St Dominics Newcastle, from sports victories to leading spiritual lives

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St Dominics Newcastle is proving to be force to be reckoned with on the sports field, while pursuing a fulfilling spiritual lifestyle.

From March 1 to March 2, St Dominics Newcastle hosted the fifth annual boys pre-season hockey tournament.

With participating teams setting their sights on victory, the 2019 tournament saw the introduction of a U/16 category alongside the U/18 category.

Despite the sweltering heat over the two days, the respective teams managed to ensure a high level of hockey prevailed, showcasing a phenomenal display of skill and talent.

The U/18 final took place between Dundee High School and St Dominics Newcastle first teams.

With a sense of determination, the St Dominics Newcastle 1st team vanquished Dundee High with a score of three-nil. The win sees St Dominics Newcastle claiming their fourth pre-season tournament trophy.

In the U/16 division, the final saw Newcastle High School and St Dominics Newcastle U/16As face each other in a tension packed match.

Both teams proved to be formidable force, which resulted in an eight-second penalty shootout. St Dominics Newcastle claimed victory, beating Newcastle High School with a score of three-two.

On Friday 8, St Dominics Newcastle held its annual Pancake Day for Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday.

Shrove Tuesday was held on March 5 and is the day in February or March which immediately precedes Ash Wednesday. The day is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes and holds religious significance.

The term Shrove Tuesday foms from the word Shrive which means absolve.

Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christian groups such as Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and Roman Catholics. All of whom make a special point of self-examination, considering what wrongs they need to repent and what areas of spiritual growth they need to ask God to help them with.

Ash Wednesday was held on March 6 and is the first day of Lent, the six weeks of penitence before Easter. Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer, fasting and repentance.

Ash Wednesday derives its name by the placing of repentance ash on the foreheads of participants to either the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or the dictum, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return.”

Reverend Fiona Calverey performs the Ash Wednesday ritual at St Dominics Newcastle on Friday, March 8.

As the first day of Lent, many Christians begin marking a Lenten calendar, praying a Lenten daily devotional and abstaining from a luxury they will not partake of until Easter comes.

With their sights set on the spiritual world, the learners thoroughly enjoyed the Pancake Day, signifying the dawn of Lent.

Minette Janse van Vuuren and Natasha Friend enjoying their pancakes.
Enjoying Pancake Friday are Omera Ramdharee, Cherry Cheung, Malaaika Siddique and Michaela Swanepoel.
Siphesihle Ntuli, Zifiso Khumalo, Asande Mbatha and Mangaliso Kubheka.
Andiswa and Simone Gösmann.
Beku Kunene and Nomachule Duma.
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