Our Mission in Senior School
To aim at becoming the best educational institution on the island having the highest standards in all aspects of school life, intellectually stretching students of all abilities.
Our pupils enter the Senior School as children and leave it as young adults. During the five years they spend in Senior School we aim to not only to prepare them academically for their Matriculation examinations, but to also help them develop as individuals and instil in them the desire for life-long learning.
The Senior School is not classroom based, but subject based, with students moving from one room to another for different lessons. This system enables the teachers to create the right learning environment for their subject since they always utilise the same classroom. A Grade Tutor is appointed to ensure the right level of individual care for every grade and in addition, a Class Tutor is allocated to each class within each grade. These tutors are responsible for the students' pastoral care and meet regularly to discuss and evaluate matters. The school appoints Subject Co-ordinators who are responsible for curriculum development across the Senior School. Together with the Grade Tutors and Inclusive Education Co-ordinator, they form the Senior Management Team. The school therefore, has a dynamic organisation that can respond to change rapidly and effectively.
The concept of student participation is widely promoted in Senior School. In Grades 11 and 12 students can apply to become class monitors. Once chosen, they are officially appointed in a special ceremony. Their role is to assist in pastoral care by acting as a go-between since they can communicate better with their peers. The school also has a Students Council were all members are elected by the students themselves.
On the academic side the school offers a wide choice of subjects at Grade 10. During Grade 9 students are guided as to what subjects they should choose as from the following year. The school tries its best to provide tailor-made education that fits the needs and abilities of each individual, and it is the only senior school in Malta that offers a free choice of subjects. This means that any student can choose any combination of optional subjects. Students are also given the option of choosing extra Maths, English or Maltese as an optional subject if they feel they are weak in one of these core subjects. The Senior School prepares students for MATSEC exams, but is also a certified IGCSE exam centre. This offers the advantage to students who sit for the exams of this latter board to actually do the exams in their own school and are invigilated by their own teachers.
Students are encouraged to use research as an important learning tool, to work in teams and to present their work. They are also taught to be critical and objective in the evaluation of facts and opinions. This enables them to gain essential skills that they will find very useful in their future studies and in their working life.
All academic planning is benchmarked against other schools and there is constant liaison with educational experts and officers from the Education Department. Academic planning is taken very seriously and not only is there in place a 5-year syllabus this is also are supported by Departmental Action Plans and even Term Plans. Teachers retain log books and observations, and weekly departmental meetings are held to monitor progress as compared to plan. All plans are reviewed with the school's Educational Consultants. San Andrea School is very proud of the quality and the dedication of its academic staff.
Physical Education is an important and essential part of the Senior School's curriculum. The success of the school in this field is evidenced by the fact that a number of San Andrea students have won medals at national level in individual sports and some even held national records. Full use is made of the excellent sports facilities at San Andrea and other schools are frequently hosted there.
The school is proud of its Youth Guidance and Spirituality programmes that are aimed at helping students in discovering that, in learning about religion, they can also learn about themselves, especially about the influence of their own beliefs and values on their own development as a person. Learning about other people's beliefs and commitments can also contribute to their own self-knowledge and the development of their capacities for personal decision-making. The school also has a humanitarian programme and hosts children from church homes with the teachers and students voluntarily assisting them.
Residential camps are organised on a regular basis for students. These were not only an opportunity to have some fun together but also a learning experience. Debates were often held and outdoor activities (with the assistance of the Scouts) were regularly organised. Students are often involved in extra-curricular projects such as the Poetry, Speech and Drama Evening and the Stephen Hawkings Science Project. A "student of the month" is chosen in order to promote good behaviour and performance.
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