With December round the corner, the school is gearing up for the Christmas season. There are exactly 14 school days till Christmas and as we have done in previous years, we will be doing something special every day. Most of these activities will be carried out at school but feel free to join in the fun at home!
Here’s what we will be up to –
2 December – In class students will make a Christmas card that will be sent to patients in hospital.
3 December – Make a list of things you are thankful for and hang it on your classroom noticeboard.
4 December – Play Christmas Charades.
5 December – Do one secret act of kindness at school.
6 December – Write a thank you note to someone you really care about.
9 December – Make a Christmas craft.
10 December – Learn to say Happy Christmas in 6 different languages.
11 December – Donate pet food to animal shelters.
12 December – Read a Christmas Story in class.
16 December – Take a silly, Christmas – themed class photo.
17 December – Learn the song Id-Dinja Taghna so that we can all sing it together during assembly.
Our school is currently engaged in several Erasmus+ projects amongst which is the project entitled Dare to Be Different – Creative Drama in Education. Together with our partners in Greece, Serbia and Turkey, the project aims to develop critical thinking skills, enabling students to tackle different issues in a constructive and creative manner while fostering respect for diversity. The project addresses the development of competences across the curriculum, including the development of language and communication skills, problem solving, creativity, positive self-concept, empathy and social awareness. Teachers have been developing and sharing lessons in various subjects that include creative drama techniques, enhancing the teaching and learning process. Each partner school is also developing short plays with a powerful messages about current issues impacting our societies. Creative drama techniques are also being used during staff meetings!
Over 40 pupils took up the Summer Challenge for 2019 and the results are absolutely fantastic. Our pupils (and we dare say, their parents) learnt some great things through the activities but most importantly they have made some fantastic memories that they will probably treasure into old age.
It is impossible to share all the great stuff the pupils who took up the challenge did over the summer months, but we hope that these pictures will encourage more children and parents to take up the challenge in 2020!
During the last scholastic year, Family Coding sessions were held within St Margaret College.
Further to the demand we had last year, the Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills and St Margaret College will be once again scheduling a number of Family Coding sessions in Primary schools within St Margaret College. These sessions will commence in November and will come to an end in December. This year, the sessions will focus on digital literacy and robotics. These activities are going to be held after school and are free of charge.
Students who are currently in Years 4, 5 and 6 are eligible to apply together with a parent/guardian. During these sessions only one parent/guardian can attend. Students without an accompanying parent/guardian will not be allowed to participate in the activities. For every session, students need to bring with them their fully charged school tablet. The digital literacy and robotics activities will be held as follows:
06/11/2019 – 17:00 – 19:00 Xgħajra Primary School 12/11/2019 – 16:00 – 18:00 Kalkara Primary School 12/11/2019 – 18:00 – 20:00 Kalkara Primary School 13/11/2019 – 17:00 – 19:00 Vittoriosa Primary School 19/11/2019 – 17:00 – 19:00 Cospicua Primary School 25/11/2019 – 17:00 – 19:00 Senglea Primary School 26/11/2019 – 16:00 – 18:00 Zabbar B Primary School 26/11/2019 – 18:00 – 20:00 Zabbar B Primary School 27/11/2019 – 16:00 – 18:00 Zabbar B Primary School 27/11/2019 – 18:00 – 20:00 Zabbar B Primary School 03/12/2019 – 16:00 – 18:00 Zabbar B Primary School 03/12/2019 – 18:00 – 20:00 Zabbar B Primary School 04/12/2019 – 16:00 – 18:00 Zabbar B Primary School 06/12/2019 – 16:00 – 18:00 Zabbar B Primary School 06/12/2019 – 18:00 – 20:00 Zabbar B Primary School
Those who are interested in attending these sessions are kindly invited to visit the website http://bit.ly/SMCFamilyCoding to book the date, time and school where they would like to attend. Please note that each parent/guardian together with their child can only apply for one session.
If, for any reason, interested parents/guardians cannot apply from home, they are encouraged to speak to the school administration who will be happy to help them in the application process.
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any queries, please call 25981565. You can visit the ‘Family Coding Malta’ Facebook Page for further details.
Zabbar Primary B completes its first Erasmus+ project.
At our school we believe that engaging in personal and professional development is very much part of who we are as educators. It provides time out from daily routines and an opportunity to reflect and reconnect – with colleagues, and with our core values as we engage in professional dialogue and discussion to reaffirm our identities as educators.
‘Injecting a Dose of Non-Formal’ was the school’s first KA1 Erasmus+ project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Spanning a period of just over a year, the project supported the mobility of twelve members of staff who gave up vacation time to attended professional development courses in Spain, Romania and Portugal. Six courses were identified – four focusing on non-formal methods, one on intercultural education and how educators can harness the power of diversity in the classroom and an overarching training course that looked at quality and excellence in the management of EU projects. In turn, participants committed themselves to serve as multipliers to disseminate the experience, competences and good practices garnered from the mobility activities, transversely across the school community and beyond.
The mobility activities in themselves supported the personal
and professional development of participants and the project impacted the
entire school community. Non-formal methods make the learning experience at
Zabbar B more relevant and fun, ensuring a truly meaningful experience for all our
students, who are ultimately the reason behind all that we do as a school
community. Such methods also further support inclusion in the broader sense of
the word, enhancing the general feel-good factor that is already prevalent at
I am grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this project. The experience was highly enriching on both a personal and professional level.
The project also served as a launching pad for further
networking and European projects and the school is currently engaged in other
Erasmus+ projects, with others in the pipeline.