AUTUMN IS BACK…
Another season has started and we all return to our normal lifestyle after the summer vacation. Many would have had the opportunity to visit foreign countries during the summer months. Some others perhaps, would have preferred to hop on the ferry and cross over to the sister island of Gozo, for a tranquil and peaceful sojourn. For sure, they have brought with them some happy and unforgettable memories that may continue to enrich their knowledge in the coming years. You might have thought that The Association of Lyceum Past Students has taken a short break but rest assured, that whilst you were enjoying your summer holidays the council of administration never ceased from continuing with work behind the scenes. This of course, to silently prepare for you even newer events that will no doubt be to your liking dear members and friends. We are planning many new activities for the coming months. Everything needs a sound preparation thus ensuring a good presentation without any hitches. Nothing pleases us more than seeing good participation in all that is presented to you…Your continued support is our guarantee to a better future for A.L.P.S.
A.L.P.S. REUNION IN OCTOBER 2010.
As already reported to you in a previous newsletter, we are now getting closer to celebrating another 50th Anniversary by holding a REUNION inside the Lyceum Main Hall on the 23rd October 2010. Hence we would like to see many LICEO past students (members and non-members of A.L.P.S.), especially from the year 1960 when they had started their secondary education in one of the finest schools in Malta. Of course, the reunion is open to all members.
There will be Holy Mass at 19.00hrs. The A.L.P.S. choir will also be in attendance.
When Holy Mass is ended all present will remain seated for some more popular singing by the A.L.P.S. choir. Around 20.00hrs, a reception will start in the same Lyceum main hall to celebrate together this event. For catering arrangements we would appreciate receiving at the very earliest the attached form together with your contribution of €7.00 per head signifying your intention to attend for this activity. More details through Secretary General tel: 2137 6387 / 9988 8579.
ANOTHER CULTURAL TOUR IN THE PIPELINE.
Following the well attended Valletta sotteranea tour some months back, our dear friend and colleague Salvator Mousu’ has yet again offered to organise for A.L.P.S. members and friends, another cultural outing. This time we shall be visiting new places of interest in/around Mqabba. The price per person would be Euros 8.00 and early booking through Secretary General Alex Borg Tel: 2137 6387 / 9988 8579 email@example.com is highly recommended. Pencil your diaries and keep this date 13th November 2010 free to come and join the A.L.P.S. group. The program would be 9.30 a.m. SHARP start up to 10.00 at Catacombs.
10.15 Salvator will deliver a short talk at Old Knights Hospital (recently restored).
10.45 to 11.15 tea/coffee break.
11.30 to 12.15 A visit to The church of San Basilio. 12.30 we leave.
The piazza’s name where we’ll meet is Piazza Gublew tad-Diamanti.
Then “we’ll follow my leader” to “L-Isptar” and then to Main square
OPERA “LA TRAVIATA” AT THE ASTRA theatre in Gozo 30TH October 2010.
A.L.P.S. council member Joe Fenech, will this year be leading a group to the sister island of Gozo to watch the opera La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi with singers of International fame, at the Astra Theatre in Gozo on the 30th October 2010. And, to further make this event more interesting, a special Pre-Opera evening is being organised at The Salesian Youth Centre in Sliema on the 28th October 2010 at 7.00PM. Joe will explain when & how La Traviata was written and first presented on stage. Musical excerpts will also accompany the narration.
DANCE TO HEALTH and stay fit all the time…
No doubt you must have heard by now that the Association of Lyceum Past Students have embarked on a latest project that has been code- named DANCE FOR HEALTH. On the initiative of council member PeterPaul Bonnici and with the blessing and backing from Council of Administration, we have managed to secure the services of a qualified dance tutor. Already four dance lessons have taken place. Apart from a few complaints concerning some aches and joint pains from wobbly knees mostly from terz’eta’ members, there has been a great amount of interest shown during each session. Of course, spontaneous bouts of laughter added to the fun of such new project. Lessons are being held on Saturday mornings each week between 09.30 & 10.30-hrs. The Lyceum headmaster Mr. Tony Caruana Smith very kindly acceded and granted permission to make the LICEO main hall available for such teachin.
There is still room for more participants and if you should decide to take the plunge, come and join the dance session. You are invited to communicate directly with Mr. PeterPaul Bonnici on tel: 7982 4250 / 2167 2684 or by e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org You will find it to be a therapy for mind and body besides getting you closer to other Lyceum Past Students Association members.
KEEP SENDING YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESSES PLEASE:
Our active council member Oscar Galea, is very happy with the continued response by A.L.P.S. members from Malta and from Overseas, who are favourably responding and sending in their e-mail addresses for updating the data base of our association. This may in the long run help us in no small way to start forwarding newsletters and other association announcements via the electronic mail system. No doubt, you will be assisting us to reduce on postage charges and therefore your continued support and co-operation is greatly appreciated. For those of you who have already obliged and sent in their e-mail addresses, I would like to say a big THANK YOU guys.
You are going to be the first members to receive from this very same month the A.L.P.S. News by e-mail. To all others who may have overlooked this request, I would like to appeal once again and say PLEASE PLEASE help us out and hit the send button to email@example.com and forward your up-to-date correct e-mail address. This of course may enable you to also be receiving the A.L.P.S. NewsLetter and all fresh announcements even faster than before.
ANOTHER UP-DATE to FORTHCOMING ACTIVITIES AT PWALES CHAPEL:
On Saturday the 2nd October Fr. William Bartolo celebrated Holy Mass at The Chapel. A good number of members and Pwales neighbours have turned up for this occasion and it was nice to observe all benches full and even beyond.
Saturday the 6th Nov 2010 Holy Mass at 16.30hrs – This will be A.L.P.S.-REMEMBRANCE DAY
Monday the 13th Dec 2010 Holy Mass at 11.00hrs – The A.L.P.S. choir will sing Christmas carols in preparation for the Christmas-Festive Season
Continue to watch for these dates and do come along to Pwales Chapel. Besides the Chapel neighbours, it gives to us greatest satisfaction to see a larger congregation consisting of A.L.P.S. members with their families and friends at each function held there.
A LIBRARY OF BOOKS WRITTEN BY LICEO PAST STUDENTS;
We are so very pleased to announce that there has been a very positive response to the appeal for books that have been written / published by Lyceum Past Students. The number of books that are already in our hands increases in number every single day. It certainly looks like the library to contain them is going to be quite sizeable too. Honestly, we feel thrilled at such feed-back from you dear members of A.L.P.S. It is our intention to give even more chance to other LICEO past students who may have dragged their feet up to date, but they can still be interested in taking part in this latest initiative.. Continue to hand in your books via Secretary General Alex Borg: tel: 2137 6387 / 2138 6812 or mobile 9988 8512 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
We shall be pleased to include your books to the already vast collection. We want be able to plan a block presentation to the Lyceum Headmaster some time in October or November this year. It is envisaged that prominence shall be given to the library/showcase that will house these books preferably inside the boardroom of the school. We are sure that the authors of such books will be giving back to The LICEO a merited gift in recognition for the fine teaching received from such a prestigious school. Do show your gratitude and participate in this initiative by handing over books and materials written by you.
AN APPEAL FROM TWO LICEO PAST STUDENTS:
Whilst on the subject of books written by LICEO colleagues, may we bring to your attention a couple of requests from two Lyceum Past Students who would like to appeal to you all, to purchase their books. We are informed also that from the sale of such publications a number of philanthropic institutions will benefit, all thanks to your purchasing the books listed hereunder:
By Joe Bugeja – The Autobiography, Reminiscences of Childhood in Floriana, Malta in Peace and War- covers the historical period, 1930-1950. The book is available through . FLORIANA LOCAL COUNCIL – TEL. 21235523 – E-MAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org
By Salvator Mousu’ – The book is entitled “ ID-DAR MALTIJA” and is available through the author himself on Tel:2138 5981 / 7927 6599 – email@example.com
A.L.P.S. CHOIR NEEDS MORE MEMBERS
The A.L.P.S. choir continues to perform at different functions but still needs greater participation from other new members and friends who can join. Weekly rehearsals on Thursday at 19.00hrs are organised at The Salesian’s Hall in Sliema. Do come and give it a try…..For sure your voice can help in increasing the strength of our choir…Why not share an evening with the choir. Rest assured that you are going to like what you hear and will continue to take part for future choir commitments during the year.
Please phone Joe Fenech: 2141 0632 and he will guide you accordingly on this subject.
New stock of: A.L.P.S. LAPEL BADGES
The new stock of A.L.P.S. lapel badges have just arrived from a new source in U.S.A.
They are very distinctive and it should be the pride and joy of every member in the Association of Lyceum Past Students to be wearing one of these badges. This time, we have managed to produce these badges at a very low price. They are available through Secretary General Alex Borg tel: 2137 6387 firstname.lastname@example.org @ €2.00 each plus an extra 50 cents if requested by post. At every A.L.P.S. function they can be made available together with Blazer Badges and ties too.
ALSO FOR YOUR DIARY …A.L.P.S. YULETIDE DINNER
DATE : FRIDAY THE 3RD DAY OF. DECEMBER 2010
TIME: 8.00P.M FOR 8.30 P.M- WITH WELCOME DRINK
VENUE : THE BALLROOM-GRAND HOTEL EXCELSIOR -FLORIANA
MENU DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN A NEXT NEWSLETTER, BUT IT IS DEFINITELY GOING TO BE SUMPTOUS AND TO YOUR LIKING AS ALWAYS.
Let us remember in our prayers, all those A.L.P.S. members who have passed away to eternal life during this year 2010. In particular we would like to mention Alfred Attard whose funeral was held on 2nd October 2010. We renew our profound condolences to the bereaved families. May the souls of their dear departed rest in peace.
( NOTIFICATIONS RECEIVED BETWEEN NOW AND END NOVEMBER MAY BE INCLUDED IN A NEXT NEWSLETTER)
COLLEAGUES OF OLD ON THE WEB-SITE OF A.L.P.S.
It has already been announced to you that the association would like to strengthen ties between Liceo Past Students. For this reason we have created a special section on our web-site entitled “Colleagues of Old”
Would members and friends of ALPS who think they might be able to contribute by sending in photos and or short auto biographies, help us out in this matter. Please write to PRO. Peter Tortell on email@example.com or tel: 2131 3224. Thank you for your cooperation. We Invite our members to continue to visit our web-site www.alpsmalta.com with the very latest updates where, in the’ Colleagues of old’ we recently included some memorable photos submitted by members and, on ‘download section’ photos of last year’s yuletide dinner that was very well attended to mark the 15th anniversary of A.L.P.S.
It goes without saying that the payment of your annual subscription is the sole livelihood of our association. A.L.P.S. has no income from any source and without collecting the yearly subscriptions from its members, we can not continue with the vast program of events. We know that many are punctual and pay-up their subscription on time Some perhaps, still do not realise well enough the heavy burden and the expenses that we have to face in order to maintain a very attractive web-site, post to you the regular newsletters and pay also for other announcements through the local media etc etc.
ALPS members are still in time to pay their subscription fees for 2010 and qualify to attend the Annual General Meeting in 2011. Fees are to be addressed to ALPS Treasurer David Abela at “Juniper”, Triq Ganni Vella, Tal-Qattus, Birkirkara.
Stay Young and Happy
Just never let your brain idle….Laugh often, long and loud…
Laugh until you gasp for breath. Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your distinctive laughter.
Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever.
The tears happen…Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with you your entire life is yourself. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes,
Music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
Cherish your health…If it is good — preserve it.
If it is unstable — improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve — get help
Tell the people you love that you Love them, at every opportunity.
And remember that Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take…
but by the moments that Take our breath away!
V E R Y I M P O R T A N T THE A.L.P.S. STATUTE
At council level ,a draft copy of a revised statute was placed on the table by Secretary General for discussion. It has been felt necessary to adjourn and update the statute to enable the Association of Lyceum Past Students to function even better and, to meet with the present day requirements. We are in the process of aligning ourselves with statutory law that requires all voluntary associations to be registered with a Government body. A two session discussion ensued when all the council members could air their views in order to strengthen the contents of such draft that will now require general consensus by a vote from you dear members.
AGENDA for Extraordinary General Meeting:
Short address by A.L.P.S. President
Reading & approval of revised statute
Approval for registering A.L.P.S. as NGO
Therefore, we are hereby calling for an EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING to be held at The Liceo / Hamrun on the 30th November 2010 at 18.30hrs., when you are kindly requested to come and vote for the implementing of the revised statute and for A.L.P.S. to be registered as NGO.
For your information we are attaching with this newsletter, a draft copy of revised statute. For those who are receiving newsletter by e-mail and are wishing to have a hard-copy, they can phone or write to Alex Borg at Alson no: 82, Naxxar Road San Gwann SGN 9032…or phone on tel: 2137 6387 / 9988 8579. You are most welcome to put forward any suggestions and/or amendments to be considered at the EGM. However, these have to be forwarded in writing to Secretary General and must be received by not later than the 20th day of November 2010.
On behalf of the President and Council of Administration of A.L.P.S. we thank you for your interest and for the continued support.
THE PWALES CHAPEL – 10 YEARS IN THE HANDS OF A.L.P.S.
GREAT CELEBRATIONS TO COMMEMORATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY SINCE A.L.P.S. HAS TAKEN OVER THE PROJECT FOR THE complete RESTORATION OF THE OLD PWALES CHAPEL . WITH GREAT SATISFACTION WE now LOOK BACK ON THESE PAST TEN YEARS AND ADMIRE THE extensive WORKS THAT HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT ON
THIS JEWEL OF A CHAPEL.
Ten years ago, the Association of Lyceum Past Students signed an undertaking and accepted to take into its hands and to restore, preserve and look after a small chapel that is hidden in the quiet surroundings of The Pwales Valley (limits of St. Paul’s Bay).
It is situated in what one may term as one of the remaining and still unspoilt places in the islands of Malta & Gozo. Way out in the middle of a valley and
surrounded by many farms and fields, one comes face to face with a most beautiful old chapel dating back a few centuries.
What our forefathers had built and left for us to enjoy and partake of the beautiful architecture and design contained in the Pwales Chapel, must not at any time be left to go astray.
We are determined to see this mission accomplished and with the help of God and the intercession of the patron Sant’Anna, we feel confident that we shall continue to look after and keep alive a tradition that should give the greatest satisfaction to each one of the members in The Association of Lyceum Past Students.