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Scripture Union weekend 2017

The SU weekend, a highlight of the school year, took place this year from 15th -17th of September. As always, the buses arrived at the famous Castlewellan Castle, and out came a crowd of enthusiastic and excited pupils (and staff).

The 3 days were crammed with fantastic games and challenges. On the Friday evening, the annual midnight walk was full of fun and topped off with a spectacular, clear view of thousands of stars, enough to take your breath away.

Saturday- the big day! ‘Hunt the Disciple’ and ‘Minute to win it’ challenges did not disappoint as many discovered their hidden talents, or lack of! The ‘Wide Game’, once again, is a key part of the SU weekend. The sheer determination of some players to not give up their elastic bands is a sight to behold. And, of course, the highlight, the ‘Slip ‘n Slide’! Armed with a hose and fairy liquid, Mr McKenna prepares you for the slide down the slippery slope. One tip I have learnt over the years is to keep your mouth shut on your way down, unless you want a mouth full of soapy water and maybe even some grass!! The evening is always a blast with the traditional SU games, such as Never Have I Ever and Honey If You Love Me. The activities are topped off with a trip to the maze on Sunday, and even after my 6 years of SU weekends, I always get lost!

It wouldn’t do without mentioning the food at Castlewellan. From the Mauds ice cream to the roasties with the Sunday dinner, you are sure to be well fed!   

We had the privilege of having AGS past pupil Reuben Moore along with us to read from the Bible and engage us in 4 encouraging and inspiring talks. Our theme this year at SU is Discipleship which Reuben expanded on and challenged us to SEEK, SERVE and SHARE Jesus with all our hearts. 

The memories I have made on the SU weekends will be cherished for a long time, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t sad to leave the Castle this year. I have made life-long friends and would highly recommend any one to go, you will not regret it!

Alice Mitchell 14E