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‘Wirt Artna’ Celebration

On Friday, 19th May our school presented a celebration  ‘Wirt Artna’.  This was the 2nd Prize Giving Ceremony during this scholastic year.   As the name implies, during this ceremony we celebrated some of the many customs and traditions that give a unique character to our Nation.

The evening was presided by Mr Ruben Pace, Chairman of the Board of Directors. We also had a number of distinguished guests, amongst whom Dr Paul Borg LL.D. who was a student at our School between 1997 and 2002, and his father Mr George Borg, who has just retired after many years of service within the Education Department.   Mr Borg, who also held the post of Director General distributed the certificates, trophies and other tokens to the students, together with his son Dr Paul. We were also honoured with the presence of Rev Fr Charles Mallia O.Carm who is the Archbishop’s Delegate for all Catholic schools.

The programme kicked off with the singing of the popular Marian hymn, Fil-Ħlewwa ta’ Mejju written by our National Poet, Dun Karm Psaila. Following this hymn, a number of Maltese poems were recited.  Dr George Borg then distributed the first group of certificates to students who rendered service in the EcoSchool Committee, participated in Drama, formed part of the School Band, helped in the Library, Aquarium Upkeep and excelled in a number of programmes varying from Altruism, Art and Prince’s Trust.

The School Band played an important role in this special  programme and the musicians showed great ability in the performance of a number of all-time popular Maltese pieces such as L-Aħħar Bidwi f’Wied il-Għasel, (Alfred C. Sant & Paul Abela), Qalb ta’ Kampanjol (Tony Gauci) and Tifħira lil Malta, (Ġan Anton Vassallo). The music knotted the reading of the poems: L-Għanja tal-Beraħ, (Pawlu Aquilina), F’Ħaġar Qim, (Ġorġ Pisani), Ħajt tas-Sejjieħ, (Fr Wistin Attard) and Lil Malta, (Karmenu Vassallo).

A special moment during this celebration was when one of our 2nd formers, Abner John Farrugia, played tradition folklore music on the drum kit.  At such a young age Abner is already licenced from Trinity College London to teach music!

The last item of the programme was the distribution of trophies and medals to the winners of this year Sports’ Day and to the different chess competitions held during this Scholastic Year. Now it was Dr Paul Borg to present the students their well-deserved prize.  He then shared a thought in a very inspiring speech with all those present.

Finally, Mr Raymond D’Amato, our Headmaster thanked the many people who were involved in the preparation that such a celebration entails: Assistant Heads, all Staff members and all the students for their commitment and cooperation. The celebration came to an end with the singing of the School Anthem.  The Headmaster then invited all to proceed to the school garden to continue the evening in an informal way and share some food.

This special celebration could not be possible without the help of Mr Robert Aloisio who coordinated the programme with the help of Mr Joseph Agius, Mr Neville Galea Pirotta and Mr Carmel Caruana. A big thank you also to our musicians Mr Luca Xuereb, 4th form students Ben Spiteri, Kurt Falzon, and Rudy Sammut and our vocalist, Mr Darrel Pace. We would also like to thank Mr Joseph Buttigieg who was responsible for choosing and coordinating the readings of the poems which were read by Isaac Romano (Form 3 Faith) and Noah Zammit (Form 4 Faith). Last but not least another big thank you to Mr Peter Paul Calleja and Mr Ruben Borg, two very dedicated teachers who are always ready to help with the logistics involving light, sound and IT.

It was a pleasant evening indeed!

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