Leaders of various polytechnics getting to know one another during the retreat held from Sept 23-25.
Poly students who attended last year’s first Polytechnic Leaders Formation Weekend returned to help out in this year’s retreat.
“The call to serve is something that I always answer with delight and it was exactly my sentiment when I was called to serve in this retreat,” said Dylan Falsado, 19, from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, who served in the worship team and as a facilitator.
Kristel William, 19, a current leader of Republic Polytechnic’s campus community, said her faith has grown since she attended last year’s retreat. “After a year, I returned to serve with a stronger faith and trust in God’s love.”
Some of the roles of the returning poly leaders included planning games, being part of the worship team and also leading the Divine Office prayers.
The retreat this year was held for 27 students from the various polytechnics. It was organised by The Office for Young People (OYP) from Sept 23-25 and had the theme Be Not Afraid.
Participants were made up of current and potential leaders of each poly campus community.
While last year’s retreat focused on the building of these communities, the aim this year was to gather students open to leadership for the next academic year and prepare them for this through an encounter with the Lord.
It also focused on each individual’s interior journey with Jesus as their foundation as student leaders.
Participants performing an action song. The retreat this year was the second of its kind organised by the Office for Young People.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation was available for participants and prayer teams from various OYP communities were on hand to support them in their journey towards Christ. Participants also prayed in front of the Blessed Sacrament, and had daily praise and worship sessions, and Divine Office prayers.
The retreat also provided a platform for participants to forge new friendships despite coming from different polys. There were times dedicated for fellowship when participants played games and ate together.
Besides daily personal reflections, the poly students also had small group sharings to support one another.
On her thoughts about the retreat, Clare Ho, 17, from Singapore Polytechnic said, “The retreat has healed me of my past wounds which I wasn’t able to let go of.” She said she hopes that her joy would be “infectious enough” to touch others in her campus.
By Natasha Chandra