Last week we held two successful, full-day retreats; Thursday 18 March for Year 9 and Tuesday 23 March for Year 11.
Both days kept the theme ‘Water in our World’ and students and staff considered Water as Life, Water as Love, and the Living Water of Christ. The Retreats used resources from CAFOD’s Walk for Water (our chosen campaign for the Lenten season), Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudate Si, and UNICEF.
Each year group spent time at the Art & Design department as part of the Creative Reflection session. Year 9 painted individual ceramic tiles that will be put together to create three unique art pieces featuring water. In order to give Year 11 the opportunity to make a keepsake, they painted individual wooden crosses with many beautiful water themes.
Both retreat days finished with a 6 km walk in the beautiful countryside surrounding Leweston, stopping along the way to pray a special version of the Stations of the Cross created by CAFOD. We considered Christ’s journey from his arrest to his death and resurrection alongside the plight of people in Ethiopia who are denied the basic and universal human right of access to clean water.
The ‘Water in our World’ theme tied in perfectly with our Lenten Walk for Water Challenge. The whole school community is joining thousands of others throughout the nation supporting some of the poorest communities in the world. Each day we are walking 10,000 steps to help end water poverty. Our aim was to raise £750 to cover the cost of a solar powered pump and transform the lives of those living in water poverty, however we are delighted to say that we have already smashed through that goal already! The Chaplaincy Team have re-set the challenge to £1500 in order to supply TWO water pumps.
To donate please visit our fundraising page here.