FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK
HAPPY SUMMER HOLIDAY….I once heard somebody say that the best six doctors are called “Sunshine” / “Water” / “Air” / “Diet” / “Exercise” / and “Rest”. The best of time to nourish these six doctors can be during the summer holidays. Summer time should therefore be a favourite season because so many wonderful things could be happening. Let us just mention that fruit and vegetables are plentiful during the summer season which is the best time to diet. It goes without saying that summer time is most opportune for that much needed and awaited vacation that we all look forward to each year.
Let us all have a good summer break and get prepared for the autumn and winter seasons. We can rest body and mind and be refreshed to have even more fun within A.L.P.S. Starting with the grand-reunion at the Liceo on the 23rd October 2010, we can together commemorate the fiftieth anniversary with all those Lyceum Past Students who had entered or left the LICEO in the year 1960. A cultural tour towards the beginning of November could possibly be in the pipeline. Then of course we shall all be entering the Christmas Festive Season with the usual grand dinner during the first days of December 2010. These are only some of the important items that come to my mind and which I would like you to note and attend for each event mentioned above. So my dear friends in A.L.P.S., let’s all have a great summer holiday to remember. The Association will be bringing you the latest and the greatest and most interesting events during the coming months. Have a good time dear members and friends.
George Stagno Navarra.
The unfading efforts by A.L.P.S. Choir
In the past weeks the A.L.P.S., choir was actively preparing for the Feast of St. Anne, which was celebrated at The Pwales Chapel on Saturday 10th July. A sizeable congregation turned up to hear mass and listen to a nice homily delivered by spiritual director Fr. William Bartolo. Thank you all who have made the effort to come along and celebrate the feast of “Sant ‘Anna tal-Pwales”. Forthcoming events for the choir shall be private-garden concerts at Old People’s homes namely Casa Antonia in Balzan on the 16th July and at Casa Arkati in Mosta on the 23rd July 2010.
ANOTHER UPDATE OF FUNCTIONS AT PWALES CHAPEL
On the 14th September this year, A.L.P.S. will be celebrating the tenth anniversary from the signing of an agreement with the The St. Paul’s Bay Parish community, for the embellishment and renovating and continued upkeep of the Pwales Chapel.
It is with great satisfaction and pride that the members and friends of The Association of Lyceum Past Students, can look back and admire all the betterments that have been carried out to restore this jewel of a chapel hidden in the Pwales valley. It now brings it to its original splendour as it well deserves. It is exactly the full participation of you members, that gives us the impetus to carry on with the work and enthusiasm so that the Pwales Chapel can maintain its origin and in the best interest of the Maltese community.
DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THE PWALES MASS DURING
THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2010 HAD TO BE CANCELLED this year.
Saturday the 4th September 2010 Holy Mass at 19.30hrs.
Saturday the 2nd October 2010 Holy Mass at 17.30hrs.
Saturday the 6th Nov 2010 Holy Mass at 16.30hrs – This will be 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.
THE A.L.P.S. ANNUAL BAR-B-QUE ON THE 25TH JUNE 2010
On the 25th June this year, we have taken you back to the prestigious five star Corinthia San Gorg Hotel. This years’ B-B-Q was held in the outdoor terrace ‘LA PIAZZA” (underneath the Tower). And, to the lovely musical tunes by David Vella, under a full moon lit night, we have opened the summer season by organising for you sumptuous food to everyone’s delight. The numerable raffle gifts have kept all who attended very attentive during the drawing of winning numbers. Many of the guests have left with a heavy parcel or hamper under the arm. One could firmly describe this years B-B-Q as another great success. The number of participants which this year included members coming from Australia, Canada, U.S.A., England, Germany and even from other destinations, exceeded the two hundred mark.
A special word of thanks goes to the Social Commission Chairman Robbie Ferrante, who together with secretary general Alex Borg, took charge from beginning to end of this event. Of course, the support and assistance from all council members and their wives who got involved and who have assisted in making this summer event another big success for A.L.P.S., merits another word of thanks. Thank you all who have attended and gave your unfading support to The Association of Lyceum Past Students. Every year we try hard to make things nicer and better for you members and friends of A.L.P.S.
LET’S GO TO THE OPERA “ LA TRAVIATA” IN GOZO
As in the previous years, our untiring council member Joe Fenech has yet again secured a good number of seats for the Opera La Traviata at the Astra Theatre in Gozo for Saturday the 30th October 2010. The flyer with prices for bookings, is herewith attached. It is highly recommended that you book early to avoid disappointment. One may avail himself of a full combined package with theatre tickets and overnight accommodation at a reputable Gozo hotel all thanks to A.L.P.S. – Cultural Commission Chairman Joe Fenech.
MANRESA RETREAT FOR THE COMING YEAR 2011
Although this may sound rather early, A.L.P.S. have already made arrangements and booked firmly the dates for next year’s retreat at Manresa House in Gozo. For your information and diary entry, we intend holding the week-end retreat on 3rd/4th/5th June 2011. All previous week-ends in May had been pre booked by other bodies, who are also holding their retreat at same address next year. Please God, Fr. Paul Chetcuti SJ..will be directing our retreat and we are hoping to attract another nice number for next years’ event. More details will follow in due course.
ATTRACTING MORE NEW MEMBERS IN A.L.P.S. WITH A CHRISTMAS PRESENT
It has been suggested during last council meeting that members shall be invited to buy a “ LIFE MEMBERSHIP “ for a son and or other family member/ or friend as a Christmas Present @ €70. For all those who are enrolled under this special scheme between now and December 2010… the association will donate a package that will include an A.L.P.S. Lapel Badge, a Tie and a 15th anniversary Card Holder (until stocks last). This may be the nicest Christmas present to our loved ones who like ourselves had been LYCEUM past students.
PLEASE KEEP SENDING IN YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESSES:
The importance of building our data base with all available e-mail addresses may help us save on printing & postal charges. This will enable us to start transmitting where ever possible, the newsletter and other announcements by electronic means. To all those who have already complied with this request, a very big THANK YOU.
For all others who still need to send in their details with the updated information may we respectfully appeal again and ask that you do so immediately. Please write full name/address with postal code, e-mail address etc… and send to council member Oscar Galea who has of late offered to also lend a helping hand with this task. His is e-mail: email@example.com He is now in charge of this project and your continued co-operation and support will help reduce for us the mailing costs. Please assist your association to become even more efficient whilst reducing on its running costs.
RETURNING of PHOTOS USED IN THE PRINTING OF THE CHANTICLEER
For those of you who still need to collect back their photos and/or other materials that they had loaned to A.L.P.S., we invite you to approach Secretary General Alex Borg in order to identify your material and to retrieve for your record and sentimental value.( before going, please phone Alex tel: 2138 6812 / 9988 8579 ). Once again please accept our humble apologies for the late return of such treasured material and/or photos.
ANOTHER APPEAL TO ALL LICEO PAST STUDENTS WHO MAY HAVE WRITTEN BOOKS OR OTHER PUBLICATIONS
As already mentioned in a previous issue, The Association of Lyceum Past Students is building up a collection from all LYCEUM past students, who may have at some time in their life written or published books, magazines or any other form of publications. It is our pleasure to mention that there has been a wide response and a good number of books have up-to-date been handed over to us. We are confident that there may still be more who can become interested in participating in this project and hence this second appeal to remind you about it. It would be prestigious and an honour, to have any of your publications, that can be entered with such a collection. Do come forward and hand over for this proposed collection, all material to Secretary General Alex Borg…at Alson Naxxar Road San Gwann.. You can send an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com… (tel: 21 376 387/9988 8579) mentioning the title/s of the book/s that you wish to donate for this cause.
We want to give a chance to a wide number of LICEO past students. We continue to encourage you all who may be interested to come forth with such information for a sizeable presentation to be made to The Lyceum Headmaster at the very earliest. The books that you wrote deserve to belong and be part of the school that was instrumental to us for a sound education and which of course we cherish for always.
KEEPING OUR MEMBERS AND Their Friends HAPPY AND HEALTHY
The ALPS Council of Administration has given the green light for the launching, roughly by mid- September 2010, for the Dance to Health lessons. As you have been updated recently to which you expressed your confirmation to participate, this note is intended to brief all interested persons to attend for a familiarization/ introductory meeting that shall be held on 4th September 2010 @ 09:30 at the Lyceum hall. The commencing targeted date for the actual lessons would kick-off on the 18th September 2010. As explained in the recent update communicated via email to each participant, a renowned tutor who has been identified shall be briefing us and by special permission of The Headmaster Mr. Tony Caruana Smith, the lessons shall be held inside the main hall of The Lyceum on Saturday mornings from 09.30 onwards. With or without a dance partner, one may always attend. The teacher will make arrangements for each participant. It is the intention of the ALPS Council of Administration for the lessons to be spread out to as many participants as possible. So encourage your friends to attend. A limited number of places are still available.
This shall serve as an opportunity to socialize and make new friends, while having FUN.
If in need of added clarification or if you so wish to include your friends to the list of attendees, please do not hesitate to contact me on the contact details provided hereunder.
Peter Paul Bonnici via his e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 7982 4250. or post to: 14 Adonai, Triq iz-Zejtun Tarxien, TXN 2472.
GRAND REUNION AT THE LICEO ON 23RD OCTOBER 2010
This year it shall be the 50th anniversary for Lyceum Past Students of the year 1960. In the usual manner therefore we shall be celebrating this event by holding a grand – reunion inside the Lyceum main hall at Hamrun. You may complete the form at the back of the newsletter in order to ensure that an invitation can be addressed to you in good time before the event. It is open to members and non-members in A.L.P.S. Holy mass with the particiapation of the A.L.P.S. choir, will be followed by a reception for all those present for this celebration.
With deepest regret, we announce the passing away to eternal life of
A.L.P.S., members John Melillo & Oliver Lautier. Our profound and deepest condolences to the Melillo & Lautier families. We have included John and Oliver in our prayers at Pwales Mass on the 10th July 2010.
We extend our deepest sympathies to the bereaved families.
May they rest in peace in God’s arms