Year 2 and Year 6 students at Dingli Primary School participated in a first-hand learning experience of hand-picking olives, from the school garden. The students were actively engaged and embraced this activity whole-heartedly.
Olives picked off the tree contain a very bitter compound called oleuropein. Harvested olives must be ‘cured’ to remove the bitterness and make them palatable. The EkoSkola students soaked the olives in water and changed the water for ten days. After curing, the olives were placed in a finish brine, which is a salt solution that adds the characteristic flavours. The olives were then placed in airtight jars, brought to school by the students. The olives now need to be stored for about a year.
The students also harvested lemons and pomegranates from the school garden. They decided to sell the olive jars, lemons and pomegranates to members of staff as a fundraiser.
The project SEA MARVEL joins forces between organizations that, in Sicily and Malta, work to reduce knowledge gaps and promote timely, concrete and feasible actions, research and campaigns to aid nature protection for innovative sustainable development. The geographical position of these islands allows for strategic analyses pertinent to the understanding of Mediterranean risks and challenges caused by climatic and environmental changes. SEA MARVEL aims to raise awareness of the pressures facing our marine life and mitigate the effects of plastic pollution, declining populations of marine species, alien species invasion and climate change effects, in order to enhance biodiversity and protection in Natura 2000 sites. Through SEA MARVEL, challenges shall be set-up to stimulate the participation of the future generations and coastal communities towards the development of sustainable management plans, and will address in integrated way problems linked to marine litter, unknown species abundance and biodiversity resilience in the face of increasing marine human activities. SEA MARVEL is therefore supporting Ministries for Education and the Environment, schools in Malta and Gozo and citizens to scale-up their contribution to reduce the loss of biodiversity. Effective measures through innovative knowledge-based responsible citizenship, shall facilitate the progress in regional valorization and admiration of marine Natura 2000 sites
An online SDG Festival for all parents and guardians, was held on 30th April 2021 at Dingli Primary, as part of the Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) Community Action Day. On the day, Yr 6 Jaguars launched an interesting video clip titled ‘Be Responsible, Be Sustainable’, which was also submitted as an entry for the YRE Competition.
Through this video clip, Ms Michaela’s students spread an important message regarding sustainability, beyond the classroom. They highlighted the importance of informing oneself and of nurturing environmentally conscious minds. They gave concrete examples of how we can be responsible producers and consumers, taking immediate action for a more sustainable future
In order to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have found ourselves wearing face masks all the time, even if we are, say, alone in the country side. Some people opt to buy disposable face masks, which in turn, can cause problems of their own. On an average day, one may go through 1-3 face masks, thus causing quite a lot of litter! And the worst thing is that some of these masks are ending up improperly discarded and littering our towns and countryside.
To raise awareness about the issue, Dingli Secondary School have issued a Facebook Challenge, in a bid to promote the use of re-usable cloth masks. Just take a picture of yourself wearing a cloth mask, and upload it on Dingli Secondary School’s Facebook Page. (If you’re shy or don’t want to appear on Facebook, just take a pic of your mask). Finally, don’t forget to share the competition post on your Facebook Profile too! (If you’re too young to have a Facebook profile, you can ask your parents or siblings to post the picture and share the post on their own profile).
This competition is open to all College students and staff, Primary, Middle and Secondary Schools.
By participating in this Challenge, you can also win a 10 Euro Voucher from A to Z electronics!
In January of 2020, a group of educators from St. Nicholas College participated in a workshop at European Schoolnet, Brussels, in connection with our Erasmus Project Leadership for Change (L2C). In the video below, you can see our educators’ work and contributions. For more information about our project, please visit our project site on: http://l2c.eun.org/.
Camilleri, Suzanne: St Nicholas College Rabat Middle School, Malta
Cohen, Ana: Agrupamento de Escolas de Alcanena, Portugal
St. Nicholas College is currently engaged in the Erasmus + project, Leadership for Change (L2C). This project aims to help schools move away from the traditional vertical leadership model, which proclaims the primacy of the head of school, and to move towards shared leadership, fostering a new culture in schools in which teachers, students and potentially parents willingly take responsibility for leadership in the school community. More information about L2C can be found on the official project website: http://l2c.eun.org/home.
The first Leadership for Change Policy Meeting was held at Xara Palace, Rabat, Malta, on the 5th of December 2019. The aim of the meeting was to promote our project with all the schools within our college, as well as subject Educational Officers who would be be able to disseminate the information amongst all schools in Malta and Gozo.