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15th January 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Belatedly welcome back to everyone from the Easter holidays as we approach this very important and pivotal time of the year for the school.

This week is sees our Founder’s Day Services on Friday. We welcome the Archdeacon of Bolton, the Venerable David Bailey to be our guest speaker at both services and we are grateful to him for being with us. Years 9 and 10 are with us in the morning at 10 a.m, when we say a big thank you to our outgoing Head Girl, Head Boy and team. Then it is Year 7 and 8 in the afternoon at 2.00 p.m. when we welcome our incoming Head Boy and Head Girl and team.

As Monday 15th May marks the beginning of the GCSE written papers, then this week is also the week of the Year 11 Leavers’ Service which takes place on Thursday afternoon in the School Hall. We look forward to welcoming many family members to be with us for that happy/sad occasion.

Year 11 students each receive their Record of Achievement, which gives them a good overview of what they have done and what they have achieved in school.

At the very end of this half term, we shall also be saying our goodbyes to Year 13 in their Leavers’ Service in the Chapel, as they prepare not only for the A level exams which begin after half-term but also for their moving on to the next phase of their lives, in employment, doing an apprenticeship, or off to university.

Our assembly themes reflect on some of the key ingredients of a human life lived well: We began with ‘Be Kind’, a recurrent idea in this year when we have thought much about Reconciliation. We reflected on ‘Being Well’ as this is Mental Health and Well-being week across the country. We are thinking about ‘Be Good’ with the notions of being as good as we can be in using our talents, but
also in being good as ourselves, as well as being good, in terms of the way we live in the world. We move on to ‘Being Busy’ when we think about the things we join in with and the way our participation can change our bit of the world for the better. We finish the half-term, we hope, in ‘Being Wise’.

This is also a crucial time for the Canon Slade Association. There is information about this on page 5. Year 7 families received an extra letter about CSA at their recent Parents’ Evening, and we hope to send this out to other year groups soon. If you can help, then we would be grateful if you would!

Best wishes to everyone who face the challenges of exams in the coming weeks. May we along with them know the unchanging care and love of God in our lives.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Mottershead


News Update

Heart Start Training

On 27th and 28th April Year 8 were visited by Bolton Fire Service. Despite a few delays and rearrangings – as the Fire Service were still on call (and did get called out a few times!) – we managed to get everyone trained in CPR. Part of the training included watching videos on how to recognise certain conditions like a heart attack or cardiac arrest and how to treat them.

After watching the videos and discussing DRS and ABC they all got a chance to practice resuscitation on a dummy and see how difficult it actually is. A valuable skill for everyone to have! Everyone got really involved and the Fire Service were full of praise for how involved, receptive and sensible everyone was.

Junior Showcase Concert – Wednesday, 14 June 2017

All ensembles have been working hard since Christmas for this performance. The concert will be heldin the Millennium Chapel and we ask that students taking part arrive by 6.30pm at the latest.

As always, we warmly invite all parents and carers to come along to support our students and staff, and to enjoy a wonderful evening of music that includes items from the forthcoming Rhineland Music Tour programme. The price of the tickets is £6.00 adult and £5.00 concession.

Tickets can be bought through the school, via cash or cheque (payable to Canon Slade School) in a sealed envelope marked Junior Showcase. Your child can post it in the red ‘Box Office’ post box (foot of the stairs in B-block). Tickets will be distributed via your child’s Form Tutor. Alternatively, please post your ticket request to Performing Arts Box Office, Canon Slade School, Bradshaw Brow, Bolton, BL2 3BP

Please note that seats/seat numbers are not allocated for this concert and tickets will only be available to purchase on the door in the event that the concert is not sold out prior to the performance date.

This will be our last Music Department Concert of the school year and we would like to thank you for your continuing support.

Flute Lessons

There are still a few places available for year 7 pupils to take flute lessons here in school. If your child is interested, please contact Mrs McDermott in the main office (telephone 01204 333343) for further details.

Exams ahead …

GCE/GCSE EXAMS May – June 2017

The JCQ Common Timetable for public exams begins on Monday 15th May and runs until Thursday 29th June. Best wishes to all our students preparing for and taking these important exams this summer.

The GCSE School generic timetable can be found on the School website Student Life – Examinations; Information for candidates in Years 10 and 11; GCSE summary timetable 2017.

Please note students should refer to their individual timetables for confirmation. Being in the right place at the right time with the right equipment is a simple way of making sure that the ‘set-up’ for the exam is a strong and positive one. Students should ensure that they are in the Junior Dining Room 15 minutes before the start of their exams for both morning and afternoon sessions.

School ID badges must be brought to all exams and placed face up on the top right hand corner of the desk so that the invigilators can make a positive identification. Damaged or defaced cards are not acceptable.

Please note that any candidate who has a smartwatch, Bluetooth or web enabled device in their possession in the exam room is likely to have their paper disqualified by the examination board.

Mobile phones and every other device should be switched off completely – not left on silent – and then left in the JDR during the exam … if it has to be in school that day!


  1. A levels: GCE A2 results will be available from 8:00am – 9:30am on Thursday 17th August in the Sixth Form Common Room.

  2. AS levels: GCE AS results will be available from 10:30am – 12:00 noon on Thursday 17th August in the Sixth Form Common Room.

  3. GCSE: GCSE results will be available to collect from 8:00am – 9:00am on Thursday 24th August in the School Hall, and from 9:00am – 12:00 noon from the Main Office.

Please note you may only collect your own results.

If you are unable to attend, please provide Mrs Kerwin (Exams Officer) with a stamped addressed envelope in order that your results may be posted to you.

Alternatively you may nominate someone to collect your results on your behalf, but they MUST have written authority from you and appropriate photo ID with them on the day when they collect your results on your behalf.

The Library Page

You can get all the latest news from the Library Web Page (http://www.canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk/library)

The last spring term was a busy one for Year 7 Accelerated Readers with over 2,000 books read and quizzed and 85,009,172 millionaire words read too. The form prize for the most quizzes taken has been awarded to 7T with an amazing 150 quizzes passed. Well done 7T on your fabulous quizzing.

Also to commend 7N who have achieved the most points 953.4 and also received a form prize. The lucky 100% draw winners this term are Samuel Sherratt and Tess Pendleton.

50 students have achieved their point’s target for both the autumn and spring terms and awarded the silver award, whilst 59 students have achieved their target for the first time and been awarded the bronze award. To keep up to date with the form quizzing please have a look at our library website: http://www.canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk/library/form-quiz-challenge/

All year 7 have completed their third Star Test which has provided new reading age data and all students will now have received their new targets for the summer term. Mrs Cairns is happy to discuss with parents any concerns they may have about their child’s reading.

Library promotions

Year 11 have been busy preparing for exams and we have a wealth of revision books for students to use.

From the Scholastic book fair we have had some fabulous new books for students to borrow.

The Carnegie Award books are also available to borrow and students are more than welcome to join our weekly discussion group every Thursday in the library at 12.45pm

Voting Time!

The Bolton Children’s Fiction Award voting is now open and votes must be made by May 22nd. A group of students have been busy reading the six shortlisted books and have the opportunity to meet the authors at Bolton School on 4th July.


Year 11 and overdue library books Please could parents ensure that all library books borrowed by year 11 students are returned before study leave commences. This ensures that all books will be available for other year groups. Thank you.

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/

Canon Slade Association (CSA) News

Next meeting

The last CSA meeting for this academic year is on Wednesday 21st June at 7 p.m. 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

Congratulations to the winners of the April and May draws. All winners have been notified and a list is available on the CSA page of the school website.

Half Marathon

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: 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 csa@canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk) 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 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”.

Here is more information about this fundraising opportunity: (http://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk). The Giving Machine is a web page that can be used to access most of the well known on-line and high street retailers and if you go via this page and make a purchase a small percentage of the cost is donated to a charity of your choice. The prices are the same as if you accessed the retailer directly  and the retailer makes the donation. The first time you use the Giving Machine you will need to register as a Giver, and then choose your charity under the Beneficiaries button

http://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/beneficiary.php?ben_id=57724 – Canon Slade SchoolAssociation

After that the only thing you need to do before you shop is go via the Giving Machine website which is just one extra click! We really do appreciate it……….. If you need help registering please contact csa@canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk

Refreshment Rota

We are always looking for help with the refreshment rota and if you are able to help for about an hour once in a while we would love to hear from you at csa@canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk

Open Committee Positions

The CSA is still looking for Committee members, as per the Head’s February newsletter and more recent email. If you are able to help, whether or not you feel you have relevant experience, please contact either csa@canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk 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 http://www.canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk/csa in CSA News or by email at csa@canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk.

Sports Update

New York

On 6th April the Year 9 and 10 girls visited New York. The trip included being a student in a Manhattan school, playing netball and hockey fixtures, biking round Central Park, shopping excursions and seeing the amazing sights of New York. The girls thoroughly enjoyed their experience and have returned with happy memories. Many thanks to our sponsors Pre-Retail Services for providing us with sweatshirts and C and J Plumbing and Heating for supplying all the netball dresses. Thank you also to parents and carers for supporting this venture.

Year 7 Sports Hall Athletics

Both the boys and girls represented Bolton at the Regional final. The girls team finished in bronzeposition and the boys finished in silver position.

Year 8 Sports Hall Athletics

Again both boys and girls teams represented Bolton in the Regional final. The girls finished in silver position and the boys finished in Gold position. A fantastic achievement that all our athletes went home with a medal. Well done to all.

Year 11 and Sixth form Town Championships

Our Year 11 and sixth form athletics teams competed in the town championships held at Leverhulme park on Wednesday 3rd May and all 4 teams (girls and boys) were overall winners!! For some of our year 11 students it was the last time they will compete for school. A fantastic end to what has been a successful 5 years for our athletes!


The Boys’ Summer tennis season has begun with us drawn against Hulme Grammar School and Broughton High School in the Year 8 Aegon National Competition. We were successful in our first match vs Broughton, with Jack Butterworth, Ewan Findlow, Ed Perris and Ed Udall all winning both their singles and doubles matches. We now face Hulme Grammar on Tuesday 9th May where a win will see us progress through to the National Knockout stages of the competition. The Year 10 team have drawn St. Michael’s CE High School, Fred Longworth High School and Hulme Grammar School in their Aegon National Competition. Our squad this year comprises of Joseph Rogerson, Charlie Dixon, Angus Findlow, Elliot Kwiatkowski and Rob Seddon. We have our first two matches next week, starting with Hulme Grammar on Tuesday 9th May, then we face Fred Longworth on Thursday 11th May. Tennis club on Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes has had excellent numbers, which is great to see!


It was a triple win for our cheerleaders at the Bolton Schools Cheerleading Competition. They were level 1 winners, spirit award winners and high basket toss winners. They are now training hard to prepare for the National Cheer Competition on Sunday 25th June.