Bosco – Confident/Resilient
Saint John Bosco was an Italian priest who focused his efforts on making sure that those young people from poor backgrounds received a good education. The work that Marcus Rashford has done for disadvantaged children whose families struggle to buy food could be seen as a modern day example.
He would enthuse and motivate those from poorer backgrounds by teaching them new trade skills so that when they left school they could get a good job and support their families.
Just like Rashford, not everyone was supportive as they thought that young people were second class citizens but Bosco was resilient against those who were against his mission. He was confident that his vision to educate and empower young people was the right thing to do.
Mr Goodenough – Head of Bosco House
It is with great pride that I have taken on the role of Head of Bosco House and I am really looking forward to seeing how our house participates and performs in the many activities and competitions on offer.
‘Confidence’ and ‘Resilience’ are the values that I want us to really take on board this year. Have the confidence to try competitions and activities that are new to you and have the resilience to keep on trying when things don’t go as well as you hoped. So that at the end of the school year you can look back with a sense of achievement at all you have done to represent our house.
Our house saint, Saint John Bosco, was committed to ensuring that when every child left school they had skills to ensure they could survive and prosper in life. I want every pupil in my house to be given and to take the opportunity to better themselves by playing an active role in representing Bosco House .
Seton – Ambitious/Independent
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was a keen reader and was known for her kindness, patience and common sense. Despite suffering great loss, both financially and personally, she believed in the importance of Catholic education and achieved her ambition to open the first Catholic school in America to bring reading to young people. The death of her husband and financial losses during the civil war left her independent and made her achievements even more incredible.
Similarly, JK Rowling, before becoming the worlds most successful author, was a single parent who really struggled financially and was almost made homeless. Knowing that she had a special talent in writing, she juggled caring for her child and writing Harry Potter in the hope it would improve their life!
Mrs L McVey- Head of Seton House
As head of Seton House I will encourage and support students in all aspects of school life.
At Seton House we are Ambitious, independent, honest, respectful, enthusiastic with a hunger to win and to be the best we can be. We gain house points by trying our best and being kind, and just as important is to ensure we do not lose any.
Carlo – Respect/Courage
Blessed Carlo Acutis was a normal teenage boy with an extraordinary faith. His hobbies were computer programming and playing on the PlayStation. All who knew him were inspired by his kindness and his service to others. He had a deep-rooted respect for everybody, which was informed by his extraordinary faith in God.
Carlo used modern media to try to spread the faith and to influence others. He also secretly helped the homeless and the poor as well as supporting anyone in school who was going through difficult times.
He had courage in the face of his illness and never let it stop him from his mission to help others through his faith and his actions.
Blessed Carlo Acutis was beatified in 2020 and is on the path to Sainthood.
“All are born as originals but many die as photocopies.”
Savio – Compassion/Honesty
Saint Dominic Savio was a hard working young boy who dedicated his time to prayer from a very young age.
In school he would always work hard and would be compassionate to those who were having problems in their families. He would also stand up to those who made life difficult for others, intervene in fights between other pupils and encourage others to be kinder in their words and actions.
He learnt not to complain about small and insignificant things and he was always honest and instructed others to be honest as he knew that God was watching.
“I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.”