Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

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The Rite Journey Program

The Rite Journey Program is an exciting and innovative program for all Year 9 students at Caritas College.  It combines the Health and Personal Development and the Religious and Values Education curriculum and comprises two lessons per week for the year.  The program has been created to complement a parent/caregiver's role in guiding their child into young adulthood.

The Rite Journey was developed in South Australia and is now being used by many schools across Australia and Internationally.  It provides the opportunity for students to participate in a year-long rite of passage experience in separate male and female classes.  Many cultures have their own version of a rite of passage designed specifically for this age group, and our program aims to provide a similar sense of accomplishment in the transition to adulthood.  Learning how to be an adult in any society requires guidance, mentoring and a great many conversations.  In our society today, young people often turn to their peers, the internet and the media to source their knowledge and guidance.  During the Rite Journey, students will be required to have important conversations about what it is to be a respectful and responsible person in our society.  As they journey through the year, they will explore four main themes: Relationships with self, Relationship with others, Relationship with Spirit and Relationship with the World.

A unique feature of The Rite Journey is the seven steps that form a contemporary rite of passage.  In conjunction with the program’s founder, Andrew Lines, we have developed a memorable series of celebrations, aimed at honouring each student's transition into young adulthood. 

For more information on The Rite Journey, click here and see what all the hype is about!

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