Charity Day 2011 raises €828 in aid of ‘Puttinu Cares’

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On the initiative of some enthusiastic staff members, a day dedicated for charity was organised for the first time at the Wardija Young Adult Education Resource Centre, with astounding success. The beneficiary for this first occasion was ‘Puttinu Cares’.

On Friday, May 27th, several activities were organised at the Resource Centre which included:

  • Car Wash
  • Indoor Tournaments
  • Zumba Dance Session
  • Hairdressing
  • Make-Up and Eye-Brow Shaping
  • Hand Massage
  • Several Food Items for Sale
  • Photoshoot

These activities were prepared by some of the staff, with the help and collaboration of many students. The total sum raised from contributions and participation in the above mentioned events, was a staggering €827.98 which was considered to be very encouraging for the first time such an event was held.

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Ms. Mary Rose Bugeja, Treasurer of ‘Puttinu Cares Malta’, spoke to the students about the importance of the charitable organisation she represents, and about how the funds will be used to support families who have children suffering from cancer.

The cheque of €828 shall be presented to Mr. Andrew Bugeja, spokesperson and representative of ‘Puttinu Cares – Malta’, on Thursday June 9th, at the Resource’s Centre’s Main Hall, when addressing all the students and staff whilst also thanking them for their noteable efforts.

Achievement Day 2011 – A Huge Success!

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There are no words to describe the huge success achieved by our students in this year’s Achievement Day that was held on Friday May 13th in the evening.

The drama play, “Joseph and the Techni-coloured Dream Coat”, directed by Mr. Mark Agius, Drama and Music teacher, has reached a ‘level of perfection’, as described by Mr. Agius himself. There were months of work on the costumes, props and also countless rehearsals to produce such a magnificent show of talent and enjoyment.

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Centre participates in College’s Science Fair Exhibition

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Click here to view a short video clip featuring the Science Fair Exhibition that was broadcasted on TVM News of May 3rd, 2011.

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As part of a College Based event, Wardija Resource Centre participated in a science activity, where students were asked to organise and present a science stand at St. Paul’s Bay Primary School.

Five students from our Resource Centre took part in this activity; Nathaniel Piscopo, Edwin Scicluna, Leanne Fenech, Jason Abdilla and Sherika Asare. They were assisted by Ms. Cristina Barbara and Ms. Rachel Bajada.

It was decided that our stand would present the process of infusion through making herbal oil, and the Wardija students would explain this process to the students visiting our stand. The ingredients were bought and students were able to make the herbal oil themselves. Each student was given a script and this was practiced during the process of making the herbal oil to be used for tasting during the science activity itself. Various charts were made which were then displayed at St. Paul’s Bay school. These were also used to explain the process of infusion and making herbal oil to the visiting students . 

During the science activity, students from the different schools of Maria Regina College visited our stand. Our students explained the process of infusion to the other mainstream students. They then demonstrated the process of making herbal oil and how infusion resulted in the scent and taste of the herbs entering the oil and changing its scent and taste.

Once the oil was made, students were given the opportunity to taste the herbal oil made by Wardija students a few months prior to the activity. In order to summarise the event, leaflets that described the process of infusion and gave some informatin on herbal oil were distributed to the visiting students. Wardija students then asked the visiting Teachers whether they would like to purchase a bottle of herbal oil!

New Multi-Sensory Studio completed

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Our Resource Centre can now boast of having the latest state-of-the-art Multi-Sensory studio. Works have been completed by a group of English workmen, directed by Mr. Mike Ayres.

This long dreamt project was possible thanks to funds donated to the Resource Centre by the Wardija Residents Association,  PlayMobil Malta Ltd., Mc. Donald’s, Inner Wheel Club Malta and Express Trailers Ltd..

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A Multi-Sensory Room allows people to explore, learn, understand and communicate more effectively using all the senses they have available. A Multi-Sensory environment offers people wonderfully varied and exciting sensory stimulation. They include specialised equipment for auditory, visual, tactile and olfactory experiences and they can be controlled by anyone, whatever their ability. The studio is equipped with the latest lighting and audio technology, a water bed, bubble tube, optic fibres,  fluorescent ceiling, amongst many others.

Sponsored Walk & Award for Kindness

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The sponsored marathon walk that is annually organized by the Council, was held on Friday, April 29th, in a splendid spell of fine weather. Students had also collected funds and sponsors prior to the walk.

All students, together with staff members, departed for St. Martin’s grotto at around 10a.m. and walked around the surrounding Wardija countryside for about an hour. Holy Mass was celebrated in the grotto by Fr. D. Bellizzi and was animated with various hymns.

After Mass, the ‘Award for Kindness’, that has now been established in the calendar of events, followed. This year, Alison Bugeja of Group C2 was rewarded for her kindness and good deeds. Ms. C. Barbara, her group teacher mentioned the salient positive points that led to her achievement. Accompanied by the Council’s President, Ms. M-V Farrugia, the Head of the Resource Centre, Mr. A. Galea, and her parents, the student was then presented with a commemorative certificate and donated an award by her group staff.

All students walked back to the Centre after this presentation.

One day Retreat at Savio College

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On Tuesday, April 19th, all students of our Resource Centre attended for a one day retreat at Savio College in Dingli. The day started off with the celebration of Holy Mass by Fr. Donald Bellizzi. The live-in students presented some of their work performed during their live-in stay, and a spiritual session, aided by visuals, ensued thanks to Fr. Bellizzi.

After lunch, the day continued with fun games for all at the huge multi-purpose arena situated at the college. Other students preferred to stay outdoors and play basketball. The last day of the Second term was brought to an end with a speech by the Head of the Resource Centre, Mr. A. Galea.

Live-In at Savio College Dingli

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On Monday, April 18th, several students from our Resource Centre attended for a live-in that was held for the third consecutive year. This time, the venue chosen for the live-in was Savio College in Dingli. The live-in was carefully planned and co-ordinated by Mr. S. Cutajar with exceptional collaboration from Ms. L. Attard, Ms. J. Schembri, Ms. S. Schembri, Mr. N. Camilleri and Mr. R. Barun.

The students arrived at Savio College by 10.30a.m. and the programme was followed. It entailed informative and development sessions, dining and cleaning up, recreational periods, games, a walk, visit to a local exhibition, showering, spiritual exercises/ prayers and a small party to finish off the first day.

On the second day, Tuesday 19th April, the rest of the Centre’s students attended for the one day retreat and Holy Mass was celebrated.

Our Lady of Sorrows Mass

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On Friday, April 15th, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows was commemorated with Holy Mass celebrated in the Centre’s Main Hall in collaboration with Stella Maris Primary School, Balzan. Fr. Joe celebrated Mass and students from both Stella Maris School and Wardija Resource Centre participated in the homily. This Mass was also a celebration of diversity, harmony, and a very good example of embracing inclusion in our educational settings.

After Mass, the Wardija students participated in a procession held around the school’s premises. During the procession, our students and the staff recited various prayers and sang together. Some students also presented flowers to Our Lady near each of the seven Holy crosses erected around the premises.

President visits our Resource Centre

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His Excellency Dr.George Abela, President of Malta visited our Resource Centre on April 14th accompanied by Mr. M Testa (College Principal), Dr. G Borg (Director Special & Inclusive Network), Ms. M Vella (Service Manager Special & Inclusive Network) as well as Mr. A Galea (Head of Resource Centre).

His visit started from the foyer where he first met the members of the Council. He later proceeded to the newly functional and refurbished Vocational Units where he met students working with their teachers aided by specialised LSAs. The President was impressed with the work produced by our students and in fact his visit lasted much longer than planned.

Dr. George Abela also visited the Centre’s renowned ‘Holy Week Exhibition’ that each year attracts visitors and many school children. Before leaving the premises, he addressed our delighted students in the Centre’s main reception area and thanked them for making his visit an enjoyable and wonderful experience. A healthy food hamper, pencil drawing and a vase of flowers made of papercraft (all students’ work) were presented to the President who was overjoyed. In turn, he also donated books to the Centre. Students were also given the unique opportunity to take pictures next to the Maltese President.