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Empowering Students: Jubilee Catholic Secondary School's Transformative Retreats in Papua New Guinea

In a collaboration that exemplifies the power of teamwork and dedication, the Papua New Guinea Young Lasallians Youth Ministry team and staff at Jubilee Catholic Secondary School joined forces to create unforgettable end-of-year retreats. These retreats provided a unique opportunity for students to reflect on their academic journey, foster deeper connections, and prepare mentally for their upcoming National Examinations.

Nestled amidst the serene surroundings of the Montfort House of Prayer at Bomana, just a short drive outside Port Moresby, the retreats served as a haven away from home for the Jubilee students. With the guidance of their Pastoral teachers and the Religious Education Coordinator, Mrs. Elizabeth Ikupu, the students delved into the depths of self-discovery and personal growth.

The retreats had a profound impact on the participating students, prompting them to appreciate the importance of family and the blessings in their lives. One Grade 10 student expressed, "Being at Jubilee is like a home away from home," highlighting the sense of belonging fostered within the school community.

For Grade 12 students, the retreat became an opportunity for reconciliation and healing. As one student shared, "I am really blessed because I was able to reconcile with some of my classmates in the retreat." This act of forgiveness and unity served as a testament to the transformative power of the retreat experience.

Beyond the emotional and spiritual aspects, the retreats also played a crucial role in mentally preparing students for their upcoming National Examinations in October. By engaging in deep reflection and self-assessment, the students were able to cultivate a sense of inner strength and determination. Their newfound zeal will undoubtedly contribute to their commitment to promoting and upholding the rich heritage of Lasallian values long after their exams are over.

The success of these retreats would not have been possible without the exceptional leadership and commitment of Jubilee's Principal, Mrs. Miles. Her dedication to the Christian formation of the students has undoubtedly shaped their educational journey for the better. The Young Lasallians extend their heartfelt gratitude not only to Mrs. Miles but also to the parents, guardians, and, most importantly, the students themselves for embracing the retreat experience wholeheartedly.

The end-of-year retreats organised by the Papua New Guinea Young Lasallians Youth Ministry, in collaboration with Jubilee Catholic Secondary School, have left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of participating students. These transformative experiences not only offered a sanctuary for reflection and personal growth but also acted as a driving force for academic success. As these young individuals emerge from the retreats, they embody the essence of the Lasallian heritage, ready to make a positive impact on their communities and the world at large.