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Held during the week:
- Staff prayer meeting every Thursday morning.
- Student Chaplains meeting during second break from Monday to Thursday.
Past & Present Events
Year of the Word
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales have designated 2020 as 'The God who Speaks: A Year of the Word', to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbun Domini, Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Exhortation on 'The Word of the Lord'.
This year also marks the 1600th anniversary of the death of St Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin. The Year of the Word is a time where we are invited to celebrate, live and share God's word.
At La Retraite, we are celebrating the Year of the Word by organising sessions for KS3 and KS4 throughout the year. Fr. Paul Kyne has delivered sessions in school, providing an overview of the Bible that included instructions on how to interpret the Bible in the Catholic Tradition, and focussed on a few passages within each section of the Bible.
Way of the Cross
During the season of Lent, students from Years 7 to 10 have a session in each class where they spend time reading a Bible passage, reflecting on it and participating in the Way of the Cross.
Mr.Phil Cuthell gave a talk on the care given by the hospice and how the Hospice carries on with the Catholic teaching on Sanctity of Life. The Year 9 students were very enthusiastic We have also raised money in December 2019 and February 2020 for the Trinity Hospice.
âVisit to the Greek Orthodox Church
You can find more about it in the 'Retreat and Pilgrimage' section.
Food and Toiletries Collection for the Clapham Park Foodbank
In the month of October 2019, we had the collection for the Clapham Park Foodbank (our local foodbank). The foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in local areas. We had generous donations from staff and students.
Daily opportunities for prayer and reflection
Presently, the students and staff are provided with daily reflection online. Click here to visit the 'Prayer & Reflection' section for a daily reflection from the school Chaplain. There are also daily prayers said during registration.
The students are also involved in some exciting activities such as gardening and knitting. Those who are involved in gardening are also Eco Ambassadors of the school and encourage others to keep the environment clean by recycling and keeping the different areas litter free. Year 8 students have also set up a prayer group and they meet every Tuesdays during the second break.
In the future, we are planning to have a whole school prayer meeting for pupils on Mondays at lunchtime. We are also planning to have retreats for KS3, KS4 and KS5; you can find more information in the 'Retreat and Pilgrimage' section.