End of Year Quiz for Year 4 & 5

An End of Year Quiz for Year 4 and 5 students from across Malta will be held on Friday 26 June 2020. The quiz aims to close off the year with a bit of educational fun and to help students revise basic concepts! Participation is voluntary.

The quiz will start off with students filling in a form with their personal details. This is a controlled writing task in itself! The actual quiz has been formulated using the QUIZZIZ app and after filling in the form, students will be given a code which they need to use to log in to the quiz. The quiz itself is divided into 2 parts. The first part is based on 5 categories, one for each subject, namely English, Maths, Maltese and Science. Students have to answer 10 questions and try to do so as quickly as possible. The quicker they answer, the more points they earn! In the second part of the quiz, more challenging questions are asked based on English and Maltese Literature as well as science. These questions will also be timed.

The Quiz will take place on the last day of school – Friday 26th June 2020 and it should take roughly 30 minutes to complete.  Students can access the quiz on the day by clicking on this link.

Prizes will be awarded to the first five winners in Year 4 and first five winners in Year 5 from all over Malta. It is therefore important for participating students to write their full name, college and school if they intend participating. Students can try out the quiz more than once, however, only the first try will be considered for the purposes of the competition.

The quiz will be open on Friday 26th June 2020 between 8.30 am and 12.30. Final results of the first five winners in Year 4 and first five winners in Year 5 will be available after 12.30.

Good luck!

The End of Term

The end of term this year marks the end of possibly the most bizarre scholastic year ever. I will not repeat what we have lived and experienced but I will say that I am very much looking forward to some “normality”. The school without children, teachers and LSEs is just a building. Hopefully, come September, we will be able to welcome everyone back, even though it is too early to make any concrete plans.

This will be the last week we provide work for children before breaking up for the summer holidays. Please be mindful of the fact that any work submitted after the due dates will no longer be monitored or reviewed.

We ask parents not to worry about academic progress next year. Everyone is in the same boat and we will be taking the school closure period into consideration next scholastic year. We do however encourage all students to continue reading every day and to participate in the Summer Challenge for 2020. The Summer Challenge is meant to stimulate children to learn while having fun, broadening their general knowledge and skills.

What happens next?

Over the next few days you will be receiving a letter in the post, along with the Summer Challenge 2020 and a small token from all of us. Please read the letter carefully. We also recommend you check the school website regularly throughout the summer for any updates.

On behalf of all the staff at Zabbar B, I would like to thank our community for the continued support for the past months. It has meant a lot!

Stay safe!

Charlot Cassar
Head of School

My Next School Adventure

A transition online summer programme for students starting Year 7 with a youth work approach

As students transition from primary to middle school they are often faced with social, emotional and physiological changes that can impact on their wellbeing and learning.

Aġenzija Żgħażagħ is offering an online course that can help facilitate a smoother transition from one school to another. The course was designed specifically to be fun and interactive while catering for the needs of these students and to provide the necessary life skills through which students can maintain their wellbeing and learning.

My Next School Adventure targets students who have just finished Year 6 and will be starting Year 7 next September. The programme consists of 8 sessions of 1.5 hours each, aimed to give space to students to equip themselves with life skills that are considered important for a successful transition to their 2 years of middle school. The sessions will provide an opportunity to students to explore their personal skills, look at effective ways to express their views in class, discovering their learning styles, working with fellow students effectively, learning to be active students, dealing with conflict and getting support from school and how to manage time both at school and home. We will be visiting these themes through fun and interactive activities and at the end of the course students will be given a certificate of participation.

Multiple sessions at different times are available. The number of students in each group will be kept to a minimum to ensure individual attention.

Kindly follow the link https://youth.gov.mt/our-agency/my-next-school-programme/ for further information and to apply for students who will be in Year 7 in scholastic year 2020/2021.

Applications will be received until 10th July 2020, 12:00pm.
Courses are free of charge.

For further information kindly visit www.youth.gov.mt or contact Mr Simon Schembri on 99787253 for more information about My Next School Adventure.

A Night at the Palazzo

An essay writing competition in collaboration with Palazzo Falson

Year 5 and Year 6 students at Żabbar B are invited to participate in an essay writing competition in collaboration with Palazzo Falson in Mdina.

Palazzo Falson is a medieval palace built by the local nobility in Mdina. The Palazzo consists of a series of rooms wrapped around an internal courtyard. The oldest part of the building dates back to the 13th century. Palazzo Falson also contains a number of features from different subsequent historical periods and styles.

The Palazzo is also the former home of Capt Olof Frederick Gollcher OBE (1889-1962), an artist, scholar, and philanthropist, but also a discerning collector of objets d’art and historical objects.  Palazzo Falson was not only his home, but also a setting for his works of art and antiques.  He spent many happy years constantly adding to and rearranging his collections. 

In 2001 Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti  restored the palazzo and all its contents so that the general public can now appreciate this unique and extraordinary treasure-trove.

The Competition

Are you brave enough to spend a night at Palazzo Falson, alone, with no mobile phone and no way to leave?

The curator turns off the light, bids you farewell and then locks the door! You are all alone, until the morning…

Write a story of not less than 250 words to tell us what happened during your night at the Palazzo from evening till dawn. Your story must include at least one artefact that can be found in the museum from the list below.

  1. The Nef
  2. Fob watches
  3. Fans
  4. Perfume bottles
  5. Oriental rugs
  6. Whistles

It is important that whoever reads your story:

  • Clearly understands that the story happened in Palazzo Falson. You could say it out loud by stating that you are spending the night at the Palazzo or you could be more subtle, giving away hints…
  • Is able to identify the artefact/s that is part of your story. Again, you could just say which artefact this is, or you could use your imagination to let the reader find out by providing a detailed description of the object…

To help you write your story, you are invited to send an email to Palazzo Falson on administration@palazzofalson.com, asking for more information about the artefact/s you will write about in your story.

Use your ilearn address.

Teachers will shortlist the best stories which will be sent to the curator who, together with a panel, will select a winner. The winner will be invited to visit Palazzo Falson with his or her family from a private tour (against a token donation). Decisions are final and not open to discussion.

You have till 25 June 2020 to submit your story using this link.

Have fun!

St Margaret College