The Rite Journey is a unique educational programme designed to support the development of self-aware, vital, responsible and resilient adults.

Given the current lack of Rites of Passage in the Western World, young people are left to invent their own, which are often unhealthy and unsafe.

The Rite Journey reinvents the traditional process of a Rite of Passage to assist in transforming the adolescent from dependency to responsibility.


Continuity – The Rite Journey is part of the students’ lives for an entire year. This encourages ongoing development of self-awareness and builds strong, honest and respectful relationships with peers, parents and teachers, over time.

Gender specific programs – Taught in same gender classrooms allows for role modelling, less distraction and freer discussion.

Strong and rich community connections – and support are fostered between students and teacher guides, parents/caregivers and mentors, as well as between the school and parents/caregivers.

The mentoring program – providing another valuable adult role model in the young person’s life.

Growing up – students are enabled to approach emerging adulthood with awareness, respect and ‘step up’ to their new-found responsibility.

Positive cultural change – a year of distinct, guided and celebrated transition from middle to senior school brings a positive cultural change.

Individuality – The Rite Journey is not a ‘one size fits all’ program. Each school’s staff design their specific Rite Journey experience for their own students.

Staff Training – The Rite Journey includes a substantial two day staff training, comprehensive support materials along with ongoing assistance. Teachers are trained and empowered to provide The Rite Journey for their students.

Adaptability – The Rite Journey is successfully being implemented in a range of settings, from a large co-educational independent school with close to three hundred year nines to a small remote public school with just twelve year nine students.

Based on real experience – The Rite Journey has been created by experienced classroom teachers, trainers and authors drawing on their successes when working with adolescents.  The program has evolved over 12 years of teaching The Rite Journey, with real students and in real classrooms.

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