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16th December 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

This last Newsletter of 2016 has been delayed by a week especially to give everyone a timely reminder of the end of term next week and the events which always fill the closing days of this very long term with a spirit of celebration, family and expectation.

Therefore, please accept our invitation, as many of you already have, to our Christmas Concert on Monday 19th December at 7.00pm in the Victoria Hall in Bolton Town Centre. The extra space will provide greater leg-room – but also an extra grandeur to the occasion. The quality of the music will be just as good as ever and I hope that many of you can join with us in this celebration.

We will then be welcoming back our Year 13 leavers from 2016 and hearing of their stories of their first terms at university or the first months in their apprenticeships and employment. We will also have Revd. Paul Wallington back with us from Winchester to speak to us and to present the prizes and certificates.

Paul will also be telling his bad jokes and speaking at the Carol Services on Wednesday 21st December and you are welcome to join us for either (or indeed both) of those in the Victoria Hall, with the Senior Carol Service for Years 10 – 13 at 10.00am and the Junior Carol Service at 2.00pm for Years 7,8 and 9. The day counts as a half-day holiday for students and a half day training for staff – as well as the main events, of course. We are very grateful to staff and students alike for all of the practice and preparation behind the scenes which is going into these important occasions. Thank you all.

Miss White (Science) is leaving us at Christmas to complete her NQT year in a different school as Mrs Eves is back from her maternity leave. Mr Bullock (Science technician) is leaving us at the end of term to become an air traffic controller! Mr Taylor (Curriculum Support) leaves on 6th Jan to develop his own business. We thank them all for their service to the school and wish them most well in the New Year for their new ventures.

And so this very big term draws towards its close. It has been busy and productive indeed. Thank you for all of your support, at Parents’ evenings, in the ferrying to and fro for expeditions and practices, fixtures and rehearsals. Thank you for your individual encouragement to me as to many members of staff – it is much appreciated.

May the Christmas holidays bring us all closer to the people we love most and who love us – and may we enjoy their good company, at home or on our journeys. May we have time for those whose circumstances in life are not so happy as they would like them to be, and may we all be able to offer the help and prayerfulness that they need. May the One whose birth we recall this Christmas be present for all of us in the good company of the Holy Spirit, as we celebrate together the birth of the Saviour, Jesus Christ, given to us through the love of our Heavenly Father.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Mottershead


News update

Congratulations to form 8C for raising over £660 by doing an tag team triathlon for the RNLI. Their form teacher, Miss Cooke, says that she is very proud of their efforts, and rightly so!

Last year’s Year 11 Presentation Evening

We had a very good time in welcoming back Year 11 with their families to receive their GCSE certificates and their prizes from Mrs Carol Brooking. She spoke to them about her own experience of training to become a PE teacher, and how certain things were impressed upon them: the importance of the highest of standards in everything, and what a difference perseverance and determination make to the achievements we may gain at the end of something. We were grateful for her being with us and for these encouraging words.

Mrs Carol Brooking – lifetime achievement

We were therefore delighted that Carol received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the recent Bolton News ceremony – richly deserved indeed.

Careers Convention

An excellent and very busy evening with many presenters from universities, businesses, colleges – offering not only free gifts but also wise advice to many students in Years 9-13 who were testing out their ideas for the future. Many thanks to Mrs Cullum for organising this so well once again and to all parents, carers and students for coming along.

Year 11 Mock Exams

I am sure that it is rightly a great relief that the two testing weeks are over and done with. Best wishes to all for the results and for the work ahead as well as for the Christmas holidays. I have said to a few students that Mocks are a no-lose situation – to do well is to be encouraged at this stage; not to do so well as hoped is to learn what needs to be done differently in a few months’ time. Better to make the mistakes in the mocks where it does not matter than in the real thing.

Inter-form Tiddlywinks

I am happy to announce that 11N won the cup competition, although much credit also goes to 11L (who won the group stages) and to 11H who came third but so close. About 30 students took part, and each received a certificate for doing so to add to their portfolio!

At the time of writing, 12C is about to take on 12U in the Year 12 final on Thursday 15th

It is a fine and inexpensive game which is recommended for those last minute Christmas presents. There are skills to be developed, but they offer little prospect of being transferable to other areas of life. Nevertheless, there has been much excellent squidging and tactical squopping in both competitions … which is not something that I have ever had cause to write in a newsletter before …

The Library Pages

Author visit – Canon Slade School was thrilled to be the host for the Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell on Wednesday 16th November.

The event was organised by Bolton Schools Libraries Service and the Booktrust. Other secondary and primary schools came to the event to listen to Chris share his stories about how he became an illustrator and a writer of children’s fiction. He enthralled the year 7 and year 6 students with his beautiful artwork and answered their questions often through illustrations.

The students commented that they enjoyed having their book signed and there was an opportunity to talk to the author and ask questions.

I enjoyed getting my new book signed for me and my sister and seeing him draw.


He spoke passionately about the value of reading, books and librarians. Chris is the only person to have won the Kate Greenaway award three times! The award is for highly recommended illustrations in children’s books. Chris is a true supporter of both school and public libraries and it was fabulous to welcome him into our library too.

Year 7 students were asked about why they think it is a good idea to have author visits in school.

I think it inspires people to become authors and illustrators.


I think it is fun and you will know the life of the author and get interested in reading their book.


I think it is good that we have author visits because it’s great to get a new book and it also gives you lots of inspiration to be an author yourself.


Kid’s Literature Quiz

Students from year 7 have been meeting every Thursday at Book Quiz Group to prepare for the Kid’s Literature Quiz. One team competed against 26 schools from the North West at Pendle Vale College on Monday 30th November. The girls had lots of fun and are keen to continue quizzing and plan to take part in the Big Book Quiz held in the Westhoughton next year.

Bolton Children’s Fiction Award 2017

has now been launched in school and the books are available for students to borrow from the library. The aim of the award is to perhaps challenge all students to read something different and to introduce both well-known and debut authors. Students have the opportunity to read all six books from the library throughout the year, vote for their favourite and in June are invited to meet the authors.

Please ask in the library for more details.

Follow @CanonSladeLib @BoltonSchool @BCFA17

Accelerated Reader

Well done Year 7 on fabulous reading this term. Have a look at our form challenge book-calculator on our school library website to see which form are the best readers! http://www.canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk/library/form-quiz-challenge/

Students achieving their AR point’s target will receive a bronze certificate and Canon Slade pencil at the beginning of next term.
Please do support your child by logging into the Home Connect link https://ukhosted18.renlearn.co.uk/1893336/HomeConnect/?login.aspx

If you have any questions about Accelerated Reader contact your child’s teacher or the librarian. Students can take quizzes in the library at break, lunch or during library lessons.

The Library competition this year is ‘What is the book in the jar?’ We have had a wonderful display of Christmas books for everyone to enjoy and borrow. At the end of term we thanked all our pupil librarians with a special Christmas party.
Wishing you all a happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

Forthcoming events

Christmas Concert

Monday 19th December at 7pm at Victoria Hall, Bolton.

On Monday, 19 December all music ensembles will be performing at Canon Slade’s Christmas Concert. This is the first time we have held our Christmas Concert at Victoria Hall which will allow pupils to watch their peers. In addition there will be no restriction on the number of tickets parents and carers can purchase as there had been in previous years.
Expect a wide ranging programme of Christmas music to include Concert Band, the string orchestras, Chapel Choir, Voiceworx, Folk Band, Lads’ Vocal to name a few but many more too.

All pupils who have instrumental lessons in school are required to rehearse in preparation for and perform in the concert.

All pupils should be at Victoria Hall on the day of the concert for 5.30 pm for a seating rehearsal.

Tickets can be purchased from Mrs Rimmer in the Box Office. Tickets are priced at £6 and £5 concessions.

Culture Club

Off to see the live screening of the RSC’s remarkable production of ‘The Tempest’ on Wednesday 11th January…

Year 9 Options’ Evening

… which is also on the 11th January, very early in the term, to give students and families an introduction to the courses ahead in Year 10 and 11 for them as the new-style GCSEs reach all subjects for the first time. At this stage of the term, this is by way of preliminaries, and we are looking for that refining process of the curriculum, which Year 9 students already began when they started this year.

The main focus at GCSE is centred on English and Maths, with Science and Languages and the Humanities making up the rest of the E-Bacc, which will be the right combination for many students but not for all.

We have some thoughts about how we may develop our Year 10 curriculum further and we will welcome the chance to discuss these with parents and carers.

Holiday Dates for 2017/18

We are sorry that we have received very late notice from the Local Authority about the holiday pattern for 2017/18. However, this has now been approved by the Governors of the school and is attached as the last page of this newsletter for school families.
We have asked the Local Authority that the holiday pattern for 2018/19 be dealt with as soon as possible so that everyone gets the chance to plan ahead.

Chaplaincy update

It is a delight to be able to let everyone know that we have appointed a new school chaplain … however, I am not in a position to say who it is yet!!

Sorry about the secrecy, but we want to allow proper time for him (first clue there…) to tell his present parish (second clue…) and the season of Advent and Christmas are not good for doing that. He will let them know early in the New Year and so more will be revealed in the January Newsletter.

Shoeboxes and Winter-watch

We are very grateful to the many students who have made a contribution to these, allowing us to send off over 250 shoeboxes and to make a significant donation to Winter Watch. It has been good to welcome Dave Baggley into school to lead our assemblies recently and we are organising the end of term charity events – Christmas Jumper Day and Santa Fun Run – to take that further.

Therefore we are also grateful to the many parents and carers for supporting these things at home as well – particularly as there seem to have been many Cake sales recently, often led competitively by Year 10! Thank you for the baking too.

Community of the Cross of Nails

We have been in touch with Coventry Cathedral in order to make more active our membership of this work and to take forward our own activity in terms of reconciliation in the school and more widely. We hope that there will be a visit to the cathedral with representatives of each year group early in 2017 and then that they will come back to us.
Students will be given the chance to say if they wish to become involved – so perhaps they can be thinking about that over the holiday. Starting a New Year with thoughts of reconciliation, mending and forgiveness is a good way to begin.
There is a website which the students and families could visit:


Themes for worship next half term

2017 is a prime number and the 21st August will see a total eclipse – apparently … the things you can find out these days..!

So – we are Counting in the New Year

  • January 9th Once more with feeling – a prime time to start again
  • January 16th 70 x 7 = how many times should we forgive? Reconciliation and relationships
  • January 23rd Never again: remembering the Holocaust and learning lessons
  • January 30th A second chance: forgiveness and restoration
  • February 6th A picture worth 1000 words: reconciliation and creativity
  • February 13th A Valentine’s wish for 14th : love and promises

Sports Update


Our Under 18 football team beat Sacred Heart (Sefton) 5-1 to reach the last 16 of the ESFA National Cup! This is an outstanding achievement considering the standard of football played, and that there are over 500 teams that enter this competition! This is also a new school record – we have never reached this stage of this competition before. The students deserve a huge amount of credit for this – it’s as good as winning some competitions!

They conducted themselves brilliantly again whilst wearing the blue and red Sixth Form kit – even when we faced with one of “those” referees … but enough of that. At 1-1 at HT it could have gone either way, but in the second half, the team’s performance was sensational.

Ryan Hamer (Y13)
Andrew Bargh (Y13)
Ethan Haynes (Y11)
Jamie Welsby (capt.) (Y13)
Frank Anuniri (Y12)
Toby Morgan (Y13)
Matt Bradford (Y12)
Ben Cameron (Y13)
Sam Rigby (Y13)
George Mikolajewski (Y11)
Alex Coulston (Y13)
Mikey Price (Y13)
Matt Bowers (Y12)
Samson Juhasz (Y13)
James Rothwell (Y13)

The next round draw sees us face either Bury Grammar or Hessle High (Humberside) .

Year 11 Football

After a solid performance to beat Sale Grammar school in the last round we faced All Hallows, Cheshire in the last 64 of the English School competition. Due to our lovely English weather and the dark nights setting in, Little Lever school were very kind in allowing us to play this fixture on their 3G astroturf pitch. The match could not have started better as we went 2-0 up after 5 minutes including a 30 yard rocket from Tshiessi Tshife.

All Hallows battled back to score and showed that they were not going to be thrashed by our green and yellow army. Our lads stuck to their jobs and held on to progress to the last 32 in the country where we face Ashton on Mersey after the Christmas break.

A superb year for this team so far and we hope we can keep going!

Year 9s came back from across the Pennines with a dramatic win on penalties with no goal keeper and against the odds in true Canon Slade spirit on Friday 9th December. Mirfield Free Grammar School 4 Canon Slade 4 (but we won on pens)

The boys have now reached the last 32 of the competition that started with 652 other schools which is a great achievement alone to get this far. The next game will be played in the first week back after Christmas where we will be at home against Walkden High School. Well done and best wishes for the next round.

Our Year 8 team is now into the last 32 of the ESFA national cup and also the semi-final of the 9-a-side Greater Manchester county cup. They are also into the quarter final of the town cup! Well done so far on excellent results and progress.


Canon Slade Runners Just Edged Out

The Canon Slade Junior Girls Cross Country team travelled to Formby to take part in the English Schools cross country finals at the start of December. It made a change to only have to travel a short distance in order to compete.

With the weather dry but cold, the course dry and quick but skirting woodland and the famous Devil’s Hole dune blow-out (a crater-shaped land feature), the team were optimistic about their chances and with all the preparation behind them, lined up at the start with 23 other schools. After a run of about 200 metres the course then narrowed so a good start was essential. The runners had to time their overtaking of other competitors carefully as various parts of the course were such that there was room for only one runner to take up the space. However, the course being dry made running conditions good for the athletes and fast times were expected.

The Canon Slade team comprising Ameila Bratt, Emily Russell, Eva Baldwin, Isabella Merritt, Anna Potter, Ella Pendlebury with Ruby Erzan-Essien as reserve, lined up with hopes high of a top five finish. The course, 2250 metres in length, was a good test for the runners and it was Ameila Bratt who came home first in 12th place followed by Emily Russell in 19th, Eva Baldwin (43rd) and Isabella Merritt (63rd) made up the first four Canon Slade runners home. This gave the team a total of 137 points and fourth place overall just 5 points behind Dr Challoner’s High School, Amersham who were third. The winning school, Notre Dame High School from Sheffield, came in with a total of 89 points. As is the case with cross country, it is the team with the lowest total score (the position of the runners are added up) that wins the competition.

The girls ran very well and gave an excellent account of themselves and will continue to train with a view of qualifying for the finals again next year where the final will be at Sevenoaks School in Kent.

Tennis Senior Students: Our boys, girls and mixed teams have ALL qualified for the national knockout stage of the senior students competition. We have finished top of all our groups, awaiting the draw to see who we face in the knockout stages.
It equates to last 32 and last 16 depending on the competition, so we could end up travelling quite a distance in the coming rounds!
Well done indeed to all the players who have represented the school so well and best wishes for the next stages.

British Gymnastics National School Competition

Our team members were:

Emily Johnson Ruth Hatter
Emily Cowling Saskia Phillip
Christina Fatus Faye Mccollin
Connie Mc Mullen Maddie Galaska
Eva Russell Rianna Green
Abigail Mawhood Amy Rothwell

Congratulations to the Trampolining team. On December 4th all of the girls competed in the North West round of the British Gymnastics Competition held at Robin Park, in Wigan. For the majority of the girls, this was their first time competing. Even with all of their nerves, they performed their routines beautifully, and Miss Cooke is very proud of the level of commitment and effort shown by all of the girls over the past few months’ practising.

Congratulations to Abigail Mawhood who qualified to the next round of the competition, finishing in 2nd place.


The Year Seven hockey tournament was held at Canon Slade on Thursday 8th December. Canon Slade eased through the group stages winning their section. They then faced St Joseph’s in the semi- final where they played some amazing team hockey, winning 5- 0. Canon met Turton in the final and after numerous attempts on goal finally scored to win 1-0. Bolton town champions in their first year, – congratulations!


English Schools Swimming

Canon Slade School once again qualified for the English School Swimming finals, which is the top 30 in the country. So we travelled down to London Aquatic Centre.

The Junior boys team – Jake Reynolds, Harry Robinson, Dan Gregory, Zach Walmsley, Sam Murphy and Tom Gillard qualified in both the medley and freestyle relays. They finished in 5th position in the medley relay and 10th in the freestyle relay.
The Intermediate girls -Abigail Harrop, Alisha Hogan, Charlotte Hulme, Chelsea Crabtree, Eryka Hays, Lindsay Jackson and Tallula Hughes – qualified in both the medley and freestyle relays.

The teams finished 7th position in the medley and 11th in the freestyle relay.

Well done to both teams.

Salford 100 Lifesaving Competition

The team have been practising from September lifesaving skills and this is reflected in the results.

Well done to Harry Robinson who has won the overall Silver Salford 100 medal.

Team members: Dan Gregory, Zach Walmsley, Tom Gillard, and Jacob Berry are awarded the bronze medals.

The girls’ competition: Bronze medals go to Abigail Kehoe, Ellie Williams, Lucy Wright and Erin Tennant. Well done to the rest of the team who took part.

Swimming Fixtures

So far this year Canon Slade has not lost a swimming fixture..!


All teams have had a successful Netball season :

  • Year 7 are currently joint top of the league with 1 game to play
  • Year 8 are currently second in the league with 1 game to play
  • Year 9 4th place in the league
  • Year 10 3rd place in the league and semi finalists in the Bolton tournament
  • Year 11 league winners and Bolton tournament winners

Netball tournaments for year 7, 8 and 9 take place in March.

Indoor Athletics

Year 8 & 9 students attended the invitational indoor athletics competition at Sportcity Manchester. The team were 4th overall which is a fantastic achievement as this was our first experience of the competition.
Individual medallists are listed below:

Emily Russell 800m Silver
Penny Townsend 300m Silver
Robert Seddon 800m Bronze
Ethan Maguire High Jump Silver
Ben To 60m Gold


The under 12’s, under 14’s and under 16’s Basketball teams have had an outstanding start to their season, playing in the Bolton Schools League. They have been dominant and remain unbeaten in playing schools such as Rivington and Blackrod, Thornleigh, St Josephs and Ladybridge. Two teams are hopefully progressing into the English Schools’ competition in the new year.


Bolton league We are still unbeaten with the latest wins over Sharples and Harper Green.

Our next game is 15/12/16 vs. Ladybridge (H).

Badminton club is on every Thursday 3.35pm-5pm. There is no club night when we have Home fixtures.

A massive well done to our Under 14 Boys team, Under 16 Boys team and Under 16 girls team who have qualified for the county finals after finishing as one of the top 2 teams in the Bolton Schools qualifiers.

We now compete against the top teams Greater Manchester has to offer in January to try and progress to the North West finals.

Under 14 Boys – John Vincent, Thomas Hargraves, Robert Seddon, Angus Findlow.
Under 16 Girls – Alycia Strother, Chloe Crook, Natalie Flinn, Miriam Lay.
Under 16 Boys – Sam Harper, Frank Rydings, Ellis Calland, Piers Manning.


Lancashire Cup

We now wait patiently for all other results from other schools and group games to see if our Under 15 team progress to the cup or plate competition after January.

Under 14 still have group games to play vs. Priesthall and Bury Grammar school.

A special mention to Alex Tonge and Jack Byrne (both year 11) who are on trial with Wigan Warriors academy. We wish them the best of luck in trying to achieve a scholarship there from the end of the season.

Diary dates for the last three days and then for … 2017 …

Monday, 19 December Christmas Concert
Tuesday, 20 December Ex-Year 13 Presentation Evening

Wednesday, 21 December Carol Services and End of Term

And then, after a Happy Christmas celebration we hope and a very good start to 2017, and with Staff Days on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th January, it all means that students are not due back until …

Monday 9th January …2017 Happy New Year and welcome back to school at the usual time.

Wednesday 11th
Year 9 options evening

Friday 3rd February
Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving at 2.30pm

Friday 10th
Reports Years 9 and 11 Interim 2 Reviews home for other years

Thursday 16th
Year 9 Parents’ Evening

Monday 20th – Fri 24th February
half term holiday

Monday 6th March
Year 10 Parents’ evening

6th March – week beginning
It’s SHOW time …

13th March – week beginning
It’s DANCE SHOW time …

Thursday 23rd March
Year 12 Parents’ evening

Friday 24th March onwards Lent/Easter
communion services for each year group

Tuesday 4th April
Year 8 and Year 13 reports home

Thursday 6th April
Year 8 Parents’ evening

Friday 7th April Term ends

Canon Slade Association

Next meeting

The next CSA meeting is on Tuesday 24th January at 7pm in the School Library (please note that this
meeting has been changed from 17th January) and everyone is welcome. If you have a child in the
school you are automatically a member of the CSA, and we would love to see you!

CSA makes a difference!

The most recent CSA meeting was on Wednesday 16th November at which various Departments
presented requests for funding. The funds that the CSA raise, and distribute play a vital part in
supplementing the resources available for our children therefore broadening the education that
they receive. CSA would like to thank the various Departments for applying for funding this year and
is pleased to announce the following funding for academic year 2016/2017:

  • Technology 3D Printer
  • English 112 licences for Accelerated Reader (pilot)
  • Maths 8 visualizers
  • RS 3 Apple Tvs and multimedia receivers plus accessories, and an Apple i-pad mini
  • Geography 10 Kindle Fire for Kids
  • Year 8 Student Leadership Accreditation Award subscription (pilot)

In addition, there are annual donations that the CSA provides funding for:
Waterstones vouchers (ex-Year 11 prizes) and 2 x sports achievement awards (Year 13)

Christmas Fair

The Christmas Fair was held on Friday 24th November in the School Hall, and was very successful.
More information can be found on the School Website under Other Information/Canon Slade

Fundraising via The Giving Machine.

Thank you to everyone who is raising money for CSA whilst doing your on-line shopping via
www.thegivingmachine.co.uk . Just a quick reminder to everyone else to please consider using this
facility if you buy anything on-line, even “big money items” such as insurance or holidays! Every
purchase, however small, makes a contribution. This time of year is a particularly good time for
raising CSA funds!

Refreshment Rota

Thank you to parents who have been helping with refreshments at the recent consultation evenings
and other school activities. If you would like to be included on the tea rota please contact

200 Club

Congratulations to the winners in the 200 Club draws for October, November and December. All
winners have been notified directly and the information is available on the School website within the
CSA pages (under Other information).

There will be another opportunity to join 200 club in January (£10 for 7 numbers). If you are
interested please could you complete the attached form and pay online via Scopay.

Open Committee Positions

The CSA is still looking for a Chair and Vice Chair for this academic year (and a second year of office if
possible). The Chair and Vice Chair are supported by the Treasurer, Secretary and Assistant
Secretary who are already in position. If you are interested in either of the roles, whether or not you
feel you have relevant experience, please contact either csa@canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk or Mr
Mottershead directly to further information.

Details of most of the above can be found in the Canon Slade Association section of the School
website (located in the More Information tab at the top of the Home Page) in CSA News or by email
at csa@canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk.

HOLIDAYS 2017/2018


Staff Days: Monday, 4 September and Tuesday, 5 September 2017
Term Begins: Wednesday, 6 September 2017
Half Term: Monday, 23 October to Friday, 27 October 2017
Term Ends: Wednesday, 20 December 2017 (Carol Services)


Term Begins: Wednesday, 3 January 2018
Half Term: Monday, 19 February to Friday, 23 February 2018
Term Ends: Thursday, 29 March 2018


Staff Day: Monday, 16 April 2018
Term Begins: Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Bank Holiday: Monday, 7 May 2018
Founder’s Day: Friday, 11 May 2018
Half Term: Monday, 28 May to Friday, 1 June 2018
Term Ends: Friday, 20 July 2018