Head Master’s Summer Message 2021

HEADLINES

  • House Drama premiere – Winners are Beaufort!
  • House Music theme announced – International Citizenship
  • Making Voices Heard Activities week Human Rights Workshops
  • Pate’s pupils show racism the red card
  • Y8 Science Fair
  • Charity Day raised
  • Activities Week at Pate’s
  • Congratulations to Maggie Maclellan (12R)
  • CyberFirst Summer Student Courses (attached)
  • RSPCA Young Photographer competition
  • Full School Uniform to be worn from September
  • Dramestics Production – From Age to Age, running from 14 to 25 July
  • Calendar Update

All students watched the premiere of House Drama this morning.  It was remarkable what was achieved in spite of all of Y12 going into quarantine on day one of rehearsals!  Determined that the show must go one, Heads of House, with the help of returning Y13 House Officials, put together 5 fabulous shows, including choreography, set and costume.  Special thanks to the Y12 officials who edited the final videos, to tech crew and Mr Gibson for film days, and to Miss Burnett, our Head of Drama.  Congratulations to overall winners Beaufort!  Beaufort say goodbye to their Head of House, as Mrs Collins, after 6 years as Head of Beaufort, is becoming Head of Year 8 from September.   Great to go out with the win!  We are very pleased to announce that House Music will be live in September, but on a smaller scale this year, with just Y7, Y8, Y12 and Y13 taking part.  The theme of International Citizenship was announced to House Officials this week, and they are busy deciding on pieces for Boys Choir, Girls Choir and Ensemble.   The cycle of House competitions never ends!  Our thanks extend too of course, to our amazing House Sponsors who have so generously supported us this year.  We are sorry not to have seen them in school but we are very much looking forward to welcoming them to Pate’s In the autumn.

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Some of this week’s activities at Pate’s:

Our Y7 and Y8 were amazing tour guides for our open afternoons this week.  We had many compliments from visiting families, who were hugely appreciative of having the opportunity to visit the school and meet the students.   I am grateful to all the parents who made it possible – thank you.

Some amazingly powerful (sometimes painful) messages and pupil voice came out of our Making Voices Heard Activities Week workshops on Human Rights, Inequality and Ecocide (the Earth has rights as well as humans).  The students really wowed us, and we are very proud to echo the anti-racist, inclusive voices and calls for gender, racial and social equality. Here is a small selection of work from the many outstanding contributions we had:

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Pate’s pupils show racism the red card: Responding to the racial abuse of England footballers following Sunday’s final, Y8 produced these fabulous cards, which have been posted to the players with their positive messages of support:-

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Y8 Science Fair:  Year 8 have spent the last two days during ‘Activities Fortnight’ showcasing the skills they have developed in conducting experiments in Science over the time they have spent in Lower School Science. The students were allowed to choose a topic or idea that they would like to investigate in groups of four and research, plan, investigate, conclude and evaluate their idea. Congratulations go to the winners in Gloucester – Isobel (Thornton), Pritti (Mane), Sinchana (Hedge) and Jessica (Selvin), whose investigation was titled ‘The Perfect Crime’ and involved looking at how temperature can impact the way that luminol presents evidence. The group impressed the judges with the originality of their project, their energetic and engaging presentation and how well they answered the judges’ questions.

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Charity Day, unfortunately, had to be cancelled as Y12 had to isolate last week and were unable to run the event. However, we were still able to raise just over £800 from the donations made on school gateway and from the cake sale. Thank you to everyone who donated money or baked cakes. Well done to Bhavik and Zach (both in 7P), our baking/decorating competition winners!

PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED CYBERFIRST SUMMER STUDENT COURSES.

We are delighted that Maggie Maclellan in Year 12 has been awarded a prize for a prestigious essay competition run by the New College of the Humanities. Her essay on ‘Is Literature Always a Force for Good?’ received a Highly Commended by the judges. Well done, Maggie!

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RSPCA Photography Competition: Please see full details attached.

More books to Africa:   A large quantity of boxes were couriered to Books to Africa this week – no longer needed textbooks from our Biology, Chemistry and Geography departments were collected by this Canterbury based charity, to provide educational resources for schools all over Africa.  Thanks to staff for organising this incredible initiative.

Full School Uniform in September: We are planning for school to return to the normal timetable in September.  Students will therefore be expected to be in full school uniform and revert to changing for PE/Games in the changing rooms for relevant lessons.  Correct PE kit will also be required.  Uniform information can be found here.  We have also attached a leaflet from Monkhouse (formerly Schooltogs) who continue to supply some of the compulsory items eg skirt, blazer with school crest.  Details of Nash Sportswear who supply the PE kit can be found here.  All orders are delivered to your home with a free returns service.

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Edward Derbyshire, previously our Head of Drama and more recently teacher of Mandarin, has asked us to share the details of his latest production, From Age to Age, running from 14 to 25 July in some beautiful venues throughout the area: Syde Manor, Montpellier/Naunton Park, the Forest of Dean, Rococo Gardens, Owlpen Manor, Lansdown Hall in Stroud, and the Three Choirs Festival at Worcester.  Details can be found at www.dramesticstheatre.co.uk .

Calendar Update:

  • Thurs 2nd Sept – INSET Day
  • Fri 3rd Sept – New Y7 & New Y12 in school
  • Mon 6th Sept – all students in school
  • Friday 3rd September 1.30 pm – 5 pm, PPA Nearly New Uniform Shop, the Bungalow

Finally, I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe summer break.  I feel we have all truly earned it this year!  We are all looking forward to more normality when we return in September.   Thank you, as always for your support – we couldn’t do what we do without the incredible support we have from parents.

Russel Ellicott
Head Master