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were surprisingly pleasing. The use of charcoals, waxes often made by the student leaders who return to Kairos for and erasers (which were used, contrary to the name, for a second time to guide the retreatants through the Kairos smudging and blending rather than erasing) insured that it experience. The boys who joined us on Kairos 31 as was almost impossible for us to create an artwork which Student Leaders were Blake Cohen, Tim Manion, Rohan had a definite and boring outline. Hora, Matthew Thomson, Chris Anderson and Andrew After what seemed like no time (clichéd yes, but true France (All Year 12) as the student Rector of the Retreat. nonetheless), we were removed from our first sketching The talks which were given by these boys discussed topics session and we promptly climbed upstairs into another such as self-knowledge, the nature of leadership, the vast space with a model standing, waiting for us. No time characteristics of friendship, and an understanding of our was wasted, sharpies and paper being handed out, and spirituality. In between these talks, boys are given time for after the rules of no right-hand drawing was re-instated reflection in small groups which offers the opportunity to we were off, once again immersed in the art. This time share in a relaxed fashion. The Retreat is an experience that it was sudden death, impossible to erase a permanent relies on the utmost participation, honesty and openness of marker (as the name suggests); all of our free flowing the boys in order to gain the most out of it. portraiture would have to be used if we were not to offend My participation in the Kairos retreat came as a result of our model with our interpretations of her. Fortunately, our my Dad’s advice to “take every opportunity you get” along instructor’s seemingly voodoo methods worked, with every with the dwelling desire to discover the secrets of Kairos that student pleased with the results of the session. After a are so well kept by all those who have been. With such little tour of where Brett Whitely lived, supposedly where we inspiration to go, I myself am amazed at what I gained from were just drawing, we proceeded into his actual studio. Kairos as it is so much more than I could have imagined. Subsequently an impressive, yet incomplete, three-panelled The retreat has helped inspire the way in which I want to depiction of Bondi Beach gave me a lasting impression of live my life, through kindness and generosity. It taught me Brett’s artworks. Hence, after a few intense hours of art we of the importance of the relationships I have in my life with were once again in the side streets, re-tracing our way back my parents, siblings and mates. The power of Kairos has to the bus. taught me to not be judgmental as there is more to everyone Before long we were in The Domain, once again eating than meets the eye. and overwhelming the local café with our business. This The great benefits of Kairos include: ensured we were well fed when we entered The Art Gallery offering time to reflect on the entirety of our lives of New South Wales, this time unguided in our quest to capture the nude figure. Henceforth, all our recently acquired strengthening friendships over both, the time we have portraiture skills would be necessary to try and replicate the spent at the College and the time we have spent on works of artists such as Picasso. Fortunately success was Kairos to be had; the vast majority of sketches I saw were easily outlining the importance of key relationships in our lives recognisable as imitations of the pieces on the wall. understanding the importance of being open with others Ultimately, after a day dedicated to figure drawing, we development of our spirituality and our relationship with were all considerably more competent artists. Thus, it is God. with justification that I thank all involved in the organisation The Retreat has given me values which I will hold of this day, namely Mrs O’Donnell and Mrs Williams, our hopefully for the rest of my life and for this I must deeply life models and the staff from The Brett Whitely Studio for thank Fr Middleton, Mr Ticinovic, Mr Gould, the Old Boys, making the day possible. the student leaders and also my fellow retreatants. For those Hugh Riisfeldt (Year 10) considering the Kairos.Retreat, I strongly recommend that you take the chance and do it as I can guarantee you will Kairos Retreat No 31 not regret it, just be open and honest as you only get out Tthe College in 2004. I took part in my own Kairos Paddy Morgan (Year 12)what you put in, and I assure you that Kairos will rewardyou in one way or another.he Kairos Retreat takes place during each schoolholiday and has done so since its introduction to experience, as over 650 Aloysians have done before me. A Tour de France Kairos Number 31 saw a group of 36 Year 11 boys led by Boys Jason Rushton (SAC 2005), Allister Haire (SAC 2008) Tunfortunate teachers have successfully checked intowenty-three barely awake teenagers and two Fr Middleton along with Mr Ticinovic, Mr Gould and Old and Mark Slaven (SAC 2007), go to Tallong for four days our hotel and have marked the start of a three week to embrace ourselves in an experience that has grown to tour of France. With little time to get acquainted with our become such a large part of the modern Aloysian culture. accommodation, it was time to hit the City of Love. A quick The four days on Kairos involve following a fairly visit to St Chappelle was shortly followed by a visit to the intensive schedule, which consists of a variety of talks iconic Notre Dame Cathedral then onto our first French St Aloysius’ College A Jesuit School for Boys _ Founded 1879 a l oy s i a d / page 45


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