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National Young Reporter’s for the Environment Competition: More Great News!

Considering all the restrictions due to the Coronavirus, this year there was a record of submissions as there were 237 entries in total (Malta & Gozo).  It’s good to know that categories this year were varied – apart from the usual YRE and litterless, we also participated in the YREstayshome section, where students had to be creative in reporting from home.  Ms Audrey Gauci (Nature Trust Coordinator) told me that she is very proud of our students as they all did a lot of effort during this extraordinary time while they did a great job!

 

Apart from the successful entries mentioned by Mr Martin Azzopardi, I must share with you the GREAT NEWS!!!!  The video where we interviewed the three Cottonera Mayors and we also did a vox-pop at Vittoriosa Street Market,  ended up placing 1st in the Litterless category!!!!!!  It was worth spending so much time editing and including subtitles to target more audience 🙂

 

Here are the video details:

Video Title (Category 15-18): Litterless Initiatives in the Cottonera Area 

Students involved:  Kylieanna Apap, Katriel Zahra, Annastasia Darmanin, Aceline Grixti, Martina Magro & Maruska Pulis

https://www.yremalta.org/pastentries/litterlessinitiatives-in-thecottonera-area/

 

The other two videos we submitted last May:

  1. Analyzing the Use of Plastics & the Impact of COVID-19 on the Environment (by: Lauren Galea and Aceline Grixti) and
  2. Reflecting on How the COVID-19 Managed to Improve the Environment in Malta (by: Elisa Vella, Annastasia Darmanin, Chanise Mifsud) ended up in the COMMENDED list! 🙂

 

Other COMMENDED articles (category 11-14) carried out by students who all worked in great coordination with me and Ms Juliette Spiteri during the lock down are:

 

Title: Marine Litter (Students: Lauren Galea, Maya Bartolo, Elisa Vella & Chanise Mifsud).

Title: Land Pollution (Students: Kheloud Abdel Razek, Emily Cilia).

Title: Understanding Air Pollution (Students: Annastasia Darmanin, Aceline Grixti, Martina Magro).

 

RE categorizing it’s good to know that – COMMENDED entries mean that they were up to standard and had good reporting.  Finalists are those that were above standard / better than the rest and had a very good chance of winning.

ALL STUDENTS will be given a certificate – Ms Audrey Gauci will be sending them in the coming days.  Prizes are only for the actual winners.

 

I really would like to thank EVERYONE who contributed especially Ms Marlene Gatt who introduced me to her students; Ms Marlene Galea and Mr Andrew Calleja for uploading material on our school facebook page and school website; and Mr Kenneth Abela for his dedication in taking videos and editing.  Many thanks to Mr Martin Azzopardi for his amazing collaboration and support – even though he’s not part of our committee he dedicate a lot of time to assist me in this very interesting fieldwork.  Every year, he puts a lot of effort and thanks to him, we are involving many more students to participate in the YRE and Litterless Campaign.   Also many thanks to Ms Leanne Lewis for accepting to be interviewed about the plastic Christmas tree last December and to ALL THE MEMBERS in the committee who all did their effort from the very beginning of this scholastic year.  I truly appreciate everyone’s effort!  Last but definitely not least, I really would like to thank all the SMT members for their great cooperation and support.  Here I must mention Mr Daniel Spiteri and Ms Lydia Zammit (Asst Heads) for their impressive support.  Honestly I believe that where there is a joint effort and a good teamwork, positive results will come up – no matter the circumstances!  😉

 

I look forward to work with you ALL again next scholastic year!  Meanwhile, I take this opportunity to wish you all a well deserved summer recess.

 

Cheers and take care,

Flavia Grima

Head of Department ICT

St Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala

Cospicua

2020-07-01T20:42:18+00:00 July 1st, 2020|

National Young Reporter’s for the Environment Competition: Wonderful News!

Out of so many participating state/church/independent schools, our School Religion and Science Department students hit once again the top records of the National Young Reporter’s for the Environment Competition as follows:

 

Honourable mention in the category of YRE Article 15-18

  1. Young Reporter’s for the Environment students launch a litter less project campaign in making Paper Roll Angel decorations for Advent and Christmas

by Religion Dept. students: Miguel Fenech, Jurgen Xuereb, Jayden Degiorgio

 

Finalists and Commended YRE 2019 – 2020 Article 15 – 18

  1. Applied Science CCP students create awareness about the risks of extra sugar in our daily diets – COMMENDED

by Science Dept. students: Decelis Luca, Zammit Kaylon, Knaan Gaze, Bonnici Raiza

  1. Raising an awareness campaign about breast cancer at school during the Pink October Campaign – COMMENDED

by Science Dept. students: Emerson Bugeja, Daishan Psaila, Jean Vella, Tiernan Fraser

  1. Verdala Queen’s Young Verdala Leaders Group commemorate Mental Illness Awareness Week – COMMENDED

by Science Dept. student: Shaun Portelli

  1. Maltese students join Missio Malta in aid of the Myanmar missionary campaign – COMMENDED

by Religion Dept. students: Maya Nussbaum, Sarah Fiorini, Cody Parnis, Jake Chetcuti

  1. A Pro-Life Catholic Irish couple addresses Maltese students who recite the Rosary of the Unborn – COMMENDED

by Religion Dept. students: Scicluna Raisa, Bonello Owen

  1. Maltese students commemorate the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation Camp Day – COMMENDED

by Religion Dept. students:  Klaydi Borg, Darnoc Mizzi, Grech Carl, Mariema Zahra

  1. Young Reporter’s for the Environment students launch a litter less project campaign in making Paper Roll Angel decorations for Advent and Christmas – COMMENDED

by Religion Dept. students:  Miguel Fenech, Jurgen Xuereb, Jayden Degiorgio

 

Finalists and Commended YRE 2019 – 2020 Photo 15 – 18

  1. Do cliffs need doors? – FINALIST

by Religion Dept. student: Maya Nussbaun

  1. Halloween pumpkins scaring the cliffs – FINALIST

by Religion Dept. student: Maya Nussbaun

  1. Construction waste an eyesore to our natural environment – COMMENDED

by Religion Dept. student: Jasmin Farrugia

  1. Baby playpen ends up on Xaqqa Cliffs – COMMENDED

by Religion Dept. student: Maya Nussbaun

  1. Burnt Fanta lemonade bottles poison the natural habitat

by Religion Dept. student: Maya Nussbaun

  1. Creaky water pump mills in need of repair

by Religion Dept. student: Jasmin Farrugia

  1. Humpty Dumpty downfall of a rubble wall

by Religion Dept. student: Jasmin Farrugia

N.B. We were the first school to win the International YRE award with a SOLAR PANEL CAR PROJECT from our School Science Dept. and this year all the 14 Science and Religion YRE project entries are awarded even a project by CCP Science students.

I take the opportunity to THANK especially all my Religion and Science students who collaborated in fulfilling these YRE projects in favour of our local environment.  VERY WELL DONE and PRAISE BE TO GOD.

Also congratulations to other awarded participants from our school which I leave for Ms Flavia Grima to announce. VERY WELL DONE.

I thank YRE National Coordinator Ms Audrey Gauci for her kind help and support and the two foreign correctors who sacrificed their free time correcting our Science and Religion Department YRE project entries.

I also thank Ms Josephine Diacono, Fr Karm Spiteri ocd and school clerks Ms Patricia Farrugia and Ms Lorraine Vella for their kind help and support throughout the whole year, much appreciated.

Finally I thank Ms Marlene Galea and Mr Andrew Calleja plus the editors of the Malta Independent on Sunday newspaper, Sunday Times of Malta and Missio Mata for contributing in the dissemination process.

Thanks in regards

Martin Azzopardi sdc

Veteran YRE school coordinator

St. Margaret College

Secondary School,

Verdala, Cospicua,

Malta

2020-07-01T20:33:56+00:00 July 1st, 2020|

January 2019 – St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School Verdala students discover the richness of the National Library of Valletta, Malta

During one of the cultural visits to Valletta, a group of students from St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua paid a short visit to the National Library of Valletta, Malta. Students were accompanied by their teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc and were shown round the library by Ass. Librarian Mr Donald Briffa.
The National Library serves as a research depot for many scholars. It holds many important archives especially those of the Universita’ dei Gurati (the island’s local government prior to 1530) and of the Knights of St John. The library contains many historically significant books including the big private collection of books of Fra Louis Guérin de Tencin and of Cardinal Joaquin Portocarrero.

Students from St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua, Malta: Leon Buttigieg, Aidan Bugeja and Matthew Megrahi; accompanied by teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc discover the richness of the National Library of Valletta, Malta – December 2018

2020-06-30T15:37:27+00:00 June 30th, 2020|

December 2018 – St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School Verdala students reflect upon Christmas – time of unity and peace between the three monotheistic religions

As part of the Christmas religious festivities held at school, three students from St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua, were invited by teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc to reflect upon the peaceful and unity spirit of Christmas. Though Christmas is celebrated worldwide by Christians to commemorate and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ – the Son of God, it should also serve as a time of peace and unity for the three monotheistic religions.
Christmas is the feast of LIGHT, cleaning our hearts from the DARKNESS of SIN while calling us to LOVE and to OPEN OUR HEARTS to everyone – Christian, Muslim, Jew or Pagan. Let us seek what UNITES us and not what DIVIDES us.

St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua students: Leon Buttigieg, Matthew Megrahi and Aidan Bugeja accompanied by teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc reflecting upon Christmas – time of unity and peace between the three monotheistic religions – December 2018

2020-06-30T15:35:05+00:00 June 30th, 2020|

10th December 2018 – St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School Verdala students participate in the Christmas Holy Mass in aid of the Community Chest Fund Campaign

On Monday, 10th December 2018 a group of students from St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, participated in the Christmas Holy Mass in aid of the Community Chest Fund Campaign. Students were accompanied by teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc. The Christmas Holy Mass was celebrated by His Grace the Archbishop of Malta, Mons Charles J. Scicluna in the presence of Mr Edgar Preca (the President’s husband) and other representatives from the Ministry/Department of Education.

Group Photo of St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua students: Leon Buttigieg, Matthew Megrahi and Aidan Bugeja accompanied by their teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc joining the Pageant and Choir of St. Claire’s College Primary School, San Gwann for the ‘Milied Flimkien’ Holy Mass in aid of the Community Chest Fund at St. John’s Con-Cathedral in Valletta – December 2018

2020-06-30T15:32:22+00:00 June 30th, 2020|

16th October 2018 – The students join Missio Malta to raise awareness in class about poverty in Uganda while proposing practical solutions to Missio Malta in aid of Ugandan children

Every year a group of students from St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School joins Missio Malta to raise a charity fund campaign in aid of poor countries. This year Missio Malta is holding a charity fund campaign in aid of Uganda and Vietnam plus other poor countries. So teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc involved a class of fifth formers to do a study research about poverty in Uganda while proposing practical solutions to Missio Malta in aid of Ugandan children.

St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School students: Gwyneth Dalli, Ylenia Saliba, Shanise Calleja, Riley Micallef and Dean Agius together with their teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc assembled to raise awareness in class about poverty in Uganda while proposing practical solutions to Missio Malta in aid of Ugandan children

2020-06-30T15:29:45+00:00 June 30th, 2020|

14th March 2019 – St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School Verdala students come in touch with Baroque Art while venturing on a cultural excursion in Valletta

On Thursday, 14th March 2019 a group of Form 4 students from St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua had the opportunity to come in touch with Baroque Art while venturing on a cultural excursion in Valletta. This cultural excursion was organised by teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc in collaboration with the History Department teacher Miss Joanne Dalli.
Throughout this cultural excursion, students visited Our Lady of Victory Chapel and the National Museum of Fine Arts (now called the MUZA) which is situated in the former Auberge d’Italie in Merchant Street Valletta.

St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua students: Bonello Owen, Bugeja Aidan, Camilleri Brennan Martina, Falzon Kaylee, Farrugia Kirsten, Magro Luca, Megrahi Matthew, Schembri Kieran, Scicluna Raisa, Thomas Karolyn Joy, Vella Chantelle and Wilson Maria accompanied by with their teachers: Martin Azzopardi sdc and Miss Joanne Dalli come in touch with Baroque Art while venturing on a cultural excursion in Valletta – Group Photo at Our Lady of Victory Chapel in Valletta, 14th March 2019

St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua students: Bonello Owen, Bugeja Aidan, Camilleri Brennan Martina, Falzon Kaylee, Farrugia Kirsten, Magro Luca, Megrahi Matthew, Schembri Kieran, Scicluna Raisa, Thomas Karolyn Joy, Vella Chantelle and Wilson Maria accompanied by with their teachers: Martin Azzopardi sdc and Miss Joanne Dalli come in touch with Baroque Art while venturing on a cultural excursion in Valletta – Group Photo at the National Museum of Fine Arts (The MUZA) in Valletta, 14th March 2019

2020-06-30T15:27:30+00:00 June 30th, 2020|

6th December 2018 – St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School Verdala students venture on a cultural excursion in Valletta

On Thursday, 6th December 2018 a group of Form 4 students from St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua ventured on a cultural excursion in the capital city of Valletta. This cultural excursion was organised by teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc and Miss Joanne Dalli aiming to enrich the cultural knowledge of students.
Throughout this cultural excursion, students visited the Con-Cathedral of St. John plus its Museum and the Grandmaster’s Palace plus Armoury and were able to understand and comprehend the symbolic architectural and artistic meaning that decorates these two main buildings in Valletta.

St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua students: Bonello Owen, Bugeja Aidan, Buhagiar Shania, Buhagiar Therese, Camilleri Brennan Martina, Falzon Kaylee, Farrugia Kirsten, Magro Luca, Megrahi Matthew, Schembri Kieran, Scicluna Raisa, Thomas Karolyn Joy, Vella Chantelle and Wilson Maria accompanied by with their teachers: Martin Azzopardi sdc and Miss Joanne Dalli venturing on a cultural excursion in Valletta – Inside the Con-Cathedral of St. John, 6th December 2018

St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua students: Bonello Owen, Bugeja Aidan, Buhagiar Shania, Buhagiar Therese, Camilleri Brennan Martina, Falzon Kaylee, Farrugia Kirsten, Magro Luca, Megrahi Matthew, Schembri Kieran, Scicluna Raisa, Thomas Karolyn Joy, Vella Chantelle and Wilson Maria accompanied by with their teachers: Martin Azzopardi sdc and Miss Joanne Dalli venturing on a cultural excursion in Valletta – In front of the Con-Cathedral of St. John, 6th December 2018

2020-06-30T15:23:33+00:00 June 30th, 2020|

14th March 2019 – St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School Verdala students appreciate the treasures of Casa Rocca Piccola in Valletta

On Thursday, 14th March 2019 a group of Form 4 students from St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua together with their teachers Martin Azzopardi sdc and Miss Joanne Dalli visited Casa Rocca Piccola Museum house in Valletta. Students had the privilege to be shown round the house by the owner of the house, Marquis Nicholas de Piro who is the 9th Baron of Budach and the 9th Marquis de Piro. Students could also admire the collection of silverware, art, books and furniture which decorate the rooms of the house.

St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua students: Bonello Owen, Bugeja Aidan, Camilleri Brennan Martina, Falzon Kaylee, Farrugia Kirsten, Magro Luca, Megrahi Matthew, Schembri Kieran, Scicluna Raisa, Thomas Karolyn Joy, Vella Chantelle and Wilson Maria accompanied by their teachers: Martin Azzopardi sdc and Miss Joanne Dalli guided by Marquis Nicholas de Piro round Casa Rocca Piccola in Valletta –14th March 2019

2020-06-30T15:20:00+00:00 June 30th, 2020|