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Despite the early start – it was well worth it


The Class of 2019 attended their last retreat as a cohort and despite the early start at Eastern Beach, it was well worth it.

As the Year 13s took early morning photos at Eastern Beach, they were greeted by the sunrise. Fr Craig celebrated Mass and it was such a beautiful experience to be able to receive the Eucharist in God’s natural cathedral.

Shortly after, the Year 13s were served breakfast. This was followed by activities in their homerooms such as reconciliation, arts and crafts and games where teamwork was involved. The day also involved a talk from Dame Colleen Bayer who spoke to to the Year 13s about how precious the gift of life is. Sir Br. Pat Lynch also addressed the group, discussing the importance of taking a leap of faith and leadership.

During morning tea the Year 13s continued to bond as a year group through simply just getting to know each other a little better, and even through music, as a group of students from different cultures and backgrounds sang our school waiata in Maori.

After lunch the Year 13s finished off their last activities. The day then ended with all present thanking the teachers and staff for organizing such a beautiful and eye-opening retreat.

From all the Year 13s, we would like to thank Mr Piggin, Mrs Oliver and all of those who were involved in this retreat. Thank you for making it such an unforgettable experience for everybody, and these memories will forever be embedded in our minds and hearts.

Faith Cruz