School Transport and Uniform

Preparations for the new scholastic year are well under way.

Transport application forms are now open. Please click the link below for detailed instructions. All children will get a printed copy of these instructions in due course. May we remind you that ALL children in Year 6 need to apply for transport to the Middle School.

Instructions to Apply for the School Transport

School uniforms for the new scholastic year will be available from Yorkie Clothing Industry Limited, the authorised supplier for school uniforms. The school uniform will be available at Zabbar Primary A on 29, 30 and 31 August from 09:00 to 13:30 and at the Office of the College Principal, Fortini on 3 September 2018. The uniform can also be purchased directly from Yorkie Mix n Match in San Gwann. The links below provide further details.

Uniformi tal-Iskola (Verżjoni bil-Malti)

School Uniform (English Version)

A Swarm of Bees

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, this afternoon our school had a close encounter with a swarm of bees, literally. And what an experience!

As we were leaving school today, thousands of bees flew into the yard, causing quite a scene. It happened so quickly that it took us some time to realise what was actually happening. The bees appeared out of nowhere, just like that! Click on this photo to get an idea of what it was like!

Of course our first priority was to ensure everyone’s safety. Once everyone was safe indoors, we started to take stock of the situation, trying to understand what was going on. Our first thought was that there was a beehive somewhere close, either in our school or close by. But, we check for such issues regularly, and a hive big enough to contain all the bees would have been hard to miss.

Apparently it is that time of year! It is the time when the queen bee abandons the old hive, leaving it for a new queen that has not even been born. She takes thousands of other bees with her, and together, they look for a place where they can build a new hive. And this is exactly what we experienced today – a swarm of bees looking for a place to build their new home.

Eventually the bees settled down on the boundary wall. After several phones calls, Mr Michael Zerafa, our science teacher, who is also a beekeeper came to the rescue. The bees were not in the least aggressive and we actually got pretty close to them, allowing us to take plenty of pictures. Mr Zerafa first sprayed the bees with water and then brushed them into a box, in which he had previously put some honey to attract the bees. The trick is to get the queen bee in there, and then the rest will follow. And it seems Mr Zerafa got it right! After some angry buzzing, the bees settled down again and they slowly but surely started making their way into the box. All 30, 000 of them!

We are now waiting for the last few to join the rest of the colony so that then the bees can be moved to safe place, where they can make their honey in peace.

The entire process will take hours but killing the bees was not an option. Over the past years, bees have been dying and scientists all over the world are extremely worried about this. If the bees die, we will have some serious problems on our hands and not having any honey will be the least of those problems. They are responsible for much of the food that we eat. They pollinate plants, so that the plants in turn produce the fruit and vegetables that we eat – from broccoli to almonds and pears. Without the bees doing all the work, we would simply have no fruit and vegetables. Some scientists even think that without bees, humans would not survive.

So, while the bees in school today might have been a scary sight, let us also be thankful that we still have bees!

A special thanks to Mr Zerafa for saving the bees and the day!

Dati Importanti

April – Ġunju 2018

6 ta’ April 2018 – Bidu tat-tielet term.

30 ta’ April 2018 –  It-tfal m’għandhomx skola.

1 ta’ Mejju 2018 – Festa Nazzjonali.  It-tfal m’għandhomx skola.

25 ta’ Mejju 2018 – L-iskola tispiċċa fil-11.00 ta’ filgħodu.

1 ta’ Ġunju 2018 – Jibdew in-nofstanhari. L-iskola tibda tispiċċa f’nofsinhar.

7 ta’ Ġunju 2018 – Festa Nazzjonali.  It-tfal m’għandhomx skola.

28 ta’ Ġunju 2018 – L-aħħar ġurnata tal-iskola.

Celebrating Diversity

As part of the school’s commitment to celebrate diversity, the PSCD, Art, Music and PE teachers at school organised a week-long event promoting tolerance and respect within a diverse culture.

During their Art sessions, the pupils explored cultural diversity through different art forms. They were shown works of art from around the globe going from Egypt to China and Japan, back to North America and Hawaii. They discussed how people’s different lifestyles and beliefs are recorded and shown in their artwork. Following these observations, the pupils explored particular cultures and produced their own creative works. These included Chinese lanterns and Ming vases, Japanese koi fish kites, Hawaiian Tiki masks, North American totem poles and Egyptian mummy cases. Another art session focused on the uniqueness of individuals by creating pop art hand prints and colourful portraits.  At the end of the celebration week, the students could enjoy their own artwork set up around the school premises.

Despite their inherent differences, pupils used plastic cups to create one pleasant tune following rhythmical patterns during their music session.

As part of the PE sessions, the pupils participated in games originating from different countries, including the English Quoits, the Limbo from Trinidad and our local Maltese Passju.

As a concluding exercise, each year group gathered in the school hall for a PSCD presentation summarising what happened during the previous days. The children learnt what diversity is all about and danced together to a dance-along song about the positivity of being different.

A special thank you goes to the peripatetic team at school for this fantastic experience – Ms Sherryanne Gauci (Art), Ms Sherlene Caruana Dolce (Music), Mr Kyle Cesare (PE), Ms Charmaine Cassar and  Ms Leonora Azzopardi (PSCD).

Oħloq Tbissima

Bħala parti mill-attivitajiet marbuta mal-Għid qed nistiednu lit-tfal jgħinu fl-inizjattiva Oħloq Tbissima. Kull klassi għandha kaxxa u qegħdin nitolbu l-għajnuna tagħkom biex nimlewha bl-ikel.

F’kull kaxxa rridu npoġġu

  • Pakkett Zokkor
  • Pakkett Ross
  • Bott Ħalib
  • Landa Tonn taż-Żejt
  • Landa Corned Beef
  • Dadi tat-Tiġieġa
  • Soppa tal-Pakkett
  • Fażola u Għazz Niexef (tal-Pakkett)
  • Bott Zalzett
  • Ħelu/Wafers/Gallettini

Importanti li l-expiry date tkun wara Ottubru 2018.

Dawn il-kaxxi imbagħad ser jintbagħtu l-Peru’, biex tassew noħolqu tbissima fuq wiċċ familji fil-bżonn.

Grazzi

St Margaret College