On Wednesday 19 November, the senior school held the annual Awards Ceremony. Students were awarded with academic and values awards.
The guest of honour of the evening was former student and dentist Dr. Kenneth Spiteri. Kenneth entered St. Benild’s School Pre-Grade class in 1973 and finished his secondary course in Stella Maris College in June 1985. Kenneth’s brothers Mark and Anthony were also former students of the College.
The evening was compered by Ms. Pearl Haber and Mr. Antoine Hili.
Head of School Mr. Frank Micallef and Dr. Kenneth Spiteri distributed book prizes, awarded to students who place first in a subject in a year.
Merit certificates were awarded to students attaining high marks in core and other subjects as well as to Top Readers. Special Values Certificates were also distributed to students in various categories:
Award for Altruism – awarded to students who are helping other students, especially peers with varying education abilities and needs.
Award for Community Service – awarded to students for regular service to the school, year or class.
Award for Leadership - Awarded to students who have taken the initiative in leading other students tackle issues arising in and out of class; these students have a positive influence on their peers.
Award for Diligence – awarded to students for class participation, good homeworks, good presentation of work, perseverance in studies, attention in class.
Award for Effort – awarded to students who are consistent in their efforts.
During the course of the evening students gave excellent renditions of music pieces and mimes.
“Galop” by Heinrich Wohlfahrt, was interpreted by the Portelli brothers
“A Whole New World” by Alan Menken was interpreted by Samuel Cutajar & Shaun Micallef, “Frozen” by Christophe Beck was interpreted by Paul, Michael and Samuel Cutajar.
Mime to the music of “He’s a Pirate” by Hans Zimmer, was performed by Jamie Cardona and Nikolai Azzopardi, accompanied on piano by Dylan Odom.
“Lean on Me” by Bill Withers, was interpreted by Glenn Farrugia,David Scerri and Joseph Izzo accompanied on piano by Sean Bonnici.
“Macavity: the mystery cat” by T.S. Eliot, was interpreted by Cain Portelli supported by Noah Cutajar, David Dimech and Kurt Bartolo.
At the end of the ceremony Br. David presented Dr. Spiteri with a commemorative College tie as well as a copy of The Stelmarian and other publications relating to Stella Maris College.
A big thank you to all students, parents and all teachers for contributing to make the evening a success.
An open weekend is being organised by the Youth Alive Foundation at Dar Frate Jacoba in Marsascala between 6 and 8 December. More details in the poster below.
On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Stella Maris College observed a minute’s silence to honour the war dead. All lessons, activities and games stopped and everyone paused to reflect during this poignant moment. Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Alex Camilleri, Mr. Glenn La Rosa, Ms. Carmen Cutajar and Ms. Lorna Friggieri, a special school morning assembly was organised.
Ms. Carmen Cutajar, Assistant Head introduced the assembly with a prayer and a few select words appropriate for the occasion. Mr. Alex Camilleri, History teacher then outlined the history of Remembrance Day as well as the origin of the Poppy as the world renowned symbol of Remembrance Day.
The poem “In Flanders Fields”, by John McCrae, was then excellently read out by Andrew Debono Cauchi, Jamie Pace Bonello and Gary Ghirxi.
Later on during the day, at exactly 11:00am, a siren could be heard throughout the College and its environs, wailing poignantly in an atypically silent College, a silence that was ultimately deafening. Thanks to the efforts of Matthias Micallef and Joel Camilleri, Form I students, poppies were distributed to students and staff and an appreciable donation will be passed on to the Royal British Legion (Malta branch).
A big thank you to all teachers and students who made this occasion a memorable one. A special thank you to Nicholas Apap Bologna, Luca Vella and Omar Eloumi ably supervised by Mr. Donald Ciappara, without whose technical expertise this activity would not have been possible.
Grade 5 Miguel held an assembly during Mission Week based on a speech Pope Francis I gave about the mission of missionaries.
The most important part of his speech was actually his opening statement: We are called to preach and proclaim the Gospel “courageously and in every situation.”
The Astronomy evening on Sat. 1st Nov. 2014 18.30-21.00hrs. was a great success with over 50 participants. Students and parents brought star Charts and Lunar Maps. One student Inaugurated his newly purchased telescope; All made a tour of the night sky assisted by senior members including Arch.Alexei Pace, Alex Pace and Br David.
1. For the forthcoming December observation kindly remember to bring a) Star chart, b) torch with red filter, c) Warm clothing including Bobble hat and gloves.
2. Reminder ASTRONOMY LECTURE on THURSDAY 6th November 2014 at 18.30hrs, title: BEYOND THE SOLAR SYSTEM. All are welcome to attend.
In Grade 1 we celebrated Colour Day. This day was linked to various curriculum topics being covered in class, particularly colours.
Grade 2 Arnold presented an assembly that introduced our new Grade 1 boys to our Founder and what it means to be Lasallian. The highlight of the morning was when all the boys joyfully joined in, to sing the One La Salle Anthem.
Our first class reader of the year “Look” is all about a special party. Since we have been working on our alphabet sounds at the same time, we thought “What could be better than an Alphabet Party!” Balloons, party hats, music and muffins – a truly enjoyable celebration!