Event - Year 6's Alton Castle Residential

24 September 2014

On Wednesday 24th September Year 6 packed their bags and headed off to Alton Castle in Staffordshire for a three day retreat.

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

The activities were all 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 brought the Castle and the programme to life. They acted as wonderful, 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.

The retreat offered Year 6 an opportunity to bond and reflect upon their life and faith journey so far. It was also an occasion for the children to look ahead to their final year together at Primary School, which will conclude in July 2015 when they will receive the special Sacrament of Confirmation.

The cargo net on the Adventure Course caused a few problems...
...but it was even more difficult with a blindfold!

The trekking is always tiring.
There are easy ways to travel downhill!

The highlight of the survival activity was toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate.
Exhausted and relieved, our cyclists made it up the notorious hill to the castle without stopping.

Everyone had lots of fun!
Alton Castle at night.