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Salesian College Farnborough chose the feast of Don Bosco to remember former pupil, Sean Devereux. Chaplain, Fr Pat, outlines the events.

On January 31st, the Feast of Saint John Bosco, Salesian College Farnborough commemorated the 25th Anniversary one of our former pupils who was inspired by our founder to live out his Salesian ideals to the full. Sean Devereux was a natural leader with a mischievous sense of fun, who devoted himself to the young people of Africa, especially in Liberia and in Somalia, where he was assassinated on 2nd January 1993.

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Fr Pat Sherlock updates us on preparations for music at the HCPT (Hosanna House & Children’s Pilgrimage Trust) liturgies at Lourdes this Easter.

On Saturday 3rd February there was a rehearsal, led by HCPT Pilgrimage Director Andy Clare, at Salesian College Farnborough. The HCPT liturgies this Easter are being led by the American Special Children's Pilgrimage Group, but as they can bring only a limited number of singers from the USA, reinforcements are being provided by students from the UK.

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Fr Pat Sherlock SDB reports on a valuable new initiative from students of Salesian College Farnborough. 

On 7th February, members of the Salesian Community in Farnborough attended a practical session on Social Media organised by a group of Year 12 students in the College.


Last year, the students received a grant from Caritas Portsmouth and the Catenians to develop a project to coach older people in the use of computers, mobile phones and similar devices. The project arose from the Diocesan 'Dragons Den' competition some of the sixth-formers entered that year. They hope to extend this to local parishioners and the grandparents of current students, but they began with a pilot group of SDBs.

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:22

CAFOD Young Leaders at Chertsey & Farnborough


Young Leaders pictured last year


Fr Marco, Chaplain at Chertsey, tells us about last week's CAFOD Youth Leadership Training Day in Farnborough Hill.

On Thursday January 25th, the second session of the 2017-2018 CAFOD Youth Leadership Training Programme took place in Farnborough Hill School. Students from over half a dozen different schools, including from Salesian School Chertsey and Salesian College Farnborough, were given information about fundraising strategies utilised by CAFOD and how CAFOD tries to respect the God-given dignity of those in need by only using images of needy individuals in a sensitive manner.

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Chaplain Fr Jakub shares some of the school's festive activities, and introduces another of their great videos!


We had a lovely celebration for the Feast of St John Bosco in the school today.


Children have prepared a special banner and worked together on the assemblies presented this morning. The short video below was made for the assemblies, about the meeting of Don Bosco and Dominic Savio.


Fr Jakub Ruszniak SDB



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Friday, 26 January 2018 16:22

Mrs Devereux inspires Chertsey students



Fr Marco Villani SDB, Chaplain to Salesian School Chertey, tells us about the visit of Mrs Devereux this week


On Wednesday January 24th 2018, the Feast of St. Francis of Sales Patron of the Salesians, Mrs. Maureen Devereux addressed the students and staff of Salesian Sixth Form Chertsey. With over three hundred students from both Year 12 and Year 13 filling Highfield Road Hall, Mrs. Devereux spoke movingly about her son’s background, his teaching career in Salesian School Chertsey, his mission in Africa and the ultimate sacrifice of his life when challenging injustice.

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On Friday 12th January 2018, Salesian School Chertsey dedicated and blessed its new Devereux building in memory of Sean Devereux, who was a former PE teacher at Salesian. Sean was killed while working for the UN in Somalia 25 years ago this month.

Fr John Dickson SBD, Chair of Governors, said: "Our new 12 classroom building allows us to accommodate the growing numbers of students attending our school.

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Billy receives his certificate from Sharon Wilkie Jones


In recognition of his help for homeless people in Bolton, Billy Higham, a Year 7 student at Thornleigh Salesian College, has received the Community Champion Certificate from SHARE, (Students Homelessness Awareness Raising Enterprise) an initiative set up by Bolton Sixth Form College, aiming to improve literacy skills and raise awareness of homelessness through creativity.

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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB tells us how Br Ste's first homily contributed to putting SJBC Battersea's new mission statement into action. 'Ruah' is the Hebrew word for 'breath', and its letters stand for the inspriing spirit Don Bosco breathed into his system of working with the young: Respect, Understanding, Affection and Humour.

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 15:17

Sean Devereux - 25 years on

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On 2nd January 1993, Sean Devereux was assassinated in Kismayo, Somalia. He was 28 years old. Today, we pray for him, for his family, and for all those who risk their lives to help others.

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