Gozo College Career Exposure Experience

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.

Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem

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Din is-sena ser jerġa’ jittella’ Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem. Kif naħseb taf, din hi attrazzjoni partikulari għal żmien il-Milied, presepju ħaj mibni fi spazju kbir fl-inħawi magħrufa Ta’ Passi fir-raħal ta’ Għajnsielem Għawdex. Meta wieħed iżur il-post, malajr isib ruħu fl-ambjent ta’ aktar minn elfejn sena ilu, fil-belt fejn twieled Ġesu’. Wieħed jista’ jammira fost l-oħrajn il-forn, il-ħanut tal-ħaddied, dak tal-mastrudaxxa, l-għar tar-ragħajja, is-suq, il-lukanda, imma fuq kollox l-għar fejn seħħ it-twelid ta’ Ġesu’ Bambin.

Għat-tfal tal-iskejjel, il-presepju ħaj ser ikun animat f’dawn il-ġranet u ħinijiet:
It-Tlieta 20 u l-Erbgħa 21 ta’ Diċembru bejn id-9.30am u n-12.30pm. Id-dħul hu mingħajr ħlas.

Jekk tixtieq li xi klassijiet mill-iskola tiegħek iżuru Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem fil-ġranet indikati, kull ma għandek tagħmel hu li tibgħat e mail lil Lelio Spiteri fuq lelio.spiteri@ilearn.edu.mt u tindika l-ġurnata u l-ħin meta t-tfal tal-iskola tiegħek jixtiequ jagħmlu ż-żjara. Id-dħul huwa bla ħlas.

Bookings jibqgħu miftuħa sat-30 ta’ Novembru 2016.

9th Malta Mathematics Olympiad

The Department of Curriculum Management (DCM) within the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education would like to bring to the attention of teachers of Mathematics that the one-day biennial Mathematics Olympiad which is being organised by the Mathematics Department within the DCM will be held on Tuesday, 28th March 2017.

Interested teachers may start preparing their participating team (3students + 1 reserve). One team from each school can participate in the Mathematics Olympiad.

The competition is open to Forms III and IV students in State or Non-State schools, whose 15th birthday falls after 31st December 2016. A second letter circular including the application form and other details will be issued in January 2017.

Any queries should be addressed to Mr Jonathon Mifsud (jon.mifsud@ilearn.edu.mt).

Peace Poster Contest 2016 – Lions Club International

Heads of School are kindly requested to encourage students to take part in the Peace Poster Competition. This competition, which is open to secondary school students aged 11 to 13 years, is being organised by Lions Club International. Submissions, which are to be received by not later than Monday 7th November 2016, are to be sent to the:

Student Services Department
Projects & Initiatives Section
Peace Poster Competition
Fra Gaetano Pace Forno Street
HMR 1100

Besides participating in the International Peace Poster Contest, participants will also be able to win a number of prizes awarded by Sliema Lions Club. Kindly read the attachment which provides additional information and guidelines regarding the competition.

Peace Poster Rules 2016

New Activities for Dinja Waħda Action Guide for Scholastic Year 2016-2017

Dinja Waħda has launched new activities to be added to the Action Guide for Scholastic Year 2016-2017.

The new activity rescources will be distributed to all primary schools during the first scholastic term.

The new activities include:
 Dinja Waħda Rangers – an initiative to render school grounds more nature friendly
 Green Talk revision to provide teachers with the resources to run this activity independently
 Addition of new activities to the Nature Days Activity Guide for Early Years

Dinja Waħda will also be working in partnership with the HSBC Water Programme – Catch the Drop Campaign to support a limited number of schools to make large scale improvements to their school grounds. The initiative will support the development of Ġonna Dinja Waħda (Dinja Waħda Gardens) which will create opportunities for outdoor education and also improve biodiversity. Each green space development will need to consider irrigation, water features and water saving initiatives.

Birdlife Malta is inviting all Primary Schools and Kindergarten Centres to enrol in the Dinja Waħda programme. It is recommended that a teacher or SMT member from each participating school takes the role of Dinja Waħda School coordinator.

In case of any query, teachers can contact Ms Maryrit Zammit by email on mrita.zammit@ilearn.edu.mt or on 21347645/6.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Christmas Crib Competition 2016 – Gozo Schools

The Projects and Initiatives Section is organising a Christmas Crib Competition for Gozo schools. The competition is made up of two categories:

Category A – The Traditional Maltese Christmas Crib
Assessment will give importance to handiwork, creative use of materials and keeping to the traditional Maltese style.

Category B – The Modern Christmas Crib
Assessment will give importance to creative ideas and originality; the use of different kinds of materials and different modes of representation.

1. Primary and Secondary School students from 5 to 15 years of age may participate.
2. Any material and media may be used.
3. The Christmas crib must not exceed: 60 cm (length) x 40 cm (width).
4. All entries should have the name of the student and school securely attached (template attached) to the side of the crib (NOT underneath).
5. The judges’ decision is final.

Judges reserve the right not to choose any entry from a school if they feel that the entries are not of the desired standard.

The cribs chosen by the judges to participate in the competition should be taken to Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, Gharb on Monday 19th December between 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. and collected from the same place on Wednesday 21st December 2016.

Category A – The Traditional Maltese Christmas Crib
First prize: €60 book tokens
Second prize: €40 book tokens

Category B – The Modern Christmas Crib
First prize: €60 book tokens
Second prize: €40 book tokens

A panel of judges, appointed by the Projects and Initiatives Section, will, on 7th December 2016, visit the participating schools to judge the entries.

Schools are kindly asked to type in the participants’ details in the attached form and labels. This will ensure that the child’s name on the certificate is spelt correctly. The form should be sent via email to: winnie.vella@gov.mt by not later than Friday 12th November 2016.

Mental Math International Championship

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The annual Mental Math International Championship is a Mathematics competition for students aged between 6 and 15 years. Students in different year groups can participate in one of nine different competition categories depending on their age.

The competition promotes interest in mental Mathematics and nurtures skills in number and mental calculations. It aims at reinforcing the learning of Mathematics through constructive play. The competition seeks to discover and celebrate local talent in mental Mathematics.

Schools are encouraged to participate in the 11th edition of the Mental Math International Championship. The teacher coordinating the activity is kindly requested to register the school through the online link www.mentalmathcompetition.com . Registration is open till Tuesday, 31st January 2017. Participation is free of charge.

Following registration, students are encouraged to become familiar with the rules of the game and to practise with their peers using the superTmatik Mental Math cards. These cards may be bought online (refer to above weblink).

It is recommended that initially the competition is held at school-level such that the school finalists in each category can be identified. The finalists’ names for the grand final competition are then registered online by Friday, 21st April 2017. The Grand Online Final competition will take place between Monday, 24th April and Friday, 12th May 2017.

For further information teachers are kindly requested to contact the Education Officers for Mathematics on 25982908 (Primary) and 25982911(Secondary).

Thank you for your collaboration.