A wonderful group of 28 Y11 students kicked off Lent in style with a retreat to Castlerigg Manor. We were there for Shrove Tuesday (and were treated to lots of tasty pancakes!) and Ash Wednesday, where we were joined by Bishop Campbell for a reconciliation service and the distribution of Ashes. Bishop Campbell also stayed with us on Thursday: watching our dramas, answering questions in “grill the Priest” and treating us to a personal reading of his Pastoral Letter for Lent at the end of our Mass.
The week was the perfect opportunity for our students to “get away from it all” and have the time out to reflect on the important few months ahead of them, with GCSEs and beyond into their future. Our staff and the Castlerigg team were impressed by our students’ maturity and creativity, and the fantastic response they gave to each activity: never has it been such a challenge to persuade some of them to leave the quiet sanctuary of the Chapel and go to bed! Thanks to a great group of students for engaging so well with every opportunity for both fun and reflection, and to the wonderful Castlerigg team for leading us in such an honest, open and authentic way!