Head’s Weekly Message – Friday 14th September 2018


House Drama DVDs are now available for collection from main Reception!  If you missed the opportunity to order one last term please email yshelmerdine@patesgs.org – the cost is £10, (payable on collection for late orders).

  • House Music 26th & 27th September – tickets available (Thurs sold out)
  • Diwali Celebration Sun 4th November 2-5pm – call for entries
  • OPRO mouth guard fitting – additional date – Friday 21st September
  • Last chance to book Senior Art Trip to Venice
  • Duke of Edinburgh meetings 17th & 18th September (reminder)
  • Calendar and Trips Update
  • School Transport Update (Great Malvern area)
  • European Youth Parliament National Competition 2018

In today’s assembly senior rugby players shared highlights of their summer tour of South Africa.  They showed stunning photos and a film they had made on their travels, and gave an exciting commentary on the matches they played.  What an incredible opportunity for these students, who worked hard to raise some of the money for the trip themselves, supported by our PE staff.  My thanks to Simon Dandy and the team for making it all possible.   Good luck to girls in their fundraising for their South Africa tour next summer!

Tickets are now available for House Music 2018 – £8 (adults) and £3 (students) – buy them on the school website (http://https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/patesgs).  Shows are on Wednesday 26th September – matineé @ 2pm and evening performance at 7pm.  (Apologies that Thursday 27th September performance is already sold out.)  Rehearsals of bands, orchestras and choirs are in the early stages of development – lots of hard work in progress!  Further details regarding the practicalities for students involved in House Music will be emailed to parents early next week.  

Diwali Celebration Sun 4th November @ 2pm – 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 30th September 2018:

  • Individual / Group Name:
    Item: Indian Dance / Musical Instruments/Music vocal:
    Brief detail about your performing item:
  • Participant’s name:
  • Lead contact details:
  • (Compering places are now filled)

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.  To send in your details, or for any queries, please email Thrinethra Gowri Shankar (Y12) thrinethra.gowrishankar@patesgs.org We are really excited about this year’s show with lots of new varieties added and the planning is now well underway.

Diwali 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 in sponsoring any part of this event, please contact Mrs. Gowri Shankar (here), or telephone 07554004795.  Diwali Market Place: Once again this year we are planning to have our Indian market place to grab last minute Diwali shopping. If anyone interested in selling India outfits, accessories, handicrafts and arts please contact Mrs Gowri Shankar to book a stall.

OPRO mouth guard fitting – Friday 21st September: A reminder to all students who are still awaiting mouth guard fitting – they should go to the gallery from 1.30pm (Y8-13), and from 2.30pm onwards (Y7).  Any student wishing to order a mouth guard at this stage must visit the OPRO website www.opro.com

TRIP LAUNCH reminder – Senior Art Trip to Venice: application deadline is 18 September.  Open to Y11,12,13 to Venice 19-21st October 2018 – please see full details on our website.


REMINDER Duke of Edinburgh Award meetings this week:  A reminder that all those interested in registering to complete DofE through the school are invited, with parents, to an information meeting in the refectory at the following times:

  • Bronze Award Monday 17 September @ 6pm
  • Silver/Gold Award Tuesday 18 September @ 6pm

All DofE information including registration forms is available on our dedicated website at https://www.patesgsdofe.org/

Calendar Update:

  • Mon 17 Sept – Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award meeting for parents 6-7pm in Refectory
  • Tues 18 Sept – Duke of Edinburgh Silver / Gold Award meeting for parents 6-7pm in Refectory
  • Thurs 20 Sept – Y9 Girls HPV2 vaccinations
  • Fri 21 Sept – OPRO Mouth Guard fitting 1.30-3.30pm
  • Wed 26 Sept – HOUSE MUSIC MATINEE @ 2pm
  • Wed 26 Sept – HOUSE MUSIC @ 7pm
  • Thurs 27 Sept – HOUSE MUSIC @ 7pm
  • Tues 2 Oct – EARLY FINISH @ 2PM (Open Evening)
  • Wed 3 Oct – Parents’ Association AGM @ 7-8.30 in the Art Gallery (all welcome)
  • Thurs 4 Oct – Y12 Parents’ Social Evening @ 6.30-8.30pm
  • Wed 10 Oct – Y12 talk “Applying to Competitive Universities” (speaker from Kings, London)
  • Thurs 11 Oct – Y7 Parents’ Social Evening @ 6.30-8.30pm
  • Tues 16 Oct – MUSIC RECITAL @ 7pm
  • Wed 17 Oct – SCHOOL FINISHES FOR HALF TERM @ 3.40pm
  • Trips for w/c 17 Sept:
  • 19 Sept – Yr11 History Trip to the Globe Theatre, London

School Transport Update:  The family of a new Y12 student are interesting in linking up with others from the Great Malvern area.  They live just outside Great Malvern and are keen to hear from anyone travelling along the M50/M5 or via Tewkesbury.  If you are interested in follow this up please email ccollier@patesgs.org with your contact details.

European Youth Parliament National Competition 2018:  On the first week back in September, a team of nine students from Y1313 travelled to Liverpool Hope University to compete in the European Youth Parliament national debating competition, having successfully debated their way through a regional session at the Oxford Union. The group was comprised of:- Marawan Adam, Ellie Cheslin, Rumbi Dhewa, Ella Eagle Davies, Harry Folkard, Delilah Knight, Natalie Lincoln, Ben North and James Somper. The four-day programme was jam-packed full of activities; upon arrival, the team had just enough time to find their apartments for the weekend before being ushered to a team-building session. Six hours later, everyone had been split into their separate committees, gotten to know their fellow delegates well, and met those who would be guiding them through the experience, the committee chairs. The second day consisted of a demanding, but rewarding research task; creating proposals to tackle crucial issues, ranging from promoting gender equality abroad, to the unusual task of removing debris from space. Tensions were high, but the team performed amazingly well during the next two days in the General Assembly, defending their proposals and attacking those from other committees. Unfortunately, the team didn’t manage to get through altogether, however Delilah, Ella and Harry were selected by the Youth Parliament to go through to the international round as individuals. Well done to everyone on the team, and a special thank you to Mr Morton for accompanying them on the trip.  Ella Eagle Davies



Russel Ellicott
Head Master