The Year 10 Retreat was an opportunity for the cohort to unwind after their exams and reflect on who they are ‘From the Inside Out’. This is the students’ first two-day retreat in their time at Kolbe and encourages them to use their God-given gifts and talents to make the world a better place. Year 10 student leader Kelsey reflected, “I have learnt that it is not only easy, but fun to help others just as Jesus once did and make a difference.”
The retreat has a strong emphasis on faith in action. Christians are called to do good things in the world by the right of their baptism. Our faith is at the core of who we are and students explored this element of our being, with one student saying “I know that Jesus loves me no matter what”. Our young people explored the reality that God created them out of love to do great things.
Over the course of the two days, students had the opportunity to work in teams to deliver a Religious Education lesson on stewardship and ‘Caring for our Common Home’, which has been a strong emphasis of Pope Francis’ pontificate. Students also participated in some community service, either at Kolbe or at a local agency to give back to those who are less vulnerable. Another student reflected after this particular experience, “I have learnt that there is more than just me, my friends and family” through this experience.
This retreat encourages the Year 10s to take ownership of their lives and to be the person that God created them to be. It was terrific to see students feel good about helping others. Year 10 leader Isla Iriks declared “the small things you do have such a positive impact on other people around you” and fellow leader Ronan Masterson, “I have learnt that there is greater joy in serving others than myself.”