The Weekly Gazette - 34 -
Dear Parents and Community members
Today we are issuing the last edition of the Gazette for this scholastic year. Looking back I feel that we had a positive year and in the process we managed to achieve a lot, on different levels. The emphasis, as I am sure you are aware, was on the delivery of the curriculum and on helping the students to attain their goals. Our main objective was on the quality of the experience and in the process we explored new avenues to ensure that our students receive a holistic education.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your constant support throughout this period and I honestly look forward with great anticipation for next scholastic year. In fact, a number of new initiatives are being planned and other projects will be completed during the summer.
I would like to wish you a serene and relaxing summer.
Annual Examinations Reports & Results
Kindly be advised that in case you encounter difficulties in accessing the system on My School you may contact Mr Tony Sultana on firstname.lastname@example.org. The reports will be available on Wednesday 11 July.
It is my pleasure to announce that the winner of the Batterina Campaign, who won 2 Cinema Tickets courtesy of Mrs.Thake, is Julian Frasier from the Junior School with over 300 batteries collected. Well done, Julian!
Kindly be advised that on Friday 29 June there is going to be an Open Day at Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Heritage Sites. Entrance is free and the programme is packed with activities for the whole family. Our Art and History teacher, Ms S Abela will deliver 2 talks, at 10.30-11.30am and 1pm-1.30pm, entitled 'The History of Comic Art and Comics as an Instructional Medium'. The talk will focus mainly on the use of Comics in the classroom and why they are considered as an innovative medium in education. There will be a stand by NGO Wicked Comics which will provide hands-on activities for children throughout the day. More info can be found on - http://heritagemalta.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/hagar-qim-and-mnajdra-temples-open-day/
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All of the SEPTA Committee would like to thank you for your participation in the events we’ve organized and to wish a relaxing summer!
Ice Cream Sale
Yesterday’s ice cream sale was a resounding success – we sold 340 euro worth! Thank you all who helped make this event a success.
BBQ & Football Tournament
Tonight’s football tournament promises to be a great success. We’re expecting 250 adults & 185 children … which is so much more than we ever hoped for!
We’d like to thank all those who have supported this event Island Caterers, Nexos Lighting, Charles Grech Ltd, Farsons, Demattos & Sullivan, Dream Thrills and all of the other parents who donated the other small essentials we needed for the night.
Ħobż biż-żejt Year 1x
One of the last special activities the boys in Year 1x did this year was to make Ħobż biż-żejt. For this special treat the children were taken up to the refectory. The boys were given slices of bread, tomatoes, oil, mint and tuna. They first spread the bread with tomatoes they then dipped it in oil and after that they put tuna and mint on it. Even the boys who did not want to taste the bread eventually did and really enjoyed it. In fact they asked for more!
Energy - Past, Present and Future
As part of its 35th Anniversary celebrations, Enemalta Corporation organised an art competition for students aged 11 – 18. St Edward’s College was represented by Philip Ellul (8y) who placed 1st in his category with the painting below. The theme ‘Energy – Past, Present and Future’ was portrayed by Philip in his painting, as explained below. The College was also awarded a book voucher for Eur 125.
The light bulb stands at the centre of the painting to demonstrate its importance - the invention which has illuminated the world ever since 1879. The electric light bulb has too changed in time and the conventional light bulb has now been overshadowed, as in the painting, by energy-saving light bulbs.
Around the light bulb Philip portrayed four different vignettes showing four main sources of energy – wind energy, hydro-energy, geothermal energy and solar energy. All these sources of energy are natural sources and have been used by mankind for many years to generate energy. While energy sources such as coal and oil can be depleted, the same cannot be said of these renewable or ‘inexhaustible’ resources. They have in the past, in the present and will therefore continue, in the future, to dominate the world.
The use of the wind to generate power can be traced back to 1000BC. Wind energy is typically generated through the use of windmills found both on land and in the sea. The vignette shows different wind turbines, from our traditional ‘sienja’ which assists our local farmers in irrigating their fields, as well the more conventional windmills and the more modern wind turbines dominating horizons in wind farms around the world.
Hydro-energy is also a traditional source of energy. Hydropower is derived from the energy of falling water. It was used by the ancient Romans to produce flour from grain and to saw timber and stone. Later years saw the creation of dams and industry being located near waterfalls.
Geothermal energy is generated and stored in the inner core of the earth. From the early days when hot springs were used in spas, geothermal energy was soon developed to generate electricity and provide power to farmers and soon to large industries.
The sun has always been, is and will always remain a constant source of energy. The last vignette depicts solar energy. Early man used the sun to light fires to keep them warm, cook their food and even protect them from the enemy. Sunlight is now converted into solar energy through the use of photovoltaic cells and solar panels.
Without energy our world would be in darkness and its beauty would not be enjoyed.
It is therefore our responsibility to ensure that renewable sources of energy are protected, conserved and properly exploited so that their potential will continue to be developed in the years to come for the benefit of all mankind.