Pets Day

January 19, 2024

This morning, we celebrated our annual Pets Day, a cherished tradition that stands out as one of the most anticipated events on the Early Years and Junior Sector School Calendar. The celebration coincides with the feast of St. Anthony the Abbot, the patron saint of animals.

As the school gates swung open, a wave of excitement enveloped students, teachers, parents, and even grandparents, all eagerly ushering in their beloved pets. The school's amphitheatre underwent a delightful transformation into a lively menagerie, featuring an assortment of dogs, cats, tortoises, turtles, birds, goldfish, rabbits, hamsters, horses, and other exotic creatures.

Ms. Nicky, Head of Early Years, and Ms. Tania, Assistant Head of Junior Sector, extended warm welcomes to all attendees. Following their opening remarks, Fr. Patrick Rice sj led the children in prayer, invoking blessings upon both their pets and soft toys.

The audience was then treated to a special appearance by horses and ponies from the local riding school, Equestrian Dreams. A group of students, well-versed in equestrian sports, provided insights into the world of horse care. They explained the intricacies of cleaning hooves, detailed horses' dietary preferences, and demonstrated the grooming and saddling process.

Moira Delia, a representative from the local program Animal Diaries, addressed the assembly, emphasising our collective responsibility towards pets and advocating for adoption over shopping. The message resonated deeply within the community.

Pets Day was a integral part of Animal Awareness week, during which students participated in various activities to raise funds for animal sanctuaries in Malta.

The morning was not only delightful but also fostered a strong sense of community spirit among all participants.

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