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Special Event - St John Bosco Day

31 January 2011

Pupils and staff celebrated the feast of our patron Saint St John Bosco on the last day of January.

St John Bosco was born in Italy in 1815 and after becoming a priest dedicated his life to helping poor and destitute children. He died in 1888 and was made a saint in 1934.

Our school was built in 1962 and as part of the day's celebrations the children all enjoyed researching and finding out about their patron saint in RE lessons through assemblies and the internet.

The special day began with a special Mass celebrated by the school's chairman of governors and longest serving priest in the diocese Fr Tim Burke. The children and staff participated actively through readings and hymns. In his homily Fr Burke spoke of the special love and care shown by all members of the school community, which mirror the actions of St John Bosco.

School uniforms were left at home for the day. Instead, pupils and staff paid a donation to St John Bosco's partner school in Gambia. This donation will be delivered in person by our Headteacher, Mr Masterson, in February half term, when he visits for the second time. Normal lessons were also put on hold, and classes did art, ICT and watched DVDs to celebrate the special day.

Everyone has agreed this was a fitting tribute to our patron saint, and the celebrations will be even bigger next year when the school celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Also see: Presentation from our Mass (pdf)