At the present time there are five secondary schools in England in which the Salesians of Don Bosco are actively involved – Salesian College, Battersea; Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton; Savio Salesian College, Bootle; Salesian School, Chertsey; Salesian College, Farnborough; – and one secondary school in which the Salesian Sisters are actively involved – St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth, Liverpool.
There are also a good number of parish primary schools in England and Scotland where Salesians and Salesian Sisters are very much involved as teachers, chaplains and governors.
As the number of SDBs and FMAs actively involved in our schools continues to fall, new ways are being sought to ensure that our unique way of Salesian education is passed on to all those who work with us in our schools. Over the last few years an annual conference has been held – usually in the autumn term – during which different groups of teachers working in our schools have reflected on various aspects of the Salesian educational charism.
The theme of this year’s one day conference was ‘educating young people to social justice’ and over 120 teachers from our different schools attended. Other initiatives have included short visits for different groups of teachers and governors to Turin and the other places around the city closely associated with Don Bosco’s life and ministry.
Most Recent Schools Stories
Children from the Salesian parish of St James, Bootle, accompanied by the head teacher of All Saints RC School, Angela Holleran, teachers, Lynn Carsley and Catherine Eccleshall, together with their parish priest, Gerry O’Shaughnessy sdb were special guests of the Royal and Commonwealth Society at a special service of worship in the historic Westminster Abbey to celebrate the Commonwealth. (more…)
On a rainy Friday morning in January, 14 boys set off at 07:30 from Salesian School Chertsey accompanied by Dr Lydon and Mr Bicknell to play two games against Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton and Savio Salesian College Bootle. (more…)
The working motif for the weekend was ‘a journey to, in and from the desert’, as in the desert, our questions may not have answers, but it is a place where we can search and explore our questions. (more…)
This is an interesting article by Brother Matt, a young Salesian Brother from Poland taken from Don Bosco Today (Summer 2010). Last year he completed a year’s work experience as a teaching assistant in a Salesian School in England
A car, a mobile, money and a girlfriend – that makes you a man nowadays. That’s the way some lads think. So many of those they consider heroes behave like children. They seem to lack responsibility, they indulge in foolish and dangerous behaviour, they use people; for them what they have is more important than who they are. So it was inevitable that at first the young people regarded me as an alien rather than a normal person. I tried to show them, to teach them that being a man means to love and be ready to protect what you love, to give your life for it. It means not to fear even when everything and everyone is against you. Do not be afraid. They were the gospel words that sustained me during my stay in England. Being a man means to work hard, to be the head, be in charge – first of all in charge of your own life. Not to give the steering wheel to mass-media, mates, alcohol, drugs or your X-Box. That’s what I was trying to show them. Maybe one year is not enough but I hope they’ve seen that I’m happy, in charge of my life, even if I don’t have my own car, money or a girlfriend. For me, being a man means to be a good Salesian – a father, brother and friend. (more…)