Past Programme Activities


Spring 2018

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

Saturday 13th January

All good terms begin with an unconventional round of ping pong. Feel free to use your own bats or Kelston’s, your hands, feet, or anything capable of returning the ball. Items used in the past have included kettles, rugs, and even a football, but these are likely not to be on the cards this time!

Saturday 20th January

After a long period away from school, there’s nothing like a competitive game of Articulate to jog the mind back into action. Two teams battle for ultimate supremacy in an attempt to describe correctly as many words as possible in one minute, 60 times over…

Sunday 27th January

Join us for a recent blockbuster movie, jam-packed with action and suspense.

Saturday 3rd February

Look forward to this week’s evening activity by reading the local and world news, and formulating your opinions on one or two pieces. What follows is Roundtable, where participants are challenged to lead and contribute to discussions on current affairs, along with some more bizarre topics…

Sunday 4th February

This is a special event for those who wish to enjoy Super Bowl LII overnight in Kelston. Be transported to Minneapolis for one evening (and morning – the game ends at 3am!) where this year’s legendary face-off will be staged. Bring typical American snacks: team football shirts optional.

Friday 9th to Sunday 11th February

This weekend’s retreat at Wickenden Manor provides a golden opportunity to develop your personal spiritual resolutions for the New Year. Leave at 8pm on Friday and back 6pm on the Sunday. Details to follow. For those who do not wish to take part, the club runs as usual. On the Saturday evening, there will be a short seminar and discussion on how to study well, and preparing for revision. It will take place again closer to the exam season during the summer term.

Saturday 17th February

This weekend we will open the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog, by dining at a local Chinese or oriental restaurant. Bring £12-plus and a readiness to move beyond chicken chow mein and noodles!

Saturday 24th February

Marvel at the wonders of the natural world during this week’s episode of Planet Earth, complete with high-resolution videography and David Attenborough’s time-honoured voice.

Saturday 3rd March

Test your checkmating abilities in the traditional Study Centre chess tournament. A ladder system will provide every motivation to spur yourself on to the higher boards: all the while, enjoy a homemade cappuccino.

Saturday 10th March

Challenge yourself in a game of five-a-side football at a local venue. Invite your friends; bring £6 and suitable Astros for a spring kick-about.

Saturday 17th March

This week’s guest speaker has extensive experience and knowledge of the political world. Feel free to ask questions after a fascinating talk on a crucial aspect of modern world politics.

Saturday 24th March

Laugh and make others laugh in the end of spring term show. Be creative, by thinking of and performing original sketches or old sketches in new ways. Musical, artistic, comedic, and acting prodigies all welcome.

For those who would like to take a spring retreat and missed the previous one, there will be an opportunity to do so this weekend at Thornycroft Hall near Manchester. Details to follow.

There will be the usual annual Intensive Study Week in Thornycroft Hall in Cheshire during Easter Week. Full details will be available in March.

Seniors                           Years 8 to 10, Sat 1.45-6.15pm

Saturday 13th January
Pizza Building Challenge. Everyone knows how to make a pizza… or do they? Come and experiment crafting the ultimate pizza.

Saturday 20th January
A special guest speaker will unravel the mysteries behind the ongoing Star Wars trilogy.

Sunday 27th January
Come ready for the ultimate quiz of the senses. Test your senses of taste, smell, hearing and sight!

Saturday 3rd February
Build-a-Tower-in-an-Hour Competition. Your team will be given limited materials to make the tallest and strongest tower.

Saturday 10th February
Feature film. Sit back and enjoy a blockbuster on the big screen.

Saturday 17th February
Come and enjoy a walk around China Town to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Leave Kelston at 2:15pm and return to the club at 6:30pm. Bring your Oyster card. 

Saturday 24th February
Build your circuit for a Bottle Lid Competition. Try to design the most difficult course that you can. But watch out - you will have to race on it too to win!

Saturday 3rd March
The Seniors Five-a-Side Football Competition in the common. Form your own team and bring along your kit and the £2 entry fee. Friends are welcome to take part. 

Saturday 10th March
Study Session in preparation for the final term exams. Bring study and books for the study period. There will be a special get-together today.

Saturday 17th March
Chess Challenge. Battle your way up the ranks, as you endeavour to become the Chess Champion of the Kelston Seniors.

Saturday 24th March
Call My Bluff: the timeless team game of trickery and cunning. Things to bring: a sense of humour and quick thinking!

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

Saturday 13th January
Sausage Roll Making Competition. Who can make the best roll? Bring £3 to pay for the ingredients.

Saturday 20th January
Back by popular demand, we will make a trip to the Science Museum. Bring lunch & travel money/Oyster card. Leave at 10am, back in Kelston at 3.30pm. Dads welcome to come on this trip.

Sunday 27th January
Make a Remote Control Car Race Track. Then we will see who is the quickest on it!

Saturday 3rd February
Feature Film. Today we will watch a recently released family blockbuster.

Saturday 10th February
Activity Project Part 1. This morning we have the first Activity Project session. Plan out your project.

Saturday 17th February
Kelston Guinness Book of Records. Get yourself into the legendary Kelston Book of records page!

Saturday 24th February
Activity Project Part 2. Start developing your project this week.

Saturday 3rd March
Activity Project Part 3. Last activity project session of the term. Project presentations at the end of the morning.

Saturday 10th March
The Annual NBC 5-a-side Football Tournament. Get a team of friends together to enter the competition. Entry forms with full details will be available from early February.

Saturday 17th March
Battle of wits, it’s the Kelston multimedia quiz!

Saturday 24th March
The traditional End-of-Term Olympics. We will watch a slideshow of this term’s events. Younger brothers aged 8 and above are welcome today.

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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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