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Director Marcellus Xuereb

 

 

 

Qala Primary is a small Primary school which caters for children from 3 to 11 years of age.  We have only one class per year.  It is a mixed ability school and we cater for a diversity of students`s needs and specific learning difficulties, namely dyslexia, Attention Deficit hyperactivity Disorder.  Our aim is to grow into a Dyslexia friendly school.  Even if Qala Primary is a small school, we have a small community of foreign and English speaking  students.  These are the sons or daughters of returned migrants or foreign residents who choose the nice village of Qala as their home.  It would be of great satisfaction to see  our children of different nationalities  playing together and communicate with each other. We would like to watch them grow as if they were members of the same family.

More information on our website http://gc.qala.skola.edu.mt

 


A visit to Bray, Ireland by Ms Marthese Attard and Ms Sylvana Cini (Qala Primary)

29/09/13 – 5/10/13

 

The Gozo College Qala Primary School participated in a Comenius project in Bray, Ireland for the first time between 29th September and 5th October.

 We had the opportunity to evaluate and observe the Irish educational system and compare it to our own educational system by observing lessons in the classroom.

   

 The school staff of St. Cronan’s gave us a very warm welcome. We met together with all our partner schools and discussed our project and how each school is to participate in the project.  Our understanding of different cultures grew as we learned how to encourage our students to respect and appreciate pupils of different abilities, nationalities and races. 

 

 

 

We delivered a short presentation to students about the Maltese islands and shared information about our school, our culture and our identity as citizens of this small Mediterranean island. We highly recommend this Comenius project to other schools; it really broadened our perspectives and gave us fresh insights into ways of teaching and learning.

 

 

This was our day-by-day programme:

 

·         Sunday:           We and the other participants arrived in Bray, Ireland.

·         Monday:         All partners met at St.Cronan’sSchool.   There was a short presentation re St. Cronan’s school and the Irish Educational System. The school director,Ms. Maeve, showed us around the school and we met teachers and pupils. Later in the evening we visited Glendalough and learned about this monastic site and the Wicklow hills.

·         Tuesday:         We visited classes and gave presentations about Malta and Gozo and about respective schools.  Most pupils had never heard about Malta and Gozo and were very interested in our presentation. Later, we discussed our project and how each school will interpret the story. We also discussed suitable questions for our pupils that will give some indication of their attitudes to those of other races.

·         Wednesday:    We discussed the project and how we can work together and share information with colleagues.  We observed various lessons and in the afternoon we visited St Patrick’s NC Girls’ Primary School. We delivered our presentation about our islands and our schools.

·         Thursday:        Visit to Dublin and Trinity College and National Art Gallery.

·         Friday:             Returned to Malta

 

 


Evaluation meeting in Plangeross 5-2-2015.

The coordinator started the meeting by complimenting and thanking the participants for their fruitful presentations.

He also said that the preparations for the next two visits were at an advanced stage and all were looking forward for the visits to Ireland and Sannat-Gozo-Malta.

Than he requested that all participating groups from the various schools, ie. Ireland, Holland, Austria, Sannat –Gozo-Malta and Qala –Gozo –Malta, were to present their reports of the visit within 2 weeks of the visit.

He rounded up by thanking Peter Schonger for his great hospitality and all members of the groups for being so helpful to make the project a success.



Anja from the Netherlands said that it was a great nice week meeting other teachers from other countries in such beautiful surroundings. She thanked the coordinator for taking care of the group and Peter for his hospitality.

The presentations too were great.

She thanked the group for being so friendly.

Ireland: It has been a wonderful week and talking to other teachers was an interesting experience. Sharing experiences with other teachers was a wonderful  experience. And seeing what was going on in other schools was a very constructive meeting. Even the children in Peter’s schools enjoyed the visit.

Sannat-Qala Gozo: As Head of School in a Primary Setting, this was a wonderful experience for me seeing students so young. It was impressive and this experience showed that students at this age wherever they come from, behave in the same manner and if showed love and interest were prompt to show you back love and devotion.

It was great being with other teachers from other countries and sharing experiences of what was done in their schools.



A big thanks goes to the coordinator for his organization and to the headmaster for being our host.

Frencis from Holland said that the presentations were very well prepared, well organized and informative. She finally thanked Peter for his hospitality and said that she would be pleased to see how Peter handles his class in a normal teaching session.



Finally a word from my part. A big thanks to Mr Verwey for the well-organized trip to Austria and the visit to the school in Plangeross Austria.

Also our best regards go to Peter for his hospitality and dedication to please and make all fell at ease and at home.





It was finally Mr Verwey who rounded up the evaluation meeting saying that in the last period of the project teachers are asked to have an evaluation with their classes. This should be in a “class discussion”. The results of this discussion must be a part of the last evaluation meeting in the Netherlands and it must be part of the evaluation on the website. For the website I will send every school a form to fill in. It will be sent in a few weeks.



Mr Marcel Xuereb

Head of School

GC Qala Primary Gozo


 

 





The Gozo College Qala Primary School participated in a Comenius project in Austria between 31st January and 7th February.

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We had the opportunity to evaluate and observe the Austrian’s educational system and compare it to our own educational system by observing lessons and giving presentations in the classroom.



The Head of School, Peter gave us a very warm welcome and thanks to him we had an amazing experience. We met together with all our partner schools and discussed our project and how each school is to participate in the project.  Our understanding of different cultures grew as we learned how to encourage our students to respect and appreciate pupils of different abilities, nationalities and races.
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We delivered a presentation to the students about the Maltese islands and shared information about our school, our culture and our identity as citizens of this small Mediterranean island. We also sang a ‘Rainbow Song’ where the students realized that all colours of the rainbow are important, hence all cultures form one beautiful world.

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We highly recommend this Comenius projects to other schools. It really broadened our perspectives and gave us fresh insights into ways of teaching and learning.



This was our day-by-day programme:

Saturday 31st January 2015

Travelled to Austria



Sunday 1st February 2015

We met some teachers from the partner schools and introduced ourselves to the group. We discussed certain issues about our educational system.



Monday 2nd February

We met the whole group and discussed the week’s program. We also discussed what is being done in our respective schools regarding the current Comenius project. In our case both Qala and Sannat schools planned to involve students in musicals with an anti-xenophobia message.

Tuesday 3rd February

We discussed various topics such as the running of the school, teaching and learning styles adopted by the school, the curriculum framework and we were also shown around the school building. There is a very small number of children in the school and in one class there are children of different ages. We learnt what strategies the teacher use to reach all children. The children are encouraged to work quietly in a group while the teacher is working with another group.

Three teachers from Ireland did a presentation about their country. They also had a song with the theme of peace and harmony.QALA 6

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Later children helped in cooking a traditional Irish recipe.


In the afternoon, the whole group explored the village together with the students. We learnt about their culture and traditions.

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Wednesday 4th February

The whole group met at school again and the Dutch did their presentation. After a photo story about their country we all took part in a quiz.  It was about the geographic differences between Holland and Austria. We were impressed with the high level of discipline while the groups of students were competing against other groups.

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The Dutch, together with the students prepared a traditional soup which we all appreciated in the freezing temperature.

Thursday 5th February

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It was our turn to do the presentation at school. We showed them a photo story about our schools and talked about the methodologies and resources used in our schools.



Students listened to peace rainbow song. It is about all the differences in our life that form unity and peace.

QALA 13The colours of the rainbow represent the difference in cultures.

They are all important to form one united beautiful world.

Then the children were given a hands-on activity. It involved a fun drawing activity that promoted peace and unity. 

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The children later helped us prepare a traditional Maltese drink ‘Imbuljuta’

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Friday 6th February

We visited the Kindergarten class. The teachers talked to us about the daily routine in their class. Forming a cohesive, cooperative, caring group is the biggest social goal to be reached during the kindergarten years because it is the context for everything that children do and learn at school.  Teachers emphasize appreciation and respect of each child individual unique attributes as well as the similarities and differences that abound among appearances, cultural traditions, holidays, families, homes, and food of peoples all around the world.

We attended a mass at the village church where all the school children participated. We noted the great respect the children shown during the mass.

On the same day, an evaluation meeting was held. We were all asked to give feedback about the week’s experience. We conclude the meeting by agreeing that we as teachers should work hard to develop an environment in which to teach primary school children to appreciate and respect all cultural, ethnic and racial differences.

We should be role models and teach that there is nothing to fear and much to be learned and valued about all people, regardless of these differences.


QALA 16Saturday 7th February

Travelled back to Malta





Issues to be followed up by Malta or follow-up activities with tentative time frame

Sannat School – ‘The Peace Child’ Musical

Qala School – ‘Pirates Vs Mermaids Musical

‘The Peace Child’ is about two different tribes with a river which is keeping them apart. They are enemies and each tribe believed that they are the superior. Journalists visit the desert and came up with a good plan – to build a bridge. This bridge was a symbol of hope and unity. A child was born and both tribes united together and became one big family.


 ‘Pirates Vs Mermaids’ is a musical where the opposites meet. Pirates always say that mermaids are useless and Mermaids think that Pirates aren’t useful. They changed their mind when Pirates need the Mermaids to teach them how to swim while Mermaids needed the Pirates to catch a crocodile. They learnt that even though they can never be the same, they need each other in life so respect, unity and peace are essential in life.