Faith Formation Retreat Programs by Donna Power
Year 6 Retreat: Leadership
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 by reflecting on their experience during teamwork games and live music, animations, Project Kindy stories and by creating their own mission commitments personally and as a group. The songs, games, activities, prayers and input give your students an opportunity to develop their skills and understanding of Christian leadership. Your students will also receive “I am With You” Rosary Beads and booklet as an invitation for continuing on their faith formation.
Year 7 Retreat: Healthy Relationships
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
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
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
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.
Staff Retreat: Work/Life Satisfaction
Your staff will enjoy a variety of experiences that invite them to engage more deeply with their own stories, with each other, with your school ethos and the Catholic faith. They will explore what it means to find peace amongst the demands of work and life through cultivating noble Gospel values and spirituality. The chance to connect together in small groups and to share more deeply with each other is something that your time-poor staff will really enjoy.