As part of the EU Code Week, the Directorate for Digital Literacy & Transversal skills, is encouraging Kindergarten, year 1, 2 and 3 educators to dedicate one hour to a fun coding/dancing activity with their students. Through the Dance Party unplugged activity, no devices are needed and students can learn coding concepts to choreograph a dance party together whilst keeping physically distant. More information is available at: https://curriculum.code.org/hoc/unplugged/4/
Participating classes can share a video or photo/s showing their activity by submitting their video or photo/s on https://bit.ly/3jDH6Ml. Submissions will be shared on the DDLTS FB page DigitalEducation in Malta (facebook.com/DigitalEducMalta). A number of tokens gently sponsored by theeSkills foundation will be presented to 15 participating classes. These will be chosen at random on the 16th December 2020.
It is important to register your activity in the EU Code Week website (https://codeweek.eu/) and to use the following code cw20-SbiEf for the Code 4 All challenge.
The Malta College of Family Doctors has published a ‘Self-Care’ guide for the general public. Self-care means treating mild illnesses at home, using rest, nutrition, and sometimes over-the-counter medicines. Self-care helps avoid the spread of infections in crowded waiting rooms, decreases unnecessary use of medications, and helps reduce the burden on health care services.
The document explains the symptoms of mild viral illnesses, and why they occur. It outlines the basics of treatment, as well as what commonly-used medicines are safe to use as needed. It also includes a list of ‘red flag’ symptoms to look out for, and who to speak to if they occur. The document is available in both Maltese and English, and the public and healthcare personnel are encouraged to use and share it.
The MCFD firmly believes in patient education, and hopes that this document will help answer many questions that family doctors/general practitioners are often asked. It is intended as a reference, helping patients take better control of their own health.
As in previous years, the L-Istrina BOV Piggy Bank Campaign will once again be taking place in all schools of Malta and Gozo. Due to the new circumstances Mrs Miriam Vella, First Lady of Malta, will not be visiting the schools in person but will convey her message virtually. The purpose of this Campaign is to make students aware and also to instill in them the importance of helping others.
This year’s edition will see the traditional plastic piggy bank replaced by a cardboard piggy bank that is easily recycled, and will reduce the negative impact on the environment. The 3 new Piggy Banks, feature drawings by the 3 winners of a competition organised for this purpose and saw the participation of 91 children.
The distribution of the “new piggy” has already started and will remain in schools for a duration of 4 weeks, when they will be recollected during the week of the 7th December. The video links underneath will help you assemble the Piggy Bank.
The Malta School of Drama and Dance within the Mikiel Anton Vassalli College in collaboration with Nestle’ Malta and St Honore Gozo, has launched an initiative in aid of Hospice Malta as part of the Movember awareness campaign.
During the month of November, the school will be selling surgical masks with a moustache with all proceeds going to Hospice Malta. The initiative developed from an idea conceived by drama teacher Aaron Fenech.
Reading ebooks has continued at a very satisfactory pace at the Mr. Leondar’s Year 6 Class (SNC Mgarr Primary School). Both Literacy Pro and Octavo are being used. During the Covid pandemic, it was found to be a very efficient and safe process too. Children are responding positively, working the Quiz after completing an eBook and sending messages through the App too.
Illum, biex inzommu mat-tradizzjoni, kellna ‘special online assembly’ fuq San Martin, il-qaddis patrun tal-Baħrija. It-tfal raw vidjow fuq San Martin u kantaw ‘Ġewż, lewż, qastan, tin’. Tajnihom ukoll borża zgħira bil-ħelu u l-ħobża ta’ San Martin. Il-ħelu provditulna b’xejn is-Sinjura Abigail Falzon ta St. Martin’s Self-Service Store u l-ħobż inxtara mill-Kunsill tal-Iskola. Grazzi kbira.
Today, to keep with tradition, we had a special online assembly on St. Martin, the patron saint of Baħrija. The children saw a video on the life of St. Martin and sang the traditional tune ‘Ġewż, lewż, qastan, tin’. They were also given a small bag with sweets and a St. Martin Bun. The sweets were donated by Ms Abigail Falzon of St. Martin’s Self Service Store and the bun was bought by the School Council. A big thank you.
The Year 4.1 students of St. Nicholas College, Rabat Primary School, learned about the importance of taking care of their health by eating a sensible and healthy diet. After the lesson, they each designed their own Healthy Eating leaflets, with various logos to accompany them, such as: ‘Be Smart, Eat Smart‘; ‘Eat Well, Feel Good’, ‘Eat Right, be Bright’; ‘Be Smart and Eat Smart‘; and ‘An Apple a day keeps the Doctor away‘.
Watch our young students at work by watching the video below:
The MATSEC Examinations Board is collaborating with State, Church and Independent school sectors to update the Secondary Education Certificate syllabi for 2022 and 2023. At the request of MEDE, and in agreement with the representatives of the church and independent schools, MATSEC will assist in coordinating the gathering of information on what has been covered in Year 9 of the past scholastic year (2019-2020) as well as what is planned for this year in Years 9 and 10.
In view of this, each sector will independently collect data from schools and present it to MATSEC through the sector representative of each subject panel. This will help panels make an informed decision on the changes required to address the present situation in schools where different teaching modalities are in place. The MATSEC subject panels will attempt to streamline the content that is to be covered during this scholastic year by working on the data collected from the schools.
Following this exercise, MATSEC will communicate the updated versions of the syllabi and their assessment so that such changes are also reflected in the teaching. In addition, and for assessment purposes only, MATSEC is assuming that as from March 2020 until further notice, no practical work, fieldwork and orals would have been assessed in schools. In reflecting this, the syllabus panels will not incorporate them in the updated syllabi.