Open letter to the Minister for Education & Minister for Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Planning

As part of the Litterless Campaign, Yr 6 students at St.Nicholas College, Dingli Primary School, sent an email to the Minister for Education and Employment, Hon. Dr Justyne Caruana and Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning, Hon. Dr Aaron Farrugia.   In their email, the students talked about the survey they had carried out at school regarding the Breakfast Club. They had investigated and assessed the type of food that is not being eaten and why, and also how much food is being wasted. Their findings were discussed and recommendations were planned. Through their email, the students proposed realistic solutions to the authorities with the aim of raising awareness amongst other schools too.  #litterlesscampaign.

You can view the full text of the emails here:

Letter to Ministers

STEM Initiative for Primary Schools: X’hemM? għal Dinja Aħjar

xhemmThe Science Centre within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes recently launched the 10th edition of the annual STEM popularisation initiative entitled X’hemM? għal Dinja Aħjar.

Since the first edition in 2014, namely X’hemM? il-Birgu, over 13,000 primary students participated in this appealing engaging Mathematics and Science outreach initiative. During the launch, Ms Desiree Scicluna Bugeja (Assistant Director, DLAP) highlighted the positive transformation process in national STEM Education. During the launch, two personalities from the entertainment sector, namely Mr Dorian Cassar and Ms Rachel Lowell, shared their experiences and views of the importance of STEM subjects in all aspects of life. Dr Fabri (Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Education) concluded the launch by emphasising the pivotal role of STEM popularisation initiatives to strengthen national STEM education practices and outcomes related to International Studies.

During this 10th edition, a total of 33 schools will participate in a range of X’hemM? activities. All X’hemM? għal Dinja Aħjar activities will feature on the Teleskola portal.

Xkatapum: Science Experiments for Physics SEC Syllabus

The Science Centre within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes recently launched the educational programme entitled Xkatapum Esperimenti tal-Fizika ma’ Rowena u Andy.

The programme comprises 20 episodes of experiments related to themes and topics within the Physics SEC syllabus. Indeed Xkatapum addresses a range of  scientific queries related to everyday life at home, at the supermarket, at the beach and other places.  The programme puts forward the physics concepts underlying such relevant contexts and provides an explanation of the concepts through experimental investigation and analysis.  The end-of-episode questions motivate and engage viewers to seek further information and to discuss the topic in more depth at class and/or home.  The programme can be accessed on YouTube (Xkatapum) and on the Teleskola portal (https://teleskola.mt/).  Students and teachers are encouraged to use and share the programmes to facilitate understanding, learning and achievement in Physics.

Digital Art Exhibition and Competition

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 Exhibition and Competition. Class teachers (at Primary level) and Art teachers, Media Literacy teachers and Information Technology teachers (at Secondary level) are encouraged to collaborate and guide students’ participation by choosing ONE of the below as a starting point to develop a digital artwork:

  • Infinity
  • Emotions
  • Colours
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Nature’s Magic – Activity for Year 1 students at Baħrija Primary School

Year 1 students at Baħrija Primary School eagerly participated in a DINJA WAĦDA ACTIVITY called Nature’s Magic. They learnt all about soil formation and the different requirements needed for plants to grow. It was such a fun activity from which the children learnt and appreciated the beauty of nature even more.

My Mask – I Care Challenge!

In order to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have found ourselves wearing face masks all the time, even if we are, say, alone in the country side. Some people opt to buy disposable face masks, which in turn, can cause problems of their own. On an average day, one may go through 1-3 face masks, thus causing quite a lot of litter! And the worst thing is that some of these masks are ending up improperly discarded and littering our towns and countryside.

To raise awareness about the issue, Dingli Secondary School have issued a Facebook Challenge, in a bid to promote the use of re-usable cloth masks. Just take a picture of yourself wearing a cloth mask, and upload it on Dingli Secondary School’s Facebook Page. (If you’re shy or don’t want to appear on Facebook, just take a pic of your mask). Finally, don’t forget to share the competition post on your Facebook Profile too! (If you’re too young to have a Facebook profile, you can ask your parents or siblings to post the picture and share the post on their own profile).

This competition is open to all College students and staff, Primary, Middle and Secondary Schools.

By participating in this Challenge, you can also win a 10 Euro Voucher from A to Z electronics!

Visit the My Mask – I Care Challenge on Facebook by clicking on this link: https://www.facebook.com/DingliSecondary/photos/a.150425676364438/473410040732665

The competion is part of Trash Hack (joint venture Ekoskola/Unesco) and Young reporters for the Environment.