ACCS executive director addresses the secondary school students. Photo by Don Gurugay
SINGAPORE – Eight teachers and 64 students from nine Catholic secondary schools gathered at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre on Feb 9 to participate in the ‘Call to Discipleship’ Lenten journey preparation.
The programme by the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS) aims to form Catholic student communities in the schools.
The participating students learned to facilitate small groups at their schools and beginning this Lent, such groups would form a significant part of their schools’ religious education programmes.
ACCS executive director Wendy Louis and secondary school project director Jeanette Atabello conducted the training which comprised facilitating skills required to handle small groups, familiarisation with the Lenten booklet, and appreciation of their role as Catholic student leaders.
Participants were randomly divided into groups allowing those from different schools to mingle. Each student was presented a copy of the 52-page Lenten booklet, a purple cloth signifying Lent, and a cardamom seed representing the strong influence that student leaders can have among fellow students.
Many students exchanged email addresses and Facebook details after the session.
Assumption English School’s Philip Jed called the session “fascinating” while CHIJ Secondary’s (Toa Payoh) Annabelle Ong found the session “fun” and would “never forget it”.
For more information on ACCS programmes this year, visit www.accs.sg
By Don Gurugay