Squads

For the purposes of building character and aiding all-round development, the school is divided into four Squads under the patronage of four Saints. Each squad is responsible for a specific field in the school.

Four junior and four senior Cabinet Ministers are elected every year, one from each squad. Led by the Head Girl and the Assistant Head Girl, the team is responsible for the smooth running of their respective squad duties.

 

ST. MARIA GORETTI

“Purity”
Sanitation

Maria Teresa Goretti was born on October 16th, 1890, in Corinaldo in the province of Ancona, Italy. She was the third out of six children. When she was 6, her family had become so poor that they were forced to give up their farm, move to a marshy farming area and work for other farmers. Her father Luigi died when Maria was just 9. While her brother, mother and sisters worked in the fields, Maria would cook, sew and keep the house clean.

She and her family moved to Le Ferrire in Lazio, where they lived in a building they shared with another family, the Serenellis. On July 5th, 1902, finding 11 year-old Maria alone sewing, 20 year-old Alessandro Serenelli came in, intending to rape her, and threatened to kill her if she did not do as he said. She would not submit, protesting that what he wanted to do was a moral sin. She desperately fought to stop Alessandro from abusing her. Alessandro at first choked Maria, but when she insisted that she’d rather die than submit to him, he stabbed her 11 times. When injured Maria tried to reach for the door, Alessandro stabbed her three more times before running away.

The following day, twenty hours after the attack, having expressed forgiveness for her murder and stating that she wanted to have Alessandro in heaven with her, Maria died of her injuries, while looking at a very beautiful picture of the blessed Mother.

Maria Goretti’s feast day is celebrated on July 6th. Maria is the patron saint of chastity, rape victims, youth, teenage girls, poverty, purity and forgiveness.

SQUAD SONG

We hear from teachers every day
About the lovely things saints do.
So pure and sacred they may be
We know that what they say is true
Some are healers, some are friends,
Some are helpers till the end
Some are pure, some hear our call,
Some just help us when we fall
But we still love the one we got
‘Cause she’s the best one of the lot

Ch. St. Maria is the best,
She’s the purest of the rest,
Enriched with courage, pure of heart
She’s everything a saint should be
St. Maria is the best.

The world is torn with strife and sin
She cleans our minds and hearts within
Come hear us lilies as we call
Please lift us up from every fall
Joy and mirth shall reign today,
As we sing your name aloud,
We would rather die than sin.
Be our patroness, pure and fair
But we still love the one we got,
‘Cause you’re the best one of the lot

St. Maria is the best
She’s the purest of the rest
Enriched with courage, pure of heart
She’s everything a saint should be,
Everything, she’s everything
She’s everything a saint should be, St. Maria is the best.

ST. AGNES

“Selflessness”
Social & Cultural Activities

St. Agnes was a Roman girl who was only thirteen years old when she suffered martyrdom for her faith. Agnes had made a promise to God never to stain her purity. Her love for the Lord was very great and she hated sin even more than death. Since she was very beautiful, many young men wished to marry Agnes, but she would always say, “Jesus Christ is my only Spouse.”

Procop, the Governor’s son, became very angry when she refused him. He had tried to win her for his wife with rich gifts and promises. But the beautiful young girl kept saying, “I am already promised to the Lord of the Universe, He is more splendid than the Sun and the stars, and He has said, He will never leave me!”. In great anger, Procop accused her of being Christian which was punishable under pagan law, and brought her to his father, the Governor.

The Governor promised Agnes wonderful gifts if she would only deny God, but Agnes refused. He tried to change her mind by putting her in chains, but her lovely face shone with joy. Next he sent her to a place of sin, but an Angel protected her.

At last, she was condemned to death. Even the pagans cried to see such a young and beautiful girl being put to death. Yet, Agnes was as happy as a bride on her wedding day. She did not pay attention to those who begged her to save herself. “I would offend my Spouse,” she said, “If I were to try to please you. He chose me first and he shall have me!” Then she prayed and bowed her head for the death-stroke of the sword.

St. Agnes’ feast day is celebrated on January 21. She is the patron saint of young girls.

SQUAD SONG

St. Agnes is the patroness of our squad.
Her faith in God was great and so strong.
She stayed away from evil and she stayed away from fraud
And she never ever did any wrong

She served all the people with great love
And she never failed to do all the good she could
She told everybody about the mighty God above
And she kept herself as pure as a dove

She never failed to praise God
In everything she did,
And He was such a nice Lord
And of all her fears He got rid.

Ch. So let us all with hearts united
Pray to her to help us in our lives
And she will pray to God to keep us good and pure

She asked the lord to help her
Whene’r she was in pain
And he always blessed her
And in Him so much faith she gained.

ST. JOAN OF ARC
“Courage”
Discipline

Joan was born in a poor peasant family in the village of Domremy in France, in 1412. She never learned to read or write but was skilled in sewing and spinning. Joan was known as a very pious child, grave beyond her years, who often knelt in the church absorbed in prayer and loved the poor tenderly.

When she was 13, Joan heard the voices of St. Michael, St. Margaret and St. Catherine. They urged her to help the Dauphin, the French crown-prince, who had been unjustly cut away from hs inheritance and was fighting a losing battle with his enemies, the English. She tried to resist, saying, “I am a poor girl; I do not know how to ride or fight”, but the voices insisted “It is God who commands it.”

She went to the French court offering to fight for the king but the others mocked her asking her what a peasant girl could ever hope to do on a battlefield. But she persisted in her efforts, finally winning the Dauphin’s trust and commanding his troops.

After years of humiliating defeats, France was utterly demoralized when Joan took over command; the Dauphin had tried every possible strategy but had failed and the common people were suffering unjustly due to the political quarrels of their kings. Despite being uneducated, Joan proved to be a superb leader and soldier. She led her army to an astounding series of victories that reversed the tide of the war, despite facing many setbacks. Finally, the English were expelled from French lands and the Dauphin was crowned king at Rheims, entirely due to Joan’s efforts.

However, the king and his court soon began getting jealous of Joan and plotted against her. They betrayed her to the enemy while she was fighting with her battalion at a siege. The English feared their prisoner and were determined to take her life at all costs. They tried to get her sentenced as a witch and a heretic.

She was imprisoned at Rouen in very cruel circumstances. Her judges repeatedly attempted to confuse her but she fearlessly kept repeating that her visions had come from God and none other. Her simplicity, piety and courage impressed many onlookers, who began believing that she was indeed divinely inspired. When she refused to retract her statements, she was condemned to death by burning. The sentence was carried out on May 30, 1431. While tied to the stake, she asked for a cross, which she embraced, and called continuously upon the name of Jesus till she died, aged 19.

St Joan of Arc is the patron saint of soldiers and of France. Her feast day is May 30.

SQUAD SONG

Intro. Victory, lead us to victory
St Joan of Arc, Maiden of France, we pray to you

Ch. Victory, lead us to victory,
As we learn from this wonderful soldier of God,
There’s nothing that could turn you away
From your love for Jesus Christ
Your life that we see
Yes, we want to be
More like you

She was such a simple girl,
Knowing not what her task would be
Until she heard the voices in the woods
“Joan, awaken and prepare yourself to defend
your country and your God”

She was amazed at what she heard
But her her love for Jesus Christ was Oh! so strong,
She never turned away,
Got on her knees and prayed,
“Lord I lift all my life to you and only you”

She was so kind and pure of heart,
Compassionate to her friends and foes.
This little girl,
Yes, she showed the world,
With her courage and her bravery,
She led them to victory.

ST. CECILIA
“Diligence”
Language

Cecilia was born in a noble Roman family and was brought up as a devout Christian. Although she wished to remain a virgin, her father betrothed her to a pagan named Valerian. After the marriage ceremony, after all the guests had departed and the young couple was alone, Cecilia told her husband that she wished to remain a virgin since a very jealous angel was in love with her. Valerian was racked with suspicion, fear and anger and demanded to see the angel. She replied, “If you believe in the one true and living God and receive the Waters of Baptism, then you shall see the angel.” Thereafter Valerian professed his faith and was baptized by the bishop. He reurned home and saw an angel with flaming wings standing beside Cecilia.

Cecilia also won Valerian’s brother, Tiburtius, over to Jesus. Cecilia and the two brothers devoted themselves to good works on behalf of the Christian community. The prefect, Turcius Almachius, found out and condemned the two young men to death for being Christian. An officer of the prefect, Maximus, appointed to execute this sentence, was himself converted and suffered martyrdom with the two brothers.

The prefect sought to kill Cecilia next. She refused to recant her faith and was condemned to be suffocated in the bath of her own house. But as she remained unhurt in the overheated room, the prefect ordered her decapitation. The executioner let his sword fall three times without separating the head from the body, and fled, leaving her injured and swathed in her own blood. She lived three days, during which time she gave away her riches to the poor and dedicated her house as a church after her death.

St Cecilia is considered the patron saint of music. Her feast day is celebrated on November 22.

SQUAD SONG

On this school we ask your blessing Lord,
May it come and never go,
May it come O Lord and with us stay
And on us your wealth bestow,
With dawn we hear voices sweet
Proclaiming St Cecilia’s name
Let us sing, come on, let us rejoice;
Long may Canossa reign.

Ch. Give us hope, St Cecilia
Give us hope, St Cecilia
Give us hope
No matter what each day brings
Give us hope, St Cecilia
Give us hope, Cecilia
As our joyful hearts go on singing

When Cecilia said ‘no’ to Valerian
In the beginning, he felt scorned
But then an angel then appeared to him
He then began to understand
Seeing Cecilia, he changed his religion
And began to believe in God,
With Cecilia’s help, he began to live
According to the Christial law