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! 

Educational Outing for Middle and Secondary School Students

Heritage Malta is offering an educational outing in the form of a walk in nature and history for students in middle and secondary schools. This programme starts at Għar Dalam by visiting Ġnien Dinja Waħda. From there, students walk to St George’s Bay and then to Wied Żembaq. En route, students will have the opportunity to explore the natural and historical environment around Għar Dalam and Wied Żembaq.

Dates: 11, 12 and 28 April 2022
Time: Between 09:30 and 12:30

The details of the activity will be discussed with interested teachers who apply. For more information contact Mr Christian Formosa at christian.formosa@ilearn.edu.mt. Booking is confirmed once a reply email is received.

Covid-19 Guidelines

From Monday 17th January 2022, visitors to Heritage Malta sites and museums have to be in possession of a valid vaccine certificate, except children under 12 years. Visitors who fail to present a valid vaccine certificate can still visit Heritage Malta sites and museums if they provide one of the following:
• Negative result of a RT-PCR test or Antigen done not more than 72 hours before;
• Positive result of a RT-PCR test done not more than 6 months before that certifies recovery from COVID-19;
• A vaccine card issued by the health authorities;
• A health certificate of exception from the COVID-19 vaccine.
The teachers concerned will be informed by email in case there are changes in these guidelines.

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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STEM PD Sessions for Educators, Parents and Guardians

The Science Centre (Pembroke) within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes is inviting educators to participate in further Breakfast STEM PD sessions. These professional development sessions aim to bring together educators to explore themes relevant to the respective education sector and to provide a networking opportunity.

The Breakfast STEM PD sessions entitled ‘Science and Maths: It’s all around us!’ target educators and parents/guardians of children in the Early Years (0 to 7 years). The professional development sessions will be held on the following dates, as in the table below:

Interested applicants are kindly requested to read through the programme and register their interest to participate on one of the dates by accessing the following LINK. Applications will be received on a first come first served basis. All COVID-19 measures are adhered to throughout the entire duration of the initiative.

For further clarification kindly contact Ms Melanie Casha Sammut on melanie.casha.sammut@ilearn.edu.mt or Ms Isabel Zerafa on Isabel.zerafa@ilearn.edu.mt.

Webinar for Parents and Guardians: How will we live Lent at Home ?

The Spiritual Development in Schools Team within the Archdiocese of Malta is organizing a
webinar for parents and guardians of students from State and Independent Schools. This online meeting will take place on 7 th March 2022 between 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Its theme will be: How will we live Lent at Home? The subject will be presented by the educator Ms Mariella Catania.

Whoever wishes to participate in this meeting is asked to register at this link: https://sds.mt/lent-at-home/. We will send the link to the webinar closer to the date.


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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Workshop on Language Development of Babies and Toddlers in a Bilingual Context


The National Literacy Agency is organising workshops for childcare centre managers, educators and carers entitled: Language development of babies and toddlers in a bilingual context. These workshops will be held online via MS Teams. The workshops will be dealing with the following topics:

  1. Promoting bilingualism in the childcare centre by Dr Lara Ann Vella on 8th March 2022, from 16:00 to 17:00;
  2. The development of emergent literacy skills in Maltese and English by Ms Miriam Schembri on 15th March 2022, from 16:00 to 17:00.

Participants are to fill in the online form to book their sessions by clicking on this link:
https://forms.office.com/r/PT4sYg2FEc

An invitation to attend these sessions will be sent the day before each session. Participants who take part in these workshops will be presented with a certificate of participation.


For further information, please send an email to Dr Lara Ann Vella on lara.ann.vella@ilearn.edu.mt or call on
25983328.
Thank you for your attention.
Sandra Ebejer
Director,
Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes

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.

Responsible Living Programme: Course for Students in Yrs 9, 10 &11

For the attention of teachers teaching students following the Core Curriculum Programme and students in Learning Support Centres.

The Home Economics Seminar Centre within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes in collaboration with the Ministry for Social Justice and Solidarity, The Family and Children’s Rights, is issuing an expression of interest for schools to take part in the Responsible Living Programme. This programme is part of a European Union programme: ESF.02.063. It aims to support the well-being of youths, reduce the incidence of early school leavers and to equip the participants with life-long skills. This hands-on programme will enable participants to:

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