Applications for School Transport 2020/2021 – Renewals and New Applications

Screen Shot 2020-06-26 at 09.49.41Renewals – If your son/daughter was already using the Free State School Transport during the previous scholastic year (2019/2020) you do not need to fill in a new application for the upcoming scholastic year 2020/2021 but you should have received a personalised email from the address schooltransportapplications.mede@gov.mt with a link to renew your application. This email was sent on the email address you had given us last year in your application. Kindly check your Inbox and Spam/Junk mail folder and if you did you receive this email contact us on 2598 1888 or schooltransport@gov.mt.

First Time Applicants – If your son/daughter was not using the Free State School Transport during the previous scholastic year (2019/2020) you can access the online application through your e-ID username and password until 12th July here: CLICK HERE TO APPLY

For more information regarding Free State School Transport please go to this page: https://schooltransport.edu.mt/state/

 

Transition to Rabat Middle School for Year 6 Students – Your Second Home !

The staff of Rabat Middle School has lovingly created the following video for Yr 6 students and parents, to help them familiarise themselves with their new school. The video also features meaningful messages from Ms. Josephine Mifsud, our college principal, Ms. Marita Abdilla, the Head of School and all the Assistant Heads at our school who will guide the new Year 7 students throughout the next two years. All the staff at Rabat Middle School can’t wait to welcome everyone to their school – your second home! Click on the link below to access the video:

Your Second Home – Rabat Middle School

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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.