Career Week

Following the newly implemented Learning Outcomes in the Education Department, the PSCD teachers at Zabbar Primary B organised week-long career educational talks and activities for all pupils. These talks focused on topics such as Occupations in the Community, Gender Equality, Future Jobs and Health and Safety at the Workplace.

Year 6 pupils attended a talk by Zabbar Local Council Mayor, Mr Marc Vella Bonnici who discussed different careers in various sectors and the importance of every job. Through his role as a Mayor, he could address the principles of responsibility, helping each other, listening to others’ needs and voluntary work.

Ms Elizabeth Saliba, Officer at the Occupational Health and Safety Authority, spoke to the Year 5 and Year 4 pupils about the health and safety issues at the workplace with all occupations. The children could assess the risks found in a specific job site through an interactive, audiovisual presentation.

Mr Andre Callus, Executive at the National Commission for Gender Equality, addressed the gender social expectations with the Year 3 pupils and helped them understand that they can achieve whatever they wish as long as they work for it, no matter if they are boys or girls.  They discussed stereotypes and challenged what girls and boys are expected to do.

Each Year Group closed off the Career Exploration Week with a presentation by Ms Ylenia Vella, Unit Manager at Jobsplus. Ms Vella focused on the skills necessary for all careers, which skills they would have learnt from their childhood hobbies and experiences such as time management, leadership skills, teamwork and punctuality.

These talks were prepared as part of the Career Exploration and Planning in the PSCD syllabus, which syllabus recently introduced Careers as an integral part of the subject, specifically adding the term “Career” in the subject name. The lessons on career at all school level enable students to reflect on their future career goals, to develop a career plan, to understand the advantages and disadvantages of various work alternatives, to understand the importance of employability skills and to understand the rights, duties and responsibilities of employers and employees.

Special thanks to Ms Charmaine Cassar and Leonoara Azzopardi, the PSCD teachers at school, for  this great initiative.

Family Coding Sessions

The Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills in collaboration with St Margaret College embarked on the Family Coding Project which was organised for the first time in Maltese schools.  The concept of the Family Coding programme, which focused on the creative use of the school tablet as part of the One Tablet per Child initiative, is to invite parents/guardians together with their children who are in Years 4, 5 and 6, to discuss how these can be used in computational thinking processes.  In these sessions, parents/guardians and their children had to collaborate together to plan and create a digital story from scratch and availed themselves of a spherical robot to engage in problem solving activities. Unplugged activities were also carried out to acquaint parents/guardians and children with the aforementioned thinking processes.  During November and December 2018, 6 sessions were held in the evenings catering for 60 families.

Remembering the Holocaust

27 January is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day we remember the millions of victims who were murdered the Second World War. On 27 January 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, was liberated by the Red Army. On this day we remember these atrocities to ensure that they do not happen again.

However, remembering is not enough. Even today, we witness acts of hatred, discrimination, oppression and murder. It is easy to point fingers and argue that this has nothing to do with “me”. It is easy to blame “others”. We need to realise that we all need to act when we witness acts of discrimination and violence. Doing nothing is not an option.

Yesterday we welcomed Mr Patrick Siegele, from the Anne Frank Centre in Berlin. He delivered a workshop to a delegation of Year 5 and Year 6 students who then had the responsibility of sharing the experience with their classmates.

Here are a few photos from the event.

 

13 School Days till Christmas 2018

There are only 13 school days left till we break up for the Christmas holidays and just like we did last year, we want to make each and every day count. Here’s what we will be up to this year…

3 December – Hide happy notes for others to find.

4 December – Let’s all sing a Maltese Christmas carol!

5 December – Say thank you to the people who help us!

6 December – Crazy Christmas. Wear something Christmassy and funky!

10 December – Bring  food for dogs and cats in shelters.

11 December – Find out about the jólasveinarnir! But be very careful!

12 December – Give plenty of hugs today!

14 December – Wish our neighbours a happy Christmas!

17 December – What do people in different countries eat for Christmas?

18 December – Read a Christmas story.

19 December – Give plenty of compliments!

20 December – Bring some food for the poor…

21 December – Christmas Film Day

Enjoy being kind this Christmas…

PS – This is not just for students but for the entire school community!

 

St Margaret College