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10th October 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Here is the second letter of the new term and I am writing to confirm that it is almost half term already!
Half term break for students begins at the end of school on Friday 21st October, and we begin again after the week’s holiday on Monday 31st October at the normal time.

Best wishes to Year 11 students as they have their week of Work Experience coming up from Monday 17th October. Many thanks for all of the organisation that has gone into that already and if you are also a member of the local business community offering placements to our students, then many thanks for that. We hope that it will be an eye-opening, demanding and rewarding week for each of them. I am sure that they will represent the school well and that they will gain much indeed from their week. We look forward to visiting them and to hearing them tell of their experiences and new understanding of career possibilities.

This half-term we say farewell to Rev Paul Wallington, our Chaplain, as he prepares for his move to his next role as chaplain to a school in Winchester. He has served our school for over a decade and no one is pretending that this good bye is going to be easy for him or for us. We owe him such a debt for the care he has given over the years to each one of us, and for his prayerfulness for our community and for those in particular need. He will return for the Carol Services as his ‘jokes’ are part of the whole event, and we look forward to catching up with him then. In the meantime, we shall miss him greatly and thank God for him. We wish him and his family most well for the move ahead and pray God’s blessings for him as he begins this next stage of his ministry. We are sure that he will declare to his new school as he has among us the love of God for each person, the gospel of forgiveness in our Lord Jesus, and the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of each believer.

And for all of us too: may we all find and enjoy God’s blessing in our work,

Yours sincerely,

Alan Mottershead


Teaching and Learning update: Presentation of Work Expectations


Our focus over the first few weeks has been to ensure that our new marking policy is being
embedded in to all subjects. We have also focused on raising standards of book presentation. All
classrooms now display our expectations.

We need to ensure that none of our pupils see learning as something that only happens at school.
We have set out below what we expect from our students’ books and specifically to achieve
excellent presentation.

What you can do at home to help: Please take the time to check your child’s work/books and ensure
that they are adhering to our presentation expectations.

Students are asked to follow the basic approach outlined below:

  • Always bring a pen, pencil, rubber and ruler to every lesson.
  • Write in blue or black pen.
  • Have a purple pen to correct/evaluate and reflect work
  • Draw in pencil.
  • Write the title and the date in full and underline it with a ruler!.
  • Always start sentences with capital letters and end sentences with full stops (or other
    appropriate punctuation).
  • Take care with spellings. Use a dictionary to help you. When copying things down, do so
    with care.
  • Set your work out neatly and clearly. If you wish to cross work out, do so with a single line
    e.g. incorrect work.
  • Take pride in your work. Do not deface your exercise or text books with doodles or graffiti.
  • Thank you for your continuing support.


Mrs A Iles
Assistant headteacher

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme – update


Congratulations to the 140 students who have been doing their Bronze Practice and Qualifying
expeditions over the past few weeks, and doing them very well (for the most part.) There is just one
weekend left of this camping season so best wishes to the 30+ students who complete their
Qualifying expedition this weekend.

Such thanks to all parents and carers for your support for this venture – for the transport and the
funding and the foodstuffs and equipment. It is all very much appreciated.

Next steps – students will receive a letter before half term telling them how to complete their Award
if their Expeditions and other sections allow this to happen.

We will be advertise the scheme to the present Year 9 after half term and the offering further
Expedition opportunities in April, June and July.

Recent events

Oxford University visit – Year 10

Our group of 20 students and 3 staff had a very good time indeed in Oxford. Staying in Balliol College gave us a central location and it was great to have breakfast and dinner in the Grand Hall again. The path through the quad to the Hall was lit by lanterns when we arrived – not for us, but it did look stunning! The Open Day activities saw students around the city looking at university departments and visiting colleges, competing for free carrier bags and the best free lunch!. Many students headed for the Ashmolean Museum or the Pitt Rivers Museum, and several seemed to have located the Harry Potter staircase and hall. Their conduct was excellent again and we were grateful for the excellent spirit in the group. We did teach some of them to play the card game ‘President’ which caused some competitiveness and some musing on the unfairness of things in general! Thanks again to parents and carers for your support for this venture.

Year 12 Information and Guidance meeting

A very well attended first meeting took place for the parents of those students who have recently joined the Sixth Form. The purpose of the meeting was to prepare parents for what is to come in Year 12 and offer guidance, support and information pertaining to a wide range of issues from settling in, to meeting the challenge of their new courses, most of which are now the new style linear A levels. Parents were provided with an overview of Year 12 (available from Mrs Collinson) and the powerpoint is also available to view on the Sixth Form website.

Parents are welcome to contact us either via email or telephone with any queries they may have. We wish all our new Year 12 students all the very best for the coming year.

Music Exams

We are very pleased to announce that the pupils listed below have recently taken music exams and have achieved the following:-

Name And Form Instrument and GradePas / Merit / Distinction
Amelia Albinson 8 OViolin Grade 2 Pass
Holly Arn’iitage 11OFlute Grade 3 Merit
Millie Bostock 9LFlute Grade 2 Distinction
Jade Barnes 9BViolin Grade 2 Pass
Isobel Branton 9BFlute Grade 3 Distinction
Sarah Brooks 11Clute Grade 8 Merit
James Buxton 8NGuitar Grade 1 Pass
Junyan Chen 9UViola Grade 3 Pass
Jane Clark 13RFlute Grade 8 Distinction
Madeleine Clark 9BViolin Grade 2 Pass
Ruth Hatter 9TViola Grade 2 Pass
Carys Holden 10OFlute Grade 2 Merit
Abigail King l0STrombone Grade 5 Merit
Zoe King 8LCornet Grade 2 Merit
Harrison Mouldycliff 10UViolin Grade 3 Pass
Neda Naghiloo 8NViolin Grade 3 Merit
Dominic Reed 9TDrumkit Grade 1 Merit
Jacob Schofield 8LViolin Grade 2 Pass
Georgia Slater 11OViolin Grade 5 Pass
Alice Tonge 10OViolin Grade 4 Pass
Leah Waite 11OGuitar Grade 1 Merit

We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to all the above students for their hard work and for their excellent achievements.

We would also like to congratulate William Sloane, 10N as he has been invited to play Tuba with the National Youth Orchestra Inspire.

Piano Lessons

Thank you to all those parents who have requested their child to take piano lessons here in school.

We have had many more requests for piano lessons than we are able to accommodate and so we are, therefore, operating a piano waiting list. If you have not been contacted by us in September, this means we have not been able to offer your child piano lessons at this time. However, your child’s name will be placed the waiting list and you will be contacted should a place become available.

If you feel you would like to make alternative arrangements for piano lessons outside school and do not wish your child to remain on our waiting list, please would you contact Mrs McDermott in the Main Office to let her know.

Mr A Pettitt
Head of Music

The Library Page


Winner of the RD Bakeoff

Winner of the RD Bakeoff

The library had a wonderful time celebrating Roald Dahl’s 100th anniversary of his birth with activities in the library at the beginning of the month and a fabulous cake themed bake off at the end, raising money for Macmillan Cancer. A total of 35 students baked amazing cakes and they were cut up and sold to the students raising £180 towards the school total of over £700.00.

Lots of Cakes RD Bake Off

Lots of Cakes RD Bake Off









Scholastic Book Fair Sept 2016

Scholastic Book Fair Sept 2016

A very big thank you to all parents and carers for supporting the Scholastic Book Fair and a total of £850.54 was made in sales. As a result we reached the target for maximum commission of 60%. Fantastic! We have bought 41 new books for the library chosen by our pupil librarians and will be able to purchase books from the Scholastic catalogue over the next few months.





National Poetry Day 2016

National Poetry Day 2016

To celebrate National Poetry Day the library also displayed a collection of poetry books and poems for all subject departments.

National Poetry Day 2 2016

National Poetry Day2 2016







Year 7 have now completed their Accelerated Reader Star Test and students will receive over the next few weeks guidance on selecting books to read for pleasure and about the quizzing activities in the library. Parents and carers have received information about Accelerated Reader. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Cairns the librarian if there are any questions. It is recommended to use Home Connect to support your child and set up the email alert to keep updated with your child’s quizzing.


The link is also available from the Canon Slade Library website http://www.canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk/library/

hodletter-logoIt is exciting to announce that the library now has its very own logo. A competition was run through a product design class and students were asked to design a logo that embraces the aims of our library. The winner from year 8 was awarded with a special book voucher and awarded in assembly. The logo will be displayed on all the library publicity. Thank you to Mr Shore for his contribution in developing the student’s design.

Forthcoming events

Year 11 Work Experience

Year 11 students are completing a year’s work experience from 17th – 21st October. If you are a business which is hosting one or more, then thank you for that. All good wishes to students for their week doing something completely different which we hope will make a difference to their thinking and planning for the future.

Year 11 Study Skills Day

This has been arranged for Friday 4th November and should give students time to be back after work experience and the half-term break. It will also give them three weeks’ worth of opportunities to put what they learn into practice in preparing for their Mock Exams which begin on 28th November and run for two weeks. Best wishes to them all for the tests ahead!

Canon Slade Sixth Form Centre Open Evening

Thursday 3rd November 5.30pm -8.30pm

We look forward to welcoming Year 11 students and their parents and carers to join us at our open evening next week, at which there will be the opportunity to gain a greater insight into the many subjects we have on offer for study at both ‘A’ level and BTEC. Each subject area will be represented by staff and current students, in addition to further information on our Enrichment programme, including our many and varied clubs and societies.

Talks by Dr Eves, Assistant Headteacher, will be held in the chapel at 5.30pm, 6.15pm and 7.00pm.

We do hope that you will be able to join us!

Careers Convention

Thursday 24th November 6.30-8.30pm

We are holding a Careers Convention once again this year. This event is open to all students and parents from Years 9-13.

Delegates from Colleges, Universities, Training Providers, The Armed Forces, Public Services and the Business Sector have been invited.

In previous years this has been a very popular event and given valuable insight and guidance to students in thinking and planning their future career.

If you are an employer or work for an organisation who would like to take part in this event as a delegate, please contact our

Careers Coordinator, Mrs M Cullum (gmc@canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk).

Letters will be sent home nearer the time with further details.

Sports round-up


All years Rugby teams have had an excellent start to their year. They have been successful in their Bolton Schools competition with several dominant victories and narrow defeats by strong sides from Bolton school.

Lancashire Cup games commence w/b 10/10/16

Fixtures in the county competitions commence soon with the under 15’s playing away at Standish. Good luck to all that continue to compete in these teams.

Bolton Tournament

Year 7

  • vs. Turton L 10-25
  • vs. Bolton School W 20-10
  • vs. Rivington W 20-5


Year 8

  • vs. Turton W 25-10
    vs. Bolton School L 5-10


Year 9

  • vs. Bolton School W 40-35
  • Year 10/11 vs. Bolton School L 0-10
  • vs. Rivington W 35-0



There has been a positive start to the basketball season. The year 10 & 11 team have played Phillips High School in a hard fought narrow defeat. It was a very competitive game and the team showed great determination and passion against a side that consistently plays in the national league.

The regular fixtures are set to commence after half term, but each year group have shown great commitment and a hard work ethic within each training session.”


Year 7 and Under-18 Football

Our Year 7 A team have had a positive start with a win against our local rivals, Turton. They were unlucky to be knocked out of the Greater Manchester County Cup in R1 after a thrilling 5-4 defeat by Bury Grammar. In the English School’s National Cup, we are through to round 2 after a tight 4-3 win over West Hill. We are due to play Turton in the Bolton Cup round 1 either just before, or just after October half-term. Our next fixture in round 2 of the national cup is arranged for Thursday 13th October, away at Ryburn Valley!

The U18 team remain unbeaten and are into round 3 of the English School’s National Cup. With our most impressive display being the 3-2 home win against St. Bede’s School. We are looking to win back the County Cup that we won two years ago, by overcoming St. Ambrose College in our opening County Cup game on Monday 10th October.

Year 11 Football

Friendly vs. Turton L 2-3

ESFA Schools vs. Accrington Academy W 4-1

County Cup vs West Hill L 1-2

Bolton Town Cup vs. Westhoughton (to be played 12/10/16)


The draw for the Senior Students National Competition has been released and fixtures will be starting for our Boys, Girls and two Mixed teams. We have been drawn against Greenhead College, Runshaw College, St John Fisher, Winstanley College, Austin Friars School and Ellesmere College. For the past three years we have managed to get at least one of our teams to the finals weekend of this competition which is an amazing achievement, as we were the only comprehensive school left at the finals stage.

Gymnastics and Trampoline clubs

Excellent attendances to both extra curricular clubs, and, as expected, the trampoline club is over subscribed with our brand new trampoline. The students have been patient, and have shown a lot of promise for the competition in December. Teams have been selected for the British schools Gymnastics Association North West Regional championship, letters are ready to collect if they haven’t already been received. Team practice will take priority in the next coming weeks, then the club will be opened up again to all who wish to attend. I am also looking for any qualified trampoline judges who would be willing to give up some of their precious time to be the schools nominated judge!

Gymnastics club is going strong with some extremely talented students attending. This club is open to all years and abilities and boys! If you are an experienced gymnast and would like to represent the school in the Bolton schools competition or if you would like to help the younger years please come to the Monday lunch time club.


Hockey season is well underway and with numbers over 35 at extra-curricular it is proving to be difficult to select players with so many students attending. This season the KS4 team are undefeated and looking particularly strong in both attack and defence. Year 9s are also undefeated with some excellent attacking play, recently putting 4 past Ladybridge. Year 8s have won one game and lost one but with more guidance and practice this will definitely improve. Year 7s have played some strong hockey, passing the ball and supporting each other all over the pitch with determination and a desire to score goals. They are undefeated in the league winning against St Josephs 2-1 and Ladybridge 3-1.

Well done to all girls – a pleasing start to the season.

Cross Country

All 4 teams performed well in the Preliminary round for the ESAA Cross Country Cup. Results as follows:

  • Junior Boys 1st 46 points
  • Junior Girls 1st 13 points
  • Inter boys 3rd 46 points
  • Inter girls 3rd 49 points

All teams have now progressed to the regional final which will be held on Nov 12th.



All teams have been training well and have all won their first two games of the season against Harper Green and Sharples . Results from the first games below.

Canon Slade vs Harper Green

  • Yr7 18-1 (won)
  • Yr8 21-0 (won)
  • Yr9 23 – 9 (won)
  • Y10 20-9 (won)


Canon Slade vs Sharples

  • Yr7 32-2 (won)
  • Yr8 15-0 (won)
  • Yr9 30-0 (won)
  • Y10 33-1 (won)


Canon Slade vs Rivington

  • Yr 11 31-16 (won)


Canon Slade vs Bolton School

  • Yr7 5 – 29 (lost)
  • Yr8 6 – 8 (lost)
  • Yr9 1 – 40 (lost)
  • Y10 6 – 22 (lost)
  • Yr11 15 – 16 (lost)

Chaplaincy update


The main service this month has been the Year 11 Communion service, at which over 230 chose to receive communion. Early after half term we have our Remembrance Service on November 11th. Any students who are members of uniformed organisations are welcome to attend school in uniform that day and attend the service.


Worship Themes

The themes for next half term are:

Some things we are doing in the months at the end of the year

W/b Oct 31st – Remembering – Part 1 – Special People
W/b Nov 7th – Remembering – Part 2 – Remembrance Day
W/b Nov 14th – Belonging – with others (anti-bullying week)
W/b Nov 21st – Belonging – to me
W/b Nov 28th – Waiting and Hoping – part 1
W/b Dec 5th – Waiting and Hoping – part 2
W/b Dec 12th – Celebrating – Part 1
W/b Dec 19th – Celebrating – Part 2


We have been a Fairtrade school for many years and are very pleased that our work within school has led to our Fairtrade Achiever status (the highest level they award) being renewed until 2019.


Diary dates for the next couple of months

Thursday, 3 November
Sixth Form Open Evening

Friday, 4 November
Year 11 Study Skills

Wednesday, 9 November
Year 11 Parents’ Evening

Friday, 11 November
Remembrance Service

Thursday, 17 November
Year 10 Pastoral Evening

Tuesday, 22 November
Ex-Year 11 Presentation Evening

Thursday, 24 November
Careers Convention

Friday, 25 November
CSA Christmas Fair

Monday, 28 November
Year 13 Parents’ Evening

Monday, 28 November to Friday, 9 December
GCSE Mock Examinations

Wednesday, 14 December

Monday, 19 December
Christmas Concert

Tuesday, 20 December
Ex-Year 13 Presentation Evening

Wednesday, 21 December
Carol Services and End of Term


csa logoThere are two events coming up in the next few weeks and we would like to advertise them to you, as well as seeking your support for them.

Fashion Show – Friday 14th October 2016

doors open 6.30pm
show from 7 – 8.30pm

The early release of this Newsletter is to publicise this event on Friday. Gentlemen – two pullovers and a sweatshirt may mean that this is not the night for us… Ladies, fine fashions professionally presented and at very good prices … and supporting the school! Sorry for this sexist advertising material but it is what I have been told! Please come and support us if you are able to and have a great time too. Thank you.

Christmas Fair – Friday 27th November 6-8.30pm in the School Hall

We used to have an Autumn Fair, but this time we have moved it later in the year so that it can be a Christmas Fair and therefore a great opportunity to stock up presents and cards, and get a head start on your Christmas shopping … or just an excuse for a shopping trip with friends….. There will be lots of local companies present with a wide variety of crafts and food.

Entertainment will be provided by three local primary school choirs getting us ready for Advent if not for Christmas itself- why not enjoy a cup of tea whilst listening to the joy of the young voices?

Also, a chocolate tombola, bottle tombola and raffle will be held – and there will be pasties too!

The Christmas Fair is a fundraiser for Canon Slade Association (similar to the PTA) and all of the money raised will be used to provide extra resources for our children in school.

Children have free entry to the event but have to be accompanied by an adult. (Adult entry is £1). We look forward to seeing you on 27th November.

CSA 200 Club

Also, there has been an extension to the deadline for joining The 200 Club – thank you to those who have already signed up or renewed. For those of you are might be still thinking about it, please could you enrol by 21st October.

Further details can be found on the CSA section of the school website (under More Information). please go to the:

Canon Slade Association Pages

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