From the Director of Mission, Phillip Davis
Last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 31 October – 2 November 2018, all Year 12 students enjoyed the experience of the Senior Retreat. The Senior Students attended either the Benedict XVI Retreat Centre at Grose Vale (Aungier and O’Connor Houses), Kiah Ridge Christian Conference Centre, Tahmoor (Green and Quinn), Lutanda Toukley Centre on the Central Coast (Brennan and Lacey) or the Winmalee Christian Conference Centre in the Blue Mountains (Conlon and Green). Using games, activities, large group input, small group processing, meditation and liturgy, the Retreat program saw students reflect on self, family, peers, relationships, spirituality and their connection with God. The students are to be commended for their excellent cooperation during their Retreat. Staff commented that student participation was very positive in all aspects of the Retreat. I would like to sincerely thank the following staff who gave of their time to facilitate the Retreat Program:
Benedict XVI: Mr Barr (Supervisor), Mr McCoy (Presenter), Ms Alborough, Ms Binyamin, Ms Holmes, Mr New, Mr Wilmot
Kiah Ridge: Mr Porter (Supervisor) Mr Hearne (Presenter), Mr Bryant, Mr Chen, Ms Cooper, Ms Jones, Ms Kite, Mr Wallington
Lutanda Toukley: Mr Horrocks (Supervisor), Mr Thompson (Presenter), Ms Della Marta, Ms Hawley, Mr Newbury, Mr Pryor, Ms Stewart, Ms Toscano
Winmalee: Ms O’Sullivan (Supervisor) Mr Davis (Presenter), Mr Cornish, Ms Downey, Ms Falkinder, Mr McCallum, Mr Reidy, Ms Ryan.
I would also like to thank the staff who remained at school and took classes for those staff on the Retreat.
Some Student comments from their evaluation sheets:
“This Retreat opened my heart to other thoughts and ideas and made me think to live in the moment and live life to the fullest.”
“A real eye opener for who we really are. Would definitely recommend it for future HSC students.”
“I learnt a lot about myself and connected with people I wouldn’t otherwise talk to.”
“Really enjoyable and got a lot of positive moments out of it.”
“Good trip away, meeting new people and bonding with people I haven’t met before.”
“Great experience; one of the highlights for me at Waverley. If everyone buys into it, it is so good.”