News from the Schools

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 »

Starting 2022 Lent with Solidarity Cards for Children in Ukraine

On Thursday, 3rd and Friday, 4th March 2022, the start of Holy Lent, a group of Form 4 (year 10) R.E. students at St. Margaret College Secondary School Verdala, celebrated the beginning of Holy Lent by committing themselves to think more of Ukraine people in their daily prayers. Senior teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc invited his students to reflect upon Pope Francis’ message for Holy Ash Wednesday… Read more »

Celebrations of St Paul’s Shipwreck in Malta

As the Maltese Islands celebrated the important feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul, various activities were carried out at St Paul’s Bay Primary School to commemorate the Patron Saint of the School.

All students participated in activities that were organized according to age groups.

Year 6 Boat Trip to St Paul’s Islands Year 5 Visit to San Pawl Milqi in Burmarrad Year 4 Visit to Għajn Rażul, Xemxija Apiaries and Prehistoric Tombs Year 3 Visit to San Pawl tal-Ħġejjeġ Church Crafts Projects and Video Watching in the Early Years Classes 9 – Years 1,2 and Kindergarten Various Projects by the Early Years Students

Thank you to the SLT and all educators for this nice initiative and who coordinated such nice activities which all students will surely keep on remembering… Read more »

A Connected Collaboration – Adopt a Grandparent

Following the ‘Super Heroes Project’ during the last scholastic year, another eTwinning project is being carried out between St Thomas Moore College, Żejtun Primary B, De La Salle College and the Spiritual Development in Schools team.

As the title shows this project aims to instil values of kindness and respect towards the elderly residing amongst the students of both schools. The project is helping the students to strengthen literacy skills and digital literacy competencies, promote intergenerational dialogue, and to become more culturally aware of the traditional celebrations in Malta… Read more »

“I felt part of a community who is feeling or going through the same challenges as myself.”

On Tuesday, 8th February 2022, the Spiritual Development in Schools team delivered training about ‘What are Prayer Spaces and Values’ with a group of forty educators from St Thomas More College Żejtun Primary B. 

The training helped educators realize that with simple everyday objects and spaces, one can reflect and pray and continue to build meaningful relationships within the Self, Others, The World and God… Read more »

What does Christmas mean to you?

An interview with Fr Reuben Micallef, parish priest of Pembroke Parish and religious counsellor of SCC Pembroke Primary School

During the first two weeks of Advent, Fr Reuben Micallef parish priest of Pembroke parish met with children in all kinder, early and primary classes attending St Clare College Pembroke Primary School. During his interaction with different class years, the children could follow age-appropriate action songs, activities and resources found on website… Read more »

Online Christmas Holy Mass at SMC Secondary School Verdala

On Tuesday, 21st December 2021 St. Margaret College Secondary School Verdala, Cospicua, celebrated an online Christmas Holy Mass for the whole school following the Covid19 health restrictions. The Holy Mass was celebrated by the school religious counsellor, Fr Carmelo Spiteri ocd with the help and assistance of the School Religion Team. During his homily, Fr Carmelo insisted on the best gift that Christmas can give the peace and joy of Baby Jesus who unites us together in one family… Read more »

Special Assemblies during November and December 2021

Various classes in different primary State schools from all colleges had the opportunity to participate in special assemblies. During these special assemblies, students prepared and presented PowerPoint presentations to their peers, participated in hands-on activities, did action songs, created artwork and involved themselves in other spiritual and educational activities.

Thanks to all the schools who provide these spaces for the students and also to share them with us all… Read more »

“Making others aware of God’s infinite love for humanity makes me a good Christian missionary” Rihanna

On Monday, 25th October 2020, a group of Form 4 (Year 10) students at St. Margaret College Secondary School Verdala, Cospicua reflected upon Pope Francis’s message for Mission Sunday 2021 and committed themselves to support the Missio Malta missionary fund campaign in aid if disabled children in Cambodia. This project was coordinated by Senior Religion teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc, who also invited his RE programme students to reflect upon the missionary call of every Christian in today’s life… Read more »

MissioTfal in Schools around Malta and Gozo

MissioTfal Co-ordinator within Missio Malta, Ms Nancy Camilleri aims to spread the Word of God through missionary animation delivered to them which helps them develop as true missionary witnesses in their local community, schools, and groups they attend. MissioTfal represents the Pontifical Holy Childhood, which is one of the pillars of the Pontifical Mission Society under the responsibility of the Holy Father, Pope Francis.

MissioTfal promotes missionary consciousness among children in school, groups and at home through missionary animation and formation… Read more »