After signing up to the swimming gala, the excitement grew as the Houses pulled together to get a full team to the pool. As the atmosphere grew, the cheers got louder as each swimmer took their turn to stand on the starting blocks, wait for the whistle, and swim their best.

The Gloucester team spirit was amazing, which helped lift our confidence and the swimmers’ spirits. It was a huge team effort from everyone.  

We had a 2nd place finish in 2022 in a very close finish with Richmond, and we were determined to do one better in 2023; when the results were announced, we had!

Bring on the 2024 Pate’s Swimming Gala!


Middle School House Public Speaking 2023 was enthralling, with all competitors delivering impressively well prepared speeches, questions and chairmanship.  All showed superb levels of mental agility and composure, well beyond their years, as they responded to one another’s arguments.  CONGRATULATIONS to overall winners – PEMBROKE!  Very well done indeed to the following individuals: Best Chair – Ryan, Richmond; Best Speaker – George, Beaufort ; Best Questioner – Lenny, Gloucester.