Every year San Andrea organises a Summer School for the months of July and August, providing a fun experience for children aged between 2 and 12 years. It is run by qualified teachers and assistants in order to ensure that the children enjoy themselves in a safe environment, and at the same time benefit from a learning experience.
Valencia Trip Summer 2017
Bright and early on the morning of Saturday, 9th September, we joined our teachers at the airport and set off on our two hour flight to Valencia, an east-coast city in sunny Spain. Since we were there as part of a language programme, we were warmly greeted by our school administrator and host families in a small coffee shop. We settled into our new rooms, which would be our homes for the next week and then made our way to Plaza del Ayuntemiento to have lunch with the rest of the group. We had lunch at a busy tapas restaurant and so we began to immerse ourselves in the Spanish culture. While in the city centre, we visited the Estacion del Nord train station and had a quick look around the shops there, including one of the Spanish franchise shops, Ale-Hop. We were given a photo challenge in order to familiarise ourselves with the area; we managed to do all the things listed and as a reward, we had ice creams from the best gelateria in Valencia. Our first day was tiring but we looked forward to the rest of the week as we made our way back to our host families.
The following day, we went to the Oceanographico, the largest aquarium in Europe. The place itself was huge and there was so much to do and see. We started off by looking at jellyfish; they were in a dark room and were fluorescent and mesmerising to watch. After that, we went to different parts of the aquarium; we went into a tunnel in which we could see sharks and other types of fish at 180 degrees and we even watched a dolphin show and it was incredible to see the strong bond that each trainer had with their own dolphin. We spent a number of hours there and then we walked a short way to one of Valencia’s many shopping centres where we did some shopping. After this, we made our way back to our host families and had dinner with them and practised our Spanish. We were all eager to start lessons the following day.
On Monday, we went to the Mercado Central, a huge food market where one can buy different types of traditional food and drink; the place was bursting with colour and a variety of appetising smells and there was even fresh seafood on display. After this, we went to La Lonja, of the most famous gothic civil monuments in Europe where merchants used to trade silk. We then visited the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe; the museum offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the evolution of life as well as general concepts science and technology in various educational ways that were interactive and enjoyable.
On Tuesday morning we met up in the city centre and made our way to another of the shopping centres in Valencia; we were encouraged to look around the shops and ask questions in Spanish. At noon, we met up again at a tapas restaurant and had lunch together and after this, we went to school where we revised some vocabulary and how to conjugate irregular verbs. After school, we went back to our host families and prepared for the evening event. We went out for a traditional Spanish dinner where we ordered two massive dishes of delicious Valencian and seafood paella. After this satisfying meal, we went to a flamenco show which consisted of four people: two dancers, a guitarist and a singer. A male and female dancer in traditional flamenco costumes danced while the others sang and played the guitar. The singers and dancers performed passionately and it was a great experience. We arrived home at midnight and then rested for the packed day ahead of us.
We started off the next day at the Gulliver park, which involved lots of physical activity but we were up for more adventure and so we decided to rent bikes and ride around the park. Some of us decided to rent a small cart which we pedalled along but we eventually toppled over and found that rather funny. After the afternoon lesson was over, some students opted to go to one of the beautiful beaches in Valencia; we had an ice cream there and even tried the traditional almond drink, horchata. After this, we made our way back to our host families for dinner.
The following day we explored the city centre again and later met up for lunch at another tapas restaurant where we ordered lots of different tapas. After this, we went to our Spanish lesson and after met up with our teachers in the city centre to get a bus to Albufera, a large natural fresh-water lake. The bus ride was about half an hour long and when we got there we were amazed at how big the lake was. We took a boat ride along and saw lots of indigenous wild life and even fed some of the ducks as the sun started to set. We then got the bus back to the city centre and treated ourselves to churros, a traditional Spanish sweet pastry which we dipped in chocolate. It was a sweet ending to a great day.
On our last full day in Valencia, we spent the morning packing and later discovering less touristic areas of the city centre and we were also encouraged to buy some souvenirs for our families and friends. After this, we had a Spanish bocadillo with Spanish sausages at a small café and then made our way to our teachers’ flat for some team-building activities. We played some games and even met some native Spanish speakers which gave us the opportunity to practise our Spanish even more. We had pizza for dinner and then left for an early night as we had to wake up early the following morning for our return flight to Malta.
Our experience in Spain was one which we will not forget; it was full of culture, good food, amazing views and wonderful friends.
By San Andrea Students
Science Soiree 2017
Science Soirée 2017
…where Science meets fun!!
The Science and Technology Department within San Andrea School once again organised its annual Science Soirée. The main aim behind this event is to stimulate and sustain students in their interest and enjoyment of Science. Science is not just an academic subject. It is exciting, useful and an ongoing process, answering present questions and opening doors to future possibilities.
For the first time, the Science Soirée was held in the school’s newly inaugurated Multipurpose Hall. This provided us with the opportunity to set up the numerous exhibits in one location, whereas in previous years these were set up in the different classrooms. Participants included students from Grade 7 (Year 6) to Grade 11 (Year 10). Exhibits included various projects, models and live demonstrations related to the subjects forming part of the Science and Technology Department.
For us teachers, it is extremely important to see our students enjoy what they are doing. We believe that for all their hard work throughout the year, they should be rewarded by being given the opportunity to show off their achievements to all those attending. Undoubtedly, not all students find it easy to explain a scientific concept to an adult. However, they eventually do rise to the occasion and admit that they definitely loved the experience. It is also our belief that this opportunity helps our students further develop various skills which will be useful for their future studies and careers. This aspect is highly appreciated by those attending as they positively remark about the students’ enthusiasm in explaining their projects or experiments and the ease with which they do this.
The Stephen Hawking Science and Technology Project
The Stephen Hawking Project has now reached its 18th edition. The aim of this project is to trigger and spur students’ interest to discover new things whilst helping them further develop their research and application skills. There were a number of remarkable entries for this year’s edition. This was also remarked by the external judges invited to choose the winning group, who are all experts in the field of Science.
The winning team of this year’s edition were Jacob Grech, Luca Mifsud Buhagiar and Joseph Borg with their project entitled, ‘Which material is the best conductor of heat in an IT scenario?’ The aim of their research was to compare the thermal conductivity properties of a number of pastes used by industries in order to help the CPU’s cooling process. In addition to this, they also tested common household pastes such as toothpaste and Nutella in order to compare their abilities at taking away unnecessary heat energy from the CPU.
As a compensation for their hard work, the school will be providing the students with free flight tickets for a short trip to a European destination, and entrance tickets to a number of museums and other educational attractions.
Science and Solidarity
Upon launching this year’s Science Soirée, the Science and Technology Department also decided to start a Science and Solidarity campaign. Science and Technology are fundamental in helping those people who require specialised treatments and equipment, in order to be able to have a better quality of life. In addition to this, such campaigns also help foster in our students a sense of social responsibility in line with the school ethos. This year’s campaign was organised in aid of ALS Malta. During a dress down day, students forwarded their generous donations to the school. The total sum collected amounted to €6000 which was then forwarded to Mr. Bjorn Formosa during the Science Soirée.
Head of Science and Technology Department
Erasmus + Project: Earth, Agriculture, Recipes and Technology at Heart
This Erasmus + project comprised of six educational European institutions is coordinated by San Andrea School. It seeks to promote awareness, appreciation and a more sustainable use of Soil. To accomplish this, one will provide the students with hands-on experiences on organic farms, where they meet the professionals in the field and they can discuss various matters, learn from his/her expertise and make an attempt to grow their own crops.
For the project to be effective, one intends to put in place an array of activities that vary in nature to be able to reach around 1600 participants of different ages, academic and creative abilities. These will include cooking, painting, photography, farming, writing, PowerPoint presentations, oral presentations and debates among others. As a result of these diverse approaches one would like to notice a change in the way the younger generation, most especially, perceives soil and learns how to make good use of it. In addition one would like the youth to become responsible consumers and more aware of what is essential to lead a healthy life.