Rabat Middle School and Dingli Secondary School Students meet with the Minister for Education and Employment

Students from Rabat Middle School and Dingli Secondary school have made TV Headlines thanks to their participation in the Climate Detectives Project, which is hosted by the European Space Agency. Watch this short clip, produced by One TV, which describes their project as well as their meeting with Minister for Education and Employment, Dr. Owen Bonnici.


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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Research Study on Possible Introduction of Portable Technology in Middle and Secondary Schools

Screen Shot 2020-06-22 at 11.36.55The Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills in collaboration with PWC would like to invite you to participate in this Research Study on the Possible Introduction of Portable Technology in Middle and Secondary Schools. This survey is intended for all educators in Year 6 and in the Middle and Secondary schools, including Education Officers, Heads of Schools, Assistant Heads, Heads of Departments, Teachers and LSEs. Click on this link to access the survey: Research Study on Introduction of Portable Technology

The aim of the survey is mainly to:

  • Gain insight on the educational use of portable technological devices in the middle and secondary schools;
  • Evaluate the experience of educators’ through the possible introduction of portable technology and the impact on their teaching.

While the participation in the survey is on a voluntary basis, we would appreciate if you could participate in the survey to share your insights and opinions on their needs within this area.

Rabat Middle School and Dingli Secondary School receive Commended Award from the European Space Agency

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St. Nicholas College, Rabat Middle School and Dingli Secondary School participated in the Climate Detectives Project, which is hosted by the European Space Agency. We are pleased to announce that the Maltese Project, coordinated by Ms. Judith Smith (HoD Science) and Ms. Moira Buttigieg (HoD Geography) received  a Commended Award out of a total of 450 participating students. Below are the 4 schools who received this prestigious award:

Water Detectives, Malta – The team investigated how changes in climate, mainly rainfall and temperature, are impacting water flow and farming in Qlejgħa Valley, Malta.

Flood and wildfire explorers, Greece – The team investigated the effects of wildfires, deforestation, and increased precipitation on the severity of flash floods.

I.E.S.S. FOR CLIMATE, Italy – The team explored why in recent times sudden and violent whirlwinds are generated in the geographical area of Emilia Romagna, Italy.

Vianu Climate Detectives, Romania – The team  investigated whether there is any connection between deforestation and the disappearance of the ‘classical’ four seasons.

Full feedback on all the projects can be found here –https://www.esa.int/Education/Climate_detectives/Final_congratulations_to_the_2019-2020_Climate_Detectives_student_teams.




20 updates for Microsoft Teams for Education, including 7×7 video and Breakout Rooms

Screen Shot 2020-04-22 at 10.29.31Over the last few months, schools and institutions have been working tirelessly to enable distance learning. One of the most common tools being used is Microsoft Teams. New features are rolled out regularly to help the overall learning experience for both students and educators. Some of the updates which have already been done, or will be by the end of June, include:

Getting back-to-school ready with 4 top-requested features

What is available now, what’s coming soon

Resources for educators

Guidance for IT admins

For more information and to keep updated on Team’s new features, visit the Microsoft’s Tech Community Blog on: https://bit.ly/2Y4iYKZ.

Applying For The eTwinning National Quality Label 2019-20

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Teachers who have participated in eTwinning projects during the scholastic year 2019 -2020 are invited to apply for the eTwinning National Quality Label.  Outstanding projects will then be eligible for the eTwinning National Awards during the next EMBED ceremony. This year eTwinning will also award best projects initiated or continued during the schools closure period.

For more details visit  www.etwinningmalta.net

The deadline to apply for the National Quality Label and be eligible for the EMBED awards: Friday 3rd July 2020. For more information send an email to: etwinning@ilearn.edu.mt  or contact us on 2598 1568

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:


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Applications for eTwinning Quality Labels Now Open

Teachers who have participated in eTwinning projects during the scholastic year 2019 -2020 are invited to apply for the eTwinning National Quality Label by logging into their eTwinning Live and accessing the online application from the Projects page. EMBED Awards Outstanding projects will then be eligible for the eTwinning National Awards during the next EMBED ceremony. This year eTwinning will also award best projects initiated or continued during the schools closure period. Continue reading