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Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton

Congratulations to Year 11 students at Salesian schools, and to their teachers, as they celebrate their GCSE results in the first year of major changes affecting the exams and grading for most subjects in England.

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 22:23

Thornleigh students in Tanzania

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Playing with the children at Upendo Orphanage


A team of Sixth Form students and staff from Thornleigh Salesian College recently returned from a month in Tanzania.

The visit began with a rest day in Oyster Bay, swimming and playing football on the beach with the locals to build up some stamina for their 12 hour bus ride to Moshi, on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro.

Thursday, 09 August 2018 16:28

New Rector for Farnborough Community

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On Sunday 19th August during Mass in the chapel of St John Bosco House, our Provincial, Fr Gerry Briody, presided at the installation of Fr Patrick Sherlock as rector of the Farnborough community. In the photo above, Fr Pat is in the centre of the front row, with Fr Gerry behind him.



Fr Bob Gardner SDB, with permission from custodian, English Heritage, said Mass in the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey Canterbury, during this week's Sacred Lands pilgrimage. 


Sent to convert the English by Pope Gregory in 597, St Augustine founded the abbey the following year, and it became the resting place of Archbishops and kings of Kent. In the reforms of St Dunstan of Canterbury, the abbey was placed under the Benedictine Rule, and rededicated to St Augustine. It was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538.


Peter with Anita from BOVA at Thornleigh House

Peter Hampshire has recently returned from an overseas placement with Bosco Volunteer Action (BOVA) in southern Vietnam, where he joined Don Bosco Dong Thuan, a residential vocational school. When he visited Thornleigh House for a post-placement “debrief” with BOVA Coordinator Anita, I asked him about his impressions of the project and the country, and the difference the experience has made to him.

I spent most of my time supporting community activities, teaching some English, and supporting the students with their music, sport, prayer time, and just generally joining in with meals and activities. The age range was mostly 15-22, but the oldest was 24 and the youngest was 13. The students come from all over Vietnam and they have very different backgrounds - some are very rich and some are very poor. Most of them come from socially tough backgrounds, maybe their parents have split and they've had difficult things to deal with.


I think the main motivation for families sending them was to help them appreciate the importance of education, and to give them a good education and good values. They were trained in vocational skills as well, mechanics and engineering for the boys, sewing and hair and beauty for the girls. They can almost guarantee the students a job after they graduate from the school, so it's a good system. When they leave, some go back to live with their families and work near home, but many go to Ho Chi Min City for work, and they’ll find places to live there.


Monday, 23 April 2018 11:36

Salesian life and Vietnamese culture - BOVA

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Peter is a BOVA volunteer in Vietnam. Six months into his placement, he sends news about life at Don Bosco Dong Thuan, a residential vocational school in the southern province of Vinh Long, and what he is learning from his experience there. Above: Peter joins the family of a student for a new year lunch. Photos: Don Bosco My Thuan

Since my last update, I have a much better idea about what goes on in Dong Thuan. Simple things like remembering everybody’s name and the community timetable have made a real difference. I’m more aware of what activities are taking place and where I can contribute. Furthermore, the Fathers, Brothers and Sisters (Salesians) are aware of my limitations and have taken the care to help me understand more about the community. Having said this, my placement still has its ups and downs and is often challenging. But I feel lucky to live in this kind community and be frequently exposed to new experiences that are diverse and stimulating.


Inside the Community
After several months of community life, I’m continually impressed by the way in which the Salesians engage and work with the young students. They go the extra mile when it comes to exercising works of charity towards them.

Friday, 17 August 2018 13:47

Salesian schools celebrate A-level results

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This year's A-level results day in England and Wales fell on Don Bosco's birthday, and we're sure he was praying for young people every bit as much as their familes and friends were.  The Salesian schools we've heard about so far had a lot to celebrate on 16th. Pictured above are students from Battersea (top) and Farnborough (bottom).

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 11:33

Farewell to Fr Cyril SDB!

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Fr Cyril Edamana SDB has returned to India after nine years' ministry in the UK.


He will be much missed by all those whose lives he touched at the schools and parishes in Battersea and Chertsey, and at Savio House. His absence will also be felt beyond the Salesian Family, especially by the Syro-Malabar Catholic community, to whom he was a valued support. 


From all of us the UK Province, thank you Fr Cyril. Good luck and God bless you in the future!

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:46

Sacred Heart Battersea closed for redecoration

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Sacred Heart, Battersea, the first Salesian church ion the country, will be closed until 12th September 2018 while the building is redecorated. It is a great time of change in Battersea as work is also being done on the other parish church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Joseph's. On 12th October, the newly renovated Sacred Heart church will be at the centre of celebrations for the 125th Anniversary of its consecration.

Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:34

Fr John Dickson: 50 years a Salesian of Don Bosco

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As we all celebrated the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary this week, Fr John Dickson SDB had an additional cause for celebration. Fifty years ago, on 15th August 1968, he became a Salesian of Don Bosco.


Fr John is a highly respected historian who has published widely on Salesian history, especially on the foundation of the mission to England. He is currently Rector of the Chertsey community, and for the past six years, has been the RC Chaplain at the Royal Holloway, University of London. He is pictured above with Royal Holloway's Chaplaincy & Faith Support Intern, Nina Mattiello Azadeh.

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