On Wednesday 18th January 2012 San Anton School`s Junior Sector celebrated an old school tradition by organising Pets Day on the feast of St. Anthony the Abbot.
As the School opened its doors in the morning, the excited students and parents streamed in excitedly with their pets, whilst the School Amphitheatre was transformed into a menagerie of dogs, cats, tortoises, turtles, birds, goldfish, rabbits, hamsters, cats, dogs, an owl, a goat and other animals.
Dun Gorg Dalli, the School`s Spiritual Director told the story of St. Anthony the Abbot, patron saint of domestic pets and led the children in prayer to bless their animals.
The children, (in some cases assisted by their parents) proudly paraded their pets, and this memorable event was brought to an end with Ms. Rosanne, Early Years Co-ordinator and Mr. Brian, Asst. Head of the Junior Sector, distributing the traditional “Hobza ta` Sant Antnin” to each child, symbolic of the Raven that brought bread to St. Anthony whilst he was living in solitude.
Pets day formed of Animal Awareness week in which the students were engaged in
numerous activities to raise funds for the various animal sanctuaries in Malta.