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WATCH: Welcome back! Archive footage shows students returning to school back in the day
The G.F. Abela Junior College’s exterior has remained pretty much unchanged!

Benjamin Abela

As thousands of young people reclaim their spots behind school desks, there’s no doubt that many have conflicting feelings about swapping out those long days by the beach for hours upon hours of lessons.

But hey – going back to school isn’t all bad!

It’s only once you grow older that you come to appreciate the dedicated teachers, interesting lessons, and great friends that made your academic experience so memorable.

To commemorate this bittersweet day, the Malta Audio Visual Memories Facebook page published a heart-warming video of students returning to school decades ago.

It’s pretty hard to make out which schools the different buildings and uniforms shown towards the beginning of the video appertained to, however right at the halfway mark, the camera switches to the ever-iconic G.F. Abela Junior College.

Students can be seen wearing clothes that would not look out of place in Grease as they make their way to their next lecture.

A shot of the college’s exterior also shows how it has remained pretty much unchanged since when the video was filmed.

The building which nowadays houses the Junior College was built back in 1966. It was originally home to the Malta College of Arts, Science, and Technology before being taken over by the present institution in 1995.

Can you make out the other schools shown in the footage?

27th September 2021


Benjamin  Abela
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Benjamin Abela
Benjamin is a Writer at Content House Group. With his background in journalism, marketing, and the arts, Benjamin enjoys finding the human aspect to any story he gets a hold of. When he's not too busy writing his next article, you could probably find him playing with his cats or performing on a stage.

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