Year 12 John XXIII House Retreat

Year 12 John XXIII had the privilege of spending their Retreat at Arrabri Lodge in Warburton. Our three days were filled with many activities that challenged us to work as a team and took us out of our comfort zones. Our first night was spent creating birthing kits for women in remote areas across the globe and, in total, we made 400 sterile kits that will be sent to Birthing Kits Australia. This activity was one we all enjoyed, knowing we were assisting those less fortunate than ourselves. Our relationships with one another strengthened, our homeroom groups had valuable time together and John XXIII became like a family. It was fantastic to have a one-on-one chat with our homeroom teachers to discuss our goals for this year and next, discussing our strengths and pathways. The beautiful sunshine allowed us to experience all the outside activities the camp had to offer – swimming pool, mini golf, giant swing, flying fox and archery! We even got to spend some time with Mr Banks who went on the swing and flying fox. Time was spent reflecting and planning, we were asked to be open to all that was put forward. Overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for everyone. 

My favorite experience was...

“Making the birthing kits” - Bethany Hansen

“Reading the letters our loved ones wrote for us” - Sophie Stephenson

“Writing the affirmations for our homeroom members” - Lauren Cameron 

“Mr Woodhouse conducting tai chi on the oval” - Matthew Steinberg

“Going on the giant swing” - Angus Cameron

“Bonding with friends during the free time” - Jai Power


Written by: Lara Sumner, Lauren Cameron and Bethany Hansen

Sharon Marshall
John House Coordiantor