Sunday, September 28, 2014

Snippets of August & September at Signadou


Feast of St. Dominic: Vigil

In honor of St. Dominic’s feast day, the girls’ school had their annual
St. Dominic’s Vigil festivities on August 3rd.  




The theme this year was "Black and White".



The night began with Vespers and Rosary in the church. After, the girls joined the sisters, as well as priests and brother for an evening of food and games - pinatas, scavenger races and more.  



The joyous night ended with Compline at the church.

Feast of St. Dominic

A painting of our Holy Father, done by a tertiary Dominican
On Monday, August 4th, the girls of St. Dominic’s College attended morning Mass together and had the rest of the day off school.  



After the Mass, a brunch was held for the benefactors and alumni of the school and the girls and their classmates helped out by serving coffee and tea to the guests. 


Annual Teachers vs. Students Netball Game

On the afternoon of August 4th, St. Dominic’s College had their annual Teachers vs. Students Netball game. 



After many weeks of practice, both teams did very well; however, the students came out ahead 19 - 14, and celebrated with the candy filled trophy and a victorious afternoon tea. 

Bike-a-thon


The annual fundraiser went well, with sisters and girls racing to see how many laps they could accumulate.  The first round of bikers went smoothly, though some girls, who had made all-time records for most laps (108!), were a bit wobbly after coming off of their bikes.  Then the second round began and about a quarter of the way through it, the rain began as well.  

It continued and some were concerned about how much longer the biking could go on before the track became too wet to safely pedal upon.  The atmosphere was a beautifully religious one, as the bikers in the rain made their rounds, they could hear various groups of girls and sisters on the 'sidelines' (who were counting laps) singing the Salve Regina.  (Dominican pupils are well versed in the tradition of singing three Salves to beg our Lady to take away the rain)  The rain did not intensify, so the second round of bikers were able to complete their hour without too much interference.  Below is an account from one of the pupils:

"On the 20th of August, I had the most tiring (but fun...) day of my whole life. It was my first time doing a bike-a-thon. Though I usually bike around my city back home, the bike-a-thon was different. There was a time limit of one hour only. I was terribly nervous so I decided to ride in the second round after watching the other people ride in the first round. After they had all finished, I hopped on my bike hoping that I would get many laps. Before the starting bell rang, I prayed that no accidents happened (unfortunately one girl fell off her bike, but she only bruised her knee). I pedaled as fast as I could but of course I needed enough energy to finish so I kept my pace carefully. At the 20 minute mark, it started to rain. My skirt was drenched and became heavy but I tried to keep my pace. The last ten minutes was the hardest as I began to get cramps in my arms and my legs were numb and sore. However, I prayed and gave all my energy; at last, the finish bell rang."

Netball Victory

On August 30th, both of St. Dominic’s netball teams played in the finals. 
The games were very close and very intense, going back and forth between the teams - each scoring goals continuously. 




However, Deo Gratias, both the A and B teams were victorious in their levels:
Final Scores
A-team: 26-24
B-team: 16-14




The Merchant of Venice

The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath...”



On September 24th, the Form 3 and 4 girls performed The Merchant of Venice. 

The Merchant of Venice focuses on Christian womanhood.
The play's conclusion is a beautiful vision of the ordered balance between individual happiness  and the good of society.


In one of the themes of the play, Christian womanhood, Shakespeare presents Portia, one of the loveliest women whom he created.  Portia represents womanhood at its most exalted on account of her femininity, humility and quiet strength, reminiscent of the valiant woman of Proverbs.


The play finishes with God's order triumphant and with harmony reigning.  Antonio and Portia have reflected God's order and peace, and happiness has now come to them.

Eucharistic Crusaders

On Thursday, September 18th, the Crusaders participated in the Eucharistic Crusader day. Starting with Mass in the morning, the day included crafts, games, and songs with Father Bochkoltz, the chaplain, and sisters and helpers. 




The children then went to the Bason Reserve to play a huge game of scavenger hunt. After finishing, all the students returned to the church to say a rosary in front of the
Blessed Sacrament. 

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