St John Bosco Catholic Primary School

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First Holy Communion 2023


I think you will agree, everybody looked fabulous!

Summer Reading Challenge

During the summer holidays there is a chance for our children to earn 10 credits during the Summer Reading Challenge.  

If your child wishes to take part, they need to register at the library, making sure they register our school.

Active Sefton


Here are the details of the Park Nights programme for this summer, which is running for 8 weeks from Monday 11th July – Friday 2nd September.


These sessions are free to attend and a great way for young people to come to the parks and take part in a range of activities.

Christmas 2021

Our winners for naming Santa and the Snowman.  Well done Joel and Alex!

Children's University Winter Newsletter

Active Sefton

Please find attached our activities for the October half term.

Dear Parents and Carers

Last week I had a meeting with the Head of PE at Maricourt Catholic High School to consider offering something different than simply football during half term holiday and possibly during the summer holidays.

I am pleased to be able to let you know that we are able to offer you the following multi sports and dance camp on Tuesday 1st June - Friday 4th June. Please see the attached flyer. Can I remind you that you will be able to book from Friday 14th May at 7.00am. If you require any further information please email

Kind regards

Mr D MacAreavy - Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers

I have attached a letter regarding our virtual drop in clinic for Friday 29th January.


If you need to contact me my working hours are Tuesday to Friday 8-4.


Yours sincerely


R Swanson

School Nurse


Coronavirus: How to keep children healthy, happy, learning and entertained at home


Dear Parents/Guardians,
Here is your free e-copy of Family First magazine, packed full of information to help keep children happy, learning & entertained at home during lockdown- We hope it helps in some way.

Dear Parents and Carers

On Monday the ballots for the Parent Governor Selection were sent out, some children were not in school and then unfortunately we went into lockdown. To ensure that you receive a copy of the Ballot I have attached the ballot for you to return to school as soon as possible. You can either email me back your choice or there is a ballot box in the reception area by the office for you to drop off. As we have been delayed by Covid again I have extended the end return date until 30th January at 12.00pm to ensure everyone has enough time to return.

Kind regards



Dear Parents and Carers

Following the broadcast earlier this evening (4 January 2021) all schools have been instructed to close until at least the February half term.  We shall be open for vulnerable children and key workers from Wednesday, but I must make it clear that school will be closed to all children in all year groups tomorrow in order for us to organise school staff and plan our remote learning for your children.  I do hope that you understand the need for us to have just one day where we can plan how school will move forward and support your children.  All primary schools need to seek clarification as to what constitutes Key Workers as it may be a requirement this time around that both parents must be key workers.  I shall communicate with you as soon as we have put our plans in place, which will be sometime tomorrow.  If you are in a position to look after your child at home whether they may be considered vulnerable or in a key worker category this will clearly help us as we move forward together. 

I shall continue to be available daily from 7.00am onwards if you need to speak to me or feel that I may be able to help you in any way. 

We worked together so well as a school community and I know that our children benefited greatly from this collaboration throughout the autumn term and see no reason why this should not be the case until we are able to resume a normal timetable. 

I shall continue to keep you informed of any developments in much the same way as we have done throughout this unique and difficult school year.

Yours sincerely

Mr D MacAreavy - Headteacher

Children from Year 6 have taken our school's food donations to the Sefton Central Food Bank, where they will be distributed to the food banks located around Sefton.

Thank you for your Christmas Shoeboxes.  This appeal ensures that vulnerable children know someone cares and can have a huge impact.

Our winners for this year 2020 have named our Father Christmas, St Nicholas and our Snowman, Bobby. 

Well done to Annie and Archie.

Dear Parents and Carers

I met with the Headteacher of Green Park School as we still have concerns about a minority of parents who park in a dangerous and inappropriate manner. The two main causes of concern are parking cars too far onto pavements where parents with prams cannot pass safely and are forced to go on to the road. The other problem area is parking on blind bends and areas that are clearly marked with bright yellow zigzags and double yellow lines. I have checked with my highway code and I am confident that these road markings mean vehicles must never park here. If I am incorrect please let me know. A letter has been attached from both Headteachers in conjunction with Mr John Toker Senior Highways and Safety Officer for Sefton Local Authority. I am aware that the majority of you support the contents and thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mr MacAreavy - Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers

Although this letter has been sent to thank teachers it echoed my thoughts in thanking you for your continued support as we try our best to keep our children's school accessible to all.

Yours sincerely

Mr D MacAreavy - Headteacher

Covid Guidance

In light of the Black Lives Matter movement, it is so important to embrace and celebrate diversity.  Literature is an amazing way to do this.  The QR Codes below link to picture books (being read on YouTube) which feature black characters in the forefront of the stories, boys, girls and some famous figures.  Why not scan one of the codes and listen with your children.

Questionnaire – Regarding Proposed Phased Return to School

Contact Form

Please find below a couple of Children's University challenges that have been released.

The Photography School Activity is courtesy of Open Eye Gallery, a photography gallery in Liverpool.  Students can receive a credit for completing each challenge by sending there evidence to – please send your evidence to Laura and not the Gallery to receive your credits!

The children have been busy this afternoon tidying up the garden area.  Well done!

World Book Day, 5th March 2020

To celebrate World Book Day the teachers have all dressed up as crayons from one of their favourite books

'The Day the Crayons Quit'.

Our winners for naming Father Christmas and the Snowman 2019.

Our 'Bosco's Got Talent' winners.  Well done to all that took part.  The standard this year was fantastic and we were all amazed at the talent we have in our school.

The infants enjoying the Christmas disco organised by the Friends of St John Bosco.

What a fantastic way to end this term's Choir sessions. The children have tried extremely hard and have taken part in numerous activities. The Choir have enjoyed their visits to the Cathedral, churches and Beechcroft.

We have collected boxes of goodies for a good cause for children in deprived areas around the world to enable them to enjoy Christmas. Year 6 took great pleasure helping to load the shoe boxes on to the vehicle, which will then be transported to various destinations.  A big thank to everyone.  We had a great response from the children and their families.  Operation Christmas Child shows God's love in a tangible way to children around the world.  

Naming Father Christmas and the Snowman winners - 2018.

Our Bosco's Got Talent winners 2018.

Our amazing infant children performed 'Hosanna Rock,' an uplifting retelling of the story of the nativity, interspersed with catchy songs.  Our narrators guided our audience through the key moments of the tale.  We were extremely proud of all the children and would like to thank all our families for attending.

The Christmas story is so important to us as a christian family.  To make sure that we keep our focus on Jesus, we celebrated the Nativity.  A huge thank you to all the parents, families and governors who attended our junior 'Carols by Candlelight' last night.  All of the children were fantastic. 

A special thank you to Father Grant for allowing us to use St Gregory's Church.


Our children have filled their shoe boxes with lots of gifts in the hope of changing children's lives all over the world.  Operation Christmas Child shows God's love in a tangible way to children around the world.  

Remembrance Day marks the day World War I ended at 11 am on the 11th month in 1918.  We held a one minute silence to remember the people who had died in the war.


On Sunday 27th May 2018 a Mass of Thanksgiving was held to recognise 40 years of St John Bosco School, 50 years of St Gregory's School, 60 years of St Gregory's Church and to also celebrate the establishment of the Parish of St Catherine of Alexandria.  Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon, Archbishop of Liverpool presided the Mass which was followed by a wonderful garden party organised by Father Grant.

What a fantastic celebration!

Congratulations to our Years 3 and 4 gymnastic teams for competing in the Sefton Gymnastics Tournament.

Corpus Christi Procession

Our Lady's Church, Lydiate

Sunday, 18th June 2017 at 3.00 pm

Friday, 3rd March 2017

MP Bill Esterson and Councillor Rob Owen visited the school to meet the children and look at their work.  They enjoyed a morning talking to children and were most impressed with their behaviour and standard of work.


The total of our fundraising activities that we completed before Christmas was an amazing £1,836.50.  The money has been sent to CAFOD and the gifts ordered are now on their way.  Your generosity has been outstanding again.  Many thanks.





St John Bosco Choir went to the MEN Arena in Manchester to join 8,400 children in the Young Voices Concert.  They had an amazing time singing and dancing.

We have collected boxes of goodies for a good cause for children in deprived areas around the world to enable them to enjoy Christmas. Year 6 took great pleasure helping to load the shoe boxes on to the vehicle, which will then be transported to various destinations.  A big thank to everyone.  We had a great response from the children and their families.

Girls Football Team attend the Active Soccer Tournament

Two teams of girls played football with Active Soccer on Friday, 11th November 2016.  They played brilliantly and one team ended up winning and the other team ended up runners up in their leagues.  This meant they had to play each other in the semi-finals (5:4).  We lost in the final to Melling.  A huge well done to all the girls and a reminder for the girls who were not picked this time, you will be chosen for the next tournament after Christmas.

Boys Football Team

The boys football team played their 4th game of the season last Thursday, away against Northway Primary. The weather was a little rough but we battled through and the team were extremely supportive of each other.  I was delighted with their effort.  All the team played well, with an amazing on the line save from Jack.  We eventually went on to win 6:0 with Sam scoring a double hat-trick. The team are still sitting pretty at the top of the league with 3 wins and a draw.


Free rail travel to Children's University destinations (for credits) for 2 Adults and 3 children on Sunday, 23rd October 2016.  Please visit the webpage and book your tickets by Thursday, 20th October 2016.

Roald Dahl Week

12-16 September 2016

Dress up as any Roald Dahl character on Friday, 16th September 2016.

Year 2 and Year 6 went to Edge Hill University for their Graduation Ceremony.  They all had a lovely morning.  The children received their certificates and then threw their caps in the air which they really enjoyed.


MRANG is a charity in Liverpool who help refugee women, particularly those who are pregnant or with young children, by providing them with essential items such as nappies, baby clothes, baby creams, baby wipes and any other things that are needed to care for young children and babies.  

As part of the Year of Mercy our school decided to get involved by collecting the items that they need.  We have been amazed by the response and the amount of items that have been sent into school.

We wish to thank all our parents for their generosity and for supporting such a worthy cause. 


On Sunday, 8th May Our Lady's church held a May Procession in honour of Our Lady which was led by Father Tom.  The ladies from the parish carried the Statue of Mary and Maisie from Year 4 was given the honour of crowning her.  It was lovely to see our school so well represented by governors, teachers, children and parents at this celebration.


First Holy Communion is a wonderful moment in the lives of our Year 4 children and represents a sign of growth in the knowledge and love of God.  All the children enjoyed celebrating with their families and friends and were a credit to them and our school.

Our staff took part on Bobby Blue Day and wore blue to support the 'Slow Down for Bobby' Charity.

Sefton Children's University Spring Newsletter

On 1st March 2016 our singing club had the amazing opportunity to perform with 7,957 children at the MEN Arena.  This was a memorable experience for both pupils and parents and we hope to attend again next year.

The boys Year 3/Year 4 football team played three close matches against St Andrews, Green Park and St Thomas' Primary Schools to reach the semi-finals.  Everyone on the team worked really hard and were a credit to the school. The final score was 4-0 to Valewood.  Well done boys!  

Boys Football Team attend the Premier League Schools Tournament

The boys Year 5/Year 6 football team were invited to the LFC Foundation Premier League Schools Tournament 2015/2016.  The team played five matches in their league and managed to achieve third place.  The team put on a brilliant display and were fantastic representatives of the school.


During Lent our school is raising money for the Good Shepherd by making and selling cakes and arranging different activities.

             Boys Football Team Miss Out in Final of Edmund Rice Cup

The boys football team in year 5 and 6 were invited to the annual tournament held at St Mary's Playing Fields in Little Crosby on Friday 26th February. The team played four matches in their league and were undefeated but were unable to turn a lot of possession into goals. The boys ended up making the semi-finals and finally found their shooting boots, winning 3.0. The final was a very close match and we did have our chances with one amazing attack cleared off the line. With 30 seconds to extra time Valewood managed to slip the ball through to one of their strikers who scored. The boys had a great day out and their effort was most impressive. We hope to be able to play more regularly now that the rain seems to have stopped.


Mighty Red visits School

Mighty Red the mascot for Liverpool F C paid a visit to all our classes today, Friday 5th February. Mighty wanted to see how our reading was getting on and we are pleased to say that Mighty Red was indeed mighty pleased with the standard of our reading. Well done everyone and keep up your reading in school and at home.


Mighty Red Visits School 

Today we received a visit fro the Liverpool F C mascot "Mighty Red." Mighty Red went to all the classes to see how our children are getting on with their reading. Mighty was very impressed and encouraged all the boys and girls to read as much as they can. Mighty visited our school on Friday 5th February. Have you read a good book since then? Keep reading, Mighty Red may come back and see how you are getting on.


Grand National Team Come to School.

The year 5 and year 6 children enjoyed a real treat on Monday 1st February when we welcomed a team from Aintree Race Course. This was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the most famous race in the world.  We also had the chance to talk to two of the most famous female jockeys in the world. Can you recognise them? If not Google the Grand National and find out and tell your teacher.


Girls Football Team Enjoy Fantastic Afternoon in Formby

Well done to our year 5 and year 6 girls who took part in the Southport and Formby Football tournament on Friday. They played nine matches and played really well eventually finishing in 4th place. A real bonus was the fact that the girls beat Churchtown Primary who went on to win the tournament. They all played extremely well and they were the best behaved team. I was so proud of the team and have entered them into the next spring event.


Kingswood 2016

The weather is really good and all the children are having a great time.



Christmas Competition 2015


Here are our winners of our Christmas competition to name Father Christmas

and the Snowman.  Their new names are Jingles and Snowflake.

Well done to both of you!




Mrs Watson's Retirement.

We said goodbye to Mrs Watson today.  Each class made a special 'Happy Retirement' card for her.

Thank you very much for your 22 years of service.  The children and staff will miss you.



Bosco Bone Idol 2015

Yet again, we have been witness to some amazing talent this year.   During our 'Bosco Bone Idol' talent competition, our junior children demonstrated how gifted, creative and imaginative they are.  We watched a variety of brilliant acts and were so proud of everyone for participating and having the courage to get up on the stage and perform in front of the whole school.  

Well done everybody!




The whole school collected food for the less fortunate and delivered half to Shoreline Foodbank in Southport.The children then went to The Royal Bank of Scotland in Maghull where they made a unique deposit which will help those families in our local community. They even entertained bank customers with a few carols. Fantastic!  

They were very grateful for our donations.




We all enjoyed a very delicious Christmas dinner today and sang Christmas songs.



Children from Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 demonstrated their musical talents on Monday evening during our musical celebration.


Our Hi Five Netball Squad went to St Andrews Primary School last night and played two superb games of Hi Five Netball.  Our squad never gave up and both games were fantastic to watch.  The final whistles blew on a most encouraging performance from all players. Well done to all.

Feast of St John Bosco

St John Bosco - A great lover of children who dedicated his life to the service of abandoned young people.
St John Bosco - A great lover of children who dedicated his life to the service of abandoned young people.


Father Gerry was invited into our school to help us celebrate the

200th Anniversary of St John Bosco.


Kingswood 2015

All the children are enjoying themselves and are eating well.


Bosco Bone Idol 2014

Yet again, we have been witness to some amazing talent this year.   During our 'Bosco Bone Idol' talent competition, our junior children demonstrated how gifted, creative and imaginative they are.  We watched a variety of brilliant acts and were so proud of everyone for participating and having the courage to get up on the stage and perform in front of the whole school.  

Well done everybody!





Christmas Competition


Here are our winners of our Christmas competition to name Father Christmas

and the Snowman.

Well done to both of you!



Happy Halloween at Southport Pleasureland


A Children's University opportunity to take part in a craft activity will be available for all children for which they will gain a CU credit if they choose to take part in the crafts.


This event is open to all students.  Tickets can be booked online with proceeds going to Radio City Cash for Kids and Merseyrail's charity of the year Clatterbridge. 


Tickets can be booked using the link below or by phone (0844 8000 508)

for a visit between 25th October - 2nd November 2014.

CU promo code HHSCHOOLS will allow students and families to purchase discounted tickets at just £10.00 pp (current cost £20.00)


Tickets include:

The Twitchy Witch Theatre performance

UV puppet haunted house

Magic mirrors

Pumpkin Gardens

Spooky characters

Trick or Treat Street

Spooky Street Theatre and more

& unlimited rides ALL day.