In the context of a Catholic Christian School it is vital to create opportunities whereby our pupils can take time out to come together outside of the school environment to continue to build community and reflect on their reasons for living and hoping.
In Years 7, 8 and 9, the Religious Education department organise a one day retreat experience. These retreats are for all pupils at KS3. In Years 10 & 11 pupils have the opportunity to participate in the SPEC retreat in Harrow. Retreats have always been a very important in the lives of those who have been fortunate to go. Whilst we are not able to ‘measure’ the value of such an experience, nonetheless it is apparent that for our pupils, it remains a treasured one.
The academic needs of our pupils are given a high priority at Bishop Douglass, and it is recognised that the provision for retreat work impinges curriculum time. As a Christian school, however, we also recognise that we are concerned with the whole person, and that includes the development of the physical, social, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs. Retreat work plays a large part in helping our students to grow in some of these important areas.