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Thornleigh Salesian College
Sharples Park
Bolton, BL1 6PQ

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Br Robert Sierota

Brother Robert Sierota



Liturgy Support:

Helen Birtley – Subject Leader of Music 
Tonino Passarello – Subject Leader of RE 
Sasha Eccles – Subject Teacher of PE & Dance

“Young people must not only be loved; but they must know they are loved. He who knows he is loved and he who loves obtains everything, especially from the young.” – St John Bosco

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8 

Chaplaincy is an important part of the life at Thornleigh Salesian College. The aim of the Chaplaincy is to provide a safe space which is welcoming for all students within our school. The Chaplaincy team provides support to staff and students alike and aims to help them in anyway they can.

The Chaplaincy team is at the heart of the school’s catholic Salesian ethos, this involves organising student retreats for all year groups and working alongside the Religious Education Department to assist in the delivery of these sessions throughout the year. The Chaplaincy team also provides morning reflections for all year groups daily, they are also heavily involved with whole school events such as Mission Week and services at Easter and Christmas.

The school Chaplaincy provides Mass every Wednesday lunchtime for staff and students and also offer a ‘chill out space’ at break and lunchtimes. The Chaplaincy team are always on hand should a student need a little bit of extra support or encouragement.

The Chaplaincy is open to all and accepts every young person just as they are.

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Year 7 Day Retreat

Over the autumn term the Chaplaincy team, with support from Form Tutors, have been gallivanting off to St Joseph’s Parish in Halliwell. The Year 7 day retreats have been fun filled learning days, which have given us all the opportunity to stop and reflect on what it means to be in a ‘Salesian’ school.

Students in Year 7 have had the opportunity to participate in team games, when they can learn to work together more effectively, even if this might include turning a magic carpet over, protecting an egg from breaking or saving a turkey from toxic waste. These are a few things that happen in the life of a Year 7 student on retreat.

Thornleigh Salesian College students also appreciated and understood what it means to be a part of the Salesian Family as we took a whistle stop tour around our province seeing some of the Salesian groups. The students even worked out what the SDB on our school badge stands for.

The third part of our day involved us finding jigsaw pieces hidden around the room. Once we made our jigsaws we had to come up with a drama, mime and dance to depict what we had in front of us. Some real shining stars were produced.

The day ended with our Salesian good night, and a little thought for us to take away at the end of the day.

Over the course of the last few months, each Year 7 pupil has had the opportunity to take part in these activities. These days are fundamental to what we believe is our Catholic, Salesian identity and we hope the young people learnt a lot from the day retreats.

“It is safe to say Thornleigh Salesian College students definitely enjoyed their educational retreat.”


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