Faith Formation Retreat Programs by Donna Power

Year 6 Retreat:  Leadership  

year 6 catholic retreat for catholic schools by Donna Power from Experience Wellbeing

Your students will be inspired and encouraged to be servant leaders who work for the common good, protect the vulnerable and confidently claim their position as everyday leader.   They will learn about servant leadership through teamwork games, a Project Kindy story and a re-telling of Lawrence Kohlberg’s stages of moral development.  The songs, games, activities, prayers and input give your students an opportunity to develop their skills and understanding of Christian leadership.

Year 7 Retreat:  Healthy Relationships

Year 7 retreat by Donna Power for catholic school faith formation in Brisbane Queensland

Your Year 7s are usually a new cohort from various schools who are in the midst of ‘forming or storming’ phases of Bruce Tucker’s stages of team development, “forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning”. This faith formation retreat invites your students to reflect on what it means to cultivate a culture of welcome in their group. They will learn from scriptural stories where Jesus actively welcomes outsiders to the inside. Your students will enjoy creating Peace Prayer Bands, playing games and sharing activities that bring them closer together and move them towards the ‘norming’ phase.

Year 8 or 9 Retreat:  Healthy Relationships and Confidence

year 8 catholic retreat for catholic schools by Donna Power from Experience Wellbeing

Inspired by Jesus’ sermon on the mount, your students will deepen their understanding of how to build positive relationships and self-confidence in a ‘salt of the earth’ kind of way. The input and activities draw on Noble Gospel Values, Catholic theological anthropology and evidence-based recommendations from research on resilience and relationships. The retreat will invite your students to bring out the best in themselves and each other under the loving guidance of God. 

Year 10 Retreat:  Self Acceptance, Resilience

year 10 catholic retreat for catholic schools by Donna Power from Experience Wellbeing

This retreat marks your students’ growth into maturity as individuals within a community.  The input and and activities encourage your students to reflect on their own stories to build a positive self-image, an appreciation of their noble purpose and healthy spirituality.  If at all possible, it would be ideal to have a letter of affirmation written for each student by a parent, caregiver or teacher to incorporate encouragement from their community on the day.

Year 11 or 12 Retreat: Resilience

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Your students will be invited to explore how to be their best selves, armed with strategies to develop their skills in spirituality, relationships and resilience. The input and activities are designed around wisdom found in Genesis, Catholic theological anthropology and research on wholehearted, resilient living.  Your students will reflect on their own stories and connect in with God’s story. Your students will enjoy a deeper experience of prayer together and individually.