Xewkija Day - 2008

Xewkija Day
The Xewkija Local Council organized various activities to commemorate the 330th anniversary of the Xewkija Parish.  The Xewkija Day is celebrated on the 27th of November but the activities were organized during the whole month of November.


On the 2nd of November, with the cooperation of the Gozo Bird Breeders Association, a bird show was organized at the Xewkija Rosa Magro School hall.  Councillor Mr Hubert Saliba presented the trophies to the winners of the various categories of the Bird Show.
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With the cooperation of the Health Promotion Department a seminar about Food Safety was organized for the Xewkija resident.  The seminar was held on the 5th of November at the Xewkija Rosa Magro School hall. PICT0020 small
A Wellness talk was organized on the 11th of November which was also held at the Xewkija Rosa Magro School hall. PICT0032 small


Sport activities were also organized during the month of November.  On the 20th November, with the cooperation of the Head of Xewkija Primary school a fun run was organized.  Children, teachers and parents participated in this activity.
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On the 22nd and 23rd of November, with the cooperation of the Xewkija Tigers Nursery FC an Under Ten  and Under Twelve Tournaments were organized.  These tournaments were held on the new artificial turf ground at the Xewkija Rosa Magro Primary School.  For these football festivals we had participants from other local  football nurseries including two from Malta.  The Mayor  Dr Monica Vella and the Executive Secretary Mr Ruben Cassar presented the trophies to the winners and to all participants in this tournament including our Nursery, Xewkija Tigers FC.
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On the 22nd November the main activity of the Xewkija Day celebrations was held. 

At 6.30pm a full program of activities was organized at the Rosa Magro Primary School hall, which was full with guests and Xewkija residents.  The activity opened by a musical program by Banda Prekursur.

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During the same musical program, students from Xewkija who have participated in the competitions organized by the Council read their compositions about Xewkija.  The Mayor Dr Monica Vella presented the same students with books.
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The Mayor also presented the Head of School, Mr Saviour Tabone, by €500 worth of books to be used in the school class libraries. DSC 1461 small


The Xewkija Mayor Dr Monica Vella announced the winner of the ‘Premju Gieh ix-Xewkija’.  This was the seventh consecutive year that this honour was given by the Xewkija Local Council.  This year, six persons were nominated for the "Premju Gieh ix-Xewkija".  Rev. John Grech and Rev John Xuereb(nominated together), John Pace, Emanuel Portelli, Bennie Mercieca and Frans Galea were all nominated.  Bennie Mercieca was elected as the winner of "Gieh ix-Xewkija 2008".   The Mayor Dr Monica Vella presented the commemorative medal  to Bennie Mercieca while the other persons nominated were presented by certificates of appreciation. DSC 1483 small
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On the 27th of November more activities were held by the Xewkija Local Council.  At 5.15pm a mass was concelebrated at the Xewkija Parish Church.
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After the mass, The Arts and Xewkija Talent Exhibition was officially opened by the Mayor Dr Monica Vella and blessed by Archpriest Mons Carmelo Mercieca.  The exhibition was also opened during the same week till the 2nd December.  Many people visited this exhibition and appreciated the talents of Xewkin.  Many of the items that were exhibited were done by students that attended for summer courses organized by the Xewkija Local Council.  Students from the Xewkija, Rosa Magro Primary School also visited the exhibition.
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A demonstration by the Civic Protection Department about Safety was organized on the 3rd of December. It was held at Triq Hamrija infront of the Rosa Magro Primary School with the participation of the school children and their parents.  With the cooperation of the Health and Safety Section of the Education Department a fire drill was also organized.  In this exercise the students learnt how they must react in difficult situations and how to evacuate in the shortest time possible if a real accident happens.
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