MATHS VENTURE – MOSTA SECONDARY

Congratulations to our students Clyde Grech and Leon Pisani of year 9 who won the Maths Venture 2018 which was held in Citadella Gozo. Our school, Maria Regina College Mosta Secondary (Lily of the Valley) was teamed up with St Monica school and placed first from 15 teams. Well done!

 

H.E. THE PRESIDENT OF MALTA AT MOSTA PRIMARY B

Her Excellency Ms Marie Louise Coleiro Preca visited MRC, Mosta Primary B on 23rd April 2018 to commemorate World Book Day and launch the National Readathon, organised in collaboration with the National Literacy Agency.  The aim of the Readathon is to foster a love for reading and raise funds for children having eyesight problems.

A number of activities have been held at school in the respective classes and Year groups in conjunction with World Book Day and the reading ambassadors namely, Gilbert Agius (footballer), Christabelle (Malta’s Eurovision 2018 representative) and Keith Demicoli (newscaster) had reading sessions with Year 4 classes.  The President also read a popular Trevor Zahra novel in a Year 5 class and then attended a short programme with all school children in the yard.  She presented a set of books to our school and the school administration reciprocated with a cheque donation to Malta Community Chest Fund and an artistic work done by one of our Year 6 pupils.

 

FAMELAB – NAXXAR MIDDLE SCHOOL

FameLab is a global communications competition that calls for scientists, mathematicians and engineers. It gives an opportunity to science enthusiasts to share their knowledge and engage the public in the most effective ways. In simply 3 minutes, each participant presents a concept on any topic of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

This week, the winner of Famelab 2018, a competition organised by British Council in conjunction with Esplora , Dr Anthony Galea from the Department of Geosciences, Faculty of Science, UOM, was invited to Naxxar Middle School by the Science Department to deliver his interactive talk on fluid mechanics to year 8 students.

Although scientific concepts such as Bernoulli effect are not easy concepts to understand, Dr Galea managed to explain them in simplest of terms and students were able to understand, ask questions and enjoyed participating fully in the presentation .

 

 

SUCCESS IN THE MALTA ROBOTICS OLYMPIAD 2018

1st and 3rd in the Malta Robotics Olympiad 2018 – Lego Sumo Challenge

Six teams from Maria Regina College Mosta Secondary participated in the Malta Robotics Olympiad 2018 – Lego Sumo Challenge on Friday 20th April, mentored by Mr Joseph Vella and assisted by Ms Marisa Bugeja. Being their first time, the students’ expectations were low, but the excitement, team spirit and support was impressively high. The challenge consisted of building a 15cm by 15cm robot from Lego parts and program it to autonomously detect and push an opponent out of an 80cm diameter ring. Seven students from Computing Year 10 classes formed two teams and prepared for the challenge during mid-day breaks.  Computing Year 9 students formed 4 teams and worked on the task as part of their coursework. Participating in this big event was already a thrill … however watching one of the Year 9 teams getting through bravely to the 3rd place after being knocked out by their Year 10 friends in the semi-finals brought a shiver … and then watching the Year 10 team winning the MRO18 Lego Sumo Challenge was a blast.

We hope that this opportunity to come together as schools under one tent, thanks to Mr James Catania (EO ICT) and Mr Josmar Borg (EO Computing) who organised the event, will be offered again next year. It is hoped that more teams take part in similar events to experience one of a kind emotions of such a learning challenge.

Congratulations are in order to all participants while hoping that together with their keen supporters they cherish this unique experience. Thanks for inspiring everyone present.

CODESPRINTmt – MOSTA SECONDARY

On Saturday 21st April, during the Malta Robotics Olympiad 2018, a Year 10 student from Maria Regina College Mosta Secondary joined another 20 students to participate in a computer programming contest. This event was organised by Mr Josmar Borg, EO Computing, who also offered the opportunity to the contestants to participate in a workshop session after school hours conducted by ICEMalta in preparation for the JAVA hackathon. Surely a unique experience for Kurt Vella who managed to solve the assigned tasks during the event which started from 9am to 1:30pm  … a hack of a long time programming. Kurt managed to place 5th which is a very good result considering that all contestants were very well prepared. An inspiration to both his classmates and his teachers.

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YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD – NAXXAR MIDDLE SCHOOL

As part of Science Week, the Science Department at Naxxar Middle School has organised a Young Scientist Award Competition.

Individual competitors were urged to work on their project at home. The project was showcased during the Science Week  held between 9th to 13th April.

Participating students were asked to stay by their stand and explain their project to judges and visitors.

A panel of judges visited the projects and will be awarding prizes to the first three winners!

SCIENCE FAIR – NAXXAR MIDDLE SCHOOL

6000 DIĠA JIĠRU ‘THE DAILY MILE’

Ġirja tajba ma tagħmel ħsara lil ħadd, lanqas lid-Deputati Parlamentari!

Dan hekk kif l-Erbgħa filgħodu, il-Ministru Evarist Bartolo u s-Segretarju Parlamentari Clifton Grima ġrew ġirja tajba mal-istudenti tal-Iskola Primarja B tal-Mosta, waqt it-tnedija tal-inizjattiva ‘The Daily Mile’.ritratt-tfal

Din se tkun introdotta fl-iskejjel Maltin, u hija mmirata biex iżżid l-attività fiżika li t-tfal jagħmlu ta’ kuljum, filwaqt li jiżviluppaw imġiba pożittiva ta’ saħħa.

Ingħad li erbgħa u għoxrin fil-mija biss tat-tfal Maltin li għandhom bejn għaxar snin u ħdax-il sena jagħmlu s-siegħa rrakomandata kuljum ta’ attività fiżika moderata jew vigoruża.

Dan filwaqt li, sfortunatament, erbgħin fil-mija tat-tfal Maltin għandhom piż żejjed jew huma obeżi.

Huwa għalhekk li nħasset il-ħtieġa li jiżdiedu l-livelli ta’ attivita, bl-iskejjel joffru post ideali għall-implimentazzjoni ta’ inizjattivi ġodda.

pic 2‘The Daily Mile’, li bdiet fir-Renju Unit, hija faċli biex tkun implimentata u tieħu biss kwarta. Fi kwalunkwe ħin matul il-jum tal-iskola, l-għalliema tieħu lit-tfal fil-bitħa biex jiġġoggjaw jew jiġru.

Ħafna mit-tfal ikopru mil fi kwarta, filwaqt li oħrajn jieħdu ftit inqas jew ftit iżjed. Dan filwaqt li ma hemmx bżonn ta’ warm up jew jibdlu fil-PE kit.

Wara din l-attivita fiżika, it-tfal ikunu iktar iffukati u kkonċentrati fil-klassi. Meta mistoqsija, it-tfal qalu li qed jieħdu gost b’din l-inizjattiva għax qed tagħmilhom iktar b’saħħithom, kuntenti fl-iskola u ttihom waqfa qasira minn perjodi twal bil-qiegħda fil-klassi.skola-1

‘The Daily Mile’ ddaħħlet f’Malta tliet xhur ilu, b’ħamsa u tletin skola diġà ssieħbu f’din l-inizjattiva, fejn mas-sitt elef tifel u tifla diġà qed jirċievu kwarta iktar ta’ attività fiżika kuljum.

L-inizjattiva hija mmirata għall-iskejjel primarji, iżda diversi skejjel medji u sekondarji diġà introduċewha, u saħansitra tista’ tkun estiża għal postijiet tax-xogħol.

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CELEBRATING MULTILINGUALISM IN MALTESE SCHOOLS

Languages transmit cultures, values and traditional knowledge, hence the importance of treating diversity and multilingualism in our schools as a valuable resource.

On the 13th of March, parents and education officials were invited to attend the concert set up by the Migrant Learners’ Unit to remember International Mother Language Day. The day is celebrated by the United Nations on the 21st of February and calls for each one of us to treasure our linguistic and cultural heritage.

Over 120 newcomer learners who are currently following the induction course at the Maria Regina Naxxar hub and Saint Clare College San Gwann hub took part in the concert. Learners coming from over 20 different countries (Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Egypt, Hungary, India, Italy, Libya, Macedonia, Lithuania, Moldova, The Philippines, Portugal & Brazil, Romania, Spain, Serbia, Syria, Turkey and Ukraine) spoke about their country of origin, recited national anthems and sung popular songs and nursery rhymes in their own mother tongue.

A big thank you goes to the team of professional and dedicated teachers at the Migrant Learners’ Unit, Naxxar and San Gwann hubs, for their hard work in setting up such an entertaining programme. 

MOSTA PRIMARY PROJECT CONNECTS MATHS TEACHING AND RECYCLING

Linking Mathematics with Education for Sustainable Development: Plastic water bottles turned into numbered bowling pins.

Linking Mathematics with Education for Sustainable Development: Plastic water bottles turned into numbered bowling pins.

Parents and educators at Maria Regina College Mosta Primary A Kindergarten Annexe Plastic water bottles turned into numbered bowling pins Parents' helphave created a mathematics outdoor exploration area using recycled materials as part of a project during European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) 2017 that linked Mathematics and Education for Sustainable Development.

The project was a follow-up of the award-winning project ‘Creating Maths Resources from Packaging Waste’ conducted during last year’s EWWR in collaboration with Wasteserv. Encouraged by the success of the project, educators raised the bar by seeking to develop a Maths outdoor area in the school grounds.

Together with the Maths Support teacher they planned outdoor Maths activities, designed a Maths garden shed and developed a Maths teaching ideas handbook. In addition, professional development sessions were organised to empower school staff to extend the boundaries of their classrooms.

Circulars about the project were sent to over 400 parents forming part of the Mosta Kindergarten Annexe community. Parents who volunteered to work on the project joined forces with workmen from the Education Directorate for five days dissambling recycled pellets to reuse the wood to construct the Maths garden shed. Other parents embellished the school’s garden with recycled learning resources to create Ġnien Naqra Qatra.

Some of the parent volunteers working with teachers to create recycled learning resources for the children.

Some of the parent volunteers working with teachers to create recycled learning resources for the children.

Mathematics in the early years should be a fun and exciting time where children can explore, actively learn and critically think. The outdoor space created by the project is aimed at stimulating the pupils’ exploration of early mathematical concepts. The pupils are now making use of natural resources and experiencing the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development. Out-of-the-classroom learn­ing facilitates an authentic and experiential educational process.

The project was also used to promote Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and encourage waste management by developing these ideas in line with this year’s EWWR theme – ‘All it needs is a fresh new look! Giving a second life to products’. The aim was to reach out to educators, children and parents alike, and explore how waste can be re-used to create things we use on a day-to-day basis. Thus plastic water bottles became numbered bowling pins, egg cartons turned into numbered target boards and old cloth hangers improvised as weighing balances.

One of the participating parents, Maria Grech, commented that “the kids love it when they see us parents busy at school, working with their teachers to create useful stuff for them. It was lovely witnessing our kids’ faces light up as they caught up with us working in their garden”.

“Apart from the Maths resources and spaces developed, the educational impact includes the cultivation of a school-home partnership that can really benefit the child’s development. Reaching out to the community alongside the parents’ positive response maximised the environmental awareness created.”

“Our school is managing to create a necessary, vital link between the school’s administration, teachers, learning support assistants and us as parents. We all have one aim at heart: our children’s well-being as they develop and learn in a protected, serene and loving environment.”

Cynthia Genovese, another parent who took an active part in the project, said: “Taking an active part in this project has taught me that the little we do to reuse and recycle can make such a huge difference in the long run. I am already saving my used cracker tins for next year’s project. It’s not only about my kids anymore… I can’t wait to experience it once again.”