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Fr Pat Sherlock SDB describes a recent visit to Auschwitz with students from Salesian College Farnborough
Photos: Brian Solomon


Two Year 12 students and the chaplain from Salesian College were selected to take part in this autumn's Lessons from Auschwitz project. On Tuesday 14th November 2017 they joined about 250 other sixth formers from South East England on a memorable day visit to Oświęcim and the SS extermination camps nearby.

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 23:57

Red Wednesday Mass at SJBC Battersea



Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB writes about St John Bosco College Battersea's first celebration of Red Wednesday, the event organised by Aid to the Church In Need to highlight he plight of people persecuted for their faith.

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Friday, 17 November 2017 01:25

Farnborough's Run For Sean raises £3,500



This week, Salesian College, Farnborough, was delighted to present a cheque for over £3,500 to Mr Kevin O'Farrell, Trustee from the Sean Devereux Children’s Fund. This staggering amount of money was raised by the Year 7 boys. The boys ran as many laps of the College Playing Fields as they could within an allotted time in memory of former student Sean Devereux.

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 16:14

Inspiring Thornleigh Student wins 'Diana Award'



Jonathan Wright, a 6th Form student at Thornleigh Salesian College, has won a national award recognising his inspiring work in the school and wider community to improve lives. The College tells his story:


For some time now, The Diana Award has enabled and supported thousands of young people to take positive action, by getting involved in their local communities. This award recognises their hard work, dedication and commitment to bring about change.

Earlier this year, we nominated Jonathan Wright, who was at that time, a student in Year 12 at Thornleigh Salesian College Sixth Form. Over the years, Jonathan has had a huge impact on the growth and effectiveness of our School Council. He has led campaigns on anti-bullying, recycling, reducing litter and healthy eating, to name but a few. In 2016, he was elected as Bolton’s Youth MP, leading campaigns on improving mental health services for the young and raising awareness of mental health issues amongst the young with his campaign, “Be Kind to my Mind.”

Just before the end of the summer term, we learnt that Jonathan’s work, within the local community and here at Thornleigh, had been recognised with a Diana Award. The ceremony was held at the Leeds College of Music on November 9th.

“A Diana Award holder upholds the values that Princess Diana governed her life by; compassion, kindness and service. The young role models from around the world are honoured with this award for selflessly transforming the lives of others. They are going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change”

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Fr Kevin O'Donnell SDB describes a recent visit to Calais, to help in a warehouse storing supplies for refugees.


On Saturday 11th November, nine of us from Salesian Chertsey went to Calais to help out in the huge warehouse there which supplies basic materials to the many hundreds of refugees still encamped around Calais to stop them dying of the cold or hunger.

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There are several exciting opportunities to join the staff at St John Bosco College, in its state-of-the-art building in the heart of Battersea.

Talented individuals are being sought as teachers of English and Media, Science, and Music. There are also vacancies for a Teaching Assistant and a Pastoral Lead, and for an Assistant Headteacher, to take a leading role in the school's onging development.

Further details are on our Job Vacancies page, or visit the St John Bosco College Website for full details and application documents.

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 15:17

Thornleigh Yr 7s visit Provincial House


Bernadette from Don Bosco Publications tells students how our founder valued good books


During the first term of each year, SDBs and staff at Provincial House have the opportunity to meet Year 7 students from Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, when groups visit us to find out what everyone does over here.

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Friday, 10 November 2017 15:12

Remembrance Day tribute by Chertsey students

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Art Club members from Salesian School Chertsey, and their teacher, created a beautiful tribute for Remembrance Day. Sixth Form Chaplain Fr Kevin O'Donnel SDB describes what they did.

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 16:35

Salesian Headteachers on Manila Study Tour



National School of Formation study tour to Manila 24-31 October 2017


Alison Burrowes, Headteacher of Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton and Ged Owens, Headteacher of Salesian College Farnborough joined with 8 other members of the National School of Formation (NSF), under the auspices of EducareM, to attend a week long study tour of the Philippines as the guests of Sr. Mary John Mananzan OSB at St. Scholastica's Priory.

The purpose of the study tour was to see at first hand the role of the church, within school and community, to address the issues of socio-economic, political and gender injustice through a socially oriented programme of engagement. While much of the engagement was within the specific context of the circumstances of the Philippines, that context had strong and clear relevance for the pursuit of justice and peace in the universal church.


Alison and Ged are pictured above with Cardinal Tagle.


Look out for more on the study tour, in a future edition of Don Bosco Today.

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'Come to the Water' (Isaiah 55:1) was the theme for this year’s Mission Week at Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton. Students explored how God is calling us to come together as one community to make a difference and reach out to those in need.

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