Intergenerational Activity for Christmas

On Friday the 21st December 2018, Maria Regina College Administration staff organised an intergenerational activity together with the elderly people residing at the Madonna tal-Mellieha Home.
The activity began with carol singing with the help of all Year 6 pupils of MRC Mellieha Primary and mass.
Maria Regina College forwarded a set of 62 books to the Mellieha Home for their library. The books were donated by the National Literacy Agency captained by Mr David Muscat. The Hon. Minister Evarist Bartolo visited the Home during the activity. After spending some special time with the elderly, discussing the good old days, all staff at the Administration Centre had their team building event. Finally the MRC staff donated boxes full of food to the National Food Bank as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.

MRC Council Presidents’ Meeting

A very productive meeting was held on 12 Dec 2018 at the MRC Administration Centre between Head College Network Mr Patrick Decelis and all Maria Regina College School Council Presidents.

On the agenda, themes like the present situation at the College, the importance of the School Council and the role of the President, the forthcoming Elections and efforts to elect a fully-functioning Council for each and every MRC school and the best way forward to have effective councils which make a difference for the best education of all our students were discussed

Dissemination Seminar

An Erasmus+ project which consisted of a training course for Maria Regina College Psycho social team called Narrative Coaching was held in Copenhagen, Denmark last September.

On Thursday 29th November 2018, a dissemination seminar ‘Students’ Stories Matter! Using Narrative Techniques in schools’ was held at Dolmen Hotel. Mr Patrick Decelis, Head College Network, together with the psycho social team of Maria Regina College spoke about the significance of the training and the effect it had in their role.

Dr Frank Fabri, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Education and Employment applauded the initiatives taken by Maria Regina College.

The seminar was very well attended by educational professionals from all colleges and other professionals from education department including Directors.

Social Enterprise Model Project

Today at Maria Regina College Wardija Resource Centre, the Job Exposure Team together with their creative partners, Joyce and Ismay launched the Social Enterprise Model project, financed by HSBC. We were honoured by the presence of Hons. Dr Evarist Bartolo, the Minister of Education, Mrs Kate Gonzi, Mr Patrick Decelis and distinctive representatives from HSBC. During the launch, the students gave a presentation and a demonstration of how to prepare aromatherapy products.

Early Intervention Kindergarten Workshop

On the 24th October the Early Intervention Team at our College carried out a workshop for Kinder parents at Gharghur Primary.

 First they did  a 30 minute presentation where they spoke about the service they offer in general followed by activities parents can do with their children on everyday basis enhancing all areas of development. Then different sections were prepared so that parents have hands on activities with the different resources on display.

 Section 1: Gross and Fine motor Development

 Parents were shown different materials such as the parachute and suggested that they could easily do the activities using a bed sheet. We also explained the importance of playing with the children and helping them achieve skills such as throwing to a target, catching ball, creeping under a tunnel, jumping and so on. Then we went through the fine motor section and the parents had the time to experience making their own play dough from ingredients easily found in every household. They had also the opportunity to feel different textures such as kinetic sand, therapeutic putty and they were given ideas of how to play with their children using resources that they can find at their homes such as magazines, kitchen roll holders, plastic bottle taps and so on.

 Section 2: Social, Communication and Language Development

 This section included a lot of resources which can be made easily at home such as going shopping for example using real food items. Separating dirty vs clean clothes and hanging clean ones on a line to dry. We also encouraged parents to let the children make mistakes and help them find solutions for their mistakes rather than correcting them and just arranging their mistakes for example they were asked what happens if the nose is put on the forehead of Mr. Potato rather than were we normally put it. Parents immediately answered that they’ll say that’s not right arrange it whereas we can say oh how funny does mummy have her nose on her forehead and such practical examples which we come up with on everyday basis with our children

 Section 3: Cognitive, Literacy and Numeracy Development

 This section included books, numbers, letters and shapes. Emphasis was made to have fun with their children and not just present them with workbooks. We gave them ideas on how to build their own resources and make learning fun. For example use marsh mellows and pretzel sticks to do shapes, use racing cars to learn the printed name and post boxes to sort different colours and shapes. We also explained the importance of sharing books which are age appropriate to the child and to make own stories and books from the children’s experiences.

 Parents were given print outs with different activities from the different sections presented to keep as reference and give ideas on what they can use with their children. After the parent’s workshop the KGEs and LSEs working in Kinder 1 and Kinder 2 also had the opportunity to come and have a look at the different sections and the resources and activities presented.

A great initiative indeed, we all believe that such workshops provide skills and helps in empowering our parents.

The Legend of the Witch: L-ewwel ktieb ippublikat ta’ Almikaya Aquilina

Il-Prinċipal tal-Kulleġġ is Sur Patrick Decelis, għamel laqgħa mal-awtriċi ċkejkna fl-iskola Primarja B tal-Mosta, fejn iddiskuta magħha dwar kif ġiet l-idea u kif żviluppatha sakemm waslet sa hawn.

Is-Surmast is-Sur Edwin Debono qal li ser jagħmel attivita’ fl-assembly fejn ser jagħti spazju lil Almikaya sabiex tkellem lill-istudenti l-oħra u tgħidilhom aktar dwar din l-esperjenza.