Tags: Salesian Schools
Posted: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 16:15
Hazel Fort, from the Chaplaincy team at Savio Salesian College, Bootle, finds the sparks of joy and humour in the 'COVID months' of school, and rediscovers a legendary Liverpool animal. (Image: Gerd Altmann on Pixabay)
What a strange world we live in!
Since March, we have had to adapt all aspects of our lives to the intransigencies of the new world we live in. At first, our only contact with our pupils... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 13:15
In this week's Catholic Teacher Article, Mike uses the teachings of Aristotle to explore the duty of a teacher.
Many years ago, when head of RE in Chorley, I came across the following quote by the Hellenistic thinker Aristotle:
Teachers, who educate children, deserve more honour than parents, who merely gave them birth; for the latter provided mere life, while the former ensure a good life.
It made me... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 24 Nov 2020 11:37
An artwork by Alfie, an 11-year-old student from St John Bosco College Battersea, has won a prize in Aid to the Church In Need's (ACN's) #RedWednesday art competition.
Alfie's image, which represented the ACN theme 'Release Me' with a stylised image of birds soaring to freedom from an open frame, was awarded 3rd prize in the 11-16 age group, the category that received the highest number of entries.... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 19 Nov 2020 13:32
In this week's Catholic Teacher Article, Mike explores the courage it requires to follow the vocational path of education, particularly in these trying times.
I cycle to school most days. It can be tough when the weather is poor. Yet, after prayer and poached eggs, it is a great way to start the day. I must admit, I prefer to cycle in the dark mornings. A significant part of the route is on the Liverpool... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 18:02
To raise awareness of Aid to the Church in Need's (ACN's) #RedWednesday this year, two videos have been produced, one from a group of Salesian Brothers and the other from a student at St John Bosco College, Battersea (SJBC).
Brothers Gregory, Augustine and Steven have produced a video for Aid to the Church in Need's #RedWednesday event, in which they sing 'Holy, Holy, Holy' in Igbo, one of the major... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 12 Nov 2020 14:43
In this week's Catholic Teacher Article, Mike explores the radical idea of unity within Catholic education and the importance of a loving approach to teaching.
In St James Bootle, I always wait until last to receive Holy Communion. The journey towards the Eucharist is my weekly pilgrimage. The beautiful long aisle, the marble altar, the oil paintings of St John Bosco and St James which adorn the sanctuary... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 05 Nov 2020 14:43
In this week's Catholic Teacher Article, Mike explores the need for courage when teaching the poor and marginalised.
The Franciscan Priest and spiritual master, Fr. Richard Rohr, refers to "falling in love" as counterintuitive. Love, he says, is something we "fall" into as no one would willingly go there, in the knowledge that to love is to open oneself up to vulnerability and the real possibility that... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:21
Not all of us get the opportunity to visit our Salesian schools, so taking a virtual look around is one of the surprising benefits of the restrictions we're living under at the moment. Last week, Savio Salesian College Bootle released its Virtual Tour for prospective students and their families.
Digital visitors are welcomed at the main entrance by Headteacher, Mr Tony Costello, before being taken round... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 18:58
As we reach the mid-point of an extremely challenging term, Mike Bennett looks at the ethos and faith that gets a Catholic teacher through, in a career that's never easy at the best of times.
I looked at myself this morning on the screen of yet another Zoom meeting; it was not pretty! The bags under my eyes, for one, let me know that I had not slept well. And I as looked at colleagues, each face seemed... Read More »