The last weekend in January was a very special one for a large group of Senior 3 girls as it marked their first live-in in Senior School. This live-in took place at Labranda Riviera hotel, Mellieha, a venue that offered our students a space that is cut off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life as well as a wonderful view of the sea.
The theme of this year’s live-in was ‘Relationships’ and on Friday, Ms Mary Rose Formosa, a youth worker, helped our girls get to know themselves better – something which can in turn help them appreciate themselves more. Saturday morning’s theme was relationships with significant others and Ms Nicole Randazzo, our school counsellor, did a wonderful job in helping our girls reflect on how to build positive relationships with family and friends as well as know the red flags when it comes to abuse and toxic relationships. On Saturday afternoon Fr Matthew, our school chaplain had the girls work on a project using various objects. The processing of this activity took place during the wonderful mass that we celebrated together in the evening, in which he highlighted the importance of our roles within the Catholic community as well as the importance of our relationship with God.
On Sunday, the live-in teacher team held an evaluation session in which the girls were encouraged to pass on both written and oral feedback. On both Saturday and Sunday morning, Sr Christina and Ms Mariella Catania helped the girls start off the girls with a time for prayer and reflection and on Saturday afternoon Ms Claire Zerafa and Ms Ann Marie Schembri led a moment of mindfulness and meditation.
Despite the formative element of these three days, the live-in was also marked by lots of fun and good food. On Friday and Saturday evenings, our girls were entertained with music, karaoke and games and all of them looked forward to meal times in which they could enjoy a great variety of food offered by the buffet.
We are very thankful to Ms Mariella Catania, Ms Ann Marie Schembri, Ms Claire Zerafa, Fr. Matthew Pulis and Sr Christina Maher for organizing this live-in for our students and helping them make memories which they will treasure for years to come. We are also thankful for various teachers who came to say hello to the girls, a gesture that was appreciated by all present.