WELCOME FROM THE PATE'S PARENTS' ASSOCIATION!
MEET OUR TEAM
A warm welcome from our team – here’s the ‘Who’s Who’!
PPA Chair – Fiona Crouch PAChair@patesgs.org
PPA Vice Chair – Aidan Stevens PAVice@patesgs.org
PPA Secretary – Libby Flackett PASecretary@patesgs.org
PPA Treasurer – Helen Divett PATreasurer@patesgs.org
PPA Stock – Nirav Mithani PAStock@patesgs.org
PPA Uniform – Emma Brazier assisted by Chloe Murphy PAUniform@patesgs.org
PPA 100 Club – Rachel Webb PA100club@patesgs.org
PPA Volunteers – Emma Smith PAVolunteers@patesg.org
The committee is supported by two members of Pate’s staff:
Bethan Morgan – Assistant Head
Sarah Cartwright – Development Office
The Pate’s Parents’ Association is led by a committee of eight parents elected at the Annual General Meeting every October to keep the PPA on the move. Pate’s parents are automatically members of the PPA, a registered charity. The date for the 2023 AGM will be confirmed in September’s committee meeting.
Our aim is to do what we can to support the school, particularly at this current time of serious financial uncertainty. This is currently done by contributing to the school’s funding appeal Pate’s Giving to allow us to buy additional resources for the school. In the Summer Term we were thrilled to announce to parents that we were able to donate £30,000 to support and enrich school life for each and every one of our students and have pledged £9,500 to the construction of an outdoor classroom for learning and reflection and also harnesses and other equipment for the new climbing wall (read more in Latest Fundraising News below.
We aim to keep parents well informed of our fundraising activities and try to make it as easy as possible for everyone to participate in meetings, volunteer help or come and support the many school events which run throughout the year. Details about our activities are sent out via the weekly Head Master’s Message or by email. We enjoy a close relationship with Pate’s parents and encourage anyone with ideas or messages of support to contact us – we’d love to hear from you!
We welcome parents to attend our committee meetings which take place once every half term in the Training Centre Bungalow next to the OED carpark (to the left of the main green entry gates). Our next meeting date will take place on Wednesday 20th September 7 – 8 pm. Please register your interest in coming along by emailing the PPA Secretary PASecretary@patesgs.org Please click on the buttons below to read the minutes from our most recent meetings, the 2021 AGM and the Chair’s Report for the academic year 2021-2022.PPA Minutes 18th April 2023PPA Minutes 6th March 2023PPA Chair’s Annual Report 2022PPA Minutes 10th January 2023PPA Minutes 18th October 2022PPA Minutes 8th September 2022
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES
LATEST FUNDRAISING NEWS
With your help and generosity in 2022-23, the PPA fulfilled its fundraising aspirations and are thrilled to announce that it will donate a massive £30,000 to the school’s fundraising appeal Pate’s Giving and pledges to donate all monies raised in the remainder of this academic year to the appeal!
Our donation will be used to support many elements of school life – here are just a few examples: enabling a broad spectrum of opportunities to enrich students’ cultural capital, just some of which includes; funding provisions for the weekly TPM sessions, providing enrichment activities for Activities Fortnight, welcoming in external speakers, supporting the school House System, Outdoor Educational activities hosted in-school, inclusivity workshops, author visits and supporting equal opportunities by funding purchases that benefit the personal development of students from across all subjects, genders and year groups. Our in-house fully funded TPM, Activities Fortnight and House Drama performances are events, unique to Pate’s, that play a key part in the fabulous educational experience enjoyed by all of our children.
A significant proportion of our donation has been raised by the PPA 100 Club fund. Are you able to help us to grow this valuable income stream by becoming a member? Please see the section ‘Join our 100 Club‘ below for contact details.
If you would like to join the PPA in supporting Pate’s Giving and help the appeal reach this year’s goal of £150,000 by contributing either a regular gift or single donation, the school would be very grateful. Please visit the Fundraising page for information on how to give here
A HUGE thank you for your ongoing support – the PPA would not be able to do this without you!
HOW WE RAISE FUNDS
The money raised through PPA fundraising activities – including refreshments – has played a crucial part in the success of the school’s fundraising campaigns over the years and it continues to directly help Pate’s operate as it always has done. There are many projects around the school which have been supported by the PPA including the new Science Lab, IT rooms and the Sixth Form Centre, all of which are appreciated by staff and students on a daily basis.
Volunteer to Help at School and PPA Events
Volunteering could be as simple as sparing a half hour or so to serve drinks at an event or just by sharing ideas or skills. The refreshment service we provide is a key fundraiser plus it is a very welcome and popular service to offer parents and guests attending everything from quizzes to concerts. Volunteering at events is a great way to meet other parents and we are always keen to grow our pool of volunteers – we love supporting school events but rely on having enough volunteers to do this, perhaps you can help? Please email PAVolunteers@patesgs.org if you would like to be contacted regarding volunteering opportunities for the future – we’d love to hear from you!
Nearly New Uniform Shop
The PPA runs a highly valued Nearly New Uniform Shop situated in a portacabin next to Food Tech and OED. It is open during term time on selected Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings throughout the year.
Shop sales for the first half of the Autumn Term:
Friday 8th September 2 pm – 4 pm
Saturday 23rd September 10 am – 12 noon
Saturday 7th October 10 am – 12 noon
Friday 20th October 2 pm – 4 pm
Dates for sales after half term will be confirmed soon.
Donations of clean, good quality, second-hand uniform and sports equipment are always much appreciated. When the time comes that items have been outgrown then do consider passing them on to be sold in our shop. Items can be handed into the blue bins marked ‘Uniform Donations’ found in the Student Entrance at school or bring them with you if you visit the shop.
Shop with Easyfundraising http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/patesgs/ to register and shop with over 2000 well known retailers like Amazon, John Lewis, Argos, M&S, Boden, eBay and many more. Whenever you buy something, the retailer makes a donation to Pate’s Grammar School. You can even save money with special offers and voucher codes!
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At any of our fundraising events, online or in person, monies raised can be substantially boosted by employers who can match fund the event as part of their Match Funding scheme. We would be really grateful if you could ask your employer if they are willing to support this. Please click on the link below for further information or email PASecretary@patesgs.orgMatch Funding Scheme Information
JOIN OUR 100 CLUB
The Pate’s 100 Club is a valuable fundraiser and one we hope you will join. There is a monthly draw for £100 with a bonus Super Draw of £1,000 in June! The cost of a share is £5 per month, payable over a twelve month period on the first day of the month. As there is no start or finish date you can join anytime.
Please click on the buttons below to download the 100 Club Introductory Letter, 100 Club Rules and 100 Club Application form. We ask that you then please email PA100Club@patesgs.org for information on setting up your standing order.100 Club Application form 2023100 Club Introductory letter information (updated Jul ’20)100 Club Rules
We will be supporting the following events in the first half of the Autumn Term events with a refreshment service:
House Music Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th September
Year 7 Parents Information Evening Thursday 12th October