On 7th December 2017 the Prime Minister of Malta, Dr Joseph Muscat, paid an official visit to the school. It is not the usual “tour around the school” visit. The Prime Minister wanted to hear what the GCHSS students had to say on one of the upcoming major reforms which will affect them directly in the very near future, the extension of the right to vote to youths upon reaching the age of 16.
A Question and Answer session was organised through the Youth Hub of the school, and in fact , the youth worker, Ms Loren Falzon Aquilina, was tasked to act as prompter for the session. During the session the Prime Minister announced that by March 2018, the reform would be approved by the Cabinet of Ministers and passed through Parliament as an amendment to the constitution. The statement was highlighted by the Prime Minister who stated that “You youths will make history!”. Accompanying the Prime Minister were Parliamentary Secretary for Youths and Sport, Hon. Clifford Grima, and Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship and Reforms, Hon Ms Julia Farrugia . Both took questions from students during this very well attended session.
Before the session the Prime Minister visited and was impressed by the various stands mounted by the school’s various committees and organizations including the Language Day, JA-YE, Green Committee, Diversity and Photography exhibits.
The Prime Minister was very much impressed by the exhibits which mirrored both an academic and a non-formal aspect of the school that later he remarked that for him the GCHSS was “first chance school” like any other post-secondary educational institution.
The visit ended in the Headmaster’s Office, where the Prime Minister signed the Visitors’ Book and was presented with mementos by the Headmaster. The event was given wide coverage by the media.