CONNECT & BELONG
“BRINGING TO YOUR STUDENTS AN ENGAGING AND MEANINGFUL RETREAT FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS.”
Our society is longing for meaningful connections. Everything belongs. Connect & Belong retreats allows all students to access the messages of connection, faith, belonging, gratitude, scripture, forgiveness, fun and relationship in an authentic way.
"Connect and Belong" program outline and themes (ideally suited to year 7, 8 or 9 students in Catholic Schools):
Session 1- Connect with others
Connect with others and show love.
Love your neighbour as yourself.
Session 2- Connect with God
Reflect on where and who God is in our lives personally.
Mindfully taking time to slow down.
Building our Relationship Bank Accounts.
Considering ways to increase our connection, peace and love.
Session 3- BELONGING- many parts of the same world
Consider our relationship to the world around us, and how we can connect to something bigger.
Sharing our gratitude with others and our gratitude for others.
Exploring a sense of belonging and how we are all connected.
OTHER RETREAT DAYS OFFERED, BY YEAR LEVEL:
Servant Leadership- Ideally suited for year 5 or 6 students. (looking for schools to pilot this retreat in 2019)
Connect and Belong- Ideally suited for year 7, 8 or 9 students.
Wellbeing, Spirituality and Life- Ideally suited for year 10, 11 or 12 students.
All retreats have been designed by Luke McKenna and Hogan Rogers of Unleashing Personal Potential. Facilitated by Hogan Rogers.
Details and pricing
The investment for this engaging and transformative retreat is $15+GST/student (minimum investment of $1,800+GST/day), plus travel expenses (if applicable). The incursion is run by Hogan Rogers of Unleashing Personal Potential at your school with a whole cohort of students. The best venue is your school hall (or similar), as we use a learning, action, reflection process throughout the day. For the greatest impact, we recommend that classroom RE teachers / Home Room teachers / Heads of House are present and involved for the whole day, as this has many benefits to the students and school moving forward.
ABOUT HOGAN rogers
Hogan Rogers has been a Senior Facilitator and Team Leader at Unleashing Personal Potential since 2015. In this capacity he has worked with more than 40,000 students in schools across Australia.
Prior to this, Hogan worked for Marist Youth Ministry as a Regional Assistant focusing on bringing Christ to young people in Marist schools all over southeast Queensland, running retreats, youth events and school camps. He has also worked for Blind-Eye Ministries- a homeless and indigenous outreach centre, where he was tasked with heading up their youth social justice project. For Hogan, his journey of faith started in the family home, and particularly when he was involved with his own youth group in Gympie in high school. In 2013, he served on a N.E.T. (National Evangelisation Team), travelling around the country and connecting people to the good news! He continues to serve the Catholic Church through his music and singing at regular youth events, including Ignite conference.
Hogan is currently undertaking his Bachelor of Business (part-time). In 2018, he completed the Discovering Positive Education course, run by Geelong Grammar’s Institute of Positive Education. He moves into the future taking all of this experience back into Catholic schools to promote connection, belonging, purpose and wellbeing with Christ at the centre. He will be the facilitator for all Connect & Belong retreats.
ABOUT LUKE MCKENNA
Luke McKenna is the Founder and Director of Unleashing Personal Potential. Previously, he was an Assistant Principal at a Catholic School in Brisbane. He holds degrees in Business and Education, a Masters of Educational Leadership, a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education and a Professional Certificate in Positive Education. He has been heavily involved in the development of the Connect & Belong retreats.