The College has a strong focus on Youth Ministry. Students have opportunities to be part of the Marist Game Changers Programme in Years 10 - 12, or the Mercy Seeds of Justice group for all students from Year 7 - 12.
There is also a local Parish based youth programme called Stronger which is open to all students and allows them to explore their own faith and understanding of the Catholic story. Students have the opportunity to be involved in rallies and retreats, and it is possible to continue this programme and be involved after students leave Notre Dame College.
Offered as of 2020, is a new and exciting Marist run, extra-curricular programme to our Year 10-12 students, Game Changers allows students to develop skills in a range of areas with like-minded people including leadership, community, group formation, creative faith development, solidarity and ministry.
Game Changers is about personal expression of faith, and gives students the opportunity to explore, deepen and strengthen their beliefs. It’s a community of young people that have a dream of a better and more just world, and will work through blood sweat and tears to make this a reality.
Marist Youth Festival
Marist Youth Festival is a unique experience of faith where students of Notre Dame College are able to explore the Marist values of Social Justice and faith with other Marist schools. The most recent MYF was held in Sydney last year, with the weekend being accompanied with quality music from Steve Angrisano, with keynotes from Orange Sky, Br Tony Leon, and Notre Dame’s very own Jess Alampi. A highlight of the festival was students participating in creating birthing kits to be used during childbirth for mothers in developing countries who don’t have the same medical facilities and hygiene that we have in Australia.
Australian Catholic Youth Festival
The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). It exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia.
In December 2019, a group of students and staff travelled to Perth to attend the Australian Catholic Youth Festival, joining thousands of like-minded young people for three days of dynamic music performances, insightful group sessions and creative and engaging prayer.
‘It was amazing to experience the enormity of the Bishops presence and inspiring to interact with many different religious communities from all around Australia’.
'It was great to see Fr Rob and his band perform live and the group sessions – Bishop’s Exchange - was really insightful, providing an opportunity to put our faith into action’.
Stronger Youth began in 2008. It was born out of a desire of the late Bishop Joe Grech and Fr Rob Galea for young people to encounter Jesus Christ in a personal way. Stronger holds three main events; Retreats, Rallies and D-Groups.
The stronger retreat is a dynamic catholic retreat held annually over a weekend in the Sandhurst diocese for young people aged 13-26. Each year the Retreat brings together engaging speakers focusing on relevant and practical topics. It offers participants an opportunity for communal and personal prayer, Mass, reconciliation and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as well as opportunities for praise and worship.
Stronger Rallies currently attract over 150 young people and are held in different locations around the Sandhurst diocese to provide students and young people the opportunity to gather to celebrate their faith through music, worship, talks and discussion.
The purpose of stronger d-groups is to build strong, faithful and informed disciples of Jesus Christ in the church. The d-groups challenge young people to think about opinions, learn about themselves, and grow in their faith. D-groups are held in parishes and schools around the Sandhurst diocese.