Past Pupil from Mariam Albatool receives nomination by Forbes 2018!

Brian Vassallo | News

Sara Ezabe, a past pupil from Mariam Albatool School has been named by Forbes as one of 30 young leaders shaping law and policy across Europe for her work fighting racism and discrimination on the island. Sara who is a law student, is the youngest person included on Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 Europe list in the law and policy section. She was honoured for setting up RedefiningUs, an NGO which aims to promote inter-cultural acceptance, diversity and dialogue within Maltese society.

In 2016, Ezabe was one of 60 youths from across the Commonwealth to receive a ‘young leadership’ award from Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey.ra,

Further details can be found at https://lovinmalta.com/news/news-human-interest/young-maltese-woman-gets-forbes-honour-for-anti-racism-activism

Our best wishes go to Sara, for her great accomplishments. Well Done !

VERY IMPORTANT Il-Mawled Annabi-rememberance day

Brian Vassallo | News

29th November, 2017
As Salaamu Alaikom, Dear Parents / Guardians,

School Holidays – December

1st December, 2017: We would like to remind you that this Friday there will be no school due to Il-Mawled Annabi rememberance day;
8th December, 2017: Public Holiday, the school will be closed on this day;
12th December, 2017 – Parent’s Day: There will be no school for students on this day;
13th December, 2017 – National Holiday, the school will be closed on this day;
25th December – 5th January 2018 – Winter Break, no school on these days (both days included).

NEW PE Kit

This is a gentle reminder that the new PE uniform is available from FULL MARKS SPORTING, 288 Zabbar Rd FGURA. Tel. no: 21677262. Students may wear the old PE kit until they need to buy a new one.
The School Administration

Creative writing in Year 2D

Brian Vassallo | Events

Writing does not have to be restricted to the same topics but can be child initiated. Children love writing their own stories and poems, simple as they may be, they are very creative and their imagination shines in these little books and short poems which, if this talent is encouraged and nurtured , encourages them to become proficient writers.

Ms Doris Schembri

Below are photos of the activity.

ALS Foundation Malta Founder visits Mariam Albatool School

Brian Vassallo | News

ALS, or amyotrophic laterals sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, people may lose the ability to speak, eat, move and breathe. The motor nerves that are affected when you have ALS are the motor neurons that provide voluntary movements and muscle control. Examples of voluntary movements are making the effort to reach for a smart phone or step off a curb. These actions are controlled by the muscles in the arms and legs

On Tuesday 14th March 2017, ALS Malta Founder Mr Bjorn Formosa, himself an ALS sufferer visited Mriam Abatool school to raise awareness of the condition and to raise funds for a special hme to aid ALS sufferers.

During his visit Mr Formosa spoke about the need to have courage in difficult moments and to garner support whenever this is needed. These statements were embraced and supported by Mr Muhamed Elsadi (Imam) and Mr Kenneth Busuttil (Head of School) who also thanked Mr Formosa for sharing his experiences with staff and students.
Before the activity a number of initiatives were taken to collect funds which would aid ALS sufferers have a more dignified life and supportive amenities which are an absolute necessity for ALS sufferers. The total amount of money raised by Mariam Albatool students and staff was 2000 euros. A big thank you to all school staff, parents and students.

The school administration would like to thank Mr Bjorn Formosa and his wife for their cordial visit.

Particular thanks go to Ms Romina Bugeja (Year 1 Teacher ) who was the organizer of the event. Below are photos commemorating the occasion.

World Book Day Outing

Brian Vassallo | Events

On 24th April 2017, Form 2 and Form3 students went to San Anton Palace to celebrate the World Book Day. The trip was organised by their teachers Ms Aslihan Arikan Zammit, Ms Elaine Falzon and Ms Christine Refalo to promote a reading culture and as a follow up of Read and Tell project in Form 3.

Before entering the magical Secret Garden, we toured the palace where we were taken to visit the library dedicated to Anton Buttigieg, the second president of Malta and a Maltese poet.  The students were given a brief talk about the library and listened to a poem by Mr. Buttigieg.

The activity continued in the secret garden at San Anton Palace where students of all ages from different schools gathered to read books and listen to stories in the open air.  We were met by our host Mr Damjan Attard who has been working in the NGO segment. He welcomed our group where all the students sat on grass and listened to his captivating stories of his travels to different parts of the world.

We finally ended our day having some refreshments and an ice cream at the President’s Kitchen Garden. World Book Day is designated by UNESCO and annually celebrated on 23rd April, the day both William Shakespeare and Cervantes, the famous Spanish writer of Don Quixote, died.

MCAST Visit

Brian Vassallo | Events

On Tuesday 12th April 2017 a large group of students from Mariam Albatool School visited MCAST for the first MCAST SKILLS CHALLENGE. They visited the electrical and mechanical engineering sections, the aereonautic and welding sections and others. Particular interest was registered in the sports, business and banking sectors with students asking numerous questions about current and future courses.

During the visit our students had the opportunity to interact with the MCAST students and lecturers. All our students commented very positively about the activity an expressed their wish to participate in such activities in future.

Photos are courtesy of Ms Christine Refalo. The activity was coordinated by Mr Brian Vassallo (Asst Hd) and Ms Debbie Atanasio (SMT)

A big well done to all.

Below are photos of the activity.

Students from years 3, 4, 7 and 8 visited ESPLORA

Brian Vassallo | Events

On Wednesday 22nd March 2017 students from years 3, 4, 7 and 8 visited ESPLORA, accompanied by the their teachers.

Esplora Interactive Science Centre at Bighi is Malta’s latest visitor attraction which was officially opened on 26th October 2016. This project is a first of its kind in Malta has been led by The Malta Council for Science and Technology under the chairmanship of Dr. Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando. Esplora has been partly funded by EU funds, seeking to cultivate a culture of scientific curiosity and imagination by igniting a passion for questioning, investigation where visitors at Esplora are encouraged to explore, think and imagine.

The renovated building now consists of several buildings and outdoor spaces, all interconnected following an extensive restoration and development process. The main exhibitions halls and the landscaped gardens consists of over 200 exhibits making this science centre fun. Moreover, there is an exciting Activity Centre for visitors to experience hands-on workshops and entertaining science shows, making science relevant to our everyday lives.

The School administration would like to thank Ms Debbie Atanasio (SMT) for coordinating the activity.

Below are some photos taken during the event.

(Photos are courtesy of Ms Christine Mary Refalo)

Blood Donation Unit

Brian Vassallo | Events

On Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16th March 2017, a number of teachers from Mariam Albatool visited the blood donation unit at the Blood Transfusion Unit, Gwardamangia Hill, Gwardamangia.

The gift of blood is the noblest and the most precious of all gifts. Blood is a precious gift that saves human lives and blood donation is a most remarkable noble act of service to humanity. All healthy persons have a duty to ensure that safe blood is available in adequate measures in our hospitals in Malta and Gozo. We all need to raise awareness amongst the population in favour of donating blood by motivating every healthy person to come forward and give blood voluntarily and regularly.

As a school, we extend our best wishes to all those engaged in promoting this noble cause. As medical science is advancing at a terrific speed, the need for blood is equally in very great demand in our country as there are many fatal accidents and complicated surgeries going on to save human lives. The timely availability of safe blood can save a life in distress.

Blood donation is entirely a safe procedure and builds an immediate and immeasurable relationship between the donor and often an unidentified recipient. This gesture is within the reach of almost all of us. You don’t need a special reason to give blood. You just need your own reason. Whatever your motivation, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. And you’ll feel good knowing you’ve helped change a life.

The activity was organised upon the initiative of Ms Glorian Sammut who coordinated the activity by organising bus schedules from Mariam Albatool to the Blood Donation Unit and back.

The School administration would like to thank ALL DONORS from Mariam Albatool School who participated wholeheartedly in the activity. Particular thanks go to Ms Glorian Sammut for her initiative.

Below are some photos taken during the activity.

World Book Day – Winner!

Brian Vassallo | Events

To celebrate World Book Day, which this year was celebrated on the 22nd of April, the Schools Library Service (SLS) within the Directorate for Educational Services organised a writing competition for all Primary school pupils around Malta and Gozo. Our school participated with students from two Primary classes: Yr 4 and Yr 6. The children had to write an original short story of not more than 400 words in English or Maltese.

Sara Treki from Class 4D was one of the students who submitted her story and who won a consolation prize for her original story ‘The girl with super powers!!!’

Below are photos taken during the occasion.

International Civic and Citizenship Study (ICCS)

Brian Vassallo | Events

On Thursday 14th April, Year 9 students took part in the International Civic and Citizenship Study (ICCS).

This research programme is an ongoing comparative study that examines the ways young people are prepared to fulfill their roles as citizens. ICCS collects and analyses data that investigates students’ understanding of issues related to civics and citizenship, including their values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours.

The study was coordinated by Ms Glorian Sammut and administered by Ms Debbie Atanasio.

The Head of School, Mr Kenneth Busuttil, presented the certificates to the students. Below is a photo taken during the event.