Sixth-Form Leadership Retreat

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SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER 2019 – SPEC – 10:00am – 4:00pm


Dear 6th form chaplain / RE teacher,

Sixth form comes with new challenges and responsibilities and prepares the way for university. This is an exciting time but also a hectic one! This leadership day strives to equip 6th formers with insightful and practical talks, small groups, workshops and activities facilitated by our group of international team members.

What does it mean to be a Catholic and take ownership of that? Where do I get my identity from? How to deal with stressors and changes that come my way? How can be use our time more effectively?

We will dive into these topics and more with different speakers while changing up the environment and setting from more serious to informal and fun, while making use of the extensive grounds while enjoying a catered lunch. We will close the day with a vigil Sunday Mass.

We are looking forward to an incredible Leadership Retreat Day on Saturday 5 October where we can empower and equip your 6th formers to face their future more rounded and prepared!

Contact me with any questions.

God bless,

JJ Hussem

Retreats & Formation Manager
SPEC Retreat Centre – Westminster Youth Ministry
020 3757 2503



  • Cost: £25 pp including lunch. Chaplain/teacher free.
  • Per school we accept a max of four 6th form students and 1 accompanying chaplain/teacher with a cap on 35 people total to ensure personal interaction and involvement.
  • Book your spot(s) by 1 October emailing JJ Hussem at



Introductions and team challenges
[Full-time international volunteer missionaries]

Identity: Who am I and what do I stand for? Character Development.
[JJ Hussem – Netherlands – M.A. Political Economy, M. Ed. English
– Radboud University Nijmegen]

Small group breakouts
[Full-time international volunteer missionaries]

Lunch (prepared by SPEC)


– Transition Tornadoes: Tackling Stressors and Changes
[Vanessa Speary – Australia – B.A. Mass Communication – Curtin University]

– 7 Habits of Effective People
[Sarah Edejer – Switzerland – B.Sc. in Ed. University of Geneva]

– Being Catholic in the Modern World: Making it Real
[JJ Hussem]

– Dynamic Thinking: Practical Teamwork Challenge
[Milan Poka – Hungary – B.A. Business & Computing – Arden University]

Sunday Mass (vigil)
[Fr. Mark Walker – U.K. – M.A. History – Durham University – Allen Hall Seminary London]

Final small group breakout debrief
[Full-time international volunteer missionaries]



Follow-up [official invites to come later, but mark your calendars!]

  • SPEC will be running Alpha for 11 consecutive weeks for 6th formers and university aged young adults starting after the second Leadership Retreat. We will specifically invite those who attended the first Leadership Retreat!
  • Starting Saturday 29 February 5pm – 7pm.
  • It is free! And we start with a meal!
  • If you cannot do all 11 weeks, that is totally fine, but come to the first one!
  • Great way to keep in touch, dive into our faith and build community.