Dear Parents & Caregivers,


Once again we begin the organisation for the Senior Retreats, a major feature of Religious Education curriculum at Marian Catholic College. There is little doubt that retreats represent one of the most effective expressions of Catholic school culture and belief. The retreat experience focuses on the development of reflective awareness, a sense of belonging, an appreciation of the need for reconciliation, a deep respect for the value of personal story, the opportunity for the development of a relationship with God and a search for religious meaning. While this sounds very challenging, feedback from students invariably affirms the impact and influence of retreats on their personal spiritual journey.


The organisation of Year 11 Retreats for 2019 is as follows: (Students will be allocated into groups A, B or C by Mr van der Meer.)

Venues: Group A – Deer Park, Port Hacking.
Group B – Rathane, Port Hacking.
Group C – Banksia, The Tops, Stanwell Park.
Dates: Wednesday 7 August to Friday 9 August.
Times: Depart Marian 9.10am Wednesday; Return to Marian by 1.30pm Friday.
Cost: (The cost has been added to your School Fees Account)
Students must bring: Linen, a sleeping bag, warm clothing, toiletries, towel and a small torch.
Do not bring: Large amounts of money or other unnecessary valuables. Students’ mobile phones will be available for use in free time only.


Special dietary needs can be catered for when prior notification is given. Please complete all details on the Information and Preferences form below – briefly include food allergies, dietary requirements and special medical needs that we need to consider. Students with medication must have it clearly labelled with their name, doctor, and specific instructions for its use. Staff will supervise the dispensing of these medications as necessary. Medication must be left with their retreat manager during the retreat.


The Senior Retreat experiences are special for students and teachers. Before going on retreat the rules and expectations that the College has regarding student conduct, cooperation, and the possession and or use of banned substances, are very clearly explained to students.


Marian teachers who are attending the retreats have the dual responsibility of conducting retreat sessions as well as supervising the students for three days and two nights. For this reason, breaches of the rules are simply not tolerated. Parents and students need to be aware that students who are uncooperative or who breach the rules will be sent home immediately. This policy will be strictly enforced. This will necessitate parents coming to the retreat site to collect their son or daughter.


Students will be sent home if they breach ANY of the following:

  • Bringing and / or using any of these substances: tobacco products; alcohol; unlawful drugs; amphetamines; and any mood-altering substances;
  • Being out of one’s assigned room between lights out and 6.00am;
  • Damaging retreat venue property through irresponsible behaviour;
  • Engaging in any dangerous or inappropriate activities;
  • Disobeying the rule of boys not permitted in girls’ accommodation area and girls not being permitted in boys’ accommodation area at ANY time.


The Year 11 Retreat is a valuable experience in students’ lives and one that they often treasure for many years to come. We hope that your son or daughter benefits from the retreat experience.


Please ensure that all parent contact details are up to date with the office as we may need to contact you in case of an emergency.


The Permission form and Student Information forms (below) must be completed before Tuesday 11 June, 2019.


Senior Retreats are considered of such importance that attendance at both the Year 11 and Year 12 Retreat is compulsory for all students. All parents and students signed the Senior School Agreement prior to enrolment in Year 11. It stated ‘students would be required to attend the mandatory Retreats in their senior years’ at Marian Catholic College’.


Please contact any of us if you require clarification on any of the matters raised in this correspondence.


Yours sincerely,

Mrs Jayne Campbell
Mr David van der Meer
Year 11 Leader of Learning
Mr Michael Hruby
Leader of Learning – Religious Education


Parents must complete the first part of the permission form, students to complete the second part of the form indicating food requirements and friendship groups. (Please Note: both forms must be filled in by parents and students together and are unable to be entered separately)


Year 11 Retreat, 2019 - Permission Form