Retreats at La Retraite

La Retraite means 'the Retreat' and the school was set up by the Sisters of La Retraite (Les Soeurs de la Retraite), a French Order, in 1880. When they began in 1674 in Brittany, France, the Sisters provided retreats for women, opportunities for them to escape from the burdens of their everyday lives, to contemplate their relationship with God, and to develop as a whole person. When they started La Retraite Girls' School in Balham, they offered the same opportunities to the students and Retreats became a key feature of the school calendar.

We continue that tradition today and offer a range of Retreats for each year group so that whatever they students' Faith, be they Catholic, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, or have no Faith, they will have an opportunity to seek inner stillness, meaning, and focus in their lives, remembering that every person counts.

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2017-2018 Retreats - Proposed Calendar

Circumstances may mean alterations to the proposed Retreats and dates.

Year Group Retreat Date
Student Chaplains A Retreat to St Cassian's Centre, Kintbury Autumn Term
Year 7 A Retreat to St Vincent's Retreat Centre or Worth Abbey Summer Term
Year 8 A Retreat to the Redemptorists, St Mary's, Clapham Common Autumn Term
Year 9 A Retreat at La Retraite Spring Term
Year 10 A Retreat (potentially) at the Centre for Catholic Formation, Tooting Bec Summer Term
Year 11 Form Retreats Throughout the year
Year 12 Small group Retreat in school Spring Term
Year 13

Small group Retreat in school

Lenten Retreat Day - focusing on:

  • The nature and qualities of worship and prayer;
  • Celebration;
  • Being prepared for the challenges of life.

Autumn Term


Tuesday 27th March 2017



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