per cadet is required to fund CCF activities.  The aim of the CCF is to develop personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline and many of the cadets gain promotion and stay with CCF until the end of Sixth FormPlease visit the CCF website (here) and click on ‘JOIN US’ for more information and to apply.

Calendar Update:

2018-19 INSET days and early finishes are now published (here)

  • Mon 4 June – School restarts
  • w/c 11th June – Internal Exams week for Y7, Y8, Y9 and Y12
  • w/c 11th June – Cricket Week
  • Thurs 14 June – MCC vs Pate’s

Trips for first week back:

  • 6th June – Y8 Science Fair, Cheltenham 09:30-13:00

I would like to wish everyone a relaxing half term.  When we return we will be straight into Summer House matches (rounders, tennis, cricket) – please could students be reminded to bring their kit at the start of the week.  Thank you.

 

 

Russel Ellicott
Head Master