Head Master’s Message 27th November 2020


  • PPA Christmas Raffle tickets – please help us reach our target!
  • Pate’s ‘Live’ Informal Concerts Series – Debut Performance!
  • Pate’s Christmas celebrations
  • Hearts for School care home project
  • Family Space Hamper donations – thank you!
  • Parental Survey
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Update
  • Word of the Week – Perspective
  • House Art winners Y10-13

Pate’s Parents’ Association Christmas Raffle

Normally at this time of year we would be asking for your help in many different ways – donations of raffle prizes, tombola gifts, cake donations and your attendance to our fabulous Christmas Bazaar.   But this year many things haven’t gone to plan, and there are no on-site events for you to come along to.  In order to make sure that we are still raising much needed funds for the school, we are running one massive fundraiser this term – an online Christmas Raffle with a target to raise £10,000!!!! Please, please support us and purchase as many raffle tickets as you can and spread the word to family and friends.

Buying raffle tickets is really easy!  Go to the Payments section of your child’s School Gateway account (here), put in the amount of money you would like to spend (anything from £1 up is gratefully received) and remember to put your full name or the person buying the tickets name and a phone number in the comment section so we can contact you if you win!  If you would like to buy tickets but don’t have a School Gateway account please email PA Chair Anna Macey Michael PAChair@patesgs.org – thank you so much for your continued support.

The Music Department is delighted to announce the launch of a new, regular and COVID secure Informal Concert series! Every Tuesday lunchtime in the Recital Room, there will be Year Group Informal Concerts, recorded ‘as live’ and packaged up here for your delectation. Launching this new concert series, this week we had Year 13!  You can view this week’s Informal Concert here:- https://www.patesgs.org/hidden/y13concert.mp4  Fabulous!

Students who would like to sign up for a future Year Group Informal Concert should please see the noticeboard in the Music Department for more information, or speak to Mr Fox.


Christmas celebrations:  It has been a great shame that we have been unable to hold our Carol Service and Christmas Community event this year; and our usual Christmas activities in school have had to be postponed.   However, Mrs Greene and her team in the Pate’s Refectory have stepped up and are laying on Christmas Bubble lunches for all year groups!   Each year group will have its own Christmas lunch and festive entertainment (plus Christmas mufti) during the last 2 weeks of term, as follows:   Y10: 8th Dec, Y12: 9th Dec, Y7: 10th Dec, Y9: 11th Dec, Y11: 15th Dec, Y13: 16th Dec &Y8: 17th Dec.  Lunch tickets will go on sale in the refectory from Tuesday, costing £4.50, which includes a ticket for the Christmas raffle.  Thanks to the sixth form Charity Committee for their help – the school will be donating all the profits from the lunches to Maggies.  (NB: Y7 tickets are available separately via School Gateway.  Those not wishing to buy lunch should bring lunchboxes.) 

As we have no community Christmas party this year, we hope students will join residents and staff of our link care home at Badgeworth Court to take part in the Hearts for School Project.  The aim is to make connections between those living in care settings and children in school. If you would like to take part It is very easy – students should decorate a heart and add a positive message for a resident, and the residents will be doing the same to send into school.  Your hearts should be posted into a box at Reception.  The campaign runs between the 1st and 11th December.   Please follow this link for more information.

Thank you for making the Family Space hamper appeal a huge success!  During this particularly difficult time, it has been vital that Pate’s maintains all relationships with its local charities. Last Friday’s Charity Day (20th November) was in partnership with Family Space, who support families by providing child care sessions to allow greater engagement amongst parents, who are especially busy in their everyday lives, and their children. This year, due to Covid-19, they have asked that we continue to support them by providing hampers, which included luxury toiletries and chocolates, for the mothers of the families they help. We received an overwhelming amount from all years, but in particular from 7P (92 items) and 8G (50 items).  Every year group has helped ensure that we do our best to support them and this dedication was greatly appreciated by the charity representatives and our committee coordinators – our efforts will help make Christmas special for local families.   We hope to continue to support Family Space just as successfully in the future.   Thank you from Ana Pana and the Community Committee

Congratulations and well done to the winning forms from each year, you will receive your prizes on Tuesday: 7P, 8G, 9P, 10B, 11Y, 12R2 and 13B2.

Thank you to our Y13 Community Committee (below), who worked so hard to achieve this.  Special thanks to Aaisha and Areesha Hassan who were the super-organised Charity Day Leaders on the team.

Our sixth form students had the privilege of attending a Zoom seminar on werewolf and witch-crazes this week, hosted by Dr Jan Machielson from Cardiff University.  Dr Machielson provided great insight into the historical beliefs surrounding witchcraft and werewolves, including how entrenched these beliefs were in the patriarchal system.  Thanks to our Odyssey student teacher, Mr Chris Pearce, for organising such a fascinating and enjoyable opportunity.

Thanks to those of you who have fed back to us via the Parent Survey sent out via School Gateway earlier this week.  The survey will close at 4 pm on Monday – any further thoughts/returns before then would of course be very much appreciated.   Please follow this link to access School Gateway.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Bronze Applicants – We are still awaiting confirmation on whether we can run the upcoming December Core Skills weekends and we will inform you once a decision has been made. You will find the admin letters at https://www.patesgsdofe.org/forms . In the meantime, please log onto your edofe accounts and start inputting your details for the other sections submitting your ideas for approval. Please ensure that you have also registered for a core skills weekend on the website as there are a further two being run in the New Year.   Thank you.

Congratulations once again to Naomi Layzell (12R1), who has been called up to train with the England Women’s U17 Lionesses Squad in Burton-upon-Trent next month!

Upcoming Calendar Dates:

INSET day – no students in school – Mon 30 November

Y9 Reports Published – Wed 9 December

Y12 Virtual Parents’ Evening – Thurs 10 December

Y7 Grade Cards Published – Tues 15 December

Y8 Grade Cards Published – Wed 16 December

School Finishes for Christmas – Fri 18 December @ 12:00 (buses arriving early)

Finally, as promised, here are the ‘Looking Forward’ House Art winners from Y10-13 for you to enjoy.  I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing and much-deserved long weekend.

Russel Ellicott
Head Master