Assistant to the Dean of Identity | Mr Chris Zammit
Last week our final group of young men from Year 12 took part in the fourth Kairos Retreat for the year. Over 150 Senior students have taken up the invitation to participate in this unique opportunity to reflect on their journey so far and make commitments for the journey ahead. The word ‘Kairos’ is the Greek word for God’s time and is an important reminder that each of us needs to take time away from the busyness of day-to-day life. Throughout this time, students are challenged with the important questions and invited to reflect on their relationship with God and each other and how we are called to make a difference in our world and gain a greater level of self-awareness in order to move forward and be the best version of themselves.
Our final Year 8 Emmaus Retreat is also being held this week, where each Year 8 student has had an opportunity to reflect on the people with whom they walk their journey and acknowledge the part that others play in their lives. It has also been a time to recognise the qualities and attributes that we aspire to replicate, break apart the concept of masculinity and name the many ways we can be people who walk alongside others when called to do so.
The Year 9 camp and retreat experiences commence next week, and students will reflect on the passage in Micah ‘to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God,’ and what it means to be uncommon men in our world today.
I would like to thank all those staff who have been involved in our continued retreat program throughout the year - Mr Andrew Stormonth, Ms Emma Hatchett, Mr Steven Hohn, Mrs Louise Cosgrove, Ms Natalie Berndt, Mr Anthony Baruksopulo, Mr Anthony O’Shea, Mr Rob Johnson, Mr Damien Fall, Mr Jonathan Rubino, Mr David Mandall, Br Damien Price and our House Deans, along with the talented team of Peer Ministers, for guiding our young men towards becoming true Terrace Gentlemen.
Every blessing for the journey ahead.