The Literacy Department within the Gozo College in collaboration with the Occupational Therapy Department of the Gozo General Hospital organised two parental meetings aimed at K1 parents of students attending the Gozo College schools and Gozo church schools. Ms. Elaine Ciantar, Head of Department Literacy and Ms. Theresien Mizzi, Occupational Therapist shared with parents practical activities they can develop with their children at home to help them enhance their gross motor and fine motor skills in preparation for the development of writing.
A selection of resources currently available in the Kindergarten classes of the Gozo College were also shown to parents. These resources are being shared amongst the Kindergarten classes through a rotation system and they allow for a hands-on approach to teach pre-writing skills. The College embarked on a multisensory approach to develop pre-writing skills in the Kindergarten classes where students are being exposed to different forms and textures for that special tactile input.
A booklet (Activities for the development of pre writing and writing skills) summarising the practical activities which can be done at home was given to parents through the individual schools.
Layshia-Rose Camilleri, a Year 2 student from the Gozo College Qala Primary is the first student from the Gozo College Primary schools to be awarded the title of Reading Star. 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.
Layshia- Rose was nominated by her teacher, Ms. Tracy Vella Haber and she was ‘caught reading’ while her peers were doing some class work with the teacher. Layshia-Rose fosters a love for reading and she takes every opportunity to stop and read. She was awarded a letter of achievement and a book voucher sponsored by Merlin Library.
More nominations are welcome. We look forward to catch more reading stars and promote more students as reading role models.
On the 1st of March the Gozo College has hosted a meeting between the Gozo Business Chamber and the Gozo Tourism Association. The aim of this meeting was to provide information about the various initiatives that the Gozo College is taking towards career development for Gozitan students such as the Career Orientation Visits, the Career Exposure Experience and the introduction of VET subjects and On-Site lessons at MCAST/ITS – Gozo Campus. The Gozo Business Chamber and Gozo Tourism Association have pledged their support towards such initiatives in order to encourage more Gozitan students take the vocational route. During this meeting, the Minister for Education and Employment, Hon. Evarist Bartolo encouraged all parties to work together in order to safeguard the future of the Gozitan industry.
Every year World Read Aloud Day calls for global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.
World Read Aloud Day is
Thursday, February 16, 2017
World Read aloud Day motivates children, teens and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. World Read Aloud is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries. All schools are being invited to participate in the celebration.
Schedule of School Visits by the New Gozo College Principal Dr. Denise Mifsud;
11th January 2017 –
- Gozo College Xewkija Primary School
- Gozo College Ta’ Kercem Primary School
12th January 2017 – Gozo College Secondary School, Victoria
16th January 2017 – Gozo College Qala Primary School
19th January 2017 –
- Gozo College Sannat Primary School & Special Unit
- Gozo College Ghajnsielem Primary School
20th January 2017 – Gozo College Zebbug Primary School