Head of Campus Ministry | Mr Paul Antenucci

Kairos is an opportunity to take a breather in the midst of the busyness of Year 12.

Year 12 Kairos Retreat

Last Tuesday evening marked the conclusion of the fourth and final Year 12 Kairos retreat for 2017. Over 100 students, parents and staff gathered as a group of Year 12s completed their last formative experience at the Gregory Terrace Outdoor Education Centre.

The Kairos retreat is the last event in which Year 12s are invited to participate at the GTOEC at Maroon Dam. The students are challenged to clear all distractions and worries about life back in Brisbane and be fully present to each aspect of the retreat. Through talks from leaders, self reflection and small group discussions, we aim to support personal growth by:

  • Knowledge of self and others
  • Humility in shared challenges and sacred stories and
  • Wisdom in God’s Love and applying their new insight to the rest of their lives’.

Kairos is an opportunity to take a breather in the midst of the busyness of Year 12. It is a place where young men can ask honest questions and seek honest answers in an environment where others are permitted to do the same, with an understanding that nobody has it all figured out.

The 'success' of the Kairos Retreat depends mainly on the willingness of the participants to engage in the activities both individually and collectively. We present the 'carpe diem' (seize the day) challenge to them in the very beginning of the retreat. When the students take up this challenge, it is very special to be a part of the retreat as a leader and that was definitely the case for this year’s participants.

Congratulations to all participants who have chosen to make this a priority in the midst of the busyness and distractions of day-to-day life. A special thank you to all of the staff leaders, the College Leadership Team and GTOEC staff for making this possible.