- Head of House: Mr A Davies
- Assistant Head of House: Mr K Wardell
Our House Motto
Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard.
Our motto sums up neatly all the elements that made John Bosco the person he was. If we can follow this simple message, your time at St Bede’s will be fruitful and enjoyable.
You will be expected to work hard. We will try not to overburden you, and staff will always do their best to help you if you are struggling. But the only way to achieve success and to fulfil your potential is hard work, in every lesson and in every piece of work.
We want you to enjoy your time out of the classroom, so make the most of the amazing range of co-curricular activities open to you; whether that is the traditional sports of Football, Rugby, Netball and Hockey, or more obscure activities such as Chess, Golf, Skiing or even Cryptic Crosswords. If you have a suggestion for a club or activity, let us know!
Finally, and most importantly, we ask you to pray. You will pray every morning in form time, and at the end of every school day. St Bede’s is a Catholic community and we remember that behind everything we do is our faith. Mass is celebrated in the Chapel most mornings at 8.45am and we will have House Masses through the year.
St John Bosco
Don Bosco was born in a village called ‘Becchi’ in 1815. When he was only two years of age he lost his father and was brought up by his mother, Margaret. As a young boy he had a very powerful dream where a Man and a Lady, both of great majesty, instructed him to prepare himself for a great battle. The battle appeared to be on behalf of a multitude of poor, unruly and ne-glected children. He was told in this dream that he had the traits and skills to conquer the unruliness of these children, and make them his friends. In order to relate to them he needed to develop certain skills. He learned that by combining entertainment with teaching and praying he could achieve positive results. Enter-tained by his magical balancing act, the young people would gladly listen to a lesson or pray with John
“Without confidence and love, there can be no true education.”
O God, Who didst raise up Saint John, Thy Confessor, to be the father and the teacher of the youth, and Who by him, with the help of the Virgin Mary, did promote new families in your Church: grant, we beseech you, that in-flamed by the same fire of love, we may win souls and serve you alone. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.
Dear Lord, you gave St John Bosco a dream of working with the young in a spirit of loving kindness. Help us in our work today to be guided by that same spirit of kindness to others. Help us to be aware of our own dreams and ambitons and give us the strength to realise your will for our lives. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Dear Lord St John Bosco said “Remember, God does not pay us for results, but for effort.” We ask that you would help us today to try our very best at all that we do. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen
To the pupils “Another means to acquire knowledge is never to lose a moment of time. Time, my dear sons, is precious. Devote to your studies all the time you are assigned for them.”
St. John Bosco, father and teacher of youth, you have laboured so much for the salvation of souls. Be our guide in seeking the good of our souls and the salvation of our neighbour. Help us to conquer our passions and human respect. Teach us to love Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, Mary Help of Christians, And our Holy Father the Pope. Obtain for us from God the grace of a happy death, so that we many all join you in heaven. Amen.
To the teachers “The teacher who is seen only in the classroom and nowhere else, is a teacher and nothing more; but let him go with his boys to recreation and he becomes a brother.”