Supporting students' faith at The Oakes

3rd July 2017

Oakes Residential Trip 2017Students from years 7,8 and 9 recently visited The Oakes Holiday Centre in Sheffield from Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd June. Over the three days, students engaged in a variety of team building activities together with choosing a variety of other new experiences such as Mudder, rafting, Zorbing, electric cars, climbing ropes, climbing wall and crafts. These activities are designed for students that to challenge themselves and make memorable experiences that will last a lifetime.

The main purpose of this particular residential trip is for students to work together and individually on their faith, to learn about Christianity and the various ways to try to follow God. ‘Daniel’ has been a major focus for biblical study. His ability to trust God and share the messages of God are still relevant to our youngsters. Times of reflection have raised issues of trust, peer pressure and how to build a relationship with God.

Meal times have been especially important when sharing fellowship. The food has plentiful and varied. At the Oakes ‘Life in all its fullness’ means working as a team, moving out of your comfort zone and applying Christian principles to life.

Our students all enjoyed their Oakes experience – Oliwia, one of our year 8 girls, said, “It was great to let and have fun, trying new things and making new experiences. You never know if you like something or not without trying. Importantly though, alongside the fun, we learned more about what it is to be a Christian and embrace God. "

Many of the year 7 students who visited have already asked about a return visit to the Oakes, which is a real tribute to the impact that the residential opportunity has to open new doors in their personal journey.

Our thanks to The Oakes team who made our students and staff feel so welcome and supported during their time there.