The Rainbow Fish – Special Assembly Year 1

The Year 1 special assembly held on the 1st December was called ‘The Rainbow Fish’.  Together with their class teacher Ms Diane and LSA Ms Gabrielle the students read the story in class and watched a video of the same story.  The rainbow fish believed that she was the most beautiful fish because of her silver scales, but she was sad and lonely, because the other fish didn’t want to play with her.  The story encourages the children to be more humble and to be more willing to share their possessions.  The children were exposed to a situation where being happy does not mean having everything or being the best amongst those around you.  On stage the year one students acted out the story and had colourful props and all took active part in the short play.  The whole class then danced along to the song Under The Sea while everyone clapped and enjoyed the show.

U fl-aħħar Diċembru!

U s-sena tgerbet u waslet fi tmiemha!  Kemm jgħaddi ż-żmien hux u ma joqgħod jistenna lil ħadd!  Wasal Diċembru, l-aħħar xahar tas-sena u li fih 31 jum.  Huwa xahar mimli festi sbieħ u li fihom inħossu li għandna għaliex niċċelebraw u nkunu ferħanin.  Insemmi l-festa ta’ San Nikola fis-6 ta’ Diċembru, l-Immakulata Kunċizzjoni fit-8 ta’ Diċembru, Jum ir-Repubblika fit-13, il-Milied fil-25 u l-aħħar tas-sena fil-31.  Kollha huma sbieħ u għandhom tifsira speċjali iżda li żgur li l-aktar waħda li għandkom għal qalbkom hija l-festa tal-Milied, li tfakkarna f’meta l-Iben t’Alla twieled fostna bħala tarbija fl-għar fqajjar ta’ Betlem!  Huwa veru li fi żmien il-Milied nifirħu b’ħafna affarijiet oħrajn; bħal festini, tiżjin u kant, rigali, ħafna ikel u xorb u ħafna affarijiet oħrajn; imma l-ġrajja tat-twelid ta’ Ġesu’ hija żgur l-aktar ħaġa importanti!

Matul dan ix-xahar tintemm il-ħarifa u tibda x-xitwa: żmien ta’ bard u ksieħ, xita u maltemp!  Noqogħdu ħafna ġewwa, ħdejn xi heater u nilbsu ħafna ħwejjeġ ħoxnin u sħan, bħal xi ġakketta ħoxna, xi kowt u b’xi muffler m’għonqna biex ma nħossux kesħa!

Imbagħad fil-lejl bejn il-31 ta’ Diċembru u l-1 ta’ Jannar insellmu lis-sena li tkun spiċċat u nħarsu b’tama ġdida lejn is-sena li tkun qed titwieled.

San Nikola Il-Kunċizzjoni

Don’t Give Up – Special Assembly Year 2

The theme chosen for the Special Assembly of the Year 2 class was ‘Don’t give up’. The focus of this special assembly was to encourage everyone to not give up and persevere when encountering a difficult situation. At school students frequently encounter various difficulties and thus the teacher Ms Svetlana and the LSA Ms Janette felt that students should learn more about the power of perseverance and a growth mindset. In order to pass on this message during our special assembly, children performed two songs ‘Don’t give up’ by Bruno Mars’ and ‘Get back up again’ from the movie Trolls.

Spot the Jellyfish!

On Monday 6th November we hosted Profs. Alan Deidun from the University of Malta as part of our Kreattiv Project about “The Sea”.  Profs. Deidun, in his typical colourful manner,  explained to us the different types of jellyfish that are found in our waters.  We got to know that the most frequent and common one is the Mauve Stinger. This jellyfish can be very harmful as its sting is very painful.  There are also the Fried Egg Jellyfish, commonly known as the Qassata and the Portuguese Man o’ War.  Other jellyfish that are spotted in our waters are the Box Jellyfish, the Nomadic Jellyfish, the By the wind Sailor, the Comb Jellies, the Cigar Jellyfish, the Moon Jellyfish, the Sea Lung, the Blue Button and the Crystal Jellyfish.  Some give only a mild sting and others do not sting at all.  The best way to treat a jellyfish sting is by washing it with sea water.  Baking Soda is a very good healing agent as well.  We also got to know never to use fresh water as this will make the sting even worse.

The students were encouraged to send a report via email whenever they spot a jellyfish.  The report is to give this information:

  • WHICH type of jellyfish was observed.
  • WHERE were the jellyfish observed.
  • HOW MANY were observed.

Reports are to be sent to
ioi-moc@um.edu.mt

or

alan.deidun@gmail.com

Profs. Deidun showed us models of some types of jellyfish and also answered our one thousand and one questions and gave us posters to keep.  Ms. Claire Massa, the Project Co-Ordinator, was also present for this lesson.  A very big thank you to Ms. Claire and to Profs. Alan Deidun.

Novembru wasal ukoll!

Novembru huwa meqjus bħala x-xahar tal-erwieħ tal-purgatorju u matulu niftakru b’mod speċjali f’dawk qrabatna u ħbiebna li llum m’għadhomx magħna.  Dan ix-xahar, li fih 30 ġurnata, jibda bil-festa tal-Qaddisin Kollha u l-għada tkun il-festa tal-Erwieħ tal-Purgatorju – aħna nemmnu li dawn jinsabu fi triqthom lejn il-Ġenna sabiex isiru qaddisin ukoll.

Issa l-ħarifa daħlet sewwa u iktar ikollna dlam milli dawl!  Jidlam kmieni ħafna u kulħadd ikun jixtieq li joqgħod aktar ġewwa milli barra.  Ġieli jkollna ġranet sbieħ ukoll – dawn insejħulhom is-Sajf ta’ San Martin, li jkollu l-festa tiegħu matul dan ix-xahar, eżattament fil-11 ta’ Novembru.  Dak inhar hija drawwa qadima li lit-tfal jagħtuhom il-borża tad-drapp b’xi frotta u xi ftit ħelu jew lewż.  Taqbila ħelwa marbuta ma’ din il-festa hija din:

“Ġewż, lewż, qastan, tin;

Kemm inħobb lil San Martin!”

Lejn l-aħħar tax-xahar ikollna l-festa ta’ Kristu Re li tfakkarna li jkun wasal biex jibda l-Avvent!  Imbagħad fit-30 ta’ Novembru ssir il-festa ta’ Sant’Andrija, li kien wieħed mill-Appostli ta’ Ġesu’.

San Martin Sant’ Andrija