Year 12 Retreat, 2018🤗🏖🤗 #KillesterSpringvale
Six weeks into our final year of high school and the stresses and eventfulness of Year 12 has finally hit us, so the Year 12 cohort were looking forward to, and deserved, a week to relax, meditate, de-stress and spend quality time with our year level on the Retreat. After the three hour bus trip to Daylesford, we arrived at Rutherford Park, where we toured the place and quickly settled into our cabins. We then split into groups to participate in activities such as laughing yoga, meditation and tai chi sessions. After that we split into discussion groups of twelve, along with a teacher, allowing us to talk to girls we do not normally talk to and discuss different parts of our lives. This allowed us to communicate and support other girls in our year level and gather their opinions on certain issues and stresses that we face daily with Year 12, as well as providing a safe, judgement free group to really open up and come outside of our comfort zones.
That night we showcased our incredible fashion skills in the annual newspaper fashion show, where we saw some creative designs and diverse ideas. However the fashion show wasn’t all fun and games, it was about expressing our individuality and uniqueness, as well as working as a team and cooperating to portray ideas from all members of our group.
On the second day, we continued our discussion groups and had our year level liturgy, where we really came together as a cohort. Throughout the liturgy we prayed together, listened to and watched gospels and scriptures which were dramatized by the girls, and performed the sign of peace to one another through the trading of friendship bracelets, which were earlier prepared by some of the discussion groups. We also sang songs together, which definitely solidified our closeness as a year level and highlighted the care, love and friendship we have for each other.
But Retreat was not all about channeling our biblical beliefs and religiousness, it was about coming together and bonding as a year level, reaching outside our comfort zones and refreshing our mind and soul for the year ahead and beyond. So with the endless supply of green cordial, good food and quality time with our peers, retreat was a great success for all those who attended.
We would once again like to thank Mr O’Neill, Ms Lawson and all of the other teachers who took the time out of their busy schedules and lives to come with us on retreat and helped make it the great experience it was. Year 12 Retreat is an opportunity to form and strengthen the bond between friendships and with God. It is definitely one of the highlights of high school we will remember it once we begin our journey outside the gates of KC.
Isabella Jenkins, Cylina Tran and Karina Diaz, Year 12