This year’s Book Week celebrations included a number of literacy workshops that targeted Year 3 students in our College. The workshops aimed to promote a cross-curricular and collaborative approach to learning while integrating literacy across board, celebrating children’s writing, encouraging them to speak in front of an audience and most importantly making learning even more fun. The focus of the workshops varied and included Drama, Music, Art, P.E. and PSCD but each workshop also included an activity that focused on literacy.
The workshops were hosted at Zabbar Primary B. Special thanks go to Ms Ruth Cilia (Head of Department), Ms Amanda Morales (Literacy Support Teacher), Ms Rosann Talbot (Oracy Teacher), Ms Isabelle Cachia (Assistant Head, Zabbar B) and all the other teachers and members of staff who supported the wonderful initiative.
On Friday 24 April, the entire Year 6 cohort spent a fantastic day in Gozo. The day started much earlier than usual and by 7 o’clock in the morning, we had already left school on our way to Ċirkewwa. Our day in Gozo started with a visit to the Ċitadella, and the Natural History, Archeaology and Folklore museums. After a hearty lunch in Xlendi, we hiked across Wied il-Kantra, all the way to the tower, through some impressive landscape to then head back to Mġarr for our trip back to school, exhausted but happy!
Well done to all the students for their impeccable behaviour and co-operation throughout and a special thanks to all teachers and LSAs who made this trip possible.
The President of Malta, H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, this morning visited our school. She was greeted by the Student Council and then addressed Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 students in the school hall. She then met Year 6 students who had the opportunity to discuss pertinent issues that concern them with the President.
Pupils in Years 5 and 6 recently had a lesson in chemical pathology as part of Dr Mikhaila Muscat’s PHD research. Chemical pathology is a scientific area that is generally concerned with analysis of bodily fluids and involves the study and investigation of the biochemical basis of disease processes. Quite a mouthful, but Dr Muscat translated chemical pathology into an interactive and fun lesson making it accessible to a younger audience.
The sessions dealt with topics including blood tests, high cholesterol, diabetes & the disease that may have sparked the vampire legends, amongst others. Yellow balloons were used to represent different forms of cholesterol together with a red heart-shaped balloon representing the heart. Short video clips from films and cartoons were used to illustrate points, such as for example laboratory safety and diabetes testing. A mechanical mouse and a soft toy mouse were used to explain, in very simple terms, how scientists won the Nobel Prize for creating a ‘knock-out mouse’. The disease that medical experts believe the Mona Lisa may have had was also mentioned. Most students were particularly intrigued by the scientific life-like skeleton used during the sessions, which was an obvious hit!
These sessions provided an opportunity to spark the interest of younger generations in this scientific/medical topic.