Xewkija Day - 2010

The Xewkija Local Council organized various activities to commemorate the 332nd anniversary of the Xewkija Parish. The Xewkija Day is celebrated on the 27th of November but the activities were organized during the months of November and December.


On the 14th of November, with the cooperation of the Gozo Bird Breeders Association, a bird show was organized at the Gozo College, Xewkija School hall. Trophies were presented to the winners and participants of the various categories of the Bird Show.
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On the 21st of November, with the cooperation of the Xewkija Tigers Nursery FC an Under 10 Tournament was organized. The tournament was held at the Xewkija Primary School. For this football festival we had participants from other local football nurseries. The Executive Secretary Mr Ruben Cassar and Xewkija Tigers Nursery President Mr Joseph Dingli presented the trophies to all participants of this tournament including our Nursery, Xewkija Tigers FC.
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On the 27th of November more activities were held by the Xewkija Local Council. At 5.30pm a mass was concelebrated at the Xewkija Parish Church.
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Afterwards the main activity of the Xewkija Day celebrations was held.  A full program of activities was organized at the Gozo College, Xewkija Primary 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. The Mayor also presented the Head of School, Mr Saviour Tabone, by Euro500 worth of books to be used in the school class libraries. The Children's Council (Il-Kunsill Lokali tat-Tfal) read the report of the work done by the same council during its first year of work.  Various initiatives were carried out by this council.  The Xewkija Local Council supports them by giving them a budget to realize their proposal for projects. Kindergarten pupils that attend the Xewkija Primary School sang and animated a song. Afterwards the same children and others who participated in the Reading Scheme (Il-Ktieb Tezor) were presented with books by the Mayor.
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The Xewkija Mayor Dr Monica Vella announced the winner of the ‘Premju Gieh ix-Xewkija’. This was the ninth consecutive year that this honour was given by the Xewkija Local Council. This year, eleven persons were nominated for the "Premju Gieh ix-Xewkija". John Pace, Chev. Nazzareno Calleja, Anthony Grima, John Caruana, Jake Saliba, Fr Eddie Zammit, Ivan Farrugia, Claudio Vella, Jeffrey Farrugia, Mary Jane Xuereb and Joseph Xuereb were all nominated. Anthony Grima was elected as the winner of "Gieh ix-Xewkija 2010". The Mayor Dr Monica Vella presented the commemorative medal to Anthony Grima while the other persons nominated were presented by certificates of appreciation.
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Another activity held during the months of November and December was the Education campaign about Recycling Waste.  At the beginning of November each class of the Xewkija Primary School was given green bags by the Greenpak.  Greenpak Education Officer Mr Kurt Scerri explained to the students what materials must be recycled and what happens with the recycled waste collected.  A competition was organized at the School and the class that proportionally collected most recyclable waste was awarded at the end of the campaign.  In fact the campaign was a success as the students collected many bags of recyclable waste.  Then on the 2nd of December Greenpak mascot Green Gary came to meet the children.  Since all the classes made their effort to collect the recyclable waste, it was decided that all classes will be awarded for their effort and the Mayor Dr Monica Vella presented books to all classes.  Students of the P4 class had a special prize as they collected most recyclable waste.
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