A SCHOOL OUTING
On Thursday the twenty fifth of November 2010, I went for a school outing at the capital city of Malta, Valletta.
First we left school by bus and when we arrived, we went to the Malta Experience which there is Malta’s 5000 years of history. We found out that Malta was ruled successively by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and the Order of the Knights of St John. There was a siege bell memorial that weighs about ten tonnes and it is made of bronze. It was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth and the president by that time Dr Censu Tabone on the twenty ninth of May 1992 which was the fiftieth anniversary of the awarding of the George Cross’s bravery to the islands of Malta in 1942.
We visited the National War Museum which is located in the building of Fort St Elmo. This museum focuses on the collection of the two world wars, the role of Malta and the effort of the Maltese people. By that time there were very difficult conditions and Malta suffered many losses and damages. In the museum we saw planes, war tanks, motorbikes, rifles, cannons, bombs and many other interesting things. Today Fort St Elmo houses Malta’s police academy.
After a short recreational time, we saw the Grand Harbour, Fort St Angelo and Fort St Michael. Then we saw the ‘’Sacra Infermeria’’, a hospital that was built in 1954 by the Order of St John. Now this hospital is known as the Mediterranean Conference Centre. At that time, this was one of the best hospitals in Europe.
This day was one of my favourite because we had a lot of fun and we learned many things about our island that we never imagined. It was a beautiful experience, but I hope we never go through such wars again because I love peace.