Earlier this week all of Year 9 took part in a retreat on the above theme using the story of Jonah as a guide for the day. As our young people begin to reach the stages of education and life where they are entrusted with big decisions, the example of the prophet Jonah helped us explore the theme of making choices perfectly.

We were lucky enough to be able to use the premises and grounds of All Hallow’s Prep School, Shepton Mallet with the spring sunshine being incredibly kind to us for the majority of our retreats. The days began in the school Chapel in prayer where we heard the entire story of Jonah through the medium of a slam poem – expertly and enthusiastically delivered by students. The day was topped and tailed with the question ‘What direction will your life take?’.

Our first session concentrated on identity, self reflection and exploration by planning their own 16th birthday. The task forced our students to consider their interactions and relationships, whilst recognising the fears and differences of others. Later we moved on to the topic of direction and outlook, which culminated in everyone producing their own vision board from magazines, newspapers and an assortment of random materials.

We hope the day gave our young people the ideal opportunity to take some time out and consider the importance of them taking ownership of their life and making the correct choices. There were some incredibly thoughtful pieces of artwork created and real moments to be grateful for throughout the retreats – Year 9 did themselves very proud.

Mr M Robinson
Lay Chaplain