Event - Year 6 Residential at Alton Castle

September 2013

Every year the pupils in Year 6 are given the opportunity to take part in a residential visit at Alton Castle, Staffordshire.

Established as a residential youth centre by the Archdiocese of Birmingham, Alton Castle opened in September 1996. It has had a highly successful first 16 years with over 8,000 children visiting the Castle each year.

The children on retreat participated in a variety of activities during their stay including mountain biking, trekking, survival and climbing. Each activity includes an element of reflection and discussion and prayer, and it is through these activities that each child is challenged and encouraged to find hidden strength, learn new skills, and experience achievement as part of a team and as an individual.

The activities are delivered by a team of young people (aged from 18 years to 22 years old) who are predominantly waiting to go on to university, staying for one year, living and working as part of the Alton Castle Community. This team brings the Castle and the programme to life, and act as wonderfully enthusiastic role models for the children on retreat, both from a spiritual point of view and through the energy and enthusiasm they have for life.

Read more at Alton Castle's website (external link).

The rope swing in the grounds was a great hit!
Year 6 cyclists (and the staff) needed strong legs and enthusiasm to get back up the hill.

Our collective worship allowed us to reflect on the challenges faced and the achievements made.
The climbing wall showed us how we need to persevere when things get tough.

The night walk proved both exhilarating and daunting in equal measures.
Everyone enjoyed the fun at the disco.