Posted by Mr. Bill Rollo, Year 10 Co-ordinator / Br. Gary Wilson
on 11 June 2021
"Amazing month of May.... The Jindabyne outdoor educationtrip was a highlight, and most likely (will) be a talking point for many years. (and) The retreat that was held later in the month. In both instances, I have seen personal growth in many students, which will set them up well for senior years.
"The purpose of running the camp is to extend and challenge students as a whole. They had the opportunity to strengthen bonds with other students in the year group, and provide students with challenges, and the chance to grow in a completely different environment.
"The weather at the start dampened some spirits, but saw the groups work together to overcome adversity. By the end of camp, the cohesiveness of each group showed through with strong-team building activities and a sense of belonging. (A major highlight) was seeing a group summit (of) Mount Kosciuszko, and later reflecting on the trek. When first asked about this, most students used negative language to describe the trek.A few wise words (were offered) about working together, making the summit as a team, supporting each other, sharing the experience, overcoming the same challenges. The group at the end of camp reflected that the trek was the most worthwhile and best part of the camp.
They had the opportunity to strengthen bonds with other students in the year group, and provide students with challenges, and the chance to grow in a completely different environment.
"The second (highlight) was watching a student learn how to ride a bicycle. This student was (very unsure and fearful). With support from the wonderful ALI staff and teacher/parent support,this student not only was able to ride, but enthusiastically take on mountain biking obstacle courses.Magic moments!
"A special thank you to parents that attended and supported the students on that week. If it wasn't for the support of the parents, camps like this would be nearly impossible to run.
In the following week saw the Year 10 Retreat conducted by Sebastian Duhau, Br Arian, and Maddy Forde of the Youth Ministry Team of the District. With them as leaders were Bathurst Diocese Youth Ministers Bec Geddes (based at James Sheahan, Orange) and Winston Neville (based at La Salle Academy, Lithgow). (The following day they facilitated thee Year 8 retreat day on the theme "I am courageous"
As Mr. Rollo commented: "This was a wonderful opportunity for Year 10 to gather together again on the back of the Jindabyne experience. The theme for the day was 'Service, Opportunity, Sacrifice SOS'. The day engaged the students with thought-provoking discussion and the opportunity to share ideas. The level of maturity and willingness to actively take part in the day was wonderful to see".