There was lots of excitement in school on the afternoon of Friday 6th May as 48 fourth formers and an assortment of sleeping bags, blankets, quilts and pillows arrived in school at 5.30pm for the #sundown2sunrise sleepover.
After settling in the auditorium, the girls’ names were drawn by lot to form 9 different teams, each led by an educator, to kick off the food challenge. Keeping to a strict budget, each team had to decide what to cook for supper taking into account different likes and dislikes, then set off to nearby supermarkets to shop for the items. Cashiers were in for a surprise, as the girls totted off their balance, making sure they could afford their meal, desert and after-supper treats.
The Home Economics Lab was abuzz with activity, and the aroma of spaghetti bolognaise mingled with mushroom sauce and authentic carbonara; pizza with various toppings was a firm favourite, and chicken portions and chips crisped to perfection. Some teams went the full mile – chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate cake with sprinkles and chocolate coconut balls were whipped up for desert.
The longest table ever was laid in the auditorium, all mobile phones were stacked in the middle, [face down and off-limits] and we all sat down to supper together. Clearing, cleaning and washing up sorted, we then moved to the courtyard in the convent for evening prayers.
The courtyard was an oasis of peace, lovingly prepared by the Sisters for the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Sr Christina Maher helped us reflect on Psalm 27, which we prayed together, and Fr Matthew Pulis led the adoration. Ms Mariella Catania and Ms Christine Debono shared their reflections too. This was a meaningful, prayerful community moment together in the presence of the Lord.
Next up was a sharing session led by Fr Matthew on the school rooftop area, followed by free time before we all set up camp in the auditorium for the night.
Lights out at midnight did not quite go to plan and the giggles and laughter rang out till past 2am … so it was a bleary-eyed gaggle of girls that were led to Ferro Bay at 5.45am for sunrise!
Following morning prayers and reflection led by Ms Christine Debono, the hungry troupe were treated to breakfast before ‘check-out’, and apart from their pre-ordered choices, The Super Waffle Team [aka Ms Christine Magri., Ms Sarah Grech, Mr Lloyd Aquilina Camoin and Mr Julian Caruana] served warm waffles with Nutella, strawberries and chocolate shavings – the perfect end to a prefect sleepover!
It was absolutely wonderful to live in community together – thank you to all the amazing educators who made this possible – Ms Marvic Calleja Sciberras, Ms Sarah Vassallo, Ms Joselle Bonett, Ms Elizabeth Dimech Ghirxi, Ms Berta Cuschieri and all the above – you rock!
And thank you Senior 4s – you were a pleasure to be with it!