Celebrate National Space Day: Webinar for Yr 9 – Yr 10 students

National Space Day was created to inspire all of us in the pursuit of knowledge and progress. To celebrate this day, Esplora teamed up with GLOBE Malta and the U.S. Embassy to organise a virtual webinar for students focusing on Space Exploration and Earth Observation.

Participating students will have the opportunity to meet with Peter Falcon, and Earth Science Education and Communications Specialist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as well as Gordon Caruana Dingli, who recently published a book on the Apollo programme and the locals’ response to it. Moreover, educators and students will have an opportunity to meet with Ramona Mercieca to discover how they can become citizen scientists by collecting data for NASA scientists.

Target Audience: Yr 9 – Yr 10 students

Day: 6th May 2022

Maximum number of participants: 3 classes

Session Duration: 1 hour, to be held between 11am and 1pm.

The exact time will be agreed upon with educators upon booking to ensure that a common time slot can be found among all classes involved. The Webinar is free to attend and will be delivered in English.

Soul Speak – Writing, Reading and Reflection

The National Literacy Agency, in collaboration with Spiritual Development in Schools, is organising four sessions of writing, reading and reflection in a new programme entitled ‘Soul Speak’ for primary children from Year 4 till Year 6 (8-10 year olds).

These sessions are an excellent opportunity for children to train in the Writing Process through imaginative and reflective activities which help children to pray in a creative way. Throughout these sessions, the children will be provided with resources in both English and Maltese to help them express themselves in their preferred language. Age-appropriate level in both English and Maltese is expected from applicants.

At the end of the programme, an exhibition of the childrens’ work will be organised and a celebration activity where a certificate is awarded to those who attend and participate in all four sessions.

Applications will be accepted until Friday 29th April 2022. If the activity is oversubscribed, applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

Payment should be made by cheque payable to the National Literacy Agency and should be sent together with reference to the applicant’s details as per the application link to The National Literacy Agency, National Curriculum Centre, Joseph Abela Scolaro Street, Ħamrun ĦMR 1304 by the closing date.

For further information email us on mwp.nla@ilearn.edu.mt or call Mr Samuel Galea on 2598 2997.

The Hunt: Kids’ Virtual Science Quest

The Science Centre (Pembroke) within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes is launching the 3rd edition of The Hunt: Kids’ Virtual Science Quest. The aim of the initiative is to engage young students in problem-solving and research competences. This STEM initiative targets primary students in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. The Hunt engages students in an exciting virtual science quest with clues related to scientific skills and competences.

The Hunt will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams on Friday 3rd June 2022 according to the following schedule:

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National Readathon 2022 – Individual Participants

The Malta Trust Foundation, in conjunction with the National Literacy Agency, is organising the fifth edition of the National Readathon. The aim of the Readathon is to foster a love for reading among children, while nurturing in them a sense of solidarity with their peers through reading for pleasure. Children will be rewarded for their reading efforts and the funds collected will be used to purchase educational resources for non-verbal children on the
autism spectrum. This initiative is being organised with the support of Malta Public Transport.

The chosen slogan for this year’s edition of the Readathon is ‘Read – Any Time, Any Place!’ This initiative will last until June 2022 and is intended for pupils from Year 1 to Year 8 in primary/middle schools.

Those pupils whose school is not participating may still participate in the National Readathon on an individual basis. To participate, their parents/guardians should fill in the online form, which may be accessed here by not later than Friday, 29th April 2022.

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End of Primary Benchmark – 2nd Session

The second session of the End of Primary Benchmark is going to be held in the afternoon between 13 and 17 June 2022. Maltese candidates will sit for this session at San Ġorġ Preca College Floriana Primary School while Gozitan candidates will have the session at the Education Office in Victoria, Gozo.

  1. This second session is being held for children who fall under one of the following two categories:
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Scientix Semiar for STEM Educators and Professionals

The Science Centre (Pembroke) within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes invites STEM educators to participate in a Scientix Seminar entitled STEM Professionals – Educators Encounter scheduled for Tuesday 26th April 2022. The seminar targets educators and STEM professionals interested to explore channels of promoting STEM careers among students of all ages.

The Scientix Seminar will be held at The Xara Lodge l/o Rabat. The event programme can be downloaded here: Scienctix Seminar.

All COVID-19 protocols will be adhered to. A valid COVID-19 vaccine certificate and ID Card/Passport must be shown at the entrance as per health regulations. Interested applicants are kindly requested to register through the link
https://forms.office.com/r/FUkRgyF6V3 by Tuesday 12th April 2022. Each school can nominate only ONE participant for the Seminar. Places are limited and registrations are on first come first served basis. Any queries can be addressed to Mr Mario Muscat via mario.muscat.2@ilearn.edu.mt.

Webinars for Parents and Guardians hosted by the SpLD Service

The SpLD service has announced it will be repeating a series of webinars for parents and guardians. The aim is to provide practical ways of how (parents and guardians) can better support their child with dyslexia at home. Sessions will be held at 9:30 am on Microsoft Teams, and they vary in duration between 1 – 1.30 hrs. The full timetable can be found below:

Interested applicants are kindly requested to register their interest by sending an email to
spldservice.meds@gov.mt by Tuesday 5th April 2022