There is opportunity for participation in reflective retreats for Year 7, Year 10 and in the Sixth Form. Our chaplain coordinates and leads the retreats.
The Year 7 retreat is entitled “Walking in the footsteps of the English martyrs.” It begins at the Tower of London to visit the prison cells of the martyrs, to pray at the site of the scaffolding where St John Fisher and St Thomas More were executed. They then visit Westminster Cathedral to pray at the shrine of St John Southwell and the tomb of Archbishop Richard Challoner. Year 7 pupils also helped lead a prayer and reflection day for Year 6 pupils from the Margaret Roper Primary School at the end of last year.
Year 10 visit St John’s Seminary, Wonersh to reflect upon which vocation God may be calling them to and 24 Year 10 pupils also visited Rochester Cathedral Education Centre as part of a vocations trip in July. Our school has a rich legacy for producing priestly vocations and it is hoped that this will inspire pupils to think and pray about such a vocation. These trips are always fully booked which demonstrates the continued success of these programmes and pupils’ willingness to engage with the Catholic life of the school.
The planned retreat for the Sixth Form students to Walsingham in Norfolk will take place at the end of the summer term.