year 8 retreat theme for catholic school facilitator

Year 8 or 9 Catholic School Retreat

Retreat Theme:  Healthy Relationships and Confidence

Retreat Scripture

“You are the salt of the earth.  You are the light of the world.  Let your light shine before others.”  Matthew 5: 13 -16

Theological and Pastoral Focus

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. 

Retreat Prayer and Craft Activities

year 8 and year 9 school retreat for catholic students

Individual Craft Prayer Activity:  Your students will create special ‘Salt Bottles’ with their choice and combination of coloured salts poured into a 20ml mini glass jar with cork.  They will create a swing tag for the neck of the bottle with a sparkle-paper symbol of an activity that ‘sparks up their soul’ and writing a commitment for how they will be ‘salt of the earth’ for their community.

Group Craft Activity: Your students will create a painting of a sparkler by placing paint thumbprints on a black canvas.  This will symbolise ‘shining their lights’ together and being ‘light for the world’.

Group Prayer Activity:  You are welcome to share your message for a few minutes to reiterate the retreat theme in your own way.  Your students will write prayers on special ‘salt of the earth’ themed prayer cards and then will share with the group.  They will acknowledge the goodness they see in others, pray for the suffering and vulnerable, pray for the grace to live by Noble Gospel Values and give thanks and praise to God.  Your students will receive a blessing.