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Head 2016

I would like to begin by wishing all students, parents and guardians a very warm welcome. It is an honour and a privilege for me as Head of School to lead this school community. I am confident that our students will find our school to be a bright and friendly place and that their time spent here will be both rewarding and enjoyable. We want each and every student at our school to know that they are valued and that they have tremendous worth.

We are committed to provide a student-centered learning environment which will allow every child to progress at their own pace while ensuring a holistic education and equal opportunities for all. We offer our students exciting and engaging learning experiences which take place both in the classroom and beyond, in the wider community. The calendar year at our school is bursting with a colorful range of activities which are spread throughout the year, including theatrical productions, fund raising events, sports events, competitions and outings. For more information about life at our school I encourage you to visit our website, our Facebook and Twitter pages which are regularly updated with news and events.

We strongly believe in forging strong ties between the school and the parents. We view education as a partnership between teachers and parents who work together and maintain regular communication to ensure that the students are working to their full potential.

I am also available to any parent who wishes to speak to me directly. If you wish to do so, please contact the school and an appointment will be set at the earliest opportunity.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website which provides just a taste of the engaging activities that our students experience on a daily basis.

Ms A. Borg Gaffarena
Head of School

ABOUT THE SCHOOL

The history of our school dates back for more than half a century. It was originally found in Malta’s capital city Valletta and was then formally known as a Grammar school. The school as we know it today opened its doors for the first time on 1st October 1959, when a group of 811 students attended for the first time. In the 70s the school dropped its former ‘Grammar School’ title being transformed into a Secondary School until 1981, when it finally became a Junior Lyceum.

The school premises were quite smaller back in 1959, when only three blocks existed: the main block, the practical block and the science block. Later, another two blocks were built and on the 26th of June 1967 the Greek theatre which greatly enhanced the ethos of the school, was inaugurated.

The first head of school was Ms. Concetta Borg Calleja. Since between October and April students had to attend school on a whole day basis, it was possible to hold a great variety of activities during the midday break.

Thursday the 9th of December 1965 was a memorable day for the school. On the eve of her retirement, Ms Concetta Sammut, head of school, donated a huge statue of Maria Regina to the school. The statue is the work of the sculptor Ganni Bonnici. A ceremony was held to commemorate the occasion and Dr Antonio Paris, Minister of Education and the Director Chavalier J.P. Vassallo were among the distinguished guests. The statue was blessed by his Grace Bishop Emmanuel Galea.

During the 70s, when secondary education was introduced for all, Maria Regina became an Area Secondary School. When the Junior Lyceum was introduced in September 1981, Maria Regina became the first Junior Lyceum for girls, with Ms Ninette Borg Grech as headmistress.

In 1984, Ms Mary Vella was appointed headmistress. Other Junior Lyceums continued to be opened throughout Malta. In 1995, Ms Carmen Bonello became head until 2003. After that, Ms Maria Debono was appointed headmistress until 2008. That year the school celebrated its 50th anniversary. A thanksgiving mass was celebrated and a reunion was held for all students who attended the school throughout the years since its foundation.

In 2008, the school began to form part of St. Ignatius College. The Junior Lyceum students were phased out and it later formed part of San Ġorġ Preca College. In 2008, Mr Victor Agius became headmaster until 2013. Mr Emile Vassallo replaced him that year until 2016.

Today it has become a middle and mixed school with a population of over three hundred students and a teaching staff of over ninety teachers and LSEs. The school is one of twelve schools, both primary, secondary and resource centre forming Kulleġġ San Ġorġ Preca. It acts as a receiving school for boys and girls hailing from Valletta, Floriana, Marsa, Pieta’, Hamrun and Paola. Students in forms 4 and 5 have been phased out in the last two scholastic years. Ms Annabelle Borg Gaffarena was appointed in 2016 and is the present headmistress.

Ms N. Bonett

OUR COLLEGE

San Ġorġ Preca College comprises the primary schools of Floriana, Ħamrun (GP), Ħamrun (SS), Marsa, Paola ‘A’, Paola ‘B’, Pieta’ and Valletta. The secondary schools Ħamrun Boys (Il-Liċeo), San Gorg Preca Education Hub together with Guardian Angel Secondary Education Resource Centre and our school also form part of our college. Mr Jude Zammit is the College Principal.

Click here for more information on our college.

OUR PATRON SAINT

gorg-precaĠorġ Preca was born in Valletta, Malta, on 12 February 1880. He was the seventh of nine children. Early in his childhood, his family moved to Ħamrun, where he started serving Mass as an altar boy. Preca studied at the Lyceum, considered the pre-eminent secondary school in the island. Preca then entered seminary, where he excelled, especially in Latin. He was eventually ordained a deacon. However, he was subsequently diagnosed as suffering from lung failure. The prognosis was not good, and he was even discouraged from buying vestments or a missal in preparation for the priesthood. However, he made remarkable recovery, and was ordained on 22 December 1906. Preca attributed his cure to the intercession of Saint Joseph, and even joked later in his life that “My father has died, the professor has died and I, with just one lung, am still alive to teach people! Read more.

Our Vision

We wholeheartedly believe that the school environment should be an inclusive and holistic one to enable all students to feel protected and accepted and that the school staff is always ready to understand them. We do our utmost to help every student develop their skills and the values necessary to reach their maximum potential. Our aim is to recognise these qualities and work together in harmony and mutual respect. We understand that our work and the progress of our students require great responsibility from us. All this, together with our collaboration with parents, will serve as a strong and wise foundation for the success of our students so that they will become future citizens that are able to function as active citizens within our society and our country. It is for this reason that we believe that learning is the source of all good.

 

Il-viżjoni tal-iskola

It-tagħlim huwa s-sors ewlieni għal kull tip ta’ ġid. Huwa vjaġġ mingħajr destinazzjoni finali; ktieb li qiegħed dejjem jinkiteb. It-tagħlim jinvolvi proċess kontinwu u għaldaqstant, m’għandux skadenza. Il-ħajja nnifisha hija klassi dejjiema li fiha wieħed jissokta jistagħna fit-tagħlim biex ilaħħaq mat-tibdil tad-dinja, jiftaħ moħħu u jiġġedded fl-ideat tiegħu. Aħna m’aħniex il-prodott ta’ dak li nafu. Aħna dak li lesti li nitgħallmu.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

We strongly believe that the school environment should be one where students feel protected, accepted and understood. We strive to develop our students’ diverse abilities to their full potential. Our aim is to recognize such values and work together in harmony and mutual respect. We take great responsibility in our work and the students’ work. Such values, together with parents’ cooperation should serve as excellent foundations for our students’ future success and for them to become dutiful citizens within our society and country.

 

Il-missjoni/l-istqarrija uffiċjali tal-iskola

Aħna nemmnu bi sħiħ li l-ambjent tal-iskola għandu jkun wieħed inklussiv għall-aħħar biex fih l-istudenti kollha jħossuhom protetti, aċċettati u li dejjem hemm xi ħadd lest biex jifhimhom. Nagħmlu ħilitna biex l-istudenti kollha jiżviluppaw abilitajiet differenti ħalli jilħqu l-potenzjal massimu tagħhom. L-għan ewlieni tagħna hu li nagħrfu dawn il-kwalitajiet u naħdmu lkoll flimkien f’armonija u rispett reċiproku. Aħna nifhmu li xogħolna u l-progress tal-istudenti tagħna jitolbu responsabilità kbira minna. Dan kollu, flimkien mal-kollaborazzjoni tal-ġenituri, għandu jservi ta’ pedament sod u għaqli għas-suċċess tal-istudenti biex ’il quddiem ikunu ċittadini li kapaċi jaqdu d-dmirijiet tagħhom fi ħdan is-soċjetà u pajjiżna.

CODE OF DISCIPLINE

Dear students and parents/guardians,

In this booklet, you will find guidelines with regards to the expected behaviour by students attending the Secondary School in Blata l-Bajda, San Gorg Preca College. These guidelines aim to give students an education built on the basic value of RESPECT.

Sections from these guidelines discuss the uniform and the way it should be worn. This may seem irrelevant for some and you may ask “ Won’t I still be learning, however, I wear my uniform?” This may be true, but as students, you represent our school and the uniform identifies this and you should be proud of it. In this booklet, we also discuss what is expected of you during lessons and activities. Last but not least, these guidelines clearly state which objects are not permitted in school. All this is done in order for your students to receive the best possible education.

We are convinced that we have the full cooperation and support of the parents/guardians and that you shall do your best to see that your children adhere to the guidelines. Our common aim is one – that we want to instil into your children sound values for them to grow into responsible citizens in the future.

Click here to download our Code of Discipline 2019-2020

Agħfas hawn biex tniżżel il-Kodiċi ta’ Mġiba 2019-2020 bil-Malti

Ms. Annabelle Borg Gaffarena
Head of School

Members of the Eticat SDP group worked enthusiastically to create a campaign promoting etiquette in the school with special focus on outdoor, indoor and online etiquette.

Aside from creating multiple hashtag slogans which students used when taking part in a selfie competition, beautiful banners were set up in Block A with more to come in the following year to decorate other blocks such as Block C. The Eticat group also prepared online questionnaires and with the help of the IT teachers, these questionnaires were conducted and all students answered questions and expressed their interests in order to be able to gain information for future projects next year. Students themselves worked on these projects.

The Eticat group will continue to promote positive messages regarding safe and proper conduct working closely with students in order to raise awareness with the aim to foster a harmonious and respectful school environment.

Ms D. Calleja
English Teacher and Eticat SDP Member

THE SCHOOL UNIFORM

 

SMT 2018-2019

Students’ Council 2019-2020