The Rite Journey 2020

The Rite Journey is a unique programme designed to support the development of self-aware, responsible and resilient adults. The programme reinvents the traditional process of a Rite of Passage to assist in transforming adolescents from dependency to responsibility. It is specifically designed for Year 9 students.

There are two elements of the programme which were celebrated last Thursday evening 5 March 2020. The first being the ‘Calling’, which encourages students to show gratitude for their childhood and call them on their journey to young adulthood. The second component to the ceremony is the ‘Departure’, which involves parents, carers and mentors joining the students for an opportunity to learn, reflect and look forward. Parents/carers and their son/daughter found a quiet spot along the beach and letters were exchanged between each family.

Using simple symbols, the boys lined up and individually threw a rock into the ocean and the girls lit a sparklers. Both representative of 'letting go' of the child and welcoming adulthood.