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Dorothean Ex-Alumnae Association of Malta
(founded 1972)



The Dorothean ex-Alumnae Association of Malta is an organization made up of all past students of the schools run by the Sisters of St. Dorothy in Malta.

The main objectives of the Association are

• To enhance family life
• To foster and strengthen the Dorothean family on Christian principals
• To help any worthy cause and keep ex-alumnae together.

The Association is affiliated to:
•  International Federation of the Ex-Dorothean Associations
•  Confederation of Former Pupils of Catholic Church Schools (Malta) (this confederation is a member of the World Organization of Former Pupils of Catholic Education
•  Council of Women (Malta).


Dorothean Ex-Alumnae Grand Reunion 2010
Friday, 10th September, 2010
St. Dorothy's Senior School, Ħaż-Żebbuġ


Ten years have passed since we organized the first grand reunion for all the past students of the schools of St. Dorothy and today we are again inviting you for the third grand reunion.   As you all know the two grand reunions we have had so far were a great success and so we are expecting a repeat performance.   This circular has the details of the reunion together with the ticket/s order form.


•  7.30 p.m. Holy Mass on the senior school's grounds followed by a short welcoming speech from our President Mariella Zarb. 
•  A grand reception (finger food and an open bar by Osborne Caterers) in the School grounds will follow up to 11.00 p.m.  (A raffle will be drawn during the reception.

Entertainment will be provided by the popular Maltese Band:  SPITERI LUCAS BAND


 May be placed by completing the form attached to this circular and send to the Secretary at Silhoutte, Triq il-Vajrita, M'Scala MSK3322, accompanied by the relative remittance (
25 per person), by not later than Friday, 3rd September, 2010.   Tickets will then be posted to all applicants.
 Tickets may also be obtained from MaxMara, 46 Tower Road, Sliema.
 The price is Eur25 per person.
 The tickets will be taking part in a raffle to be drawn during the evening.

No tickets will be available from the gates on the day of the event and tickets must be presented to the person in charge at the entrance

Further details may be obtained from:
The Secretary (Roberta Cini) and Asst. Secretary (Marie Claire Cachia Attard) on Tel. Nos. 99843537 and 99407791 respectively.  

The  email address of the Secretary is:

The website of the Sisters of St. Dorothy:
Let us make this a great day!!!

We have done our utmost to make this event a success and so we ask you to help us in achieving our aim by passing on this information to those who have not received it.
The purpose of this gathering is to re-unite the large Dorothean family
See you all on the 10th of September!!!!

Roberta Cini

P.S. The request for tickets should include the number of tickets required, the corresponding cost of the tickets required, and the name, address and telephone number to whom the tickets will be posted.   This request is to reach the Secretary by not later than Friday, 3rd September, 2010.   Cheques are to be made payable to the Dorothean Ex-Alumnae Association.
As we have done during the first two grand reunions held in 2000 and 2005, the Association is making a donation to the Sisters of St. Dorothy as a contribution to the large expenses involved in connection with the following projects which will be taken in hand as soon as possible:
•  The installation of photovoltaic panels (to reduce the electricity bill
•  A new Physics Lab to meet the requirements of the new Curriculum
•  Upgrading of the sporting facilities

Our contribution to these expenses will depend on the number of ex-alumnae who will be attending the Grand Reunion.   The larger the number of participants the larger the amount will be.

Any new developments regarding the Grand Reunion will be advertised in the local press and in this website.

The Sisters of St. Dorothy came to Malta in 1911 and opened their first school in Mdina some time later.

However, it was only in 1948 that the need was felt by some ex-alumnae to start meeting to rekindle and keep the Dorothean spirit alive amongst past pupils and to revive the memories of the good old school days. This initiative was encouraged by the Sisters of St. Dorothy and the first gatherings were held annually at St. Dorothy’s Convent, Mdina.

When Sister Marie de Piro, the then Mother General, visited Malta in the early seventies, the Sisters invited to Mdina all the ex-alumnae to meet her. Encouraged by the number of ex-alumnae who responded to the invitation, the Nuns suggested the setting up of an Old Girls Association. A small group of ex-alumnae volunteered to start the proposed venture. Regular meetings were held at St. Dorothy’s School, Sliema since 1972.

In order to achieve the Association's main objectives, the Association's Committee organizes various activities, such as:
•  Grand reunions every five years
•  Cultural tours of historical sites, buildings and museums
•  Social functions, such as outings, seminars and talks
•  Other fund raising activities.

Members of the Association take part also in international activities.   As a member of the International Federation of ex-Dorotheans, representatives from the local Committee attend various international Dorothean Congresses.   In 1982 the Third International Dorothean Congress was held in Malta.
In September 2000 members of the Association attended a reunion of Maltese ex-alumnae who live in the United Kingdom.
In 2007 the Association was invited to take part in the celebrations marking the 40th Anniversary of O.M.A.A.E.E.C. (The World Organization of Former Pupils of Catholic Education) which were being held in Rome.   The Association accepted the invitation of the President (Mrs. Rosa Maria Mazzeo Lagana' -  who happened to be also the President of the International Federation of the Dorothean Ex-Alumnae) of the world organization and in November (2007) more than twenty Maltese Dorotheans ex-alumnae attended the celebrations in Rome which ended with an audience with H. E. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's Secretary of State.
The visit to Rome brought to an end also the celebrations held during 2007 to mark the 35th Anniversary of the Dorothean Ex-Alumnae Association of Malta.

Statue of St.Paula Frassinetti
As a gesture of appreciation to the Sisters of St. Dorothy for their loving care and education to all past students, in 1999 the Association donated a statue of St. Paula Frassinetti, the foundress of the Community of the Sisters of St. Dorothy, to the Sisters. The statue is the work of the famous Gozitan artist Chev. Alfred Camilleri Cauchi.

The unveiling ceremony was held on 26th September 1999 in the grounds of the then new St. Dorothy's Convent and Schools in Ħaż-Żebbuġ, and it was presided by His Excellency Prof. Guido de Marco, President of Malta (and also the father of two ex-alumnae of St. Dorothy). The statue was blessed by His Lordship Mgr. Annetto Depasquale, Auxiliary Bishop.

During the ceremony speeches were delivered by Sr. Celia Agius Vadala, the Mother Provincial, Sr. Doreen Cuschieri (Head, Ħaż-Żebbuġ Senior School), Magistrate David Scicluna (President, Parents/Teachers Association) and Mrs. Elizabeth Galea (Secretary, Dorothean Ex-Alumnae Association).

The statue can now be seen at the main entrance of the St. Dorothy's Complex in Ħaż-Żebbuġ.

The Committee of the Association
The Committee of the Association is elected every two years during the Biennial General Meeting as stipulated in Article 4 of the Association’s statute.

The following make up the Committee for 2010-2011:

President Mariella Zarb
Vice-President Bernadette Vella Gera
Secretary Roberta Cini
Treasurer Patricia Mercieca
Assistant Secretaries Marie Claire Cachia Attard
  Elizabeth Galea
Assistant Treasurer Janika Laudi
Coordinator Sr. Marie Claire Valenzia SSD
Members Josanne Borg Scerri
  Maureen Farrugia

Marion Agius Vadala

  Ena Mifsud
National Council of Women Representative Doris Mallia


All ex-alumnae of the Schools of St. Dorothy are considered to be members of the Dorothean Ex-Alumnae Association.   However, all ex-alumnae are required to register their current details with the Secretary so that they will be included in the Association's mailing list.   There is no fixed amount concerning the membership fee, but it is expected that this will not be less than 5 (five Euro) per annum.  Cheques to be made payable to: Dorothean Ex-Alumnae Association.
Those ex-alumnae who do not receive the Association's circulars may register with the Secretary by sending the following information, together with the membership fee, to: 

The Secretary, Dorothean Ex-Alumnae Association,
c/o Silhoutte, Triq il-Vajrita,
 M'Scala MSK3322

•  Current name and surname together with the maiden name
•  Full postal address (including that of an eventual summer residence) and the correct post code
•  E-mail address, landline telephone number and mobile number
•  Last year at school and identity card number.

The above details will then be entered in the Ex-Alumnae Directory which at present contains well over 3,000 ex-alumnae.

As part of its campaign to introduce itself to new ex-alumnae, the Association is holding annual meetings with all those students who complete their studies at St. Dorothy's.   During such meetings the school-leavers are given an overview of the Association and a souvenir to mark the last day at school.   The souvenir normally consists of a bookmark depicting the statue of St. Paula and containing all the names of the classmates.

Contact Information

Postal Address The Secretary
Dorothean Ex-Alumnae Association

Silhoutte, Triq il-Vajrita,
M'Scala MSK3322.

Secretary's tel nos (+00356) 99843537
Secretary's email

Forthcoming Activities

10th September, 2010:  Grand Reunion for all the ex-pupils of the Schools of St. Dorothy.
December2010:   Outing (the details will be notified later on)




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