"Addiction" Whole School Campaign
This year’s whole school Personal and Social Development (PSD) campaign tackled the problem of Addiction. The students were given talks by professionals from Caritas, Sedqa and the Malta Medical Students’ Association. During these workshops, San Andrea students also had the opportunity to meet a person who is currently rehabilitating at San Blas who told them how difficult it is to quit once you are dependent on substances.
After these talks, during PSHE lessons, the students had organised workshops to discuss what they had learnt. The older grades also had a non-alcoholic party at school on a Saturday night. The themed party resembled a normal party but no alcohol was served. The music started with Dj Triscal and was followed by Dj Ruby, who was the main attraction on the night. All the students were asked to wear a mask in order to compliment the theme and decor of the venue. The venue was transformed into a Masquerade club, with professional dancers entertaining and a cocktail bar man serving cocktails. The majority of students in grade 11 and 12s attended the party with much enthusiasm and energy. The most important lesson that was learnt by the students attending the party was that one could still dance into the late hours of the night and have a good time without drinking alcohol. Such experiences, when accompanied by processing and teaching can be much more growthful than just a normal lesson.
Mr. Matthew Bartolo
PS & Guidance Teacher
San Andrea Senior School