EkoSkola Malta is one of the projects of Nature Trust – FEE Malta. In the past years EkoSkola Malta gave a great importance to education for sustainable development in our country.
This is the third consecutive scholastic year in which our centre is taking part in EkoSkola. During these years EkoSkola gave our students the ability to engage in hands on activities and gave them the experience and necessary knowledge regarding sustainable environment. During committee meetings students discuss several issues like recycling, paper waste, food waste and others. Once again we will be involved in the We Eat Responsibly Project by implementing the worm composting. Our EkoSkola committee is made up of 9 students. This committee is then overseen by Mr. Malcolm Aquilina, Ms. Antonella Farrugia and Ms. Nadia Marie Sultana; whom are always present during committee meetings and during all the activities related to EkoSkola. Our EkoSkola’s EcoCode is: BE SEEN GO GREEN. This EcoCode was chosen by our students and it shows the importance of taking care of our environment. This year EkoSkola will be taking a cross-curricular approach, where EkoSkola will be reaching all students attending our centre through different subjects, like Literacy and Numeracy. Moreover, EkoSkola complements other projects at our school, such as LEAF.
Also EkoSkola at our centre is synonymous in participating in ‘Nirriċikla għall-Istrina’ and the ‘Batree’ campaign. Plastic caps and used batteries are not only being collected at our centre, but students and their parents are participating by collecting them at home. The first year we obtained the Silver Award and last scholastic year our centre was awarded the Green Flag; the most precious achievement that can be obtained in EkoSkola Malta. This was a means of motivation for our students seeing that their work is being recognised and thus, for this year, students are willing to do their part in EkoSkola and participate in the activities planned.
|Ms. Nadia Marie Sultana|
|Ms. Antonella Farrugia|
|Mr. Malcolm Aquilina|
Hosting the Eco-Schools Awards Ceremony with honour
During the month of October, our school hosted the EkoSkola Awards Ceremony for the first time. Nevan Azzopardi, President of our EkoSkola Committee, opened the ceremony by making a speech in front of his Excellency, President of Malta, Dr. George Abela and all the guests present.
This was our fourth year in the EkoSkola programme and our school was awarded with the second consecutive Green Flag.
Furthermore, Nevan and Thomas Gusman presented small tokens to his Excellency, Dr. Abela which were kindly made by Ms Sue Mifsud and our students during the Pottery sessions at Guardian Angel.
Green Flag Award
For the second consecutive time our school won the most prestigious Green Flag Award. Well done to all those involved in this process especially to our students!
EkoSkola Parliament Session
For our third consecutive year, two students from the EkoSkola students’ committee participated in the EkoSkola Parliament session. During this session, students from different schools voiced their ideas regarding issues which are effecting them negatively. These included air pollution and global warming, the massive use of plastic and waste management. Students not only pointed out the difficulties but they suggested alternative ways and means for a better environment.
Having experienced a Parliament session, our students learnt how to debate and point out difficulties. Such skills will continue to be practiced during our EkoSkola committees.
Students revisited the value of numbers and were introduced to the concept of more and less with the use of bottle caps which we are collecting as a recycled project.
In a short meeting last week, the EkoSkola committee saw the results of the Paper Recycling Session. Our students were really happy with the results and decided to do the activity again. During the meeting, it was highlighted the need and importance of trees and recycling.
This week we had the pleasure of welcoming Mr. Johann Gatt, LEAF Coordinator, who gave a demonstration on paper recycling, which is also one of the proposals in our Action Plan. The students showed great interest in this procedure and where amused by the results.
‘Grow 10 Trees’
During recent meetings, members of the EkoSkola have decided to join the ‘Grow 10 Trees‘ project initiated by the Scouts Association of Malta. This project is about making Malta greener and to do so members joining are encouraged to grow a number of local trees and plants from seeds. Guardian Angel was provided with seeds of the Ballut ( Quercus Ilex) and Harrub (Carob Tree), two indigenous trees of our island. Thanks to the cooperation of Parents and Guardians the first step of this project has already been completed; collecting empty milk cartons so that the seeds can be put in them.
During our last committee meeting, to which our Head of School Mr. Cilia was present, the students had the opportunity to discuss the committee progress and give feedback on issues raised. Students also gave suggestions on how to implement ideas for a better environment at our school.
For our first plastic caps collection for the year 2019, 180kgs of caps were collected! The EkoSkola committee would like to thank parents, staff and other private entities who always give us their constant support. Well done!