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Nurturing the Inner Light: Advent Activities for Spiritual Growth by SDS

Advent at Home webinar

The SDS team organised an evening webinar called Advent at Home for parents and caregivers. In this webinar, Ms Mariella Catania explained how to set up different activities to make Advent a quiet time of preparation for Christmas. These activities include spiritual reading, family games, Christmas carol playlists from the internet, preparing a prayer corner and advent wreath using craft materials, understanding the Christmas message by using the Jesse tree and reading the lives of the saints, which are celebrated during Advent… Read more »

A Festive Look at Christmas Activities in Maltese State Schools 2022

The Advent and Christmas season is lived in a very festive and joyful way in the state schools in Malta, celebrate with various festive activities. One can divide the activities into these three sections:

Creating a Christmas atmosphere

St Thomas More College Marsaskala St Anne Primary organised several Christmas activities, including a concert that included messages about helping each other and being peacemakers… Read more »

Arguing at School

As part of the ongoing collaborations with various entities, Spiritual Development in Schools was invited by Julian and Joanna Sant Fournier from Relationships Are Forever Foundation-Friendship Cards, to attend the Multiplier Event in Malta on Tuesday 15th November 2022.  

The aim of the event was to open a transnational discussion between the different partners of the project on the theme of quarrels and conflicts between peers, (from 2 to 18 years), in the context of their life experiences at school… Read more »

Nourishing the Soul: Promoting Spiritual Well-Being at SNC Rabat Primary School

On Friday 18th November 2022, Rev Fr Reuben Gauci led three consecutive sessions for the spiritual well-being of kindergarten educators, Year 1, 2, and 3 educators, and Year 4, 5, and 6 educators and SMTs respectively.

Each group of educators had an allocated time to first experience prayer spaces for themselves. Fr Reuben Gauci and Silvana Cardona led the educators on the eight prayer activities which were set up in two different classrooms and an internal yard… Read more »

Soul Speak

The National Literacy Agency, in collaboration with Spiritual Development in Schools, will once again be organising four ‘Soul Speak’ sessions of writing, reading, and reflection for primary children from Year 4 to Year 6 (8-10 years old).

The next sessions are going to be held on

  • Tuesday 10th January 2023
  • Tuesday 17th January 2023
  • Wednesday 1st February 2023
  • Tuesday 7th February 2023
  • National Literacy Agency, Ħamrun
  • 60 Euro
  • 4.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Read more »

What is Soul Speak? …

Titfixkilx!

Fl-Isem tal-Missier u tal-Iben u tal-Ispirtu s-Santu
 

Ejja Mulej ħa ssalvana.

1. Niftħu qalbna għall-Kelma t’Alla   
  F’dak iż-żmien, Ġwanni, li kien fil-ħabs, sama’ bl-għemejjel tal-Messija, u bagħat għandu tnejn mid-dixxipli tiegħu u qallu: “Inti huwa dak li għandu jiġi, jew nistennew lil ħaddieħor?”.
Ġesù wieġeb u qalilhom: “Morru agħtu lil Ġwanni l-aħbar ta’ dak li qegħdin tisimgħu u taraw: l-għomja jaraw, iz-zopop jimxu, il-lebbrużi jfiqu, it-torox jisimgħu, il-mejtin iqumu, l-Evanġelju jixxandar lill-foqra… Read more »

Moments of silence and reflection during Advent

On Tuesday 6th December 2022, a group of Form 4 (Year 10) students at St. Margaret’s College Secondary School Verdala participated in a Eucharistic Adoration session in the school chapel. This adoration session was organized by the School Spiritual Director, Fr Carmelo Spiteri ocd in coordination with the Senior Religion teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc and the R.E. team.

Throughout this celebration, students enjoyed some few moments of silence and reflection in front of the Holy Eucharist… Read more »

Sessjoni ta’ Qari waqt il-Fiera Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb

Fuq stedina mill-Aġenzija Nazzjonali tal-Litteriżmu, Silvana Cardona, nhar il-Ħadd 27 ta’ Novembru 2022 għamlet sessjoni ta’ qari bil-Malti għat-tfal waqt il-Fiera Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb, fl-MFCC Ta’ Qali. Hija qrat u animat storja bl-isem Dinja Waħda mill-ktieb Spazju għal Qalbi, flimkien ma’ attività riflessiva ta’ tallb.

Il-faċċata tal-Ktieb

Fil-bidu tas-sessjoni, hija ntroduċiet il-ktieb billi qrat it-titlu tal-ktieb, l-isem tal-awtriċi u l-illustratur. Hija stiednet lit-tfal iħarsu lejn il-faċċata tal-ktieb u jgħidu x’qed jaraw; qalb magħmulha mill-fjuri kkuluriti… Read more »

Living Like Huckleberries: Bridging Pastoral Work

Experiences, both positive and negative create our lives. As Spiritual Development in Schools Team, one of our work experiences was attending together for a Leaders’ Meeting and a conference in Belfast, Ireland. The Leaders’ Meeting took place on Wednesday and Thursday 26th, and 27th of October followed by the 24-7 Prayer International Conference from the 27th to the 30th of October. Both functions were held at Assembly Buildings… Read more »

Commemorating the life of St Margaret Queen of Scots

On Monday, 12th November 2022, a special morning assembly was held in St Margaret College Secondary School Verdala, Cospicua to commemorate St Margaret Queen of Scots, the College Patron Saint. This commemoration was celebrated by four Form 5 (Year 11) students together with the Religion teacher, Martin Azzopardi sdc.

During November, Christians celebrate both All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day. All Saints’ Day originated in the 4th century A.D… Read more »

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 »