Castlerigg in the heart of the Lake District was the retreat destination for pupils who were joined by pupils from St Matthew’s.
The retreat offered the Year 9 and 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 pupils were able to have plenty of good healthy outdoors fun whilst also having time for reflection,” explained Mrs Sarah Goodall, RE teacher at Saint Paul’s. “We all gain much spiritual nourishment from the trip. We looked at the struggle of faith through testimony and reflected on world issues including those of the fashion industry. 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.”
Head Teacher, Mrs Fiona Minshall, said: “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. The retreat experience contains an important mixture of instruction, prayer, reflection, and free time.”