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Year 6 Retreat and Mass

On Wednesday 7 October 2015, 250 Year 5 & 6 students and staff from 7 Catholic primary schools joined us for a half day retreat. The retreat began with an assembly led by Mr Smith, in which he talked about the pupils being a light for others. School groups then went into classrooms and worked together, particularly looking at Jesus in the roles of Priest, Prophet and King. At 4.00pm we came together in the main hall for Mass, celebrated by Fr. Emmanuel. It was a wonderful occasion, with all present raising the roof with the singing and everyone fully participated in Mass.

St Thomas Aquinas staff involved in the afternoon were very impressed by the primary pupils, who were wonderfully behaved and joined in enthusiastically in the afternoon’s activities.

A big thank you to all STACS staff, particularly the RE staff, who worked really hard in the preparation and delivery of the retreat and to Fr. Emmanuel for celebrating a lovely Mass. Thanks also go to the Year 8 and 6th form helpers who were amazing ambassadors for our school, working hard to make sure the primary pupils had everything they needed. Finally a massive thank you to all the pupils and staff of the primary schools who took the time to come to what was a wonderful occasion.

Anne-Marie
Lay Chaplain