Don Bosco (St. John Bosco)
Sacred Heart of Jesus High School was founded on the educational philosophy of St. John Bosco, founder of the Catholic Salesian order. Although Don Bosco lived in the nineteenth century, his ideas were far ahead of their time, and his educational method is exceedingly relevant for today's youth. There is an ecumenical spirit at Sacred Heart which respects the Catholic faith traditions in the classroom, and welcomes students from other Christian faiths.
ABOUT ST. JOHN BOSCO (Don Bosco)
Don Bosco was one of the greatest educators of his time. His educational system is described as the ‘preventive system’ and is an approach built on love and respect. The goal, in his own words, was for learners "to obey not from fear or compulsion, but from persuasion. In this system all force must be excluded, and in its place charity must be the mainspring of action".
Don Bosco taught that educators should act as loving, caring parents to their students, and should create a family atmosphere where trust, concern and a sense of shared responsibility thrive. He firmly believed, as do we at Sacred Heart, that when young people are treated with love and kindness, they will be more open to learning.
Don Bosco saw his students as human beings created by God with the capability of knowing the difference between right and wrong. When teachers use reason to encourage their students on a path of goodness, they can strive to prevent misconduct.
Bosco recognized that young people are persons with souls, possessing an inherent need for community and relationship—not only with each other but with God.
At Sacred Heart, Christian spirituality in the Catholic tradition is firmly embedded in our mission and history. The spirit of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesian order, is instilled in the daily life of our school through curricular and extra-curricular activities as well as liturgies and special programs, including:
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