Alton Castle 2018
To start the school year in style, a group of excited Year 5 and 6 students, including some very excited staff; Mr Leese, Miss Wood, Miss Bladen and Miss Jordan, embarked on a journey to Alton Castle in Stafford for three days of Catholic retreat. Children (and adults) were extremely lucky to spend 2 nights and 3 fun-filled days of exploration, meditation, reflection and prayer. Pupils had the opportunity to take part in many fascinating activities (some taking them out of their comfort zone) such as: climbing wall, archery, adventure course, trekking and biking.
The retreat gave pupils the chance to spend some time reflecting on their faith and beliefs, particularly focussing on the concept of being disciples of Christ. Each night, before bedtime, children split into groups and had evening prayer sessions in different rooms of the castle, lighting candles and taking time out from the day's busy activities, to remember the important things in life. The stay drew to a close with a beautiful mass in their historic church, followed by an energetic disco.
Thank you to all the staff at Alton Castle for making us feel very welcome and for providing us with a fantastic, memorable experience.