All forms of Beautiful! was the theme of a week of activities in school, organized by the Well-Being Team, that celebrated the physical, spiritual, emotional and creative beauty of women on the occasion of Women’s Day.
The week kicked off with each cohort attending Lenten sessions organized by Ms Mariella Catania and Ms Sarah Grech together with Fr Matthew Pulis, our school chaplain. Here the students explored Women in the Bible, looked into their stories and learned more about these inspiring characters. In keeping with the Lenten aspect of sacrifice, on the initiative of Ms Ilona Zammit, we also welcomed Ms Louise Micallef Camoin, a hairdresser who kindly and freely gave her time to cut the hair of our generous Senior students Ellie Messina, Aaliyah Pisani and Zara Calleja as a donation to the Community Chest Fund for the creation of wigs for cancer patients.
On Thursday after break, the school was bubbling with activity as each cohort attended two interactive workshops which celebrated feminine aspects of physical, mental and social well-being. The Senior 1 students welcomed a past student who is studying dentistry, Diane Sant, who spoke to them about oral hygiene. Next, they were led by Ms Margaret and Ms Marika together with a team of teachers and LSEs in a hands-on origami workshop where they created the most beautiful origami dresses and accessories with which they went on to decorate a card for a significant woman in their lives.
The Senior 2s were treated to a skin care session by beautician Ms Alexia Buttigieg where they learnt how to choose their skin care products according to their skin type and what ingredients to look out for in doing so. Our very own creative Ms Steph Gatt and Ms Fleur Pace O’Shea taught the girls how to make friendship bracelets, amid lots of excitement, and an explosion of a beautiful array of coloured bracelets.
The Senior 3s had an interesting Lip Balm making session in our school labs led by Ms Sarah Vassallo, Ms Isabelle Farrugia and Ms Emma Mannara, and then followed an energetic Nutrition and Fitness session in the school yard with Ms Antonella Vella, a Nutrition and Fitness Coach, which provided many laughs and memorable moments peppered with nutrition tips, as the students were taught a workout routine which they can do every day in their own time.
The Senior 4s had a treat in a session of team-building games being organized for them by our PE teachers Ms Daniela Azzopardi and Ms Charlene Attard at Bonello Du Puis gardens in Qui-si-Sana. Here they created more wonderful memories together under the warm sun and were challenged to a more physically-active lifestyle! The girls were also captivated by Ms Greta Mizzi, a hair stylist who discussed different hair types and taught the girls how to choose their hair products. Besides distributing hair vitamins to each student, Ms Mizzi also ran a tutorial on how to do some simple hair styles, which the students greatly enjoyed trying out on themselves.
Last by not least, the Senior 5 students armed with a pair of scissors, had a hands-on workshop as they transformed an old t-shirt into a tote bag or a headband, under the able guidance of seamstress Ms Antonella Vassallo who led them to discover the creative, re-useable element in many everyday items. They also welcomed Ms Nicola Warrington from Pharma.Mt who through her engaging presentation, led them through a hands-on day care routine. The girls cleansed and moisturized their face, and also applied sunscreen, all products kindly supplied by ‘Avene’. Each student was given a pouch full of skin care products and at the end of the session, the girls participated in a quiz, with the lucky winners taking home yet another bag of skin care goodies each.
To close off what proved to be both a highly informative and enjoyable morning for all, each Senior school student went home with a goodie bag provided by Eko-Skola which contained a bamboo toothbrush, a re-usable metal straw and a re-usable face scrubby (lovingly crocheted by Ms Steph Gatt) all in a re-usable little muslin bag to promote environmentally sustainable practices in our daily life.
As the conclusion of a celebration week of all things women, on Friday, each cohort then turned to Our Lady in a time of prayer with a rosary for world peace in the chapel.
A huge thanks to all the staff and volunteers who made this week an unforgettable one for our girls, and have further educated them in the importance of a balanced lifestyle that includes the spiritual, emotional, physical and creative dimensions, all in an environmentally- friendly way.
Ms Mireille Pace Ross