14th December – Advent 3
Getting Ready for Jesus
JOHN THE FORERUNNER
According to the New Testament, John was getting everyone ready for an important person whom he described as greater than himself. This important person was Jesus. Sometimes we commonly refer to John as the forerunner of Jesus, since he was the one who announced Jesus’ coming. We find these words written in the Bible that show that some important person was about to arrive: Behold I shall send my messanger before you. He will prepare your way, prepare the way for the Lord and make his path straight. John the Baptist was the last of the prophets. He was the son of Elizabeth and Zachary. In the Bible there is the story of when John baptised Jesus in the waters of the River Jordan.
Soon it will be School Celebration time at our school. As usual our Head of School has put pen to paper and came up with a play – panto style – in which all the school children will be taking part. There will be drama, dancing and singing and an occasional joke as well. This year we’re all off to a faraway Hawaiian island. The natives are in danger as the wicked black witch doctor is about to take all under his control. However things start to take a different route and his plans change quite a bit. There are little Hawaiian children, jolly pirates, smart sailors and funny witches who, all together, form the ingredients for this sweet story.
Naturally there is a happy ending. If you want to know more make sure to come to our School Celebration which is going to be held on the 18th of December 2014 at 10.30 am. The show of the 18th is meant for parents and guests.
On the 17th there will be another performance for grandparents, friends and the general public. Apart from the school play there will also be a Floriana School Got Talent Show. Entrance on the 17th is against a donation of €2 as fundraising towards our projects.
Christmas was only 15 days away. Francis was staying at a place near Greccio.
How was he going to celebrate Christmas? He remembered his visit to the Holy Land, to Bethlehem and had a brilliant idea. Why not try to create a replica of the manger scene? That would be lovely! Francis had a good friend, Giovanni Vellita, whom he had met on one of his journeys. Giovanni was a soldier and major of Greccio. Giovanni liked Francis, he had renounced all worldly things and was trying to live a life like that of Francis.
Francis, who was sure of Giovanni’s friendship, sent him a message: “If you want to celebrate the Feast of the Lord at Greccio, hurry and prepare what I tell you. I wish to make people remember the little child who was born in Bethlehem. I want to set before their eyes the poverty of Jesus, how he was born in the manger, with just an ox and a donkey standing where he lay upon the hay.”
Giovanni began to work immediately and got a little grotto ready for the occasion. People prepared torches and candles to light up the night. The manger was prepared in the cave, and the ox and donkey were brought in. When Francis came to the place, he was delighted. The great evening arrived. People began to come in, carrying their torches and candles. They were rediscovering the birth of Jesus. They were the eye witnesses of the first crib that was ever made.
Attending school regularly and being on time are very important in school success for both students and teachers. Being away from school regularly or being late are factors that are often linked to poor school academic achievement, so school attendance by both teachers and students plays an integral role in the success and educational advancement levels of our school and all our students.
Unfortunately there are some parents who just do not send their children to school, for no valid reason whatsoever. This bad habit has to stop immediately if we want to start getting better results at school. It is no good coming to school with a myriad of excuses! Some students are absent on particular days and others follow a pattern. It is not true that students are allowed to be three days in a month away from school. Students are to stay at home only when they are sick. Habitual late coming is just as bad. All teachers mark the attendance of the students on their laptops every day before 9.00 am. If anybody comes in class when the attendance has already been done, then that might cause a problem. SMSs would have already been sent to parents and remarks have to added on the computer programme if changes are made. Any type of appointment or errands are to be made in the afternoon or on a Saturday.
Being at school is top priority for everyone!