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LA RETRAITE MEANS 'THE RETREAT, AND THE SCHOOL WAS SET UP BY THE SISTERS OF LA RETRAITE - A FRENCH ORDER, 'LES SOEURS DE LA RETRAITE' - 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.
Retreat at the Greek Orthodox Church, Crystal Palace
Year 8 Patience were accompanied by staff to attend a retreat at the Greek Orthodox Church in Crystal Palace. Fr Georghios Christides, priest-in-charge, explained to the students the different areas of the church, including the altar, Iconostasis and the Icons. The students were also introduced to the different Sacraments of the Church, and heard in detail about the Holy Communion.
Students also spent time in prayer and lit candles to symbolise the rising of their prayers to God. There will be future trips to the Greek Orthodox Church for the rest of the Year 8 students.
Stations of the Cross at La Retraite
During the season of Lent, students from Years 7 to 10 have a session in each class where they spend time reading a Bible passage, reflecting on it and participating in the Way of the Cross.
The Way of the Cross is a special prayer and meditation practice which is usually conducted during the season of Lent. The Stations consist of fourteen scenes from Jesus' trial to his crucifixion.
Year of the Word at La Retraite
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales have designated 2020 as 'The God who Speaks: A Year of the Word', to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbun Domini - Pop Benedict XVI's Apostolic Exhortation on 'The Word of the Lord'. This also celebrates the 1600th anniversary of the death of St Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin. The Year of the Word is a time where we are invited to celebrate, live and share God's word. At La Retraite, we are celebrating the Year of the Word by organising sessions for KS3 and KS4 throughout the year.
Fr. Paul Kyne has delivered sessions in school, providing an overview of the Bible that included instructions on how to interpret the Bible in the Catholic Tradition, and focussed on a few passages within each section of the Bible,