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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.
Minds at Work
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!
On Tuesday 11th February, a group of students from our Centre were selected to visit Boys Secondary Mosta. They had the opportunity to experience experiments in a lab. During this activity, students observed several experiments as well as participated in other group experiments.
The Wardija Resource Centre EkoSkola team organised an ‘Embellishment of Green Areas’ day within the Centre’s grounds. In a fruitful collaboration with the Agriculture Directorate, the Plant Health Directorate and Environmental Landscapes Consortium Ltd. (ELC) 8 olive and citrus trees, a number of oriental shrubs and 180 flowering plants were planted around the Centre’s gardens and green areas. Thanks to the efforts of all these entities as well as the priceless work of the entire EkoSkola team, these will provide the entire school community with a greener and more pleasant environment.
The Wardija Resource Centre EkoSkola Team organised an activity to collect Holm Oak seeds and wild growing saplings. These were carefully gathered by students and staff and were potted. These saplings will be taken care of by the students at the Centre with the hope of being able to donate them back to our country as adult trees, helping to protect and increase the forestation of indigenous trees.
Similar to previous years, the healthy breakfast resource’s centre activity resulted in numerous positive results, not only it meant substantial collaboration from all the centre’s staff being involved but also it reserved an actual learning arena where students who recently obtained their food handling warrant tested and practiced related knowledge and skills.
As the activity describes, breakfast featured numerous food items of nutritional value, 90% percent of which were supplied with no charges by a number of industries found within the surrounding community. Moreover this breakfast also denoted a move from conveniently (off the shelf) prepared fruit beverages and thus highlighted the ease of making homemade smoothie out of chopped banana, milk and yoghurt. Additionally this activity did it’s best to provide and cater for a number of food allergies or intolerances, a fundamental feature which we have worked up on and which still requires additional strategies to be implemented. Conclusively, a special thanks goes to Mr. David Gauci for his commitment, dedication and participation.
Parents of the young adults attending the Resource Centre at Wardija were invited to attend a talk on Wednesday 29th January, 2014.
There was quite a good turnout of parents who were addressed by Dr. Christopher Sciberras M.D. Dr. Sciberras’ presentation focused on the services provided for persons with disability. The parents found this presentation to be not only interesting but also very valid since it addressed issues which they have to face on a daily basis. A number of questions were asked by the audience.
Following this presentation the team coordinating the Job Exposure Scheme (JES) informed the audience about the JES. To do so they made a presentation explaining the selection process for this Scheme, the objectives of the Scheme and how they are collaborating with members of staff at the Centre to widen the scope of learning being provided at the Centre. A video of the participants was also shown to the parents. A number of questions/comments were then made by the audience.
During a vibrant activity that brought together the strengths of the entire Wardija Resource Centre’s team, over 300 lavender saplings were planted and with great enthusiasm the Centre’s ‘Lavender Field’ was brought to life. The Centre’s youngsters, their parents, staff, students from sister schools as well as the Centre’s extended network all joined forces and worked together on a laborious mission that has now gifted the Centre with a patch of this unique herb.
Read more about this herb and the event in the Wardija Resource Centre’s magazine coming out soon!