News from the Schools

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Spiritual Activities during 2021-2022 at Maria Reġina Middle School, Naxxar

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 of 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 »

We Can Say That We Were There!

On Sunday 3rd April 2022, a group of Form 4 (Year 10) students at St. Margaret’s College Secondary School Verdala, were offered the opportunity to participate in the Pope’s Holy Mass celebration held at the Granaries in Floriana, Malta. Students were accompanied by the Senior Religion teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc and LSE Mr Robert Axisa. Due to Covid-19 pandemic health restrictions, participating students had to be vaccinated and wear face mask all the time… Read more »