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Hazel Fort, of the Savio Salesian College Chaplaincy Team in Bootle, reflects on a caring Advent. Above - the students Nativity play for pensioners.

After the fresh start in September, it seemed that we were just getting into the swing of things when Advent sneaked up on us and gave us a tremendous push into the hectic waters of Christmas preparation. It was sink or swim as we tried to juggle school exams with Advent and the hurly burly of Christmas.

Television adverts pushed impossible presents at impossible prices and cookery programmes told us of the exotic recipes we could prepare for our amazed guests at the parties we would be holding - if you were that way inclined and had begun ingredient shopping last August …

… and just the tiniest amount of time was allotted to the homeless or those alone at Christmas. Here, at Savio, those people have always been our priority.


The new Devereux resource base for pupils with Autism and mental health needs, the first of its kind in Wandsworth, was formally opened on 15th January 2019, by Mrs Maureen Devereux, pictured above with Headteacher Paul Dunne.


The centre was named in honour of her son Sean, a former Salesian student, teacher and volunteer, who was murdered in in Kismayo, Somalia in January 1993, at the age of 28, while working for UNICEF. Sean is an important role model and inspiration for the Salesian family.

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Panama is a bit too far for many of us, so the Salesian Sisters are providing their own World Youth Day experience at the same time as the global event, but at a more accessible location.


From 25th - 27th January, young people in Years 9-11, S3 & S4, and sixth formers will be enjoying a fun-and-faith-filled weekend at Barnston, on the Wirral peninsula near Liverpool, planned and facilitated by the Salesian Sisters’ VIDES UK team.



The Fairtrade Stall at Salesian School Chertsey's Christmas Shopping Evening last month raised £150, to go to a Fairtrade cause. The charity chosen was Shared Interest, an ethical investment organisation.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:23

Confirmation retreat at Salesian House

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From Br Ste Lloyd SDB in Battersea:

On Saturday 12th January 2019, Salesian House Battersea played host to a joint confirmation retreat for young people from the parishes of the Sacred Heart, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Josephs.


The theme of our retreat was “your calling”. The young people reflected on why they are choosing to be confirmed and what their confirmation will lead them to be. We had a beautiful moment of faith sharing and the young people went on an Emmaus walk round Battersea park.

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In this month's article from Share the Light, a charity created from the projects and links developed by the staff and students of Salesian College Farnborough with young people in Zambia, Sophie Astles celebrates the achievements of a busy 2018.


The New Year is a time to look forward, but also a time for reflection and taking stock on the past twelve months. It’s been a busy year at Share the Light, with plenty of successes to celebrate. Here’s a round-up of some of our highlights of 2018:


We celebrated Fostina, (photo above) one of our scholarship students, as she finished the first six months of her nursing course. Fostina reached out to Share the Light in April 2017 after meeting many of the advocates when they visited the City of Joy. She had graduated with good grades, but had no funds to continue her studies. With our help, she started a nursing course in Lusaka in July 2017.

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From September 2019. Salary: Leadership range L34 - L39A

The Governors of Thornleigh Salesian College are seeking to appoint an exceptional Headteacher who will help the school continue to live Don Bosco’s dream of valuing every young person and enabling them to reach their full potential through education. The successful candidate will become part of the Salesian family keeping our tradition at the very heart of everything they do.

Friday, 04 January 2019 15:11

From Don Bosco Ashalayam to Bollywood


Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB has wonderful news about a former member of the Don Bosco Ashalayam in Kolkata, a project he and many of our students in the UK have been supporting. Rajdeep is pictured above with the lady who has sponsored him through the initiative Fr Andrew is part of.


Rajdeep, who left the Ashalayam last year to join a rugby training school, was recently selected by a Bollywood film director to star in ‘Jungle Cry’, a film based on a true story about the Indian under-14 rugby team who won the 2007 Touraid International School Rugby Tournament in London. He was one of 13 boys selected from over 500 hopefuls for a part in the film.



On the Feast of St Stephen, 26th December 2018, four more young people entered the Guild of St Stephen at Sacred Heart Battersea, promising to serve the lord with Joy each Sunday. 

Friday, 21 December 2018 22:34

Fourth Week of Advent 2018



Spiritual Gifts and Practical Gifts - Retreats for the young at Savio House


In the final week of Advent, we hear from Programme Leader Jonny Dearden about the work done at the Salesian Youth Retreat Centre.

Savio House is a retreat centre in the countryside near Macclesfield.  Our work here is to deliver a programme with school groups and to help them learn a bit more about themselves and their connections with each other and with God.

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