School Retreat Program
Spiritual School Retreat Program
but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.
And the peace of God,
which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus.”
The School Retreat Program by Experience Wellbeing’s Donna Power reaches from Year 6 to Year 12. It offers students Gospel-centred experiences which nurture their spiritual, emotional and social growth, developing their skills for success and resilience in life.
Each retreat is an experience of wellbeing within the context of a Christian reflective practice. Scriptural stories and messages are brought to life by Donna’s unique animations and connected games and retreat activities. The students are encouraged and welcomed into a personal relationship with Jesus and to partner with God in creating a better world and loving those in their path.
A sense of the sacred is created by each retreat being conducted with attention to detail in every activity and resource used. Donna designs and facilitates the catholic school retreat program and can modify the retreat elements to suit your students’ needs. The inclusion of pre and post briefing experiences for students and staff is available if required.
School Retreats for Middle School
Year 6 Retreat: Leadership Development
“Raise the Bar”
Kohlberg’s stages of moral development and biblical stories of leadership provide the scaffolding for students to practice the values and skills for transforming behaviour and habits from self-service to servant-leadership.
Year 7 Retreat: Community Spirit
“Outsider to Insider”
The retreat day aims to bond the Year 7 cohort together and explore the concept of bringing those on the outside of the community to the inside. Connections are made between students through fun, trust-building games, small group sharing, live music and creative prayer experience.
Year 8 Retreat: Resilience
“The Gift of Confidence”
Students will find ways to give the gift of confidence to each other and build their own confidence through positive relationships, risk-taking, trust-building, affirmation activities and the Christian Faith.
Year 9 Retreat: Healthy Relationships
“Pieces of the Puzzle”
This school retreat offers an opportunity for students to experience, observe and practice the art of bringing out the best in others with the guidance of stories from Scripture and Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs.
School Retreats for Secondary School
Year 10 Retreat: Transition to Adulthood
“Marking the Milestone”
This retreat empowers girls and/or guys to move confidently into maturity with a positive self-image, a sense of purpose in life, encouragement from significant others and grounding in the Christian Faith.
Year 11 Retreat: Purposeful Life
“Leading with Love”
Students will reflect on how their interests and skills intersect with the needs of others, strengthen their resolve to live a life of purpose and enjoy a special day of nourishing their hearts and spirits together as a community.
Year 12 Retreat: Connecting to the Sacred
“Shine Your Light”
This retreat day allows the students time to celebrate their journey together, nurture their hearts and spirits and connect into the Sacred as they expand their impact on the world.