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Year 12 Retreat

Year 12 Retreat

Year 12 have just come back from their retreat at Mary River. A retreat by definition is ‘to move back or withdraw’ and this is exactly what our students did.

Year 12 Retreat

Year 12 have just come back from their retreat at Mary River. A retreat by definition is ‘to move back or withdraw’ and this is exactly what our students did. They stepped back from their day to day routines to stop, think and reflect on a variety of things that are pertinent to their lives as young people.

I was particularly impressed with how the students ‘trusted the mystery’ and let the program unfold naturally. I was also impressed with how they could detach themselves from their mobile devices! Yes parents - they can do it! I will leave it up to your child to discuss their experiences with you, as the retreat will relate to every student in a different way.

However, I take this opportunity to thank the members of staff who led sessions and acted as small group leaders. Retreats cannot happen without their generosity.

I also invite you to read Natasha Kulu’s experience of the Retreat below.

 

Stephen Versteegh
Assistant Principal Catholic Identity and Practice

Last week on Wednesday 15th of March our year 12 class embarked on a three day retreat to Mary River Resort accompanied by Mr Versteegh, Miss Bukovac, Mrs Fatima, Mr Mannion and Fr Dan. Arriving early in the morning students and teachers ecstatically hopped on a bus journeying one and a half hours on what would be our final retreat at St John’s Catholic College.

As we travelled out of Darwin we were welcomed with the beautiful scenery of the wetlands and once we had reached our destination, we were accommodated in air-conditioned cabins before beginning our sessions.

Our early sessions involved group activities and trust exercises where we worked in teams before being separated into three groups. In our groups we did activities where we got to learn more about the people in our groups and families.

Food was also in abundance! Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners were all catered by the kind staff at Mary River and both us students and staff bonded over meals as we sat together on tables.

 We also made use of our space and the beautiful weather by either relaxing by the pool or playing a game of ultimate Frisbee on the grass.

On our first night we prayed for our hopes and dreams for each person within our cohort and on our last night we were led in mass by our college chaplain Fr Dan.

 Coming to the end of the retreat most of us students had become closer to one another and in a sense became a family. We concluded the last of our sessions by making use of the environment around us to reflect on our time during the retreat and our own hopes and dreams for the future.

Overall it was one of my best experiences in school so far and is one I think I will Cherish forever.

By Natasha Kulu