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On Wednesday June 20th, the Memorial of St. Alban, a selection of Year 7 pupils from Salesian School Chertsey attended the annual Good Shepherd Celebration at Worth Abbey, West Sussex. Salesian School Chertsey has a proud tradition of being in the position to represent Catholic secondary schools in this increasingly popular diocesan event.

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Comical Games??? Hazel Fort, from the Chaplaincy at Savio Salesian College Bootle near Liverpool, explains all about this day of fun for the younger members of the Bosco Group - students who volunteer to be directly involved in Don Bosco's mission at school.


May 24th, 2018 dawned fair but cloudy. As it progressed, the day matched other days that week and spawned a heatwave. Thus many prayers were answered by God and Mary Help of Christians, whose feast day it was: we could hold our Comical Games.

‘What are Comical Games?’ asked the Junior Boscos somewhat dubiously.

‘It’s like the Olympic games with all the serious bits taken out!’ I answered.


We were at the end of a long, dark year in which the Junior Boscos had worked their socks off. Every dinner break, they had been involved in Charity Fund Raising, Liturgical Art, Drama to animate the weekly Gospel, or planning their Peer Chaplaincies – all leading up to submitting their work for their Faith in Action qualification. They had spent a fortnight polishing up their reports or seeking out photographs for evidence. It was time for fun.


I instituted a games tournament in which they had teams and played three card games, three board games, three games of air hockey and three games of Pool. BUT the culmination was to be the Comical Games played outside on our Sports Field.


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Two of our Senior Boscos volunteered to help: Aleisha and Kieron (Year Ten) had become pretty used to organising the youngsters and had a good rapport with the Year 7 & 8 students. Solemnly, they instructed them on the wearing of sun cream, hats and appropriate shoes and clothing. They marked out three lanes on the field in which the students would be competing.


Come the day, I cast a doubtful look at the sky and said a quick prayer to Mary. She must have had sympathy with me - or she, too, was interested to see what would happen. Our excited but suspicious students changed into their games kit.


‘My knee’s very sore. I don’t think I can compete. I can't run.’ One of them told me dismally. (Really, Kelsey? Who said anything about running?)

‘I don’t think I can come. I’ve got football practice. But I could come at the end. Can I still join in?’ (Certainly, Keira)

I gave instructions. ‘Each race has to take place three times to get a fair result.’ (Liar, Hazel! You just wanted to make sure of the photographs!)

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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB describes some of the Holy Week activities at St John Bosco College (SJBC), Battersea.


We had two Lenten reflections at SJBC, one on the evening of Thursday 22nd March where parents, governors and other guests were invited to an evening of readings and music for Lent. Our students were joined by students from Salesian School, Chertsey and we had a variety of music to suit all tastes. It was an evening that led those present through the challenging moments of the life of Christ culminating in His death and resurrection.

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Chaplain Fr Marco Villani SDB, updates us on a Chertsey tradition


On Friday March 16th, many KS2 pupils from our primary feeder schools came to Salesian School Chertsey for our “Celebrating RE Day”, an event that has now become an annual feature in our school calendar.


Pupils in the deanery from near and far came for a morning based on the theme of Vocation. A welcome, opening prayer and blessing by the School Chaplain introduced the day whilst the programme outline was shared by Mrs M Morrison, RE teacher and Celebrating RE Day Co-ordinator.

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Fr Marco Villani SDB, our Justice and Peace Delegate, writes about Fairtrade Week at Salesian School Chertsey, where he is Chaplain.


Thursday March 8th saw the annual Fairtrade Bake Sale at Salesian School Chertsey, Guildford Road. The Fairtrade Team, consisting of pupils and staff members, organised, supervised and ran our most successful Bake Sale yet.

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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB and students from St John Bosco College, Battersea, were guests on their local radio station on Mothering Sunday. 


On Sunday morning, three of our pupils were invited to speak on 'Sunday Joy' at Wandsworth Radio about the Music for Lent  evening at St John Bosco College on Thursday 22nd March 7.30pm - 8.30pm. (See below for more information). The presenters were very welcoming and helped to  put our students at ease very quickly.

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Latin students from Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton are safely home from their visit to Rome, after spending an extra day in the Eternal City, thanks to the snow!

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On Sunday 11th March four students from SJBC will be interviewed on Wandsworth Radio, their Sunday Joy programme, from 9am - 10am. You can listen to the show here.  

The interview will be based on the school's 'Music for Lent' evening which will take place on Thursday 22nd March at SJBC from 7.30pm - 8.30pm. It will be an evening of varied music genres and readings to prepare us for Holy Week and Easter.

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This month, Salesian students from Farnborough, spent some time following the footsteps of Bl Józef Kowalski, one of the Salesians killed in Auschwitz


During their trip to Krakow during half term, 44 students from Salesian College Farnborough, visited the Salesian Parish of Saint Stanislaus & St John Bosco in Debniki, where St John Paul II had been a parishioner.


They were welcomed by Fr Zygmunt SDB and, as it was Ash Wednesday, he administered the ashes to the group.

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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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