Category Archives: Information for teachers and parents

Il-Programm Aqra Miegħi/Read with Me

L-Agenzija Nazzjonali tal-Litteriżmu fi ħdan il-Ministeru għall-Edukazzjoni u x-Xogħol bi pjaċir tinforma lill-edukaturi u l-ġenituri li l-programm ta’ qari għall-gost għall-familji ta’ trabi u tfal ċkejknin minn 0 sa 3 snin, Aqra Miegħi/Read with Me issa qiegħed isir f’bosta nħawi ta’ Malta u Għawdex.
Fis-sessjonijiet ta’ Aqra Miegħi/Read with Me il-ġenituri/kuraturi u wliedhom jisimgħu storja tinqara minn animatriċi filwaqt li jkantaw, jiżfnu u jagħmlu attivitajiet oħra divertenti marbuta mal-istorja rrakkontata. Il-programm isir kemm bil-Malti kif ukoll bl-Ingliż, f’ħinijiet differenti tal-ġurnata u tul il-ġimgħa kollha, minbarra nhar ta’ Ħadd. L-iskeda tiġi aġġornata f’tarf kull ġimgħa u l-informazzjoni tittella’ fil-paġna tal-Facebook Aqra Miegħi/Read with Me.
Aqra Miegħi/Read with Me qiegħed isir mill-Aġenzija Nazzjonali tal-Litteriżmu bi sħab mal-entità Libreriji Maltin u bl-appoġġ tal-Bank of Valletta. Biex tirriserva post ċempel 2598 2990 jew ibgħat ittra elettronika lil aqra.storja@ilearn.edu.mt.
F’Għawdex il-programm qiegħed isir:
Għajnsielem, l-Għarb, l-Għasri, il-Munxar, in-Nadur, il-Qala, ir-Rabat, San Lawrenz, Ta’ Kerċem, Ta’ Sannat, ix-Xagħra, ix-Xewkija u ż-Żebbuġ.

Developing proper pre-writing skills as a platform to writing

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On Friday 27th October, the Literacy Department within the Gozo College organised a parental session on pre-writing skills, in collaboration with the Occupational Therapy Department within the Gozo General Hospital.  Ms. Elaine Ciantar Head of Department Literacy and Ms. Theresien Mizzi Allied Health Practitioner Occupational Therapist led the session.  Parents were given practical activities on how to help their children enhance their pre writing skills with simple activities which can be carried out at home.  A selection of specific resources which are available at the Gozo Literacy Resource Centre for all educators to use in schools, were shared with the parents.

A booklet with the practical activities was disseminated with parents through the schools. The booklet is also available for download here.

Activities for the Development of Pre-writing and Writing Skills

This parental session is part of an ongoing project between the Literacy Department within the Gozo College and the Occupational Therapy Department within the Gozo General Hospital aiming at helping schools and parents work through a common platform to help the students develop proper pre writing skills as preparation for writing.

Applications for enrolment at The National Sport School (Year 9)

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The National Sport School will receive applications from students who as from next scholastic year wish to pursue their academic studies as well as train in the sport they excel in.

All male and female students from Malta and Gozo, born in 2004, who are currently in their second year at Secondary School and who are deemed talented and highly promising in their field of sport by coaches within their respective National Sport Association, are eligible to apply for entrance into the National Sport School. There are a very limited number of places available at this late entry point. Those who are eventually selected will join the students currently in Year 8 (Form 2) at the National Sport School.

A meeting for parents will be held on:
Date: Thursday 19th January, 2017
Venue: National Sport School, Pembroke
Time: 6:00pm

to discuss in detail the selection process and the entry requirements for the National Sport School.

Applications are open as from Monday 27th February, 2017 and may be obtained from the Customer Care Section, Directorate for Educational Services, Great Siege Road, Floriana or the Education Office, Fortunato Mizzi Street, Victoria, Gozo. Applications can also be accessed online at www.education.gov.mt or on the official school website at http://nss.skola.edu.mt/.

Closing date for submission of applications is noon, Monday 27th March 2017 and these can be submitted at the Customer Care Section, Directorate for Educational Services, Great Siege Road, Floriana or the Education Office, Fortunato Mizzi Street, Victoria, Gozo.

Any queries regarding applications can be referred to the National Sport School (tel: 21370334 / e-mail: scc.standrews.nss@ilearn.edu.mt)

Evening under the Stars at Dwejra, Gozo

The Institute of Space Sciences & Astronomy (ISSA) and the Department of Physics of the University of Malta, in collaboration with The Astronomical Society of Malta and Din l-Art Ħelwa, once again invites the general public to a night under starry skies at one of the few remaining dark sites on our islands: Dwejra in Gozo.

The event will be held on Friday, 30th December at 5:30pm for an overview of the night sky. Astrophysicists and amateur astronomers will be at hand to answer any questions related to astronomy. A telescope will be set up to project live images of celestial objects. In particular, it is expected to obtain some fantastic views of the Orion nebula in all its splendour!
Both adults and especially children and students are welcome to this event. In the event of overcast skies or other unfavourable weather conditions, there will be a line up of astronomy-themed documentaries and talks.
To attend this event, kindly register your name and email address through the following link:

https://goo.gl/forms/5DYtjTuhHpnqOIGG2

Space at the tower is limited and acceptance will be on a first-come, first served basis. Kindly note that the “path” up to Dwejra Tower is steep and uneven. It may not be suitable for persons with mobility issues. Also ascending or descending in the dark is potentially hazardous so extreme care should be taken and it is advisable to carry a torch.

International KA1 courses in Lisbon (Portugal), Joensuu (Finland), Reykjavik (Iceland), Gozo (Malta) and Slovenia (Ljubljana)

International Courses 

Supported and funded by the Erasmus+ Programme KA1 “Mobility of Learners and Staff”

www.erasmusplus-ist.eu

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Experience Learning in an International Context!

Dear friends and colleagues

We have a long-lasting tradition and experience in international courses within the Erasmus+ programme.

All our courses are centred on the important issue of improving the overall educational quality of your school or organisation.

Click on the title to open the website page. Every course is also registered in the EU School Education Gateway.

Differentiated Evaluation (May 2017, Lisbon – Beach, Portugal)

Diversity is part of today’s society. More and more, these differences can be seen in the classroom. An efficient approach of diversity needs to be based on the recognition of those differences. The teaching processes, the teaching methods and evaluation methods have to evolve with the changes that are noticed in the classroom. This 4 days course aims at introducing and implementing differentiated methods of pupils and students evaluation.

During the course, there is a study visit to a Portuguese school that is fully engaged in looking at differences as an opportunity for educational innovation.

Teach, Learn and Quality (Lisbon Beach, Portugal)

In education, quality is essential. In this course, three different aspects of that quality are dealt with: its structure, the human element and the part of the school team.

The course tries to reveal the importance of getting the whole school team involved in the implementation of the schools’ educational quality programme.

Finnish Lessons for European schools (Joensuu, Finland)

Participants in this course will learn all about the Finnish educational system by visiting schools with an outstanding quality development plan in Joensuu North-Karelia (Finland).
Finland’s answer to educational reform results in a high learning output.

STE(A)M: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (Lisbon – South Bank, Portugal)

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are crucial keystones in today’s society.
In current curricula and educational systems, there is a tendency to integrate these subjects into one approach: STEM.
Proof has already been given that this methodology hugely enhances the student’s motivation.

Diversity in Education (Lisbon Centre,  Portugal)

In this course, participants will learn how to deal with diversity in an educational environment, they will experience it within the course and will learn to consider it a meaningful challenge.
Coping with diversity is a way of looking at different people in another way, especially in times when schools are being confronted with inclusion and pupils with lots of diverse backgrounds.

During this course, we provide the knowledge, skills and attitudes the participants need to cope with diversity.

Teaching Tomorrow (Gozo, Malta)

Schools are facing many changes that have an impact on all levels and for all stakeholders.
Inspirational and strategic leadership provides a vision and direction towards effectiveness and success.  Participants will get to know new teaching and learning methods that face the educational challenges of the future.

The power of non-formal learning (Lisbon – South Bank, Portugal)

Methods of so-called non-formal learning can help to improve the students’ learning mood and motivation a lot.
Participants will discover several approaches to non-formal education, gain knowledge and experience several of these methods.

Meta Learning and Thinking Skills (Reykjavik – Iceland)

The course focuses on the necessary thinking processes needed when learning.
It deals with different thinking frameworks, e.g. Bloom’s taxonomy, ‘structured thinking’ by De Bono, critical thinking, growth mind set, philosophy, meta-learning and other major thinking frames.

Assessment and evaluation for effective learning (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Learning is an individual, complex and to some extent unpredictable process. Can evaluation also support this learning process? We focus on 5 strategies: sharing learning objectives and criteria for success, organizing classroom activities that elicit evidence of learning, providing appropriate feedback, stimulating students to learn from each other and activating students as owners of their own learning process.

Inclusion in Early Childhood Primary Education (Groningen, The Netherlands)

For the period 2015-2030, the UN focuses on sustainable development goals such as educational quality, gender equity and social inclusion on all educational levels.

This course is the result of a recent ERASMUS+ KA2 project combining input and best practices from the UK, Turkey, Lithuania, Denmark, Portugal, The Netherlands and Flanders (BE) for children between 2.5 and 10 years old.

The course content is structured along six important keys: a holistic view on development, how to make adjustments, improving collaboration, enhancing communication, reflecting on and editing the school ethos.

Motivate Students of Technical and Vocational Education (Example of course on demand/Brugge, Flanders – Belgium)

The students’ motivation can be a challenging educational issue, especially in technical or vocational schools.
Motivation is a very complex notion and needs a holistic approach; the ‘self-determination’ theory offers some solutions.

More detailed information can be found on our website where we explain the content, programme and all practicalities.

You can find the profile of our in-service training organisation on this web page and on the European Gateway.

The website also informs and guides you through the process of application. Have a look at http://erasmusplus-ist.eu/procedure

To get an idea of some courses, have a look at the photoblog of Teach, Learn and Quality and our Facebook page.

The courses take place as a residential seminar of 5 or 4 days in a delightful hotel situated in interesting cities such as Lisbon (Portugal), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Joensuu (Finland), Gozo (Malta) or Reykjavik (Iceland).

Erasmus+ offers you the possibility to attend the course with a team of your school.

We offer a flexible cost structure (€ 785, € 945 and € 1250) allowing you to select the package that fits best your personal or schools’ situation.

In addition we offer a supplementary discount when you select a double room.

All courses can be funded as a KA1 learning mobility. The grant covers: travel, accommodation, subsistence, organization fee. The request is to be sent to your Erasmus+ National Agency.

The new deadline for application is February 2nd 2017 (12.00 h CET).

If you are interested in one or more courses, you can make a pre-registration using the appropriate link on the web or by clicking here.

Shortly after pre-registration, you will receive supportive documents and information helping you to apply for funding.

Don’t hesitate to contact us in case of doubt or if you need additional information.

Kind regards,

The course directors, Wim Simoens and Peter Van de Moortel

Gozo College Heads meet to propose targets for the next 3-year period

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The Council of Heads within the Gozo College met together with the College Principal Mr Victor Galea to work on priority areas which will form the Gozo College Development plan for 2017-2020. The College comprises of 13 state schools in Gozo – 11 primary schools, a Middle and a Secondary School.

After reviewing the Mission and Vision of the College, Heads of Schools worked together to identify main areas in which the Gozo College is performing very well, amongst which are the results of the national benchmarks exams.  They also identified other areas in which the College requires further development.  The focus was on opportunities for the next 3-year period as well as the recognition of new realities in Gozo, including the demographic and population changes as well as the increase of European and Third Country nationals who are registering their children in Gozitan state schools.

“This fruitful discussion amongst our educational leaders brought forward the basis of the College Development Plan for the next 3-year period” informed Mr Victor Galea. “We identified and agreed upon 8 priority areas including: Leadership and Governance, Training, the Curriculum, Support Services, Policies based on the Respect for All framework, Resources, Schools Refurbishments and Public Relations.”

Gozo College Xewkija Primary Open Day

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Gozo College Xewkija Primary School on Monday, 5th December held a colourful programme on its recently innovated school premises to celebrate the Open and Celebration Day.

The day kicked off by students who sang the Gozo College and the Xewkija hymn while directed by the music teacher.  The junior students presented a number in the hall with the theme of diversity and inclusion entitled “Hello to all the Children of the World” to mark the occasion.

At the outset, school Headmistress Ms Frankline Zammit Galea, welcomed the guests and listed the achievements of the institution. The audience who included parents and carers of students and also parents of future students who at presently are under threes,  listened with rapt attention. Oher Heads of schools also visited and took part in the event.

The students who are council members council members (empowered and lead by the PSCD teachers) were also hustling and bustling in the school kitchen to see to the healthy food being distributed to all the students of the school.  The peripatetic teacher of “The Catch them Young” programme also animated an activity to inform parents and children about healthy lifestyles.  Parents were participating in class lessons or activities which this year were centered around Guided Maths and Science.   We had other entities outside the school such as a gym instructor, a nutritionist and the Xewkija Tigers Trainers who organised activities so that students and adults joined in and had a thorough workout.  The Gozo College Principal, Mr Victor Galea handed the certificates to all students who set for the annual exams and wrapped up the certificate ceremony by emphasising that such events and the progress of the school is the result of collaboration among all stake holders.