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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Retreats
 
The grade nine retreat program is an introduction to the community of Bishop Allen Academy. Early in the first weeks of school students participate in a three-day orientation at Camp Muskoka. Students are led through a series of seminars led by senior students about taking risks, and overcoming fears and learning about expectations while attending our Catholic school. For most grade nine students this is a highlight of their first year in high school.
 
The grade ten program is designed to invite students to reflect on who they are, how they relate to others, and what is their relationship with God. They gather at Holy Angels Parish Hall and see video clips and do group discussions and perform skits as they reflect on Scripture and consider real life scenarios. A high light of this retreat is a presentation from the deVeber Institute, about statistics and information about many life issues…and the documented after effects of profound life choices that some have made without sufficient information. They end the day with a period of quiet prayer in Holy Angels Church.
 
The grade eleven retreat supplements their world religion course studies. They have an opportunity to hear from spiritual leaders in three world religions. We travel by bus to Mississauga and visit Solel Synagogue, ISNA Islamic Centre, and the Buddhist Light Temple, where they see and learn about their traditions, symbols, practices and beliefs. This is often a profound experience for our students.
 
The grade twelve retreat program is designed to acknowledge that our students are soon leaving and going out into the world of further studies and work. We have chosen the theme of wellness for the day…which is held between Holy Angels and the Canadian Legion next door.  Presenters speak to our students about mental wellness issues, public health concerns: eating & dieting, handling stress, abuse of substances, and positive self-image, and also spiritual wellness and tips for how to be their best selves. The day includes a Mass, animated by students doing the readings and music.