Monthly Archive for February, 2016

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Recycling Tips – Everything You Need To Know

We all had a very interesting session with personnel from Green MT – the company that is taking care of the recycling programme at Floriana. We learnt about the different Bring in Site skips and what type of waste should be thrown away in them:

The BLACK Skip is for METALS and is to be used for aluminium and steel cans and empty spray cans.

The BLUE Skip is for PLASTICS and is to be used for plastic bottles and tops and plastic food packaging.

The WHITE Skip is for PAPER and is to be used for magazines,  books, envelopes and paper.

The BROWN Skip is for GLASS and is to be used for glass bottles and jars.

Then they explained about the different types of garbage bags and how these are to be used:

The GREY bag is to include paper, plastic,  metal, juice and milk cartons and tins.

The WHITE bag is to include organic waste and garden waste.

The BLACK bag is to include all the other waste that does not go in the grey or white bags.

On the first Friday of each month glass bottles and jars, neatly placed in a cardboard box, can also be collected from in front of our houses

At the end of the demonstration lesson, some students received keychains made out of recycled plastic as a token for giving the correct answers to some questions.

Il-Gugarelli

Kollha kemm aħna nafu kemm it-tfal jiġġennu x’ħin jaraw il-ġugarelli! It-tfal kontinwament jilagħbu bil-ġugarelli, imma, xi kultant ma nirrealizzawx l-importanza tat-tfal jilagħbu bil-ġugarelli… Permezz tal-ġugarelli t-tfal jistgħu jitgħallmu diversi affarijiet u b’hekk jkomplu jkattru ukoll l-iżvilupp tagħhom.

It-tfal tal-Kinder 1.2, flimkien mal-għalliema tagħhom Ms. Chantel, tkellmu rigward diversi ġugarelli kemm tal-passat kif ukoll ġugarelli iktar moderni. It-tfal kellhom l-opportunità li jagħmlu diversi ġugarelli biex jilagħbu bihom, eżempji huma, it-tajra bħala ġugarell tal-passat u r-robot bħala ġugarell modern. Barra minn hekk, it-tfal kellhom ukoll il-permess li għal ġurnata partikolari jġibu magħhom il-ġugarell favorit tagħhom.

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Saint Paul in Malta

Christianity has almost 2000 years of history in Malta. According to tradition, it was brought to the Islands by the Apostle Paul himself in around A.D. 60. Paul was being taken to Rome to be tried as a political rebel, but the ship carrying him and some 276 others was caught in a violent storm only to be wrecked two weeks later on the Maltese coast. All aboard swam safely to land. The site of the wreck is traditionally known as St. Paul’s Island, and is marked by a statue commemorating the event. The welcome given to the survivors is described in chapter 28 of the Acts of the Apostles by St. Luke:
“And later we learned that the island was called Malta.
And the people who lived there showed us great kindness,
and they made a fire and called us all to warm ourselves… “


As the fire was lit, Paul was bitten by a poisonous snake but nothing harmful happened to him. The islanders took this as a sign that he was a special man. This scene is depicted in many religious works of art on the Islands.

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According to tradition, the Apostle lived in a cave, now known as St. Paul’s Grotto in Rabat. During his winter stay, he was invited to the house of Publius, the Romans’ chief man on the Islands. It was here, according to tradition, that Paul cured Publius’ father of a serious fever. Publius is then said to have converted to Christianity and was made the first Bishop of Malta. The Cathedral of Mdina is said to stand on the site of Publius’ house.

The feastday of Saint Publius is celebrated on the 22nd of January all over Malta, especially in Floriana.  The feastday of Saint Paul’s shipwreck is celebrated on the 10th of February.

Our Little Smiling Clowns

Carnival is a fun time for everyone. It was no exception here in our class K2.2. We decided to dress our little ones as clowns. They happily painted their own hat and coloured their own bow. They were excited to wear them and couldn’t wait to dress up in their cute costume. It was big surprise for them to have their faces beautifully painted by their class teacher. Our biggest reward was seeing their smiling faces as they put on their first carnival costume of 2016.

Hurray! Hurray! It’s Carnival Again!

Malta’s Carnival goes back hundreds of years. We find that already in the 16th century a jousting tournament was held as part of the celebrations. Maltese people used to celebrate Carnival with the Knights of St. John as from one week before Ash Wednesday. The origin of the name Carnival derives from the Italian phrase ‘Carne vale’, which means literally ‘it is allowed to eat meat’ due to the fact that, in those times,  during the forty days of lent, the eating of meat was forbidden. Therefore, Carnival was to be celebrated just before to the fasting period in Catholic countries.
Nowadays, Carnival is celebrated in many towns and villages but especially in Valletta, Floriana and Nadur Gozo. It is like a big explosion of colour in the decorated floats and costumes. Carnival serves also as means of merriment and a time when individuals also dress up in all sorts of strange or funny costume and just go out in the streets to join the fun.

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The official Carnival festivities take place in Valletta from Friday until the following Tuesday. On the last day, a big Carnival defile ends in the main street of Floriana with a fireworks display.