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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Verdala Queen’s Young Verdala Leaders Group commemorate Mental Illness Awareness Week – COMMENDED
by Science Dept. student: Shaun Portelli
- 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
- 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
- Maltese students commemorate the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation Camp Day – COMMENDED
by Religion Dept. students: Klaydi Borg, Darnoc Mizzi, Grech Carl, Mariema Zahra
- 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
- Do cliffs need doors? – FINALIST
by Religion Dept. student: Maya Nussbaun
- Halloween pumpkins scaring the cliffs – FINALIST
by Religion Dept. student: Maya Nussbaun
- Construction waste an eyesore to our natural environment – COMMENDED
by Religion Dept. student: Jasmin Farrugia
- Baby playpen ends up on Xaqqa Cliffs – COMMENDED
by Religion Dept. student: Maya Nussbaun
- Burnt Fanta lemonade bottles poison the natural habitat
by Religion Dept. student: Maya Nussbaun
- Creaky water pump mills in need of repair
by Religion Dept. student: Jasmin Farrugia
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
28th November 2018 – St. Margaret College Secondary School Verdala students propose the imitation of Christian Saints for Advent
On Monday 28th November 2018 a special morning assembly was held at St. Margaret College, Secondary School Verdala to commemorate the life and values of St. Margaret Queen of Scots and Patron Saint of the same College. This event was coordinated by teacher, Martin Azzopardi sdc together with a group of students intending to propose the imitation of Christian Saints for the Advent Season.
8th October 2018 – St. Margaret College Secondary School Verdala Queen’s Young Leaders commemorate Mental Health Awareness Day
World Mental Health Awareness Day is celebrated every year on the 10th October and St. Margaret College Verdala School Queen’s Young Leaders Group assembled with their group founder teacher, Martin Azzopardi sdc to raise awareness about mental health during the school morning assembly.
Mental health affects the way a person manages his daily burdens/problems, his relationship with others and also his decision taking. According to EU statistics, one out of every four persons in Europe experiences a form of psychiatric problem in life and the situation in Malta is not that far from the EU statistics.
11th March 2019 – St. Margaret College Secondary School Verdala Queen’s Young Leaders celebrate Commonwealth Day
On Monday, 11th March 2019 St. Margaret College Verdala School Queen’s Young Leaders Group assembled with their group founder teacher, Martin Azzopardi sdc to organize a special morning assembly at school celebrating Commonwealth day.
Commonwealth Day is normally celebrated on the second Monday of March and serves to promote Commonwealth issues and core values. On this day World Commonwealth member countries assemble to join forces in an effort to promote global issues, international co-operation, and see how to improve the lives of over 2 billion people in its 53 member countries, which once the majority were under British rule.
7th November 2018 – The students reflect upon sensitivity, respect and care in preparation for St Martin’s Feast
On Wednesday, 7th November 2018 a group of students from St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua were invited by their teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc to reflect upon the need of ‘solidarity’, ‘respect’ and ‘care’ in preparation for the feast of St. Martin of Tours.
An interesting project held on the China Corner of St. Margaret College Verdala Secondary School was learning how to meditate and reducing stress by drinking Chinese Tea. This project was coordinated by Science teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc and students had the opportunity to learn the basic steps needed to infuse Chinese tea while tasting its fragrant aroma.
On Ash Wednesday, a group of students at St. Margaret College Verdala Secondary School together with their teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc and school Spiritual Director Fr Carmelo Spiteri ocd launched the Pope’s slogan: ‘Give up gossiping for Lent’. Students were inspired by the message of Pope Francis whom on the 3rd March while reciting the Angelus Prayer in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, he urged all the faithful to reflect upon the line of the day’s Gospel: “Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?” The Pope said: “We all know it usually is easier or more comfortable to notice and condemn the defects and sins of others rather than seeing our own with that kind of clarity,”
Thank you to Klaydi Borg, Darnoc Mizzi, Grech Carl and Mariema Zahra (Form 4 students) who cooperated to fulfill this YRE article project.
Auschwitz Liberation Camp Day is commemorated every year on January 27 and this year marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Camp in Poland. Around 120 Auschwitz and other Holocaust survivors from all over the world are expected to attend the Memorial at Auschwitz which will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020 thanks to the support of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation from New York City under the Leadership of Ronald S. Lauder. While Auschwitz was liberated on January 27, the event is recognized by the United Nations and the European Union as International Holocaust Remembrance Day
In preparation for this Memorial Day, on Wednesday January 22, 2020, a group of students at St. Margaret College Verdala School, Cospicua joned their teacher, Martin Azzopardi sdc, to commemorate Auschwitz Liberation Camp day while creating awareness amongst students about the atrocities held in the concentration camps of the Nazi Regime.
Then on the 26th January a special morning assembly was held in school to commemorate Auschwitz Liberation Camp day.
Auschwitz Concentration Camp was liberated on the 27th January 1945 by the soldiers of the 60th Army of the First Ukrainian Front. It was a paradox of history that Soviet soldiers (formally representing Stalinist regime) brought freedom to the prisoners of Nazi regime. The Russian Red Army obtained details about Auschwitz after the liberation of the city of Krakow and about seven thousand prisoners awaited liberation in the Main Camp of Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Monowitz. Before and soon after January 27, Soviet soldiers liberated about 500 prisoners in the Auschwitz sub-camps in StaraKuźnia, BlachowniaŚląska, Świętochłowice, Wesoła, Libiąż, Jawiszowice, and Jaworzno.
Over 230 Soviet soldiers, including the commander of the 472nd regiment, Col. SiemenLvovichBesprozvanny, died in combat while liberating the Main Camp of Auschwitz, Birkenau, Monowitz, and the city of Oświęcim.
In the Main Camp of Auschwitz and Birkenau, Soviet soldiers discovered the corpses of about 600 prisoners who had been shot by the withdrawing Nazi SS or who had succumbed to exhaustion.
No one knows exactly how many people were sent to Auschwitz, or how many died there since the Nazis did not maintain registration records for those who were to be exterminated immediately upon arrival at Auschwitz. However, historians estimate that between 1940 and 1945, the Nazis sent at least 1.3 million people to Auschwitz. About 1.1 million of these people died or were killed at Auschwitz. MAY THIS NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.
At the end of this activity, students were informed that In Malta all cases of racism can be reported to Report Racism Malta – www.reportracism-malta.org. Report Racism Malta is a project of the People for Change Foundation, launched in November 2014 to address the under-reporting of discriminatory incidents by creating an easy-to-use mechanism for communicating incidents of racial discrimination. Report Racism Malta provides an avenue for reporting incidents of discrimination and racism against individual victims, and offers guidance in cases where cases may be taken forward and remedies accessed.
This project aims to reach three of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Reduced Inequalities; Good Health and Well-being; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; and Quality Education.
YRE Article 6 – A Pro-Life Catholic Irish couple addresses Maltese students who recite the Rosary of the Unborn
Thank you to Scicluna Raisa and Bonello Owen (Form 5 students) who cooperated to fulfill this YRE article project.
On Wednesday, 8th January 2020 a Pro-Life Irish couple, Carmen and Declan Waters addressed a group of Form 5 students at St. Margaret College Secondary School Verdala, Cospicua. The Irish couple was invited to school by teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc, to hold a talk in class about the sacred value of human life from its very beginning until its end. Carmen Waters said that when abortion was introduced in Ireland it was shocking seeing Irish women playing drums and celebrating in favour of abortion. In fact, after a bitter referendum campaign, the amendment of the constitution of Ireland was passed by 67% voting in favour of abortion to 33% voting against. Then on the 25th May 2018, a referendum was passed by a similar margin to remove the constitutional ban on abortion and was signed in to law on 18 September 2018. Nowadays abortion in Ireland is permitted during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy, and in cases where the pregnant woman’s life or health is at risk, or in the cases of a fatal foetal abnormality.
Declan Waters added, quoting Pope John PaulII : “A nation that kills its own children is a nation without a future” (June 1997). Throughout his pontificate, Pope John Paul II was always outspoken on life issues and he rarely lost an opportunity to speak out against abortion. In 2004 the Pope canonised Gianna Beretta Molla, who died of cancer in 1962 after refusing life-saving treatment that would have required the termination of her pregnancy.
Carmen emphasized that “every birth is innocent and God has a plan for it”. She encouraged students to leave sex for marriage and build a married life on the sacrament of matrimony. Then Declan said that if we Christians want to live a happy life we must learn to abide by moral standards and live by the Ten Commandments.
Some years ago, Carmen and Declan Waters founded the Rosary of the Unborn at St. Margaret College and since then students attending Religion lessons still pass on the rosary beads from one student to another, reciting one Hail Mary prayer in their hearts to end abortion around the world. The Irish couple were so happy to see that the rosary of the unborn is still practiced at St. Margaret College.
On the 30th September 2019, the Malta Today newspaper revealed that Malta’s emerging pro-choice lobby group held its first-ever rally to mark ‘International Safe Abortion Day’. This very small group of people say that the ‘Voice For Choice’ outlines why Malta’s total abortion ban, in all circumstances, poses a health risk to women and so they propose abortion in Malta.
In The Times of Malta newspaper (dated 2nd February 2020) the President of Malta, Dr George Vella, was reported to have delivered a strong address against abortion, saying that he was representing the absolute majority of people in Malta when he spoke against its introduction. “I cannot imagine how we can terminate this life at any stage in its development,” he said.
Teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc said, “Educating our students in a pro-life spirit is part of our holistic approach in education and this helps to build up a generation of people with more love and respect for every living creature.”
Special thanks go to Declan and Carmen Waters for offering this pro-life talk and experience to form 5 students at St. Margaret College Secondary School Verdala, Cospicua.
This project aims to reach three of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Good Health & Well-being, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and Quality Education.
YRE Article 5 – Young Reporters for the Environment students launch a litter-less project campaign in making paper roll angel decorations for Advent and Christmas
Thank you to Miguel Fenech, Jurgen Xuereb, Jayden Degiorgio (Form 4 students) who cooperated to fulfill this YRE article project.
On Monday, 2nd December 2019, a group of Young Reporters for the Environment students at St. Margaret College Secondary School Verdala, Cospicua exhibited the paper roll angel decorations hand made by a group of participating Science students. These paper roll angel decorations are used to decorate the school image of the Baby Jesus. Before starting the Advent season, the Science Department of St. Margaret College encouraged many Science students to participate in this litter-less project campaign in making paper roll angel decorations using ONLY recycled material. Students had to provide their own recycled material like toilet rolls, wool, parcel wrap paper, cotton, embroidery threads and ribbons, plus colours or paint. Then for those who opted to make their angel decorations at school, all the necessary tools were provided but the majority of the students preferred to work on their paper roll angel decorations at home.
Science Teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc, who coordinated this Litter-less Campaign school project said: “Our science students were very eager to participate in this project as it was an opportunity for them to be creative and environment-friendly at the same time. It was also a challenge for them as they were limited to make use ONLY of recycled material and for some students who worked in pairs or in groups it was also an opportunity to experience a team spirit in favour of our environment”.
To make these paper roll angel decorations, students had to follow some steps:
- After gathering all their recycled material, they covered the toilet paper roll with pieces of fabric or paper to make the angel dress.
- Then to make the angel’s hands pieces of metal strips or wooden tooth- picks were used. Others made use of hard paper strips to make the hands which were then covered with fabric or paper to create the long sleeves.
- To make the angel’s head, some students used tennis balls but some others preferred to create the head using soft paper or spray bottle cups. Then colours and buttons were used to make the angel’s face.
- In making the angel’s hair, many students made use of recycled cotton or fabric while others used strips of soft paper which were then glued to the head.
Then to create the angel’s wings, students drew the wings on hard paper first and then decorated them using colours, glittered paper or cotton. Many used glue to stick the wings to the body but some others used pins or needles.
To be more environment friendly, some students made their own glue using natural ingredients like water and flour.
This Christmas all the participating students in this litter-less school project campaign can surely feel the satisfaction of making their own paper roll angel decorations adopting the three R’s – REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE – which all help to cut down on the amount of waste we throw away. In doing so students learn to conserve natural resources and energy plus save money communities must use to dispose of waste in landfills.
This project aims to reach three of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, and Quality Education.
Thank you to Maya Nussbaum, Sarah Fiorini, Cody Parnis, Jake Chetcuti (Form 5 students) who cooperated to fulfill this YRE article project.
Every year St. Margaret College Secondary School, Verdala students join Missio Malta in aid of a missionary campaign. This year Missio Malta is inviting Maltese people to contribute to the missionary campaign in aid of Myanmar. St. Margaret College students, together with their teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc, join Missio Malta not only to raise funds in aid of Myanmar, but also to do research about the situation of poverty in Myanmar and offer solutions to the Myanmar government.
The Asian country of Myanmar (previously called Burma) is estimated to have a population of 52 million people, of whom 26% still live in poverty. Despite the 5% annual economic growth of this country, poverty still reigns, especially in the rural areas. Thus a thorough investigation and understanding of the main causes of poverty in Myanmar is needed.
Myanmar is considered to be the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia with very fertile lands and with a significant amount of potentially productive natural resources. In fact, agriculture is the main economic source of income creating employment for more than half the country’s workforce. Paddy rice is the country’s primary crop which generates profit in Myanmar but compared to Cambodia and Vietnam it still offers the lowest profit in the region.
Many rural areas in Myanmar are highly vulnerable to extreme weather such as heavy downpour and cyclones. In fact in 2008, Cyclone Nargis hit the country leaving long effect devastation, especially in the rural areas. Following the effect of Cyclone Nargis, people were unable to create economic value for themselves and their communities.
Health issues are also among the causes of poverty in Myanmar. Around 37% of the population is still unable to have access to clean water and sanitation. These health issues rank the country with the lowest life expectancy as well as the second-highest rate of infant and child mortality. According to recent figures it is assumed that 40 out of every 1000 babies born die before they reach their first birthday. Much of this is due to inadequate healthcare facilities which can easily be overcome if the government invests more money to improve the existing healthcare facilities and make plans to contribute more to the country’s healthcare.
However, a campaign to increase the disease control in Myanmar has shown a marked reduction in reported HIV/AIDS cases. Also the economic growth of the country and the government’s priority to decrease rural poverty is offering a light of hope towards rural areas in Myanmar.
According to the World Bank, poverty in Myanmar has decreased from 44.5% in 2004 to 26.1% in 2015, mostly in urban areas. The government of Myanmar has made plans to invest more on education. In fact, the government’s investment on education increased from $251.8 million in 2013 to $1.2 billion in 2017.
On contacting the Director of Missio Malta, Mons Valent Borg, students were told that this year’s Missio Malta missionary campaign in aid of Myanmar carried the slogan: ‘Healing a nation through education’ where all fundraising campaigns held in Maltese schools, parishes and Church institutions aim to support schools in Myanmar, particularly St. John’s Catholic School in the Diocese of Hakha, State of Chin in Myanmar, and various college teaching programmes around Myanmar.
While successes are to be recognized, it is important to highlight the fact that without more investment from both government and foreign aid, poverty in Myanmar cannot be eradicated. Thus St. Margaret College students unite with Missio Malta in encouraging other students to contribute in the fundraising campaign in aid of education in Myanmar
This project aims to reach seven of the main goals proposed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Reduced Inequalities, and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
YRE Photo/description entries from the Religion Department of St. Margaret College Sec. School Verdala, Cospicua for the YRE competition 2019/20.
YRE Photo 1 plus description – by student Jasmine Farrugia
Construction waste an eyesore to our natural environment
On the way to Ghar Lapsi a large hill of construction waste is surely an eyesore to our natural environment. On contacting the Malta Environment and Resources Authority we were told that the area being referred to was previously a quarry which has recently been permitted to be infilled with inert construction material. The intention is to remove what has been a scar in the landscape for years. However, the infilling operations have breached the conditions of the permit. Recently the operator was required to rectify the situation on the ground and to contain its operations within the original boundary of the quarry. Further action may be taken if the operator does not follow the orders given. It seems that the eyesore is the result of a construction waste crisis in Malta. Many constructors are lamenting not finding enough proper places to deposit their waste.
YRE Photo 2 plus description – by student Maya Nussbaum
Baby playpen ends up on Xaqqa Cliffs
On the way to one of the most popular swimming spots in the southern part of Malta, you can stop by the side of the road and make your way towards Xaqqa Cliffs just after passing the quarry. Unfortunately lots of rubbish is ending up in this area and recently a big baby play pan was spotted. A local newspaper reported that few days ago volunteers collected 196kg of waste from Xaqqa Cliffs. Xaqqa has stunning rock formations that leave one amazed at their natural beauty and their unusual shapes. Not to mention the beautiful light blue sea below them. On reporting the waste baby play pan to the Dingli Local Council we were told that this area falls under the protection of the Siggiewi Local Council. We were promised a referral to the responsible team for an immediate clean up of the area.
YRE Photo 3 plus description – by student Maya Nussbaum
Do cliffs need doors?
Recently three big wooden doors were spotted on Rdum ta’ Horrieqa close to the Panorama Road of Dingli Cliffs. Dingli Cliffs are an impressive sight for all visitors; they are 253 meters above sea level facing North Africa. These cliffs offer a unique natural environment with evergreen Maltese Rock-Centaury and many other endemic wild plant species growing. Walking along these majestic cliffs brings one in touch with the beauty and wonders of nature throughout the whole year. So apart from the fact that dumping waste on cliffs and countryside is illegal, these three big wooden doors are an eyesore to the countryside. On contacting the Dingli Local Council we were told that though they offer free service pick up of waste, irresponsible people still prefer to dump their waste in this area. The Local Council promised an immediate clean up action and regular monitoring of the area.
YRE Photo 4 plus description – by student Maya Nussbaum
Burnt Fanta lemonade bottles poison the natural habitat
Trekking on Panorama Road along Dingli Cliffs can easily lead you to a hidden beautiful green area close to Rdum ta’ Horrieqa. Unfortunately illegal dumping of waste in this area has become a huge environmental issue for the Local Council. Recently a big amount of Fanta lemonade plastic bottles were dumped and burned in this area poisoning the living flora and fauna. Plastic is a petroleum-based material and when burned it poisons the air and vegetation with many toxins. Burning plastic and other waste releases dangerous substances such as heavy metals, Persistent Organic Pollutants and other toxics into the air, leaving ash waste residues. Such pollutants can contribute to the development of asthma, cancer and other diseases. On reporting this poisonous dump waste to the Malta Environment and Resources Authority, the responsible Local Council was informed and an immediate clean up action of the area followed.
YRE Photo 5 plus description – by student Maya Nussbaum
Halloween pumpkins scaring the cliffs.
Following the November Halloween festivities many pumpkins used to decorate homes end up being thrown away. Recently a large amount of Halloween pumpkins were spotted in a beautiful area of Dingli Cliffs close to Rdum ta’ Horrieqa. It is really shocking seeing so many rotten Halloween pumpkins scattered on Dingli. Quoting atlantic.com it is estimated that in United States every year more than one billion pounds of pumpkin is thrown away and left to rot in landfills. In the United Kingdom it is estimated that last November people had thrown away eight million pumpkins. When food waste like pumpkins is left to rot, it produces methane gas which is a dangerous greenhouse gas, more so than carbon dioxide. Surely there are other ways for the disposing of rotten pumpkins? They can be used as food for animals or turned into compost soil for fields and gardens.
YRE Photo 6 plus description – by student Jasmine Farrugia
Creaky water pump mills in need of repair
Along the main road from Rabat to Buskett many walkers and drivers easily notice the creaky water pump mills in private fields. Surely two particular creaky water pump mills are spotted in Buskett and they are in urgent need of repair. These are not the only two in the area of Buskett and Dingli which need repair. Windmills are environment friendly as they make use of the power of wind (which is a renewable source of energy) to generate electricity or pump water in fields and farms. The windmill’s turbine blades are able to capture wind energy and turn it into mechanical energy by spinning a generator that creates electricity. A water pump mill is very simple and efficient at the same time. Wind water pump mills form part of the Maltese heritage and more EU funds are needed to restore the damaged ones in our country.
YRE Photo 7 plus description – by student Jasmine Farrugia
Humpty Dumpty downfall of a rubble wall
A very old rubble wall close to the Gibjun tas-Sentini in Rabat has partly fallen down on a very busy road. Rubble walls are part of the Maltese heritage and they are part and parcel of the Maltese conservation areas. Maltese rubble walls (in Maltese: ħajt tas-sejjieħ) very often serve as a habitat for many species of flora and fauna and sometimes serve also as a shelter for bees, butterflies and lizards. Rubble walls have also a very important role in the hydrological cycle of the fields and when it rains heavily, excessive rainwater infiltrates through the holes of the these walls avoiding the risk of field flooding. Old rubble walls are normally built with stones called ‘ġebel tax-xagħri’ and are usually made of the hard-wearing upper coralline limestone. An immediate restoration of this fallen wall in Rabat was carried out as it was a hazard to the passing drivers.
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Qed nibgħatilkom ukoll xi noti dwar Topic 7 Għall-Maħfra u r-Rikonċiljazzjoni. Qed nibgħatilkom ukoll 2 video clips dwar Ġesu’ u Levi (Mattew) u l-episodju fejn Ġesu’ jaħfer lill-mara adultera. F’dan il-unit se nagħtikom tagħrif dwar il-Mahfra. Ser naraw kif fil-Vanġelu Ġesu` kien jaħfer u juri mħabba lejn il-midinbin. Se naraw ukoll l-importanza tas-Sagrament tal-Qrar li jissejjah ukoll is-Sagrament ta’ Rikonċiljazzjoni għax jerġgħa jgħaqqadna mill-ġdid ma’ Alla u ma’ ħutna l-bnedmin.
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Qed nibgħatilkom xi power points (bħala pdf) fuq il-units li għamilna din is-sena sabiex iservukom bħala reviżjoni. Ghalkemm is-sillabu lestejnih kollu, tajjeb li tkomplu tagħmlu ftit reviżjoni. Dawk minnkom li se jagħmlu l-eżami tas-SEC f’Settembru infakkarhom ukoll sabiex jagħmlu reviżjoni ukoll tal-units li tgħallimna f’Year 10. Infakkarkom li min ikollu xi diffikulta’ ibgħatuli fuq l-email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nawguralkom kull suċċess għall-futur u nselli għalikom.
Ms. J. Busuttil Cini
Qed nibgħatilkom video clip dwar l-4 marki tal-Knisja Kattolika li huma -WAĦDA, QADDISA, KATTOLIKA, APPOSTOLIKA. Wara nixtieqkom tiktbu paragrafu zgħir dwar : X’NIFHMU META NGĦIDU LI L-KNISJA TA’ KRISTU HIJA WAĦDA, QADDISA, KATTOLIKA, U APPOSTOLIKA? (Araw ukoll in-noti tal-booklet qabel ma twieġbu).
Qed nibgħatilkom ukoll pdf dwar ix-Xbieha tal-Knisja bħala l-Ġisem ta’ Kristu. Fiha ser tifhmu għaliex San Pawl ixebbah lill-Knisja bħala l-Ġisem Ħaj ta’ Kristu. Ħudu noti zgħar waqt li tkunu qed taraw il-ppt. Il-quddiem se jkollkom twieġbu xi mistoqsijiet dwarha. Infakkarkom li tistgħu tibgħatu kull xogħol u diffikultajiet fuq email@example.com
Ms. J. Busuttil Cini
qed nibgħatilkom xi noti u xi mistoqsijiet bhala homework dwar Unit 6 – il-Knisja. It-tweġibiet ittajpjawhom fuq Word document ħalli nkun nista’ nikkoreġihom. Qed nibgħatilkom ukoll video clip qasir dwar il-Knisja biex tarawh. Tistgħu tirreferu wkoll għat-textbook paġni 19 – 124 biex twieġbu l-mistoqsijiet.
Ms Busuttil Cini
Għeziez studenti tas-Sena 11,
Qed nibgħatilkom żewg kopji tal-past papers tas-SEC 2018 u 2019 biex taħdmuhom u tagħmlu reviżjoni. (Naf li hemm min diġa ħadem minnhom). Għandkom ukoll il-marking scheme bit-tweġibiet tas-sena 2019. Hekk tistgħu tqabblu mat-tweġibiet tagħkom. Qed nibgħatilkom ukoll stampa bit-tifsira tal-blandun tal-Għid għax hija nteressanti u fl-istess ħin tistgħu tiġu bżonnha għall-eżami tas-SEC.
Inselli għalikom u keep safe.😊
Ms. J. Busuttil Cini
Illum qed nibgħatilkom video clip qasir li jagħtikom tifsira fil-qosor tas-sinjifikat reliġjuż tal-Għid Imqaddes għalina l-Insara. Nixtieqkom tarawh u wara bħala homework tiktbu ftit sentenzi dwar: Xi jfisser l-Għid il-Kbir għalina l-insara?
J’Alla l-Barka tal-Mulej tidħol fi djarkom u fil-familji tagħkom matul dan l-Għid Imqaddes.
Ms. J Busuttil Cini
Għeżież studenti ta’ Sena 10 u Sena 11,
Qed nibgħatilkom xi handouts biex taħdmuhom bħala reviżjoni.
- F4 Unit 5 Gesu Alla fostna u maghna 1 (1)
- F4 Unit 5 Gesu Alla fostna u maghna 2 (2)
- F4 Unit 5 Gesu il-bniedem fil-milja tieghu 1
- F5 Unit 1 Id-dinjita li taghtina l-Maghmudija 2
- F5 Unit 2 L-abort F5 Unit 2 Perikli bla bzonn
Qed nibgħatilkom ukoll ħsieb qasir għal dan iż-żmien qaddis tal-Ġimgha Mqaddsa.
Tinsewx ix-xoghol li diga’ bgħattilkom fuq din il-website.
Nawgura lilkom u lill-familji tagħkom L-Ghid it-tajjeb mimli bil-barka tal-Mulej!
Tistgħu tibgħatuli fuq firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. J. Busuttil Cini
LILL-ISTUDENTI TA’ YEAR 10 U YEAR 11
Għeżież studenti bdejna ġimgħa oħra u nispera li lkoll tinsabu tajbin. Nixtieq infakkarkom sabiex taraw il-homework li bgħattilkom il-ġimgħa l-oħra fuq din il-website. Min lesta xi xogħol minnu jista’ jibgħatuli permezz tal-email email@example.com
Nixtiqkom taraw ukoll dan il-video clip li fih messaġġ sabiħ u pożittiv għalikom: “A letter from God”. Wara li tarawh, iktbu x’laqatkom l-aktar f’dan il-messaġġ.
Stay safe u God bless,
Ms. J. Busuttil Cini
Mill-pack tan-notes, aqra u studja Unit 5 ĠESU’ KRISTU paġni 13 -14 u Unit 6 IL-KNISJA paġni 15 – 17.
Mis-sezzjoni MISTOQSIJIET U TESTIJIET, wieġeb paġna 12, mistoqsijiet dwar Unit 5, numru 1 – 13 u minn paġna 13, aħdem essay no. 1.
Wieġeb ukoll mistoqsijiet dwar Unit 6 , pagni 14 – 15, mistoqsijiet 1 – 12. Aħdem paġna 16 Essay no. 2.
Minn m’għandux pack tan-notes,
- jaqra Unit 5 ĠESU’ KRISTU – textbook, paġni 88 – 105.
- studja NIBQGĦU NIFTAKRU f’paġna 106 u Unit 6 IL-KNISJA – textbook paġni 109 – 124.
- studja NIBQGĦU NIFTAKRU f’paġna 126.
Mill-pack tan-notes tal-Ħames Sena, aqra u studja Units 1,2,3,4. Agħmel reviżjoni wkoll tal-Units li kont studjajt fil-Form 4 (Year 10) mill-pack tan-notes tas-sena l-oħra. Aħdem Matsec Past Papers 2019 (konna ħdimna minnha fil-klassi…kompluha) u Past Paper 2018.
Min ikollu xi diffikulta’ jista jibgħatli fuq firstname.lastname@example.org
I really hope that this message finds you all in good health.
Given the current situation, I encourage you to use this time and revise at the comfort of your home.
Yr 9 students (classes 9.1-9.8) Kindly revise chapter 4 and forward the homework via email. If you have your file in the classroom, kindly send me an email and I will forward you the end-of-unit homework sheet.
Yr 11 students (class 11.7) for those who are sitting for the SEC examination, revise the first four chapters and do not hesitate to contact me to clear any issues that may arise or to correct any past papers.
My email is email@example.com
Thank you, everyone, and stay safe.
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