Our Year 9 classes had some great Retreat experiences at Clonard. The Clonard Youth Ministry team led the classes in a number of activities including song, games and arts & crafts culminating in a short para-liturgy/spiritual reflection. The Clonard team, ably led by Brendan Dineen, tell us ‘It is important to take time out from our ordinary life to reflect and relax. It is even more important for young people who are at a crossroads in life to have this time away from the stresses and pressures of modern life to hear the Gospel message.’
At the heart of our joint Retreat programme with Clonard is the creation of a welcoming, caring and safe environment that encourages participants to explore their faith. A wide range of techniques and activities are used to provide an enjoyable and stimulating experience. The Year 9 activity programme is designed to encourage the participation of all students and to raise their self-esteem. The views and creativity of all pupils are valued and celebrated. Teamwork, leadership and communication skills are also developed.
Clonard asserts: - ‘every young person is included and valued as their character, experiences, personal strengths, gifts and talents add life to the Retreat. We explore a range of relevant life issues in an age appropriate manner such as social responsibility, transition, relationships and spirituality.’