The Retreat experience is one of the most valued oppurtunities by students as they reflect on their years of schooling in our HSC exit surveys.
The goal of our Retreat Program is to provide quality experiences for our students to explore their relationship with themselves, others and God. Years 7, 8 and 9 students participate in Reflection Days at the College or in the local area, organised and run by the College Leader of Evangelisation and assisted by the College Youth Ministry Officers. Year 10 participate in a two-day overnight Retreat, and Year 12 in a three-day experience As these Retreats are such an important part of the spiritual, emotional and social development of students at MacKillop College, they are compulsory events.
MacKillop College is a secondary school of the St Agnes' Parish. Staff, students and families from MacKillop College are immersed in a variety of ministries within the St Agnes' Parish and wider Lismore Diocese.
Youth Ministry Officers (YMO’s)
These are young adults trained in Youth Ministry within our school and parish. These young people work with the Leader of Evangelisation in order to offer opportunities for our students to further explore their faith within their lives.
Lunchtime groups which are organised by the YMO’s at the College throughout the year. These include experiences for Year 7 & 8, 9 & 10 and 11 & 12 on separate days. These groups provide an opportunity for students to socialise, ask questions and grow in their faith.
Youth Ministry Classes
Year 9 and 10 students are offered the opportunity to participate in Youth Ministry classes. These classes are designed to encouraged the students to explore their faith, serve the community and participate more fully in the life of the Church, while completing the Religious Education curriculum. Each year we offer one Youth Ministry class per year group.
LISMORE Diocese events that are offered to MacKillop Students
Year 7: Transitus Retreat (Diocesan)
Year 8: Festa Christi (Diocesan) and Catch the Wave (YMO at MacKillop)
Year 9 and 10: SHINE (Offered to Youth Ministry Students)
Year 11 and 12: KAIROS (St Agnes Parish initiative) LEAD (Diocesan) Street Retreat (Diocesan) SHINE (Diocesan)
IGNITE Conference – held in Brisbane, is an annual discipleship event offered to Year 9 – 12 students within our diocese. (Emmanuel Community, Brisbane)
Australian Catholic Youth Festival – A biennial event under the direction of the Australian Bishops
Cultural Immersion Program
The Christian Outreach program aims to provide opportunities for the marginalised, less fortunate and the underprivileged, foster a relationship between our College community and our sister school in Visale, Solomon Islands and empower our students to be involved in an initiative underpinned by Gospel values. In essence, the program aims to “make a difference” and put a face to Christianity through a Cultural Immersion Program.
Students and staff embark on a trip during mid-year holidays, immersing themselves in the culture of the community at Visale.
During this time the team assist the local community to build better facilities at the school and continue to build on the friendships we have developed as a College with the residents of Visale.
See below for our images from the previous programs.