On Wednesday 9 th April, ten students were selected to visit the Science Expo at MCAST Paola. The students had the opportunity to visit an exhibition which included several projects and experiments related to everyday life. This exhibition was concerned with different topics such as vitamin C, sugar and salt content in food, wind energy and sensors. It also involved projects related to dwarf bean plant growth, steam engines and stone miniature buildings. Afterwards, a detailed presentation involving various visual resources such as videos and fossils was delivered to explain features of the octopus, squid and cuttlefish.
At our Resource Centre we celebrated World Book Week during the week 7th to 11th April. Discussions and video clips during Circle Time regarding the value of a book were informative and enjoyed by our youngsters. Personalized bookmarks were designed and created by the students to commemorate this world wide event. The youngsters brought with them their favorite book and on World Book Day during the third lesson these books were read in class together with members of staff.
It was a memorable week of activities.
A total of 22 classes will be participating in the tablets pilot programme.
These include13 primary schools across Malta and Gozo, three church schools, two independent schools and the school in Wardija catering for people with special needs.
From now till the end of the year 44 teachers will be familiarising themselves with the device. And between next October and March, the tablets will be given to pupils of the selected classes.
They will be allowed to take the device home.
In all, 13 suppliers are participating in the programme with brands including Micrsosoft, Samsung and Apple, Google, Lenovo and Acer. Nine operate with Android whereas one operates with IOS and another with Microsoft.
Addressing a news conference at the Gzira Primary school which is taking part in this project, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said that the quality of the hardware and software submitted was top notch. He stressed that is was an educational project and not a technological one.
Based on this experience the exact date of the nationwide roll out would be determined some time in the scholastic year 2015/16. The tablets loaned for this project amount to some €200,000.
The participating state schools are: Siġġiewi, Msida, Gżira, Marsascala, Cospicua, Għajnsielem-Sannat-Victoria in Gozo, Pieta’, Paola, Mellieħa, Żurrieq, Baħrija and the Dun Manwel Attard Young Adult Education Resource Centre.
Other schools will be on standby with other volunteer teachers ready to relieve the selected teachers if there are not able to proceed with the pilot for one reason or another.
As part of our fundraising activities, a hot dog day was organised at our Centre. It is always a pleasure to expose students to different activities that enable them to take part in learning experiences. Several students helped to cook and prepare the hot dogs, serve and distribute them. In this way, they were able to put into practice the information that they attained during the food handling course, such as the importance of hygiene. This experience also allows the students to improve their skills in relation to food preparation, cooking, and working in a team; thus increasing their independence skills.
Other students were involved in the clearing up and cleaning process. This part of the activity is also a learning tool, as it is essential that students understand the importance of clearing up after an activity, and that is it also their responsibility to not only take part in the most enjoyable aspects of an activity, but also in the clearing up.
Seeing the students learn from such experiences, enjoying their hot dogs and taking pleasure in something different at the Centre is one of the many factors that leads the staff to continuously strive towards enriching the life experiences of our youth.
Fuq inizzjativa ta’ xi ġenituri miċ-Ċentru tagħna, saret attività biex isiru l-kwareżimal bħala fund raising activity. Bl-għajnuna ta’ dawn il-ġenituri, l-istudenti u xi membri tal-istaff, din l-attività żgur ma kinetx tkun suċċess. Waqt il-ħidma fil-kċina taċ-Ċentru ma naqsitx xi ċajta u daħka waqt li għamilna t-taħlita! Dak is-sabiħ ta’ dawn l-attivitajiet u minkejja li għajjejna, kollha ħadna pjaċir u kien ta’ sodisfazzjon għalina li konna ta’ għajnuna għaċ-Ċentru fejn jattendu wliedna. Minbarra l-ġenituri, nixtieq nirringrazzja wkoll lill-istudenti li għenu fil-preparazzjoni ta’ dan il-ħelu tradizzjonali. Fl-aħħar imma mhux l-inqas ħaqqhom grazzi kbira dawk il-ġenituri, u l-għalliema taċ-Ċentru li ordnaw minn dawn il-kwareżimal. Li ma kienx għal dawn l-ordnijiet, l-attività ma kinitx tkun ta’ suċċess.
On the 28th of February, a carnival party was organised in which a number of students were selected to participate in the carnival hymn dance. Students also had the opportunity to play games such as musical chairs, pin the nose on the clown and the limbo game. Furthermore, dance and costume competitions were organised which included the best male and female dancer and the best male and female costume.
Lounging around with a good book in an educational environment
The Centre’s Library is a new activity for the Centre’s students. Here they find a quiet chill out zone. The students enjoy reading books and make use of visuals which are present in a book. Our library is a “Home Away From Home”.
On Friday 14th February, the students and staff of Group 8 presented their second Dismissal activity that was entirely dedicated to St. Valentine’s Day. The students explained to their audience the history and traditions behind this special day dedicated to lovers and special friends.
During the second part of Group 8’s dismissal activity, the short presentation above was shown. The photo story clearly illustrates in a very visual manner the process and steps entailed in making small chocolate hearts. All the students in Group 8 took part in this original activity and around 150 small chocolates were carefully prepared. They were then given out as a small treat to all the students and staff present for Valentine’s Day activity held in the Centre’s main hall. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO ALL!