First steps on The Rite Journey

Throughout the Rite Journey programme, boys are provided with opportunities to take risks in a controlled environment to learn more about themselves as they grow into tomorrow's gentlemen.

Students in Year 9 have kick-started their Rite Journey programme this week as they begin an important year of challenges and personal growth.

Rite Journey Day is a new College initiative this year and aims to help boys fully understand what the programme holds in store for them.

The jam-packed day began with Mass in the Chapel, celebrating the important role faith can play as a constant reference point in a time of significant change for developing young men. The boys spent time celebrating and reflecting on their childhood and considering what needs to be left behind as they transition into the privileges and responsibilities of adolescence.

With some guidance from their Rite Journey teachers, boys also set goals for the year ahead as they begin to forge their own path to manhood with a helping hand from the many important adults in their lives.

Those adults were also recognised on the day, with students asked to consider the influence each of those important figures has had on their growth and development.

The day also provided plenty of challenges for the group, including group teamwork to help build mutual respect and support for the year ahead.

Rite Journey Day also provided an introduction to the challenges boys will overcome throughout the year, all of which are designed to inspire confidence to step outside of their comfort zones and take appropriate risks towards bettering themselves.

The Rite Journey is the core element of the CBC Journey, and provides a path to manhood through rites of passages that honour positive masculinity and the transition to adulthood.

The programme continues on Friday evening with The Calling and Departure ceremonies at Monument Hill, where families will symbolically hand over their sons to their Rite Journey teachers for the year.