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I was very lucky during the first week of the Easter holidays to be in Rome on a school trip with twenty Year 8 students. Whilst we weren't there for the Easter weekend itself, being in a place with such strong historical and pastoral link to our Church and school was awe-inspiring. As ever, the students were a real credit to the school, coping with the huge crowds and the very long flight delay on our return with maturity, courtesy, and stoicism that you would expect from La Retraite students. 

   

Pope Francis' recent encouragement to "rediscover today with joy and wonder that the world is no longer a slave to the inevitable; this world of ours can change" chimes very much with our challenge to the students to rise above stereotypes and at the same time, to "walk humbly with God" - to be the best person they can be. I am very proud to say that La Retraite students regularly do so, and I was particularly pleased to hear about Aaliyah, Year 7, who saw a man drop a large sum of money on a bus as he left it, and then proceeded to chase after him and, much to his surprise, return it to him.

   

Last term was very busy and there were many events taking place, including an exceptional performance by our Gospel Choir at Southwark Cathedral, drama workshops run by La Retraite theatre company, sporting excellence by the Netball and Football teams, being Lambeth Debating Champions, theatre visits, talks by guest speakers, as well as official confirmation of our outstanding results last year. All of these take dedication by both the staff and students, and I would like to thank all of them for their hard work and for going the extra mile.

   

I am looking forward to all of the exciting events planned for the Summer term - including an embroidery workshop to help beat stress!

    Dominic Malins, Headteacher  

 

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