News from the Schools

St Ignatius College Middle School Ħandaq Celebrates 10 Years of Excellence

St Ignatius College Middle School, Ħandaq, celebrated its 10th anniversary enthusiastically. The celebration was a testament to the school’s spirit and a reflection of the collective commitment to excellence of the entire educational community. It included several celebrations, including the pastoral visit and celebration of Holy Mass by H.E. Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna, the school community and Fr Sergio Fenech, the school religious counsellor… Read more »

A Journey of Reflection and Unity for Students

Between the 23rd and the 25th of January 2023, the Spiritual Development in Schools led Prayer Spaces Sessions at St Clare College, St Julian’s Primary School.

The session took place in the school hall, which had ten stations. Students passed from one station to another, and throughout the journey, they prayed prayers of intercession for the world, showed appreciation to their educators, and reflected on nature… Read more »

Wait, See, and Give

As part of the Christmas activities SDS carry out in schools, this year it was a blessing for my colleague Silvana and me to be part of the Prayer Spaces session at the Boys Learning Centre in Ħamrun.

            It was the 20th of December 2022, so the Christmas spirit was in full blast. In fact, Christmas decorations could be noticed from the main door, and as soon as we entered the school, students together with an educator were sharing a Christmas log… Read more »

Nurturing the Inner Light

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 »