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20th June 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

I began writing this page on Bloomsday … and I certainly mentioned that anniversary at the Junior Showcase concert last Thursday evening … 16th June, which is Bloomsday, because Thursday 16th June 1904 is the day when the action of James Joyce’s novel ‘Ulysses’ (best book ever…discuss?) all takes place. 700 pages of action but mainly thoughts centred on the character of Leopold Bloom, from his breakfast at 8.00am that morning through to the early hours. People celebrate the day by eating the same breakfast, or indeed by wearing a straw boater hat …

Then there was the distraction of the football match on the same afternoon, and much of the school stopped to watch … or at least tried to, as the websites struggled to cope with the demand from here as from everywhere. Still, better in the second half, for the Internet connection and for the match (unless you were supporting Wales…)

And then 16th June took on an altogether different significance as the tragic events unfolded in Yorkshire, to everyone’s horror and great sadness. Prayers have been said in school for the family of Jo Cox, joining our thoughts to those across the country and across the world.

In the thankfully more usual life of the school, we come into the closing fortnight of the exam season. We thank Year 11 students for the way that they have conducted themselves throughout these gruelling weeks, and our thanks and best wishes to Year 12 too as they have managed the odd combinations of some modular and some linear A level courses. Year 13 A levels are underway now and all good wishes to them for good success in these exams which will take them into their futures.

I would like to take the opportunity now to say something about a few members of staff who will be leaving Canon Slade School at the end of the term. Usually this is something that is kept for the last Newsletter of the year in July and there will be some further details to give then. However, among the colleagues who are moving on in July are six members of staff who, between them, have contribute what must amount to 200 years of service to the school.

The co-incidence of their leaving the school, as I wrote to one of them, constitutes something of the end of an era. We shall take the opportunity as a staff and school community to bid them the fondest of farewells and to express our gratitude and appreciation for all that they have done for the school over many years. This early notice is to allow Canon Slade families to have the same opportunity, should you wish to take it, before we reach the last week of term.

The six teachers are: Mrs Meredith (English) and Mrs Keating (Food Technology); Mr Vell (Head of Year) and Mrs Brooking (Head of PE); and Mr Aldred (Head of History) and Dr Watson (Head of Chemistry).

All good wishes to them and to all for the closing weeks of the term and for God’s blessing on all that lies ahead.I began writing this page on Bloomsday … and I certainly mentioned that anniversary at the Junior Showcase concert last Thursday evening … 16th June, which is Bloomsday, because Thursday 16th June 1904 is the day when the action of James Joyce’s novel ‘Ulysses’ (best book ever…discuss?) all takes place. 700 pages of action but mainly thoughts centred on the character of Leopold Bloom, from his breakfast at 8.00am that morning through to the early hours. People celebrate the day by eating the same breakfast, or indeed by wearing a straw boater hat …

Then there was the distraction of the football match on the same afternoon, and much of the school stopped to watch … or at least tried to, as the websites struggled to cope with the demand from here as from everywhere. Still, better in the second half, for the Internet connection and for the match (unless you were supporting Wales…)

And then 16th June took on an altogether different significance as the tragic events unfolded in Yorkshire, to everyone’s horror and great sadness. Prayers have been said in school for the family of Jo Cox, joining our thoughts to those across the country and across the world.
In the thankfully more usual life of the school, we come into the closing fortnight of the exam season. We thank Year 11 students for the way that they have conducted themselves throughout these gruelling weeks, and our thanks and best wishes to Year 12 too as they have managed the odd combinations of some modular and some linear A level courses. Year 13 A levels are underway now and all good wishes to them for good success in these exams which will take them into their futures.

I would like to take the opportunity now to say something about a few members of staff who will be leaving Canon Slade School at the end of the term. Usually this is something that is kept for the last Newsletter of the year in July and there will be some further details to give then. However, among the colleagues who are moving on in July are six members of staff who, between them, have contribute what must amount to 200 years of service to the school.

The co-incidence of their leaving the school, as I wrote to one of them, constitutes something of the end of an era. We shall take the opportunity as a staff and school community to bid them the fondest of farewells and to express our gratitude and appreciation for all that they have done for the school over many years. This early notice is to allow Canon Slade families to have the same opportunity, should you wish to take it, before we reach the last week of term.

The six teachers are: Mrs Meredith (English) and Mrs Keating (Food Technology); Mr Vell (Head of Year) and Mrs Brooking (Head of PE); and Mr Aldred (Head of History) and Dr Watson (Head of Chemistry).
All good wishes to them and to all for the closing weeks of the term and for God’s blessing on all that lies ahead.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Mottershead

Headteacher

News Update, Recent events and Opportunities

Children’s University Graduation Ceremony 2016

The Children’s University is an international initiative that recognises and promotes the benefits of quality extra curricular learning for young people. Here at Canon Slade School we have been proud to be pioneers for the Children’s University programme in Bolton for the past four years. We are working in partnership with several local primary and secondary schools in our delivery of the scheme.

This year’s Bolton Children’s University graduation ceremony will take place on Saturday 2nd July at 2pm in the Chancellor’s Building at the University of Bolton. Any pupil who has accrued more than 30 hours of extra curricular learning time in their C.U. Passport to Learning is eligible to attend the ceremony with guests to receive their award. The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton will be our special guests on the day. Our key note speaker will be the world renowned poet Donavan Christopher who will also be signing copies of his brand new book.

For more information on the Children’s University please visit www.childrensuniversity.co.uk or contact Mr A.E. Jackson in school.

Japanese Exchange students’ visit

For over 20 years we have maintained strong links with Poole Gakuin High School in Osaka, Japan. Each year we endeavour to visit them in Japan or host them in Bolton and in 2017 it will be their turn to visit us. Thirty female students will be coming to Bolton and we are looking for host families to accommodate one of the female students.

Poole Gakuin is an all-girls school but the hosting is available to both boys and girls from our school. Visiting pupils are usually aged between 14 and 18 years old. Whilst we recognise that hosting a foreign student is a huge commitment, we find that the rewards and experiences gained far outweigh any inconveniences which may arise and often pupils build life-long friendships and unforgettable memories from such exchanges. We envisage that they will arrive on Thursday 23rd March 2017 and leave the UK on Sunday 2nd April 2017 yet exact dates and times are yet to be confirmed.

Please see Mrs L Ball (Head of Languages) for further details.

Musical matters

Junior Showcase

Thanks to all families and friends who supported the concert last week, which was excellent again. It was uplifting and greatly entertaining, and reassuring to see and hear the future of the musical life of the school in such good hands as demonstrated by the musicians from Years 7 -10. Well done to all of them and thanks indeed to the Music Department for preparing, rehearsing and staging such a fine evening of musical entertainment.

Oboe instrumental lessons

Free trial Limited spaces for a series of free trial lessons on the oboe are available with Mr Armstrong between now and the end of summer term. The hire of the oboe would also be free for the duration of the pupil having lessons in school.

To register your interest in having oboe lessons, pupils should see Mrs McDermott in the main office or Mr Pettitt in the music office (C79).

Music Department trip to Rhineland, Germany – June 2017

The music department are running a trip from 23rd June until 26th June 2017 to Rhineland, Germany. Pupils will take part in two concerts as part of the trip and the cost of the trip will be approximately £300. All pupils who have vocal or instrumental lessons in school or externally who wish to take part in the trip should collect a letter from the music department or print it off from the school website. The deadline for returning the signed permission slip and the deposit is Friday 1st July.

Mr A Pettitt Head of Music

Chaplaincy update

An Important Invitation

On Tuesday July 5th we have our annual Alumni Communion in the School Chapel at 7pm.

This is for all members of the Canon Slade family, past and present and includes wider families. It would be lovely to see as many people there as possible so please do come if you are able to.

Our Chair of Governors, Revd Canon Matt Thompson, will be presiding and our school chaplain, Revd. Paul Wallington will be preaching.

Worship

This half term the worship themes have all looked at qualities that make an Olympian, and how they can also improve our daily life. The qualities for the rest of the term are;

June 20th – Resilience
June 27th – Talent
July 4th – Belief
July 11th – Sacrifice
July 18th – Support

Does collective worship in school make a positive difference to our students?

We are also currently conducting a survey of students to look at how effective our current provision of collective worship is. The main results will be published in a future newsletter but if you have any views / comments about the worship life of the school, please feel free to send them to the School chaplain at pw2@canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk

Diary dates for the weeks to come … in 2016!

Tuesday 28th
June Last day of summer written exam papers

Wednesday 29th
June Year 12 Induction Day for September
Year 13 Prom…!

Thursday 30th June
Year 11 Prom ..!

Monday 11th July
New Year 6 > 7 Parents’ Evening

Friday 22nd July
End of Summer Term

Sports update

Athletics

We have had an extremely successful summer of athletics despite performing in some horrendous weather conditions.!

Results to date:

Preliminary round

Junior Boys – 1st 364 points

Inter boys – 1st 413 points

Junior Girls – 1st 332 points

Inter Girls – 1st 391 points

All four teams progressed to the regional final which was held on Wednesday 15th June at Robin Park, Wigan.

Regional Final results

Junior boys – 2nd (by 1 point) 378 points
Inter boys – 3rd 422 points
Junior Girls – 1st 352 points
Inter Girls – 1st 388 Points

Junior girls and inter girls have now qualified for the National final which will be held at Bedford Athletics Stadium on Saturday 2nd July. The junior boys were extremely unlucky to miss out by 1 point.

Remaining athletics fixtures:

Wednesday 22nd June – Year 7 & 8

Town Athletics Championships

Thursday 30th June – Year 9 & 10

Town Athletics Championships

Saturday 2nd July

English Schools Track & Field Cup National Final Bedford Athletics stadium

Tennis

Year 8 and Year 10 Boys’ Tennis team win their regional groups in the national competition!

Both are through to the regional knockout stages now and Year 10 have reached the final and play Baines at home.
The Year 8 team is currently at the regional semi- finals stage and also play v Baines at home!

All the very best to our junior teams in their regional knockouts. Hopefully they can follow in the footsteps of our senior teams by reaching the national finals! We will find out very soon!

Sports’ Day

The new ‘tradition’ of having Sports’ Day early in the half term to make the best of the likely weather has worked out very well for the second year in a row!

Well done to all competitors on some excellent performances and to all students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 for allowing the day to work so well. Thanks, of course, to the PE department for all of the organisation and to the many other staff who supported the event.

Some field events are continuing which is a good excuse for not announcing the results just yet but saving them for the last newsletter of the year and for the Presentation assemblies which will be part of the closing weeks of the term as always.

The Library Page

New Library Website

New Library Website

Welcome to our fabulous new website

http://www.canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk/library/

Please do have a look, we welcome your comments and suggestions. There will be new sections added soon so watch this space.

 

Students meet well known author.

Andy Briggs Visit Turton June 2016

Andy Briggs Visit Turton June 2016

Enthusiastic readers were thrilled to be able to meet the amazing author Andy Briggs at Turton School on the 9th June.
Andy Briggs writes adventure stories and also writes stories with super hero versus villain theme. His stories are enjoyed by many and are popular with both boys and girls. His books are available to borrow from the library.

“I enjoyed the Andy Briggs talk because he was very inspirational and wasn’t boring at all. I mostly enjoyed the talk about his new book ‘Iron Fist’. I can’t wait to read it.” Year 7 student (Kendra)

 

“I loved the talk from Andy Briggs. Showed me that writers are involved in everything! Thanks so much and can’t wait to read ‘Polybius’ his book that will be coming out soon.” Year 8 Student (Chris)

Exciting news: Eclipse.net Reading Cloud

Our school is strongly committed to improving literacy and knows the importance of reading for pleasure. There is good evidence to suggest that young people who read for pleasure daily perform better in reading tests. We want to encourage children to enjoy reading and to read a wide range of good quality literature.

We currently have access to Eclipse.net and students are familiar with using it in the library. This is available from home also and can be downloaded on any computer at https://u005966.microlibrarian.net or downloaded via the iMLS app for use on an ipad/tablet device, iPod touch or Android phone.

The login details are as follows:

Username ID/Dinner card number and

password is their date of birth.

To extend the use of the above we are delighted to inform you that the school will be trialling until the end of term, the introduction of a new online Reading Cloud. The new system allows pupils, staff and parents to view our school library catalogue online and pupils are encouraged to use this to help with research, to write reviews about books they have read, blog about what they are reading and their favourite authors and search for new books and other library resources.

Children will also have the ability to chat about books etc. with their friends in this safe environment. Staff will be using this too to ensure it is moderated and used sensibly. The chat facility will allow us to introduce the idea of social networking for children in a safe environment which is focussed around reading. We would also encourage children to use the ‘Home Library’ function to catalogue books they have at home which can then be shared with friends.

The system includes a fantastic new feature called ‘Who Next’ which recommends new books and authors based on the books that your child has already read. You will be able to use this feature at home to help your child select their next book.
Having the library accessible in this way and having parents engaged with reading, will help to support our commitment to improving literacy standards. We hope you find the new facility useful and welcome any feedback over this trial period.

Bolton Children’s Fiction Award 2016

Students have been busy reading the shortlisted books on this year’s award. Our favourite is ‘One of Us’ by Jeannie Waudby followed by ‘13 Hours’ by Narinder Dhami. A group will be visiting 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. This will be an exciting event for the students.

Scholastic Book Club

Watch out for details of the brand new book club that will be starting soon. Parents will have the opportunity to buy books over a few weeks before the summer break to help with keeping students reading over the long summer holiday. All books purchased will raise commission for the library so that we can purchase new books for everyone.