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Year Level Retreats

St Brendan's College Year Level Retreats are an essential part of the curriculum and take different forms for each year level.

These experiences provide opportunities for students to experience their personal and religious development in a challenging and supportive context.  This is an important aspect of our approach in helping students to explore and develop their own beliefs and personal value system.  The opportunities presented on camp provide learning experiences which cannot be replicated in the classroom and helps the boys develop into young men.

Often the Retreats include a combination of on-site activities and projects, in combination with visits to external attractions and sites for team-building.   

  • The Year 7 Camp involves a one-day retreat in February. It is deliberately held early in the year to provide our new Year 7 boys with an excellent opportunity to make new friends, get to know their teachers and understand what is expected of them at St Brendan's College.
  • The Year 8 Retreat involves a two-day split retreat, with one day at Capricorn Caves undertaking outdoor adventure activities and one day as a school-based retreat and personal reflection with Real Talk.
  • The Year 9 Camp involves a two-day split retreat, with a day trip to test the boys physical limits, build team spirit and resilience, and a day long retreat with the NET ministry team.
  • The Year 10 boys take part in a two day subject selection process, semi-formal dinner and complete a day long retreat with Choicez to reflect on their development as young men and their personal strengths.

  • Every year our Year 11's undertake a Leadership Camp which involves a two day seminar run by YLead, followed by three days of community service. The students take part in group activities and visit aged care and respite facilities in Yeppoon and Rockhampton.  The week ends with a much-anticipated Community Service luncheon held at the College, spending time with many elderly residents the boys have met during their visits.  The week aims to support the boys' personal growth and development, fostering respect and care for others and reinforcing the importance and relevance of service leadership in the Edmund Rice education context.

  • Our Year 12's have a range of opportunities in their final year.  The OP students participate in Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Camp where they spend two-days off-site preparing for this important test in their final year; and our non-OP students can participate in the annual Man vs Wild Camp where they hike to and camp at a site such as Blackdown Tablelands National Park to learn team-building, bush and life-skills.  

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