Year 11 Reflection Day - 'Religion and Society'

22 February 2016 | General Interest

This year on Tuesday February 16, our Year 11 students heard from a range of different speakers on their reflection day offering them a sound foundation to the various topics they will study over the course of 2016 in their RE classes. Each session offered students’ valuable and insightful information on Catholic ethical thinking, Aboriginal spiritually and religious experience.

Our morning workshop welcomed Fr Nicholas Pearce who was representing ‘Catholic Voices’ on this occasion. Catholic Voices was established by a team of lay Catholics to put the Church’s case in the public square, especially through the media, social media and other public engagements. Fr Pearce positively shed light on the Catholic Church’s teachings and position, especially concerning the ‘Hot Button’ issues. The workshop was certainly engaging and participatory.

Our next workshop was certainly a powerful one, Scott Darlow an Australian singer/songwriter based in Melbourne successfully used his music as a tool to open the hearts and minds of our students. Scott spoke to our students about Indigenous culture and challenged them to help facilitate reconciliation and understanding. Through our student feedback tool, it was obvious that students were deeply moved by this session and felt Scott’s was blessed with the ability to connect, inspire and educate them on indigenous culture.

Youth Mission Team (YMT) concluded our day with the theme of ‘Self Image’. Students engaged in personal sharing, ice breakers and role plays allowing them more fully appreciate their uniqueness and worth. The day concluded with a beautiful candle ceremony where students could lay forth their personal intentions