The retreats of 2021 will be remembered for the great enthusiasm and involvement of all students who attended. Year 12 were given the opportunity to participate in important spiritual experiences on their three day Retreat amid the peaceful and serene environment of the Mulgoa Retreat Centre. They didn’t waste this opportunity.
Thanks to the staff from our College for their dedication to the Retreat program. Many staff from the College were instrumental in leading the boys through reflection, prayer, bushwalks and discussions about ‘Relationships and Consent’, ‘What it is to be a Man in the 21st Century’, ‘Goal Setting’, ‘The Importance of Communication’, and their future directions. The celebration liturgy organised by the students was very special as it is the last Retreat for this cohort. Parents and staff should be very proud of the input and maturity shown by Year 12.
Our guest speakers for the retreat were Ms Connor and Mrs Abbott-Atchison. They both spoke brilliantly and the boys left with lots to think about. Their talks were informative and inspiring and were well received by the boys.
I am confident that these quality experiences will have a lasting effect upon our boys in preparing them for the future. I have no doubt that in years to come, many boys will remember these few days as being very significant in their lives. I thank and congratulate all Year 12 for the quality of their involvement.
The staff at Mulgoa were lavish in their praise of these fine young men from St Edward’s. They could not speak highly enough of their positive attitude, friendliness, cooperation, courtesy, and willingness to enter completely into the spirit of the Retreat. A typical comment about the boys was, “I can’t get over how well rounded they are, probably because they have been exposed to a variety of social justice experiences.” This particular group is a great credit to their families and the College.
A special thank you to Mr McCauley the Year 12 Pastoral Leader, and Mrs Palmer-Brown our Leader of Learning Religious Education, for all the great work they did during these important days of review and reflection.
Mr A Beacroft
Director of Mission and Identity