The retreat program enhances the spirituality of our students. Retreats are led by student leaders under the guidance of the Director of Retreats. Student retreat leaders must apply and copmlete a training process to qualify as leaders. Seniors, juniors, and sophomores are eligible to become retreat leaders.
Each grade level has a one day retreat during the school year held at a retreat center, church, or school.
The Seventh Grade Retreat is for many students their very first retreat experience. It is held in the spring of the seventh grade year. Through age appropriate activities and reflection, the students have time to consider how they can use their God given unique gifts and talents to be a light to others in their school community and in their family.
The Eighth Grade Retreat focuses on the culmination of the students’ junior high experience and their upcoming promotion to high school. Students will reflect on the blessings of family and friends that God has given them through their junior high years. The retreat is held at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village.
The Freshman Retreat concentrates on the theme of new beginnings and friendship as the students begin high school. The theme of this retreat emphasizes the importance of nurturing their relationship with God and the gift of friendship with their fellow classmates. The day offers opportunities for class bonding and personal reflection.
The Sophomore Retreat is an outreach experience of service to others. Students travel to Catholic elementary schools in the inner city of Los Angeles for a day long visit. Students are grouped and assigned in advance to one grade level from kindergarten through eighth. The student groups prepare God centered lessons, activities and prayer experiences for their class. The day ends with a reflection time and prayer service.
The Junior Retreat underscores the acknowledgment of the juniors as upper-class women and their challenge to live out the Gospel values. Students will have time to examine and assess their lives and deepen their understanding of God’s call to them. It is a retreat of personal renewal and of growth as a faith community with their classmates.
The Senior class attends Kairos Retreat. This is a four day retreat that students may choose to attend either in the fall or the spring. Students will consider what God has gifted them to do in life and invites them to accept themselves as loved unconditionally by God. “KAIROS” is a Greek word meaning “special time”. During this “special time” she will be looking carefully at herself, her relationship with others and her relationship with God. KAIROS attempts to evoke in its participants a dynamic, personalized sense of God. It is a beautiful gift for young people. Our past retreatants say that they were so affected by the experience that it enhanced their relationships with family, friends, and even themselves.
In addition, seniors also complete a Senior Service Experience. The Senior Service Experience program is reflective of the Catholic identity of La Reina High School, the educational principles of the Sisters of Notre Dame and our school's ESLRs, which emphasize the values of integrity, justice and service and contributions to the community. The senior service program is a seamless outgrowth of the school's religious education program and aims to provide our students with an transformative experience.
Students will have opportunities to serve at three different sites. Senior Service Experience will take place during the three days of the Kairos retreat. All students not attending Kairos must participate in Senior Service.