Sometimes life is a little overwhelming, especially for young students at the start of a new academic year. Every autumn, All Saints RC School in York offer the opportunity for their Upper Site students to attend a residential retreat in the peaceful surroundings of Myddleton Grange in Ilkley.
Myddleton Grange is a purpose built Youth Centre run by the Catholic Diocese of Leeds. It is a place where the students are able to unwind, reflect and prepare themselves for their future studies.
The staff at the Grange provide a programme of challenging activities, helping the young adults to think about God, their own Catholic faith and offer them a chance to develop their skills in working with others.
This autumn, thirty-four students from All Saints RC School took their retreat at the start of October where they focused on the theme of ‘Building a Community’.
All Saints student Lizzy Nightingale said, “I was beginning to feel a bit anxious and stressed about Year 11, so to stop everything for a few days and retreat to such a beautiful, serene place as Ilkley Moor was the perfect escape. I had a brilliant time there, forming new friendships while working as part of a team. Through prayer, personal reflection and fresh air, I was able to find my inner peace and calm again, and to regain my connection with God. I have returned to All Saints feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready for my studies in the year ahead.”
The programme at Myddleton Grange is part of the All Saints Catholic ethos in helping their students to prepare for their lives as citizens in the community, enabling them to serve as examples to moral and spiritual values in the world.