Malta Junior Science Olympiad 2022/2023

The ninth edition of the Malta Junior Science Olympiad(MJSO) for scholastic year 2022-2023 is scheduled for Saturday19thNovember 2022. It will be held at St Nicholas College, Dingli Secondary School. The theme of the ninth MJSO edition is Climate Change. The MJSO (2022) will include two parts namely:

•Part A: a comprehension related to Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

•Part B: a set of investigations related to Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

Part A comprises 25% of the total mark while part B makes up the remaining 75%. A second circular with further event details and registration links will be issued towards the beginning of scholastic year 2022/2023.

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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An Ethical Wardrobe

A group of budding environmentalists at St Nicholas College Secondary School Ħad-Dingli have been investigating the environmental impact of the clothing industry. As in previous years they were not happy with just highlighting the issue but have also come up with suggestions how changes in our lifestyle can reduce the negative impact on the environment of this industry. Have a look at this video and if you think you can make a difference please like and share it with your friends. So join us…let’s redesign fashion! 

IMPATT – Encouraging young people to participate in local and national decision making

The Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes in partnership with the Maltese National Commission for UNESCO and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ invites Middle Schools to participate in a new ESD initiative, named IMPATT. This initiative aims to encourage young people in Years 7 and 8 to actively participate in local and national democratic decision-making. During this scholastic year, IMPATT will, hence, provide an opportunity to Middle school students to research historical and cultural heritage pertaining to several Maltese localities, while analysing how the course of time impacted their respective social, environmental, economic and cultural dimensions. This initiative will also require participating students to draft brief proposals encouraging Local Councils to ensure further sustainable development aligned to Malta’s Sustainable Development Vision 2050. In this context, schools are invited to participate in this initiative by nominating a team of between 5 and 8 students and a link educator. IMPATT initiative will unfold as per schedule below:

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European Money Quiz – Financial Literacy Activity for Secondary Schools

The European Money Quiz is a European competition on financial literacy for 13 to 15-year-old students. The quiz has been held since 2018 under the coordination of the European Banking Federation. The European Money Quiz is also one of the many activities organized every year during the European Money Week. The Malta Bankers’ Association in collaboration with the Department of Accounting and Business Studies within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes, are coordinating the National Selection in preparation for the European Money Quiz – Grand Final. This is the second time that a local
quiz is being organized to select the national winners for participation in the European Grand Final.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Final of the European Money Quiz will be held as an online competition on Tuesday 10th May 2022, using the free game-based learning platform Kahoot!

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Raddiena Kliem

In the coming weeks, the National Literacy Agency will be organising again the on-line spelling game in Maltese, Raddiena Kliem. This activity aims at encouraging and helping our students to spell better in Maltese. Due to the present COVID-19 restrictions, this activity will take place virtually via MS Teams. This activity will be offered to Year 5 and Year 6 students. It will be held during Maltese lessons and will last about one hour-.

Heads of Primary Schools are hereby invited to encourage their teachers to participate in this activity together with their students. The Primary Schools that are interested in participating in Raddiena Kliem are kindly asked to send an email to Ms Nicolette Borg on the following email address nicolina.borg@ilearn.edu.mt or else phone on 25983312 by not later than Monday 28thFebruary 2022.

Financial Literacy Challenge in the Primary Schools

The Home Economics Seminar Centre within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes in collaboration with the Malta Bankers’ Association is cordially inviting pupils to take part in the Financial Literacy Challenge 2022 entitled Young Chef Challenge in preparation for the European Money Week and Global Money Week that will be held between Monday 21st and Friday 25th March 2022.

The themes for this year are:

• European Money Week – Supercharging Financial Skills
• Global Money Week – Build your Future, be Smart about Money

Both themes capture the importance of thinking about one’s own future when making financial decisions.

Target audience: Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 pupils in State and Non-State Schools. Interested pupils can participate on an individual or a group basis.
Description of activity: This challenge aims to promote awareness related to financial capabilities. The participants will create a healthy, low-cost food item with emphasis on the following areas: seasonality, sustainability and local.
Prizes: A certificate of participation will be presented to each participant. Prizes sponsored by the Malta Bankers’ Association will be awarded to the participants placing first and second for each category (individual or group basis).
Application registration deadline: Monday 28th February 2022. Only one application per student/group may be submitted.

Any queries can be addressed to home_economics@ilearn.edu.mt.