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.