Laying of the foundation stone
On Sunday 3rd February 2008 the Prime Minister Dr Lawrence Gonzi
attended the laying of the foundation stone for a school in Gozo. This was
another ambitious project for Gozo, which sees the redevelopment of the
present school, Ninu Cremona Lyceum Complex, in Victoria into a modern
state-of-the art secondary school for boys.
The project is being carried out by the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools
under the Ministry of Education, Youth and Employment in collaboration with
the Ministry for Gozo.
The ceremony was opened by a message from the Head of School Dr Francis
Abela, followed by another from the Gozo Collage Principal Chev Frank
Gatt.The General Manager for the FTS, Mr Charles Farrugia gave another short
message. Then Minister for Gozo, Hon.Giovanna Debono and Minister for
Education, Youth & Employment, Dr Louis Galea each gave messages for the
occasion. This was followed by the Prime Minister Dr Laurence Gonzi giving
another address and then the laying of the foundation stone. Then the Bishop
of Gozo, Mario Grech after giving another short message, blessed the stone .
Then the national anthem was sung.
Present for this ceremony were several distinguished guest amongst whom were
the Parliament Speaker Mr Anton Tabone, On. Fredrick Azzopardi MP, On. Dr
Justyne Caruana LLD, MP, Permanent Secretary for Gozo Mr Micallef, Permanent
Secretary for Education Mr Frans Borg, Director General Directorate for
Educational Services Ms Michline Sciberras, Director General ministry for
Gozo Mr Mario Calleja, Architect Andrew Ellul , who is responsible for the
construction works, Director Customer Services Gozo, Ms Joyce Dimech,
College Principal Mr Sandro Spiteri, Mr George Calleja Principal Education
Officer, Mr Anton Portelli Education Officer, a number of Heads of school
from Gozo and their students. Most of the staff of Ninu Cremona Lyceum were
also present together with students and the Students Council Several parents
attended the ceremony.
Phase One of this new
project was started a couple of months ago. The current phase involves
demolition of one of the minor school playgrounds, corridor and stairs,
excavation works, and the building and finishing of a block that will be the
first in a series of another four blocks. Upon completion, the first block
will be accessible for the school administration to make use of while works
on the other blocks would be underway. The project requires an investment of
about 7 million euro ( Lm3m.).
The completed school will have 45 classrooms, 9 Science laboratories, 6
Technology Workshops, 4 Computer labs, art rooms, Food technology labs,
Needlework room, Graphical Communications rooms, Chapel, Resource rooms and
other modern educational facilities including career guidance rooms, a
Library and open spaces that can be used for school and community purposes.
The project also includes a seven-a-side football pitch, with a 200-metre
athletics track, that will be used mainly by the school during school hours,
but will also be available to the community after school hours,
complementing the adjacent Sports Complex facilities An underground car park
will also be constructed while a new road, connecting Europe Street to
Fortunato Mizzi Street, will be constructed in order for school transport to
have a more secure and safe bay area.