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
Students from the Centre visited the Nature 2000 site at Ghadira in Mellieha. This site is a rich place hosting indigenous trees, flora and fauna. We toured the site with the help of the warden Mr. Ray Vella. The students enjoyed going though the passageways observing trees namely aleppo pine, lentisk, and narrow-leaved ash, observed flora like bermuda buttercup, blue pimpernel, thistle and flield gladiolus and fauna like butterflies. Finally we donated a holm oak shrub that was cultivated at our centre and had the opportunity to sow it there.
All students attending Wardija Resource Centre participated in the second SPORTS’ DAY for this scholastic year. Sports’ Day was held at Kirkop Sports Complex and as in past years, students had the opportunity to take part in various physical activities. These included Baseball, Basketball, Badminton, Penalty Shoot Out, Balloon Game, Water Obstacle Race and Water Relays. In the second part, students could choose a sport from Football, Zumba and Gymnastics. Parents/carers were also invited and they had the opportunity to take part and enjoy themselves together with our students.
The JES Team organised a Basic First Aid Course for students that are running (or are interested in running) for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. This course covered topics such as basic life support, how to deal with bleeding, burns and other related topics. The students who attended the course participated with great enthusiasm and showed keen interest in the material and practical work presented.
These are a sample of the many activities that happen at the Gardening Unit at our Resource Centre.. Our students look very forward to participate in hands on interactive sessions namely, watering plants, sowing, preparing soil, caring for house animals, separating waste, composting, and many more. Our students collaborate also with local NGOs within the environment field. They really enjoy our Resource Centre’s garden.
The JES team is working on developing the Centre’s first ever Sheltered Workshops. These will offer students the opportunity to get involved in work outsourced from local companies and take an active role in hands-on jobs at the Centre. This initiative will offer more students the possibility of experiencing and getting involved in work environments.
On Monday 23rd February, a number of students from various groups visited Xrobb l-Ghagin. This is related to the project Ekoskola which aims in increasing awareness of the environment around us and how we can use resources available wisely. Students had the opportunity to take a Holm Oak plant with them at home which they put soil and seed there. There they had a talk about different plants and trees found in Xrobb l-Ghagin. Another workshop took place in which it explained how we can reuse the water we use at home especially the water we wash ourselves, our hands and clothes with. At the end, a group of students from a particular school performed the Ekoskola song.