Growing Connection & Perspective at 7th-Grade Retreat
Bosque School 7th-graders recently took part in the annual 7th-grade retreat where they got the chance to get to know each other better while participating in some fun, community-building activities. All the activities were carefully and thoughtfully designed to help the students bond with their peers and teachers, cultivate a sense of closeness and trust among the group, and give the students a chance to develop their own goals for the year.
The two-day retreat took place on September 9 and 10 and began with a special Morning Meeting where our middle school counselor, Carmen Martinez-Tittmann led the students through a guided meditation that set the tone for the day. After the meeting, the students loaded into buses and headed up to Sandia Peak. From the top of the mountain, they hiked to the Kiwanis Cabin where they did some writing, sketching, and reflecting on some of the central themes they are contemplating as a group this year—such as the idea of perspective and the connection between themselves and a sense of place. Carson ‘27 said. “I need to think about how mountains can be seen from all perspectives and that can change your view of the world."
On the second day of the retreat, the 7th graders stayed on campus and broke into groups in which they created outdoor art projects, played cooperative games, and went on a silent walk in the bosque. Each of these rotations allowed the students to once again connect with themselves, the environment, and each other. At the end of the day, they came together in their advisory groups and wrote down their hopes and wishes, and placed them in a bottle to be opened at the end of the year.
The retreat was a wonderful opportunity for students and staffulty to create a solid foundation for the year and to really come together to determine how they want to grow both individually and as a group. It also gave them a chance to relax and get to know each other in a more creative, open environment. Trenton ‘27 summed it up well when he said, “It really took a load off my brain. Honestly, the retreat was kind of what I needed.”