As part of the yearly school calendar, the PSCD, Art, Music and PE teachers at Zabbar Primary B organised a week-long Healthfest in May with the Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils.
As a run up to the event, the PSCD sessions focused on the benefits of physical exercise, nutritious diet, good sleeping patterns, clean air, personal hygiene and responsible use of medicine. We stressed the importance of eating well, especially the consumption of fruit and vegetables. These lessons were followed by discussions on drug and alcohol abuse, the negative effects of smoking and gambling.
The children were also asked to come up with different charts which were displayed around the school premises as an exhibition to coincide with the Healthfest. Each year group was given a topic focusing on healthy lifestyles, such as healthy eating, the benefits of physical exercise and the positivity of living away from illegal and dangerous substances.
These PSCD lessons and activities led to the Healthfest week. The pupils participated in PE, Music and Art sessions in the school yard. As part of the PE session, the pupils took part in fun games and activities including water games, football and races using the equipment available at school.
Special thanks to all the peripatetic teachers at school!
On Monday 20 March, we celebrated World Happiness Day. This special day was founded by the United Nations in 2012 and since then, thousands of happiness initiatives all over the world have emerged to celebrate and promote its values.
There are over 7,300,000,000 people on this planet. Each one of us has the right to happiness but not everyone knows what happiness is. The Day of Happiness aims to address the challenges faced by humankind in the ultimate quest to achieve happiness for all. Happiness is a fundamental human right, and happiness for all is a fundamental human goal.
So this year, we decided to join in the fun, celebrate happiness and tell everyone about it. And what a special day it was. You could feel the happiness in the air! Children came to school dressed in bright coloured tops, and for the first time in years, we took a whole school photo – that’s over 500 of us!
Teachers held special activities in class with the ultimate aim of spreading cheer and happiness all around – from discussions to random acts of kindness that brightened up everyone’s day!
Let’s make every day a happy day till the next International Day of Happiness in 2018!
As part of the health promotion campaign targeting the bad effects of inhaling smoke from cigarettes, primary school students were invited to participate in a competition and draw a picture that shows the negative effects of smoking.
Ms Charmaine Cassar and Mr Roderick Cilia, the school PSD teachers decided that rather than just talking about the negative effects of smoking or just showing the children some pictures about it, students would benefit more if they witnessed first hand what actually happens when someone smokes.
The PSD teachers conducted a a very simple experiment using transparent aquarium pipes and plastic bottles. The aquarium pipes served to show how cigarette smoke goes down the larynx and trachea. The bottles were filled with water and a cigarette was lit and put in the plastic tube. After a couple of seconds water was poured out of the bottles, creating a suction. The bottles perfectly mimicked the lungs as a thick cloud of smoke entered the bottle replacing the water. When the bottle was full of smoke, the cap was unscrewed and replaced with a tissue. Blowing through a tiny hole at the bottom of the bottle, the smoke was forced out of the bottle and the chemicals contained in the cigarette got stuck to the tissue. The students could observe the tissue changing colour and becoming yellow with tinged with brown. They were all fairly disgusted as they imagined this muck filling the lungs of unfortunate persons who fall victim of such a habit.
After the experiment the students were invited to join their teachers in class. They used a website to show the changes a human body goes through when the person decides to start smoking. The most shocking discovery for the students was the sufferance endured by an unborn child inside the womb of a smoking mother. This, apart from all the other negative effects that smoking has on the body.
After time for questions students were told that our school was asked to participate in a drawing competition about the negative effects of smoking. The students were very enthusiastic about the idea and it was extremely rewarding to receive around 200 drawings which were all presented to the health promotion unit.
Here is a full blown update about the activities held during Healthfest. Healthfest celebrated a health lifestyle and it turned out to be a tremendous success. It was held throughout the first week of May. The PSD, PE and Art teachers’ joined forces to create healthy activities for every year group. The main objectives behind this project were:
to understand the importance of choosing healthy food;
to create art food and thus present snacks which are appealing to children and
to exercise physically on a daily basis.
Here is a daily record of what went on!
Monday 5 May 2014
Year 6 classes were engaged in a cooking session. Three classes worked on an Angry Bird Pitta while the other three created a Pirate Pitta. The children brought all the necessary ingredients from home but prepared the pitta here at school, cooking it in an oven and then eating it.
The activity ended with a one hour session at the pool as part of their physical exercise. They went to the Pixxina at Tal-Qroqq for swimming activities.
Tuesday 6 May 2014
Fruit was on the Year 5’s menu today. Three classes were asked to bring various fruit and create palm trees with bananas and kiwi while the other three classes made a clown’s face, always using fruit. The children enjoyed decorating their fruit salad but most of all enjoyed eating it.
Eventually, they were then asked to do some physical activities in the school yard. They had 6 different games which they played over the span of an hour.
Wednesday 7 May 2014
Year 3 children were asked to bring brown bread slices to prepare some healthy “owly” and “fishy” sandwiches. The classes were divided into two groups. The first group worked on the owl sandwich; the main ingredients being cheese and vegetables. Similarly, the second group prepared their fish sandwich and during break ate it as their lunch.
The children also played different games where they were on the move, exercising their body in activities which were familiar to them and are usually done during the physical education lesson.
Thursday 8 May 2014
Year 4 classes were the last group which took part in the Healthfest. Children were asked to get their favourite cereal and fruit. Together with the first group, we created a butterfly with fruit on a base of cereal in a cup cake container. The second three classes were asked to create a ladybird. The children were very enthusiastic during the activities. One of the activities consisted in squeezing and drinking orange juice.
A sports’ day followed and students had the opportunity to exercise. They enjoyed different fun games ranging from water games to races and ball games.
Friday 9 May 2014
On the last day of the Healthfest all the school went out on a Fun Walk. Year 3 and Year 4 classes walked from Zabbar to Xghajra enjoying a lunch break by the sea and then proceeded to Smart City. The older students walked from Zabbar to Birgu and Kalkara. Finally, we all gathered back to school tired but happy that we all finished the Fun Walk.