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Last week, St John Bosco College students spent time with some of their peers from Colegio Salesianos El Pilar. The 24 students and 2 teachers visited from Soto del Real, near Madrid, as part of the Erasmus scheme, and they stayed right next door to the school, at the Don Bosco Centre in Salesian House.

Ms Tharsis, SJBC’s Head of Modern Foreign Languages, said their students enjoyed sharing lessons with their visitors in the mornings, and everyone had great fun when the Spanish students made delicious tortillas in the school kitchen with two classes of Year 10s.

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Br Lukasz from the Savio Salesian College Chaplaincy expresses thoughts we all share, as students move on from our Salesian schools around the Province. Along with him, we wish all our leavers happiness and success as they take the next steps in their lives. 


Five years passed double-quick. 84 year-elevens were crying, signing their t-shirts, taking last photos and hugging their teachers. Everybody gathered in the Assembly Hall. They were so excited. These were their last minutes in Savio Salesian College. Happiness was mixed with nostalgia because this was their last time.

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 12:44

The day the Bishop came



Hazel Fort from the Chaplaincy team at Savio Salesian College in Bootle, near Liverpool, writes about a very special day in the life of the school.

June 4 was a day of great excitement for Savio Salesian College: on this day, we received our bishop. I say ‘our bishop’ because Bishop Tom Williams is home grown, with his roots firmly established in St Antony’s parish.


He visited us to see how we were going on. Students were as eager to meet him as he was to meet them. He had words of encouragement for the staff, too.

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In 2017, St John Bosco Arts College, a Salesian Sisters' school for girls in Croxteth near Liverpool, became the first UK school to send a delagation to China, after it was selected as an ambassador school by Access China UK, an organisation which funds school partnerships in China and promotes the exchange of ideas through different international programmes, and paired uop with a sister school, Wenzhou No.2 Foreign Language School.


Text and photos: The Foundry Agency

Students from St John Bosco Arts College  have recently returned from an eight day trip to China. 36 students from years 9 and 10, plus four members of staff, embarked on the 10 and a half hour journey from London to Shanghai, and immediately commenced their whistle stop tour of some of the sights of China by visiting The Bund, a waterfront area in central Shanghai and one of the most famous tourist destinations.

The following days saw visits to The Shanghai Museum, The Yuyuan Garden and the Yuyuan Bazaar, Zhujiajiao Water Town, Jiangxin Island on the Oujiang River at Wenzhou city and Wuma Street Shopping in Wnenzhou and the magnificent views from Wenzhou Jiushan Park.

Everyone entered into the cultural experience with enthusiasm using chop sticks and eating the local food at the numerous local restaurants.

The group then travelled by fast train to Wenzhou at speeds of up to 217 mph to visit its sister school, Wenzhou No.2 Foreign Language School.

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 15:10

Student drama builds interfaith bridges

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At the end of April, some of the Year 7 students from St John Bosco College, Battersea, put on a short play entitled 'Honey and Apples' which was written specifically for them. The play was based on the experience of children during the Holocaust. The school invited some external guests from the local Jewish community, and the rest of the audience was made up of Yr 11 students who were revising Judaism for their GCSEs.


The play was beautifully presented and sensitively acted under the direction of Elvira Tallo, one of SJBC's PGCE students, who, although she is not a teacher of drama, worked tirelessly with the students during their form time to bring out excellent performances. The guests and Yr 11s loved the play and openly showed their appreciation.

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Congratulations to two students from St John Bosco College Battersea, who were presented with awards at Wandsworth Council's Outstanding Youth Awards ceremony on Wednesday 30th April.

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Fr Pat Sherlock, Chaplain at Salesian School Farnborough, writes about the recent HCPT  Lourdes pilgrimage


Some of HCPT Group 711, year 12 students from Salesian College Farnborough, met Cariad the dragon in the St Bernadette basilica at Lourdes this week.


This year, the theme of the HCPT pilgrimage to Lourdes was chosen by the Welsh Region. Cariad is Welsh for Love, and that is also the name of the friendly dragon they have brought as their mascot.

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This week saw two gatherings of Salesian past pupils, in Bolton and Battersea.


A group of former students reunited at Thornleigh Salesian College, which they attended from 1970-77. They were given a tour of the school, and shared some very funny stories, and fond memories of their schooldays, and as the photo above shows, the sun came out for them too.

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Friday, 29 March 2019 16:13

Saints in Action at the Bosco Group

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Br Lukasz from Savio Salesian College writes about the school’s Bosco Group and their weekly “Faith in Action” reflections.


Imagine Savio Salesian College students talking about the weird case of St. Peter, considering the motivation of merciful Mother Teresa or discovering that Don Bosco’s dream is still happening. It’s been a long time since the Bosco Group started weekly reflection as a part of the “Faith in Action” curriculum.


Hazel, from our Chaplaincy team, in the beginning of the school year, gathered quite a few volunteers to take part in Faith in Action, a well-known annual Catholic Youth Programme. Each Wednesday the whole group meets in the “Bosco Room” for a reflection on the life of another Saint which is being delivered by me. Every week the Bosco Group goes over one saint with a fine-tooth comb.

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Thursday, 28 March 2019 11:46

On retreat - the value of an oasis of peace

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Savio Salesian College Chaplaincy Assistant, Hazel Fort, writes about the value of taking students out of school for a retreat in a totally different setting.

‘Come aside --- to a quiet place and rest awhile.’ Mark 6:31

We have just completed the third of our five annual retreats for Savio students. Each form is given the opportunity of spending a day away from school concentrating on a given topic prepared and delivered by Father Ruszniak. These ‘away-days’ are very popular. This time it was the turn of our Year 9s. They were reflecting on their future and they were shown a clip from ‘Back to the Future.’ As with Year 9s all over the country, this is their pivotal year: choosing subjects to study at GCSE level that will help them to achieve their goals. They reflected on past years and faced their future – some with trepidation; some reluctantly. At the end of the reflection, they were invited to write a letter to their future-selves outlining their hopes and fears. These letters were sealed in a self-addressed envelope then put away with a personal prayer in the chapel until they reach Year 11. When they reach Year 11, and are about to leave school, they can open their letters and see what they have achieved: whether their goals are still the same; and how have they changed - because change they will.

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