A Farewell with a Difference from Dingli Primary School

The Scholastic Year 2019 – 2020 was certainly different from any other: the last term students and teachers did not attend school due to the Covid-19 pandemic; all teaching and learning was done online from mid-March onwards. That meant that schools could not organise the usual end-of-year activities to celebrate the achievements of the scholastic year. However, the staff at Dingli Primary School managed to give a final goodbye to their students, by organising a car-cade across the village, passing all the students’ houses. It was a great send-off for everyone and was even featured on national television. Click on the link below to read the article on TVM:

End of Year Car-Cade

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Dingli Primary School Awarded Two Virtual Badges from GLOBE Initiative

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.

Dingli Primary School has recently participated in the Virtual Globe Challenge and was awarded two virtual badges – for Collaboration and Data Entry. Well done to our students who still managed to find the time to work on this initiative from home !

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MCAST launches online information sessions for students

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The Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) has launched a series of online information sessions that will allow prospective students and their families to learn more about the College and the courses it offers. These information sessions starting in June will help students understand entry requirements, application process and course-specific information. More than 10 sessions are scheduled throughout June covering information about the courses offered at MCAST’s six institutes. Participants can access the live sessions by clicking on the links available on the MCAST website.

During these sessions, attendees can meet staff members and submit questions in real-time through a group chat. MCAST Principal and CEO Prof Joachim James Calleja said, “We know that students are making important decisions at this time. Through these online information talks, we can meet students informally and pass on practical information about entry requirements, courses and career paths.” The MCAST career guidance service is being offered by phone on 23787135/6 or by contacting career advisers by email on careerguidance@mcast.edu.mt

Useful Links

Prospectus 2020-2021  listing 191 courses starting in October 2020

Information on how to join the live information sessions

New Guidelines for Childcare Centres Issued by the office of the Deputy PM

Last Friday 5th June saw the re-opening of the childcare centres in Malta and Gozo. This after long-hours of meetings with public health Superintendence and with the partners involved in the childcare centres including the SME Chamber, the Association of Childcare Centres, the Association of Independent Schools, the foundation for educational Services, Jobsplus, the Directorate for Quality and Standards in education, and the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability. The centres were re-opened with very clear guidelines.  You can access these guidelines hereunder:

https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Documents/mitigation-conditions-and-guidances/Guidelines_For_Childcare_Centre.pdf

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EMBED Awards 2020

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Every year, the Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills organizes Embed Awards to recognise those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching and learning in the digital age. With schools closure in the present extraordinary Covid-19 circumstances, digital education has been taken to a new unprecedented level as many educators have shifted to remote lessons. This posed new challenges to educators to use online platforms and other tools in their teaching and learning. For this reason, the Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills decided to celebrate the good pedagogical practices both before and after the school closure. Educators are invited to submit initiatives based on a number of experiences and activities related to technology-mediated teaching and learning, carried out over a period of time. Continue reading

Online Sessions for Educational Leaders: COVID-19 Pandemic – Managing Changing Realities – LCEL01/02/2020

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COVID-19 has surely shaken up our realities, routines, habits and in some cases our entire existence.  It’s creating continuous numerous insecurities in what we believed were our solid grounds (health, work, comforts, etc). It is aggressively challenging our perceptions, beliefs and subsiding  our relationships with ourselves, others and the world. Amid the current situation it is normal to be concerned, both as individuals and as Educational Leaders. The Institute of Education is offering the possibility for Educational Leaders to attend a series of on-line seminars  to discuss concerns and difficulties arising from this Challenging moment such as: Continue reading

Teacher Idea – Teaching Ideas for Students and Educators

The Digital Literacy Team (Primary) published the website Teacher Idea, aimed  at Primary School Educators and Students. The website is constantly updated with teaching idea ‘cards’ which can be downloaded and used with students as activity starters. More ideas are added regularly, so be sure to check out the website from time to time. Furthermore, you can also submit your idea by filling in this form: http://bit.ly/ShareTeacherIdea.

Teacher Idea can be accessed by clicking on this link: Go To Teacher Idea

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The Penalty – Footballers Read and Write Programme

Lucas always scored from the penalty spot, but things were about to change….how ? Learn more by visiting the Footballers Read and Write Facebook Page. How do you think the story will end ? What are Lucas’ feelings throughout the book ? Is the change he undergoes a negative or a positive one ? Write the final part of the story….The pen is in your hands. Scribble your thoughts away and send them to us. Stay tuned!

Watch the video by clicking on this link: The Penalty

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Pencil Grasp Development

During the early developmental years there is a wide range in what a typical pencil grasp should look like. The picture examples used here are of preschool children at work. Each student was between three and a half and four and a half years old when I those pictures were taken (all on the same day). Even within a group of same aged children, there is still a very wide range of abilities within pencil grasp development. Visit the website of the Stay Home Educator, by Ms. Sarah Punkoney,  where she goes into more detail about Pencil Grasp Development: Stay At Home Educator

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