MARCH 2011


The AGM this year was held on Friday the 25th February inside the LICEO boardroom by kind permission of the Headmaster. In the absence of a quorum we had to delay starting the actual meeting by an extra thirty minutes to be in line with the A.L.P.S. statute. The year ended on a positive note with most of the council members from the previous administration who were again contesting and being re-elected to serve for another term. The post for secretary general had remained uncontested. Therefore, the hard working Alex Borg is back to his old seat serving the association to the best of his ability. This year’s council is made up of President, Secretary General, and Treasurer, besides eight other council members…amongst whom, we have two new faces who contested for the very first time and were elected.. We wish to extend a word of thanks to the outgoing council members who have served over the past twelve months on A.L.P.S. council.

Their ongoing commitment could ensure that all we have presented to you was always a success. The enthusiasm never failed to show how much they were committed to The Association of Lyceum Past Students. . As outlined in the short message by the President at the closing of the AGM, the new team now looks ahead with boldness and is adamant at seeing our dynamic association continue on its steady course to more success. We feel confident of your co-operation, as well as your unfailing appreciation to all that we may present to you in the year ahead of us. Let there be a happy council of administration that may work closer with you members and friends for the benefit of us all. As a newly registered NGO our association has already embarked on challenging projects, in the hope that it may someday qualify for co-financing through the EU.

A.L.P.S. is now registered as an NGO

It has become a reality. The Association of Lyceum Past Students is now an NGO with registration No: 500 through competent authorities. This now brings us in line with legislation that had been introduced in the recent past years. We are happy to have reached such level which is all to your benefit dear members.


This year, Valentine’s Night dinner on the 12th day of February 2011 was organized at the lavish Radisson Blu-Golden Sands Hotel. Thanks to a lot of hard work, it attracted a great number of participants. The dinner itself consisted of 265 guests. Many members and friends of A.L.P.S. availed themselves of the special rates that have been made available to us, by staying overnight inside the comfortable rooms of the five star hotel. The food was fantastic, the atmosphere was great and, with the merrymaking by all guests and the drawing of the numerous prizes in raffles that have been held, this event lasted till nearly midnight. We really wanted you to have the best venue and we have indeed managed to present to you what one may term as a fantastic event. Thank you all for helping us to raise funds towards dar tal-Providenza/Siggiewi as well as The Malta Hospice Movement, through a 50 hour bicycle Marathon that is due to be held at the Lyceum later on this month. A word of thanks is merited to those council members and spouses who have helped from before and during this event. It all boils down to teamwork to obtain success. All lady guests have really appreciated the red carnation handed to them before dinner.


The Maratona bir-Roti spread over a week-end 25th/27th March 2011, shall be held at The Liceo grounds in Hamrun. The Lyceum students and other participants will cycle non-stop for fifty hours or more, to help raise funds for Dar Tal-Providenza and The Malta Hospice Movement. The Association of Lyceum Past Students, will be giving a helping hand. Our two council members sitting permanently throughout the year on the Bicycle Marathon Organising Committee will be pleased to see as many of our members and their families who can make it possible to participate and help in this noble fund raising activity. Jum il-Mulej will announce such activity in churches over the next three week-ends.

Continue to donate books that are written by you –

There are still many of you out there, who are willing to contribute books and other written works, written by Lyceum Past Students. Do hand in your books to Secretary General Alex Borg: /2138 681or mobile 9988 8512 or e-mail: / or, to council member Peter Tortell tel: 2131 3224.
They both continue to co-ordinate the collection of such books.


Don’t forget to send in, any photos related to the Lyceum days of old. Many of your past school mates are awaiting to see and to exchange pictures that may bring back fond memories from our younger days that shall never be forgotten.
Once again we repeat our appeal that you should continue to furnish A.L.P.S. with such photos. These can be circulated via our web-site section entitled “Colleagues of Old.” Please forward either to council member Peter Tortell on on tel: 2131 3224. or to PeterPaul Bonnici on tel: 2167 2684 Thank you for your continued cooperation. We invite you to Click on our web-site

The ongoing “Dance to health awareness campaign”

You are encouraged to communicate directly with Mr. PeterPaul Bonnici on tel: 7982 4250 / 2167 2684 or by e-mail:… if you can decide to join for the dance lessons. For body and mind therapy, you may thank “The Association of Lyceum Past Students” whilst establishing new friendships and keeping yourselves in trim and happy.…


By kind permission of His Excellency The President of Malta Dr. George Abela, our association has been granted a concession to organise a cultural visit to San Anton Palace Attard. The same visit will be combined to ‘ALTER EGO’ art exhibition that is being held at the same palace grounds by A.L.P.S. member Mr. Joe Ellul Vincenti and his wife Margaret. The tour will be conducted by Brig. Claude Gaffiero. Regrettably, the number of attendees is limited to 40…Therefore we shall treat on a First Come First Serve basis whoever intimates by telephone or e-mail his/her intention to come to this cultural event on the Saturday 19th March 2011 from 09.30AM onwards. Because of time limitations to view the exhibition after the palace tour Brig Gaffiero shall be compelled to commence the tour strictly at 09.30hrs sharp.
Parking may be at the palace foreground by entry through the lower gate near san Anton main entrance (opposite the Corinthia Hotel/ Villa Madama area)…there is always a soldier on guard. A contribution of €10.00 per person is being asked to enable us to present through A.L.P.S.,
a small donation to His Excellency towards The Malta Community Chest Fund. Please effect advance payment to ‘ A.L.P.S.’ and post early to Alex Borg Alson Naxxar Road San Gwann SGN 9032.

We e-mail the ALPSNEWS to members and friends:

Continue to receive the AlpsNews from the comfort of your homes via e-mail
by HITTING THE SEND BUTTON to An acknowledgement will ensure correct registration in the e-mail register.
In future, all communications may be passed on to you in such manner.
We ask you to continue to help us to reduce postage costs for the association


12th March Holy Mass at 16.30 hrs
7TH May Holy Mass at 18.00 hrs
11th June Holy Mass at 18.00 hrs
9th July Holy Mass at 19.00 hrs (Festa Sant’Anna)
15th October Holy Mass at 18.00 hrs
12th November Holy Mass at 16.30 hrs (remembrance mass)
13th December Holy Mass at 11.00 hrs (carol singing included)

Address your enquiries about the functions at Pwales Chapel, through council member Oscar Galea. He may be reached on tel: 2189 6293 / 7989 6293…or e-mail:


The Association of Lyceum Past Students proudly presents a Foundation day Concert produced by Joe Fenech and titled:“ From the Operetta to The Musical” The concert will be held at The Salesian Theatre- Sliema on Friday 18th of March 2011 at 19.30hrs. The A.L.P.S. choir trained by M/s Marlene Ferrante will join solo singers like Karen Camilleri, Claire Caruana, Connie Francis Zerafa and Bernard Busuttil. The Armonia Mediterranea Chamber Ensemble shall be conducted by Andre’ Paul Huber. There will also be in attendance and participation, The Ballet School directed by Jane Bellia & Ray Mamo that can add more pleasure to this concert.
Corinne Briffa will be on the piano throughout the evening.

Tickets @ €10 per person are available through Secretary General Alex Borg by phoning on
tel: 2137 6387 and by Joe Fenech tel: 2141 0632. and/ or Fr. Joe Forte from Salesian Theatre
by phoning on tel: 9949 1024. Seats are numbered and early booking is recommended.

Proceeds from this activity are going to the Salesian Youth Centre in Sliema.,
Come along and bring with you family and friends for a guaranteed evening of entertainment. (free parking is being made available at St. Patrick’s Ground nearby.) See concert-poster.


Distinguish yourselves amongst the crowd by sporting our much loved badge on the jacket or coats at all times of the week… Order through the post by communicating with Secretary General Alex Borg tel: 2137 6387 / 9988 8579…..or . Payment @ €2.00 each plus an extra 50 cents if requested by post.. We make such lapel badges available at every A.L.P.S. function together with the distinctive Blazer Badge and the A.L.P.S .blue ties.


On Saturday 19th February 2011, Fr. William Bartolo said prayers and offered Holy Mass for our dearly departed A.L.P.S., Founder President, members and their families, as well as the Pwales neighbourhood family friends who have departed this world.Fr. Mario Jaccarini SJ who passed away in February, was also remembered. In our prayers let us also remember another friend George Zahra who frequented most of the A.L.P.S. activities, who entered eternal life last week.
We pray that the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.


Payment of yearly, or if preferred, lifetime subscription by A.L.P.S. members, may continue to be forwarded to ALPS Treasurer David Abela at: “Juniper”, Triq Ganni Vella, Tal-Qattus, Birkirkara BKR 13. Your ongoing help in paying your annual subscription is greatly appreciated.
Enquiries about outstanding subscriptions through David Abela Tel: 9902 0845 / 2748 7693.

The A.L.P.S. are going on a cruise in October 2011

More cabins remain available and we would like to see more of you members and friends of the association to come and join this lovely tour to the Eastern Mediterranean (2-9th Oct 2011) aboard the passenger liner Mein Schiff. Very advantageous “all-inclusive” prices have been negotiated and we hasten all those who are interested in joining this announced cruise, to immediately communicate and deal directly with SMS Travel no: 311 Republic Street Valletta .
tel: 2123 2211..M/s Fero who is looking after the bookings

Winning numbers to 1st phase Lyceum Maratona Lottery .

These are the winning ticket numbers:
14289* / 02977 / 14968* / 06630 / 06621 / 11628* / 00743 / 12460* / 17935 / 03732 / 17484 / 06889 / 14892* / 06953 / 11546 / 09500 / 08512.
Those marked with * are A.L.P.S. members who bought tickets.
We now attach herewith another packet of tickets for the 2nd phase Lyceum Bicycle Maratona Lottery draw to be held in April 2011. Money orders/ Cheques payable to A.L.P.S.and forwarded to council member Oscar Galea at: Harmony Triq Mater Boni Consigli Fgura…… tel: 2189 6293


The most useless thing to do………………WORRY

The greatest joy……………………………GIVING
The greatest loss……………………………LOSS OF SELF RESPECT
The most satisfying work…………………..HELPING OTHERS
The greatest problem to overcome……… .FEAR
The most effective sleeping pill……………PEACE OF MIND
The most important thing in life…………..GOD