Retreats & Camps
Bath Street Campus
At the Bath Street Campus the children embark on their faith journey in various ways.
Each day is begun with some form of prayer in Homerooms, while Monday morning assemblies combine prayer with singing. Respect is a big part of life at Bath Street and we reinforce this with various concepts such as being “Bucket Fillers”, knowing “ants” from “elephants” as well as having an excellent wellbeing program; “Bounce Back”.
Being a KidsMatter school, we focus on mental health and wellbeing, formally teaching the skills of social and emotional language.
In a religious context, these concepts are taught via the “Journey in Faith” program from the Darwin Catholic Education Office and a program called “Make Jesus Real”.
The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist are available at Bath Street and while not all families choose for their child to receive the Sacraments, all students participate in Sacramental education.
Finally, on the first Friday of each month the whole campus participates in the celebration of our “First Friday Mass”. This takes place in the OLSH Parish Church (in Hartley Street). Parents and friends are most welcome to attend and join with the children in this vibrant celebration.
The Traeger Campus offers camps for students in Year 5 and Year 7.
The Year 5 students attend the three day “Alice on the Line” camp at the Telegraph Station. This experience is the culmination of the history unit students study throughout the term. It enables them to apply the knowledge they have gained about life in the township in the late 1800s. This camp also allows students and teachers to develop their relationship in a pastoral setting outside the classroom.
The Year 7 students attend a camp interstate. This experience assists new Year 7 students to settle into OLSH and to develop friendships with other students. Continuing students are able to build upon and strengthen existing friendships. The camp aims to build relationships, enhancing self-confidence and self-esteem.
In addition to these camps, Year 6 students are involved in a Reflection Day as part of their Confirmation preparation. This experience allows all students to reflect on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as well as allowing the students undertaking Confirmation to partake in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the preparation required for their spiritual journey. It is a day that allows all Year 6 students and their teachers to come together to celebrate their learning and deepened understanding around the Sacraments. The day concludes with a Mass that allows celebration through liturgy and helps foster their spiritual growth.
Retreat days are designed to provide the students with an opportunity to reflect on their lives, their hopes and aspirations and to appreciate where they stand in terms of their relationships with their family and friends. Retreats are regarded as an essential part of the College’s program in helping our students become young men and women of faith who can apply the principles of Justice, Love and Peace to their lives both at school and in the broader society. As such, they are regarded as an extremely significant experience for all students. Attendance on these days is expected.
Year 9 students travel to Canberra for a week long excursion taking advantage of all the educational opportunities available to students in our Nation's capital. Students visit Parliament House and the Parliamentary Education unit, the Australian War Memorial, National Art Gallery, Questacon and a range of other attractions.
Year 10 students participate in a reflection day at the Marian Centre. The main focus for this day is to develop, challenge and encourage our young people to actualise their own potential and use their unique gifts and talents to serve others and make a difference to their school. In conjunction with the reflection day, Year 10 students also participate in the "Love Bites" program. This extremely successful school-based Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault prevention program is based on best practice standards for education programs as recommended by the Federal Government funded Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearing House and other leading academics in the area of violence against women.
The Year 11 Leadership Colloquium challenges students to examine their role as leaders in the College. During the two days, students examine questions related to leadership such as: “Leadership: who are you?”; “What kind of leader am I?”; “What makes a good leader?”; “Issues confronting young people today”; “Leadership and legacy”.
The Year 12 Retreat is centred on the theme “A future full of hope”. The retreat is held over three days. The retreat provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their life and on their experience over past years at the College. They also explore their hopes and goals for the future. This retreat is regarded as an essential part of the Faith Development Program offered at the College and is compulsory for all Year 12 students.