At that time, the land where Mary and Joseph lived was part of the Roman Empire. The Roman Emperor Augustus wanted to have a list of all the people in his empire, to make sure they paid their taxes. He ordered everyone to return to the town where their families originally came from, and enter their names in a register there. Mary and Joseph travelled a long way from Nazareth to Bethlehem, because that is where Joseph’s family came from. Most people walked but some lucky people had a donkey to help carry the goods needed for the journey. Joseph and Mary travelled very slowly because Mary’s baby was due to be born soon. When they reached Bethlehem they had problems finding somewhere to stay. So many people had come to register their names in the census, that every house was full and every bed was taken in all of the Inns.
The only shelter that they could was a stable with the animals. In this poor place Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Son of God. In those days it was the custom to wrap newborn babies tightly in a long cloth called ’swaddling clothes’. Jesus’ bed was the manger that the animals ate their hay from.
In the hills and fields outside Bethlehem, shepherds looked after their sheep through the long night. As the new day began, suddenly an angel appeared before them and the glory of God shone around them. The shepherds were very, very scared, but the angel said, ‘Don’t be afraid. I have good news for you and everyone. Today in Bethlehem a Saviour has been born for you. You will find the baby lying in a manger.’.
As a gesture of solidarity towards our fellow friends who are living at Dar San Guzepp, Sta. Venera, we decided to give them some food hampers for Christmas. The decision was made during one of the Students’ Council meetings. Fr. Louis Mallia mssp was invited over to concelebrate Holy Mass together with Archpriest Fr. Richard Borg on Friday 20th December 2013. As soon as the celebration was over we all clapped happily when the members of the Council presented the hampers. Other boxes full of goodies were given as well. A big thank you goes to all the students at our school and to the elder students who come to our school for evening classes.
Nieħdu din l-opportunita sabiex nawguraw lil kulħadd il-Milied ħieni u sena mimlija barka u ġid.
Christmas is finally here. It is time to remember and celebrate God’s love towards humanity. He sent his only Son to help us regain salvation. Christmas is God’s way of saying, “I love you!” May we all live in peace and respect one another so that the world we live in will surely be a better place.
At our school the first term was full of activities that all helped us to learn more. Troubles and tribulations were not at a miss as well.
Now is the time to put everything behind our backs and relax and enjoy ourselves. May the holiday season bring about joy and peace in all our hearts. Have a great time!
See you again in 2014, remember school starts again on Tuesday the 7th January 2014!
In order to maximise learning time, this year a decision was made to have the School Celebration at Christmas time instead of in April. Needless to say, the usual enthusiasm was reigning supreme in everybody’s hearts. This year we had a play entitled “Darba Wahda fir-Renju tal-Borra” – an adaptation taken from the “Rise of the Guardians” movie. There were Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, helped by elves, mice, bunnies and dwarfs; all eagerly battling against the terrible Snow Queen and her entourage. It was a wonderful experience. As usual all members of Staff helped in the production and this time we even had some of them in costume on stage!
The compères for this year were Shanice Schembri and Patrick Handerson. The School’s Head Girl, Shanise Schembri, delivered the Welcome Speech. A big well done to all involved … another successful event that makes all at SGPC Floriana Primary proud to be part of a wonderful team!