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Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:26

Victor does his school proud at Battersea festival

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St John Bosco College student, Victor, entertained the community on stage at Battersea's recent Summer in the Square festival. The event was organised by St Mary's Battersea as part of its Faithworks18 programme to take faith out into the local community. A very proud Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB tells us more.

I did not want to put Victor off by telling him in advance that he was the only young person to sing at Summer in the Square. He was such a hit that he was asked to sing another number but didn't because we had not rehearsed another track; we knew performance time was tight and so it did not even enter our heads that he would be asked to sing another song. Victor has real stage presence and got people clapping along to and dancing to 'When the Saints Go Marching In'.

Wandsworth Radio was so impressed with him that a couple of their presenters rushed on stage at the end of his performance to do an impromptu interview with him - and there too, he was an excellent ambassador for our school.




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Headteacher Paul Dunne embodies the spirit of the school


The Parliamemtary Review, an annual publication highlighting aspects of good practice in a range of fields across the UK, has published an article from St John Bosco College Battersea, discussing how the ideals, innovations, and teachings of Don Bosco inform everything taught within the school and how this Salesian ethos makes the pupils happy, healthy, and prepared for the challenges of the world after school.

Friday, 28 September 2018 09:26

Farnborough student is Paraclimbing World Champion!

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Matthew Phillips, a Year 13 student at Salesian College Farnborough, represented Great Britain at the 2018 IFSC World Paraclimbing Championships in Innsbruck. (Photo of Matthew above: Lorraine Stewart)


After topping the qualification rounds in his category, on Friday 14th September he won the gold medal, beating finalists from the USA, Russia and Spain.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 16:32

Battersea to host concert for Don Bosco Ashalayam

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If you can get to Battersea on Thursday 18th October, please support St John Bosco College's evening of music in aid of the street and vulnerable children of Don Boscio Ashalayam in Kolkata. 


Light refreshments and raffle tickets can be purchased on the night, and there will be a limited selection of jewellery from Kolkata for sale.


Admission is free, but tickets must be pre-ordered through the school. An optional donation to the Ashalayam can be made at the end of the evening.


For more information and to reserve your tickets, email Fr Andrew Ebrahim on




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Each month, we will be presenting an 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. In the first of these articles, Sophie Astles introduces us to Share the Light and its aims.


Share the Light is based on the vision of St John Bosco, who established the Catholic Salesian religious order, the Salesians of Don Bosco. Our focus aligns with the four key areas he defined for working with young people: Home; School; Church and Playground. Although Share the Light only became a registered charity in 2016, it has existed as a concept at Salesian College Farnborough for many years. Sean Devereux was School Captain at the college from 1981 to 1982. After leaving the college, he went on to dedicate his life to serving others, working with several charities across Africa. In 1993, he was killed while working in Somalia on a UNICEF aid programme. His ethos and mission to help those less fortunate underpins the work done by Share the Light.

Saturday, 08 September 2018 15:04

Welcome to the new Savio House Retreat Team!

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Another year begins at Savio House, our Youth Retreat Centre in Bollington, Cheshire, and new members have joined the team. Jonny Dearden is the new Retreat Team Leader, and Br Martin Pushparaj is the latest SDB on the team.


The 2018-19 volunteers are Iringo, George, Ffion, Charlotte, Grace, Chloe, Hannah and Theo - most of them are pictured above with Fr Roman at the Adoremus Youth Congress. We wish them every blessing in their valuable ministry this year!


Find out more on the Savio House website


Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:11

Laughter, memories and prayer at Shrigley reunion 2018

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Dinner at Savio House


Last weekend was the 2018 reunion of Old Boys and staff from the former Salesian Missionary College, Shrigley Park. Around 35 attended the event, which especially remembered the boys of 1958, in their 60th anniversary year (see photo below). Among their number were SDBs, Fr Bob Coupe, Fr Michael T Winstanley, Br Michael Winstanley, Br Joe Adams and Br Donald MacDonald.


Last weekend's Adoremus Congress and Pilgrimage in Liverpool was the first National Eucharistic Congress to be held in England since London hosted the 1908 International event, and was widely reported on by UK and overseas media.


Archbishop Edward Adams, the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, read the message of Pope Francis to the Congress, which was a reminder of the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives: "I encourage all of you to open your hearts with generosity, with a deeper awareness of the real presence of Christ among us; may each of you hear afresh the summons of the Lord to share his saving joy in practical concern for the material and spiritual needs of the poorest of our brothers and sisters."

Monday, 10 September 2018 10:03

Pilgrim Cooperators visit Padua, Valdocco and Becchi

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Sr Ella FMA describes the joys of the recent Salesian Cooperators’ pilgrimage to Italy.


Every two years, Eamonn McDonald of the Cowley Co-operators, organises a Pilgrimage to Italy which always includes Valdocco and the places associated with Don Bosco. Sixteen “Pilgrims” set off from various parts of the U.K. We all met in Bologna Airport where our coach took us to Rimini where the Salesians have a holiday house facing the sea! Accommodation, food and weather were excellent. Our Sisters gave us a warm welcome at our house round the corner! On one day a guided tour of the ancient Republic of San Marino was included, a remarkable experience into another world and outstandingly beautiful!

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Fr Francis with Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille

Fr Francis Preston SDB and Jimmy, Stanley, Mark and Richard, four Savio past pupils from the inaugural event, took part in the 50th Blisters for Bread Walk in South Africa, on a chilly August Sunday. The half-century of the event was also attended by Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape, Debbie Schäfer, the Western Cape Minister of Education and Anroux Marais, the Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport.


I spent last weekend in Cape Town where I participated in the 50th Blisters for Bread charity walk. I helped organise the first charity walk for the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PFSA) 50 years ago, when as a young Salesian, I spent three years teaching in a Salesian school in Cape Town. The first walk in which only the pupils and staff of the school participated, raised about 2000 Rand (around £100). When I returned to the UK in 1970, the PSFA took over the organisation of the Blisters for Bread walks.

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