The Year 6 students followed a workshop on Edward de Bono’s thinking skills. The value of being an active thinker was highlighted during the workshop, and the philosophy of lateral thinking was passed on to the boys. Emphasis was made on the 6 Thinking Hats tool. The boys had the opportunity to practice the tools learnt in groups.
Lenten Activities 2015 at Stella Maris College Gzira
Ash Wednesday Mass
The College celebrated the beginning of Lent with the Traditional Ash Wednesday Mass for both the Senior and Junior Schools. During the homily, students and staff were encouraged to strive to become better Christians through prayer, charity and penance. Ashes were blessed during Mass after the homily. The blessed ashes were then placed on the faithful as a sign of conversion, penance, fasting and human mortality. This ceremony reminded the congregation that Lent is a time that gives us the opportunity to repent and become better Christians.
During Lent ‘Il-Ktejjeb tas-Seba’ Visti u r-Ruzarju tal-Madonna’ published by the College was available for sale. These books were sold in aid of a Local Charity.
Via Sagra Gozo Hike
On Sunday 8th March 2015 a group of 30 students and teachers from both the Junior and Senior Schools went for the now traditional Via Sagra Hike in Gozo. This activity started with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at St. George’s Basilica and continued with a walk to Ta’ Pinu via Għasri. At Ta’ Pinu the group had a short lunch break. After the break the group prayed together the Via Crucis in front of the different statues present on Għammar Hill.
On 20th March, the Senior School organised Prayer Spaces. Prayer Spaces were aimed to help students and staff in preparing themselves for Holy Week. The activities ranged from watching a film and discussing it, to some fun activities and reflective exercises. At the different stations students had time where they could pray creatively using the resources available. The culmination of the day’s activities was a Mass per form.
At St. Benild each Grade 2 Class prepared a performance highlighting the main points of the passion of the Lord. In the Junior School the Grade 5 students performed this year’s Easter Pageant The Road to the Cross. This was a meaningful activity that helped both the students and their parents to reflect on the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.
On their part, the Senior School boys performed ‘L-Aħħar Lejl’, an Easter Pageant focusing on the last night of Jesus. Thanks to the different characters the audience experienced a different way to think and reflect on God’s love and the role that as Christians each one of us has in his or her daily life.
Last Supper Display
During the last two weeks of the Easter Term, the Junior School set up a Last Supper Display. This display helped all those who visited it to understand better how the Passover meal was celebrated by the Jews.
Once again, on the day of Our Lady of Sorrows, the Silence Marathon was organised for the Junior School students. During this one hour of silence, the students were encouraged to reflect on the unconditional love that the Lord has for us. To help the students in their reflection 12 different stations were set up in different locations around the school.
Our Lady of Sorrows Celebration
Friday 27 March was the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, and the last day of the Easter Term. The feast was celebrated with a pageant, Mass and adoration.
The interpretation of the pageant was excellent and provided to be great food for thought. Mass for the whole school was an enlightening experience . The members of the staff choir participated in the Mass
Special Education Visits & Activities
The Grade 1 Boys set off to experience God through nature. The Grade 2s visited Good Friday statues at the Għaxaq Parish. They were also given the opportunity to reflect and pray at ‘Art il-Missier’ where a big field had been transformed into a beautiful and peaceful garden where one can meditate and pray. A weekly child friendly Lenten Activity Sheet was distributed to all students at St Benild. Each Activity sheet included activities about good deeds which the students could do during lent. The Gospel for each Sunday of Lent was explained through thought-provoking activities. Each child was encouraged to carry out good deeds at home. Through these deeds money was collected for a local charity.
Maundy Thursday, Night Vigil
On Maundy Thursday, the Night Vigil was organised in Victoria, Gozo. At the beginning of this vigil the group of students, staff and parents from both the Junior and Senior School took part in the celebration of the Eucharist at St. George’s Basilica. During the Mass, the ceremony of the Washing of the Feet was held. After Mass the group followed the traditional Good Friday Procession organised by the same Basilica. The vigil came to an end with the traditional visits of the Seven Churches where reflections about the Eucharist were meditated.
Stella Maris College Senior School at Paqpaqli ghal-Istrina Soap Box Challenge
by Jake Farrugia Form 4 Student and Team member
The Soap Box Challenge entails a group of five people working together in a team to build a car without an engine, the aim of which is that of going down a ramp, around and over some obstacles. It is very important to build a cool-looking car which can go down this ramp as fast as possible. Since we were ten students in all, we agreed to split into two groups, so the end result would be that of having built two cars. While the teams were building their car, there were quite some arguments about their design, but finally all the ideas were put together to produce some amazing results. Last but not least, we can say that a strong friendship has been formed between all the team members. This activity entailed some sacrifices, one of which was to stay late at school to work on these cars, but at the end of the day it was all worth it.
After spending one month working on the cars, bearing in mind that we were the only students taking part in the challenge, the big day finally arrived. All the cars taking part in the competition were made to look cool and some others were even made to look funny. When it was our time to race, everyone’s adrenaline was pumping. There were our cars racing down the ramp! Those cars were a symbol of all our effort and hard work. Would it pay off? Eventually it did! The cars finished the challenge in a very good position and clocking in at great speed. Although our cars were not the best ones, both in performance and looks, they were the ones that meant everything to us because they were the ones we had built together.
The Soap Box Challenge has been an awesome experience. It has definitely been one that we will never forget and that is a very valid reason for encouraging other students from all schools to take part in this challenge. We are surely looking forward to the next Soap Box Challenge. Bring it on!
As part of the Careers orientation talks organised by the College guidance unit, recently, Mr. Matthew Pullicino, a former student and parent delivered an interesting and informative talk about Media. Form III students were captivated by the excellent delivery by Mr. Pullicino.
As a token of appreciation, Mr. Samuel Gauci Religion and Guidance teacher presented Mr. Pullicino with a College souvenir tie. Special thanks also to Mr. Gauci and Ms. Josianne Bajada, PSCD and Guidance teacher for organising the series of talks.
A team from Stella Maris College did extremely well in the 8th Malta Mathematics Olympiads held on 24th March 2015. Adam Buckle placed second out of 144 students !! The team placed second out of 36 schools!! Well done boys. A word of thanks to their mentor, Mathematics Head of Department Ms. Mary Grace Bonnici who guided the team to such a prestigious position in the national competition.
Adam Buckle placed second out of 144 students with his prize, Ms. Mary Grace Bonnici Mathematics Head of Department proudly holds the trophy for second place out of 36 schools.
The team was then presented with certificates and a word of praise by Head of School Mr. Frank Micallef during the school assembly
Some of our Student’s projects exhibited at the Design And Technology National Expo at the Cottonera Sports Complex.
On Friday 24th March, the Form 2 students were given the opportunity of visiting the BirdPark and of interacting with some of their fascinating and friendly birds, mammals and reptiles, whilst learning more about many different species found at the Park, adaptation to habitats, flight, territory and much more.
Special thanks to the Year Tutor Mr. Manrico Bugeja, Assistant Year Tutor Ms. Sarah Pillow, and the class tutors, Ms. Raquela Dalli Gonzi, Ms. Stef Cann, Ms. Maria Baldacchino, Ms. Christabel Calleja, Ms. Sara Vassallo who made the activity possible.
Our students had the opportunity to participate in an Art Competition organized by NSTF. The topics were all Science related. The boys could choose the title which they liked best and develop their own art work based on that theme. Several boys from St Benild’s school as well as Grade 3 boys from Stella Maris College participated in this Art Competition.
The winning art work was that of Juan Grixti Maniscalco of Grade 2 Arnold. He attended the Awards Night where he was awarded a certificate and also a book full of Science experiments. Well done to all the boys who participated, but most of all well done Juan!
Ms Laura Zahra
At St. Benild School, our young boys have learnt the meaning of sacrifice and good deeds during the period of Lent. On the last day of term we had an hour of silence, during which we had the opportunity to focus on Jesus’ mother and her role in the Easter Story.
The boys rotated around 6 stations that involved colouring and dot to dot activities related to Holy Week, sorting the Stations of the Cross, meditation about nature, and learning about Our Lady and the Holy Week traditions in our country. It was a meningful experience for all.