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Friday, 07 February 2020 13:17

Our Founder's Feast in Bootle

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Fr Jakub tells us about the recent festivities for Don Bosco at Savio Salesian and St James' Parish, Bootle

31st January is always a highlight in the Salesian Calendar. The Feast of St John Bosco. In Bootle we held a special School Celebration on that day. The day began with two Masses – one for the pupils of Y10 and Y11 and the other for the junior students. Pupils helped to animate the liturgy in many ways. The altar servers, readers and offertory procession all made the celebration very special. After the Mass students were presented with a special Salesian pin which had been blessed before. It will remind them of our Salesian charism and ethos.

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Savio Salesian College chaplain, Fr Jakub Ruszniak SDB, is rightly very proud of their caring students, and so are we! Above: the six young people with Headteacher Mr Costello.

This week we here at Savio we have had a call from a lady whose 89-year old mum lives in Ennerdale Drive. She had a fall putting out her bin and a group of pupils from our school came over and helped her up, took her indoors and checked she was OK.


They then returned on their way home to check on her again and took her a little present, which made her day. The lady and her daughter were very grateful and delighted.


The “random act of kindness” has been acknowledged in the local media. BBC Radio Merseyside came to school to interview the six students who helped the lady. Their interview will soon be published on Tony Snell's show. 


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Last Friday (17 January), St John Bosco College, Battersea, hosted a Religious Education conference led by Dr Peter Vardy, eminent theologian and philosopher, and former Vice-Principal of Heythrop College.

The conference, attended by Year 11 RE students and teachers from several schools, focused on ethical issues that form part of the GCSE syllabus, including gender, homosexuality, creation, stewardship, abortion and euthanasia.

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Late last term, Salesian College Farnborough hosted the second joint workshop on Salesian Leadership for our schools in the South. The half-day event was led by Miss Alex Kent, Assistant Head at Salesian College, Fr Patrick Sherlock SDB, Chaplain, and Fr Gerry Briody SDB, Provincial (pictured above).


Salesian College were very welcoming of students from Chertsey and Battersea, and made sure the gathering got off to a great start by very kindly providing everyone with a free lunch. The ice breakers led by Alex Kent were the perfect way to get students from the three schools mingling, so that by the time the real work started they were comfortable enough with each other to have meaningful discussions around leadership.

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The Governors of Thornleigh Salesian College are seeking to appoint a dynamic and exceptional leader to join our wonderful school in the role of Deputy Headteacher.

We are keen to hear from leaders with a wide range of skills who are able to provide strategic leadership of student development, care, guidance and support.

The successful candidate will join a highly focused and driven leadership team who are passionate about achieving academic excellence for all students.


Applications close at 12 noon on Monday 27th January 2020. Full information, an application pack, and information on arranging an informal visit can be found on the school's website

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Last Friday, the Salesian Sisters gathered with friends, suporters and students past and present to mark 60 years of their ministry to the young in Liverpool.


Provincial Sr Connie Cameron FMA spoke movingly to the gathered congregation, students from St John Bosco Arts College created the beautiful music and dance at the Mass, and old friends had a chance to reminisce over a delicious buffet.

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Fr Jakub Ruzniak SDB, Chaplain, writes about a caring Advent at Savio Salesian College, Bootle.

Advent is a time of preparation of Christmas. To do that we are invited to spend more time on prayer, perhaps find a good book or attend Advent talks in your local parish. We are also invited to think less about ourselves and more about others. With that in mind, this year at Savio, we have adopted four charities.

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Rahim was part of a group of Year 10 RE students from St John Bosco College, Battersea, who visited a synagogue recently, and saw preparations for Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Shelters, including the building of a sukkah, representing the huts farmers stayed in as they worked on the harvest.

Our trip to the synagogue in Wimbledon, last month, was very interesting. We started the session by discussing what we knew about Judaism. Questions were thrown open to both the Jewish students and ourselves which helped to get us thinking as soon as we got there.


We then got to make bread together which was a new experience for me since it was the first time I had ever baked anything. It tasted really good and we got to choose the kind of seeds that we could top our challah bread with.

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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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