In the academic year 2021/22 we launched our brand-new retreat program, with Y7s spending a week at Castlerigg Manor, Y8 and 9 going to Savio House and Y10 and 11 going to our Lasallian Pastoral Centre, Kintbury.
All three retreats were really well received by the students who had a great time. Here’s what some of them said:
‘The staff were so friendly and made us feel welcome
‘I didn’t expect the views, they were beautiful, their garden was also amazing’
‘this retreat was AMAZING and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get to know themselves or get to know god/your beliefs’
‘When I heard that we were going to be doing Mass, I did not expect it to be as uplifting and super as it was, as I got to comfort myself with words of reverence.’
“This trip was very spiritually uplifting and has given me amazing memories I’ll remember for the rest of my life”
“Really good, the people were so nice and I felt so welcomed.”
“I became more confident and the staff there really made you feel welcome”.
Students from Year 12 are given the opportunity to go to Lourdes. Lourdes is in the South of France and is where St Bernadette experienced a vision of Our Lady, Mother of Jesus.
Today, pilgrims travel from all around the world to visit this very special place. Some go just out of curiosity, others on pilgrimage, and others to pray. However, for some it is a place for those who are sick, suffering or dying.
Our students join the Diocesan pilgrimage and go not only for their own personal reasons, but to help support those who are ill, have limited mobility or in need. It is a wonderful experience and many of our students have returned to carry on the work they began in year 12. For some of our students, it has led them into the caring professions.