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15th July 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Dear Parents and Carers,

Here it is, the last Newsletter of the school year, and I am very much hoping to have it completed and sent home to everyone by the date on the top here … our daughter’s wedding on Saturday 23rd and I will be far too excited next week to be good for anything!

As you know, we are saying farewell at the end of this term to members of the teaching and of the support staff who have been part of the community of the school and, it feels, the very fabric of the place and the way in which we do things for so many years that it is difficult for us to know or predict what it will be like without them in September. However, each one has decided that now is the time to move on, and for six of them this means retirement. Dr Watson leaves as Head of Chemistry after 42 years and Mr Aldred as Head of History after 32 years. Mrs Keating as Teacher in Charge of Food Technology (33 years..!) and Mrs Brooking as Head of PE (27 years…) have both served the school for more than a quarter of a century, as has Mr Vell as PE teacher and Head of Year. Mrs Meredith also has a long record (24 years…) of service in teaching English and Mrs Sweeney retires after being a cleaner with us for over 20 years.

The school, as any community, has benefited enormously from these years of dedicated and outstanding service, the investment of a large part of a lifetime into one place. We are grateful indeed for the contributions each has made and wish them most well for their retirements and for the other ventures onto which they move from here.

We also say goodbye to other colleagues who have been here for fewer years, but we are also glad for their contributions to the school: Mr Wallace has been tempted slightly further north to continue his career as Maths teacher. Mrs Ball (Classics) and Mrs Pascoe (ICT) are moving to new roles within Bolton. We have been very grateful for Miss Jackson’s work in Dance and Mrs Scott’s in Languages. We also thank Mr Lever (Jnr..!) and Mr Barlow for their work as teaching assistants.

Times of change then for us as the staff of the school, and times of change certainly within education, and within our wider community. The ending of school year, with the leaving of Year 11 and Year 13, reminds us again about how quickly time passes and the years turn around. Things change, and yet we find ourselves looking for those friendships which will last and those signs that we leave behind us: that we have passed this way and that what we have done has been important and good and kind.

All good wishes to those staff and students who leave us at the end of this year, and to all of us for the holidays ahead, for the new beginnings and opportunities which await us. May we all find God’s blessing on all that lies before us, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit as we step forward.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Mottershead


Examination Results August 2016



GCE A2 results will be available from 8:00am – 9:30am on Thursday 18th August in the Sixth Form Common Room.

GCE AS results will be available from 10:30am – 12:00 noon on Thursday 18th August in the Sixth Form Common Room.



GCSE results will be available to collect from 8:00am – 9:00am on Thursday 25th August in the Hall, and from 9:00am – 12:00 noon from the Main Office.


Please note

It has to be the students who collect their own results individually.

If a student is unable to attend, then please provide Mrs Kerwin (Exams Officer) with a stamped addressed envelope in order that the results may be posted out.

Alternatively someone may be nominated to collect the results on a student’s behalf, but they MUST have written authority from the student and appropriate photo ID.

Thank you


Recent events

Year 7 Faith Trail

Once again year 7 pupils took part in the Bolton Faith Trail and visited a Mosque and a Hindu temple. This trip was enjoyed by all and it supported important work at Key Stage 3 and enable pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of religions.

Once back at school all pupils had a chance to reflect on their visit, Kate Lilley from 7C wrote, ‘The value of visiting the mosque and temple is that it was nice to see the contrast between the two places. I like the simplicity of the mosque, but I also like the detail and colours in the temple. It was great that we went for we got the opportunity to experience different religions, it also made all we have learnt in class seem more real. It was lovely to have this great chance to learn some new things about religions that I don’t really know much about. I would now like to visit a Buddhist temple because I have always been intrigued by this religion and their religious beliefs.’

As always, the year behaved impeccably and were a credit to our school.

Mrs Braithwaite and the RS department

Art News

A level show

The Year 13 Art show was a great success. Students have worked really hard, creating individual projects in Fine Art, Textiles, Ceramics and Graphics. Families, friends and school colleagues enjoyed the private view evening in the Art department and were impressed with the high level of skill, creativity and individuality of the work. Many of the A level students are going on to study at
Foundation and degree level in Art and related subjects.

Best of Bolton

We were very pleased to take part in ‘The Best of Bolton’ Art exhibition at Bolton University at the end of June. Work from a network of Bolton Secondary schools exhibited creative and skilful work from their most talented students. Canon Slade Art department exhibited fabulous work from most year groups and we were very proud of our creative and hard-working students.

Art Club

Pupils from year 8 and 9 met regularly over a term to produce identity themed boxes. These were highly detailed cubes with mixed-media images added to each face. The pupils have enjoyed being creative and having extra time to develop their individual art skills.

An Evening of Greek Theatre

The Classics Department hosted an Evening of Greek Theatre on Tuesday 12th July. The audience was treated to a selection of scenes from Greek tragedy and comedy, with a mix of long speeches, fast paced dialogue and even some dance interpretations of choral odes. The evening involved students from across the year groups as performers and some 6th Form students took on the responsibilities of directing and stage management.

For many of those involved, it was their first time treading the boards. All did an exceptional job and the evening was thoroughly enjoyable.

Chaplaincy update


Unfortunately the planned Alumni Communion fell on the day school was closed so had to be cancelled. We are looking into trying to rearrange it for the Autumn Term and will keep you informed.

Worship Themes

For the first half of the new school year we have decided to look at the Fruits of the Spirit – qualities that are important to grow both as individuals and as a community. We’ve already spent quite a bit of time looking at two of them – love and peace – so are going to concentrate on the other 7. So the weekly themes will be:

General Theme – Rare Fruits

W/b Sep 5th – Joy
W/b Sep 12th – Patience
W/b Sep 19th – Kindness
W/b Sep 26th – Goodness
W/b Oct 3rd – Faithfulness
W/b Oct 10th – Gentleness
W/b Oct 17th – Self Control


Obviously we hope that all our school family has a very happy and relaxing holiday. However, if anything does happen which you would value prayer for, there is a facility under the “Student Life” heading on the school website to send a prayer request to the school chaplain.

Long service

Canon Slade School families might like to know that Dr Alan Watson’s 42 years of service are the
second longest in the school’s history, as far as we know, but certainly the longest in modern times.

The longest was Mr John Whiteside who taught Science and Woodwork full-time from 1874 to 1920 (46 years), and continued part-time until 1932, retiring at the age of 79 – unlikely to be beaten!

Continuity: Over the past 96 years there have only been three Heads of Chemistry:

Frank Slater 1920-1958 Ken Smith 1958-1987 Alan Watson 1987-2016

Diary dates for  … September and beyond

(Some people have been asking…)

Monday 5th September
Staff Day

Tuesday 6th September
First day of term – all students back for a prompt start at 8.45am

Monday 19th October
Pastoral evening for Year 7 parents and carers and students

Thursday 22nd October
Year 7 Communion service

Wednesday 28th October
Open Evening for families with children in Year 6

Tuesday 4th October
Pastoral evening for Year 12 parents and carers and students

Wednesday 5th October
Recital in the Chapel

Monday 10th October
Year 11 Communion Service

Thursday 13th October
Bolton Futures4me event

Friday 14th October
Fashion Show (organised by the CSA)

Monday 17th October
Year 11 Work Experience Week

Wednesday 19th October
Year 13 Interview evening

Monday 24th October – Friday 28th inclusive
Half term break
Thursday 3rd November
Sixth Form Open Evening

Wednesday 9th November
Year 11 Parents’ Evening

Friday 11th November
Remembrance Service

Thursday 17th November
Pastoral evening for Year 10 parents and carers and students

Tuesday 22nd November
Presentation evening to the 2016 Year 11 students

Thursday 24th November
Careers Convention

Friday 25th November
Christmas Fair (organised by the CSA)

Monday 28th November
Year 13 Parents’ Evening
Year communions this week for Sixth Form, and Years 8,9 and 10

Monday 19th December
Christmas Concert

Tuesday 20th December
Presentation evening to the 2016 Year 13 students

Wednesday 21st December
Carol Services and the last day of term


Sports Update


This summer has been fantastic again for many of the athletes and the athletics teams at Canon Slade.

First of all came the English Schools Athletics Track and Field Cup. All 4 teams of junior and intermediate boys and girls won their Northwest Regional Heats and qualified for the Northwest Regional A Finals where the top placed team would reach the National Finals. Both of the girls teams did this and reached the National Final. This is a remarkable achievement and something that is rarely achieved by a school at all. To have 2 teams in a National Final in the same year was amazing. The intermediate boys team also did very well and finished 3rd in the Northwest with 422 points. The junior boys team were unbelievably unfortunate as they finished 2nd in their final with 378 points and only missed out on the National final by 1 point (which can be 0.1 second or 1 cm in some events). Both girls teams performed exceptionally well at the National Finals with the junior girls finishing 10th in the country whilst the intermediate girls finished 8th in the country.

After the English Schools Track and Field Cup came the town athletics championships and again there were some incredible individual and team performances. In fact Canon Slade were town athletics champions for 7 out of the 8 events. Boys and girls teams won the competition at years 8, 9 and 10. The year 7 girls also won the competition whilst the year 7 boys finished in 6th place.

The year 7 boys and girls combined athletics team was also selected to represent Bolton at the Greater Manchester School Games at Sport City last week. All the students performed exceptionally well but the team didn’t quite make the top 3 teams.

Individually, Freya Dooner and Taiwo Taiwo were chosen to represent Greater Manchester at the ESAA National Finals last weekend. Taiwo was the 10th fastest in the country for her age over 200m whilst Freya came 12th in the country for her age at Shot Putt. Alex Tonge was Greater Manchester Shot Putt champion a year early but didn’t quite make the qualifying standard for the National Finals. We are hopeful he will make it next year.

Sports Day results

Year 10

1st 10 S 2nd 10 O 3rd 10 B 4th 10 C 5th 10 N

Year 9

1st 9 R 2nd 9 T 3rd 9 U 4th 9 B 5th 9 O

Year 8

1st 8 T 2nd 8 L 3rd 8 H 4th 8 C 5th 8 R

Year 7

1st 7 S 2nd 7 N 3rd 7 R 4th = 7 C and 7 H

A fine event with a great atmosphere and strong competition in all year groups. Well done, everyone.


Delighted to report that our Year7/8 team have reached the town cup final and play local rivals Turton, at Egerton CC on 20th July with a 9.30am start.

Hopefully our boys can end the year on a high!

Special Mention

Nathanial Marshall has been given a 3 year scholarship with Wigan Warriors Rugby League. We hope he excels and can one day play in the Super League for them. A wonderful achievement.

The Library Page

[You can catch up with up-to-the-minute news on the Canon Slade Library Website]

Kate Greenaway shadowing

Over the past few weeks we have been shadowing the Kate Greenaway Award which is for the outstanding illustrations in a children’s book. Chris Riddell won the award this year with ‘The Sleeper and the Spindle’.

One student commented

“I enjoyed doing it. We met each Monday and discussed a different book on the shortlist. We marked it on the art. It was good to explore how art is used in books. I really liked the winning book as it had very good illustrations and it worked fantastically well with the tone of the book. The context of the black with the little gold detail worked effectively. All the books we shadowed are available to borrow from the library.”


Bolton Children’s Fiction Award 2016

Students have been busy reading the shortlisted books on this year’s award. Our favourite was ‘One of Us’ by Jeannie Waudby followed by ‘13 Hours’ by Narinder Dhami. A group of students visited Bolton School on Tuesday 28th June to take part in the award ceremony and to meet all the award authors including Curtis Jobling, author of the Wereworld series and illustrator of Bob the Builder. The winner of the award was announced as Narinder Dhami with ‘13 hours.’

All the students enjoyed the event, especially meeting the different authors and having their books signed. A year 8 student said

“We listened to two authors talk about their books which was very interesting. It was nice to hear where they got their ideas from.”

Author Visit Hazel Paine

Hazel visited school on Monday 4th July and introduced her debut book ‘Soulsight’ to all year 10 students. She engaged her audience with stories of her previous role as a doctor then how she became a writer. Her extract readings and interaction with the students made this event a huge success. This was followed by an invitation only event where students had a special Q&A brunch with Hazel.

Fair Trade Morning

We had a fabulous opportunity to support Fair Trade in school and the pupil librarians helped out on the stalls. We would like to say a very big thank you to Dorothy and Jean for coming into school too.

Accelerated Reader

This has been a very successful year with year 7 and reading. The end of year statistics and the winning form will be announced on our library website http://www.canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk/library/ at the end of term. Well done everyone.

Summer Reading

We hope that over the summer months students will keep on reading and perhaps even visit their local library. Students are able to borrow books from Canon Slade Library over the summer and all books will be due back on Tuesday 6th September.

Don’t forget to follow us over the summer to keep up to date with reading ideas and activities. @CanonSladeLib

Happy summer reading!

Upcoming Events & Performances

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


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

CSA 200 Club

For the latest Canon Slade Association information, articles and 200 club winners announcements, please go to the:

Canon Slade Association Pages