On Friday 7th April, I – Ms S Xerri and my colleague Ms A. Cefai took our students from classes 108 and 109 to the Mediterraneo Park in ‘Baħar iċ- Ċagħaq’. Our main aim for this outing was to give our students the opportunity and experience to familiarise with animals that we do not encounter everyday.
On arriving at Mediterraneo Park, our first show was the Parrot Show. During the parrot show the animators described the different characteristics that parrots have. They described how parrots engage in long term relationships with their mates. Parrots have good memory and they can imitate different sounds such as talking. Moreover, the animators introduced some rare species of reptiles. The animators described some of the reptiles’ characteristics such as what they eat and how many eggs the female lays. Some students were allowed to touch these rare species.
After the parrot show, we went inside the reptile house. In the reptile house we saw different species of reptiles including snakes, iguanas and chameleons. In here, the students were not allowed to touch the reptiles, since the reptiles are kept in large aquariums. In the reptile house, there was an aquarium filled with different species of fish. Also, there were some spiders and millipedes.
After the reptile house we went to the sea lion show. Sea lions are intelligent mammals, in fact, they have a very good memory and they are friendly with people. During the show, the sea lions performed some tricks and dance routines. The students were amazed by how intelligent and well-disciplined the sea lions are.
Later, the students were given some recreational time. While many bought ice-creams and snacks from the restaurant at the Mediterraneo, others enjoyed jumping on the trampoline and playing on the slides. After the recreational time we went to the dolphin show.
I think that the dolphin show was the best part of the day. Again, here we were all amazed by how much intelligent the dolphins are. Their performance and dance routines had great synergy. One could observe how well the dolphins communicate with each other and with their carers.
At the Mediterraneo Park the students not only saw and observed the animals but they also learnt some facts about the characteristics and behaviour of the different animals. I firmly believe that this outing gave our students a sense of appreciation towards nature, provided them with good knowledge about different species of animals and helped them establish and develop a positive relationship with their peers.
Ms S. Xerri