Last week the First and Second Form attended their annual retreat in the lovely little village of Witham Friary near Frome.

The theme of the retreat was ‘Friendship in Christ’. The day began with morning prayer in the School’s Old Chapel before heading off to Witham Friary. At Witham Friary, the retreatants visited St Mary’s Parish Church, which was once the lay brothers’ chapel for the nearby destroyed Carthusian Priory. Fr James was a mine of information concerning St Mary’s, as well as the Carthusian order and St Hugh of Lincoln, who is famously connected to the Priory, and to Downside Abbey, through a painting loaned to the parish.

Pupils then broke into four small groups to consider different aspects of friendship, ending with Lectio on John 13, The washing of the feet, and then Midday Mass before lunch.

The afternoon saw group games and challenges by the nearby monastic fishponds, which were built by the Carthusians. As the retreat drew to a close, the winners of the games were announced, prizes handed out and thanks was given by all for a fantastic day together in the sunshine learning more about being a friend in Christ and with each other!