On Friday 24th May 2019 the Muslin Community in Malta celebrated the breaking of the fast (Iftar) and invited a number distinguished guests to join in the celebration. The President of Malta His Excellency Dr George Vella and his wife were the guests of honour. The community was also honoured by His Excellency the Libyan Ambassador Mr Saadun Suayeh. The ceremony was also attended by members of the clergy, academics from the University of Malta and high officials from the Ministry of Education and Employment. Also present in the celebration were the Administration of Mariam Albatool School -Mr Kenneth Busittil (HoS), Mr Brian Vassallo (AHoS) and Ms Deborah Atanasio (SMT), together with other members of staff. Ms Maria Camilleri, former Head of School was also honouring us with her presence. During his speech Mr Muhammad ElSadi spoke about the obligation for Muslims to fast during the month of Ramadan and the benefits which emanate from this noble act.
The Muslim community would like to thank all those who participated in the activity. Particular thanks goes to Mr Alfred Scicluna for being the backbone of the whole organization behind the activity.
Children in Year 3 participated in an activity named “Future Classrooms” in which they themselves had to use the tablet, together with Lego cubes to make a moving robot. After doing so, the children used the tablet to code the robot. Each group worked on a different project and shared their work with their others. They enjoyed it a lot.
The school administration would like to thank Ms Jessica Muscat and Ms Doris Schembri for their dedication and enthusiasm towards motivating the students to complete their project. A big WELL DONE !
The year 6 class has participated in a technological project which was part of an entrepreneurship programme sponsored by the Education Department. The project was carried out in collaboration with MEDE and Easy Peasy company which has provided the tools and human resources for its implementation.The kids have been assigned a stand at the Robotics fair at the MFCC in Ta Qali where they presented their product and sold it. It was an excellent opportunity for the kids to acquire different skills in the technological sector. After sessions of brainstorming and research to choose the right product, the class decided that they would design keychains, magnets and mini robots. Finally they had an exhibition with their work at the MRO where they could sell their products and talk about their project.
The school administration would like to thank Ms Diana Salerno for her constant commitment towards the welfare of our students.
Attached herewith please find photos of the activity .
It was a real pleasure for us to be visited by staff and students from San Lawrenz Primary School, Gozo, During their visit the team of educators together with Mr Saviour Tabone (Head of School) were toured round the Mosque assisted by Ms Simone Palmier Arab who gave an interesting presentation about the value of fasting during the month of Ramadan. Then Mr Brian Vassallo (Assistant Head) gave an overview of the school and its functions. Later the whole group was provided with the opportunity to visit the classes and interact with students and teachers. They were later joined by Mr Kenneth Busuttil (HoS-MABS) who presented the Holy Qur’an (in Maltese) to Mr Tabone. Then, they visited Imam Muhammad ElSaadi’s office who greeted them heartily and expressed his wish for greater cooperation in the very near future. A big well doe to all for the excellent organization of the activity.
This afternoon I had the opportunity to attend an interesting Sign Language activity organised by our year 2 and year 6 classes.
Ms Maria Galea, a sign language specialist was invited and gave an interactive introduction of the Maltese sign Language to the students. Our students participated actively and by the end of the session students were were able to construct simple sentences using the method presented by the speaker. The school administration would like to thank Ms Galea for her excellent delivery. Particular thanks go to Mr David Tedesco (Year 2 teacher) together with the assistance of Ms Ms Diana Salerno (year 6 teacher) and Ms Souad Elghazzawi (Arabic teacher).
On Thursday 28th March Year 5 students from Mariam Albatool School participated in the TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science) test. They were awarded a certificate of participation for their effort. A big well done for our great year 5 students ! Below are photos taken during presentation of certificates.
In my class we use the ‘Project approach’ where the teacher observes the students and their play and then designs and plans activities that interest the students. During the last few weeks the children started to play pretend that they are police officers and thieves so I though of inviting a police officer to come and surprise the students in KG2R. Today on the 1st of April children were playing police and thieves or as they like to say ‘police and bad guys’. All dressed up with hats and masks they were surprised by W PC25 Ms.Charleen Cilia who came in our KG2R class. The children loved the idea of Ms.Cilia visiting us in class and listened attentively to what she had to say. The children shared with her what they already knew about the role of the police officer. She interacted affably with the children who were hooked listening to what she had to say.
Ms.Cilia mentioned the importance of safety and how as a police officer she has to ensure the well being of every citizen especially children who are very much at her heart. She explained that police officers are to see that everyone obeys the rules and that she wants the little students to help her out. She provided a badge to every student who promised her that they will be little police helpers. One of their first role to help out their job is to remember to sit at the back of the car with the seat belts on. Another small job for the little helpers is to remind their parents to never answer their mobile phones when driving. She showed the students a very simple way to remember the 112 and why and when to use it.
The police officer explained through real life examples what is stranger danger. She also showed the students videos showing different roles of her job. She played a youtube song and also some more videos.
Ms.Cilia also called a police sergeant who came in the school yard with a police motorbike and all the students had the opportunity to have a ride and listen to the serine. Ms.Cilia explained that police officers are friends to children and that if there is anything upsetting them they are to trust the police as they will always believe them. Ms.Cilia lleft some educational tokens which will be distributed to the children.
Ms.Cilia mentioned several times how well behaved the students were and that she will revisit us if the nature of the work permits it. The school administration and myself would like to thank the police members who visited us this morning. We are sure that it was an experience never to be forgotten.
Nixtieq nirringrazzja lill-kap tal-iskola Primarja tal-Birgu, tal-istedina taghha biex nattendu u nsegwu l-programm li ppreparaw. Inizjattivi bhal dawn jghinu biex inwaqqghu l-hitan u nibnu l-pontijiet. Bhala edukaturi u kollegi, it-tnejn li ahna nemmnu fil-valuri tat-tolleranza u r-rispett reciproku u kien proprju ghalhekk li ghamilna stqarrija kongjunta fuq dan is-suggett. Grazzi.
Training session conducted by Mr Gaetano Bugeja (Director – Curriculum)
During the session Mr Bugeja gave a captivating account of the necessity to continue cultivating a drive for Formative Assessment. He cited numerous examples as to how a culture of continuous assessment is in fact a reality reflected in the place of work. He clearly explained that what is sowed during the formative years in the kinder and primary sectors is reflected in secondary school, in higher educational institutions and later on at work placements.
He praised teachers at Mariam Albatool School for being at the very forefront to embrace changes in the educational sector.
It was real pleasure having Mr Bugeja supporting the initiatives of the school.
A big THANK YOU goes to the Educators present during the meeting and who participated very actively and whose queries were answered by the speaker.
The School Administration and Staff would like to THANK Mr Bugeja for his constant and relentless support to our school. A BIG WELL Done to all