The College has a strong focus on Youth Ministry. Students have an opportunities to be part of the Marist Remar Programme in Years 10 - 12, or the Mercy Seeds of Justice group for all students from Year 7 - 12.
There is also a local Parish based youth programme called Stronger which is open to all students and allows them to explore their own faith and understanding of the Catholic story. Students have the oppotunity to get involved in rallies and retreats and it is possible to continue this programme and be involved after students leave Notre Dame College.
Offered as an extra-curricular activity to our Year 10-12 students, Remar is a Marist run program that allows students to develop skills in a range of areas including leadership, public speaking, faith and ministry and service. Beginning in 1992, the Remar program has spread all over Australia. The four spokes of Remar are skills and knowledge, community, faith development and ministry and service. Each of these four spokes help to shape the Caravel as a group to produce great leaders and a hardworking team.
“Remar is about personal expression of faith and of being given the opportunity to explore, deepen and strengthen my beliefs. It’s a community of young people that have a dream of a better and more just world, and will work through blood sweat and tears to make this a reality.”
Notre Dame sends students to various Christian and Catholic festivals both in Australia and Worldwide.
World Youth Day
In 2016, thirteen students and staff members embarked on a pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland. The staff and students shared an incredible experience with other pilgrims from all over the world. Students were able to see Catholicism on such a grand scale and were privileged enough to see many cultures coming together to celebrate one key part of their life, faith.
Marist Youth Festival
Marist Youth Festival is a unique experience of faith that is held bi-annually where students of Notre Dame are able to explore the Marist values of Social Justice and faith with other Marcelin schools. The most recent MYF was held in Sydney last year, with the weekend being accompanied with quality music from Steve Angrisano, with keynotes from Orange Sky, Br Tony Leon, and Notre Dame’s very own Jess Alampi. A highlight of the festival was students participating in creating birthing kits to be used during childbirth for mothers in developing countries who don’t have the same medical facilities and hygiene that we have in Australia.
Australian Catholic Youth Festival
“At the end of year in 2017 a group of Notre Dame students travelled up to Sydney to attend the Australian Catholic Youth festival. These staff and students joined 17 Thousand other young people that spent 3 days learning and partaking in many different group activities, workshops, music performances, and daily plenaries that were all surrounded by prayer. The theme for ACYF stated “Open new horizons for spreading joy; young people, faith and vocation discernment”, providing a greater understanding and deeper connection to the Catholic Church for all students.
“Whether it changed our life forever or just changed one little aspect, the week filled with faith, joy and new horizons will be one I will never forget. Even though sometimes the trip was challenging and pushed our limits, great memories were made and friendships that will last a long time.” - Margie Robinson
Stronger Youth began in 2008. It was born out of a desire of the late Bishop Joe Grech and Fr Rob Galea for young people to encounter Jesus Christ in a personal way. Stronger holds three main events; Retreats, Rallies and D-Groups.
The stronger retreat is a dynamic catholic retreat held annually over a weekend in the Sandhurst diocese for young people aged 13-26. Each year the Retreat brings together engaging speakers focusing on relevant and practical topics. It offers participants an opportunity for communal and personal prayer, Mass, reconciliation and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as well as opportunities for praise and worship.
Stronger Rallies currently attract over 150 young people and are held in different locations around the Sandhurst diocese to provide students and young people the opportunity to gather to celebrate their faith through music, worship, talks and discussion.
The purpose of stronger d-groups is to build strong, faithful and informed disciples of Jesus Christ in the church. The d-groups challenge young people to think about opinions, learn about themselves, and grow in their faith. D-groups are held in parishes and schools around the Sandhurst diocese.