Hennessy Catholic College Yearbook 2022


In 2022, our Hennessy Catholic College students have been involved in a number of extracurricular programs to support their faith formation and connections with their Catholic faith. Our liturgies, masses, retreats and programs aim to make faith real for our students, highlighting our commitment to social justice and personal development. As a part of their studies in Religious Education and the Year 7 Pastoral Care program, Year 7 students participated in the DARE program run by the Youth team from St Vincent De Paul. The students participated in a variety of activities and discussions to build a greater sense of identity, foster healthier relationships and take positive action in the community. The DARE program aims to build the behaviours, skills and strategies needed to be DARING, AUTHENTIC, RESILIENT and EMPOWERED. Through the activities and discussions of the day, students were challenged to build deeper friendships with their peers and left with practical tools, strategies and resources to support mental well-being in the classroom, at home and in day-to-day life. In Semester 2 of 2022, Hennessy launched our Catholic Schools Youth Ministry (CYSMA) program for Year 10 students. The CYSMA program gives students the opportunity to explore their faith and relationship with Jesus in a small group setting while also giving them the practical tools to be leaders in their communities. This program is run at all schools across the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese. 25 Year 10 students began working with Mrs Mary Wright exploring the topics of leadership and faith while gaining valuable skills in running retreats. Students identified the qualities of a Christ-centered leader and their personal faith journeys. These students attended the SHINE Youth Ministry Conference at the beginning of Term 4, with students attending workshops centered around how to share faith, the importance of social justice and how to incorporate music, games and other key skills into retreats and youth ministry. During Term 4, 60 Year 6 students from our area’s Catholic primary schools attended a ‘Journey with Jesus’ retreat day. This was run by our CSYMA team who were able to share their experiences and new found leadership skills. Not only did the Year 6 students have a lot of fun, they also were able to see their faith in a new way and made valuable connections that will help their transition into Year 7 in 2023.

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