Retreat Experiences for Elementary Students – APO009

Reviewed/Revised:  May 2020


The Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) is committed to walking with students on their journey in Catholic Education by providing spiritual support for students to foster faith within the early stages of their development. This commitment extends to the formation of students intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually rooted in the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations. This AP memo is intended to direct chaplains, school administrators and educators supporting the spiritual needs of all elementary students from JK to Grade 8, specifically in the retreat experiences. It precisely addresses the importance of providing students with rich experiences with the hope that these varied spiritual experiences over time will reinforce sustainable spiritual habits necessary to live faith-filled lives. As the Bishops of Ontario encouraged students in their pastoral letter, Renewing the Promise:

“Recognizing the presence of Jesus in your life, and learning to pray, can provide a sure support and guide, helping you to say ‘yes’ to all of the wonderful possibilities of life.” (16)

Click here to view AP Memo APO009.