Kreattiv – Pottery Sessions – Ms Sue Mifsud

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With past experience in teaching ceramics and working with people with disabilities I was pleased to be invited by the school, in May of last year, to put forward a proposal to take part in a Kreattiv funded project.  After the proposal was accepted and a newly refurbished, well equipped pottery room organised, classes began in November last year.   It was agreed that I would be working with the lower ability students on one day of the week, giving two one hour sessions.

To date I have taught 24 classes and feel very rewarded by the accomplishments of the students.  The participation of each has increased ever week as they have become familiar and confident with the clay.  We see them carrying out many small and even large tasks by themselves and the creations they produce are becoming more and more their own pieces of work.  I have insisted that the items produced need not be beautiful or perfect, instead we are aiming for the work to be a means of self-expression.  The LSAs, many of whom had also not worked with clay, are now greatly contributing to the students’ freedom to work under their own steam and in their own way.

Clay is a very tactile, versatile medium and I think it is offering those attending classes a chance to explore the sense of touch and by learning and using a variety of techniques, many of which are transferable to other areas of life, they are making a permanent reminder of that experience.

DofE – Camping 09/10th May 2015

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The Centre’s students that are running for the Duke of Edinburgh Award participated in a ‘Sleepover at Centre’ on the 9th/10th May 2015. The students pitched their own tents, used camping stoves to prepare their own meals and spent an evening at the Resource Centre camping as a team. Here they had the opportunity to practice the skills they have been training for throughout the year in preparation for their much anticipated Adventurous Journey where they will participate in an exploratory, independent camping activity.

Dinja Waħda Project – Comino – 30.04.15

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On Thursday 30th April, a number of students were chosen to visit Comino as part of Dinja Waħda project. The students had the opportunity to explore Comino, appreciate nature and observe the process of Bird Ringing. First, we stopped at St. Mary’s bay. From there, we walked along Comino where we came across different plants, flowers, trees such as the banana tree, and also different birds. We had a picnic, then we continued our walk and stopped at the Bird Ringing Centre. The students observed the process of how a number of people record the type of birds that pass over Comino and the time of year they pass by. They weigh the birds and put a ring to them. The students also came across the Maltese Wall Lizard which was found next to this Centre. Afterwards, we walked back to the bay and boarded the boat. On our way to Ċirkewwa, we had the opportunity to pass by Blue Lagoon and also pass by several caves, cliffs and also St. Mary’s tower.

Botanic Garden – St. Vincent de Paul – 29.04.15

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On Wednesday 29th April, a number of students from Ekoskola team were invited to attend St. Vincent de Paul’s Botanic Garden Opening Ceremony. This was a result of the Centre’s initiative to plant herb plants and trees in one of the areas found in the residence as part of LEAF Project and in collaboration with the Job Exposure Scheme (JES) Team. A number of students from other schools were also present together with a number of residents. A student from our centre had the opportunity to deliver a speech in which she talked about her fruitful experience at St. Vincent de Paul. The students were presented with a medal by Hon. Dr Justyne Caruana as a recognition of their participation in this initiative. They also had the opportunity to meet Ira Losco, the Ambassador of Sustainable Development.