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Saturday, 01 December 2018 01:00

First Week of Advent 2018

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Spiritual Gifts and Practical Gifts - The Porridge Club 

The four weeks of Advent are increasingly busy in our commercialised world, and while we wrap gifts for our loved ones, we need to take a little time to unwrap some spiritual gifts for ourselves.

As we prepare the way for the Lord in our lives this Advent, each week, we offer you a scripture passage and a prayer, and present four stories showing some of the ways in which Salesians of Don Bosco and members of the Salesian Family in the UK are living their vocation to reach out to the young, and following the Gospel call to compassion and mercy.

We hope the stories inspire you to act in this season of good will:

Could you:

Pray for the success of the work being done and the people who give and receive it?

Get involved in these projects, or others that support young people, by volunteering?

Make a donation to help this work continue?


In the first week of Advent, we hear from Share the Light, a charity run by young people, for young people, which began in Salesian School, Farnborough, and makes connections with young people in Zambia, providing friendship and practical support, including the Porridge Club, to give children a nutritious start to their day.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 14:46

Soccer stars & Heavenly Tunes at Savio Awards Evening

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Manchester United's Alex Greenwood and Molly Green presented awards at their old school


Chaplain Fr Jakub has news from Bootle

Savio Salesian College recently celebrated its Annual Awards Evening. This is a night where we honour and congratulate all of our hardworking and achieving students and we invite their friends and family to come along and join in with the celebrations.


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Last Monday, the Salesian Chaplaincy Network gathered for a day of retreat by the sea, at Sandymount House of Prayer, Blundellands, near Liverpool.


This meeting welcomed 18 chaplains connected through the Salesian ethos. The network has grown from strength to strength, starting from our six Salesian trustee schools. As a result of many of our animators choosing chaplaincy, we now invite chaplains serving at other schools who have a personal connection to the Salesian Family, and work in the spirit of Don Bosco in their chaplaincies.


Participants on the retreat came from Savio Salesian College, Bootle; St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth; Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton; Salesian College, Farnborough; St Michaels C of E Crosby; All Saints Catholic High School, Sheffield; Cardinal Wiseman, Coventry; All Hallows, Penwortham; All Hallows, Macclesfield and St Mary’s Chesterfield.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 15:52

Bootle students take on a tough challenge

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What does it feel like to meet a challenge and succeed? That was the question asked by thirty Year 10 students from Savio Saleian College, Bootle, when they visited Aintree Army Barracks.


Thanks to the professionalism and encouragement of Jason McKinney and his esteemed colleagues, our students saved flooding villages and gained an insight into the logistics and consideration needed in the event of such a disaster.

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.

Thursday, 22 November 2018 15:30

Farnborough Students visit WW1 Battlefields

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Last week, 103 Year 9 students and staff from Salesian College, Fanborough, took part in the annual Battlefields Tour visit to The Ypres Salient and the Northern France battlefields of World War One.



The choices we make when shopping for Christmas can be uncomfortable, as we snap up mass-produced gifts, which are often produced by people working in poor conditions for very low wages. But visitors to the Christmas shopping evening at Salesian School Chertsey this week were presented with plenty of opportunity to shop more ethically for Christmas.



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.

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!


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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.

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