St John Bosco Arts College in Croxteth has welcomed Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Superior General of the Salesian Sisters, the Congregation that founded the school more than 50 years ago.
Opened in 1965 as Mary Help of Christians High School for girls, St John Bosco is now the UK's only secondary school in which the Salesian Sisters are involved – making it an obvious choice of visit during Mother Yvonne's week-long tour of the Sisters' Great Britain province.
Headteacher Darren Gidman said: 'It was an honour to welcome Mother Yvonne to St John Bosco and to introduce her to our Salesian school community. The staff, students and special guests relished the opportunity to meet her and were left feeling inspired after her speech. It was a fantastic experience that the whole school will remember.'
Mother Yvonne – the ninth successor to the Salesian Sisters' foundress, St Mary Domenica Mazzarello – was greeted by the school's samba band before receiving a warm welcome from Mr Gidman. Together with Sister Connie Cameron, the Congregation's Provincial in this country, deputy head girl Annie Edgar and Salesian ambassador Katie Frear, the two then undertook a tour of the school.
There was also the opportunity for Mother Yvonne to speak to students during lesson time, and to deliver a speech during two special assemblies in which talented St John Bosco students took part in readings and hymns.
Mother Yvonne had begun her UK trip in Glasgow and visited each of the Sisters' communities during a week-long stay in the country. The Salesian Sisters were founded in 1872 by St John Bosco and St Mary Mazzarello.