Do you remember when retreats involved a lot of hushed voices, hastily drawn symbolic etchings and vague expressions of well-being? Well how about zip-lines, fire-starting, fish-gutting, sing-alongs … and an impromptu birthday party, to boot?
Yes, we believe that the Sixth Year Retreat to Ovoca House in Avoca has been a change for the better. Never before have we heard a 100% approval rating from the students involved and it was not just because the hosts kept them moving with fun-filled and challenging activities: the boys and girls did do proper, traditional retreat stiff too, such as team-building, goal-setting and reflection. It was just that the whole overnight trip was so well-planned and well implemented, it satisfied both the needs and the wants of those involved. And, of course, Alex (and his friends) enjoyed the birthday cake and the resultant craic. A big thank-you to Ms. deBhal and Mr. Carvill for taking part so enthusiastically!