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Immaculata High School hosted its first annual Girls Day Out for Wellness on November 30, 2019. All female students in Grades 7 & 8 were invited to participate in various activities to come together to “Be Community” and “Be Well” physically, mentally and spiritually. Our day of wellness began with senior students and recent graduates sharing their insights about getting involved in the school community in order to thrive at Immaculata. We thank these young ladies for sharing their personal experiences not only about their successes but also their hardships. They taught us that struggles can help us become stronger and more resilient!

Benefits of extra-curricular involvement and social media tips were also highlighted. Messages to get involved”and “don’t put so much pressure on yourself” were clear and strong! The girls ended this part of the morning with a Prayer in Colour activity which helped centre their thoughts to prepare for their workshops. Morning workshops emphasized strategies for mental health, wellness, and resiliency. Many thanks to our community partners from the McHugh Education Centre, Student Services, John Howard Society, Ottawa Public Health and Rideauwood for facilitating sessions on healthy habits for stress management, mindset and mindfulness, self-image and confidence, and self-care.

Afternoon sessions got our girls moving for wellness! Students had the opportunity to participate in yoga, dance, aromatherapy, art therapy, drumming and quilting. For many girls, this was their first time doing activities such as these. Kudos to them for trying something new! Mac’s first Girls Day Out was a huge success! Special thanks to Ms. Debbie Tracey for helping to organize such a fun and special day!

The FIRE Young Men’s Group at Immaculata is a group of young men who, through fellowship and the gift of the Holy Spirit, strive to live a life on fire and fan the flames of others. The group was proud to host a Grade 7 and 8 Boys’ Retreat day on November 30th as well.
The day’s focus was being in fellowship with one another and listening to each other’s stories. Caring for oneself and others are at the forefront of our Spiritual Theme and this day certainly provided this. Students certainly connected with one another as a community drumming, dancing and participating in workshops.

We would like to thank our guest facilitator, David Perry, for helping make this day a huge success! We would also like to thank Mr. Neil Purves and the senior students involved in organizing this day.

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