Camps & Retreats
Student Retreat Program
Students in grades 7 to 10 have a full day Retreat and a series of Retreat workshops throughout the year, facilitated by the Youth Development team at St Vincent de Paul. Students in Years 7 and 8 spend two dynamic days with Dave Jorna from Project Hatch, who delivers a rich and diverse program around right relationships, family, self-identity and students “stretching” themselves to reach their full potential. Along with letter writing, interactive games, songs and personal reflection time, students are engaged in individual, small group and whole group activities with fellow students and supervising staff within their cohort. It is wonderful to watch the participation and assistance across these two days.
Students in Year 11 have a special Retreat evening as part of their Year 11 Leadership Camp. There is a focus on character strengths, relationships and the gifts of community. Retreat experiences are sacred, individual and an essential element to the Catholic school calendar. The discussions during this time are very powerful and at the same time evoke emotions of vulnerability, a sense of camaraderie and strengthens relationship bonds.
Students in Year 12 participate in a three-day beach Retreat, as part of their rite of passage, to celebrate and commemorate the completion of their final year of schooling. Across the three days, students participate in a variety of activities founded in Gospel Values, biblical stories and life lessons. Fr Ray Crowley and College Chaplain, Mr Ryan Baines join us during Retreat for some of our spiritual sessions.
Camps are an essential part of the school curriculum and are a compulsory activity for students. Each year, camps for all year levels are held at various outdoor education sites across South East Queensland – from natural bushland to coastal settings.
Each site provides qualified staff to facilitate the camp activities your daughter will be involved in. Camps are fun and adventurous occasions that enable unique learning experiences.
Each year level having a particular focus, noting that a retreat aspect is also incorporated into each camp:
• Year 7 – Making connections with others, sense of belonging to a community
• Year 8 – Strengthening friendships, teamwork
• Year 9 – Self-challenging, building resilience, tolerance of others
• Year 10 – Preparation for leadership, working together in teams
• Year 11 – Positive relationships, effective role models
• Year 12 – Celebrate and commemorate the completion of their final year of schooling
These experiences are essential for the personal and spiritual development of all students as they continue their journey through College life.