We like to take all Year 7 pupils on retreat with their Houses at the beginning of the School Year.
We usually go to the parish room of Holy Family Parish, Langley, and we spend the day doing games, activities and enjoying each other’s company. The principal aims of these retreats are getting pupils in the same House to know each other better inspiring a sense of belonging, give them opportunity to reflect on their hopes and fears for their time at St Joseph’s, and generally speaking give them a chance to speak in an environment which is not that of the school itself. These are a few comments from pupils who have been on retreat this year:
"I had lots of fun. It gave me time to reflect on each other’s faith and relationships. It gave me time to know my form better, to know everyone and everything better – a whole lot better".
"I wanted to get to know 4 girls, but I was too scared. This really helpful since I now talked to them. We had so much fun, and I loved it".
"It was fun and taught me more about the Catholic faith".
"I had fun day … because we got to speak our minds and we got to play with classmates".
"My day was amazing. I had so much fun and I would definitely recommend this to other people … overall 10/10!"