The Mater Boni Consilii St Joseph school of Paola recently celebrated the feast of its foundress St Emilie de Vialar in a different way than usual.
Despite the current limitations, with schools closed and students not attending school, headmaster Dr Kenneth Vella, assisted by the team of educators, staff and Sr Bernadette Gafa’, still found a way to set up a full program of virtual activities through the school’s social media page and with activities for both students and their families.
The programme began with a reflection on the life of St Emilie by Fr Mario Attard OFM CAP, followed by a documentary.
Mass was also celebrated at the Kristu Re church in Paola with the participation of the sisters of the community of St Joseph from Victoria, Blata l-Bajda, Zabbar and Sliema.
Two students, Mariah Vella and Katrina Gatt, represented their peers by reading during Mass with Sr Riches Grech and Sr Eugene Ghirlando. The mass was celebrated by Can. Marc Andre Camilleri and was also live streamed on social media so students and families could follow it live.
At the end of the Mass, Dr Vella, in the presence of Sr Eugene and Sr Riches, presented copies of the publication Nitlob Miegħek, which was published recently in collaboration with the Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona, to Canon Fr Marc Andre’ Camilleri .
Furthermore, all the work carried out by the students and their teachers in the past few days was uploaded on the school page, as well as the short documentary prepared by the teacher of Religion, Gavin Muscat. This was followed by the hymn to St Emilie prepared and coordinated by music teacher Mary Grace Grech with the participation of the school choir.
Finally, the secondary school students participated in a quiz prepared for them by their teacher about the life of the foundress. The winners of this quiz were Redoney Schembri and Kaylee Cassar.