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.
On Tuesday, April 12th, Ms. Anne Agius and Ms. Carmen Scerri from the WE FUND committee that was set up on behalf of PlayMobil Malta Ltd. employees, presented a donation of €10,000 to our Resource Centre.
Mr. A Galea (Head of the Wardija Resource Centre) accepted the donation and thanked PlayMobil Malta on behalf of the students at the Centre, for their initiative to set up a fund that assists persons in need of a deserving cause. Our students will be benefiting from this money which will be adequately used to complete and furnish the centre’s Multi-Sensory Studio.
The Young Adult Education Resource Centre in Wardija is once again hosting its annual ‘Holy Week Exhibition’ being held during this period of contemplation about the Passion of our Saviour Jesus Christ, just before Easter is celebrated by the Christian Church.
Each year, new depictions are inserted to enhance the quality of such exhibition that is put up by specialised staff members, with great help and enthusiasm from our students. Exhibits include the Last Supper table, Jewish food during the Last Supper, Rice plates, the Tomb as well as statuettes displaying the last moments before Jesus Christ died on the Holy cross. The Daily Living Area has also been transformed into a devotion area in which the sepulchre is exposed.
Today, April 6th, the exhibiton was inaugurated by the Head of the Resource Centre and 120 children from Żabbar Primary school attended. The President of Malta, the Hon. Dr. George Abela will be also visiting this exhibition on April 14th. It is encouraged to pay a visit to this unique exposition that involved several weeks of work and preparation by those involved. The exhibition is open during school hours, everyday till Friday, April 15th 2011 and those interested in visiting should make contact with the Resource Centre administration.
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The Wardija Visual Approach Working Group was launched today, March 25th at our Resource Centre. This group was formed thanks to a collaborative effort between the ASST (Autism Spectrum Support Team) and ACTU (Access to Communication and Technology Unit) staff, the Resource Centre’s Occupational and Speech therapists and members of staff to promote a more visual environment in the Centre.
The group is composed of Ms A Gauci and Ms E Pisani (ASST), Ms K Busuttil (Speech & Language Pathologist), Ms E Zahra (ACTU/ Occupational Therapist), Ms A Tanti, Mr S Cutajar, Ms C M Pace Gellel (Teachers) and Ms A-M Vassallo, Ms M Falzon and Ms M Olivari (LSAs). They are to ensure smooth co-ordination for the implementation of a better environment, visually.
A Turkish delegation from ARKeurope visited our Resource Centre this morning. The delegation was led by Ms Marika Fenech representing the Maltese Host organization. Mr Vincent Borg (Consultant within the Education Ministry), Ms Mervin Vella (Service Manager Special Education & Resource Centres) and Mr Anthony Galea Head of Resource Centre welcomed the delegation and gave a thorough explanation about the programme adopted at the Resource Centre.
CARNIVAL PAINTING AND CRAFT COMPETITION 2011
The Prize Giving Ceremony for the CARNIVAL PAINTING AND CRAFT COMPETITION 2011 took place on Friday 4th March at 10.30 a.m. at the Foyer of the Education Directorates, Floriana.
Four students from our Resource Centre together with two members of staff attended this Prize Giving ceremony and all students were presented their certificate of participation.
Five (5) students from our Resource Centre were selected to support the Women’s National team who played Georgia in a European qualifier. The match was played on a beautiful sunny day on March 3rd, at the local Centenary Stadium in Ta’ Qali.
Our students were very enthusiastic and held banners as well as the local flag amid chants of “Forza Malta”. The students were accompanied by Mr P Demanuele (PE teacher) and Mr S Cutajar (PSD teacher). For some of the students this was their first ever experience in a football stadium and they enjoyed themselves very much showing keen interest to learn more about the game of football. Luckily, the Malta girls deservedly won this match with a late injury-time goal, much to delight of those present, including many other students from local Primary and Secondary schools.
Result: Malta 1 Georgia 0
On a sunny Winter’s day, Thursday January 13th, a group of senior (‘C’ group) students were invited for the ceremony of the 1000th tree being planted at the Salina Natural Park, St. Paul’s Bay, in a project involving several companies, entities and also schools/ education centres. Each of these organisations participated in the National 34U campaign. This campaign is reaping the desired fruit as our environment will look better if greener. Students are also taught that trees supply oxygen and reduce the amount of carbon-dioxide that is harming our planet and causing climate change due to excessive emissions.
Our Resource Centre participated in this event, and the students had the opportunity to plant young trees and also speak to the Minister for Rural Affairs, Hon. Dr. George Pullicino, MP.
On Wednesday, January 12th 2011, the Hon. Minister Dolores Cristina visited our Resource Centre. She was accompanied by Mr G Borg, Director Student Services, Mr V Borg, Consultant to the Ministry about the Resource Centre Programme, Mr M Testa, College Principal, Ms M Vella, Service Manager Student Services, Mr M Schiavone, Public Relations Officer at the Ministry and the Head of the Resource Centre, Mr A Galea.
The Minister visited the various areas within the Wardija Young Adult Education Resource Centre, ranging from the rooms where Personal Development sessions are held, the ICT room, the Vocational Units, the Hand-Crafts area, the Daily Living Unit, the Opti-Music room, the Heavy Equipment therapy room and the Gym. The delegation also showed the Minister around ongoing works being held within the Resource Centre on the Multi-Sensory studio. The Minister also assisted for a short video that explained the day-to-day running of the new programme that is currently being implemented at the Centre. A particular student, on behalf of his fellow students, donated a basket full of agricultural products to the Minister of Education. These products were prepared by the students themselves, during sessions held within the Gardening Vocational Unit with the help of their teachers and LSAs. Another student also presented the Minister with one of his pencil drawings. The Minister enjoyed her visit to the extent that she did not want to leave. She is very satisfied with the work that is being carried out at the Dun Manwel Attard Young Adult Education Resource Centre.
Our Resource Centre held its annual Christmas Concert on 17th December, 2010 during which Mr Anthony Galea, head of the Resource Centre accepted a donation of €24,500 from Mc Donald’s Malta Marketing executive Natasha Giorgio. The donation was a result of the proceeds collected in this year’s Mc Happy Day fund-raising programme held on November 20th, 2010.