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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:36

Salesian School Chertsey sing their way to success

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Congratulations to Salesian School Chertsey, who swept the board at the Woking Music Festival on Tuesday 13th November, presenting performances from seven different choirs! The staff choir, Salesian Souls, (above) were among the winners and commendations.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 16:09

Feast of Blessed Madeleine Morano FMA

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Born into a large family in 1847, Madeleine Morano felt called to religious life from an early age, but as the main breadwinner, her family responsibilities delayed this. One of eight children, her father and older sister both died when Madeleine was 8, leaving the family dependent on her income. An uncle who was a priest helped her to continue her education while she worked.


Young Madeleine knew she wanted to teach, and her training began when she was employed at a new local school at the age of 14; she was an educator and a catechist for the rest of her life. By the time she was 30, she had saved enough to make sure her mother had a comfortable old age, and began to pursue her religios vocation. When she met Don Bosco, she was set on living a cloistered life with the Vincentians, but he persuaded her that her gifts were needed in a different life, and he accepted her into the Salesian Sisters shortly after.


In 1881, her superiors sent her to Sicily, where in addition to teaching working class girls, she trained teachers, set up new schools, workshops and hostels. She was also responsible for the formation of new sisters, and became Provincial.


She died from cancer in 1908, and was beatified by St Pope John Paul II in 1994.


We celebrate her feast on 15th November, the day of her birth.


Read more about her life

Monday, 12 November 2018 16:45

Celebrating Bl Artimide Zatti

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On 13th November, we celebrate the memorial of Blessed Artimide Zatti, a Salesian Brother who dedicated his life to caring for the sick poor in Argentina.

Monday, 12 November 2018 09:36

Just arrived: our new children's book

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Don Bosco Publications' new children's book, 'The Star from the East', is now in stock. This beautifully illustrated Christmas fairy tale will delight children, and all of the family


Order now from our online bookshop, £11 including UK p&p, or contact Don Bosco Publications for postage cost for multiple copies, and for bulk and overseas orders.





This week, our Salesian schools and parishes are joining the rest of the country in considering the impact of war on families, especially those who died, suffered and lost loved ones in the First World War, as we mark the centenary of the Armistice.


Many of our schools have memorials to Old Boys who died, and other memorials around the country record their names too. At the time of the Great War, the Salesians had their Novitiate in Burwash, Sussex. Although St Joseph’s, the Salesian church, was demolished long ago, its graveyard remains, and in it stands a crucifix memorial with each side of its base recording the names of Old Boys from four Salesian Schools – Burwash, Wandsworth, Battersea and Farnborough.



Rosemary Addai-Kwateng Head of Year 7 at St John Bosco College Battersea writes about a moving assembly led by one of her groups.


One of my Year 7 form groups put together an exceptional assembly on remembering our loved ones during the month of November. Reading the names of each family member, friend and those people they have lost gave other pupils the chance to remember their loved ones and to share in the sorrow of their contemporaries.

Thursday, 08 November 2018 23:58

An unusual school visit for All Souls' Day

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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB, Head of RE at St John Bosco College Battersea, writes about a very different school trip.


We had a very unusual RE trip on the feast of All Souls when we took some Yr 11s to Putney Vale Cemetery. Part of the RE GCSE syllabus focuses on Eschatology and what better way to understand it than a trip to a cemetery!


After an overcast day on the 1st November, we were blessed with beautiful weather for the after school trip where students consolidated their knowledge of the differences between what was a tomb stone, a memorial and what a garden of remembrance looked like.

Our hope is that the practical lesson will pay dividends for the summer...and in the life to come!


Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB

Thursday, 08 November 2018 11:24

Salesian School Chertsey marks Armistice Centenary

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Teaching departments at Salesian School Chertsey came together to support students in a range of activities to pay tribute to those lost in the First World War, and other conflicts. A touching display at Reception included contributions from History, Graphics, Textile and RMT. History teacher, Hannah O'Neill describes the activity her department offered students.


With the centenary of the ending of World War One, the History Department has encouraged students to investigate their own family history. This has uncovered a wealth of stories from conflicts over the past 100 years, from ancestors being involved in the liberation of Nazi internment camps to nurses taking care of the wounded on the battlefields.


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We have exhibited these on a memorial wall to commemorate the sacrifices made, including some stories from members of staff. The project that has been largely focused on Year 9s has been a huge success, sparking conversations on the theme of remembrance throughout the week of 11th November 2018.


Hannah O 'Neill - History teacher at Salesian School Chertsey




Wednesday, 07 November 2018 16:06

Chertsey students send Christmas cheer to Eastern Europe

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Working with the charity 'Link to Hope', the students in years 7-9 and the students in Sixth Form have packed over 155 shoe boxes with goodies, decorated them, and sent them off to families in the poorest areas of Eastern Europe.

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 15:38

Post Synod conference for young people in Scotland

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Last weekend, young adults and religious from around the country gathered at the Conforti Retreat Centre in Coatbridge to explore together what it means to be a young Catholic in Scotland today.

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