On Thursday 25th February, Year 12 experienced its second day of the modified retreat program for 2021. Due to COVID-19 they have had their overnight retreat experience split over four days, three of which are in 2021. Their first day was held in Term 4 last year and involved a selection of the usual activities run on retreat.
Last Thursday, the second day revisited some of these activities while also giving them the opportunity to plan initiatives as a PC and as a House.
The middle part of the day involved a special House Trivia Competition made up of 50 questions across five challenging rounds. It also included a House flavour as every team was tied to their House and included a special fundraising option for Project Compassion. I was blown away by the spirit in which our students entered this activity with students raising almost $600 in the space of one hour. The generosity of our students must never be underestimated as many of them gave money willingly to not only support their House but also Caritas.
In the afternoon we welcomed Br Pat as he celebrated Mass with our Year 12 students. As I have written in previous newsletters, Mass has not been as readily available to us as a school community the past 12 months, so to have this opportunity was truly special.
I pray that our Year 12s continue to have a successful year and that they lead our school community with compassion. They will enjoy their third day of retreat early in Term 2 and will have the chance to contribute their time and talents to various social justice initiatives.