Welcome to the St. John Bosco Catholic Elementary School community. St. John Bosco School maintains high standards of academics and discipline. We have high expectations of our students and we provide them with the tools necessary to experience success on spiritual, academic and social levels. As always, our intention is to foster and develop a close working relationship with our parents and the greater community. Research indicates that parents who are involved in their child’s academic life contribute greatly to their child’s progress in school. As such, we encourage parents to be involved with their child’s education. Involvement in your child’s school life can happen in a number of ways; through volunteering in daily or special event activities such as, one to one reading with children, fieldtrip assistance, or involvement with the school council.
Our motto, “Celebrating God and Youth” speaks to our school’s philosophy. Our liturgical celebrations, living our core values and our dedicated staff are just a few of the many ways in which we ensure that your children are surrounded with an environment that is focused on learning and respect for one another. Our school logo depicts what we believe in. Firstly, the cross reflects our Catholic faith and our Christ-centeredness, which celebrates Christ as our model. Secondly, the people comprised of a priest, students, parent, and teacher illustrates our belief in celebrating and embracing diversity as well as valuing multiple perspectives, as we believe that it makes us stronger as a whole community.
This year our theme, “Walking Together in the Light of Christ” is inspired by scripture from Matthew 5:16. “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works …”. This theme of light speaks to the importance of growing in our understanding of our faith and is highlighted and captured through illustrator, David Catrow’s wonderful array of whimsical images.
Our featured book to celebrate this theme is, When God Made Light, by author Matthew Paul Turner has an illuminating message affirming all readers, about God's design. The message of a God-made light that cuts through darkness to bring vision and hope to all young readers is a powerful one and leaves both young and old inspired to continue one’s own personal journey of faith as well as encourages one to share their inner light. This light radiates, chasing away the shadows, providing the wonder and fun of stargazing or firefly chasing. Most important, this light appears in each child–an inner God-given spark that grows and will be used to change the world. The reader experiences a life-affirming exploration of the common grace of creation and appreciation of the miraculous in every day.
Light appears in each child – an inner God-given spark that grows and will be used to change the world. The light which Jesus speaks of in the Gospel is the light of faith, God’s free gift, which enlightens the heart and clarifies the mind. To spread the light of Christ to others, it is first necessary for us to be guided ourselves by His light. We must be illumined by the sun (the Son) if we are to give light like the moon. We are not able to spread to others the light of Christ unless we are first illumined ourselves by His light, by His life and teachings. We must be resolved to live in the light of faith. This includes a regular discipline of daily prayer. In prayer and in the Eucharist, Jesus enlightens us with His wisdom, truth, and love. Jesus is not just some external light, but a light within us, the light who gives meaning and purpose to our lives. We need His light. We need His salvation so as to not be overcome by the darkness. Throughout the book the author shares the importance of being light for others by continuously growing in one’s faith.
Through this scripture, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works …”, we are all invited and encouraged to go out and make a difference by sharing our light with everyone and everything - spreading the Good News! Our selected book to touch on the theme of light further affirms that shadows are no match for God’s light and celebrates the astonishing beauty of God’s light radiating throughout the universe; shining brightly from within. Ask yourself daily, “How am I letting my light shine?” “How can I honour the light within others?”
Ms. A. Esposito-Brady Ms. M. Noppers
Principal Asst. Principal