by Mathew Harris - DRS, Catholic Cathedral College
Amidst the picturesque backdrop of Living Springs, the Year 12 students from Catholic Cathedral College embarked on a transformative journey, offering valuable servant leadership lessons. The retreat, hosted by the dedicated NET team, provided an unparalleled experience which left an indelible mark on the young minds.
Throughout the retreat, the students took part in various activities and workshops, designed to instill the principles of servant leadership. They learned the art of selfless service, and the impact it can have on building stronger communities. The NET team’s infectious energy and dedication added a dynamic touch to the proceedings, inspiring the students to cultivate empathy and compassion.
From collaborative problem-solving challenges to reflective exercises, the students were encouraged to embrace empathy, active listening, and understanding as the pillars of true leadership. They discovered that leadership is not about wielding power, but rather, about empowering others, lifting them up, and fostering an environment where everyone can thrive. A highlight of the retreat was guest ministry from our former Pastoral Chaplain, Antje Duda, who led us in a powerful forgiveness liturgy.
As the sun set, a palpable sense of growth and unity lingered in the air. The Year 12 retreat at Living Springs will forever be etched in the memories of these young leaders, as the turning point in their understanding of what it means to be a servant leader. Armed with newfound wisdom, they are now poised to make a positive difference in their communities and beyond, leaving a legacy of compassion and selflessness in their wake.