Past Programme Activities


Autumn 2017

Study Centre               Year 11 to 13, Sat 1.45-9pm

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Seniors                           Years 8 to 10, Sat 1.45-6.15pm

Saturday 16th September
Trick-Shot Video. Come ready to show your skills and learn a few simple camera techniques.

Saturday 23rd September
Pitch and Putt in Richmond Park. Depart at 2:30pm and return at 6:30pm. Bring £7.

Sunday 24th September
Family Mass at 10.30am, followed by a chance to meet the leadership team and have a cup of tea. All the family are warmly invited. You need to tell us numbers as places are limited. Bring along some cake!

Saturday 30th September
Come and enjoy a blockbuster film on the big screen.

Saturday 7th October
Day Excursion. Walk up Box Hill with a Widegame in the deep forest. Departure at 10:15am. Bring a packed lunch, £3 and back at 6.15pm.

Saturday 14th October
Football Tournament on the common. Bring your friends. £2 entry per player.

Saturday 21st October
‘Survival Skills Day’ deep in the Sussex woods at Wickenden Manor. Bring a packed lunch and £3 for transport. Leave 10:15am, back by 6:30pm.

Saturday 28th October
A balloon debate about major historical characters. Work as a team and defend your character to survive the storm!

Saturday 4th November
An array of board game competitions followed by a special get-together.

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November
Weekend at the pheasantry, Wickenden Manor, in Sussex. Pick up separate sheet for details and an application form.
At Kelston, get inspired by an artist to produce your own piece of art, after hearing about some of the most important artists in Britain.

Saturday 18th November
Be tested on your general knowledge with a team quiz. Be ready for some team challenges too!

Saturday 25th November
Presentation on learning and revision techniques. Bring study and books for a study period afterwards.

Saturday 2nd December
An engineering competition to develop your dexterity and creative skills.

Saturday 9th December
No club today due to the Juniors’ Christmas Party and Parents’ Christmas evening.

Saturday 16th December
Seniors Christmas Party. There will be a special sheet with full details.

Juniors           Years 5 to 7, Sat 9.45am-12.30pm

Saturday 16th September
Obstacle Course in the garden. Test your physical and mental skills to win this team challenge.

Saturday 23rd September
Tennis on the common. Bring £2 for the court booking.

Sunday 24th September
Family Mass at 10.30am, followed by a chance to meet the leadership team and have a cup of tea. All the family are warmly invited. You need to tell us numbers as places are limited. Bring along some cake!

Saturday 30th September
Egg Descent Challenge. Drop an egg from the top of Kelston using your homemade parachute and see if the egg can survive.

Saturday 7th October
Wide game in the Wandsworth common woods. Be quick or you’re out!

Saturday 14th October
5-a-side Football Tournament on the common. Bring your friends. £2 entry per player.

Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October
Trip to the Pheasantry at Wickenden Manor. Get ready for a weekend of night games, sports’ challenges, campfires and much more! Pick up a details sheet with the application form.

Saturday 28th October
Make a short animation that is inspired by your favourite film scene.

Saturday 4th November
Multimedia Quiz. Take part in a team for this challenge of knowledge.

Saturday 11th November
Produce your own piece of 3D art, inspired by your favourite country.

Saturday 18th November
Trip to The Science Museum. Bring lunch and travel money/Oyster card. Leave at 10am, back at 3.30pm.

Saturday 25th November
Who can build the strongest bridge from straws and tape? Let’s see!

Saturday 2nd December
Three, two, one… Scalextrics race!

Saturday 9th December
Juniors Christmas Party. Younger brothers in Year 4 can come too. You can then stay for the parents’ Christmas evening. Pick up the details sheet.

Tuesday Study Club Year 9-13, Tues 4.30-6.45pm  

The Tuesday Study Club is an ideal chance for boys to get down to their homework in a supervised study period in the Kelston library. There are also classes of catechism and of spiritual formation.

Kelston Wednesdays     Year 7, Weds 4.30-6.45pm

There is an additional programme for those in Year 7 on Wednesdays. It aims to help the boys to improve their ability to study well on their own as well as enjoy constructive activities. It allows those who cannot regularly attend the Juniors on Saturday mornings to have their own programme of activities on another day.

The monthly recollection will take place on Friday evenings for the older boys, followed by a simple buffet meal, £3.

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Study_Week_67-400This is an ideal opportunity to leave behind the usual distractions at home and concentrate on your exam preparations within an atmosphere of intense study. The timetable will guarantee a high number of hours to study each day, with breaks to help you keep your mind fresh and alert. This week is a challenge. It is for those seriously wanting to give of their best in forthcoming examinations, helped Study_Week_2-400by the presence of others intent on the same purpose.

It will take place at Thornycroft Hall in the heart of the picturesque Cheshire countryside. The nearest shop is miles away and there is no television. It is a week to do without mp3 players and mobile phones.

Accommodation will be in single rooms and the study room area will have plenty of space for you to spread out your books and notes.Study_Week_3-400 The staff of the Conference Centre will provide all meals and there will be plenty of coffee and tea breaks to keep up the concentration levels. There will be sports, table tennis and throwing an American Football in the breaks.

What should I bring?

We will be travelling up by minibus from London, so there is plenty of room for as many books and reference material as you may choose to bring.  Ensure you are well kitted out with pens, pencils, paper and calculators, plus any past papers or syllabuses you are able to bring along. In addition, bring changes of clothes and plenty of sports kit, pyjamas, wash kit and a warm coat. You will not need much spending money.


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Retreat for Young People

‘Pray and learn to pray! Open your hearts and consciences to the One who knows you better than you know yourselves. Talk to him!’
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What is a retreat?

A retreat is a short time spent in silence away from your usual surroundings. It offers an opportunity to reflect on how you live your faith in your everyday life; at home and at study, and in your relationships with others. The atmosphere is one of personal prayer and recollection from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon. It is an occasion to learn to pray better and develop a personal relationship with God, while finding the inspiration to communicate your faith and ideals to your friends.

Retreats can be an important milestone in a young life. It may help you to discern your calling in life by allowing you to find out what God wants from you. It will certainly help you to find more room for God in your busy daily life, giving you the impetus to strive for the best results in your studies because that is what God expects from youwickenden (3).

How is the retreat structured?

Doing a silent retreat well is a challenge. The day is quite full, with plenty of time too to pray and reflect on what you have heard. There are meditations and talks on the central themes of the Catholic faith, times for private prayer and a personal examination of conscience, daily Mass and devotions such as the Stations of the Cross and the Rosary.

You may also wish to talk over your thoughts and resolutions with the priest to obtain more personal advice. Confessions are available during the whole weekend.

‘God draws us from the shadows of our ignorance, our groping through history, and, no matter what our occupation in the world, he calls us with a strong voice, as he once called Peter and Andrew: Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.’
Saint Josemaria Escriva


Full details will appear n January each year.

Dates: Spring Half-term and one-month later.

Cost: approx. £65

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Kelston’s Juniors Camp will take place at the Outdoor Education Centre run byhigh ashurst (13)-400 Surrey County Council called High Ashurst, at the top of Box Hill, Mickleham, Dorking, Surrey. Families can drive there directly for 12 noon on the first day, and pick up at 3pm on the final day. If you require transport, a minibus will leave from Kelston at 10.30am on the first day and return for 5.00pm on the last day but places must be booked at least one week in advance. The Kelston group will be under the supervision of Kelston leaders but all professional instruction will be given by High Ashurst staff. We will be camping in large tents provided by the centre and we will be looking after our own cooking. There is a toilet block containing flush toilets, hand basins and running water for the use of our group. It is a fabulous location and we are pleased to be teaming up with High Ashurst once again

What to bring
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·Sportswear: T-shirts, shorts, socks, trainers, tracksuit bottoms etc
·Pyjamas, towel and toiletries. Torch (optional) and Light anorak
·Good clothes to attend Holy Mass on Sunday
·Sleeping bag (or ask if you can borrow one from Kelston at least one week before leaving)
·No pocket money needed

What not to bring

Anything valuable. Mobile phones are discouraged and may be kept centrally if it becomes an issue
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Before we go

Ensure full payment is made, cheques to ‘Kelston Trips’

Ensure Kelston possesses the Consent & Medical form, already held if a club member

Organise your travel arrangements. Either go to (enter post code RH5 6DQ) for a map of how to get there from the top of Box Hill or book a place in the minibus if spaces available with Cliff only

The address of the centre is High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre, Mickleham, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6DQ. It is accessible from the road running along the top of Box Hill.


Telephone number of High Ashurst for emergencies is 01372 378647

There is a pay phone for outgoing calls in the headquarters block at High Ashurst.

The Outdoor Education Centre carries mandatory insurance cover relating to third parties. Kelston has full insurance cover with London Youth to cover against accidents or injuries and loss of personal possessions.

The 2012 camp will this year be a weekend away in early June. Full details available soon.


Full details will appear in March each year.

Dates: May Bank Holiday

Cost: approx. £150

High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre, Dorking, Surrey

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Full details will appear in March each year.

Dates: Start of Summer Holiday at end of July 2012

Cost: approx. £200

Alternates between the Lake District and North Wales.

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North Wales

The hostel we stay at is fully-equipped and is run by a registered charity called ‘The Barn Outdoor Pursuits Association’. The camp is jointly organised by Kelston, Westpark and Greygarth clubs. It iincludes a variety of sports and outdoor activities.

What to bring

         Two towels, pyjamas, wash bag
         Torch with spare batteries
         Three changes of clothes
         Presentable clothes for Holy Mass
         Sports clothes, swimming trunks
         Hiking boots & waterproofs
         Sun block lotion, cap & maybe sun glasses
         Water bottle and small back pack
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The rooms have duvets and bed linen so there is no need to bring a sleeping bag.

Please do not bring electronic equipment. Any mobiles must be switched off and used for emergencies only.

Each year the location of the Seniors Camp has tended to change, though we may well go to North Wales again on the next one in July.



Full details will appear in September of the year we go.

Dates: Late Dec to early Jan

Cost: approx £650

Ski resort: Axamer Lizum, Innsbruck, Austria or the Pyrenees.

For those over 14 at the date of the trip. A place can be booked on the trip by paying a deposit of £150, which will enable us to book flights at the earliest opportunity. Full payment due by November 30th, unless by special arrangement.




Full details will appear in March of the year we go.

Dates: Late July

Location varies each time.

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