Head Master’s Message 12th February 2021


  • Pate’s is designated Teaching Hub School
  • Fundraising update for Making £nds Meet
  • Pate’s Music Recital
  • Steps Into Spring Update
  • Little Hearts Matter School Assembly, Appeal and Competition
  • PPA Quiz Raised £1,000
  • Pate’s Students Reach Finals of ESU Public Speaking Competition
  • Pate’s Students Reach CyberFirst For Girls Competition Final
  • Careers Resources – ratemyapprenticeship
  • What we’ve been doing at home…

Well done to everyone for what has been a huge collaborative effort this term, between teachers, parents and students.   I hope you all enjoy a much-deserved relaxing break.  We are anticipating further information from the government at some point during the first week back after half term, and we will be in touch with an update for you at that point.  So, the priority for now is for respite and relaxation!

Meanwhile, we are delighted to announce that Pate’s has been designated a new Teaching Hub School for Gloucestershire.   The Department for Education have chosen Pate’s as one of 81 schools in England to lead in the professional development of teachers and leaders, building on our previous experience leading the Odyssey Teaching School Alliance.  Please see the attached press release for full details.

Fundraising update for Making £nds Meet 2020/21

As we approach the end of this half term, I felt it timely to let you know how our Making £nds Meet appeal is progressing. At the end of January our total was at £64,466 – I think you’ll agree this is fabulous news and testament to our brilliant Pate’s community!

Thanks again to everyone who’s supporting us this academic year – we really do appreciate your generosity particularly during these rather challenging times. Together we’re making fantastic progress towards achieving our £165,000 goal this year.

We plan to keep you up-to-date with the running total of our appeal each month. If you’d like to find out more you can find details on the Making £nds Meet section of the school website here  or do get in touch with Alex Gregory in the Development Office and she’ll be happy to help with any queries: alex.gregory@patesgs.org

Thank you.

We all may be in lockdown, but that doesn’t mean that the Music has stopped! Follow this link to listen this week’s Informal Recital  Congratulations to all of this week’s performers. If you would like to be included in the next virtual recital, please send your video recordings to Mr Fox along with details of the piece and composer / artist. #LetTheMusicPlay.  Have a lovely half-term, from Pate’s Music Department 

Steps Into Spring: Day 29 of 39 sees Pembroke House leading the race across the world. Followed by Richmond, York, Beaufort and Gloucester.  Here is where our kilometres have taken us so far:

  • Pembroke – Pye, Myanmar 7285Km
  • Richmond – Imphal, Manipur 7028Km
  • York – Nagpur, India 6248Km
  • Beaufort – Mahé, India 6315Km
  • Gloucester – Balkhash, Kazakhstan 5328Km

It’s the final push to the finish line – on Monday 22nd February 12:00 noon.

Charity Day:  Please do watch this morning’s wonderful assembly (here) – it is an emotional appeal for Little Hearts Matter, followed by a traditional Pate’s Valentine serenade-o-gram.  It had us all crying and smiling this morning.  Any donation you are able to make would be greatly appreciated and if you watch the assembly you will see why.  Well done to Theo and the Charity Committee – not forgetting little Grace, youngest member of a Pate’s Charity Committee! – for bringing it to us.



Message from the Charity Committee: We are gutted that we were unable to do Serenadograms in person this year but we hope it gave you a reminder of one of Pates’ fun annual traditions! We are raising money for a truly fantastic cause so please ask your parents to donate on School Gateway so we can help Little Hearts Matter continue their amazing work.

As mentioned in the video, our Heart Art Competition is still ongoing and you have until the 22nd February to get your entries in. You can create anything you like on theme of hearts, and the winner will receive a prize! Please send all entries to bethan.avery@patesgs.org. Good luck!  Thank you! From The February Charity Day Team 

PPA Quiz – thank you for supporting us!

A huge thank you to the 49 teams of Pate’s families who shook themselves out of their lockdown stupor and took part in our annual PPA quiz last Friday night.  It was a highly competitive but good-humoured battle and in the end there was only one winner – massive congratulations must go to Team ‘Paters Gonna Pate’ who won with an amazing score of 158/160!

As always, quiz master Simon Lewis created an exciting and entertaining quiz with 16 rounds of varied topics. Although this time it was all virtual, it was as slick as ever and as one contestant said it “actually felt like we had been on a night out!”.  The evening managed to raise a wonderful £1000 for the school through the entry fee – thank you to all the participants for their support.

If you enjoyed Friday night and would like to do another quiz, or indeed if you missed it and would like the opportunity to have a go, watch this space!

Pate’s Students Reach Finals of English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition: Congratulations to: Team 1: Chair – James Clark (also won best Chair); Speaker – Ash Shah; Questioner – Ben Collishaw, and Team 2: Chair – Dhruthi Harish; Speaker – Jannah Hameed; Questioner – Arywen Morris.  The Competition was held virtually by Zoom. Ash spoke on the idea that freedom is over-rated and Jannah spoke on “there is a terror in knowing what the world is about” which is a quote from David Bowie. Team 1 won the round and Team 2 were runners up and both will now go forward to the Regional Final.  Mrs Reid

CyberFirst For Girls Competition 2021:  Congratulations must go to all of the students that took part in this year’s CyberFirst For Girls competition – a particularly challenging task, given our current circumstances.  After a gruelling first round of the competition and six teams taking part in rigorous and devilishly tricky problems set by GCHQ, one of the Pate’s teams has made it to the regional finals. Well done to the Pate’s Coders, Hanfaa Anez and Pritii Mane, who battled their way to lead the groups and who will be representing the school in March in the next round.  Mr Read

Ratemyapprenticeship has produced a new (digital) guide to career options – covering the opportunities and changes to recruitment and the workplace in the wake of Covid.  You can access this free guide here.  It really is worth exploring all avenues, there are some fantastic opportunities out there!

Finally, thanks to everyone for sending in photos from last week’s Activity Day!  We received a huge variety of photos and it has been difficult to choose the winners:  congratulations to Harrison Boyes (7G) for his marble run, Jasmine Lee (9P) for her chocolate roulade, Emily Clapton (7Y) for her lambing, and Alex Xu (7B) for multiple activities!  Do remember to pop into my office when we get back to school, to collect your prizes!   Please do send more photos from this week’s Activity Day – to backtoschool@patesgs.org – I look forward to seeing what you got up to.

Russel Ellicott
Head Master