The Amazing Race of Faith
It is significant to recognise the need to provide every young person with a sense of belonging and support in their faith journey. That is the vision behind ‘Belong – The Amazing Race of Faith’; a groundbreaking, festival-style experience designed to empower and uplift year 7 students on their spiritual path.
The great news is that, on March 1st and 2nd, 2023, we held the very first Belong Year 7 event at the Light of Christ Centre, Waitara. All 8 of our Secondary schools attended, with over 1200 year 7 students participating over the two days. We feel confident that Belong will have a positive impact in the RE classroom and beyond.
Belong was created to support the implementation of the Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia (CSYMA) program and framework. We are committed to fully establishing CSYMA in all of our schools in the years to come. Our dedicated team from CSBB created the Belong event in response to a strong desire from staff to provide more support to year 7 students early in their Secondary School Journey.
Belong seeks to meet students at every level of their faith journey, reminding them of the importance of belonging to their individual Catholic school community and the wider Diocese of Broken Bay community.
As we saw through the success of ‘Belong – The Amazing Race of Faith’, initiatives like this are incredibly important in providing young people with a sense of belonging and support. It was truly heartening to see every student engaged and having such an incredible time at the event, and we look forward to continuing to provide support and opportunities to our year 7 students on their journey of faith.