Third Form Retreat 2020

‘It’s the loving, caring and spiritual relationships we have with each other within this one-of-a-kind community that make Downside special.’
Heads of School 2020-21, an exert from ‘The Importance of a Strong Community’

Each term pupils go on retreat with the Chaplains and St Scholastica Community. The event gives pupils an opportunity to pause and reflect, to connect with their inner thoughts, and to explore some of the deeper questions they may have about life.

Usually, pupil retreats are done away from School – at the local Ammerdown Centre or at Witham Friary, for example. This week, given the current restrictions on movement, the Third Form enjoyed their retreat in the serenity of the School grounds.

The day included a welcome from the Head Master, a letter from the Heads of School entitled ‘The Importance of a Strong Community’, lectio divina on the subject of community and friendships, and a ‘Share the Journey’ walk, which included stops for reflection at various points around the glorious School grounds. As usual Frs James and Boniface enjoyed sharing their love of the history and architecture of Downside with pupils, and were delighted with the engagement of their groups.

The retreat concluded outside the School Pavilion with a welcome spot of afternoon tea, a game of ‘Ultimate Frisbee’, prayers, and a blessing. 

Click here to read the Heads of School’s letter to the Third Form.