Covid 19 – Lockdowns, air, land and sea traffic came almost to a halt, the cities went silent. The world went silent. What was the effect of this sudden change on the environment?
Students at Saint Nicholas College Secondary School Ħad-Dingli have been investigating the effect of Covid-19 on the environment. Lockdowns and teleworking may be having some positive impacts on our environment. Between 1st January and 2nd March of 2020, the European Space Agency observed a marked decline in nitrous oxide emissions from cars, powerplants and factories in the Po Valley in northern Italy. Areas in the North of India such as Jalandhar and the Himalayas became visible again for the first time in decades as air quality improved. Rivers around the world, including the Ganges in India, became cleaner during the first lockdown period in 2020.
Merħba għal din il-mawra virtwali madwar l-iskola Sekondarja ta’ Ħad-Dingli, Kulleġġ San Nikola, li matulha qegħdin nagħtu idea ta’ dak kollu li l-iskola toffri lill-istudenti . Nawguraw lil kull student u studenta li se jattendu f’din l-iskola kull suċċess fil-vjaġġ edukattiv tagħhom.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting rid of the masks any time soon. What has this got to do with litter? The use of disposable masks has escalated since the appearance of Covid 19. Most of the 8 billion global population are wearing masks. Thinking about the problems created by the dumping of these disposable masks can be saddening to say the least. But there is an alternative. The least we can do is to wear safe, reusable masks and at the same time we would be taking care of the environment! Less trash means a safer environment for us all! Make the swap and save the planet!
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!
As part of the Safer Internet Day Activities held in school during PSCD Lessons, Ms Melanie Cini and her students of St. Nicholas College, Secondary School, Dingli, teamed up with their European Twinning partners of the eTwinning project Think, Act, Inspire! to work on various topics within the PSCD Curriculum. These past few weeks, students worked on various aspects of internet safety in class, online and on Twinspace. In mixed national teams, students created tips and slogans which were then transformed into posters available to be printed and shared in schools.
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.
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.
Martina Muscat, a former Year 11 student attending St. Nicholas College, Dingli Secondary School, achieved perfect results in her MATSEC Examinations. She obtained passes in the following 11 subjects at SEC Level with Grade 1: Art, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Studies, European Studies, French, Italian, Maltese, Mathematics, Physics and Religious Knowledge and Grade 2 in Social Studies. She is also the recipient of the Dom Maurus Caruana Prize, worth €47.00. This prize is awarded annually to the candidate who obtains the highest number of marks in the Religious Knowledge examination at SEC Level. Continue reading →
Monday 28th of October marked the second School Exchange Visit for Erasmus – Leadership for Change Project, which is a college-wide initiative in collaboration with European Schoolnet (Brussels), as well as schools from Portugal, Italy, Flanders, and Castilla y León.
Monday 21st of October marked the second School Exchange Visit for Erasmus – Leadership for Change Project, which is a college-wide initiative in collaboration with European Schoolnet (Brussels), as well as schools from Portugal, Italy, Flanders, and Castilla y León.