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It-Triq

Ktieb, ħabib u gwida għaż-żgħażagħ li qed ifittxu it-Triq tal-Ħajja. Ġabra ta’ stejjer, esperjenzi, ħsibijiet miġbura minn ħargiet imgħoddija ta’ fuljett għaż-żgħażagħ maħruġ mill-Ġiżwiti. Illum ukoll għandna żgħażagħ li qed ifittxu ftit sens fid-dinja tal-lum, bl-isfidi kollha tagħha. Nifs frisk ta’ ħajja li ma tinxifx u li jmiss kull qalb żagħżugħa li qed tfittex it-Triq tal-Ħajja. Read more »

Intervista ma’ Fr Paul Chetcuti sj dwar kif u għala fforma It-Triq Għaż-Żgħażagħ Rigal Sabiħ għal Żgħażagħ minn 12-il sena ‘l fuq…

I am a Hero when …

The Spiritual Development in Schools together with Prayer Spaces team members and other volunteers once again collaborated with Foundation for Educational Services (FES) and offered the Prayer Spaces experience in person for children attending Skolasajf.

Theme Skola Sajf 2022 Logo

This year’s main theme of Skolasajf 2022 was ‘Earth Heroes, Unite’. This slogan drew on the need to be united in the face of adversary so that together we will reap the fruit of our work and commitment where the collective of everyone will help to build a better and stronger society… Read more »

A Three-Week Course in Creating & Animating Prayer Spaces

The course ‘Creating and Animating Prayer Spaces‘ which was formed in collaboration between Spiritual Development in Schools and the Pastoral Formation Institute is designed to equip the participants with the necessary knowledge and skills required to create and run a prayer space in a given setting. The setting of the prayer spaces can be a school, a youth centre, a parish hall, at the workplace, in an open-plan area, or an outdoor place… Read more »

Millennials on the way to sainthood

We all know and love Blessed Carlo Acutis. Like him, there are other young people that it is good to get to know and imitate!

In these three years, since Blessed Carlo Acutis was declared Venerable, the Catholic world has been fascinated by the idea of a saint who liked Pokémon, played video games, and built a website. But he’s not the only millennial on the path to canonization… Read more »

Adopt a Grandparent

Every beginning has an end. On Wednesday 25th May 2022, the last activity for the scholastic year 2021-2022 of this eTwinning project called, “Adopt a Grandparent” was organised by St Thomas More College Żejtun Primary B, De La Salle College Primary, and Ghigo Community Residence in Għaxaq, in collaboration with Spiritual Development in Schools.

This activity took place at Ghigo Community Residence from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm… Read more »

Creative Lent 2022 around the Schools

As we are journeying through the liturgical time of Lent, a number of schools organized activities to help students and staff to reflect on this particular time in everyone’s lives.

Different Faiths’ Flag and Foodbank at St Benedict College Birżebbugia Primary

Students created flags of different faiths to Mark World Interfaith Harmony Week. A food bank was also organized to support families in need… Read more »

10 reasons for an outdoor prayer space

If you have never run an outdoor prayer space, you might not know all the wonderful things it can do for children and young people, for the school and for your local community. As the weather warms up and the sun begins to shine more regularly, there is no better time to think about running an outdoor prayer space in your local school.

Here are 10 reasons why you might want to run an outdoor prayer space:

  1. Most of us feel better in all sorts of ways when we have spent time outdoors.  It has been scientifically proven that we feel calmer, happier, less stressed, and more creative when we are outdoors in natural environments. 
  2. Lots of people who believe in God say that they feel close to God outdoors. 
  3. People who don’t believe in God, often say that the outdoors is where they feel most spiritually alive. 
  4. All of us have experienced moments of awe and wonder in outdoor environments…
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Spreading God’s Love

Various activities were organized thanks to the dedication of the administration and of the Religion and Ethics department at MRC Naxxar, as well as by the coordinator Ms Alison Tanti Micallef and all the other teachers who assisted them in these activities.

Carlo Acutis and the Blessed Sacrament

On the 30th November 2021, MRC Naxxar was the first school in Malta to host the relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis… Read more »

Peace, Love and Joy

During the month of May 2022, Prayer Spaces sessions took place at St Clare College Gzira Primary and Maria Regina College Induction Hub Primary Naxxar Schools. On the 4th and 5th of May, the sessions occurred at Gzira Primary while at Induction Hub Primary Naxxar, they happened on the 9th and 12th of May, 2022. Prayer Spaces stations were prepared by the SDS team in rooms provided by the schools’ leadership teams… Read more »

Adopt a Grandparent – a student shares his experience

This year in Year 3 we are participating in an eTwinning project called ‘Adopt a grandparent’.  We are working with Ghigo Home in Ħal Għaxaq and the year 4 classes in Żejtun. 

During our first session, we had a video call with the students in Żejtun school, the elderly in Ghigo home and Trevor Zahra, a local author.  We had the time to listen to and watch an animated story called ‘Kunċett u Marinton’ by Trevor Zahra.  I had a chance to ask him a question, and I felt very proud that I had the opportunity to talk to a local author.  We then played bingo and practised learning numbers in English and Maltese.  It was so much fun. 

We had another session where we had the time to play games, which our parents used to play more often when they were young.  Our class played ‘iż-Żunżana ddur iddur’, which I really enjoy playing. Other classes played ‘dawra durella’, ‘il-boċċi’ and ‘il-passju’.  During break time, we are enjoying playing these games.  We then sang some traditional songs.  It was so heart-warming seeing all the people having fun together and singing heartily. 

The elderly shared their experiences after we heard the story ‘Karamellu tar-Raħal t’Isfel’ by Nannu Karm… Read more »

Lord Teach us To Pray

On Saturday 23rd April 2022, a seminar for catechists entitled ‘Lord Teach us to Pray!’ (Mulej Għallimna Nitolbu!) was held at the Archbishop’s Curia Refectory.

The seminar was organized by Lifelong Catechesis in collaboration with Spiritual Development in Schools (SDS) within the Archdiocese of Malta.

Throughout the seminar, Rev Fr Reuben Gauci showed methods of prayer in the Christian Tradition and offered practical suggestions as to how one can help children and pre-adolescents discover prayer life and pray… Read more »

Soul Speak

The National Literacy Agency, in collaboration with Spiritual Development in Schools, organised four sessions of writing, reading and reflection in a new programme entitled ‘Soul Speak’ for primary children from Year 4 till Year 6 (8-10 year olds).

These sessions were an excellent opportunity for children to train in the Writing Process through imaginative and reflective activities which help children to pray in a creative way… Read more »