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Upstanders Unite – an antibullying campaign at St Margaret College

All the year 9s and 10s young people at St Margaret College had the opportunity to participate in the Upstanders Unite seminar. The aims of the seminar were to empower the young people in the school to take a stand when they observe bullying and vandalism and identify ways how one can achieve this. The seminar was organised between the St Margaret College Anti-Bullying guidance teacher and the Agenzija Zghazagh at Kottonera youth workers.

The format of the seminar included interactive discussions and a presentation about the different types of bullying, emotions the victims, perpetrators and bystanders experience, how situations can be improved and exploring ways how the young people can be upstanders at school and the community.

By the end of each seminars the young people presented a comprehensive list of ways how they can be upstanders. The following are some of their recommendations: –

  • Talk to the victim and try to support him or her.
  • Speak to an adult person to find some support for the victim
  • Make friends with the victim
  • Try to inform the bully what effects s/he is causing to the victim
  • Convince the bully to stop the bullying
  • Listen to and protect the victim
  • Empowerment the victim
  • Give positive feedback to the victim
  • Ignore the bully
  • Learn to speak to each other to have a better support system
  • Join with the victim and as a group confront the bully with an assertive approach

These ideas will be used by the school to develop a campaign on how to develop a united community were the concept that we are all different and all equal is encouraged.

2019-03-19T07:33:58+00:00 March 19th, 2019|

COCONUT BALLS for a Good Cause

L-użu tal-Matematika fil-ħajja ta’ kuljum – dan kien il-ħsieb wara l-idea li minnha beda l-proġett kollu…il-proġett Coconut Balls for a Good Cause, mtella’ fl-iskola Sekondarja tal-Kulleġġ Santa Margerita, Verdala.

 

Il-ħsieb kien li lil dawn l-istudenti tal-Year 9 CCP noffrulhom opportunitajiet differenti fejn jużaw il-matematika, bħal kejl, użin, flus, riċetti etċ.  Imma minn idea żgħira nħoloq proġett wiesgħa u ħolistiku li ġabar fih diversi suġġetti.

Bdejna billi sibna riċetta tal-coconut balls online u flimkien ħdimna l-ammonti ta’ ingredjenti li għandna bżonn biex nagħmlu ammonti kbar, ‘il fuq minn 200 waħda.

Din ir-riċetta imbagħad għaddiet fil-lezzjoni tal-Malti fejn flimkien ma’ Ms. Elaine Zahra, l-istudenti qalbu ir-riċetta għall-Malti, ħolqu u pprintjaw bookmarks bir-riċetta li mbagħad tqassment mal-bejgħ tal-Coconut balls, kif ukoll iddokumentaw il-proċess li bih isiru l-coconut balls permezz ta’ mijiet ta’ ritratti li mbagħad ingħaqdu f’video stop motion.

 

Sadanittant l-idea li l-coconut balls ser jinbigħu waqt il-parents day waslet għand l-għalliema tal-arti, Ms. Leanne Lewis, li għenet lill-istess studenti joħolqu poster biex jirreklamaw il-bejgħ.

Lura fil-lezzjonijiet tal-matematika, aħna l-għalliema Ms. Marica Abela u Ms. Dorienne Grech, ippreparajna lill-istudenti biex inżuru is-supermarket u mmorru nixtru l-ingredjenti neċessarji. Waqt li konna hemmhekk l-istudenti segwew ukoll Maths Trail qasira, fejn kellhom ikejlu pakketti taċ-ċereal, jaħdmu l-kontijiet u jiddeċiedu bejn offerti varji li minn żmien għal żmien joffru s-supermarkets.  Hawnhekk nixtiequ nirringrazzjaw lill-management tac-Chain Supermarket Fgura li laqagħna fil-ħanut tiegħu kif ukoll ipprovdielna xi ingredjenti b’xejn għal dan il-proġett.

Il-qofol tal-proġett kompla fil-laboratorji tal-home management, fejn grazzi għall-għalliema Ms. Karen Abela u Ms. Elizabeth Zahra, l-istudenti ħadmu fi-gruppi biex ippreparaw u ppakjaw il-coconut balls – li żgur ġew tajbin għax waqt il-parents’ day inbiegħu kollha. J

 

Kienu l-istudenti li ddeċidew xi prezz ser jinbiegħu il-coconut balls, u din ħolqot diskussjoni interessanti fil-klassi tal-Maths. Bil-flus li nġabru nxtara bukkett fjuri artifiċjali li ġie ppreżentat lill-istatwa tal-Kunċizzjoni li għadha kemm saret ġdida fid-dar tal-anzjani ta’ Bormla.  Dan il-ġest sar biex jibqa’ bħala tifkira tax-xogħol ta’ dawn l-istudenti u biex fl-istess ħin igawduh ir-residenti ukoll.

Ma żorniex id-dar tal-anzjani biss biex nwasslu l-fjuri imma sakemm konna hemm l-istudenti kellhom kwestjonarju żgħir x’jimlew ma’ uħud mir-residenti biex l-istatistika li tinġabar minnu issa tintuża ’l quddiem fil-lezzjonijet tal-matematika.  L-istudenti imbagħad qattgħu ftit ħin ieħor jitkellmu mal-anzjani u dawn tal-aħħar vera apprezzaw il-kumpanija tagħhom.

Il-proġett mbagħad ingħalaq fil-lezzjonijiet tal-ingliż fejn flimkien ma’ Ms. Diana Carabott, l-istudenti iddokumentaw dak kollu li għaddew minnu biex fl-aħħar mill-aħħar kitbu rapport biex jiġi ppublikat fil-magażin annwali tal-iskola.

Kollox beda minn ħsieb żgħir diskuss bejn żewġ għalliema, u żviluppa proġett ħolistiku li ninsabu ċerti li minnu l-istudenti ħadu ħafna – u dan grazzi għal dawk kollha li għenu b’xi mod jew ieħor, u fuq kollox għall-istudenti stess li daħlu bi ħġarhom għal din l-esperjenza.

Kien il-mod li bih il-ftit ta’ kulħadd ingħaqad flimkien f’dan il-proġett biex ir-riżultat finali kien suċċess. U dan kollu kien ukoll apprezzat minn dawk preżenti waqt ir-raba’ Seminar Annwali Tikka Matematika, li minn hawn nirringrazzjaw li għoġobhom jivvutaw għall-proġett Coconut Balls for a Good Cause, biex finalment dan ġie ippreżentat bl-unur Matematikka Gold Award, propju fl-ewwel edizzjoni tiegħu.

 

2019-03-12T10:02:45+00:00 March 12th, 2019|

St. Margaret’s College youth complete their first trials

On  31st January 2019, 7 young people from St Margaret College Senior School set of for their 2-day trial expedition as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award – Bronze Trail which is run by the Aġenzija Zgħażagħ youth workers in Kottonera. For the past three months they had to learn important skills like plotting a route, navigating with a map and camping. These skills were tested and used successfully during the trail walk.

Here is a glimpse of their experience – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diOPxOypbbM

The young people had to be self-sufficient during the hike. They walked form Cirkewwa along the coastline to Ghajn Tuffieha, camped there for the night and set off the next day over Gnejna, Bahrija to Mdina. Their objective was to observe nature and enjoy it. The youth experienced awesome views, the stunning countryside and even encounted the local wildlife by visiting the Ghadira Nature Reserve and observing birds and animals in a protected environment. After 2 days of perfect weather conditions the group arrived at Mdina, exhausted but happy, already talking about the qualifier walk which will be done in early May.

At the end of the walk, one could notice the air of satisfaction on the young people’s faces. Kewell stated “I really enjoyed the walk even though it was really tough.” Chris on the other hand cherished the planned route and commented that “It is nice to walk and observe nature. I have never been to this part of Malta.” Neil was only disappointed about the food selection. He expressed “I will only change the food menu. It was a great experience. Looking forward for the qualifier”. When meeting them on Monday morning, they were already making plans for the qualifier.

2019-03-12T09:43:01+00:00 March 12th, 2019|

Be Cool, Be Healthy, Do Sports!

At the end of November 2018, 29 young people between the ages of 13 and 17 from 3 different countries came together for a multilateral youth exchange through the Erasmus + funding. After weeks of preparation by the Maltese youth from AZ@K, they welcomed their guests from the partner institutions in Ireland, Balleyfermont Youth Service and from Macedonia, Metamorphosis in the Youth Activity Centre in Marsaxlokk.

The theme of the youth exchange was sports. The young people through various workshops had to create a video clip, organizing a sports day and develop a social media awareness campaign. They actively explored the subject to become aware of the importance of sport in everyday life and for young people, while learning important skills during the interaction with each other.

Besides the workshops, the young people had various outdoor activities which included a trip to the Science Museum Esplora, an adventurous hike to Ghajn Tuffieha followed by camping, and adventurous sports like archery and abseiling the next day. To promote the concept of inclusion the youth practiced Paralympic sports which included wheelchair basketball and frame football.

After 6 days, the young people said goodbye and started their journey home with new friendships, skills and the awareness of the importance of sport in everyday life. All participants will receive their youthpass certificate. Though the exchange is over, the young people have taken on the commitment to promote the work they did in schools and their local youth centres. This will be done through the inspirational sports clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PatH2vt3szs&t=28s and posters created by the participants themselves.

2019-03-12T09:39:05+00:00 March 12th, 2019|

Student Council Activity

Student Council Elections at Kottonera

On 06th December 2018, the students at St. Margaret College Secondary School, had the opportunity to democratically elect the Student Council for the year 2018/2019. This process was coordinated by the Aġenzija Żgħażagħ Kottonera Regional Youth Service (AŻ@K).

For the election, an electoral commission was formed by the students who setup the rules and regulations of the election. During the same period, students from each year were encouraged to contest the Student Council elections. 20 students eventually put themselves forward.

During the three-week long campaign, the students had the opportunity to promote themselves during the assembly, create posters and spoke to students one to one. Over 90% of the school population voted with only a handful of votes being invalid ones. Once the voting process was over the electoral commission counted the votes for each year. 13 representatives were elected.

The new Student Council at the school will be run by the Youth Workers from AŻ@K. The Student Council will now start as from 19th December 2018 and will begin with a plan of action for the year 2018/2019. –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55n1aaNNqNQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2H505qknGjC_RNMNlCmKS7k4ZCyZQO7TWve0837tARsPFex7uTNouxW-c

Pancake Day at Verdala courtesy of the Student Council

The newly elected St Margaret College Secondary School Student Council organised their very first activity: a Pancake Day. On 25th January 2019, they organized a pancake day from start to finish with the support of Aġenzija Żgħażagħ youth workers.

We cannot share the taste of the pancakes but we can give you a behind the scenes view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRSPgBAXwSs .

The Student Council has listed several actions and activities that need to be implemented this year. Their first activity was successful through determination, dedication and teamwork. Every member of the Student Council had his or her own role and through these roles they managed to organise every task from planning, promotion and also tasks that needed to be carried out on the day.

The funds raised will be channelled to start implementing some of their ideas for the school. They were particularly pleased with the chemistry and bond between them which was an important factor that led to a great result. They were happy of the ideas brought up and the fact that everyone’s opinion is being heard. The Student Council is meeting every week to discuss future actions and activities to be organised thanks to the support of the Aġenzija Żgħażagħ Youth Workers.

2019-03-12T09:28:13+00:00 March 12th, 2019|

Library Follow up Event

The Follow Up to GEW18 was organised in the school library of St Margaret College Secondary School Verdala on Friday 11 January  2019.

Three schools participated this year namely St Margaret College Secondary School Verdala, Cospicua, St Clare College Secondary School, Pembroke and Gozo College San Lawrenz Primary.  The Follow Up is an opportunity for student representatives of the participating school to speak in front of an audience about the work they carried out at school level during the actual global education week organised during the 3rd week of November 2018. The theme this year was ‘The World is changing, what about us?’.

The Year 3 students of Gozo College San Lawrenz Primary did a clean up in the area of the Inland Sea at Dwejra and then used the waste collected to design creative charts to raise awareness. The Year 5 students of the same school showed how cigarette butts, straws and bottle caps are harming the sea creatures.

Various groups of students from St Margaret College Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua  participated. In relation to Religion and Science the Verdala Queen’s Young Leaders commemorated ‘Mental Health Awareness Day’ while other students in collaboration with Missio Malta focused on poverty in Uganda and

proposed practical solutions in aid of Ugandan children. The third group of students reflected on Christmas time as an opportunity for unity and peace between the three monotheistic religions that is between Christians, Muslims and Jews.

The geography students of St Margaret College interviewed people at Marsaxlokk on the issue of waste in Malta. Other geography students researched on the damage being done by plastic waste in our oceans and what we can all do to help the natural ecosystems.  Another presentation focused on the changes that are occurring in the world and whether these are causing positive or negative effects.
The social studies students focused on the internet and how it is changed our lives.
Then it was the turn of the students of social studies at St Clare College to give their presentations. They focused on the use of facebook and the internet, plastics in the seas and the need to stop bullying through comments on social media.
The representatives of KOPIN then organised an interactive activity to highlight the use of oil in our everyday activities and in the production of items that we commonly use.
The Hon Dr Clifton Grima Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisations presented certificates to the participating students and link teachers.
Rita DeBattista
National co-ordinator for GEW
2019-02-14T08:39:10+00:00 February 14th, 2019|