This school has always enjoyed very good reputation for its standards and the sterling service it offers to its students. Students’ scholastic achievement is at par or, in a considerable number of subjects including the three core subjects, higher than the national benchmark. The education authorities, the parents, the students themselves and the community at large, they have all expressed words of praise and instilled confidence in the teaching staff and management of this school. It is now our task to consolidate this ethos.
Our students come from various cultural backgrounds. The number of foreign students admitted to this school is markedly on the increase, thus rendering our school a multi-lingual and a multi-cultural one. At present we have around eighty foreign students coming from around twenty foreign countries. This school is working very hard to integrate these students, who, while keeping their distinct features, must catch up with the mainstream curriculum. As from September 2015 two Induction Classes will be launched precisely for these foreign students who cannot communicate in English. After following a program of instruction in the basic subjects and other general subjects these students will be then admitted in a mainstream class when deemed appropriate.
The School Behaviour Management Programme was launched in 2012 to consolidate and to better already existing practices. The three pillars on which it rests are:
1. Positive re-enforcements and a reward system
2. Support Structures
3. Use of sanctions
We strongly believe that students need guidance and support. Thus, the Guidance and Counselling services were strengthened and the crucial role played by the Prefect of Discipline was emphasised. Together with the SMT various meetings and activities to identify and report Bullying are held with students and, when necessary, also with parents. The Anti-Bullying Support Team and the Learning Support Zone were set up to offer support to students. On top of these we have a reward system in place whereby students who are given a Merit/Achievement Certificate will be presented with tangible gifts if they obtain three certificates which are transferrable to the following scholastic years.
The school silently boasts of a Social Fund (which was set up some years ago to support families of student who may be having difficulties to cope with expenses and basic needs). Through the support of teachers and ex-colleague, the Vodafone Malta Foundation is providing a substantial sum of money which is then used to buy groceries and give to needy families.
Providing holistic education to our students is high on the school’s agenda. To this end various activities are held at school throughout the year: World Languages Day, World Missionary Day, Celebration Day, Holy Eucharistic Day and Solidarity Day. The school is also keen to participate in national projects and/or in partnership with other schools from foreign countries such as Global Action Week, Anti-Smoking Campaign, Science Expo, Battery Buster Competition, Schools 2Communities, Connectando Mundos, eTwinning, Comenius, Connecting Classrooms. During the mid-day break various Clubs have been launched to cater for students’ hobbies and interests. Besides football, volleyball and basketball, we have an Art club, Tapestry and Cross-stitch Club, Zumba Club, Maths Club, Science Club, Reading Club, Dance Club, Film Club, Band Club, Library Club and Music Theatre Club. As from September 2015 three more clubs will be added: Duke of Edinburgh Award Club, Potting Club, Radio Club. A large number of students participate wholeheartedly in these enriching opportunities.
The school has environmental issued at heart. Thus, it is constantly working to become and to maintain the eco-school status by:
1. Setting up an Eko-Skola Committee consisting of teachers and students. For two consecutive years this school has been awarded the Green Flag status.
2. Inculcating pro-environmental practices and habits such as waste separation, re-use and re-cycle and energy saving.
3. Working towards a “greener” environment by potting plants and by, embellishing the sizeable school garden. It is the school’s ambition to turn this into a Botanic Garden.
The voice of students and parents have always been of utmost importance to this school. Besides periodically gauging their views about the school, we have two structures in place whose aims are solely to involve students and parents. These are The Students’ Council and the School Council which meet on a regular basis.