May and June Events at Signadou Boarding School

Feast of the Ascension

On May
29th, for the Feast of the Ascension, two sisters took the girls to the Whanganui Regional Museum where they learned
about manu aute (Maori kite) which is made from tapa – a hand-made bark-cloth.
They then were able to make there own tapa-inspired manu aute. 

Our Lady of Lourdes Pilgrimage
“On May
24th, we had a wonderful opportunity of taking part in an Our Lady of Lourdes pilgrimage, which
gave us a good exercise of 20km walk. We had to drive approximately two hours
from Wanganui. We then started at Peka Peka Beach and ended at Paraparaumu.
This year’s intention for the pilgrimage was for the Rosary Crusade. It was
very windy, and it rained almost the whole of the pilgrimage. (What a great
penance!) We had around 3-4 breaks during the pilgrimage and had to have an
enduring voice throughout as we sang and said three rosaries and hymns. When we
reached the statue of Our Lady, it was raining cats and dogs. No pain – no
gain. Regardless, it was a great experience.
Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

– Signadou Boarder

St. Anthony Procession

“On the
1st of June, we had the opportunity to participate in a procession
in honour of St. Anthony. There were many people that participated. There was
the girls’ school – St. Dominic’s College, the boys’ school – St. Augustine’s
Campus, and St. Anthony’s primary school, and the faithful. We walked around
the streets of Gonville, singing joyful songs and saying joyful prayers. At the
end of the procession, we had a big group photo including St. Anthony.  
must be happy.)

We were
all proud to 
be part
of the 
pray for us.

– Signadou Boarder

Candle Making

On June
th – the solemnity of St Anthony (patron of our parish) and a holiday from school – the boarders were taught by a local parishioner about candle making and each of them created their own candle scented with coconut and lime. They then
were able to uniquely design them with flower petals.