Year 2 and Year 6 students at Dingli Primary School participated in a first-hand learning experience of hand-picking olives, from the school garden. The students were actively engaged and embraced this activity whole-heartedly.
Olives picked off the tree contain a very bitter compound called oleuropein. Harvested olives must be ‘cured’ to remove the bitterness and make them palatable. The EkoSkola students soaked the olives in water and changed the water for ten days. After curing, the olives were placed in a finish brine, which is a salt solution that adds the characteristic flavours. The olives were then placed in airtight jars, brought to school by the students. The olives now need to be stored for about a year.
The students also harvested lemons and pomegranates from the school garden. They decided to sell the olive jars, lemons and pomegranates to members of staff as a fundraiser.
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!
Due to the mitigation measures in place to counteract the dangers of the Covid-19 pandemic, this scholastic year saw large school gatherings, such as assemblies, being discontinued. In order to keep the channels of communication open, Educators and Senior Leadership Teams at St. Nicholas College, Rabat Middle Schools, used Microsoft Teams to reach all students, their parents/guardians, and all the staff.
Year 1 students at Baħrija Primary School eagerly participated in a DINJA WAĦDA ACTIVITY called Nature’s Magic. They learnt all about soil formation and the different requirements needed for plants to grow. It was such a fun activity from which the children learnt and appreciated the beauty of nature even more.
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!
Dingli Primary is currently participating in the Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park boundary wall project. This project consists of the embellishment of the perimeter wall of the park with indigenous plant and shrub species.
The present boundary wall is being demolished and an environmentally sensitive boundary wall is being constructed. The new wall shall include a 1km long stretch of low level 5 course wall using weathered recycled limestone. It will also consist of 2 metre long planters where indigenous coastal shrubs from the Xrobb l-Għaġin peninsula shall be planted.
Dingli Primary is one of 50 schools that has adopted a number of cuttings for propagation. Year 5 EkoSkola members have planted the cuttings and seeds and once they grow, they will be planting them into the large planters making up the boundary wall.
FEE international have reviewed Litter Less lesson plans to check if they can be run during the school homing. With most of them there is no problem, and can be adapted from home. Obviously, they can be used by all schools – not only those participating in the litterless campaign. Click on the following links to access these digital resources:
The latest edition of the EkoSkola Newsletter (Nr. 64) is now out! Besides reports about activities that were organised before the school closure, there is also a guide to resources and support related to ESD that are being offered particularly during this difficult period.