Helping others and supporting those in need is an integral part of Catholic Life at St. John Bosco.
We endeavour to empower children to want to make a positive contribution to the community inspired by the example of Jesus Christ. This is achieved by helping and serving others, charitable activities and being a valuable part of the community.
Throughout the year, we hold various fundraising events to help those in need. Sometimes these are participating in national events and other times we fundraise for local charities based on the needs of our community. Every year, we support Children in Need and Comic Relief. The pupil leadership team meet to decide upon what they want to do in order to fundraise for these charities. Previous examples have included mad hair or hat day, pyjama day, film day, wear yellow day to name just a few.
During the season of Lent, we work hard to achieve the three things that we are encouraged to do: pray, fast and give alms. Raising money for others is part of our way of giving alms. We always support the work of both CAFOD and Father Hudson’s during this time. Examples of fundraising that we have done are ‘Walking against hunger’, holding various sponsored events and organising a penny trail.
Brushstrokes is a local charity that supports and serves the whole community, particularly asylum seekers, refugees and newcomers, with kindness and respect, to affirm the rights and dignities of vulnerable people across Sandwell, West Birmingham and the Black Country. Brushstrokes now welcomes people from over 100 countries. At St John Bosco, we support their work by holding regular events in school. We have an annual toy appeal, collect new or nearly new baby clothes and accessories, collect food at harvest time and raise money at different times throughout the year.
To find out more information about Brushstrokes then please visit the Brushstrokes website
Our Liturgy Leaders meet regularly. Part of their remit is to focus on Catholic Life and ensure that we are supporting both the local community and fundraising for national and international causes. They help to decide which charities we will support and what events, etc will be organised in order to raise funds. They do a fantastic job.
Lent ‘Walk Against Hunger’
Bosco will help stamp out hunger, one stomp at a time! As a school, we always endeavour to raise awareness of people less fortunate than ourselves. The children have been informed about the hunger struggles that adults and children endure around the world.
Throughout Lent, to show our support, our school are taking on the 2022 ‘Walk Against Hunger’ challenge and collecting donations. All children will be given the opportunity throughout the school day to walk laps around the playground, reflect on their blessings and make a change to someone else’s life.