Happy Easter of Resurrection!

buona pasqua di resurrezione stanza senza il corpo e una colomba con raggio di sole
Happy Easter of Resurrection!
Cartolina di Buon Natale

Dearly beloved,
Happy Easter of Resurrection!

As we celebrated Easter here at the Gonzaga Campus, I remember you fondly in prayer and send you dear greetings. My wish is that the consolation of the risen Lord will reach you and your loved ones and accompany you on your journeys.

This year’s Easter greetings, which you will find attached, are wishes for Peace!
Along with the best wishes I also attach the communiqué released by the Society of Jesus on Good Friday, March 29, on the situation in Gaza.
We Jesuits, like so many other Catholics, Christians, men and women of all faiths and non-believers, refuse to be silent. Our voices continue to rise in prayer, in lament, in protest of the death and destruction that continue to reign in Gaza and other territories of Israel/Palestine, spilling over into the surrounding countries of the Middle East.

Peace is the urgency of the Risen One.
May peace be our common priority.

Greetings again Happy Easter also on behalf of my Jesuit confreres and the entire Gonzaga Campus Governing Board.

Fr. Vitangelo Denora SJ

Citizens of the world… in Kenya. The voices of the young people of the Gonzaga Campus returning from the international solidarity camp

Citizens of the world… in Kenya. The voices of the young people of the Gonzaga Campus returning from the international solidarity camp

by Serena Termini

PALERMO – They hugged young and old from the other side of the world, giving smiles and sharing their daily life. These are 40 people – including students, teachers, and parents of the Gonzaga Campus – who, last 28 May, met the children and young people of the “Bishop Mazzoldi School” of the Evangelizing Sisters of Mary in Kenya as part of a humanitarian sharing camp. Located at the crossroads between three slums, the sisters have set up two schools to try to respond, through educational projects, to the poverty of the most vulnerable people in these areas. Sometimes school is the only way to keep them away from a future of labour, sexual exploitation, or solicitation in the mesh of organized crime dedicated to drug dealing. Full of emotion and with great enthusiasm, two students -Lucìa and Francesca- recount their experience.

“It was a wonderful experience – tells Lucìa, 14, of Spanish origin – which I would like to repeat again next year. Seeing these children, despite the conditions of poverty in which they live, so joyful and happy with the little they have, prompted me to reflect a lot. I remember, when inside a sheet metal shack, a 45-year-old father – who was disabled due to a serious accident – told us how only one of his 5 children went to school for free because he had been a victim of sexual abuse. We also had the good fortune to share a small part of the life of these peers of ours, while building some great friendships. Recently, another beautiful thing happened: I called a Kenyan girl who is going through a difficult time on the phone, giving her words of comfort. It’s really very important to me that we can keep these ties.”

“With my notes I was able to recollect, stage by stage, the people I met and the extraordinary moments I experienced in Kenya – tells 17-year-old Francesca La Cavera, who also studies Chinese in the STEM high school route. I learned what humility and awareness of one’s limits in difficult life situations are, by listening to and touching the lives of some people: from a 4-year-old child to a 60-year-old person. From all of them I learned that, despite the problems, one can and must smile at life, making the most of everything one has. I was very struck by the great generosity of a lady we met inside her shack who offered us some tea. Returning to Palermo made me re-evaluate everything I am and have in my life, pushing away what may be useless complaints and trivial thoughts”.

There are also those who, immersed in the light and colours of Africa, have experienced, together with other young people, some significant moments of spirituality amidst songs, music, and prayer.

“As the Jesuits have always taught me – continues Sara Longo, a former student who is now studying Educational Sciences in university- we must never stop looking for ourselves in the places and with the people we meet. In particular, I have dedicated myself a lot to kindergarten and primary school children. The first day I entered their class it was as if they had been waiting for me forever. With them but also with the older ones, I shared moments of joyful spirituality and prayer that I will always carry in my heart. Even in the saddest situations, they have taught us that we must always keep and grow the hope that they transmit with great positive energy through songs, music, and dances”.

The young people in the group were surprising in their ability to adapt to a reality so distant and different from theirs. So tells teacher Linda Ogana, originally from Kenya and a long-time resident of Palermo.

“Our young people have put themselves in the game – says teacher Linda Ogana – adapting to a way of life that is considerably different from theirs. In fact, they adapted to the food without complaining, slept in dormitories and even accepted the rationed use of the internet. All this has allowed them to experience intercultural exchanges full of strong mutual enrichment with greater intensity. I remember with great emotion when I read in their class the letters from Italy that my fourth-grade students had written. The gratitude expressed by these young people is something I will carry with me for a long time. Once back in Palermo it was inevitable to start a reflection on the concept of ‘superfluous’ that characterizes our Western society”.

“This is certainly the consolidation of a dream and a strong revolutionary desire, cultivated for many years,” says with satisfaction Father Vitangelo Denora – a Jesuit and Director General of Gonzaga who, in 2017, served a year of missionary service in Kenya. “In fact, I believe that for the growth of young people, the meeting of people who live in the most wounded realities of the world is truly of considerable importance. In our case, the evident misery that emerges, in all its drama, in the slums of Nairobi contrasts very strongly with the great vitality and solidarity that exists among the people. To witness this first, in a wonderful way, are the boys and girls; small children play with little only in the name of the spirit of complete sharing, r knowing no exclusivity or individualism. They also give great importance to school, which they consider a great life opportunity that makes a difference compared to others. In the slums they are very poor but then, when they put on a uniform, the older ones accompany the younger ones to school, filled with joyful gratitude.”

“In the days we lived together, removing all kinds of barriers and prejudices – continues Father Vitangelo -, there were wonderful intercultural exchanges full of humanity between young people and children from two different continents. As citizens of the world, we need to know the most authentic humanity without masks and without defences, as this helps us and makes us question ourselves deeply. In the mission of our international school, we are not only oriented towards cultivating relations with the Northern hemisphere but also, as in this case, with the enormous wealth of values that can emerge from the Southern hemisphere. With the “Mazzoldi School” a bridge has now been consolidated which we will keep alive in various forms and, of course, by continuing to organize these trips with an original and revolutionary educational approach”.

Click here to see the photo gallery of Kenya trip 2023

Gonzaga Summer 2022, the Proposal for the 2-5 Age Group

The rich summer proposal for the 2-5 age group will start on the 22th of June and will guide the youngest ones until the 30th of July 2022, from 8.00am to 2.00pm.

It’s summer time, it’s time for high-quality entertainment in touch with nature! The playful and recreational project promoted by Gonzaga Summer and addressed to the 2-5 age group will begin right from the wide green areas of the campus, ideal location for open space activities, like the educational practice of outdoor-education.

The activities are divided in 5 thematic weeks, following this program:

  • From the seed to the plant, the evolution of the generative processes.
  • Decoration of a small pot by using recycled material.
  • The art of cultivating a garden.
  • Guess the plant to recognize it and associate its name
  • The Jiminy Cricket. Story to listen to.
  • Dramatization
  • Pictorial-graphic activities
  • Let’s build a puppet together!
  • Listening activities of various music genres: classic, popular, pop, rock.
  • Reading of musical stories.
  • Body Percussion laboratory.
  • Let’s build a musical instrument with recycled material!
  • Meet the artist: Pollock, Picasso, Mirò.
  • Games with colours.
  • Creating crafting laboratories: let’s craft “pieces of art” with clay, salt dough and shells.
  • Tales and videos regarding art
  • Rediscovery of the water characteristics.
  • Let’s explore the colours of the sea.
  • Exploration of submarine life.
  • Sea paintings.
  • Ecologic Lab to respect the sea without polluting it.
  • Water games

Program of the day:

From 7.30am to 9.00am
Welcoming and muscular awakening
From 9.00am
Ludic and lab activities
10.00am
Break
From 10.30
Ludic and physical activities
From 12.30am to 1.00pm
Leaving time or lunch time
From 1.00pm to 2.00pm 
Relax
2.00pm
Leaving time

During these days “Sport MOLab” activities will also take place (12th of June – 22nd of July), it is the Movement Sports Lab, enrolled by Polisportiva Gonzaga’s instructors and trainers. It has the objective of developing the psycho-physical sphere with kinetic coordination activities.

For more information, write to:: amministrazione@gonzagapalermo.it

Gonzaga Summer 2022, the Proposal for the 6-12 Age Group

The special summer proposal, thought for the kids and young ones of the 6-12 age group, will start on the 13th of June and will be concluded on the 22nd of July 2022. From Monday to Friday, from 7.30am to 4.30pm.

Many paths, many opportunities to work as a team! The Gonzaga Summer project for the 6-12 age group blends together artistic and linguistic laboratories,theatrical and creative writing experiences, physical and sports activities, music and… check mate: summer is served with a varied offering that will provide, to boys and girls, the possibility of establishing new relationships, of developing new abilities and skills by having a lot of fun.

The program of the activities will vary every two weeks, following this scheme:

Program of the day
(form the 13th of June to the 1st of July 2022)

From 7.30am to 8.30am
Welcoming and muscular awakening
From 8.30 am to 10.30am 
CREA IN (theatre and creative writing lab) and SPORT MoLab
From 10.30am to 11.00am
Recreational activities and break
From 11.00am to 13.00am
I, WE…IN THE WORLD (linguistic laboratory) and Sports
1.30pm 
First leaving (for the ones who choose the “without lunch” option
From 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Lunch and relax
2.00pm 
Second leaving (for the ones who choose the “with lunch” option)
From 2.30pm to 4.30pm
ART LAB
4.30pm 
Third leaving (for the ones who choose the “with lunch + afternoon activities” option)

Program of the day
(From the 4th of July to the 22nd of July 2022)

From 7.30am to 8.30am
Musical welcoming and muscular awakening
From 8.30am to 10.30am
TOGETHER IS BETTER and SPORT MoLab
From 10.30am to 11.00am
Recreational activities and break
From 11.00am to 1.00pm

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday
    TOGETHER IS BETTER – LET’S WORK AS A TEAM! and DON’T POUR WATER ON ME
  • Tuesday
    TOGETHER IS BETTER – LET’S WORK AS A TEAM! and Treasure hunt!

  • Thursday
    TOGETHER IS BETTER – LET’S WORK AS A TEAM! and Let’s rediscover our old games!
From 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Lunch and relax
2.00pm 
Second leaving (for the ones who choose “with lunch” option)
From 2.30pm to 4.30pm
CHECK MATES
4.30pm 
Third leaving (For the ones who choose “with lunch + afternoon activities” option)

During these days sports activities will also take place and they will be animated by the Polisportiva Gonzaga’s instructors and trainers. Through a sports tour which involves different disciplines (soccer, volleyball, basket, tennis), the young ones will try diverse sports in small groups, and they will be encouraged to work as a team, and to develop games and skills together. The unity of the “multi-discipline tour” will end on the Fridays of every week with a small “Sports Olympics”. For those interested, it is possible to conclude the week (Friday) with a session of pool games and fun at Kalta Club.

Thanks to the game sports tour, the participants will have the possibility of having fun while training their balance, their coordination,their concentration, their own space perception, their reactivity and of strengthening their body. Through the learning of various sports and team games, the young ones will be helped to overcome their fears and insecurities and to develop their patience and their capability of cooperation while playing.

Ask info on Whatsapp

APPLICATIONS:
amministrazione@gonzagapalermo.it
Or you can go to the Administration Office (Via Piersanti Mattarella 40)
every day, from Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 1.30pm