What is a school retreat?
A retreat is . . .
A pause from the “business” of everyday life.
An opportunity to strengthen friendships.
A time for quiet prayer and reflection in a peaceful atmosphere.
An opportunity to build and strengthen friendships and promote understanding between students and teachers.
A fun ‘time-out’ for recreation, games, songs, learning and play.
St. Anthony staff work hard each day to nurture and develop young people academically, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Students are challenged grow and learn, to care for others, to love God and to appreciate their own special talents.
In addition to the everyday teaching and learning programs, our school offers students the opportunity to participate in a retreat experience. Retreats are part of a school’s Religious Education program. They are generally held away from the distractions of the normal school environment to help students to better focus on themselves, their spirituality, their future and their relationships with each other and God. Usually lasting one day or overnight, retreats include plenty of time for fun and games, team building, communal meals, group discussion, prayer and liturgies.
A retreat is a time for recreation, reflection and reunion. Students often take part in activities such as swimming, wall climbing, zip line, nature walks, crafts, team sports and physical challenge courses to help them develop their physical, social and team building skills.
However the major focus of retreat is on spirituality, with students and teachers sharing liturgies, Eucharist celebrations, group discussions and individual reflections. The experience is overwhelmingly positive, with students and staff gaining new insights about themselves and each other.
Much of the focus on these retreats is about teaching children to respect themselves, care for others and gain a new appreciation for their friends, families, classmates and teachers. Children also learn about responsibility, trust, and explore their relationship with God.
All efforts are made by our school to keep the cost of retreats affordable. No student is excluded from the retreat experience on the basis of financial hardship. Parents are encouraged to contact the school principal, in confidence, if their current circumstances make it difficult to pay for retreat.
Grade 6 Retreat – for one school day students engage in a fun spiritual day at the local Ski Lodge. Staff and our Religious Education Coordinator plan an exciting day for our students. Parents are invited to join the class for this memorable day.
Grade 7 – Our grade seven students experience an early morning start to their retreat day which includes a day trip to Camp Warawa. Staff and our Religious Education Coordinator plan an exciting day for our students. Parents are invited to join the class for this memorable day.
Grade 8 – As the seniors in our school our grade eight students venture for an overnight retreat to Camp HeHoHa. Staff and our Religious Education Coordinator plan an exciting day for our students. Parents are invited to join the class for this memorable trip.