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Fr Jakub Ruszniak SDB hosted the latest North West gathering of Salesian Volunteers

 

Salesian volunteers and teachers once again gathered at St James' over the barbecue. This was the last meeting before the summer holidays.

Friday, 13 July 2018 14:13

Fr Joe celebrates 50 years of priesthood

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On Saturday 14th July 2018, Fr Joe Brown SDB celebrates the Golden Jubilee of his ordination.

 

Fr Joe was the first to be ordained in the 'new' chapel at Thornleigh, where Mass on Saturday will be the highlight of a day of thanksgiving and celebration.

 

Thank you for your half-century of ministry, Fr Joe!

 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:13

SJBC students learn about Hinduism

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Year 7 students at St John Bosco College, Battersea, have been learning about Hinduism this term. Kyron, Animashua and Ryan have written about the activities that formed part of this topic.

 

Hindu Speaker at St John Bosco College


We had a speaker who came to visit our school to talk to all of Year 7 about Hinduism, this is because we are studying Hinduism at the moment in RE. I liked the talk because the music was interesting and also I enjoyed hearing about the many different gods and goddesses the Hindus worship.

 

I also found out that Hindus have small shrines in their homes where they pray and that they can go and pray in their temples (called mandirs) on any day of the week.


Kyron Hylton-Taylor – Year 7

 

Visit to the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

We visited the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir on 25th June because we have been doing a project on Hinduism in RE. It was an amazing day for us because it was an experience that will probably be a once in a lifetime chance for us. I really enjoyed the part where we saw the statues, they were interesting and unique and I liked the music which was in a language that I didn’t understand, however, the beat was good and interesting.


I learnt that the red dot on the head and the ‘U’ shape painted on the foreheads of Hindus represent us standing the presence of God. The building was incredibly big and the carvings were very detailed and attractive and colourful. We had never seen statues like these before. The people we met were very friendly and told us more facts about Hinduism and that the statues are like human beings and so are called murtis and were even given baths.


Animashuan Oluwatobiloba – Year 7 and Ryan Osinaga Ross – Year 7

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Photo: Anes Sabitovic on Unsplash

On Thursday July 12th 2018 pupils and staff from Salesian School’s Fairtrade Committee took up the offer of delivering an assembly on the topic of Fairtrade to pupils and staff of St Anne’s Catholic Primary School Chertsey.

 

Niamh and Calogera (Year 10) together with the Chaplain Fr Marco Villani SDB and the Assistant Chaplain Br Mateusz Papierz SDB arrived at St Anne’s to meet with the Deputy Headteacher Hanorah Murphy together with pupils and staff in the hall.

 

With the technical assistance of Br Mateusz operating the powerpoint, Calogera and Niamh delivered an inspiring presentation about the benefits of Fairtrade, both for producers and consumers. The pupils of St Anne’s were very much engaged with the content of the assembly and the strong message of social justice that it conveyed.

 

Many thanks to Hanorah Murphy for the welcome given to us as well as Niamh, Calogera and Br. Mateusz without whom this event would not have been possible.

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(Most of) the Salesian Youth Ministry Team at Savio House

The Salesian Youth Ministry team met at Savio House last weekend to prepare for this year's summer camps, where they will once again welcome around 60 Year 7 students to enjoy memorable holidays of activity, socialising and prayer in the Salesian tradition.

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Frs Tony and Martin with Martin's sister and brother-in-law, and Provincial, Fr Gerry Briody

 

A double celebration took place in Bollington on Sunday 8th July 2018, marking 50 years of Salesian profession for Fr Tony Fernandes SDB and 25 years of priesthood for Fr Martin Coyle SDB.

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We are seeking an excellent Assistant Housekeeper to join our friendly and efficient housekeeping team at Thornleigh House, Bolton. The role is for 20 hours a week, Monday - Friday mornings, and the closing date is Wednesday 25th July 2015.

 

Find out more and apply on our Job Vacancies page 

 

Friday, 06 July 2018 13:16

St John Bosco Arts: Race for Life 2018

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Students, staff and governors from St John Bosco Arts College weren't daunted by the heat and blazing sunshine as they completed their Race for Life on Monday 2nd July, in support of cancer research.

 

Over 40 of them followed a 5k course around the school site, in Croxteth, near Liverpool, in an event organised as part Cancer Research UK's Race for Life Schools Programme. Training and preparations began some time ago, and included a fundraising campaign and assemblies to raise awareness and encourage support, using materials provided by the charity.

 

In addition to the runners and walkers, the event was suported by staff and students acting as marshalls and water assistants in the scorching conditions on the day.

 

The school is very proud of its staff and students, and grateful to everyone who made the event possible: "What a fantastic way to raise money for Cancer Research and what a great team spirit!"

 

Most of us have been affected by cancer in some way, and although more people are now surviving, there is so much more to be done to find new treatments and put an end to this disease. The efforts of the SJBA Race for Life Team are an inportant contribution to this.

 

If you would like to make a donation and support the St John Bosco 5k team, their JustGiving page will remain open for a while longer. 

 

Below: the first staff and student finishers.

 

Photos: St John Bosco Arts College

 

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 16:10

Get ready to MAKE SOME NOISE in 2018!

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This year's Make Some Noise event for schools (Yrs 9 and above) is Friday 28th - Saturday 29th September. It's a brilliant experience for young people and it gets even better and more popular each year. Numbers are strictly limited to 350, so groups need to book early to land their tickets.

 

Please email Sue ASAP if you'd like to bring a group.

 

The Salesians are very proud to be sponsoring Adoremus Youth, an event for young people taking place on Saturday 8th September, as part of the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool.
 
Over 1000 young people from all over the UK are expected to take part in the event, held at the Echo Arena, close to the city's historic waterfront. The theme is "I an the Bread of Life", and a range of inspiring speakers has been lined up, together with great music, engaging activities and culminating in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
The event s aimed at young people from 13 - 20, with age-appropriate activities taking place in three streams, for those aged 13-15, 16-17 and 18-20.  Sessions for 16-17 year-olds will be led by a Salesian team which will include SDBs.

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