Category Archives: Out of schools activities

Cittadella Maths Trail

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The aim of this activity, the Cittadella Maths trail, is for the students to use the Mathematics that they learn in the classroom and to apply it in real life situations.  During the trail, the students were engaged in a number of mathematical activities prepared for them by the Gozo College Secondary School Mathematics teachers.

Around sixty students, from the Gozo College Secondary School and also from the Gozo College Middle School took part in the event.  The students, divided in groups, had to work on a number of activities collaboratively.  These activities were spread over various places around Cittadella, such as at the square and in the streets, on the bastions, at the Archaeology Museum and also at the Gran Castello Historic House.

The students had to use their problem solving and mathematical skills to find a solution for the problems prepared for them.  This activity helped the students realise that Mathematics is used in everyday life, thus making it more tangible and valid.  Moreover, it helped to foster problem-solving skills and collaborative work.

The Cittadella Maths Trail took place on 10th April 2017.

Mathracy Event

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The Gozo College  once more organised a popularization event for year 6 students and their parents/guardians at the Calypso Hotel.  During this event, pupils applied the 21st Century skills in context: namely Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity.  This was an opportunity to transfer these skills in cross curricular tasks linked to Mathematics, Literacy and PSCD components . 

The event was held between 16th to 20th January 2017.

 

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.

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 Secondary School EkoSkola projects

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The Gozo College Secondary School EkoSkola team took part in four projects, namely: beachcleaning, the making of a Christmas tree and decorations from packaging cardboard, Wasteserv talks for parents and students and paper shredding for animal bedding.

For the beach cleaning project, the team went to Dwejra, San Lawrenz. Among the waste collected there were both plastic and glass bottles, cardboard, disposable coffee cups, broken glass, plastic bags and other similar material. The waste was gathered in large bags and then it was sorted into the respective recycling bins at Dwejra. Judging by the litter collected it was clear to the team that this place has rarely been cleaned, even though it is one of the main attractions that tourists visit when they come to Gozo.

For the second project the EkoSkola team built a Christmas tree from packaging cardboard boxes. These boxes were supplied by retailers who sell white goods and other cumbersome items. The finished Christmas tree was decorated with cardboard decorations as well and is now displayed in the school foyer as part of the Christmas decorations. It will be stored during the year to be reused for future Christmases.

The third project consisted of talks given by Wasteserv to parents and students. A Wasteserv representative came to our school to discuss issues related to waste, mainly Organic waste. In order to be more effective, these talks were spread out in three days so each talk was given to a group of 50 students.

The fourth and last project had to do with paper shredding for animal bedding. The team had the task of collecting used papers, old newspapers and magazines from other students and teachers, from their home and from school. The accumulated material was then shredded to be spread out under the animals’ hooves to keep the ground dry.

Cafe Scientifique Gozo

Café Scientifique is the forum for discussion of scientific research and issues in an informed but informal way in a café atmosphere. The Gozo branch runs monthly at Ta Philip’s Candle Lounge and welcomes attendance and input from any Gozo College staff members or older students, particularly those involved in science.  Next session falls on 14th December. Fore more information please visit the link below:

https://www.meetup.com/Cafe-Scientifique-Gozo/

Budding Rockstars

“Budding Rockstars” is a conference, organised by the Malta Communications Authority (MCA) in collaboration with the Edward de Bono Institute, on entrepreneurship and creative innovation that was exclusively targeted at Malta’s brightest young minds. Top achieving Fifth Form students (15-16 year-old) from all over Malta and Gozo were introduced to the exciting world of entrepreneurship and innovation through panel discussions, presentations and group activities. 8 students on behalf of the Gozo College took part in this initiative. They participated in interactive sessions with emerging and established entrepreneurs from all over Europe, and in workshops that stimulated their creative thinking abilities and fostered an entrepreneurial mindset.

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LGBTIQ Seminar

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The Gozo College together with the Student Services Department organized a one day seminar regarding LGBTIQ challenges in our schools.  Guidance teachers and psycho-social team personnel within the college took an active part in workshops and discussions which made them more aware of how they can help LGBTIQ students reach full equality within our schools.

Gozo College Career Exposure Experience

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Between the 14th and the 18th of November, all form 4 students from the Gozo College Secondary School will be experiencing the world of work during their Career Exposure Experience (CEE). A total of 89 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.