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Retreats are an important and compulsory part of Religious Education at the College. They give our students the opportunity to reflect on their own lives, their faith in God and their experiences as members of our Catholic College community. Our retreats endeavour to build positive relationships between students, teachers and the community.

Each retreat is facilitated by a dedicated team of teachers and guests. Students also contribute to the days through their positive attitudes, cooperative behaviour, open minds and hearts. Retreats are for everyone, regardless of their faith background. They remind us that we all belong and are all valued members of the O’Loughlin Catholic College community. We are ‘One in Christ’.

Years 7 to 12 program overview:

Year 7
Together as One! (Belonging & Growing Up)                        
We are welcome here. We belong here. We will grow together in faith.
Make us one in Christ. (John17:21)

Year 8
Worth What? (Peer pressure) – facilitated by NET Ministries                           
We are all made by God. We all matter. We are called to love one another.
I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands; (Isaiah 49: 15-16)

Year 9
Catch the Wave! (Introduction to Youth Ministry) – facilitated by St Edmund’s Youth Ministry Team (Canberra)                           
Knowing God’s love. Breaking through with Jesus.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. (John 3: 16)

Year 10
Everybody’s Doin’ It  – facilitated by NET Ministries                           
A Christian vision for our sexuality. 
So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1: 27)

Year 11
The Gift
The gift of self. The gift of each other. The gift of faith in God.
We have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. (1 Corinthians 2:12)

Year 12
Looking In / Looking Out
Who am I? Where am I headed?
Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5: 16)