Jun 012015
 

First of all, we would like to congratulate all students who contributed to the activity Foster a Tree. The Junior School managed to collect the sum of Euro 166 which will be donated to Birdlife to plant new trees in Foresta 2000.

One activity which all the Dinja Wahda students participated enthusiastically was the bookmark competition which I mentioned in my last review. The winner was Maegen Abdilla Year 5. She managed to create a lovely, original bookmark depicting our maltese national bird – Il-Merill.

In another activity, the girls enjoyed themselves making wild flowers by using old magazines and crepe paper. The three Maltese wild flowers we made a replica of were the Widnet il-Bahar, common poppy (peprin l-ahmar) and the crown daisy (lellux). We also created a beautiful vase with painted butterflies out of used water bottles. This activity helped the girls in understanding not only the concept of reduce, reuse and recycle, but as well taught them to avoid cutting wildflowers from our countryside which can be detrimental to wildlife creatures that depend on these flowers for survival.

We also discussed foodchains in the sea. Seas and oceans are very rich in life and there are many foodchains and foodwebs which show us how dependent species are on one another. Just like on land, they all finally depend on plants and sunlight. Foodchains teach us about the relationship among species. They are the reason why an increase or decrease in one species can have an effect on other living thing.

Malta has 39 Natura 2000 sites, 4 of which are found in the sea. These sites are special because these sites are habitats to a rare animal or plant. The girls enjoyed watching a slideshow of some our beautiful Natura 2000 sites which we find on our islands.

Regards
Giselle Camilleri’

 

Dinja Wahda Activity Term 2.

During this second term, the girls completed quite a few activities. We learnt more about some of the wildflowers that grow here in Malta. This activity was carried out in a form of competition between the girls. The first group who finds all the facts about a particular wildflower wins the game. We had the opportunity to go around the school’s garden to spot some of the wildflowers we had spoken about.

Another activity which was thoroughly enjoyed by the girls was the butterfly game. In class they coloured four types of butterflies we find here in Malta and then played a game to see which butterfly manages to gain the most number of points by finding food for its survival.

We also discussed together the importance of rubble walls that are found around Malta. Not only do they serve to prevent soil erosion, but they are also the habitat of thousands of wildlife creatures. With some magazine sheets, the girls made a wonderful collage of a rubble wall and as well stuck some pictures of wildlife creatures that live here.

We also had a wildlife bookmark competition. Each student was given one type of flora or fauna that is found on our island and they had to incorporate it in an artistic and creative bookmark. Well done to all students as they all worked enthusiastically and produced lovely bookmarks.

Since Spring is on our doorsteps, we also discussed bird migration. As soon as Spring starts approaching many types of bird migrate from Africa to Europe. This is not an easy task for the birds as most of them incur many different types of dangers during their journey and unfortunately not all arrive safely to Europe. The girls made a swallow model and played a game where they themselves were the birds migrating and on the way encountered many types of obstacles. The swallows that managed to arrive safely at their destination won the game.

Regards
Giselle Camilleri’

Jan 272015
 

During the first few activities of this year, we built together our Dinja Wahda noticeboard where we shall be posting information for all the students about the flora and fauna we find here in Malta. One lesson was specifically dedicated to robins and apart from learning about them the students enjoyed making mobile robins and pompom robins.

We also spoke about the importance of trees in our environment and how they are of benefit not only to us but as well to our wildlife. We made one moneybox for each class out of recycled carton box so that the whole school can financially help Foresta 2000 in planting new trees.

The Dinja Wahda group also learnt about hedgehogs and how they are being endangered. The girls made a promise in the form of a card and also a car pendant to advise drivers to slow down in the countryside so that they could see if there are any hedgehogs crossing the road.

Ms Giselle Camilleri’

 

Walk the Talk Activity

 

In preparation for this activity, together the girls and Ms. Giselle discussed at length various aspects of the wildlife we find here in Malta and what we can do and what can be done better to protect it. We believe that if everyone gives a helping hand and is responsible for his actions we can all have a better environment to live in. The group talked about the endangered wildlife species (both fauna and flora) that are found in Malta and what is being done to protect them and how in spite of all this, they are being slowly extinct. As a follow up to bird migration activity the girls spoke once again about illegal hunting and how this is becoming very common in our daily newspapers. The group then discussed what can be done and the girls came up with various ideas on how to protect our wildlife environment. One most important factor is to increase awareness of our wildlife through education. Education is the main key to protect our environment. By increasing awareness starting from schools, about for example our endangered species, about bird migration and illegal hunting, about our flora and how to preserve habitats then exposure to this information will surely benefit us all now and in the near future. Other ideas that were put forward were the use of more wildlife signs in the case of hedgehogs, the use of leaflets and billboards to promote education for the older age groups, to introduce more wildlife wardens to teach abusers to respect our environment, to preserve natural habitats by asking MEPA to protect more green areas.

 

 

 

It was a cold sunny day in February when this activity was carried out. The girls had long been anticipating to carry out this activity so they were extra excited when on our Dinja Wahda lesson the weather showed to be a lovely sunny day. It was even ideal for the birds as in winter many birds find it difficult to find food since there are no fruit on the trees and insects are hidden away. Thus the girls helped some of these lucky birds to have food to help them survive the winter. The Dinja Wahda coordinator Ms Mary gave us this very useful and practical way to make bird feeders. The girls first spread peanut butter on kitchen rolls which had long threads attached to them. Then they rolled and covered the rolls in bird seeds. Then each group chose a particular tree to which they attached the bird feeder. Now the birds in our school garden can enjoy finding food for this winter.

 

During this activity, we highlighted various aspects on what is causing negative effects on our environment. We discussed about waste reduction, global warming, the persistence of plastic, wasting water and deforestation, The girls were divided into 5 groups and each group was assigned a story which leads to environmental damage. The girls discussed between themselves how the sequence of the pictures related to their story should be. Each group then explained the situation and what behavior caused the effect in the form of a story and then stuck the pictures in their correct sequence on a chart and displayed it on the Dinja Wahda board. The students also came up with a pledge related to their story. Finally all the girls signed the chart to confirm their pledge.  These stories gave the girls an idea of how sometimes our behavior and attitude  may have  a negative impact on the environment.

 

This is our new notice board for Term 2.  It is mostly updated with more research news the students searched and compiled. Most news shared on the board was done on the girls’ initiative especially after covering a particular subject. We also displayed the ‘Trees are Cool ‘chart which the students did to even highlight the benefits of trees to all the school. This was done in relation to Arbor Day and Foster a Tree, where the school had a particular assembly dedicated to Arbor Day.  During this assembly  The Dinja Wahda girls also promoted the Foster a Tree activity in which all the Junior School classes are participating.

 

Trees Are Cool

Today the girls prepared a large tree collage where they specified the different parts of the tree such as the leaves, the trunk and the roots. They also coloured some leaves on which they wrote the benefits that derive from a tree and how important trees are in our environment. Each girl read these benefits out in class and then stuck the leave on the tree. They also stuck pictures of different insects of whom also benefit from a tree since it gives them protection, shelter and also food to eat. Afterwards, the girls were divided into groups and each group was named after a particular type of tree. The type of trees the girls chose were cherry blossom trees, gum trees and palm trees. One of the students coloured the dice and the group with the most points won the game. This game continued to emphasis the benefit of trees in our environment and also to be aware of the potential harm that can be done to trees.

 

Robin Round Up

This activity was very pleasurable to do with the girls. The girls first coloured the picture of the robin and then stuck the picture on one side of a recycled cereal box and cut around the design. Then they glued the robin according to the instruction to have their mobile robin. We also made handouts and a large poster about some facts about robins to help the girls understand more about these types of birds. As you can see the main poster is behind the girl’s group photo (photo number 5). This poster was also put on the noticeboard for all the school to read and learn about robins.

 

 

Dinja Wahda Activities
The first two lessons were dedicated to inform the girls about DINJA WAHDA. We talked about the topics we will go through and how it will help them to be aware about how changes are influencing the environment around us. The girls coloured and cut pictures on the various topics we mentioned such as birds, insects, flowers and trees, sealife to help build a colourful boarder for our noticeboard.
The aim was also to be eye attractive to other students and help to capture an interest and awareness about DINJA WAHDA. Some of the girls also brought their own compiled research news about various topics related to the pictures we stuck on the noticeboard and on the environment in general.

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