Several of our pupils joined with pupils from St Matthew’s when they enjoyed a joint retreat in Castlerigg in the heart of the Lake District.
The retreat offered the Year 10 pupils the opportunity to leave behind their busy lives and enjoy the peace and beauty of the countryside whilst reflecting on their faith and what it means to them.
The retreat was part of the Manchester Catholic Education Partnership (MANCEP) programme. It gave both staff and pupils a fantastic experience and a chance to form relationships and create great memories.
“The purpose of the trip was to have fun and to have time to reflect,” explained Mrs Sarah Goodall, RE teacher at Saint Paul’s. “The theme was "Come to me all who are burdened". Pupils did lots of team building activities and looked at issues of burden throughout the world. They particularly enjoyed the barbecue we had overlooking Derwent Water, the setting was stunning.”
Mrs Goodall added: “As they prepared Mass on the Sunday, the pupils were able to reflect on their beliefs and values and these thoughts were conveyed during the service.”
“The retreat experience contains a mixture of instruction, prayer, reflection, and free time and, whilst at Castlerigg, the pupils are given an opportunity to learn about themselves, about each other and about the role that Christ can play in their lives,” said Head Teacher, Mrs Fiona Minshall.