The Year 10 Retreat was held on Monday this week. The theme, “What if everyone cared”, based on a social justice focus, encouraged students to reflect on what each of them can do to make a difference in the lives of others. The Year 10 cohort was divided into three groups, consisting of both Marist and Mercy students, who travelled to three sites for the day – The Sailing Club, The Rowing Club and The Powerboat Club. Students listened to a range of speakers including a representative from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. BCC will be working closely with the Bunbury Blood Donor Centre to encourage all eligible members of our school community to donate blood (see info below). Representatives from CARAD (Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees) also facilitated a session and engaged students with a moving presentation about the plight of Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Students explored the Global Reality Meal (Caritas) where 80% of our Year 10 students only had rice for lunch, whilst 20% enjoyed subway rolls at a dining table. This highlighted to our students the injustices of poverty that exist in our world. Our Year 10 students conducted themselves in a mature and positive manner the whole day and made every effort to be involved with all the activities. They learnt to reflect, with gratitude, on what they have and recognise that they can contribute to our community and world in order to fight against inequality.
Many thanks must be extended to Ms Daria Smith, Ms Josephine Hutcheson, Mrs Janet Wilson, Ms Kate Jendrzejak, Mr David Norrish and Mr Michael Bryce, as well as to all the Year 10 RE Teachers and Trainees who attended and helped out throughout the day.