The Senior Gala Concert was a wonderful occasion last night involving students from Year 7 to 13 accompanying each other and playing together beautifully. Following last week’s brilliant solos and Vivaldi’s Gloria at Bolton Parish Church, we were all entertained by a huge range of music from big band to string quartet and a folk band. The variety of music, together with the range of instruments and voices on show last night shows the strength of music in our school. Many groups are led by staff but others are led by students themselves and to see Year 7 and 8 students playing seamlessly alongside sixth form students from Years 12 and 13 was brilliant. The work that students have composed and performed for examinations was also exceptional, so everyone had a great evening.

Thank you to all parents for ensuring that every student is in school by 8.45am every day. We also want to ensure all students have had a good breakfast to give them the energy to perform at their very best all day. The research is clear that breakfast is important to maintain concentration and promote learning. Our dining rooms are open early as we do not want students buying unhealthy snacks before school as these do not help them to learn.

We now have 300 pupils in each Year 7 so the new classroom block and tennis courts are progressing and we are due to have an update tomorrow. The extended dining facilities and new entrance will be started in earnest during the Easter break so please do be aware yourself and remind your child to be careful around the site, walk only in the pedestrian areas and to be alert to new signs around the building work. A new astroturf is being installed as well. We have also heard that we will have improvements to other parts of the school site in the next 12 months.

All Year 11 and Year 13 students must now be revising hard for the public exams which start shortly after the Easter break. By working hard every day, students can increase their grades in every subject. Government rules now mean that any student who does not achieve at least a grade 4 in English and Maths this summer will have to keep repeating the exam each summer until they pass them. Revision and intervention classes take place every day at lunch time. For GCSE English, Mr Bruff’s resources on youtube are good. Maths recommend all students log into at least 5 Mathswatch clips per day using their school email address without the so all students can be practising their Maths as part of their revision. CGP Revision guides, GCSE pod, subject websites and our moodle site provide a huge range of revision materials as well. There are lots of support materials as well as advice on our website and on our twitter account including helping to maintain the mental health of all students.

Dr Eves and the Sixth Form team continue to support current students who are all getting ready for the A level exams, which are earlier this year. Five outstanding students have gained offers from Oxford University and we have well over a hundred more students with offers for excellent universities and apprenticeships. We wish all of our students every success in their exams and we remind all students that support will be here to help getting into Sixth Form, university, apprenticeships or employment on results days. Any student who would like to join our Sixth Form but is concerned that they may not achieve the 5 grade 5 passes at GCSE should see Dr Eves as admission requirements for some subjects do vary. Please contact Dr Eves with any questions about the Sixth Form.

As we pray and work hard every day to enable every child to fulfil their individual potential, we were delighted to see the brilliant Back to the 80s and Dance shows. Both involved so many students from all years. Thank you for supporting them.

The Canon Slade Association (CSA), our Parent Teacher Association (PTA), held a fabulous and delicious Chocolate Tasting Evening last month, which was popular, fun and raised money for school. Thank you to everyone who came along and enjoyed the evening. Parents or friends who would like to sponsor one of our school sports kits or donate raffle prizes for fundraising events please contact The Canon Slade Association will also be holding Bags2School on 17th May so please donate any items you can.

Thank you for your support making sure every child is in school on time every day in correct uniform with all the school equipment and books they need for the day.

I pray that you and your family have a wonderful Easter break as we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross and his glorious resurrection.

Thank you,

Mr D Burton
Canon Slade School