Monthly Archive for March, 2015

Our Lady of Sorrows

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.

Are we really ready to serve others?

Jesus said He did not come to be served, but to serve, and He proved it when, in the upper room on the night of His arrest, He washed His disciples’ feet. In Jesus’ time, servants washed their masters’ feet at the end of the day.  People wore sandals all the time and walked most places so their feet were hot and dirty and tired.  Getting them washed probably felt really nice.  When Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, he was doing a job that servants did – not teachers or friends or important people. Why did Jesus do a servants’ job? God wants us all to take care of other people’s needs as well as our own – we are supposed to love others as we love ourselves.

That means thinking about other people and finding ways to help them live happy, healthy lives. If everyone behaves as a servant to others, everyone would take care of each other.  Do you think that would be a good world to live in? With this thought in mind and as part of our Easter celebrations at school, we had a special event during which our Head of School symbolically washed the feet of twelve boys and girls, two from each class at our school. The chosen twelve wore apostles’ costumes and were given books as a souvenir of this occasion. This was held in the school foyer on the 24th of March, in front of all the students and some parents.

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Now it is Orange trees!

Planting a tree with our children can mean so much for all of us. It is always an opportunity to ‘put something back’ into the environment and encourage birds, insects and other creatures into our habitat. Floriana is full of wonderful gardens and this leads us to have tree planting ceremonies very often. The gardens are veritable wonderlands for our young children, with all manner of natural processes to watch, observe and delight in, from wildlife and wild flowers through to life cycles and growing patterns. And as children are naturally curious about how things grow and evolve, it’s never too early to get them digging and planting. Encouraging an interest in the environment through sowing seeds and cuttings is a fun and educational activity – and one that has wide reaching benefits.

Trees are often planted to commemorate something or someone. Another tree planting ceremony was held on the 23rd of March to commemorate the beginning of Spring. In January we had the planting of an Oak tree at the Argotti Garden. Now we planted 6 orange trees at Saint Philip’s Garden. This time the activity was possible thanks to the special sponsorship from ST Electronics who were kind enough to provide us with thr saplings. Personnel from this Company were also present for this event. This is EkoSkola’s step of involving the outside community in full force and another initiative to take care of our Dinja Waħda.

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19th March – Feast of Saint Joseph

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.

Book Fair and Parents’ Day

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.

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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.