In an effort to promote fitness and instil awareness on the importance of exercise for a healthy lifestyle, the Resource Centre organizes a yearly sponsored walk. This activity has been going on for a number of years. This year’s Sponsored Walk was held on Friday 24th April, 2015. The great majority of students, accompanied by staff and parents, walked from the Resource Centre through the countryside of Wardija, up to St. Martin’s Cave. This is almost a fifty-five minute walk. When all were gathered at the cave, Mass was celebrated by Fr Donald Bellizzi and animated by the Centre’s choir. The statue of the Virgin Mary was crowned with a special wreath for the occasion.
At Pembroke Local Council the JES students had the opportunity to fold a number of flyers which will be distributed in the locality.
As part of their training towards obtaining the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Centre’s students involved in this initiative are attending regular training sessions focused on preparing them for the Adventurous Journey. This Journey will involve camping outdoors and taking part in exploratory work around the camping site. This weeks’ training was dedicated to setting up and dismantling a tent. All 5 students participated positively and showed great enthusiasm.
As part of the Centre’s JES, students visit local employers on a regular basis and carry out placements at a variety of places of work. Students here are attending a placement at the University Residence in Lija. Here, they are involved in office work tasks and are carrying out duties related to administration and reception. On this occasion, students were also involved in the preparing and stocking of the residence’s grocery store. With assistance, the students produced work of suitable standard and participated with good levels of motivation.
As part of the Centre’s JES, students are involved in a number of In-House activities on a regular basis. These include, Caring for the Centre’s Animals, where students take part in the cleaning, feeding and interacting with the Centres hens, birds, rabbits and peacocks; as well as Sheltered Work which involves a variety of outsourced work. Students here are working on the preparing of Customer Deposit Envelopes for a local bank.
L-inizjattivà magħrufa bħala Premju Ġieħ l-Artiġjanat Malti ilha tiġi organizzata mid-Dipartiment tal-Kummerċ mill-2010. Dan il-Premju jippremja erba’ sotto kategoriji kif jidher hawn taħt:
Kategorija 1: Hija miftuha għall-prodotti artiġjanali li jkunu aġġudikati skont il-livell ta’ innovazzjoni u kreattività tagħhom;
Kategorija 2: Inizzjativi Artiġjanali;
Kategorija 3: Premju għall-Inklussività u l-Integrazzjoni;
Kategorija 4: Rikonoxximent għall-Ħidma fl-Artiġjanat.
Bħala ċentru ta’ Riżorsa aħna ġejna ppremjati fil-Kategorija 3: Premju għall-Inkussività u l-Integrazzjoni wara li kkompetejna b’suċċess ma’ entitajiet oħra fil-qasam tal-Artiġjanat u l-Integrazzani.
F’din il-kompetizzjoni entitajiet publiċi u privati kellhom l-opportunità jippreżentaw inizzjattiva li toħloq prodott f’ambjent inklussiv u li jippromovi l-integrazzjoni ta’ persuni vulnerabli. F’din is-sotto kategorija ppreżentajna inizzjattiva ta’ prodotti artiġjanali relatati mat-tiġijiet. Preżentament din l-inizzjattiva saret parti integrali mill-programm edukattiv tal-istudenti tagħna li qiegħda ssaħħah il-ħiliet li tant għandhom bżonn fis-suq tax-xogħol.
Ġejna ppremjati b’dan il-premju mhux biss għax qegħdin nipproduċu prodotti artiġjanali ta’ kwalità iżda wkoll għax qegħdin nipproduċuhom b’mod sostenibbli. L-akbar sodisfazzjon li tana dan il-premju huwa bla dubju l-fatt li dak li qegħdin jipproduċu l-istudenti tagħna jirrifletti l-ħiliet li għalkemm huma differenti, huma kbar u apprezzati mhux biss mill-qraba u aħna li naħdmu magħhom iżda anke fuq skala Nazzjonali bħal ma’ jixgħed dan il-premju. L-aħħar u mhux l-anqas, premju bħal dan iġiegħel lilna bħala edukaturi napprezzaw aktar il-ħidma tagħna mal-istudenti biex inkomplu ntejbulhom il-kwalità tal-ħajja tagħhom.
40 Endemic Holm Oak saplings were donated to the Parks Department to be planted at Buskett. These saplings have grown from seeds collected by the Centre’s EkoSkola students from the Wardija region and were planted and taken care of by the Centre’s Gardening Unit and Forest Team (LEAF) with great care and attention. During summer parents also took part in fostering these young plants. The students continued to nurture them during this scholastic year. Eventually they will be able to enjoy them as fully grown trees at Buskett.
Pictures of this event were taken by James Cachia and Malik Hussein who are part of the Young Reporters for the Environment Team (YRE) and who’s aim is to report on the school’s environmental issues and activities.
As part of the Centre’s EkoSkola’s LEAF initiatives and in collaboration with the Centre’s JES Team, a team of students from the Centre visited the St. Vincent De Paul Residence where they took part in the planting of a number of herbs. The students had the opportunity to learn about indigenous flora as well as to practice gardening skills while working in a team with their peers. The initiative was carried out as part of a long-term project in collaboration with the Residence and every student that participated, brought a stone from the Centre’s garden which they symbolically placed in the area that they worked on. This recreational space at the St. Vincent De Paul Residence will now be dedicated to the Centre and its students and will serve as a peaceful space for the residents and their guests to enjoy. A commemorative ceremony to award the students for the commitment will also be held in the near future.
As part of our Centre’s Commitment towards environmental education, students attended a photography training course that was held on the 16th, 24th and 25th of March. The course was delivered by trained professionals from the YRE Malta team (within Nature Trust). YRE project ‘Young Reporters for the Environment – is a project that aims to carry out investigations on local environmental issues and propose solutions through investigative reporting and photojournalism.
Thanks to this initiative, the students had the opportunity not only to learn more about photography but will also take an active role during upcoming green events organised by the Centre by being one of the Centre’s Young Reporters for the Environment.
During the training course the students took very good and professional photos. Some of these photos will eventually be submitted to YRE Malta and can be published in the ‘YRE newsletter’ and in local and international competitions with the possibility of winning prizes