The History of the School
This school, bearing the name Lily of the Valley, opened its doors to the first students in the late 1960’s as an Extended Course School. In 1971 it became a Secondary School and catered for students in Form 1 and Form 2. In 1986 its name was changed to that of Dr AV Laferla Junior Craft School, until 1988 when it became a Trade School. In 1992 the school was renamed Lily of the Valley when it became an Area Secondary School, catering for 130 students in Form 1. It consisted only of a two-storey block, with six classes on each floor, another couple of rooms and the hall.
As years passed, plans were drawn up for its enlargement so that the school could cater for 700 students. Another block opposite the old one was constructed, together with a Conference Hall, a Guidance and Counselling Unit, a Library, three Computer Labs, four Science Labs, three Home Economics Labs and two Needlework Rooms. The premises were rendered accessible by the installation of a lift. In the mid-nineties the hall was refurbished and the projection room was upgraded with the purchase of modern equipment. Each class was then also equipped with its own television set and video player. During these years and by funds provided by the EU, the Science labs were equipped with interactive whiteboards. The school used to cater for around 600 students, mostly coming from the surrounding towns and villages.
After more than fifty years of service for young girls this school, as from September 2011, ushered in a new development and a new era. The introduction of the College System, a major reform spearheaded by the Directorate of Education to transform the management of education in Malta, has placed this school on a new platform. It has now become the Secondary School for all the girls, who opt for state education, of Maria Regina College. Girls from the feeder primary schools of Mellieħa, St. Paul’s Bay, Mosta, Naxxar and Għargħur, will now progress to this school for their five-year span of secondary education. In order to cater for this increasing number of students and to address the needs this change will bring, a major building and refurbishment programme was initiated in the summer of 2011. The Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools built and equipped twelve new rooms, two offices and a new spacious library. All classrooms and furniture were freshly painted, the Internet was connected to all classrooms, interactive whiteboards were installed whereas a new Design and Technology Lab, fully equipped with the latest paraphernalia, was launched. These new premises were officially inaugurated by the then Minister of Education Dolores Cristina in February 2012. In the summer of 2013, when a greater number of students was envisaged to be admitted, seven more classrooms, including a Staffroom and an office were built to connect the two separated blocks. In September 2014 and September 2015, with the introduction of the Middle School system, this school did not admit anymore new students as the Form 1 students were diverted to the Middle School of Naxxar. In September 2016 this school will yet again enter a new phase of its development by the introduction of Co-Education. Girls and boys will then be admitted in Form 3 to pass the last three years of secondary education in this school. The school will then be established as one of the Senior Secondary and Vocational school of Maria Regina College.