Congratulations Class 9 Rite Journey Students

Last Tuesday night, the class 9 participants completed the last ceremony of their Rite Journey, acknowledging the end of the year long program and welcoming the students into a respectful, responsible and resilient adulthood. The Homecoming Ceremony allowed the students, their parents, caregivers and mentors to acknowledge the challenges, the changes and the students' developing qualities with gratitude, humility and awareness.

Earlier in the year, the students were invited to take on a $20 challenge. They received a loan of $20 to buy materials or provide services, and use their own skills, talents and initiatives in order to 'grow' their money. At the Homecoming Ceremony, the students handed back the original $20 and announced how much they had raised to donate to a charity of their choice. Some of the initiatives of the students included making and selling cakes, making greeting cards, busking, re-potting and selling succulent plants, baby sitting and car washing. Money from the student's efforts was donated to the following charities:

  • RSPCA
  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • Multiple Sclerosis Fund
  • CanTeen
  • Fred Hollows Foundation
  • Cancer Council
  • Guillain–Barré syndrome

The $20 challenge was less about raising money than it was about the shift from the child psychology to adult psychology. The students were presented with an and opportunity to work hard towards a goal that would not obviously benefit the themselves. Many students commented on the good feeling that comes from being able to give to another with no expectation for anything in return. Well done Class 9 on your fabulous efforts - we are very proud of you all!

Andrew and Rebecca