Home' Maristian Magazine : Volume 16 November 2011 Contents Youth Ministry & Community Service
Term 3 proved a busy one for all aspects of Youth Ministry, with students
participating in a range of significant events.
Year 12 MYM team sprang into action at the Year 10 Count Your Blessings
Reflection Day. The boys were very impressive delivering excellent
personal sharings, a drama, leading small groups and preparing a liturgy for
the Year 10 students.
Students from Marist College, alongside students from six Catholic
secondary schools, filled the Daramalan College hall for a local World Youth
Day Rally. It included live music, videos, drama, prayer and testimonies
presented by young people from each of the schools. The colleges had also
each made their own crosses for the day, which were processed into the
hall along with a replica of the World Youth Day Cross.
the Year 11 Marist Youth Ministry Team provided a retreat experience for
the Year 5 Borthers Together students on the theme ‘Love of Work’.
Through a series of games, skits, small groups, prayer and personal sharing
and teachings, the Year 11’s engaged the Year 5’s in considering how they
could use their gifts to the full and also to help other people as Saint
Marcellin did. You could tell by the happy faces and the responsiveness of
the Year 5’s that they enjoyed the opportunity to meet the Year 11’s and to
have some time to think and pray about how they can use their talents.
The Year 7 Brothers Together programme was a great success. The Year 10
student presenters were certainly up to the challenge of engaging around
120 Year 7 students for 1.5 hours on the theme ‘Running the Race of Life, in
the Way of Mary’. This was the first time a Year 10 class presented the
Brothers Together Programme to Year 7’s, but despite their nerves they
really excelled under pressure. They presenting excellently using drama,
multimedia, personal sharing, liturgy, small groups and games.
The Year 9 Liturgy class worked hard preparing their Year 4 Brothers
Together Reflection, based around the theme ‘Strong Mind & Gentle Heart’
which is at the core of Marist Spirituality. This is the first time a Year 9 class
has delivered a Youth Ministry experience for the junior school and they did
an amazing job.
Congratulations to all students involved in Youth Ministry and Community
Service this year, your activities are what makes our College great!
Grade 11 students guide Year 5 students through a reflection on “Love of Work”
40 Hour Famine
A record number of Senior school students participated in the 40 Hour
Famine this year.
Students gave up something important to them for a period of 40
hours, so they can understand what it’s like for kids around the world
who have no choice but to go without food. Students have chosen to go
without food but some have chosen to go without furniture, speaking,
technology and one student gave up using his right arm.
The Marist Justice and Solidarity Group launched the famine with a
breakfast on Friday the 19th August, raising $500 which will go towards
the College total for the 40 Hour Famine.
Kids Teaching Kids Forum
On Sunday 23rd October two year 11 students, Jonty Phillips and
Jayaith Gamage, were accompanied by Mr Justin Jones to participate
in the International Kids Teaching Kids forum in Adelaide. The following
three days were filled with inspirational speakers, interactive displays,
live music and guided activities, ranging from bird box construction
tutorials to how to dance like a lizard. These fantastic events were
situated in the Adelaide Convention Centre and Botanic Gardens,
along the banks of the gorgeous Torrens River.
The forum was an opportunity for like-minded students to come
together and share their passion for the environment; the particular
focus this year being on water management in the Murray-Darling
basin. While the educational aspect certainly warranted the trip’s
worthiness, it was really all about having fun and being a part of
something truly inspiring. The Marist Green Youth Group will definitely
benefit from Jonty and Jayith’s involvement and it is hoped that the
passion and enthusiasm of these experiences can be shared others at
the school as we move towards constructing a new veggie garden and
other environmental initiatives over the next year.
Year 10 Community
In September, around 100 Year 10 students from Marist went out
into the Community for a unique experience. They participated
in the Community Service Programme which saw them split into
groups of 15 and sent to seven different venues around Canberra
ranging from schools for students with special needs, to nursing
homes, to assisting the elderly with gardening. We are grateful for
the teachers that took the students out on the day and prepared
and debriefed their students so well for the experience. We must
also acknowledge the efforts of the organisations that the students
visited and the staff who made them feel welcome and helped
encourage them to get involved beyond their comfort zone.
The Maristian November 2011
The Maristian November 2011
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