BICYCLE MARATHON NETS Lm12,000
It was a proud moment indeed when Mr Tony Caruana Smith, Headmaster
of the Dun Guzepp Zammit (Brighella) Junior Lyceum, presented
a cheque for Lm12,000 to Mgr Lawrence Gatt, Director of the
Dar tal-Providenza, as the proceeds from the Lyceum Bicycle
Marathon of last March. ALPS was represented at the occasion
by President George Stagno Navarra and Deputy President George
Grech, who with Council member Oscar Galea liaises between
the Association and the organising committee.
In a speech Mr Caruana Smith thanked all those who participated
and helped in this year’s event. Mgr Gatt in turn expressed
great satisfaction at the generous sum collected, which will
go towards the refurbishment of the main kitchen at the Providential
Homes. He then specifically turned towards our representatives
and thanked the Association of Lyceum Past Students for the
unprecedented efforts made this year to help the current Lyceum
students to collect such a handsome amount.
Lm452 FROM FOUNDATION DAY CONCERT
The proceeds from the Foundation Day Concert of 28th April
amounted to Lm452. A cheque was presented to Fr Joe Forte
by Association President George Stagno Navarra together with
Cultural Commission Chairman and concert producer Joe Fenech.
The proceeds went towards works carried out at the Salesian
SUB-COMMITTEE FOR ST ANNE’S CHAPEL
At a meeting of the ALPS Council of Administration on 23rd
May a new sub-committee was formed to take care of St Anne’s
Chapel at Pwales Valley. The committee is headed by Dr Nazareno
Azzopardi with members Leopold Scicluna and Oscar Galea.
All present thanked outgoing Chapel Commission Chairman Charles
Calleja and his wife Therèse for the work they did
ever since the chapel was entrusted to ALPS.
LYCEUM ARCHIVES RESTORATION
ALPS has also set up an ad hoc committee to work with President
Emeritus Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, himself a Lyceum past student,
on the restoration of the Lyceum Archives. The committee,
made up of ALPS Project Coordinator Leopold Scicluna, George
Grech and Robbie Ferrante, is also being assisted by Lyceum
historian Winston Zammit and Charles Micallef St John.
The project has the full blessing of Education Minister Louis
ZURRIEQ CULTURAL TOUR GOES WELL
The socio-cultural tour of Zurrieq on 12th May, led by Mr
Tony Terribile, went very well, although it could have been
The tour took in St Catherine’s Parish Church with
its valuable Mattia Preti paintings and other treasures; the
two band clubs, Santa Katerina and Madonna tal-Karmnu; and
the exteriors of the restored Xarolla Windmill, the Armoury
and the medieval Hal Millieri Chapel, which could not be accessed
because of the current restoration works. But the interesting
information given by Mr Terribile made up for the disappointment.
The cultural part of the tour was followed by an enjoyable
light lunch at the Blue Cave Restaurant at Wied iz-Zurrieq.
SPIRITUAL RETREAT ANOTHER SUCCESS
Yet another success was registered at the annual Spiritual
Retreat at Manresa House, Gozo, between 25th and 27th May.
Various talks were given by Fr Henry Formosa SJ, with the
able assistance of new Manresa House Director Fr Anthony Cilia
There was a very welcome development this year because instead
of mainly listening, as in previous years, the participants
engaged the speakers in some lively discussions on various
topics of the Church’s teachings, including modern family
The Association of Lyceum Past Students is organising an
Mnarja BBQ on the terrace of the Coastline Hotel, Salina Bay,
on Thursday 28th June at 7.30 for 8 p.m. Bookings, with pre-payment
at Lm6.75 per person, may be made with ALPS Social Commission
Chairman Alfred G. Formosa on e-mail email@example.com, telephone
21 383486 or mobile 9924 6574; or Secretary-General Alex Borg
on 21 386812, mobile 9988 8579 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEAST OF ST ANNE AT PWALES
This year’s Feast of St Anne is being held at the Pwales
Chapel on Saturday 14th July, with Mass at 7 p.m. by ALPS
Spiritual Director Fr William Bartolo OFM Conv.
Mass will be animated by the Choir of the University of the
Third Age, led by Mro Joe Fenech. After Mass the choir will
sing some popular classics. The evening will be brought to
a close with a light reception for all present.
LYCEUM GRAND REUNION 2007
The now-annual Lyceum Grand Reunion will be held on Saturday
20th October at the Dun Guzepp Zammit (Brighella) Lyceum,
Hamrun. All Lyceum past students are cordially invited to
attend with their spouses, but there will be a special emphasis
on all those who left or entered The Lyceum in 1957 –
50 years ago.
This year we also have a special appeal from Mgr Lawrence
Gatt, Director of the Dar tal-Providenza in Siggiewi. He would
dearly like to meet as many as possible of his old schoolmates
who entered The Lyceum in 1947 – that makes it 60 years
Every person on the ALPS membership list, as well as those
who are not yet members but attended any of the Grand Reunions
since 2005, will be contacted with a view to starting to get
a picture of prospected attendance at this year’s Grand
Reunion. Such feedback is very important for planning purposes.
For more information please contact ALPS Membership Commission
Chairman Anthony Aquilina on 21 373706, 7937 3706 or email@example.com.
ALPS Secretary-General Alex Borg is still accepting promises
of support from members and friends for the collective ALPS
planting of trees in the 34U campaign, pencilled in for late
October. The Association may be accorded its own area, probably
at the Kennedy Grove, with a prominent sign to that effect,
and the permanent maintenance of the trees will be taken up
by the Government.
The idea was born well before the cowardly, terrorist act
of destroying 3,000 young trees at Mellieha, but that event
alone should make more members and friends of ALPS and their
families even more determined to counter the attack with new
trees. Each person or family planting a tree for Lm6 will
be photographed for a certificate showing name, picture, date
Membership fees of Lm5 for 2007, or Lm30 for life membership,
are payable to Treasurer David Abela at “Juniper”,
Triq Ganni Vella, Tal-Qattus, Birkirkara.
We do need your fees to keep ALPS’s financial ball
rolling. So if you know any other non-member Lyceum past students,
try to persuade them to join up too!
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