Who Am I?

who am i

Dear all,

As you know every year the school chooses a theme around which all our activities unfold.

I am forwarding an email sent to us by Ms. Sue and Mr. Brian asking for:

  • Your child’s input in building the theme for the next scholastic year.
  • By sending in a very short presentation of your child/children at the school on the theme “Who Am I?”
  • This snapshot of everyone will help them put together this theme.
  • I encourage you to send in a short very simple presentation so this could happen. Thus the children once again will feel part of the so valued school ethos “we are a one big family”.
  • Please send in your child’s contribution by the 15th of July.
  • Presentations have to be sent to Ms. Sue and Mr. Brian via email details found below.

 


 

Dear Parent/s and Students,

Good afternoon.  I trust that you are well although the end of the year brings with it the fatigue of exams or assessment times (for the older students) and the simple fatigue of the end of the year and the heat that starts visiting us.

We are currently mulling over the theme for next year (as you are aware, we choose a Theme which governs the life of the School over the academic year) and to this effect, we require the help of the students (and in the case of the younger students, that of the Parents).  

We have a project in mind but for this to materialise, we need EVERY student at our School to prepare a presentation on himself/herself.  This presentation can be a short video clip, a story, a paragraph with images etc. It should include elements such as basic information like age, class, name and surname and family composition.  

But the focus should be on talents, fears and joys, dreams and hopes – essentially, what makes that person unique.  So fundamentally, this would be a presentation with the focus on “Who am I?”

We want to get to know our students more intimately (in as much as they want to divulge obviously) because this will help us in the planning of our year with them.

So we would appreciate it if you (as a student, or with the parents’ help if the child is young or cannot work on it on his/her own) would work on it and send us this clip, story, paragraph etc by not later than the 15th July. Kindly send this via email to me on sue.midolo@stcatherines.eu and to Mr. Brian on brian.gauci@stcatherines.eu with a subject caption of the email saying “Presentation of  ……. (name and surname of child and class next year)”.

We look forward to receiving your email!

Thanks 

Ms.Sue Midolo & Mr. Brian Gauci

 

 

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Thank you

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Dear all,

Along with Ms. Corinne and Ms. Stefania, I would like to thank you all for the lovely presents you have given us.

We will surely enjoy them and cherish all the lovely memories we had with your lovely children this year.

We also want to thank you for your constant support and collaboration which made this year even more special.

We wish you all a restful summer with your family and loved ones!

 

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Last 2 Presentations – Life Guards & Scientist in Class

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During the last two weeks of schooling we had another two lovely presentations from parents in our class.

We had Mr. and Mrs. Mcdonald who came in to show use what safety measures we have to take and look out for when we are at the beach and out at sea.   They showed the children equipment that needs to be used such as how to put on a life jacket, how a rope is used to pull someone out of the water when in difficulty, why the life guard blows the whistle from time to time.

The children got to know that the universal colours used by the lifeguards all over the world are red and yellow.

The children even played a flag game where a few children held up the coloured flags used to give warning at the beach such as a yellow flag, a green flag, a blue flag, a purple flag and a red flag.  The presenters mentioned what each one is associated with and the children having that particular flag lifts it up.

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The second presentation was carried out by Mr. Vella, Neil’s dad.  He explained the importance and relevance of science in today’s world.  How all of us are little scientists in our own way.

They were shown the lab coat, the safety glasses, the protective gloves, the pipette, flask, the wash bottle used in a laboratory.  He stressed the importance of safety during experimentation time.  It is important that whichever experiments are carried out at this age they are done under adult supervision.

The Elephant Toothpaste Experiment

He then carried out the Elephant toothpaste experiment which the children really enjoyed watching.  Here is an online version of the experiment:


The Volcano Experiment

He then carried out a simpler experiment where all the children could participate in groups on their respective tables.  The children got to handle plastic beakers, plastic pipettes, plastic wash bottles etc.  They carried out the volcano experiment using plastic cups, baking soda, vinegar, food colouring and water.  Here is an online version of the experiment carried out by a young boy   :).

We had the cups instead of the volcano and put the ingredients all in one container.


The children enjoyed playing little scientists where they measured and mixed different ingredients together and saw the small child friendly chemical reactions that happen afterwards.  They were awarded a little scientist badge which they proudly wore all day and the got home.  You can always replicate them at home with your little ones using the video clips above.

Thanks once again to the parents who contributed to the above successful presentations.  I also take this opportunity to thank all those parents who came forward and carried out interesting talks and presentations in the past few weeks.

 

 

Final Week – Important Reminders

Dear all,

These are some final points pertaining to the last week of school

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  • Progress report – I have sent home the display file with the last two reports.  The first report gathers the progress done during the In the Garden and Malta themes. The last and final report shows the progress done during the last theme People Who Help Us and an overview of your child’s learning journey through the year.  Please send it in by tomorrow 25th June as we have to photocopy the reports for admin purposes and send them back to you once again at the very end.

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  • Graduation – Tuesday 26th June is our awaited graduation day.  Children are to come to school as usual latest 8 am with their summer uniform and appropriate socks and shoes.  Graduation will take place at 11.30 am. You are then asked to come to class to collect your children’s belongings.  The children can come with you too.

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  • Fun Games – Wednesday 27th June is our fun water games day as per Ms. Karen’s email.  I am attaching it below just in case you did not receive it.

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  • Last day of school – the last day of school will be Thursday 28th June.  We shall be having the end of school party on the day.  Please refer to Ms. Karen’s email attached below.  The children are expected to come to school as usual 8 o’clock latest.  They are to come in casual clothes.  The fee being collected to cover party expenses and food is that of Eur8. Kindly send the money enclosed in a labelled envelope by Tuesday 26th.

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  • Stationery Items – During the past week we have been returning items for you to keep home, crafts, pencils, play dough etc. Next week we will return some more items.  Please make sure that you send in the red folder with the red copybook but without the other items we already sent home inside.

 

Thank you for your constant co-operation.

 

Ms Karen’s Email

 

Tomorrow – Library Book Deadline

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Dear all,

Tomorrow is the deadline for handing in the library book along with the picture homework and library card in the blue folder.

In return I will be sending home the In The Garden and Malta Workbooks for you to keep and use for revision purposes during the summer holidays with your little ones   🙂

 

Thank you for your co-operation

Ms. Geraldine

The reports regarding these two themes will be sent out shortly after we would have completed the last all through the year progress report. 

 

Familiarisation Visit To Grade 1

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One of the highlights for this week was the familisation visit that our young ones (well not so young anymore) had to grade 1.

Before they visited one of the classes I explained that when they came to pre-junior they were young 3 year olds.  We had a discussion of all the things that they learnt throughout this a scholastic year.  These are some points they mentioned

  • Making new friends
  • How to hold a pencil
  • How to colour
  • How to ask certain questions
  • Learning new things such as numbers and letters
  • Learning how to read new words.
  • How to behave in different situations

It was a very exciting year.  I also mentioned that next year will be an exciting one too.  They will still have most of their friends with them.  But they will also make new friends and go through new lovely experiences.

I pointed out that some of the children will be going on to other schools or even go back to their country just like Olda and Noah. They can still meet up at the park or at the beach even if they are not in the same class.

I mentioned that the Junior 1 class rooms are lovely and bigger than the ones we have.  They will also have their own toilets and garden patch.  The teachers are kind and nice too.  Most important of all I mentioned that Ms. Stefania will be in one of the classrooms with them.  Ms. Corinne and I will be visiting them from time to time.  So we will still see them.

PS – Our class visited Ms. Bernice’s class. This does not necessarily mean that the children will be in her class next year.  The children loved their visit to grade 1   🙂

I will upload some pictures when all the GDPR consent forms are filed via email or as a soft copy and handed in to the IT office.

 

 

Library Book

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Dear all,

As you all know I did not change the library books this week since Thursday and Friday were both holidays.

  • So please can you kindly send in the blue folder along with the library book, copybook and card by Tuesday 12th I will be changing the library book one last time.
  • Due date for that last book will then be Monday 18th June. If you happen to finish it before by all means send it in.

Regards

Ms. Geraldine

 

Swimming Outing – Monday 11th June

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One of the parent and child outings which marks our calendar for this year is the swimming outing taking place on Monday 11th June.

Ms. Karen Galea has sent you an email in this regard with all the required details.

I am highlighting the major points which are very important for the day to be a success.

  1. You can send the children for the outing even though you cannot make it.  There will be plenty of supervision at all times.  However if you can make it it is another memory to cherish together.
  2. If you have paid the global outing fee at the beginning of the year and the Euro 15 top up last month, you have already paid for your child to attend the outing – for both the swimming session and the food.  There is no need to send in any money for this.  If you have not paid the outing fee in full, please let me know and we will sort it out.
  3. You only need to send in money if an adult is attending with your child.  This amounts to Euro 3 for transport and an additional Euro 5.50 if the adult will be having a snack at the cafeteria. (So parents will accompany us on the coach).
  4. Please mark the choice of food on the form sent by Ms. Karen.
  5. Send the consent form for your child along with your food order form to me in a sealed envelope by Wednesday 6th June.
  6. Please do send in the money and forms on time that is by Wednesday since we need to compile the food list for all and send it in time for the caterer at the park.

List of things for the day

  • The students are expected to come to school wearing the bathing suit under the summer uniform.
  • They have to get the following in a small duffel bag:
    • a towel,
    • beach shoes
    • a swimming cap (if available),
    • underwear,
    • armbands (NOT inflated as these will only be required if the instructor decides they are necessary) . Noodles will be provided by the instructors.
    • The toiletries required to take a shower afterwards.

I am attaching Ms. Karen’s letter for your convenience and further details.


Parent & Child Outing (Pre-Juniors) – June 2018

PS – I want to put your mind at rest that the instructors are very professional and they are used to working with young children like ours so please don’t worry even though your children do not know how to swim or are scared of the water.

Should you have any other queries do not hesitate to let me know.