The Rite Journey 2021

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 Thursday evening 4 March 2021. 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 sparkler. Both symbolic of 'letting go' of the child and welcoming adulthood.

Throughout the year, students will engage in a weekly Rite Journey session during their Pastoral time and be guided by a same sex mentor teacher.  This time is dedicated to exploring the topics of ‘Who am I really?’, ‘How do I get on with others?’, ‘Is there something more?’, and ‘What do I have to give? What is my purpose?’  These topics guide our students on a journey throughout the year to shift from a childish way of thinking to ultimately develop a greater sense of what it means to be a responsible and respectful man or woman.