On Monday, January 30th, we officially started school with a Solemn High Mass of the Holy Ghost with Fr Fortin as celebrant, Fr Lavin as deacon and Fr Bochkoltz as subdeacon. Fr Fortin preached a very inspiring sermon on truth and charity to all present. All of the staff took the anti-modernist oath and were decked in academic regalia for the special occasion. Fr Bochkoltz came to spend a fortnight in Wanganui before flying off to Singapore to await his visa for New Zealand as he will be replacing Fr Anderson in the parish. Fr Laisney, our former principal, has returned to fill in for him during this time. We are all very grateful for Father’s help in the school.
The past weeks have been quite eventful. We welcomed our new form one students as well as three new pupils to the school. Our prefects have been very busy organising exciting games for the girls during the lunch break and are already organising their houses for the upcoming inter-house music and choral speaking competitions – what initiative considering that these competitions are not until April and August!
On Thursday, February 2nd, the feast of the Purification, we had our first inter-house competition for the year – tabloid sports. Even though certain students had prayed unceasingly for rain in order to delay the event due to complaints of unfitness from lack of exercises over the holidays, the weather held out until the last event. After a session of stretches the girls competed in sprints, ball games, egg and spoon and three-legged races and a relay on the croquet lawn. By the end, it was obvious that each and every girl really enjoyed themselves, not to mention the staff! Prouille won with 480 points, followed by Calaroga with 430 points and not far behind was Bologna with 410 points.
gratitude to Pub Charity for this money which will be very beneficial to the school.
The senior girls ended the week with their first home economics lesson. They cooked up some scrumptious caramel dumplings and returned to school very content. Over the weekend, the Sisters and some of our pupils and former pupils had the honour of singing at the wedding of two former pupils of our school. What a joy to see the fruits of our labour. It was quite a tender and moving occasion.
Now with Lent around the corner, we pray that the spiritual seeds planted during the mission may grow during this holy season of penance and fast – and when Easter finally arrives – that our souls may bloom with the radiant purity that is gained only by the purifying way of the Cross and union with our Crucified Saviour. May His sorrowful Mother lead us on the way to Calvary and finally to the joys of Easter!