Next Saturday 1st of July, the Ministry for Education and Employment will be organising the Ichoose convention.
The ‘I choose’ event is an excellent opportunity for all the students to obtain all the necessary information to be able to plan their career paths and learn more about what courses are available. Career stands including 6th form institutions amongst others will be present on the day. A number of career talks and career games will be taking place all throughout the event. Students can set an appointment for a career session with a career practitioner by calling on 99914356.
The Kercem Primary School within the Gozo College participated in an Art competition called My Favourite Maltese Butterfly, organized by St Vincent de Paul Long-term Care Facility.
Amy Spiteri, a Yr 5 student was awarded the 3rd prize. She was given a €100 book voucher and the school is to be awarded a €500 to organise an intergenerational activity.
The prize winning ceremony was held on Friday 28th April, 2017 by Hon Justyne Caruana, Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing, marking the European Day for Intergenerational Solidarity and on the occasion of St Vincent de Paul’s Long-term Care Facility’s 125th anniversary.
Before the awards took place, students were divided into groups and several activities were organised for them. One group visited Cat Cafe, where students patted kittens and a short talk by Animal Guardians Malta followed. Another group planted indigenous trees and then Dr Brian Farrugia delivered a short talk. Other students visited some wards.
It was a positive learning experience for all.
On Tuesday 9th May 2017 one hundred and ten students attending Qala Primary School participated in organised activities at Ħondoq Bay. The activities were hands-on and everyone enjoyed learning in the beautiful environment, which this picturesque bay offers. Students in Year 3 and Kinder showed us their artistic skills by using the natural backdrop to inspire them to paint their own seaside picture. Students in Years 1 & 2 enjoyed listening to a story about fish. Apart from participating by predicting what might happen next, they also created the main character in the story – using colourful paper and their cutting skills.
Older students showed everyone that they are growing into responsible citizens who want a cleaner environment for the benefit of everyone’s health. Some of them participated in a clean-up activity. Apart from enjoying themselves using the hand pickers, they provided a cleaner bay for the general public. Although the bay is cleaned on a daily basis, there still is a small number of persons who haven’t learned to clean up behind them.
Ħondoq Bay is the perfect place where one can spot Comino and our Year 4 students had the opportunity to participate in a Social Studies lesson where they managed to talk about the islands and buildings they could spot. They identified the Comino Tower as an old fortification which was used to guard our islands against enemies. These students also participated in a literacy session with a difference. They practised their listening and speaking skills with a native speaker in the outdoors whilst enjoying the light breeze.
Ħondoq is also home to different species of plants, which the Year 5 and Year 6 students had the opportunity to observe in detail. They went for a nature walk and spotted many plants. The questions they had were answered by an expert in the field and they were impressed at the different number of plants they saw, most of which were new for a lot of them.
Kinder students also participated in Maths activities with a beach theme, where they sorted small, big and medium pebbles into colourful pails. Students in Year 1 and Year 2 even tried their adding skills by choosing two numbered pebbles which together made the number 10 and later 20. Of course we couldn’t leave out staying healthy through fun and so one could see a station with colourful Physical Education Equipment, where the students enjoyed the games prepared for them.
Later, the Kinder students were busily investigating their shadows on white paper. They enjoyed moving their hands and seeing their shadows move too. Some older students sprang to action and traced the younger students’ shadows. It was a tough job with all the movement. But it was a job well done and our youngsters then enjoyed filling in their traced shadows using sponges and colours.
Our main aim – that of an enjoyable cross-curricular learning experience for all – was achieved. What a day! The smiles on the children’s faces said it all. This activity will surely go down in our calendar as a yearly event. Well done to all persons involved who contributed in one way or another to make this activity such a success!
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The Gozo College organised a Mathracy event for Year 1 students and their parents at Lunzjata Valley between the 20th and 24th March. The event The Mathracy project goes ARTistic was organised by the Literacy Department, Maths Support Teachers and the Art Teachers for Early Years, within the Gozo College. Throughout the event, parents were invited to participate in a short meeting where ideas on how to engage students in activities which help them develop further their literacy and Mathematical skills, using everyday objects, were given in order to bridge learning with real life experiences. Parents and students engaged in four hands-on workshops animated by the Head of Department Literacy, Complementary Teachers, the Literacy Support Teachers, the Maths Support Teachers and the Art Teachers. The workshops were a showcase of how blended learning (where Literacy, Maths and Art concepts are embedded together) can take place in a natural setting.
Feedback gathered from parents who were present for the event was once again positive and it showed eagerness for similar events in the future.
This scholastic year the Gozo College developed three Mathracy events; an event for Year 6 students where Maths and Literacy skills were blended with PSCD, an event for the Year 3 students where Maths and Literacy skills were blended with Drama and this third event for Year 1 students.
The Maths and Literacy Teams within the Gozo College look forward to further Mathracy events which empower students to experience learning through a holistic approach.
On Friday, 24th March, 2017 the second phase of the ATQuadKids was held.
Selected children from each school participated in 4 events;
- 600 metre Run
- 60 metre Sprint
- Standing Broad Jump
- Shot Put Throw
Students who qualified will be participating in the finals which will be help on the 21st April, 2017 in Malta.
Between the 13th and the 17th of March, all Year 10 students from the Gozo College Middle School have experienced the world of work during their Career Exposure Experience (CEE). A total of 65 students have been assigned a professional work placement according to their preferences and likings.
From the health sector to the hospitality industry, from the business world to that of ICT, these opportunities are unique as they give each and every student the chance to be self-sufficient and independent. The aim of this activity is to give students the chance to shadow an occupation from first-hand, as well as the process they need to undergo when applying for a job.
We are assured that this experience will prove beneficial for these students, in their path to become an integral part of our working economy. We feel that such an experience is of paramount importance in our student’s holistic development, as it narrows the gap between the work environment and education; linking the classroom with the place of work.