On Monday 24th October the Youth Worker (Mr. C. Mizzi ), the Vocational Coordinator (Ms. M. Ellul) and another member of staff (Mr. M.P. Bigeni), together with seventeen (17) students went to the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta on the occasion of “Youth Week”. Various organisations and entities put up stalls of interest to youth. The stands visited included FITA, “Kunsill Malti għall-Isport” and the Environmental Landscaping Consortium (ELC). During the latter visit, a very informative talk on various endemic trees was delivered by a very knowledgeable ELC employee. Later on this year, some of the students may have the opportunity to have some work experience at ELC Centre, in Wied Inċita.
On Wednesday, 19th October the Vocational Coordinator, a member of staff and five students attended Mass at Mosta Parish Church. This annual College Mass is celebrated to mark the beginning of a new scholastic year. A representative number of students and staff from various schools forming part of the Maria Regina College were present. Two students from Dun Manwel Attard Young Adult Education Resource Centre together with three other mainstream students went up with the offerings. The Mass was celebrated by Parish Priest, Rev. Mario Tong.
The new scholastic year officially started last Thursday, September 22nd 2011. The students attended school for the first time after the summer recess on Monday, September 26th 2011.
The Head of the Resource Centre, Mr. A. Galea, greeted the students and the Centre’s staff members in the first Assembly held yesterday. He wished for a positive year in all aspects and a continuation of the Programme implemented during the previous scholastic year. Mr. Galea also welcomed Mr. N. Agius, who will eventually take over as the Head of the Centre in year 2012.
On Friday, June 24th, our Resource Centre visited his Excellency Dr. George Abela, President of Malta, following an invitation to visit his Palace in San Anton Gardens at Attard. The highlight of this visit was a small concert that was prepared by our students for the occasion. The percussion band played popular music themes the likes of: “When the Saints go Marching In”, “The Entertainer”, “Pomp and Circumstance” and the popular “Bolero” of M. Ravel. All students played an instrument, some with assistance from the supporting staff. The concert was held in one of the main halls at the President’s residence.
After the performance, Mr. A. Galea, Head of the Resource Centre, made a short speech to describe the work that was carried out during this scholastic year, highlighting the needs of the Resource Centre and of the students in particular. In turn, Dr. Abela also commented on the ability the students followed with precision the beats of the musical items and the perfect co-ordination of the playing. He said he was very happy with the work that is being carried out at our Resource Centre. Later, Nicholas Falzon and Jason Abdilla, two ‘senior’ students, each presented a small gift to the President of Malta. Refreshments followed after the ceremony.
The Wardija Young Adult Resource Centre held its Annual Sports Day on June 23rd, 2011, alongside the Guardian Angel Secondary Resource Centre. Sports Day was held at the Cottonera Sports Arena for all the students, in an atmosphere of fun and entertaining games for all, away from the usual daily routine.
Our students participated in several sport activities such as games involving hoola-hoops, water games, relays, hockey, football and tug-of-war, among others. Accompanying music kept the beat up as the students enjoyed themselves whilst engaging in physical activity.
Sport is being given a lot of promotion nowadays, as it is so important and needed by all students. It forms part of every curriculum that emphasises healthy lifestyles and holistic education. In our Sports Day there were no winners or losers – showing respect to our opponents and fair play were among the virtues the Centre embraces profusely.
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
- Make-Up and Eye-Brow Shaping
- Hand Massage
- Several Food Items for Sale
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.
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.
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.