Dear Parents and Carers
We are preparing our annual Year 8 retreat to The Briars Catholic Youth Retreat Centre, which is set in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales, from 24 January to 26 January 2022.

The young people will be engaged with a variety of enjoyable and spiritually nurturing sessions which will encounter personal and social development. The work of The Briars focuses on self –
confidence, mutual respect and Christian community. All student’s will have a chance to reflect, pray and grow in faith.

We will be leaving school at 3.00pm on 24 January. Prior to this we will spend the day preparing for the retreat with some ice breaking games and activities within school. They will return at 3.00pm on 26 January. Students will be in non-uniform and will not need to bring school equipment on the 24 January.

If you would like your child to be part of this fantastic opportunity, please pay the £10 deposit on parent pay before Friday 5 November 2021 to secure their place and give your consent. The full
cost of the visit is £125 per person. Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come-first serve basis.

If you would like your child to join the retreat but have concerns about affordability, please do contact the Head of Chaplaincy, Mr A Marshall at St Mary’s School.

If you would like to know more about the work of The Briars, you can learn more from their website

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and your ongoing support.

Yours faithfully

Mr A Marshall                                                  Mr R Hancock
Head of Chaplaincy                                         Head of Year 8