Author: Erica Zammit

St Martin’s College Gymnasium Refurbishment

St Martin's College Gymnasium Refurbishment We are proud to announce the total refurbishment of our College gym – works were done through the Christmas holidays. The lighting in the gym has been upgraded from metal halide to LEDs which emit better and brighter lighting with no sound pollution and also help save on electricity consumption. The gym ceiling was whitewashed and vibrant blues were chosen to brighten up the walls. The sub-floor was treated with Damp Proof Membrane and Self-Levelling before the actual Tarkett Omnisports Pure Play 9.4mm rubber flooring was installed. The Sport flooring (EN 14904 CERTIFIED) is approved by International Sports Federations and offers extreme protection (integrated cushion for protection in the case of a fall), optimal safety (protect players against potential friction burn), comfort (adapted shock absorption levels for all ages, weights and levels of play) and sports performance (good energy return, consistent level of ball bounce and better grip). Installation of the lines for the different sports activities followed the installation of the flooring. Please let us all respect the safety instructions to protect the flooring as much as possible.
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Celebrating a Year of Singapore Maths at Chiswick House School

Celebrating a Year of Singapore Maths at Chiswick House School Link to video: In September 2016, Chiswick House School was the first school in Malta to follow the worldwide revolution in the teaching and learning of Mathematics by adopting the Singapore Maths approach across all levels. Singapore has ranked first in international studies such as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) for the past twenty years. This world-renowned approach is based on the fundamental pillars put forward by research in Mathematics Education. It places problem solving at its heart and encourages the use of concrete experiences before the introduction of more abstract concepts. This approach links beautifully to Chiswick House School's 21st century skills that focus on Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity. It has been a challenging but very exciting first year with lots of positive outcomes already observed. We hold high expectations for all learners and they in turn have taken this challenge. The programme we are following is well-structured and scaffolded so that plenty of repetition is possible not only during the same year but also across levels. The daily hands-on tasks have allowed the learners to develop a deeper understanding of the concepts introduced. They have also supported learners in making better connections between the Mathematics learnt in the classroom and that applied to their daily lives. It is Mathematics rooted in our everyday context. It has been a pleasure to listen to the daily discussions undertaken by the learners in which they analytically evaluate a given problem, come up with different methods to solve this and defend their arguments with their peers, learning key negotiating skills. Problem solving, a crucial aspect of Mathematics, was previously unattractive to our learners. Now, through the Singapore approach most children cannot get enough of it! Many parents have commented that they have seen a great shift in the mindsets of their young ones with regard to the aspect of problem solving as they now also look forward to making up their own challenges. This approach has also boosted summative assessment results. Finally, we have witnessed an increased passion towards Mathematics and look forward to repeating this success over the coming years. St Martin's College introduces Singapore Maths in Level 6 this coming September. We are delighted that many schools in Malta have come to observe our practice and together we shall see this approach in
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