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Awe and wonder in outdoor environments

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.  …
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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 »

Soul Speak

The National Literacy Agency, in collaboration with Spiritual Development in Schools, is organising 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 are 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 »

Esperjenza Rikka fil-Kulleġġ San Tumas More Primary B Żejtun

Din is-sena, żmien ir-Randan ħalla l-frott fl-iskola tagħna, għax flimkien mal-istudenti tagħna, għexna din l-esperjenza sabiħa flimkien li resqitna qrib iktar ta’ dak li qed jiġri madwarna, kellna ċ-ċans nirriflettu dwar il-ħajja li qed ngħixu u kien mod kreattiv ta’ kif tlabna lkoll flimkien mal-klassijiet tagħna bħala komunita’.

It-tfal kellhom iċ-ċans jesploraw temi soċjali fid-dawl tal-imħabba li aħna bħala nsara għandna nuru ma’ ħutna fil-bżonn… Read more »

“A very valuable morning, I felt many emotions”

On Wednesday 9th March 2022, the National Literacy Agency welcomed the Spiritual Development in Schools team to deliver a training session about prayer spaces to the Heads of the Department for Literacy and other NLA personnel.

Fr Reuben Gauci commenced the session by introducing the SDS team and its role in supporting, providing and accompanying educators and students in schools with spiritual activities… Read more »

Pope Francis arrived and departed

As soon as Pope Francis’ visit was over, the Spiritual Development in Schools and the Prayer Spaces Teams organized a webinar for educators in State and Independent schools on the 11th of April 2022. The theme was: Pope Francis arrived and departed – How will his visit affect my life as an educator?

The aim of the webinar was to inspire all educators in their mission by delving deeper into the Pope’s message during his visit to Malta… Read more »

Papa Franġisku skont Jake u oħrajn

Il-komunità’ parrokkjali ta Pembroke tagħti merħba lil Papa Franġisku permezz ta’ sensiela ta’ filmati qosra ta’ kuljum mit-tfal tal-katekiżmu, addolexxenti u żgħażagħ. Nisimgħu ftit x’ser jaqsam magħna Jake Said, dwar kif jaħsibha fuq Papa Franġisku

Tfal mill-Komunita Parrokjali ta’ Pembroke li qed jitħejjew biex jirċievu l-ewwel tqarbina jagħtu merħba lil Papa Franġisku.

Inkomplu nħejju ruħna għaż-Żjara fostna tal-Papa Franġisku… Mark, mill-grupp taż-Żgħażagħ jaqsam magħna xi ħsibijiet… Read more »

“Do you Love me?” – Deep Questions during Lent 2022

The Spiritual Development in Schools team has embarked on several prayer space activities in different Primary, Middle and Secondary State Schools in Malta during Lent 2022.

The SDS team carried out various prayer space activities in classrooms at St George Preca College Pieta Primary,  St George Preca College Hamrun GP Primary, St Margeret College Vittoriosa Primary and St Benedict College Żurrieq Primary State Schools… Read more »