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St John Bosco School pupils have been nominated for a Best of Wearside Award.
St John Bosco School pupils have been nominated for a Best of Wearside Award.

A Sunderland school which has supported a nun’s mission to help those in need has been recognised for its efforts with an nomination in this year’s Best of Wearside Awards.

St John Bosco School has been put forward for the Community Champion accolade in the Echo’s annual awards.

St John Bosco School pupils with the Christmas gifts they have donated.

St John Bosco School pupils with the Christmas gifts they have donated.

The school, in Bradford Avenue, was nominated by Sister Scholastica for helping her down the years.

Sister Scholastica founded The Stella Maris Centre - in the name of the Apostleship of the Sea - a Catholic charity aiming to provide practical and pastoral support to seafarers of all faiths.
She runs the drop-in facility which is owned by Sunderland City Council and the Port of Sunderland, where it is based.

The school has been supporting Sister Scholastica’s work since 2010.

On the nomination, Sister Scholastica said the school was one of many groups and organisations that has helped her over the years, and thanked them all.

She said: “They, for me, represent the Sunderland citizens, Sunderland Port Community, Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish,the Blue Watch, and the many organizations who have made Sunderland Seamen’s mission a success story.

“The school involvement has been over many years, starting first by supporting me with the homeless project called Streetcare.

“When the school discovered I had taken on the hard task of setting up a Mission for Seamen within Sunderland port they offered their encouragement and dedicated support.

“Staff, children, their parents, and the parish have been involved in getting the funding to buy the most needed items for the seamen.

“They have been an inspiration, and motivation in my life.”

Sister Scholastica said staff at the school also donated £200 towards helping seamen at the Port over Christmas stay in contact with their families via internet.

In 2016 and 2017 the children also visited the Stella Maris Centre at Christmas time and brought gifts for those less fortunate.

The school’s head teacher, Lianne Peart, said: “The children of St John Bosco RC Primary School have supported Sister Scholastica in her mission since 2010 through fundraising and in doing so strengthening links between our school, the parish and the local community.

“The children enjoy working alongside Sister Scholastica, sharing in her desire to help those in need.

“Working alongside such a role model has inspired the school council to organise lots of other fundraising events including odd socks day, Children in Need and the Macmillan Coffee Morning.
“They also presented Christmas gifts to Wearside Women in Need in December.

“St John Bosco School community is genuinely overwhelmed at the recognition of their hard work through this nomination.”

This year’s Best of Wearside Awards has backing from headline sponsor BGL Group, partner sponsor Gentoo and category sponsors Stagecoach and Calsonic Kansei.

We thank them all for getting on board, and now comes your turn to get involved.

Send your name, address and telephone number, as well as your email address, if applicable.

Remember to include the category you are putting your nominated cause into.

Also, send the name of the person you wish to nominate, along with their address, telephone number and email (if known).

Send all of that to Lynn Wild before March 1.

You can nominate in any one of three ways:

n Email those entries to lynn.wild@jpimedia.co.uk.

n Send them to Lynn Wild, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland. DH4 5RA.

n Visit the website at www.bestofwearside.co.uk.

CATEGORIES

l Local Hero

l Green Champion

l Student of the Year

l Fundraiser of the Year

l Volunteer of the Year

l Sporting Achievement

l Community Group

l Community Champion

l Child of Achievement

l Child of Courage