News from the Schools

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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A Resumé of Children’s preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to Malta 2022

Students from all State, Church and Independent schools were invited to take part in an initiative in preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to the Maltese islands on the 2nd and 3rd April 2022 related to the theme Ilkoll Aħwa. With the help of educators, the students got to know Pope Francis better and learnt about the attitudes that Pope Francis encourages us to live together as brothers and sisters…

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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…

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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…

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