Working in Australia and beyond, the Good Samaritan Education Mission Team offers a range of workshops, retreats, conferences and immersion experiences for staff and students from Good Samaritan colleges. Programs are also offered to affiliated schools at rates negotiated at the time of booking.
Induction Days: This is a day for staff new to Good Samaritan colleges. It provides a gentle introduction to the history, traditions, values and spirituality of Good Samaritan Benedictine education.
Reflect, Reconnect, Renew: An evening session followed by a day which aims to provide staff who have been at Good Samaritan colleges for a number of years with an opportunity to reconnect with the values, traditions and spirituality of Good Samaritan Benedictine education.
Conferences: These two-day conferences enable Mission Leaders and Curriculum & Pastoral Leaders to engage with the frameworks which underpin the principles of Good Samaritan Benedictine education and to establish networks with staff in other Good Samaritan colleges.
Staff Retreat: The three-day retreat is aimed at providing all those in Good Samaritan Education with the opportunity to learn about the foundation and history of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, take time out for personal reflection and balance, connect with each other and engage with the key values of the Good Samaritan Benedictine tradition.
Staff Presentations: The Mission Team offers programs to support the integration of the mission of Good Samaritan Benedictine education into the daily life and work of your school community. Workshops are available for whole staff or small group sessions. Topics are tailored to meet the needs of individual schools.
Staff Immersion: The immersion experience provides an opportunity to join with staff in other Good Samaritan colleges, to witness first-hand the diverse ministries the sisters are involved in today. The trips are to ministries associated with Good Samaritan sisters in Australia and the Pacific.
Student Leadership Camp: During a three-day camp, students are introduced to the historical context of Good Samaritan Education and the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, participate in sessions on the Parable, The Rule of Benedict and Good Samaritan Benedictine values, and in particular, how these foundational documents inform leadership in Good Samaritan colleges.
Senior Retreat: The senior retreat provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their experience within the context of the Good Samaritan Benedictine tradition and explore ways to make this part of their role as senior students in their schools. They also take time out for personal reflection, prayer and balance, connect with each other and engage with the key values of the Good Samaritan Benedictine tradition.
Student Presentations: The Year 12 Leadership Day is designed to assist student leadership groups to plan for the year based on the Good Samaritan Benedictine values and traditions. The Year 7 Good Samaritan Day is an introduction to the history, traditions, values and spirituality of Good Samaritan Benedictine education especially for our newest group of students. Students engage in a range of interactive and practical activities that assist their transition in to a Good Samaritan college.
Student Immersion: The Ministry Outreach program provides an experience for students who are willing to respond to the opportunity to live out Good Samaritan Benedictine values in a very practical way. Students gain an insight into the lives of those in our community who face the daily challenge of poverty and homelessness.
Alternate Schoolies – Post School Immersion: Students who have completed Year 12 at a Good Samaritan college and recent ex-students of Good Samaritan colleges are the target group for this immersion trip. The aim of the trip is to engage students in the lived experience of the parable of the Good Samaritan, provide them with an opportunity of life in another culture, and to raise their awareness of social justice in the wider world and the call to action that this awareness requires.
The Mission Team facilitates connections between colleges by offering programs that bring together people in various roles within schools to share their experience and expertise. Some colleges have also undertaken projects in curriculum and pastoral development, educational research and opened immersion experiences to other schools. Through staff and student immersion experiences and conferences we also connect to the world-wide Benedictine community.