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15th April 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to the Summer Term which will now be as long as an Autumn Term… I hope that the holidays were restful and that Easter was joyful in your families as it was in ours. I find it difficult to sit still in church in Lent – I am always thinking about what happens next and how the story ends!

Listening to the Gospel reading for Easter morning from Luke’s Gospel, Chapter 24, was such a joy: ”‘Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here – he has risen.’” It was a privilege to share again the Easter message in our Chapel assemblies as the term began.

Our second grandson was born on 1st April … so further celebrations all round!

Meanwhile, some information about staff joining us this term: with Mr Harrison moving on for promotion and Mrs Hiron retiring (yet again!) we welcome Mr Giles and Mrs Brae to the RS department. As Mrs Barlow begins her maternity leave from the Science team, we welcome back Mr Miah. Mr Ratajszczak, an experienced former Head of German, joins the Languages department and Mr Chapman has taken over the BTEC Sports course, in partnership with Bolton Wanderers.

Congratulations to Mrs Cullum who takes over leading and co-ordinating our work in Careers Information and Guidance, and to Mrs Bramfit in her promotion to be joint second in the English department.

Congratulations and fond farewell too to Mr Ratcliffe, who has left Canon Slade after 13 years on the site and caretaking staff to take charge of a school of his own. He says that he will be back to assist if we need him to look into the swimming pool … (sorry!)

So – the exam term has started, and it brings with it to every secondary school the demands of completing the courses and doing the big hard work of revision. This term also brings the important events for the years who will move on from us in Summer 2016: the Year 11 Leavers’ Service in the School Hall on Thursday 12th May, and the less formal leave-taking with Year 13 on 27th May.

Founders’ Day will take place in Bolton Parish Church on Friday 13th May and we will welcome back Canon Phil Williamson as our preacher on the theme of service. Years 10 and 13 attend the morning ceremony at 10am and Years 7 and 8 at 2pm. Year 9 students are off to work for a day and Years 11 and 12 will be on study leave.

All good wishes for the term ahead with all of its demands and challenges, its opportunities and delights.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Mottershead


Recent events

First of all, a huge ‘thank you’ to all parents and carers for your support for the trips, large and small, which have taken place recently. The students seem to have gained so much from that, and we are indebted to you for your backing for these and many other ventures to take place.

Spanish Department Trip to Madrid

Over the Easter break a group of Year 9, 10 and 11 students took part in this fantastic trip. We experienced a range of activities over the four days including a visit to the world famous El Prado Art Gallery and a tour of the iconic Bernabeu stadium – home to Real Madrid Football Club.

We had a sightseeing tour where we saw the Royal Palace and the bustling Plaza Mayor and experienced stunning panoramic views of Madrid from the Egyptian Temple. Another highlight was our visit to the Language School where the students learned Spanish with native “Madrileños”.

All of this and we still managed to fit in some time relaxing in the Parque del Gran Retiro, a spot of shopping in Gran Via and visits to a range of restaurants including the famous Hard Rock Café. Many thanks to all of the students involved in the trip whose behaviour and attitude were impeccable throughout– you were a credit to yourselves and the school – and thank you to parents and carers for your support too. Following the success of this trip we hope to run a similar trip next year so look out for further details in the Languages Department very soon.

Mrs Smith, Miss Scott and Mr Moore

French Trip 2016

Millie Toal Class 9B

france trip 2016

The Group

We set off from school at about 10:30pm and got on the ferry around 6am. The coach arrived in Calais at around 7am and reached our destination “Château du Grande Romaine” at about 12:30. There, we were shown to our rooms, where I shared with three other girls and for the rest of the afternoon we did activities such as rock climbing and abseiling. We were called for dinner at 6:30pm and at 8pm, we did a photo challenge but we had to retire for bed at 10pm. To be honest, after the long journey there and the lack of sleep, I think that we were all ready for it.

On the second day, we were up at 6:30 a.m. because Eleanor decided it would take a long time to get ready. After breakfast, we got the coach into Paris and went on a boat on the river Seine called “Bateaux Mouches” where we saw all the Parisian attractions including the Eiffel tower. In the afternoon, Canon Slade went to Montmatre and saw the “Sacre Coeur” (the white church on top of the hill). We did some shopping around the town and had lunch. That evening we travelled back to the Château and made crêpes after dinner.

On the final full day we went to Paris again and visited the “Notre Dame Cathedral” and near there Charlotte and I got a melted chocolate crêpe. Later, we walked up the Eiffel Tower as far as the 2nd floor. That was tiring! After that we went back to the Château du Grande Romaine and played some games. On the journey to the Château we saw the rugby stadium, Stade de France, where that evening England played and beat France to win the Grand Slam.

The final day, we loaded our suitcases onto the coach and had a long journey back to Calais but stopped half way to visit a shopping centre. There we bought sweets and chocolate. We went back on the coach and watched Dirty Dancing with everyone singing “The Time of our Lives” as the whole group had bonded together. Finally we made the ferry back to England and on to school. We arrived back at school around 10:45 p.m. where we were met by our parents, it was good to see them.


Trip to Rome

Sam Marsh Class 9U

On 20 March 2016 a group of 45 students from every year group travelled with four teachers to Rome. I believe I speak for all 45 of us when I say the trip was much fun and very interesting, all thanks to the teachers’ intricate planning. For the first few days of the trip we stayed in Rome and covered things such as the Coliseum, the Pantheon and the Vatican to name a few.

Then for the last few days we stayed in Sorrento and covered things such as Pompeii and Herculaneum. Personally I found the time in Sorrento the most interesting as we have learned about Pompeii over the course of our Latin education, so to be able to have free time to explore is something I have wanted to do for a few years.

Overall the trip was amazing as we visited many other sights over the five days.

I would like to thank Miss Latham, Mrs Ball, Miss West and Mr Hutchins for taking us on the trip and making it worth every penny.


Sports Trip to New York

Our Easter break saw our annual Boys PE Sports Tour. After many years of European success in Spain, Holland and Italy we decided to broaden our horizons and go international! Where better to begin than … NEW YORK CITY!
This trip was open to Year 9 boys, any sporting interest and any ability, as well as a hunger and desire to explore the wider world and the delights that NYC has to offer. 28 boys took up the chance of the once in a lifetime tour. Here’s what we got up to…

Day 1

Consisted of travel via Dublin, upon arrival at our accommodation it was time for an open top bus tour of Manhattan, on St Patrick’s Day. Exploring the sights and sounds of the city we would make our own throughout the week.

Day 2

Saw us visit the 9/11 memorial, Wall St financial district and Staten Island ferry for views of the Statue of Liberty. In the evening we toured the Rockefeller building and took the lift to the top for stunning 360degree views of the city!

Day 3

Brought our first fixture vs Brooklyn Italians, both the A team and B team were victorious! Following that we went to the Reb Bull Arena to watch the MLS game between NY Red Bull and Houston Dynamo! This was a tour highlight for many of the boys as we were invited to sit with the noisy “ultras”.

Day 4

Was a visit to the Chelsea Piers Sports Complex to try our hand at facing baseball pitches in the batting cages, as well as a game of basketball! We visited Madison Square Garden, the historic home of Basketball in NYC! In the evening we ventured to Dylan’s Candy Bar; three storeys of candy! Heaven!

Day 5

Presented an early start and a subway ride up to the famous Yankee Stadium. After a walk around the stadium and plenty of photo taking, we visited the superstore for souvenirs! The afternoon time was spent playing Middle School 363 from The Bronx, the A team were narrowly beaten, whilst the B team remained unbeaten with an 8-6 victory!

Day 6

We trained at Brooklyn Bridge park with coaches from the NY Red Bulls in the most stunning setting you could ever wish for, the concrete jungle of downtown Manhattan over the Hudson River overlooked the pitches. After the session we changed into our annual fancy dress of Where’s Wally to walk the Brooklyn Bridge, then into Brooklyn for a pizza! After our pizza had settled, we walked to the Barclay’s Center to watch LIVE NBA! Brooklyn Nets v Charlotte Hornets was a brilliant experience for all!

Day 7

Saw us visit the MetLife NFL stadium, an 82,000 seater stadium for the NY Giants, followed by a shopping trip to the largest department store in the world; Macy’s. Our last kj’s of energy were spent at our final fixture; an evening game under floodlights as the sun set on the sky scrapers at Randall’s Island vs South Bronx Utd. The A team pulled it back late on to draw, whilst the B team completed the hat trick of three wins out of three!

Day 8

Was a visit to the famous NikeTown store on 5th Ave and a stroll in Central Park! Upon return to the accommodation it was time for home!


The boys represented Canon Slade in an impeccable manner and enjoyed the tour immensely!

You can read more and see a video Blog in this Recent Canon Slade Web Article http://www.canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk/blog/nyc-visit/


Dance Show

We have received a certificate and a letter of thanks from The Christie Hospital in Manchester. We raised £223.70 from the Dance Show raffle, the prizes for which were all hand made by Mrs Wells, with many thanks to her for doing that.

By the way, the show itself was superb and thanks for everyone being there to support us!


And … the trip to … Blackpool..!

Well it was not quite such an exciting and exotic location as the other trips, but it did have the Royal Shakespeare Company performing ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Grand Theatre on Wednesday 6th April. A group of Year 8, 9 and 11 students and staff went and we had a great time. It was a sophisticated and very musical production. It also had amateur performers taking the parts of the Mechanicals (Nick Bottom and his friends who put on the play within the play) and of the fairies.

It was a long production, but superbly done and very funny. Particular thanks to those students who filled the places at the last minute and to families for allowing them to do so.


Gala Concert

Term has started with a Gala Concert in Chapel on Wednesday 13th April, with the school’s ensembles and soloists having the treat of playing to a full house and a very appreciative audience. It was as delightful as always,

so thanks again to the staff and the students for all of the practice and rehearsal and organisation that went into it.


Music Examination Achievements

We are very pleased to announce that the students listed below have recently taken music exams and have achieved the following:

Name & Form Instrument /Instrument /GradePass / Merit / Distinction
Joshua Brierley8U EuphoniumGrade 7 Passed with Merit
Annabelle Disley8N GuitarGrade 1 Passed with Distinction
Adam Faulkner9T DrumsGrade 1 Passed with Distinction
Angus Findlow8U TheoryGrade 5 Pass
Catriona Gorton9R ViolinGrade 4 Passed with Distinction
Olivia Goulding8B ViolinGrade 3 Passed with Merit
Harriet Kiernan10B ViolinGrade 2 Passed with Merit
Amelia Kwiatkowski11H Music TheoryGrade 5 Pass
Miriam Lay9C ClarinetGrade 5 Pass
Alice Lee8U FluteGrade 2 Passed with Distinction
Mary Mawhinney10O ClarinetGrade 5 Pass
Abigail Mawhood10N ClarinetGrade 3 Pass
Toby Mills11B Double BassGrade 4 Passed with Merit
Liam Morgan10N DrumsGrade 3 Passed with Merit
Toby Morris9R CelloGrade 2 Passed with Merit
Heather Newman8R FluteGrade 3 Passed with Merit
Emily Nixon-Sims9H FluteGrade 2 Passed with Distinction
Benjamin Perkins10S SingingGrade 5 Passed with Merit
Jonathon Rogers12S Bass GuitarGrade 8 Passed with Merit
Georgia Slater10O Music TheoryGrade 5 Passed with Distinction
Georgia Slater10O SingingGrade 5 Passed with Distinction
Freya Waterhouse9C DrumsGrade 2 Passed with Merit
Cerys Williams11U FluteGrade 6 Passed with Distinction

We would like to give our warmest congratulations to all the above students for their excellent achievements.


Visit of Professor Andrew Briggs

We were delighted to welcome Professor Briggs, Professor of Nano-technology and materials in the University of Oxford, to the school on Thursday 14th April, along with his colleague, Dr Fiona Gatty. The professor spoke mainly with Year 10 students but also with some Year 7, 9 and 12, on three fascinating topics: his own research into nano-materials, especially graphene; his new book, ‘The Penultimate Curiosity’, about the importance of our explorations of our world being part of what makes us human, and his own position as a Christian who is also a scientist.

He was very well received and we were very glad to have him with us. Dr Gatty spoke with individual students about curiosity and history as well.

They flew here..! That is, Professor Briggs had a pilot’s licence before he had a driving licence and so they flew into Barton airfield. Manchester to Oxford is 1½ hours, apparently!

Sports update

It has been a busy first couple of weeks back after the Easter break with inter-form finals and trials for the summer sports teams in cricket, athletics and rounders. There have also been a number of fixtures to complete from the winter extra-curricular programme, mainly in football and netball. A number of those teams still have fixtures to be played in town and county competitions.

The results of all the boys inter-form football and basketball finals are attached and the winning teams are underlined. There were some fantastic finals and whilst keenly contested all of the students showed fantastic sportsmanship throughout.

Inter-form Basketball Finals 2016
Year 7A Teams7B champions7R runners-up
B Teams7B champions7S runners-up
Year 8A Teams8T champions8C runners-up
B Teams8T champions8U runners-up
Year 9A Teams9T champions9R runners-up
B Teams9T champions9H runners-up
Year 10A Teams10R champions10O runners-up
B Teams10S champions10T runners-up
Inter-form Football Finals 2016
Year 11A Teams11B champions11H runners-up
B Teams11B champions11N runners-up
Year 10A Teams10N champions10U runners-up
B Teams10N champions10S runners-up
Year 9A Teams9R champions9T runners-up
B Teams9B champions9U runners-up
Year 8A Teams8C champions8T runners-up
B Teams8C champions8T runners-up
Year 7A Teams7H champions7O runners-up
B Teams7B champions7H runners-up

The extra-curricular timetable for the summer term is also included in this newsletter so that you can see how many activities your child can attend and encourage them to bring their kits on these days.

If anyone has any old running spikes that are still in decent condition but they no longer use, the PE department would be extremely grateful for any donations to help our athletes who don’t have their own when we get to the athletics competitions this summer. Please send any spikes to Mr Brookes or Mrs Slater.


Northern Schools Cross-country Championship

This was held at Trafford the Saturday of the Easter break.

The Girls competed to a high standard in in the last race of the season.

In the Wrens race (Years7/8) our first runner home was Amelia Bratt in 2nd place. The team score of 34 pts was enough to take the title, with our nearest rivals Upton Hall (Liverpool) scoring 42 points.

Due to the Easter break we were unable to field a complete team in the Robins race as many runners were on holiday. Georgia Tansey (Year 10) completed a fantastic season by finishing 4th. Georgia has represented the Greater Manchester County this season and been a part of our National Final team which competed at Bedford last December.

Finally in the Swans race (Years 11/Sixth Form) we held our own against a strong team from Shrewsbury, coming second. Our first runner home was Grace Holden in 10th place. We are sad to lose Grace this year and Lucy Phillpotts too, both of whom have competed for school in all competitions including National Finals and Town teams. They have been marvellous ambassadors for our school – best wishes to them for their future careers, and keep training!

A new award to the Girls teams competing this year was the Most Successful School in the Championships over two races. With our results, Canon Slade was awarded this inaugural title! Well done indeed to all competitors.


The Library Page

Accelerated Reader

Year 7 will have completed their summer term Star Test and results will be displayed in the student’s planner with the updated results of the points target achieved in the spring term. Please continue to encourage your child to read a book with a quiz and to read regularly to ensure that they maintain their reading practice. Following the Scholastic book fair and the commission received, the library has lots of new exciting titles for students to choose from.

A total of 33 parents have already signed up to Home Connect so that they can receive an email every time their child quizzes. Home Connect provides you with the opportunity to support your child’s reading. Login to register


Well done to the fabulous 7H for achieving a total of 130 books read, quizzes taken and passed. Also, a well done to 7T for collecting the most points this term. This term a total 1058 books have been read and quizzed.

Keep up this amazing reading year 7.


Literacy Promotions

A new initiative that we have promoted this term is the Stan Lee Excelsior Award. This is an award for a graphic/comic book and this type of genre is becoming increasingly popular with all age groups.
A selection of 8 titles can be read and students are requested to make comments on each of the books. The books are available in the library to borrow along with our other graphic books.

Kate Greenaway Award

Kate Greenaway Award

Kate Greenaway Award

This award is part of the national annual children’s award for the best illustrated book; this includes both fiction and non-fiction. We will be shadowing this award and discussing the illustrations and the stories too. All are welcome to join us on Monday at 1.00pm in the library.




Bolton Book Quiz

We are hosting the first ever Bolton Book Quiz organised by Bolton Schools’ Library Service. A team of six year 8 students will be competing against other Bolton Schools. A group of year 7 students will be the audience for this exciting event and will have the special treat of meeting the award winning author Alan Gibbons. Alan will be sharing his stories and provide top tips on writing. Books will also be available to buy and have signed.


Library Catalogue – Have a look at the resources available from the school library.

Eclipse.net (Hosted) is available from home on computers or ipad/tablet device.
Login for the computer https://u005966.microlibrarian.net or download an app iMLS.

Please encourage your child to return books on time to the library as books often can be outstanding for several weeks and other students may be waiting. Fines are one penny per day and are not charged at weekends or holidays. Money raised is donated to the library charity – World Vision.

Follow us on Twitter @CanonSladeLib for up to date news about the library.

Diary dates for the weeks to come … in 2016!

18th January
Year 12 and 13 exams begin / Year 11 Mock Exam results home

20th January Year 9 reports home

26th January Year 9 Options evening

29th January Service of Celebration

3rd February Year 9 parents’ consultation evening

8th February Year 12 and 13 mock exam results should be sent out today.

11th February Year 11 Reports home

12th February Last day in school before the half term break

The half term holiday is Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February inclusive

Chaplaincy update

Carol Services

The Carol Services seemed to go well, with excellent contributions from students leading parts of the service. The collection raised an amazing £1120.79 which has gone to the Destitution project at the Victoria Hall which works to help refugees and asylum seekers in our town.

Thank you to everyone who gave so generously.

Worship Themes

This term’s collective worship themes are:

W/b Jan 4th – Resolutions
W/b Jan 11th – A Meaningful Day
W/b Jan 18th – Curiosity (no cats will be harmed!)
W/b Jan 25th – Inspiring Stories – People
W/b Feb 1st – Inspiring Stories – Books
W/b Feb 8th – Reconciliation – The Cross of Nails


The one at the end of the half term is the first of a series on Reconciliation which will run for the whole of the second half term and help us to reflect on what it means for the school to be a member of the Community of the Cross of Nails and hopefully to come up with ideas how to develop reconciliation as a key aspect of the life of the school.

The Community of the Cross of Nails was founded at Coventry Cathedral immediately after the Second World War initially to work for reconciliation between Britain and Germany. Its work has grown ever since to promote reconciliation in all its forms throughout the world.

They have a network of reconciliation centres worldwide, some churches, some schools and some other organisations, all of which have demonstrated a commitment to reconciliation over a number of years. Canon Slade School was very proud to be awarded the status of Centre for reconciliation in 2011.

If you would like to find out more about the Community, their website is at www.coventrycathedral.org.uk/ccn/

Celebration Service

The annual Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving will be at 2.30pm on Friday 29th January in the school chapel. This service thinks about special members of our school family either who have gone through difficult times and come through it, or who have sadly died.

All are very welcome to attend.

Message Trust Tour

The Message Trust, which is based in Manchester, are doing a big schools tour in 2016. One of their bands will be visiting school on Tuesday 23rd February and we hope every year group will get to have either assembly or one lesson with them.

Upcoming Events & Performances

for up and coming events – check out our events page:


Up and coming Calendar:

When WhatWherePrice
Wednesday 20th April 2016Afternoon Recital

Irwell String Quartet
Millennium Chapel 2 p.m.Tickets £5.00
Thursday 16th June 2016Junior ShowcaseMillennium Chapal at 7 p.m.Tickets £6.00 / £5.00
Wednesday 22nd June 2016Afternoon Recital

Limbs with Mike Chadwick
Millennium Chapel at 2 p.m.Tickets £5.00

Canon Slade Association

csa logoThe next CSA meeting will take place on Tuesday 26th April at 7 p.m. in the Library. All are welcome.
If anyone could help with the tea and coffee rota for school events, such as parents’ evenings, we would be very glad to add you to the list, Please email Joanne as below. Thank you.

Much further ahead, the Autumn Fair is becoming a Christmas Fair and it will be on 25th November from 6.30 p.m. If anyone would like to enquire about a stall they could e-mail the CSA Secretary – Joanne.mcclennon @yahoo.co.uk


Morland Chorister’s Camp

I have been asked to bring this opportunity for singers to students and families’ attention, and I am very happy to do so as all three of my children benefited so much from this when they were younger.

It is organised as a Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) event and it always happens in the last week in July, ending on the first Sunday in August.

It is held in the village of Morland (hence its name!) near Penrith in Cumbria. There is a lot of singing – in preparation for Choral Evensong in Carlisle Cathedral, and for a concert on the Saturday evening. There are also sports, and dam building, and team competitions etc

There are bursaries available to help with the costs for first-timers as well! The Music Department has some more details, and so do I. There is also the website:


Summer Practice Timetable 2016


Summer Practice Timetable

Summer Practice Timetable

Holidays 2016/2017

Autumn Term

Staff Day:
Monday, 5 September 2016
Term Begins:
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Half Term:
Monday, 24 October to Friday, 28 October 2016
Term Ends:
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 (Carol Services)

Spring Term

Staff Days: Thursday, 5 January and Friday, 6 January 2017
Term Begins:
Monday, 9 January 2017
Half Term:
Monday, 20 February to Friday, 24 February 2017
Term Ends:
Friday, 7 April 2017

Summer Term

Term Begins:
Monday, 24 April 2017
Bank Holiday:
Monday, 1 May 2017
Founder’s Day:
Friday, 12 May 2017
Half Term:
Monday, 29 May to Friday, 2 June 2017
Term Ends:
Friday, 21 July 2017