Salesian school

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A Salesian school is an educational institution run by the Roman Catholic Salesian Congregation of Saint John Bosco (or Don Bosco), and one that uses his methods. Salesian schools are dedicated to young people in an educational and formative environment. According to promoters, a Salesian school is a home, church, playground, and school where students find a new way of life, and prepare for their future as good citizens of their country, while being faithful to their own religion.


The figure at the center of a Salesian school is Saint John Bosco or Don Bosco, who is also known as "Father, teacher, and friend of the youth." Don Bosco was a 19th-century visionary from Italy who created a system of education for boys and girls from marginalized areas of society. For Don Bosco, "Prevention" meant helping a youth before he or she gets into trouble. Don Bosco's system has three aspects: loving kindness; reason, and religion. These three aspects have been the object of studies by scholars throughout the 20th century.[citation needed]

Salesian schools strive for strict discipline and order, while avoiding any kind of physical punishment, however, in his book The Devil's Advocate - Child abuse and the men in black, author and former Salesian pupil Graham Wilmer MBE, describes the levels of violence he and other pupils suffered at the hands of Salesian priests in Salesian schools in the British Salesian Province.[1]

In Latin America, the Salesians have been a key factor in the formation of national curricula, while helping provide street children with an education.[citation needed] The Salesian school system involves the family, as the system holds that family and background are as important as a student's performance in school. Salesian schools give a lot of importance to Parents Associations and other groups where parents are invited to participate.[citation needed]

Operating in 124 countries, the Salesian system could be viewed as a kind of "globalized" education, imposing the same concepts.[citation needed] Although culture was very important to Don Bosco, he respected local and national identities. What can be considered global is the system itself with Don Bosco at its center, however, every Salesian school keeps its own cultural identity. For these reasons, Salesian schools have been welcomed in 124 countries, even in non-Christian nations.[citation needed]

List of Salesian schools[edit]

Name City Territory Country
Nagle College Bairnsdale Victoria Australia
Salesian College (Brooklyn Park) Adelaide South Australia Australia
Salesian College (Rupertswood) Rupertswood Victoria Australia
Salesian College (Chadstone) Chadstone Victoria Australia
Salesiano Valparaíso Valparaíso Valparaíso Chile
Instituto Salesiano Macau São Lourenço Macau
Salesian English School Hong Kong Shau Kei Wan Hong Kong
Salesian Technical School Tainan Tainan East District Republic of China
Auxilium ISC School, Kottiyam Kollam District Kerala India
Salesian College Sonata West Bengal India
Salesian College Celbridge County Kildare Republic of Ireland
Salesian Polytechnic Tama New Town Tokyo Japan
Salesian High School (South Korea) Gwangju Jeolla-do South Korea
Salesian High School Eswatini Manzini Swaziland
Salesian School, Chertsey Chertsey Surrey United Kingdom
Salesian College, Farnborough Farnborough Hampshire United Kingdom
Salesian College, Battersea Battersea Greater London United Kingdom
Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton Greater Manchester United Kingdom
Savio Salesian College Bootle Merseyside United Kingdom
Salesian College Preparatory Richmond California United States
Salesian High School Los Angeles California United States
Archbishop Shaw High School Marrero Louisiana United States
Salesian High School (New Rochelle) New Rochelle New York United States
Salesianum School Wilmington Delaware United States
Mary Help of Christians Academy North Haledon New Jersey United States
Xavier College Gawler Belt South Australia Australia
Colégio Salesiano São Gonçalo[2] Cuiabá Mato Grosso Brazil
Colégio Salesiano Santo Antônio[3] Cuiabá Mato Grosso Brazil


  1. ^ "Secrets and lies".
  2. ^ "Colégio Salesiano São Gonçalo | Missão Salesiana de Mato Grosso".
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