Changes in MATSEC 2021 Syllabi

The MATSEC Examinations Board is collaborating with State, Church and Independent school sectors to update the Secondary Education Certificate syllabi for 2022 and 2023. At the request of MEDE, and in agreement with the representatives of the church and independent schools, MATSEC will assist in coordinating the gathering of information on what has been covered in Year 9 of the past scholastic year (2019-2020) as well as what is planned for this year in Years 9 and 10.

In view of this, each sector will independently collect data from schools and present it to MATSEC through the sector representative of each subject panel. This will help panels make an informed decision on the changes required to address the present situation in schools where different teaching modalities are in place. The MATSEC subject panels will attempt to streamline the content that is to be covered during this scholastic year by working on the data collected from the schools.

Following this exercise, MATSEC will communicate the updated versions of the syllabi and their assessment so that such changes are also reflected in the teaching. In addition, and for assessment purposes only, MATSEC is assuming that as from March 2020 until further notice, no practical work, fieldwork and orals would have been assessed in schools. In reflecting this, the syllabus panels will not incorporate them in the updated syllabi.

Three students from St. Nicholas College Place in the Top 10 in the Mental Maths Competition SuperT

Three students from St Nicholas College placed in the top 10 ( of their age group category) in the international Mental Maths Competition SuperT. In this competition thousands of students from different countries participate.  

We would like to congratulate all students who participated in the online final, but a very big well done to:

Zachary Tanti – 1st out of 3780 participants – Category 2 – Dingli Primary

Nathan Tedesco – 2nd out of 4270 participants – Category 3 – Attard Primary

Liam Fenech – 9th out of 4270 participants – Category 3 – Attard Primary.

Really proud of all our students!

Back to Basics – Educational Blog by Prof. Charles Farrugia

screen-13.48.02[28.10.2020]The pandemic Covid-19 is playing havoc with our lives, not less so with our children’s schooling. On the positive side, home-learning and tele-schooling have stimulated parents and guardians to participate more closely in their children’s education. During this experience, parents have become more aware of the many issues that influence their children’s –young or teenagers- schooling.

Professor Charles Farrugia recently launched the educational blog Back to Basics. The blogs explore different aspects of teaching and learning. These blogs are directed mainly at parents/guardians but teachers and other educators may find them useful as well.

Learn more about Back to Basics by clicking on the following link:

Education – Back to Basics

Places available at FES Childcare Centres

The Foundation for Educational Services operates government-subsidised Childcare Centres all over Malta, giving greater accessibility to its clients. There are currently a limited number of places available, for which parents/guardians can register for by clicking on this link:

Choosing a FES childcare centre for your children offers the peace of mind that they are all registered with the Department of Quality Standards in Education, and follow the National Standards for Child Day Care Facilities (2006). All children are offered a personalised service of quality care.

For more information, please click on the following link:

Baħrija Primary School Awarded the Book Champion’s School Award

In spite of the scholastic year 2019/2020 was cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the students and educators at Baħrija Primary School participated in the Book Champions Awards initiative, organised by the National Literacy Agency. The intention of this campaign is to acknowledge and reward those schools which are making the best efforts to promote and create a holistic reading culture within their school environment.

We are pleased to announce that Baħrija ~Primary School was awarded the prestigious Gold Award! Well done to all students and educators involved!

gold award

Gardening Sessions at Mgarr Primary School

The staff at Mgarr Primary School have been preparing the garden surrounding the school for the yearly sowing of fruit and herbs activity. This year we set up fencing so that each class is aware of which patch of land belongs to them, thus keeping to social distancing rules and making sure that the students each work on their own crops.

Having fun while keeping to social distancing rules: Rabat Primary School

Just because we have to keep to social distancing rules doesn’t mean we cannot have fun! Here are our Year 1.2 students having a “movement break” in class, dancing together while keeping apart, and wearing their masks of course! Click on the link to watch the video!

Movement Break – Rabat Primary School Year 1.2

Connect to Learning: Webinar and Seminar Series for Educators


The Faculty of Education within the University of Malta is continuing the series of webinars
and seminars for educators (including teachers, LSEs, support services staff and educational leaders) which started in May 2020 and proved to be so popular during the first series. Series 2 has weekly webinars and seminars which focus on topics that educators face in their day-today realities of schools, and particularly during this time. This series of themes will also target teaching and learning, the local educational scenario and students. Continue reading