20th March 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,


Slightly later in the month than usual, but also in full technicolour with more photographs than usual, with thanks to the many contributors! A busy and colourful half-term has been had by the school, about which you may read and see in the pages ahead.

Thank you for your support for the performances and the matches, as well as all the rehearsals and practices which lie behind such great successes as the Show and the Dance Show, and the many sporting achievements and visits which we can describe to you. It is always very much appreciated.

You have heard from the Chair of Governors about the appointment of our next headteacher, Mr David Burton, and we are all looking forward to getting to know him in the coming months as he prepares for his work here from 1st September. His first visit to us will be on 4th April.

It has also been very good to catch up with Revd Tom Lilley, our chaplain-to-be, who begins his ministry here at the start of the Autumn Term. He was able to join a group of students at Coventry Cathedral as we explored together how we re-energise and take forward our partnership as an ICONS member – International Cross of Nails School.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Mottershead


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Recent events

Going to Coventry

A group of 23 students , mainly from Years 7 and 8 but with two from Year 9 and two from Year 10 and one from Year 12 went to Coventry Cathedral on Monday 20th. The journey down was long, wet and horrid, but the welcome we received was warm and kind. Lunch in the Chapter House was followed by a very moving black-and-white film of the destruction of Coventry and its medieval cathedral in November 1940. We saw the medieval roof beams that had fallen on to the ground in the shape of a cross, and we heard about Provost Howard’s writing the words ‘Father forgive’ onto the wall of the cathedral on the day after the cathedral was destroyed.

We had very moving tours of the cathedral and its chapels, looking at the beauty of its sunrise window, and the baptistry stone from Bethlehem. We explored its side-chapels – the Servant Chapel with its big plain windows so that the cathedral can see the city it serves and prays for, the Unity Chapel which seeks to welcome all, and the Gethsemane Chapel with its extraordinary angel mosaic. We ended with a candlelit exploration of the cathedral in the late evening – also known as hide and seek on a huge scale!

We had workshops with the cathedral staff about the troubled places of the world, and wrote postcards to people who might be able to use their power to make the world a kinder world. We made our own miniature Cross of Nails, and thought about what we could do next. We decided to invite staff to visit us in May to update them on what we have done because of the trip. We then hope to organise a visit for representatives of each form to Coventry later in the summer term.

The Wizard of Oz – March 2017

This year’s production has been an exciting and fun-filled event with pupils from years 7-13 taking part and providing technical support for the show. The cast have achieved a professional level both throughout their rehearsals and during performances. The journey of Dorothy was energetically supported by the chorus as she travelled along the yellow brick road. Their scenes such as Munchkinland and Emerald City were highly engaging and brought energy and colour to this fastpaced performance.

Ellie Goddard who played Dorothy was a consummate professional throughout, maintaining excellent timing within the choreography, even when dealing with a sometimes difficult real-life dog as Toto. Her rendition of ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ was beautiful and she maintained lovely musicality throughout the piece. Megan Drew, Tom Lilley and Cameron Donnelley played Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion and provided some entertaining and comical moments throughout the show. We must not forget all the students who helped during the creative process from building and painting set to lighting and stage managing the show. It has been an enjoyable experience for all involved and we thank you for your support.

The WIzard of Oz 2017

News update

The Dance Show

Congratulations to all the dancers on their outstanding performance in last week’s dance show. There was a great eclectic mix of choreography this year, some which even moved audience members to tears! I am incredibly proud of the whole cast who worked so hard towards the show.

We raised £464 from the sale of raffle prizes, kindly donated and made by Mrs Wells, this money will be donated to The Christie and Bolton Breast Unit. The sale of our dance programmes also raised £250 for the Meningitis Now Charity in memory of Joanna Yates. Thank you very much to friends and families for all your support.

Mrs McElroy


A big congratulations and our best wishes to Kieran McLoughlin, Kacper Szewczyk and Adrianna Kunik in Year 7 who have all made it through to the Regional Final of the National Spanish Spelling Bee. The regionals will take place at Trinity Church of England High School in Manchester on Thursday 30th March. ¡Buena suerte!

Mrs Ball

Sixth Form

Wednesday 15th saw all of Year 12 attending the UCAS Exhibition in Manchester, followed by an afternoon in the museums or art galleries of the city. Monday 20th moved to Aintree for the annual Oxbridge presentation to which Dr Eves took a minibus full of our students.

March consultations with Year 11 students planning to join our Year 12 in September take place from Monday 27th March.

The Mayor’s Ball competition

The quality of the entries was excellent, and the Mayor said that the decision to choose her favourite outfit was extremely difficult.

However, we have a winner:

1st Lauren Walker-Grayson – Canon Slade School

Congratulations to Lauren for her success in this town-wide competition.

Geology Field Trip

Proof, if it were needed, that geologyrocks@canonslade: last week seventeen Year 12 geologists successfully completed their residential field course to Middleton-in-Teesdale, Cow Green and Ingleton. This year the weather was kind, the days and the geology enthralling, yet mentally demanding, while students aimed to unravel Teesdale’s molten past! Everyone worked exceptionally hard over the three intense days, working late into the evenings in preparation for their field mapping day and its subsequent interpretation. Students are now writing up their fieldwork to reconstruct the emplacement of the Great Northern Whin Sill, which will form part of their A-level assessment! The highlight of the visit for many was to touch the famous 148 million year hiatus beneath Thornton Force; for others it came in the form of Miss Buffey’s ‘steady’ driving, or from the realisation there is a world without WiFi, or from the seemingly endless words and ways Sir can wax lyrical about rocks!

Mr Foulger


The Library Page

For the latest news you can check the Library Website http://www.canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk/library/

Visit by Caroline Lawrence:

Caroline Lawrence Visit launched book week

World Book Day Celebration

World Book Day Celebration 2017

The Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair has been in school with a fabulous collection of new book titles. Students have been able to exchange their World Book Day token for £1.00 off a new book or for a free World Book Day book. Over 300 year 7 and Year 8 students visited the book fair on World Book Day. Our pupil librarians and a couple of volunteer year 8 students helped to manage and promote the book fair. This year we sold £663.00 worth of books and therefore received 50% commission, so lots of new books to be added to the library. Thank you to all parents for supporting the book fair and for students for visiting and buying a new book.

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/

Art News

The very successful Year 9 Art exhibition has been held in the Millennium Chapel, the students exhibited their Fine art paintings and mixed media pieces. Su Blackwell inspired paper sculptures, food inspired fabric paintings and Day of the Dead skull paintings and computer generated images. Parents were invited to the open evening on Monday 13th March and were very pleased to have the opportunity to see the students work.
The Art department are very proud of their achievements, dedication, creativity and hard work and the work exhibited looked fantastic, well done all our year nine art students.


Sports Update


Congratulations to Natalie Flinn Year 10 for her latest achievements in Tennis, winning the Lancashire Open and was runner up in the Liverpool Under 18 open too. Well done.

National Finals

Our Senior Students Tennis Team played in the Mixed Doubles National Finals last weekend. As always, the opposition is of a very high standard, with schools from as far North as Strathallan in Scotland and as far South as Cornwall!

Canon Slade were once again the only comprehensive school that qualified, making our achievement in playing at this event even more impressive. Day 1 of the finals saw us take a win versus Queen Mary’s school, so overnight we were joint top of the group! We more than met our match on day 2 as we faced the two top seeds in Strathallan, and the eventual overall winners, Millfield School.

Needless to say we came away from day 2 matches without a win in either, but gave a very good account of ourselves against Millfield School. We finished 3rd in our group which put us joint 6th nationally, a fantastic achievement!

A very enjoyable weekend of tennis, our students represented school impeccably and played with typical Canon Slade grit and spirit. Our squad was Will Hart, Phil Edwards, Catherine Jameson, Amelia Kwiatkowski and Matthew Bowers.


All years have now progressed to the Town Cup semi finals with Year 11 the last to get through. Last Thursday they defeated St James 3-0 in very windy and wet conditions on the astro, making it difficult to keep the ball down and play attractive football. The boys tried to be as professional as they could and they got the job done.

Our Year 8 team defeated Bury Grammar School 4-0 in the county cup semi-final, and they play on Thursday this week in the ESFA U13 national semi-final. What a superb season so far and best wishes for the toughest challenges ahead. Let us hope it is a superb end to the season. Well done to the squad and to Mr Brookes their coach.









Girls Football Both

KS3 and KS4 are off to a flying start to the season. The girls have been playing some fantastic football. This was highlighted last week when the KS3 girls played St Josephs, 1 nil down a half time the girls came out a different team with Lai-Lah Booth and Abigail Willescroft linking up well to score some excellent goals. Final score 6-1 to Canon Slade.
KS4 showed grit and determination in the local derby vs Turton. On a small pitch intricate footwork and neat passing were vital to get past a well organised opposition. From the start Chloe Crook showed her authority and commitment to the team by being the play maker on the pitch and with Abigail Lovett making some outstanding saves to keep us in the game drove the team forward. A convincing 2-1 win.

We would also like to thank JB Quality Cars for sponsoring our new kit.

Bolton School Gymnastics Competition

21 students competed in the Bolton school gymnastics competition on the 8thMarch at Ladybridge School. Within the competition students had to perform a floor routine and vault/trampette jump. The girls performed with control and precision within each of the disciplines to a high standard, for some this was their first gymnastics competition. We are very pleased with the level of progression from week to week: all of the girls have improved their skills and have shown a high level of dedication and commitment to training.

Over all winning team for beginners

Violet O’Donoghnue, Holy Mormong, 2nd place individually

Sophie Nowland 1st place individually

Kelsey Wood , Megan Taylor 3rd Place individually

Advanced team 2nd place

Lindsay Jackson Amy Rothwell, Abi Mawhood, Holly Crosbie, Holly Rigby

Other members of the team only just missing out on medals : The standard of competitors was very high this year making the results very close. Canon Slade girls all performed exceptionally and should feel very pleased with their performances. Charlotte Peplow Saskia Philips Amy Walton Amber Dixson Amelia Jones Emily Bowling Kirsty Templeman Molly Whiteside Issabella Marfell-Cardman Karmala Dixson

Making a difference

Not wishing to embarrass him unduly, but our attention has been drawn to the contribution of Will Broadbent in the Sixth Form to his Explorer Scout unit. Will has organised a race night to gain funds to allow the explorer group to go to Malawi in partnership with the charity Kasupe to help to build a new school. He has inspired and organised the group, and we congratulate him on the difference his work and vision are making.

Duke of Edinburgh Award update

Thank you for your patience – we are almost there. We are just waiting for confirmation of the Training Date before letters come home with those details, and the dates of the Practice and Qualifying Expeditions, as requested by each group. We are hopeful at this stage of being able to offer everyone their preferred dates, but have one further meeting this week to be sure that it will all work.

Letters should be coming home early next week.

Diary dates for the term ahead

23rd March Year 12
Parents’ evening

27th March Year 11
Communion Service

28th March Year 10
Communion Service

29th March Year 9
Communion Service

29th March
Afternoon recital in the Chapel

30th March
Year 7 Communion Service

31st March
Year 8 Communion Service

3rd April
Sixth Form Communion Service

4th April
Years 8 and 13 reports home

7th April
Term ends


Planning ahead

24th April Summer term begins

1st May Bank holiday

11th May Year 11 Leavers’ Service

12th May Founder’s Day

15th May GCSE written exam papers begin

29th May – 2nd June Half term holiday week

21st July End of Term


Afternoon Recital – Wednesday 29th March

in the Chapel at 2pm – Salford University Big Band

On Wednesday 29th March the music department welcome back the ever popular Salford University Big Band led by Tim France to perform in the Chapel at 2pm. The concert will be a joint performance with Canon Slade’s Stage Band after a morning of workshops and tickets can be purchased on the door for £5. All welcome!

Senior Gala Concert – Wednesday 5th April at 7pm in the Chapel

On Wednesday 5th April all senior music ensembles will be performing in the school Senior Gala Concert in the Chapel starting at 7pm. Ensembles include Concert Band, Chapel Choir, Stage Band, Senior Brass amongst others. It also includes Sinfonia who will accompany Jane Clark in Year 13, who will perform Mozart Flute Concerto, and Ellie Goddard (Dorothy) who will perform Somewhere Over The Rainbow. Tickets are £6/£5 and are available from Mrs Rimmer in the school’s Box Office. The ticket order letter is available on the school website.

CSA 200 Club

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Canon Slade Association Pages