The Faith School Partnership
Children from the Faith School enjoyed their first overnight stay at Stonyhurst recently, accompanied by their headteacher, Sr Moira Meeghan, and their class teachers.
As well as the excitement of a sleep-over in ‘The Plunge’, in a building not unlike Hogwarts, a packed programme kept them very busy, beginning with some football and rounders in front of the Jesuit Gardens; this drew in lots of Stonyhurst pupils, glad of the sport between exams, in the wonderful sunshine.
Calmer activity followed with a visit to the College Collections. Mrs Graffius introduced the children to a range of precious artefacts, including an archbishop’s pectoral cross and ring which they were delighted to try on! Then came a visit to the Observatory with Mr O’Reilly.
A trip to the Wild Boar Park was a highlight, where the children watched meerkats and wallabies, fed lambs, held chicks and learnt a lot about photography from George! Finally, the action-packed day was rounded off with a walk over Jeffrey Hill; Mr Eachus led everyone through dramatic mists rolling across from the Irish Sea and ensured that everyone slept extremely soundly after lights-out.
Day 2 and, after singing practice in St Peter’s Church, the children were put through their paces with some CCF team-building activities, painstakingly set up by NCOs, Alice Holden and James and Powell. Cam-cream and dart-firing nerf guns proved very popular and everyone worked well together to build bridges, negotiate mine-fields and solve conundrums in the undergrowth.
This was a very special and unforgettable visit, thanks largely to the generosity of everyone involved, especially the Grammarians for their whole-hearted involvement in the partnership programme.