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Ħondoq activity by GC Qala Primary students

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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!

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!

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2017

World Book and Copyright Day is an opportunity to highlight the power of books to promote our vision of knowledge societies that are inclusive, pluralistic, equitable, open and participatory for all citizens.

It is said that how a society treats its most vulnerable is a measure of its humanity. When we apply this measure to the availability of books to those with visual impairments and those with learning or physical disabilities (with different causes), we are confronted with what can only be described as a ‘book famine’.

According to the World Blind Union approximately one in every 200 people on Earth—39 million of us—cannot see. Another 246 million have severely reduced vision. These ‘visually impaired persons’ or ‘persons with a print disability’ can access an estimated 10% of all written information and literary works that sighted people can read.

Poorly designed or inaccessible books also limit reading and comprehension of those who have learning disabilities. According to the International Dyslexia Association, 3-5 percent of the school population requires special accommodations and support.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Sustainable Development Goals mark a paradigm shift in recognizing the right of disabled people to access books, knowledge and cultural life on an equal basis as others.

With the framework of the convention, UNESCO is working to promote a better understanding of issues related to disability and to mobilize support for the recognition of the dignity, rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities and of the benefits of their integration in society.

This is the spirit guiding Conakry, Guinea, which has been designated World Book Capital 2017, in recognition of its programme to promote reading among youth and underprivileged sections of the population.

With Conarky, and our international partners, the International Publishers Association and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, let us join together to celebrate books as the desire to share ideas and knowledge, to inspire understanding, tolerance and inclusive societies.

This is UNESCO’s message on World Book and Copyright Day.


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.

The Mathracy Project goes ARTistic

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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.

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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