Malta Book Festival 2020 – Virtual Edition

The 2020 Malta Book Festival – virtual edition is being organised by the National Book Council and will take place online between 11-15 November. The Malta Book Festival is an opportunity to develop the basic skills related to the appreciation of books and reading, the capacity to choose books of one’s liking, and familiarise oneself with the offer from local publishers.

Students who register for the online book festival will this year receive a 5 Euro voucher to spend, instead of the usual 3 Euro.

Click on the following link to learn more:

Malta Virtual Book Festival 2020

Minister for Education Visits Rabat Primary School

The Minister for Education, Dr. Owen Bonnici, and the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Francis Fabri, visited Rabat Primary School to view how the school and staff have been implementing over 50 security measures aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19 amongst students and staff. The Head of School, Ms. Antonella Ferrante provided a short tour of the school and the measures being undertaken, such as the need for all staff and visitors to sign in upon entering the premises, posters on the noticeboards to remind students and staff to maintain proper hand hygiene, stickers on the floors to help maintain social distance, and the availability of santizing wipes and gel in every classroom. Ms. Josephine Mifsud, Head of College Network, was also present for the visit.

Both the Minister for Education and the Permanent Secretary praised the school’s efforts in striving to adhere to all safety measures, finding everything according to the published guidelines.

Click on the following link to watch a video of the visit: Minister Visits Rabat Primary School

Recommendations for the Well-Being of Students during the Covid-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on educators and students alike. Clearly, it has impacted their psycho-social and emotional wellbeing, as well as their teaching and learning. This could have also contributed to gaps and/or losses in children’s knowledge and understanding, the impact of the loss of socialisation, friendships and self-esteem all of which are considered “essential for good mental well-being” (World Health Organisation [WHO], 2020, p.1).

The Ministry for Education and Employment, in collaboration with the Faculty of Education at the University of Malta, has prepared a document with recommendations for the well-being of students. Please click on the link below to access the full document in PDF:

Recommendations for the Well-Being of Students

Refresher Session on MS Teams for Middle and Secondary School Educators

Following a number of sessions for Middle and Secondary schools related to MS Teams, the Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills would like to organize a refresher course for educators in Middle and Secondary Schools next Monday 5th October 10am – 12pm. This session is going to cover these topics:

Assigning homework using the assignment feature

Sharing Files

Creation of Standard and Private Channels

Assigning homework using the Assessment Feature

Using Class Notebook

Educators may register by clicking:http://bit.do/dlts-backtoschool.

Participation is on a voluntary basis.

Wristbands to help identify student ‘bubbles’ in Primary Schools

One of the measures which is being introduced in schools to curb the spread of Covid-19 is to assign students and educators to different ‘bubbles’ in order to limit interaction with students of different classrooms. To help students identify the different ‘bubbles’, even when outside of the classroom, the Ministry for Education will be distributing different coloured wristbands for students to wear and be able to easily identify the members of the same ‘bubble’.

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Appeal for Cooperation to ensure the Safe re-opening of Schools

The Permanent Secretary within the Ministry for Education and Employment, Dr. Francis Fabri, has appealed for cooperation from all stakeholders as to ensure the safe re-opening of school. Measures highlighted include:

  • The importance for students to stay at home if they are feeling unwell;
  • Students who feel unwell must be picked up from school in a timely manner;
  • Students adhere to the safety protocols by wearing their mask, respect social distancing rules, wash and sanitize hands frequently, and be aware of their learning ‘bubbles’
  • Educators are to encourage students to adhere to these safety measures whilst respecting the protocols themselves.

Click on the link below for more information (Video is in Maltese, subtitled in English):

ONLINE Video Message from the Permanent Secretary of Education

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50 Measures for the Safe Opening of Primary Schools

The Ministry for Education has taken 50 new measures to ensure that the both students and educators return to schools in the safest possible way. An independent risk assessment of each school is underway to ensure that all protocols are being adhered to.

Click on the following link to watch a short video about the measures being taken:

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50 measures

New Update on Teleskola: Parents’ & Guardians’ Section

A major update has been effected on Teleskola.mt, which includes the addition of a Parents’ & Guardians’ section on the portal. The new section is aimed to present crucial and students centric information to Parents and Guardians. The new section includes:

COVID-19 Response and Information Release
How to use Teleskola
Syllabi for all years
Past Papers for all years
Application Forms
Parent Courses
Option Subjects Information about all Optional Subjects
School Calendar
Uniforms information
Lifelong Learning Courses
Quick Help links

The new section can be access from the Teleskola.mt Homepage or by visiting https://teleskola.mt/parents

Back to School 2020/2021: Safety Protocols

Educators and students will be screened prior to entering the school premises every day. Visors or masks must be worn by those entering the school, and temperatures will be taken daily. Students and educators will also be asked to sanitise their hands with alcohol gel which will be available at the entrance of the school. Click on the link below to watch the the explanatory video (in both Maltese and English) :

Video: Safety Protocols