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Report on SMA's 1st RetRally - October 6, 2007

by Ashley Hinds (SMA ‘08)

The day of the retrally began with a sense of excited nervousness circulating throughout the school. In Alumnae Hall participants were introduced to guest facilitator Jesse Manibusan. As he began his session the students and staff alike became more and more involved in the festivities. Jesse taught us we could have fun and sing songs while still learning about ourselves and God. When he completed his session students proceeded to assigned classrooms to reflect about the morning proceedings.

The reflection portion of the retrally was difficult at times. Grade 12 students led each group. Once the group members became more comfortable with each other they were able to share thoughts and ideas about many things teenagers deal with. This fused the group to the school community of St. Mary's Academy. Being given the opportunity to lead the school was a wonderful experience and beneficial to all. As the mass approached, it felt like the perfect way to end the day. For those who have been at St. Mary's Academy since grade seven it was a wonderful feeling to finally receive our super-sixer pins.

The fact that grade 12 students lead the school throughout the day made it that much more special. Receiving our pins unified not just the super-sixers, but the entire grade and school, as we stood and celebrated our final year at SMA. The day marked our becoming the senior class and the beginning of our journey into the world as young women of service.

God is good all the time. All the time God is good.

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