Welcome to the new scholastic year!
As I write this, the school is buzzing, with children happily engaged in all sorts of activities, from lessons to the games being held in our yard to celebrate the European Schools Sports Day.
A new year brings with it new challenges and even more opportunities. Apart from the usual refurbishing that went on over the summer months, all our classrooms are now equipped with Interactive Flat Panels. The refurbishment of the library is almost complete, and we are also in the process of refurbishing the school gym.
While the school’s physical environment is extremely important, even more so is the educational experience that we offer to our students. Our school is being recognised for its drive and commitment to embrace challenges and is often host to educators from all over the world. Last year we welcomed teachers from Portugal and this year we are looking at hosting teachers from Serbia and Greece.
At Zabbar B, we firmly believe that engaging in personal and professional development is very much part of who we are as educators. It provides time out from the hustle and bustle of the daily routines and an opportunity to reconnect – with colleagues and with our core values as we engage in professional dialogue and discussion to reaffirm our identities as educators. Teachers from our school are undergoing professional development abroad, as part of an ongoing Erasmus+ project with a focus on non-formal aspects of the educational experience. During summer, a number of our teachers followed various professional development courses, with more teachers expected to do so in summer 2019.
This year, we will also embark on at least 2 Erasmus+ projects.
The first of these projects is entitled “Freedom to Learn” and it follows Carl Roger’s philosophy. Our teachers are going to undergo training in order to be able to support children’s “free” learning – providing opportunities for children to engage in their own learning, on topics that they choose. For this project we will be working with a school in Italy and Poland.
A second project is called “Dare to be Different” and we will be networking with schools in Serbia, Greece and Turkey. Teachers will undergo specialised training in drama techniques which they will then use with children in the classrooms.
These projects will continue to enrich the teaching and learning experience at Zabbar B while providing opportunities to network with other European schools to broaden perspectives and world views.
But this is not all. Just watch this space for regular updates as we go along!