Monthly Archive for January, 2016

Saint Publius of Malta

Saint Publius is the first officially known Maltese Saint. He is venerated as the first Bishop of Malta. He was the prince of the island at the time when Saint Paul came to Malta.  Publius received the Apostle Paul during his shipwreck on the island as recounted in the Acts of the Apostles. According to the Acts of the Apostles, St. Paul cured Publius’ sick father. Publius was converted to christianity and this led to Malta being the first Christian nation in the West, and one of the first in the world.

“In the vicinity of that place were lands belonging to a man named Publius, the chief of the island. He welcomed us and received us cordially as his guests for three days. It so happened that the father of Publius was sick with a fever and dysentery. Paul visited him and, after praying, laid his hands on him and healed him. After this had taken place, the rest of the sick on the island came to Paul and were cured. They paid us great honor and when we eventually set sail they brought us the provisions we needed.”

In fact apart from being the particular patron saint of the town of Floriana, Saint Publius is also one of the patron saints of Malta. He was martyred c. 125, during the persecution of Emperor Hadrian. St. Publius was canonised in the year 1634. His feast is celebrated on January 22nd.

Jum is-Siġar – 15 ta’ Jannar 2016

Illum żrajna tipi differenti ta’ siġar fil-ġnien ċkejken tagħna li jinsab fil-bitħa tal-iskola. Qabel żrajna ġew xi nies sabiex ineħħu l-ħaxix ħażin li kellna biex b’hekk inkunu nistgħu niżirgħu xi siġar u pjanti oħra. Żrajna sitt tipi differenti ta’ xtieli fosthom il-Pittosporum Tobira, Lantana, Nerium Oleander, Lumi, Plumbago u Metrosideros. Apparti minn hekk waħħalna label ma’ kull siġra sabiex nibqgħu niftakru l-isem. Vera ħadna gost inħawwlu dawn ix-xtieli filwaqt li sebbaħna wkoll l-ambjent ta’ madwarna. Issa qed nittamaw li jikbru sabiex ikollna bitħa mimlija bi ġnien mill-isbaħ. Ser nibdew ukoll insaqqu dawn is-siġar sabiex jikbru iżda peress li hu żmien tax-xitwa, ix-xita tkun tista’ ssaqihom ukoll!

Caya Zammit
Membru mit-tim tal-EkoSkola

Monstri monstri … kullimkien!

Kemm iħobbu jitkelmu fuq il-monstri t-tfal. L-immaġinazzjoni tagħhom ta’ kif jista’ jkun il-monstru huwa tal-għaġeb.

It-tfal tal-kinder, flimkien mal-għalliema tagħhom Ms Audrey, għamlu krafts fejn għażlu jekk il-monstru tagħhom kellux għajn waħda, tnejn jew anke tlieta. Kif ukoll jekk kellux aktar min żewġ saqajn! Fl-aħħar tal-ġimgħa sajru l-jelly u għamluh ġo żewġ tazzi żgħar biex jiġu jixbħu l-għajnejn tal-monstru tagħħom.

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Tree of the Month – Għargħar Tree

The Għargħar Tree – Is-Siġra tal-Għargħar

The Gharghar Tree is the national tree of Malta which is also very rare in the wild. It is usually about 10m in height.  This species of Cypress is on the World endangered list as the tree is only endemic to the Maltese Islands and to a small forest in the south of Spain. In Malta it is found in the wild at Maqluba and at Mellieħa. However it is being planted in many gardens.

January – A New Beginning

How often we wish for another chance
To make a fresh beginning.
A chance to blot out our mistakes
And change failure into winning.

It does not take a new day
To make a brand new start,
It only takes a deep desire
To try with all our heart.


Welcome January, welcome New Year, welcome 2016!  A new year is here and with it comes the wish for a new beginning, a fresh start.  New year resolutions are made every year but, very often, they dwindle away after a couple of days. Isn’t that true? It only takes courage and strong will to keep them going.  The important thing is to never give up and always keep trying!  January is full winter and the weather is mostly cold and wet.  This month brings about some important feasts as well.  On the 1st we celebrate New Year’s Day, which is also the feast of Our Lady Mother of Jesus.  On the 6th we celebrate the feast of the Three Wise Men. The feast of Saint Publius is on the 22nd and the feast of Saint John Bosco is on the 31st.  January is also the month dedicated to tree planting.  During this month various activities are held during which trees are planted in gardens, streets, parks and schools.  Trees are very important for us: they do not only look nice but they also provide us with oxygen.

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January is also an important month at school: second term starts and soon it will be examination time.  So take our word of advice and start brushing up your work.  Now is the time to get yourself really prepared. Remember that when a day has been troubled and the night is dark and long, we are to lift up our fallen spirits, for a new day will soon dawn!