23rd May marked a very important day for our school during which Erasmus+ TIP (Teach Inspire Protect Project) was shared with early childhood educators and the local community. The participation of both educators and parents was very encouraging.
This multiplier event aimed to inform educators of how the emergent curriculum is being implemented at our school focusing on the importance of the use of outdoor spaces, risk taking, getting dirty and learning through play and with the use ofloose parts.
During the morning session the Director for Curriculum, Mr Geatano Bugeja and the Head of College Network, Ms Josephine Mifsud joined us for the various workshops. Ms Tania Mangio, EO for early years kicked off the programme with a very interesting presentation about the benefits of the emergent curriculum and the importance of play and risk taking.
Ms Stefania Papadopol, Education Officer from Birdlife Malta, gave the audience a taster of the importance of keeping in contact with nature and organised workshops outside in the school garden to help all those present appreciate the benefits of nature, while helping to nurture a greater love and respect for the environment.
Presentations by the Head of School, Ms Antonella Ferrante and Ms Nagaat Bugeja, followed sharing good practice being implemented at St Nicholas College, Mgarr Primary School in line with the emergent curriculum, use of outdoor spaces, mud play and much more.
In the evening similar talks and workshops were held for parents. The Mayor of the Local Council, Mr Paul Vella, attended this session. Children were kept entertained by the Candy Rush Groups under the surveillance of Ms Sharon Scicluna, LSE.
An exhibition was prepared by Ms Rodgers and Ms Joanne Galea making use of photos taken by educators during various activities that been taking place at school since the beginning of this scholastic year using outdoor space.
Students from different year groups helped to create a garden path from chopped fallen tree trunks which had fallen during the bad windstorm that hit the islands a few weeks ago. This work is all part of the Erasmus TIP (Teach Inspire Protect) project.
The Teach Inspire Protect (TIP) Erasmus+ Project is well underway. Early years teachers had curriculum time planned for further training held by Ms Tania Mangion, EO early years. A meeting was held to plan the multiplier event during which the project will be shared with educators and the wider community. Participants were taken into the garden to see work in progress,
Sharing of good practice of how the school outdoor space is being used to implement the emergent curriculum. Well done to Birdlife Malta and MEDE for organising a fruitful multiplier event and well done to all the staff at St Nicholas College, Mgarr Primary for embarking on this project.
Special thanks to Ms Nagaat Bugeja and Ms Joanne Galea for their contribution to today’s multiplier event.
The first transnational meeting of a new partnership in the project Teach, Inspire, Protect (TIP) kicked off with a tree planting event at Salina Nature Reserve. This is a 3 year partnership between Birdlife Malta, the Ministry of Education and Employment (MEDE), Learning Through Landscapes UK, Birdlife Spain, Innovative and Creative (INAK) Slovakia and our school.
All partners introduced themselves with presentations following a planning session with regards to the way forward with the project.
The second day was an intensive day during which intellectual outputs were discussed. The school would like to thank the Mayor, Mr Paul Vella, for taking our guests onsite at Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples in the beautiful locality of Mġarr.