St Thomas More Catholic

Primary School

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Year 6 Visit Oscott College

20 June 2013

"But you are the chosen race, the King's priests, the holy nation, God's own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvellous light."
1 Peter 2:9

In preparation for Confirmation, Year 6 were lucky enough to go on a trip to Oscott College, where men train to become priests. During our time, we would learn about their lives and explore our faith, ready to make the next step on our faith journey: Confirmation.

We were all really excited as we climbed on to the coach and all that could be heard on for the whole journey was loud, frenzied chatter.

When we arrived, the children from all of the schools visiting the college sat down in a large hall, beginning to fill out the booklets which we had been given to complete throughout the day as we saw all different areas of the college.

We talked to a few of the seminarians who were kind and considerate towards us, interacting with everyone and taking an interest in what we said to them.

Then we were split into groups, with different seminarians leading and helping out each group. My group leader was John-Paul.

For the next while, everybody went around the college exploring different places, like the museum which held many valuable artefacts from hundreds of years ago and the chapel, which was designed by Pugin like the rest of the college. We learnt a lot (about both our faith and the life of seminarians and priests) and enjoyed our time there.

After lunch, we all went to Mass. Jodi and I altar served, which was a very special and important opportunity. It was a spiritual and holy time, which everyone enjoyed, spending time reflected on the excellent day we'd had.

The whole of Year 6 were sad to go home when the time came. Everyone was very grateful for the rosary beads and booklet on how to pray the rosary which was given to us as we left, through the huge, grand entrance and knew that or faith had deepened because of this visit.

by Erin