Green week was celebrated between the 20th and the 24th May 2013 in connection with the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) 228 Project called GREEN ENERGY SCHOOLS. The principal aim of the project is the implementation of Renewable Energy technology to increase clean energy sources and improving the environment. 13 Church schools are participating in this project.

These are the activities that were done during this week:

EUROPEAN STUDIES

Eight students who study European Studies took part in green week by putting up visual presentations on renewable energy. They worked in Groups of two and each group had to prepare a presentation on renewable energy. Mainly the presentations explained the geothermal, sun, wind and solar energy. Furthermore, these presentations highlighted some of the advantages and disadvantages these sources of clean energy have.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

During Environmental Studies lessons, as part of the Form 4 syllabus, students learned about the difference between renewable energy and non-renewable energy sources, including the advantages and disadvantages for both. Further insight was given on the various types of renewable sources of energy, focusing especially on those that could be possible in Malta – Solar energy and Wind energy.

Students were also informed about the European Union targets for Malta as regards this issue. The country should obtain 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. As a follow up, a discussion/role play was carried out during the ERDF Green Week. It encouraged students to take different roles such as an environmental officer, a project developer, a local council member, an ornithologist (bird specialist) to see whether they agree or disagree about the proposed offshore wind farm at is-Sikka l-Bajda in Mellieha. This activity initiated students to think about the pros and cons of such project in Malta as a strategy to reach the set targets by the European Union.

A stand with charts and a model was also put up in the school corridor displaying the students’ work which was based on research about one of the following:

• The advantages of the renewable energy over non-renewable sources of energy.
• The benefits of solar energy
• The benefits of wind energy
• What makes an ideal site for a wind farm?

All this helped in creating more awareness amongst our students as regards renewable energy especially in the light of the ERDF funds given to our school to install the photovoltaic cells.

MATHEMATICS

Duration of lesson: 40 Minutes
Aim: Creating pie charts and bar charts

The class was divided in 3 groups (red/green/yellow) with 3 or 4 students in each group. Each student was given a ‘role card’ (Representative/ Speaker/ Coordinator/ Recorder). The groups were given a hand out each with a table with different data. (Refer to hand out below)

Group 1: Number of panels installed in schools
Group 2: Actual power installed
Group 3: Units generated per year

Students were given 15 minutes to insert the data on the excel sheet and to create a pie chart and a bar chart.

The data was then saved on a pen drive and the pie charts and bar charts were copied on the teacher’s laptop. The speakers of each group had to explain to the rest of the class what their pie chart and bar chart was about.

At the end of the lesson, the teacher explained to the group representatives the next task. They had to print the pie charts, bar charts and the tables and create a chart.

Hand outs given to students:
Group colour:__________________
Representative: ____________ Speaker: ____________
Coordinator: ____________ Recorder: ____________

  1. Insert the data below on the excel sheet and create a pie chart to show the number of panels, which are being installed in Church Schools in Malta and in Gozo. Add also the formula in the shaded cell to find the total number of panels.
  2. Use the same table and create a bar/column chart.
School No of panels to be installed
St. Aloysius College, B’kara 256
St. Augustine College, Pieta 70
St. Michael School, Qormi 102
St.Elizabeth School, Sliema 45
St.Francis School, Cospicua 59l
St.Elias College, St Venera 77
St. Pauls Missionary College, Rabat 174
Convent of the Sacred Heart, St Julians 369
Savio College, Dingli 99
Bishop’s Conservatory Primary, Gozo 24
Bishop’s Conservatory Secondary, Gozo 29
Archbishop’s Seminary, Rabat 221
Total

Group colour:__________________
Representative: ____________ Speaker: ____________
Coordinator: ____________ Recorder: ____________

  1. Insert the data below on the excel sheet and create a pie chart to show the actual power installed in Church Schools in Malta and in Gozo. Add also the formula in the shaded cell to find the total actual power installed.
  2. Use the same table and create a bar/column chart.
School Actual power installed
St. Aloysius College, B’kara 65.28
St. Augustine College, Pieta 17.85
St. Michael School, Qormi 26.01
St.Elizabeth School, Sliema 11.48
St.Francis School, Cospicua 15.045
St.Elias College, St Venera 19.64
St. Pauls Missionary College, Rabat 44.37
Convent of the Sacred Heart, St Julians 94.1
Savio College, Dingli 25.25
Bishop’s Conservatory Primary, Gozo 6.12
Bishop’s Conservatory Secondary, Gozo 7.4
Archbishop’s Seminary, Rabat 56.36
Total

Group colour:__________________
Representative: ____________ Speaker: ____________
Coordinator: ____________ Recorder: ____________

  1. Insert the data below on the excel sheet and create a pie chart to show the units, which will be generated per year. Add also the formula in the shaded cell to find the total number of units generated per year by all the Church schools.
  2. Use the same table and create a bar/column chart.
School Units generated per year
St. Aloysius College, B’kara 104,448
St. Augustine College, Pieta 28,560
St. Michael School, Qormi 41,616
St.Elizabeth School, Sliema 18,360
St.Francis School, Cospicua 24,072
St.Elias College, St Venera 31,416
St. Pauls Missionary College, Rabat 70,992
Convent of the Sacred Heart, St Julians 150,552
Savio College, Dingli 40,392
Bishop’s Conservatory Primary, Gozo 9,792
Bishop’s Conservatory Secondary, Gozo 11,832
Archbishop’s Seminary, Rabat 90,168
Total

PHYSICS LESSON

In part fulfillment of the course work required by the physics SEC syllabus, a lesson in conjunction with Green Week was carried out with a group of form 4 students.

The lesson started off with a discussion about the different forms of energy – renewable and non-renewable, where the students were brought to the understanding of the importance of concentrating the world’s efforts on developing renewable energy technologies based on two basic facts: Non-renewable sources are polluting and are fast running out.

The two major renewable energy sources discussed were solar energy and wind energy due to their relevance to the national scene.  Solar energy was discussed with reference to solar panels and PV cells for the generation of electricity.  The students were also made aware of the fact that PV cells would soon be installed on the school’s roof and they were quite excited about the idea.  One point of interest, is that one student suggested that the government should rent out the roof space of private residences for the installation of PV cells since, due to lack of space, large land area cannot be devoted to this purpose.  The energy changes involved in the use of solar panels and PV cells were explained, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of their use.

Wind energy was also discussed as another viable resource for Malta.  The possibility of setting up an off-shore wind farm and its ideal location were discussed, together with energy changes and advantages and disadvantages.  The model of a wind turbine was shown to the students and its parts were thus made clear.  The wind turbine’s generator was connected to a light bulb and they could thus see how rotating the blades of the turbine made the bulb light.

Other renewable energy sources discussed were hydroelectric energy and biomass energy, where all students agreed that the latter would be an excellent option for Malta due to our small size and the problem of dumping waste.

The Students’ Council was given information  about the Project. The members were then accompanied to the school roof where they were shown the location where the photovoltaic panels were being installed.

 
 
 

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PTA Cultural Tour San Anton Palace and Attard Church Museum 17th February 2013

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                 Official  Opening  of  the  Piggy  Bank  Campaign

It  was with great pleasure that our school,  Convent of the Sacred Heart School Foundation,  was once more chosen for the official opening of the Piggy Bank Campaign which is in aid of the Community Chest Fund. It was with great honour also that the launching of this campaign in our school was presided by Mrs. Margaret  Abela.

On her arrival, Mrs. Margaret  Abela, was welcomed by  the Provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart Sr. Marie Scicluna,  Ms. Joyce Pullicino the Chairman of the Board of Governors, the school Principal Sr. Carmen Valentino, the Headmistress of the Senior School  Mrs. Carmen Vella, the Headmistress of the Junior School Mrs. Carmen Cremona  together with  the Senior Management Team from both schools.  Dr. Rosanne Cuschieri  who is the Director of the Church Schools in Malta was also present.

Mrs. Carmen Vella led Mrs. Margaret  Abela  through the corridor which was flanked by enthusiastic   students on either side from both schools waving the Maltese flag. Mrs. Margaret Abela  was then  taken to the Sports Playground where she was  asked to be seated.

The programme started with the School Song by the Ensemble School Choir under the direction of Ms. Yvette M. Galea and Mrs. Denise Callus. An address was then given by both Heads. Mrs.C. Cremona spoke about the academic aspect of the school while Mrs. C. Vella spoke about the Network of Sacred Heart Schools and the goal of Community which our school is working on this year and which precisely fits with the aim of the campaign.

Ms. Joyce Pullicino stated in her address that she is really proud  of  both His Excellency,  The President Dr. George Abela  and Mrs.  Abela  herself  who  have proved that the Maltese are  a truly generous nation.  The Maltese  give  money for charity not because they are given presents in return but because they have a  deep  sense  of  generosity.

A representative from the Bank of Valletta made the students aware of the great amount of hours of work covered by the employees in counting all the money collected in the campaign. She urged the children  and their families to contribute as in the past years because the Bank of Valletta  donates a sum of money which is equivalent to the amount collected. Therefore the greater the sum collected, the greater is the bank’s donation.

Mrs. Magaret  Abela  closed the round of addresses. She praised the children’s efforts in being the primary promoters in this campaign. Mrs. Abela also thanked their families for supporting their children. She also thanked the Bank of Valletta for being the sponsor of the campaign. Mrs. Abela   also thanked  both schools  for making her so welcome every time she visits our school.

The Junior School Year 5 and 6 students then delighted the audience by  performing  excerpts from the musical  ‘Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat’ under the direction of Mrs. Denise Callus.

The Head Girl Rebekah Chetcuti and Sub Head Girl Chantelle Galea then addressed Mrs. Abela.  Rebekah mentioned the fact that this year’s Goal that of Community is essential in helping the students build a better society by helping others through the Community Chest Fund.  Chantelle emphasised the fact that our students take part in other campaigns such as Children Helping Children and the President’s Fun Run.  Besides these activities the fund raising during the Fifth Formers’ soiree goes to other institutions.  Form 4 students also do voluntary work in different institutions.  Rebekah ended the message by asking God to bless all the Students and to give them the required strength to fulfil such a nobel mission.

The programme ended by a performance given by a local artist who thrilled the students immensely.

Mrs. Margaret  Abela  then  visited the Junior and Senior Schools  where she met some of  the students. Both students and teachers explained  to her  the task  assigned for  that particular lesson.

During a coffee break Mrs. Abela  had the opportunity to meet other members of the staff. She praised  our school for all the hard work and said that it was always a pleasure to be here. Finally Mrs. Abela  was asked to sign the Visitor’s Book. It was a pleasure and an honour having Mrs. Margaret Abela  for a few hours with us.

 

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