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Saturday, 18 July 2015 17:00

SCHOOL PREPARING TO LEAVE ITS SITE....

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After close to 100 years of education on this site, nearly 50 years of which has been Catholic education within the Archdiocese of Southwark, the Governors, staff and students of St John Bosco College, are preparing to bid farewell and embark on their next chapter at Parkham Street, Battersea,at the end of September. Our guest of honour, Bishop Hendricks, was the Principal Celebrant and is pictured (above) with, to his left, our newly appointed Head Boy and Head Girl and (to his right) Mrs Jane Hargrave JP, Chair of Governors, Fr Martin Coyle SDB, Provincial of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Dr Anne Bamford, Director of Education for the Archdiocese and the Head Teacher, Mr Simon Uttley.

This North Liverpool school has officially opened its multi-million pound new home.

 

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[ L to R - Cllr Nick Small, MP Stephen Twigg, pupil Megan, Headteacher Anne Pontifex,

Head girl Antonia, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, pupil Lauryn and Chair of Governors John Gibbons]

 

On Wednesday 3 July, St John Bosco Arts College welcomed Sr Connie Cameron FMA (Provincial), Fr Martin Coyle SDB (Provincial), Mayor Joe Anderson, MP Stephen Twigg, esteemed guests, and members from various Salesian communities to the official opening of its £18 million new school building.

Specialising in visual and performing arts, St John Bosco is one of 12 new secondary, primary, and special schools commissioned by Liverpool City Council under a £170 million city deal negotiated with the government.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson says: “I promised to deliver twelve new schools across the city when I became Mayor back in 2012, so I’m delighted we’ve arrived at another important milestone on this journey with the completion of the new St. John Bosco School.

“It’s important to me as Mayor - and to the city more generally - that we offer each child the best possible start in life by giving them with the best possible education. I know that pupils, staff and parents are absolutely delighted with the finished product. It will ensure generations of local children receive a top class education in magnificent new surroundings.”

The building has received local and national acclaim through a number of awards, including the BDP George Grenfell Baines (GGB) Award and was shortlisted in this year’s RIBA North West Awards. 

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[L to R- Fr Martin Coyle SDB, Headteacher Anne Pontifex, Sr Connie Cameron FMA, MP Stephen Twigg]

 

The school building was designed by architect BDP and was built by contractor Vinci Construction. The school is based around a central heart space and includes two double height dance studios, drama studios, a fitness suite, as well as 3D immersive learning environments and super-sized science laboratories.

Local MP Stephen Twigg, one of the guests in attendance, says: “I’ve visited St John Bosco Arts College on numerous occasions and every time I come back I’m still impressed by the new building.

The school is a credit to the city and Liverpool City Council’s investment and vision for education in this region.

Having met with pupils, staff and other members from the community today, it’s clear to see everyone is delighted with the new facilities and is excited for the future.”

Headteacher Anne Pontifex, added: “Our brilliant new £18 million school building is a wonderful environment for pupils and staff to thrive in. I’m incredibly proud of our building and the difference it has made to our whole school community.”

Friday, 15 May 2015 09:53

BUILDING NEW BRIDGES IN BATTERSEA

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This summer will see the completion of new Salesian buildings in Battersea. St John Bosco College is due to open in late September moving from its temporary home in Wandsworth. The Salesian community house has been re-built almost exactly on the site of its predecessor- Surrey House. Sacred Heart Parish is also enjoying a newly built parish centre alongside the church. In each of these three areas old and new are being blended into an on-going story of Salesian commitment to Battersea.

The newness of this development may not be obvious from the buildings alone which occupy the same traditional spaces as before. What is new is the way that these three elements of the Salesian presence will be able to work together to create a visible example of Salesian work as a home, a school, a playground and a church. Each of these buildings will be interconnected by pathways and form a family of buildings around the playground which lies at the heart of the Salesian site. That arrangement echoes the layout of Don Bosco's own foundation in Valdocco in Turin. In a visible way this re-development will become don Bosco's home in London.

 

The school, the parish and the community are now in the process of exploring how to bring together a sense of shared commitment to young people, how to make plans and work with other groups in the local area. Each area has its own priorities but each has a common concern to be a home, a school, a playground and a church for those involved. The school will welcome a comprehensive range of young people and will offer special help to young managing the challenges of the autistic spectrum. The Salesian house will offer a venue for learning about Salesian spirituality and single overnight accommodation for small youth groups as well as longer term accommodation for international Salesian students. The parish will continue to build on the involvement of youth in parish life and the importance of catechesis with all age groups.

Gathered around a playground, this church school and home will work to make Don Bosco's spirit live on in London.  

Thursday, 30 April 2015 15:07

SALESIAN SPIRITUALITY WEEKEND

0233From the 25th-26th April Blundellsands Liverpool resounded to the noise of participants on the Salesian Spirituality programme.   

This programme has been running since 2006 and it was great to see it in action again!  The programme itself consisted of eight sessions, which looked at many different aspects of Salesian Spirituality and Salesian Youth Work.  The activities, discussions and personal reflection time gave everyone the opportunity to reflect on their own Salesian approach.  The weekend was very much enjoyed by everyone and we all left feeling renewed and inspired!  We are looking forward to running the programme in the future and we really hope that more people will 'come and see' what it's all about!

Thursday, 30 April 2015 14:51

VISIT TO THE FMA/VIDES HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE

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From Monday 13th April, to Friday 17th April, Sr. Anne Frances FMA (VIDES UK) and Mary Biddle (Youth Pastoral) visited the FMA/VIDES Human Rights Office and the United Nations in Geneva.

The International Institute of Maria Ausiliatrice (Salesian Sisters) and VIDES International are both recognised NGOs within the United Nations and therefore have a right to vote on the Human Rights Council.  As part of their visit, they received formation and training from Sr. Maria Grazia Caputo, focused on the aims, objectives and structure of the UN.  They also had the unique opportunity of putting theory into practice by visiting and experiencing first-hand the work of the United Nations.  They spent two days participating in the convention for migrant workers and their families and a third day on the redress and rehabilitation of victims of torture.  It was a truly incredible experience which challenged and inspired them.

 

Both Anne Frances and Mary will be sharing their experience around the FMA Province in the coming weeks.  

Look out for further information on:

 

'Good Christians, Honest Citizens... Are we doing enough?'

Monday, 23 February 2015 15:07

YOUNG ADULTS EASTER RETREAT - 2015

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PLEASE CONTACT SUE MCDONALD IF YOU ARE INTERESTED

PLACES STRICTLY LIMITED

2015 is a special year as it marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Don Bosco. There are celebrations taking place all over the Salesian world, including the UK and so it is very appropriate that we also celebrate the event at Shrigley/Savio.

For more information click here

 

Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:03

'TOPPING OUT' CEREMONY IN BATTERSEA

ST JOHN BOSCO COLLEGE IS COMING HOME. . .

 

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Photo - David O'Malley SDB

Jane Ellison, the MP for Battersea, spoke of her hopes for the new site for St John Bosco School at the topping out ceremony in Battersea on February 5th. She wanted it to be both a loving family for young people and a pathway to fulfilling work. She was responding to Dr Anne Bamford the director of education for Southwark diocese who saw the school as a source of high quality Catholic education with a welcome for all students. Mr Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth council, hoped that the new school in Battersea would provide young people with hope for their future.

Mr Simon Utley, head teacher of the Salesian school in Wandsworth that will move back to the new site in Battersea was delighted to reach this stage of the journey towards a new school. He spoke of the schools continuing success and attainment levels and the increased recruitment levels for the New Year. In September St John Bosco College will open its doors on the Battersea site after a four year absence and it is clear that there will be a big welcome for them when they return in September.

The topping out ceremony is a strange, almost pagan ritual during which branches of a tree are buried in mortar in order, according to nordic legend, to repel evil spirits. Today that happened on the roof of the new St John Bosco School in Battersea. Assisting in this ritual were John and Irisa who are both year eleven students at the college. Both of them will return to this site as 6th formers in September and were excited to see the school taking shape. At present the school construction is on time for a September start and student numbers ar rising rapidly as the start date approaches. Next door to the school a new salesian community house is rising from the ashes of the old surrey lane house making this new beginning a sign of ongoing commitment of the Salesians to Battersea.

Thursday, 01 January 2015 12:55

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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"When there is a start to be made, don't step over! Start where you are!" (Edgar Cayce)

The words of Edgar Cayce capture for me the immediacy of new beginnings. . . present in the here and NOW! So, why is it we always wait for a New Year to begin to start again?

New Year is a time when we are all drawn to look back; to remember and to reminisce over all that has been. It is a time when we remember the struggles and sorrows in our own lives and in our world. It is also a time to recall the happy and treasured moments where God broke into our ordinary lives. It's a time to give thanks!

As Salesians, we are called to live each 'ordinary day' in an 'extraordinary way!' We are called to live in the present moment; not in the past or in the future. St Francis de Sales reminds us that "holiness is found in a path opened to us in our daily lives."

A New Year is a new beginning; a fresh start! It carries with it a sense of hope and new life. In 2015, my New Year wish for each one of YOU is to 'start where you are' wherever you are. No more avoiding or waiting; God is with us NOW!

May 2015 be a year where you and all your loved ones are touched by the true love of our God present in our daily lives.

I wish you all a very happy and blessed New Year.

Sr Connie Cameron FMA

Provincial

Friday, 09 January 2015 15:21

SALESIAN FAMILY STUDY DAYS

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