We love Easter!

As Easter is fast approaching the K1.2 class with Ms Audrey were very busy working on various crafts for the festivities.   Crafts featuring bunnies and chicks and eggs were a must, however the true reason for the celebration can’t be forgotten.  The love for Our Lady that suffered so much when her very own son was hanged on the cross was also remembered as we would have no reason to celebrate if Jesus hadn’t shown His love for us all by dying on the cross and then saving us all with His resurrection.

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Our Lady of Sorrows Crafts Orange Bunnies everywhere! Easter  Bunnies and Chicks Crafts

So remember:

Easter isn’t at all about Easter bunnies and Easter eggs as such, though these things are nice to have at Easter time. I’ve heard it said that the Easter egg represents ‘new life’ – as a chicken hatches from an egg. It is okay to enjoy chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs at Easter time, but let us not forget the real meaning of Easter.

© By M.S.Lowndes

Our Lady of Sorrows

At our school, this feast is celebrated with special devotion. From days before, Ms. Anna Caruana, our school’s caretaker prepares the statue of Our Lady in the school’s entrance.  The statue is beautifully adorned with flowers and candles. After having had the Lenten Sermons and the Sacrament of Reconciliation at school, today it is the time for Holy Mass. Some parents joined in as well for this celebration. Special prayers and poems were read. A special moment was when we all listened carefully to the singing of the Ave Maria. Then, later in the afternoon, we all gathered in the school entrance and we prayed the Rosary together.

This feast reminded us of Jesus’  final gift from on the cross: when he asked his mother to take care of all humanity.

Holy Week

Holy Week starts with Palm Sunday.  This day reminds us of when Jesus decided to go to the city of Jerusalem.

He was riding on a donkey and the people greeted him with palms and olive branches. They wanted to make him their king.

On Thursday we celebrate Maundy Thursday. This day reminds us of when Jesus ate his last supper with his friends. During this special meal, Jesus washed his friends’ feet  He did this to show them that we are to help and serve each other.

Good Friday is the commemoration of when Jesus was put to death on the.cross. It is very sad to see Jesus dying in such an aweful way!

Then on Sunday everybody becomes happy again as Jesus rises from death and comes back to life. once again. Easter is the most important feast day as it reminds us that Jesus was no ordinary person. He is God!

Our own Last Supper display

It is that special time of the year when we celebrate Easter, which is our most important feast. As part of our activities at school, one of the rooms is used to hold a last supper display, in order to remember Our Lord’s love towards humanity. Jesus wanted to stay with us for ever so he changed the bread and the wine into his own body and blood.   Our last supper display is mostly made out of recycled material such as paper plates, glass bottles and jars, broken pots, cardboard rolls and pieces of cloth. The Easter Lamb takes pride of place on the table. The inaugural green ribbon was cut by Ms. Kathleen Bonello, the EO in charge of Religious Education. Then it was blessed by Rev. Fr. Richard Borg, the Archpriest.Twelve boys are chosen to act as the twelve apostles.

During the inauguration ceremony, the Head of School, Mr Stephen Miceli, symbolically washed the feet of twelve boys who were representing the twelve apostles all this in remembrance of what Jesus did to his friends. They all received books as a memento of this activity.  Parents and guests attended and they all praised our school for such activities. A big thank you goes to Ms. Anna Caruana, Ms. Carmen Brincat and Ms. Carmen Xuereb, all members of our minor staff, who helped in the setting of the display.  All the things were prepared by the pupils themselves during last year’s crafts lessons.

Click on the photo below to see a video of the event

Open Day

Monday 7th April was a red letter day at our school. All our parents and friends were invited to spend the day with us at school.  The day kicked off with a Special Assembly during which we all sang some of our favourite songs and watched attentively to what was going on stage. We had a little play about animal care and other children danced to a merry tune. Then the parents had a very interesting talk about how they should take better care of their health and their appearance. As part of this activity one of the mothers was chosen as a model and the professional beautician showed them how to apply make up and other cosmetics. Special emphasis was made that no one is to make use of any make-up product that was tested on animals. When this session was over, everybody enjoyed a mini concert by the students’ band from the Guardian Angel School, which also forms part of our College. Then it was time to go to the classrooms. Everyone joined groups for lessons. The teachers had prepared interesting lessons about either extinct or endangered animals. Some pupils set up exhibits about their hobbies and collections. In the school foyer an exhibition about the Czech Republic was set up. One could also admire the Last Supper display which is mostly made up from recycled material. Refreshments were also served thanks to the mothers of the School Council.

Photos of this event are coming up pretty soon … so keep on the look out :)