Kennedy Backeberg is boosted by friends during a ropes course exercise during a retreat last month for eighth graders from Holy Trinity School. (Courtesy Holy Trinity School)
Kennedy Backeberg is boosted by friends during a ropes course exercise during a retreat last month for eighth graders from Holy Trinity School. (Courtesy Holy Trinity School)
BEAVERTON — Graduation for the class of 2022 from Holy Trinity School here is set for Monday, June 13, 6 p.m.

Holy Trinity eighth-graders went on retreat this May for three days to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Theme of the retreat was transitions.

As eighth-graders are mentally already into summer and excited for the newness of high school, middle school religion teacher Chris Storm and middle school English language arts teacher Laura Thiebes planned days of prayer, meditation, adventure and reflection.

Cispus Learning Center provides bunk rooms, meals, classrooms, outdoor areas and several ropes courses. During the three days away, eighth-graders worked in groups on the ropes course to hone their teamwork and leadership skills. In classrooms, students reflected on their growth, faith and actions in conversation and writing. At night, Storm guided students through campfire meditations on the stories of biblical heroes like Moses and Noah. Eighth-graders spent a whole day on the ropes course and much time enjoying being outdoors and away from campus.

In a moment of hilarity, eighth grade girls and a chaperone spent an hour chasing a bat out of their classroom.

All students and chaperones returned spiritually filled, physically tired and smiling.