Special Event - Year 6 Alton Castle Residential

19 to 21 September 2018

As part of their continuing faith journey, the children in Year 6 took part in a residential activity at the Diocesan Youth Retreat Centre at Alton Castle in Staffordshire. The centre offers the children the opportunity of taking part in some really exciting outdoor activities whilst considering their spiritual impact too.

At the castle, the children quickly found their rooms (imagine sleeping in a real castle!) and became familiar with the layout. The castle staff were great at leading the children in their activities which ranged from team games to rock climbing. It was great to see some of the children taking part in team activities and getting more and more confident as the days progressed.

Each night, the children took part in night prayer; rooms were set to be peaceful and calm, with candles burning and quiet music playing. They readily took to taking part in open prayer; praying for their hopes and concerns. The children helped to organise Mass and they took part in a service of thanks on the final morning.

Our trip was a real success, and we are now putting our improved team work skills to use in school. We are very proud of how well everyone behaved and worked as part of a fantastic school team. A big thanks to Mr McGarrigle, Mrs Orton and Miss Truman for leading the trip.