Category Archives: In schools activities

Basketball in Schools: Gozo Pilot Project

Gozo College Ghajnsielem Primary School

Gozo College Ta’ Kercem Primary School

Gozo College Middle School

Gozo College Nadur Primary School

Il-mod meqjus kif jiġi żviluppat il-Litteriżmu: Ġimgħa Letterarja fl-iskola tax-Xewkija

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L-iskola Primarja tax-Xewkija ppreparat ġimgħa letterarja ma’ żewġ awturi; is-Sur Justin Debono u s-Sinjura Jennifer Peresso li t-tnejn li huma jiffurmaw parti mit-tim tal-litteriżmu tal-Kulleġġ ta’ Għawdex.

F’din il-ġimgħa ż-żewġ awturi żviluppaw attivitajiet varji ta’ litteriżmu b’mod meqjus, mibnija fuq il-kotba li huma kitbu u ddisinjaw. L-istudenti kollha tal-iskola ħadu sehem f’dawn l-attivitajiet.  Matul din il-ġimgħa t-tfal ipparteċipaw f’sessjonijiet ta’ qari għall-gost, qari flimkien, kitba kreattiva forma ta’ poeżija kif ukoll f’forma narrattiva u f’sessjonijiet tad-drama u krafts li kollha ġew mibnija fuq storja.

L-istudenti kellhom ukoll l-opportunita` li jesperjenzaw mill-qrib il-proċess meħtieġ biex jinkiteb u jiġi ddisinjat ktieb. Din l-esperjenza hi parti mill-ħidma li l-iskola qed tagħmel biex tħeġġeġ lill-istudenti irawwmu l-imħabba lejn il-qari.

Get caught reading! The Reading Stars campaign

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Tristian Saliba, a Year 4 student at Kercem Primary was caught reading in the school playground during break time and was awarded the title of Reading Star.  As a prize he was given an achievement letter and a book voucher sponsored by Merlin Library so that he can continue to foster his love for reading.

The Reading Stars campaign was launched by the National Literacy Agency in collaboration with the Department of Curriculum Management, to promote a love for reading anywhere, anytime.  Students are promoted as role models when they read in public spaces.

The Literacy Department within the Gozo College is on the lookout to catch more Reading Stars across the College!

Short Golf introductory course and session

On Monday 3rd April 2017, 9 teachers from the Gozo College underwent a Short Golf introductory course given by Chris Smith.

Mr William N. Beck, President of The Malta Golf Association was also present.

The following day, Chris Smith and Tony Howarth delivered Short Golf Sessions in 3 Gozo College primary schools; Xaghra, Sannat and Victoria.

Special thanks to the Malta Golf Association.

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Digital Maths Week, 13th – 17th March 2017

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  • Pro-bots
  • Bee-bot
  • Classcomm Voting System
  • Constructa-bot
  • Talking Book
  • Interactive Whiteboards
  • Touchscreen Boards
  • Laptops

Isn’t this a long list?

All these tools have to do with information and communication technology (ICT) and through our Maths Support Teacher we are integrating mathematics and technology.  During this week, all classes from kindergarten to year 6 class are incorporating one or more of the above tools in maths lessons to teach mathematical concepts, that include: angles, money area, perimeter, capacity, sequences, compass direction angles and turns, number recognition, value and 2D-shapes and colours.

Hence, ICT is not replacing but being used to enhance student understanding of basic maths concepts.

But one may ask, “Why taking the trouble of googling the Internet to find out how to use these robots in lessons (not only in mathematics), as if we do not get by if we stave off ICT?”

One must not forget, that the world is changing, and we have to change (evidently, not abandon what we have learnt), rising up to the different opportunities that come in our way and bravely give a chance to our students to at least be aware of diverse methods of learning.  Surely nobody likes spotting one’s country hit rock bottom placing when listed with other countries.

These are only a couple (the list of benefits is much longer) of findings by Becta (2003) that summarised the key benefits of using ICT during lessons: “ICT promotes greater collaboration among students and encourages communication and the sharing of knowledge.  ICT gives rapid and accurate feedbacks to students and this contributes towards positive motivation. It also allows them to focus on strategies and interpretations of answers …”

So, why not using the ICT tools if we have them provided by the Education Division?

To top it off, at Xewkija primary school, TOGETHER we always try to bring learning to LIFE.

Presentation of Christmas Crib Competition Winners

Students from the Gozo College, as well as those attending church schools who participated in the Christmas Crib Competition organized by the Projects and Initiatives Section within the Student Services Department were acknowledged during a brief presentation ceremony on Wednesday 18th January.  Participation certificates were awarded to all those who took part, while winners were presented with book vouchers.  Dr Denise Mifsud praised the students’ work and encouraged such initiatives promoting extra-curricular activities that enhance the students’ holistic development.

Crib Competition
Presentation of Christmas Crib Competition Winners

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 or on the official school website at

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:

Gozo Live Gozo College Writing Event

The 2016 Gozo Live Gozo College Writing Participation concluded with an event at the Secondary School on Friday 9th December.  A large number of students who had entered the participation, their family members and teachers attended.  Selected students were asked to read excerpts from their work.

This year there were a total of 88 entries to the writing participation.  Earlier in the year the creative writing award event was held.

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All students who entered the participation received a certificate, judge’s comments on their entries and a copy of edition 3 of ‘Young Writers of Gozo’. Additional copies of this book are available from the schools. Students who did not attend on Friday can collect their certificates and books from the school.

Two leading publishers also attended the event and held a mini book fair. One of the books on sale was ‘Escape’ the latest book published by 6th Form student Corrine Zahra.

Rules for the 2017 creative writing award competition and the writing participation are now available.  These can be obtained from the schools or from the Gozo Live page on face book or by emailing

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.