On February 23, King Charles III sent a royal letter (dated February 9) of appreciation to the St Margaret College Verdala School King’s Young Leaders Group founder teacher and students.
In the letter, the correspondence secretary of the King wrote: “The King has asked me to thank you and the St Margaret College Verdala King’s Young Leaders Group. His Majesty has been deeply touched by the particular kindness he has received over the last year and is most grateful for the warm support shown to him and his family.”
Senior teacher and school archivist Martin Azzopardi, sdc, founded the St Margaret Queen’s Young Leaders Group in 2014, inviting student members to follow official speeches by Queen Elizabeth II and write articles for publication to promote moral and social values. After King Charles inherited the royal throne, the group changed its name to St Margaret College Verdala School King’s Young Leaders Group.
Azzopardi explained that St Margaret College has a special connection with the British monarchy.
“As from the early 1950s to the 1970s, the Royal Navy School Verdala served as a primary school for many naval children based in Malta. So, teaching our school students about our school roots means educating them to respect our country and its long history,” he says.
Some of the students spoke about the Young Leaders Group and the new British monarch.
“Being a member of the St Margaret College Verdala King’s Young Leaders Group is an honour as we learn how to be young country diplomats in building bridges of friendship ties between Malta and the UK,” Aidan Schembri said.
Fellow student Sven Busuttil added: “King Charles III is a man of charity who founded many charitable institutions and organisations to help the poor and we can surely get inspired by his love for the poor and needy.”
This is an edited version of an article by St Margaret College Verdala School King’s Young Leaders Group student members Sven Busuttil, Jake Vassallo, Shezrick Psaila, Aidan Schembri, Gabriel Cordina, Kieran Camilleri, Manpreet Singh and Carlos Mallia.
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