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.
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.
Multipurpose Hall Launch
This project, brought about by the dreams, commitment and contributions of the San Andrea School Community has seen its launch on the 11th December 2016. This state-ofthe-art building will be serving as a hub for sports activities, as well as a much¬needed space for the expressive arts.
The facilities will enhance the sports department’s activities through the practice of basketball, futsal, handball, badminton and volleyball, while offering the possibility to several sports associations to rent it for their specific use.
The Multipurpose Hall has also been fully equipped to handle drama productions, musical theatre performances, dance routines, live-music performances and mimes. It features an 85kVA generator-powered Air¬Conditioning system, a wooden flooring stage, black soft masking (including canopy), LED stage lighting, motorised truss systems, a revolving stage (the only permanent one installed on the island) and will also be featuring a light-cue system (the only one installed in any local performing space). The changing rooms feature a 5-metre floortoceiling mirror, enabling the space to doubleup as a rehearsal room. The stage was also constructed with a second tier providing an onstage balcony big enough for an ensemble, band, orchestra or choir. There is also ample space for an ASM to operate out-of the way of actors and communicate with the rest of the tech crew via talkbacks. An infra-red CCTV stage camera system is envisaged to be installed in the very near future to provide a cutting edge experience for Stage Management.