The Dinja Waħda Newletter for the month of March is out and you can view it here. This newsletter features information about an upcoming event for the 15th March A Walk for Nature and an activity related to Easter Egg-citement scheduled for the 4th of April. Our school is also mentioned as we will be organising an Open Day and Dinja Waħda Staff have been invited to attend as we will be carrying out a number of Dinja Waħda Activities on the day. Success stories and good practices in schools are also mentioned … let’s make 2014-15 a success story too for SGPC Floriana Primary!
The Spoonbill – Il-Paletta
In Maltese this bird is called Paletta. This bird is almost unmistakable. It is all white except for its dark legs, black bill with a yellow tip, and a yellow breast patch just like a pelican. It has a crest during the breeding season. The Spoonbills, as their name suggests, have large, flat bills that look like spoons. They feed by wading through shallow water, sweeping the partly-opened bill from side to side. The moment any small water creature, such as an insect or a tiny fish, touches the inside of the bill, it is snapped shut. The Eurasian Spoonbill is seen in muddy and watery areas with some open shallow water, nesting in colonies on trees or in reedbeds. Spoonbills are rare birds and they can be seen in small numbers between March and May. Sometimes they also visit us in September or October. The most common areas are the Ghadira and the Simar Nature Reserves.
March is an in between month,
When wintry winds are high.
But milder days remind us all,
Spring’s coming by and by.
The month of March is here. Although it is still Winter, the days are much better than they were in January and February. The sun stays longer in the sky and soon it will be Spring. Oh! Isn’t that good news? Spring is such a lovely time of the year. Flowers and trees start to bloom again and the countryside gets all decked up in all shades of green and many other colours. The month of March is named after the Roman god Mars, the god of war. Mars was the son of Jupiter and Juno, the king and queen of all the gods. Mars was tall and handsome, and mean and self-centered. It is the third month of the year and it has 31 days. Many important festivities are held during this month. There is the feast of Saint Patrick on the 17th, the feast of Saint Joseph on the 19th and the feast of the Annunciation on the 25th. At school we shall have, amongst other events, the mini bicycle marathon, Parents’ Day and the Book Fair. Then it will be time for Easter – the greatest feast of all.