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On a hot Saturday in June, Thornleigh Salesian College hosted the Northern Scripture Festival, celebrating Joy: The Surprise of the Gospel. The focus was on Ss Peter and Paul: Chosen and Sent, with scripture reflections from Frs Hugh Pollock, Chris Lough, Chris Thomas and Michael Winstanley SDB.


On Wednesday July 10th 2019, Year 10s attended a "Talk For Change" in the new St. Patrick’s Exam Hall at Guildford Road, Chertsey. The key speakers from the Mizen Foundation were none other than Margaret Mizen and her son Danny Mizen, the mother and brother of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen who was killed in 2008.




On Thursday July 4th 2019, the Art and Technology Departments at Salesian School Chertsey hosted an exhibition of GCSE and A-level work in the St. Patrick’s Exam Hall at Guildford Road. Parents and staff were invited to an event showcasing the incredible talent that the pupils and students possess.

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A group from VIDES UK and Salesian Youth Ministry in Britain visited Lebanon recently, where they took part in summer camps for refugee children and had the opportunity to share experience with their counterparts from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq (photo above - Sr Gill McCambridge).


On Sunday 21 July, the Catholic community in Battersea will celebrate 150 years of Catholic worship in the Battersea Park area, with a special Mass at 11am on Sunday 21st July. The parish has also launched a new website in time for the celebrations.

The little church of Our Lady, now served by the Salesians, was built in 1869 and ten years later, when a larger church was built to serve the growing community, it was retained as the Lady Chapel for the new church.

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Good Samaritan Pilgrimage to Arundel



Chertsey Chaplain Fr Marco accompanied students on a pilgrimage 

On June 26th, Ms Barnsley (History) and I  took nine pupils ranging in age from Year 8-10 on the annual Diocesan Secondary School Good Samaritan Pilgrimage to Arundel. Our trip by school minibus lasted the best part of an hour and a half, however, having departed at half past eight, we made it in good time to meet the other pilgrims.


On Wednesday June 19th, a group of six pupils from Year 7 were driven by minibus to represent Salesian School Chertsey at the annual Good Shepherd Celebration in Worth Abbey. Primary schools and a couple of secondary schools from all across the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton were invited to participate in a liturgy, comprising scripture, singing, music, liturgical dance and creative presentations.

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Br Lukasz SDB of the Chaplaincy at Savio Salesian College, Bootle, writes about students who used their creativity to show their care for God's creation. 


“To change the world I refuse to believe that we are trying hard enough. It would be wrong to say: don’t try.” These were the lyrics of the reversible poem which students of Savio Salesian College presented in Hope University’s chapel at the end of June.

Representatives of many Catholic Schools in the Liverpool Diocese met there to come forth with all the pieces of art they had prepared for the final of the Regional Archdiocesan Media Competition. This Year the main topic was ecology. We saw beautiful performances and pieces of art. Members of staff from all the schools participating were sharing their interest on how good, creative and caring young people can be.



On Wednesday June 12th 2019, Salesian School Chertsey was proud to host once more the annual Celebrating RE Day. Feeder primary schools in our deanery were invited to a morning of creativity involving arts, crafts and music. Pupils and staff from all participating primary schools as well as Mrs. Hibbins-Durkin, (2nd in RE) provided activities based on a Christian theme. This year’s theme, based on Salesian School’s theme of the week, “The Advocate”, allowed pupils and staff to focus on the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

After the sessions, pupils and staff were invited to attend a short liturgy in the Chapel, were a prayer of thanksgiving was offered on behalf of all by the School Chaplain. Lunch was provided by our own school canteen.

Particular thanks go to all visiting staff who lead the different activities, to our special team of fabulous Year 9 volunteers who helped the younger children all day and for Mrs. K. Hibbins-Durkin for her support and enthusiasm, without whom this event would not have been possible.


Fr Marco Villani SDB

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A joyful Mass was held at Thornleigh Salesian College this week, to celebrate and give thanks for a combined century of service to Catholic education, from Headteacher Alison Burrowes, together with Deborah Moss, Maria Pawlowski and John Corrigan. Alison is retiring after 11 years leading the school; Deborah has been at Thornleigh for 28 years; Maria has given 45 years of service to Catholic Education in Bolton; and John will retire at the end of the year after 21 years as a Governor, 9 of them as Chair.

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