Lithgow may have greeted Youth Ministry Coordinators Philippe Dulawan and Sebastian Duhau with a frosty autumn welcome, but it was the warmth of an animated group of Young Lasallian students from La Salle Academy in Lithgow, which proved to be quite uplifting.
The Lasallian zeal was infectious over the course of the two-day Year 11 and 12 Retreat, so much so that the Young Lasallian Team from Lasallian Mission Council, came away inspired by the group of Lithgow students who showed excellent engagement with the program content.
The group's enthusiasm and approach to participating in the activities were evident during the year 11 Retreat when witnessing some of the most impressive displays of teamwork and leadership skills. Students constructed newspaper towers that would have made the engineers of the Eiffel tower proud (or jealous) and with only the aid of newspaper and sticky tape.
The year 12 Retreat program provided students the opportunity to immerse in the program and impressing Youth Minister's Philippe and Sebastian with their thoughtful engagement on the reflective activities of the day.
Commenting on what made the Lithgow Retreats so enjoyable, Philippe said:
"Seeing a genuine display of authenticity and care for one another, going out of their way to include students who might have needed some extra help and support was really quite remarkable. This is why we do what we do."
"All students displayed a true sense of inclusion and respect for themselves and their peers," concluded Sebastian.