15th January 2016
Dear Parents and Carers,
I think that we are all conscious of the turbulent weeks we have been through together as a country
in recent times. The General Election result and its consequences are part of many conversations
around the school and it has been heartening to hear of our students engaging with the issues and
entering the debate. I heard one student on Friday last saying that she could not wait until she had
her turn to take part and vote.
The tragic and awful events in London and in Manchester have been at the forefront of everyone’s
minds, of course, as well. There were twenty of our students at the concert in Manchester, but none
were injured. We were in London as a family on 3rd June and our daughter works in Trafalgar Square.
At such times, we all find connections, and it is important that we do.
We recalled at Staff Briefing this week the wonderful words of Jo Cox in her maiden speech in
parliament: ‘What surprises me time and again as I travel around the constituency is that we are far
more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.’ As we
remember the first anniversary of her death on Friday this week in school as around the land, her
words seem, if anything, more important than ever.
One of the biggest things that we have learned about ourselves seems to be that we have the
capacity for immense care and love, in the face of hatred and violence. The scene in St Ann’s Square
in Manchester is testimony to that throughout our community. Acts of selfless care have also been
part of our story and have been remarkable.
Against this backdrop, we remind ourselves that schools are based on a future and a hope. As GCSE
and now A Level exams have got under way – and indeed many students complete their GCSE
papers this week – we wish all of our students great success and most well for the future, which
these exam results will be part of. Thanks to all our team of invigilators, scribes, helpers and
organisers for bringing everything together during these hectic weeks, and to Mrs Kerwin in
particular for her superb organisation, attention to detail and care.
The six weeks of the term ahead before we reach the Summer Holidays are packed ones indeed.
This Newsletter will give you some insight into that and I hope to see many of you at our Junior
Showcase Concert on Wednesday 14th June in the Chapel. We also have Sports Day, end of year
trips, lots of Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold expeditions, two Proms …
May God bless us all in our work and in our service together.
Bolton Sing Day – Tuesday 11th July – Victoria Halls, Bolton.
On Tuesday 11th July our three choirs Chapel Choir, Voiceworx and Lads’ Vocal will join choirs from
other schools around Bolton to perform a massed concert at the Victoria Hall in Bolton. Pupils will
rehearse in the afternoon and then perform as an individual choir and join all other choirs for a
Parents/carers are invited to attend the evening concert to support our pupils in this exciting
opportunity to collaborate vocally with other schools in the borough.
Music Department Tour, Rhineland Germany.
On Friday 23rd June the Music Department and 40 pupils from Years 8-11 depart for a four day tour
of the Rhineland, Germany. Pupils will perform in two concerts while away as well as visiting
Beethoven’s house in Bonn.
Pupils have been rehearsing for the last 6 weeks especially for this tour and a number of the items
that are being performed in Germany can be heard at the Junior Showcase Concert at 7pm on
Wednesday 14th June in the Chapel.
School Officers 2017 – 18
We are very pleased to announce to the school family the Sixth Form students who have offered to
serve and to lead the school in the coming year. They were commissioned and welcomed in the
Founder’s Day afternoon service, and we wish them well in their work and extra responsibilities in
the year ahead.
Deputy Head Girls:
Deputy Head Boys:
The Library Page
You can get all the latest news from the Library Web Page (www.canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk/library)
Latest articles include:
Jenny McLachlan Visit
Based on a campaign by the Reading Agency and the Reading Well Campaign called Shelf Help we have put together a collection of books that students can borrow linking to their well-being and issues that are frequently mentioned in the news and on social media. Sometimes reading about the issue can help and also within school Ms. Jesusanmi has been meeting a group of year 10 students every week in the library to discuss and support them in their well-being.
Bolton Children’s Fiction Award will be announced in July and we are looking forward to taking a group of students to Bolton School to meet the authors and to take part in the workshops. The students have enjoyed reading the shortlisted
books and are excited to find out who will win this year’s award.
Please follow the library for all up to date news about the library, reading and independent learning resources @CanonSladeLib and http://www.canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk/library/
We were led by Canon Matt Thompson in our Communion services on Founder’s Day, 12th May, and
these were his last ones before his move in the summer to become Dean of Birmingham. The
Archdeacon of Bolton, the Venerable David Bailey, was our guest preacher and we were very
grateful to him for his being with us and for what he had to say. The passage was from John’s
Gospel, about the permanent and individual care for each of us by Jesus our Good Shepherd.
Although it was a shame that Year 9 students were not able to do their day going to work, it also felt
very good to have their presence in the senior service in the morning.
Our thanks to all who helped to lead and to organise our worship, and to students in Years 7, 8, 9
and 10 for the way they participated and represented the school so well, as always, in the town
Thy Kingdom Come
We were delighted that the Bishop of Bolton and the Archdeacon of Bolton called in at Canon Slade
School on Friday 26th May as part of their pilgrimage around the town, within the ‘Thy Kingdom
Come’ initiative within the Church of England. This co-incided with our Year 13 Leavers’ Service in
the Chapel and it was a joy to have Bishop Mark giving them a blessing on their way.
Our themes for assemblies this half term are focused on the asking of a series of questions which we
hope that students will find stimulating and challenging:
June 5th Stories – is it what we say or how we tell them?
June 12th Responsibility – for what and for whom?
June 19th Future planning – how do we move forward?
June 26th Potential – who do you think you are?
July 3rd Second chances – how do we make the changes?
July 10th Values – what is important to us?
July 17th Presentation assemblies – what have we done well?
Our readings are being taken from the Parables of Jesus, starting with the Lost Son from Luke 15 and
then to the Good Samaritan of Luke 10. We are looking to involve students more in assemblies, so
readings and prayers will be led by some of them this half term.
We are holding our celebration assemblies and services in the final week of the school year to make
for a fitting and very positive note on which to end before the Summer holidays.
The Rounders season has proven to be a great success with over 60 students regularly attending
practice. We also have been lucky enough to have two coaches come into school on a Wednesday
afternoon to give extra coaching to the girls.
The students have thoroughly enjoyed learning this new sport, one which is hugely popular in the
local area, and as a result some girls are now playing the local league. Recent results have been
positive with KS3 and KS4 beating St Catherine’s. There are more fixtures and tournaments to be
played in the summer term and, with the girls improving each week, we are hoping for some more
Year 7/8 Boys’ Tennis team have finished as group winners in the Aegon National Team Tennis
competition, having won all their matches. We beat Hulme Grammar and Broughton along the way!
We are now at the Regional Finals stage where we await the winners of Formby vs Baines and hope
to reach the National Finals!
Year 9/10 Boys’ Tennis team have also had a successful season so far in winning their group in the
Aegon National Team Tennis! Along the way we beat St Michael’s, Fred Longworth and Hulme
Grammar. In the regional semi finals we face St Bede’s from Blackburn, with Broughton vs Formby
being the other semi final.
Wishing the boys the best of luck in a hope that we can get both the Year 7/8 and the Year 9/10
teams through to the national finals!
Canon Slade Association (CSA) News
Next meeting reminder
The last CSA meeting for this academic year is on Wednesday 21st June at 7pm in the School Library
and everyone is welcome. If you have a child in the school, or are an alumni or member of staff, you
are automatically a member of the CSA, and we would love to see you!
200 Club Our last draws for this year will be June and July. Winners will be notified
after the draws have taken place. We thank you for your support of CSA via the 200 club and ask
that you consider renewing your membership (or joining if you are a newbie!). Please note that
there is no automatic renewal of your membership although it is possible for you to keep the same
number(s). More information about enrolment/re-enrolment will be provided in the next
newsletter and a payment opportunity will be set up in ScoPay in July.
Note for the diary Christmas Fair: Friday 17th November in the School Hall
We are excited to announce that Paul and Jo Sumsion (parents of Ruth in Year 9 and Caleb in Year 7)
have entered the Manchester Half Marathon, on Sunday 15th October, to raise money for CSA. They
would love a team of parents (and/or staff!) to join them in this fundraising event. Could this
include you? Is this something that is on your bucket list, or even on your list of challenges for the
year? Or, if you know any friends or family who would be interested please invite them to join in.
More information about the run can be found on http://www.manchesterhalfmarathon.com and this is
also the site to use to register yourself (the entry fee is £36).
If you would like to take part please contact Jo (via email@example.com) and she will link
you up with other runners with a similar estimated finish time, and also provide fundraising
information and sponsor forms. Additionally if you would like people to train with, or even are
wondering how to start training, Jo can point you in the direction of training programmes and other
people to train with. We hope that lots of you will take up the challenge!!
Fundraising via The Giving Machine.
Thank you to everyone who is continuing to raise money for CSA whilst doing on-line shopping via
http://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 and the donation is “free”.
New Fundraising ideas If you have any suggestions for new ways to fundraise for CSA please come
to one of the meetings to table your idea, or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Open Committee Positions
The CSA is still looking for Committee members, as per the Head’s February newsletter. If you are
able to help, whether or not you feel you have relevant experience, please contact either
email@example.com or Mr Mottershead directly for 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
Thank you for your ongoing support of CSA as we raise money to enhance teaching for the pupils of
Canon Slade School.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme update
The Expedition season is upon us and we are grateful to Bolton Outdoors for acting as our training
and camping provider this year for the Bronze. Students have completed their training days and the
rounds of Practice and Qualifying expeditions begin this coming weekend. Our thanks to families for
your support with those and best wishes for the students for good success and for memorable days
out and about.
Over 60 students in Years 10 and 11 have now completed their Bronze Awards and received their
badges and certificates. Congratulations to all of them. We also have about a dozen Gold Award
winners’ names to add to the Honours Board in the Chapel, which is a superb achievement for each
one of them.
With thanks to Dr Eves and his team, the Silver and Gold Awards are re-establishing themselves in
the Sixth Form as a key part of our enrichment programme. Best wishes to students who are
embarking on their bigger expeditions for Silver and for Gold in the 2017 season.
Diary Dates for the rest of term
14 June Junior Showcase Concert
29 June Year 11 Prom
3 July Sports Day
Thursday 6 & Friday 7 July Year 6
Monday, 10 July Year 6
Monday, 10 July Years 7, 10 and 12
Thursday, 13 July
End of Year School Trips
Friday, 21 July
End of Term
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