We are approaching Easter – the most important feast of all! It is the feast when all Christians remember how Our Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross and then came alive again on Easter morning! In Malta we have a special devotion towards the seven sorrows of Our Lady. It is said that there were seven episodes in her life during which she suffered a lot. Without any doubt, our Lady suffered a lot when she was witnessing the cruel way to which her son was being put to death. This difficult episode in her life causes all of us to love Our Lady even more than usual. It is as if we feel duty bound to assist her and be at her side at this moment! At our school we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows with Holy Mass and the recitation of the Holy Rosary with our teachers and some parents. Then, in the evening, most of us make it a point to take part in the procession with the statue of the Madonna. At school we also put up a special place for the statue of Our Lady which is decorated with candles and flowers as a sign of our love and prayer towards her.
Saint Joseph is one of the most popular and most important saints of all times. He was a carpenter who lived in the city of Nazareth and he was in love with Mary. At that time little did he know what was in store for him! He was about to become the husband of the blessed mother of Jesus! Saint Joseph took good care of the holy family and now is taking care of God’s family from heaven. He is considered to be the patron of the holy Church. Saint Joseph is also considered as a very lucky saint as he was always in the company of Jesus and Mary.
Many churches and parishes in Malta are dedicated to Saint Joseph. His devotion in Malta is believed to have started in the old town of Rabat, near the walled city of Mdina.
A Boof Fair is going to be held at our school as from Wednesday 11th March. All parents and pupils are encourages to come to school and buy some books. We can never stress enough the importance of reading and of having books around us all the time! Reading is the source of all learning, so everyone should be reading books not only at school but at home as well.
Then on Friday 13th March all parents are asked to come to school to meet the teachers and discuss their children’s progress at school. Parents of pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 can also discuss the results of the Half Yearly Exams and even have a look at their own children’s papers. On this day all parents will be kindly being asked to fill in a questionnaire in order to help the school in its internal review – an annual exercise which helps us to know our way forward.
The Spoonbill – Il-Paletta
In Maltese this bird is called Paletta. This bird is almost unmistakable. It is all white except for its dark legs, black bill with a yellow tip, and a yellow breast patch just like a pelican. It has a crest during the breeding season. The Spoonbills, as their name suggests, have large, flat bills that look like spoons. They feed by wading through shallow water, sweeping the partly-opened bill from side to side. The moment any small water creature, such as an insect or a tiny fish, touches the inside of the bill, it is snapped shut. The Eurasian Spoonbill is seen in muddy and watery areas with some open shallow water, nesting in colonies on trees or in reedbeds. Spoonbills are rare birds and they can be seen in small numbers between March and May. Sometimes they also visit us in September or October. The most common areas are the Ghadira and the Simar Nature Reserves.
March is an in between month,
When wintry winds are high.
But milder days remind us all,
Spring’s coming by and by.
The month of March is here. Although it is still Winter, the days are much better than they were in January and February. The sun stays longer in the sky and soon it will be Spring. Oh! Isn’t that good news? Spring is such a lovely time of the year. Flowers and trees start to bloom again and the countryside gets all decked up in all shades of green and many other colours. The month of March is named after the Roman god Mars, the god of war. Mars was the son of Jupiter and Juno, the king and queen of all the gods. Mars was tall and handsome, and mean and self-centered. It is the third month of the year and it has 31 days. Many important festivities are held during this month. There is the feast of Saint Patrick on the 17th, the feast of Saint Joseph on the 19th and the feast of the Annunciation on the 25th. At school we shall have, amongst other events, the mini bicycle marathon, Parents’ Day and the Book Fair. Then it will be time for Easter – the greatest feast of all.