Ahead of the event, teachers left items around the school to prompt discussion about what the theme could be. These included a boat, pieces of clothing and a lifebelt to represent the treacherous journey many refugees take to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
All was revealed on Monday as the school welcomed author Frank Cottrell Boyce to the school to discuss his book ‘The Unforgotten Coat’. The hard-hitting story tells the tale of two refugee brothers from Mongolia trying to fit in at a Liverpool school.
A former student, Maghol Kashani, also visited the school to talk to year 8 pupils about her journey to the UK as an asylum seeker. Maghol joined the school in Year 10 with no English skills, but is now in her first year of university at Edge Hill.
Every year group from Year 7 to 12 took part in a day of off-timetable lessons focused around the theme. Students wrote poems, made cushions and took part in activities which touched on difficult subjects such as sex trafficking.
Other guest speakers included the the Salesian Sisters, who are college trustees, and representatives from Merseyside Refugee & Asylum Seekers Pre & post Natal Support Group (MRANG).
To end the week, the school came together for a whole school liturgy to reflect on everything they had learnt and created throughout the week.
Headteacher Darren Gidman said: “Mission Week is always a special occasion for our school as it gives us the opportunity to come together, reflect on our mission statement and encourage the discussion of issues affecting our community and young people.
“There has been lots of energy and enthusiasm from our young people throughout the week and they’ve handled the sensitive topics with maturity, respect and empathy. It has been a great way to round off another fantastic term at St John Bosco!”