Report by Erin O’Neill.
On 17th September 2008, the pupils of 1A were getting ready to get on the bus to begin their 20 minute bus journey to Newmains Pastoral Centre for a day of retreat. Many pupils, including me, were wondering what was waiting for us when we got there. It was nothing like we had imagined.
When we arrived, we were greeted by the smiling face of Sister Mary and led inside to a large room, where we were asked to take a seat. For the first part of the day, we talked about how each and every one of us sitting in that room was special and how we had good qualities.
Soon after that it was break time and we were free to roam the grounds. The grounds at the Centre were a magnificent sight and it was a beautiful day so that made it even better looking. There was a mini enclosed forest-type part of the garden where we could play if we wished. There were also seats so we could sit and eat our snack or enjoy the scenery.
After break, we all bundled back inside for the next part of the day. We watched a video about little wooden figures and how we shouldn’t let bad things stick to us. After that we had a discussion on what we had seen.
Soon it was lunchtime and the pupils were treated to a lunch of sausage and chips with a desert of ice cream and sprinkles. Yum!
Eventually the day was over and the pupils returned to school. When we arrived back at school, we had some time to reflect on what we had done during the day.
Everyone in the class had a lovely time and has fond memories of their retreat day.
Additional note from Mrs Macfadyen
All 1st years have taken part in retreats over the last couple of weeks at Newmains Pastoral Centre, organised by Ms Kane, Principal Teacher of Religious Education.
The focus of the event was “Who is Jesus?”, and looked at the importance of names, their origins and what they say about people. On some occasions, School Chaplain, Fr Stephen Miller, led the day, ably assisted by the 6th year Eucharistic Ministers.