Theatre in Education Project: Is-Skiet li Jtarrax

The Drama Unit (MEYR) is presenting a Theatre-in-Education Project called IS-SKIET LI JTARRAX (The Deafening Silence) in conjunction with Teatru Manoel and National School Support Services (Child Safety Service), for pupils of Year 10 (Form 4). This project tackles the theme of Child Abuse, specifically Sexual Abuse. Therefore it is suggested that all classes attending the project are accompanied either by the School Guidance Teachers or the PSCD Teachers. This Theatre-in-Education Project is in Maltese and will be presented at the Teatru Manoel Studio Theatre. Because of the sensitive nature of the topic, only small groups of pupils are accepted and therefore on a first come, first served basis.

Kindly send an email to Teatru Manoel on: bookings.mt@teatrumanoel.mt or phone on 21246389 to place bookings. Book early so that you won’t be disappointed because numbers are limited.

NWAR: An After-School Family Literacy Intervention Programme

Nwar, a literacy after-school intervention programme for students who are encountering literacy difficulties in Maltese or English. This programme targets the acquisition of basic skills: phonological knowledge, alphabet knowledge, phonic knowledge, reading, spelling, writing and comprehension strategies. Nwar is offered twice a week in the afternoon (either between 16:00 and 17:00 or 17:00-18:00 depending on the availability), face-to-face in the following centres: San Ġwann, Rabat, Birkirkara, Hamrun (School Street), Qormi (St Sebastian), Żurrieq and St Paul’s Bay.

Only students who have difficulties with reading and spelling are eligible, therefore students who have a lack of language exposure and cannot understand and speak the language are not eligible. Applicants will be accepted only after an in-house assessment.

For more information, please consult the relevant letter circular here.

The application can also be found in the link below:

https://education.gov.mt/en/nationalliteracyagency/Pages/Programmes/Nwar-Family-Literacy.aspx

Any queries should be addressed to Ms Marika Farrugia, Senior Manager, Nwar family literacy programme: Telephone: 2598 3323; Email: marika.farrugia@ilearn.edu.mt.

ZfinMalta School Residency Tour: Call For Proposals

ZfinMalta is looking to offer two creative movement residencies in primary and secondary schools on the Maltese Islands in March 2023. Five classes from each school will benefit from a week-long dance intensive in which ŻfinMalta dancers will share the transformative power of dance within the school setting!

About the School Residency Tour

ZfinMalta’s education and outreach programme is developed to motivate its participants by providing tailor-made experiences for individuals from all ages and backgrounds, with or without an existing relationship with movement. ŻfinMalta aims to spread/share the belief that ​​dance is a means by which anyone can experience, explore and invest their thoughts and energy into creativity and imagination​.

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Digital Art Competition for Primary and Secondary School Students

The Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes would like to invite students from all year groups, at state and non-state schools, to participate in a ‘Digital Art Competition’. Teachers teaching at Primary or Secondary level are encouraged to collaborate and guide students’ participation. For any queries or more information, kindly contact:

•Mr Clint Gerald Attard on clint.gerald.attard@ilearn.edu.mt or 2598 1530

•Ms Daniela Zerafa on daniela.zerafa@ilearn.edu.mt or 2598 1528

Adult-Child Interactions in the Early Years: What Can We Learn From the Story of a Mother and Her Infant in Malta?

Presenter: Dr Charmaine Bonello

Date: Thursday, January 12th, from 6.00 – 7.30pm (Online)

Have you ever questioned your actions and language when interacting with young children? Are you interested in learning more about adult-child interactions in the first years of a child’s life? If your answer is ‘yes’, do not miss this ECDAM online session. Drawing on the initial findings of an ongoing five-year longitudinal study with a mother and her daughter, Dr Charmaine Bonello aims to create a space for dialogue about the importance of responsive and sensitive adult-child interactions. Research shows that effective adult-child interactions are strong predictors of quality early childhood education and care and thriving home learning environments (Bradley, 2019; Centre on the Developing Child, 2016; Pianta et al., 2016; Sylva et al., 2004).

In this presentation, Dr Bonello will focus on the Serve and Return style of interactions. Recent neuroscientific evidence shows that Serve and Return interactions help build a child’s brain, starting before babies can talk (Centre on the Developing Child, Harvard University, 2016). She will unpack the story of one Maltese mother who intentionally used Serve and Return interactions with her daughter for fourteen months. The audience will have the opportunity to explore the attitudes, knowledge and skills the mother adopted to initiate and develop successful Serve and Return Interactions and the challenges encountered. How the process facilitated child-led play, interactions that engendered a sense of entitlement for rights, and decolonised interactions over time will also be discussed. The outcomes of this study are relevant to parents of young children, pre-service and in-service early childhood educators and anyone interested in joining the mission to raise liberated children and active citizens right from the start.

If you are interested in joining this online session, please register through our website: https://ecdam.org to reserve a place. The Zoom link will be sent to you a couple of hours before the session starts. Only individuals registered will be sent the link and assigned an attendance ticket to count for the issue of the CPD hours certificate.

A Mobile Phone App for Young People in Challenging Times

The mental health of young people has been significantly undermined by the COVID 19 pandemic which has seen an increase in mental health difficulties, particularly amongst those already vulnerable. This mobile app seeks to provide a safe space for young people in these challenging times, providing a self-help tool for young people 18 years and over to manage their emotions and seek professional help when needed. It has been adapted from Blue Ice (NHS Oxford Health) by the University of Malta and the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society.

Safe Space/GħallKenn is an open access, free digital tool for young people 18 years+ in English and Maltese and may be uploaded either on App store or Play store (see QR codes below).

Users of SafeSpace/GħallKenn will be able to:

•monitor their thoughts and moods(mood diary)

•learn how regulate their feelings to reduce distress and uplift mood through simple techniques(personalised toolbox);

•become more aware of the local support services available for young people in difficulty and seek help when in distress such as emergency services, the new Helpline 1579, 179, Kellimni.com, and other services.

SafeSpace/Għall Kenn may also be used by practitioners working with young people as an extension of their intervention and support.

The National Theatre Schools Programme

DECEMBER 2022

Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th, Friday 9th at 930am & 11am: Carols at Christmas–A theatrical romp with Carols, three Carols to be precise. Meet Carol Kanzunetta, Carol Żfin & Carol Drammatiku. All three Carols are competing for the solo in the TOI TOI sell out Christmas Show for young audiences. A participatory event with singing, movement and laughs. Ideal for Primary School children, suitable for all ages. 40 minutes duration.

FEBRUARY 2023

Thursday 16th & Friday 17th at 10am & 12 noon: Macbeth for Schools –Director Stephen Oliver’s TOI TOI adaptation of the Scottish play, a Main Stage production designed for Secondary schools, specifically as an introduction to Shakespeare targeting Years 7 & 8, (11-13 years old). Duration 85 minutes.

MARCH 2023

Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd at 9.30am & 11am. MEET CUTE–A TOI TOI Jukebox Musical, an introduction to New Musical Theatre written and Directed by Petra Sant with music chosen from an array of current musicals on the West End and Broadway featured throughout this unconventional RomCom. Suitable for Primary and Secondary School age children, specifically 8-13 years. Duration 40 minutes

TOI TOI tickets are capped at €6 per school child, teachers tickets are free of charge. For all queries teachers should email education@teatrumanoel.mt or to make a booking bookings.mt@teatrumanoel.mt. We hope to welcome back a lot of children this year and to introduce the magic of live theatre education into their learning.