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A Mother’s Day with a difference

The National Sport School recently organised a truly original Mother’s Day celebration for the students and their mothers.

The mothers who attended described the experience as unexpectedly emotional. Here’s what we did:

The activity took place at the Hilton and as the mothers gathered for what they thought would be coffee, biscuits and a series of speeches followed by lunch, their children were brought over by private and each mother was treated to an unexpected meeting with her child who presented her with a flower.

The students returned to school and Mass was celebrated.

After Mass we played a game where the mothers were asked how they thought their child had answered a series of questions about them. The answers were then compared, and the mothers were deeply touched at how well their children knew them.

This was followed by a short film we had shot a few days before, with the children reading out handwritten and personalised messages of love and gratitude. There wasn’t a dry eye left in the house.

Then a professional beautician demonstrated how to apply light makeup suitable for day time. Each mother was presented with a goody bag filled with samples of beauty and health products and the event was concluded with a buffet lunch.

I think we can safely say it was a roaring success.

Yr 8 End of Year Activity

As an end of year activity the Year 8 students gathered together at the Luxol Restaurant for a nice plate of pasta. It was a nice way to spend some time together away from the school desk and eat together. Special thanks to Mr Falzon at the Luxol restaurant for hosting us

€4,500 collected in aid of Puttinu Cares during the first edition of the National Sport School Charity Run

The National Sport School has organised the first edition of its Charity Run in the limits of Pembroke with admirable results.

The entire school – students and teachers – ran the sponsored 5-kilometer route in aid of Puttinu Cares.

Representing Puttinu Cares were the President of the NSS School Council, Dr Andrew Decelis, who is a Director on the Board of Puttinu Cares, Rennie Zerafa and Angele Cuschieri. They expressed their approval of initiatives such as this which raise much-needed funds for people in difficult situations.

The Head of School, Mr Robert Magro addressed the students. He said that the school aims to organize charity events that raise funds through sport. He reminded them of the Charity Swim held last December and told them that these two events: The Swim and the Run, will become fixtures in the school calendar.

At 10 o’clock everyone set off at a run. Members of the Community Police helped the teachers keep an eye on the runners throughout the route.

The National Sport School is also grateful to Dean Hili, Mayor of Pembroke, who spoke about the importance of instilling a sense of solidarity with those less fortunate than ourselves.

He said that the National Sport School is in a wonderful position to not only instill a social conscience in its students but also to do this through the very ethos of the school which is sport.

The National Sport School is grateful to all its official sponsors namely:

Greens Supermarket, Farsons Direct, Hilton Malta, Oney Insurance, Em Emergency Malta, Livingwell, Padel Malta, MM Gypsum, Vella Commercial Imports, EV of Malta and Paparazzi Malta.

Certificate for Participating in German Christmas Event

Year 7 and Year 8 students of German received a certificate of participation for participating in the Christmas German Event organised by the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes in collaboration with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.  Certificates were given out by the Education Officer for German Ms. Erika Kawka Armeni.  The school also received a resource pack to be used by students of German, courtesy of Ms. Kawka Armeni and the German Embassy.

NSS @ Gozo Seminary School

Last month, a group of Form 5 student-athletes attending the National Sport School, accompanied by their coaches, travelled to the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary in Gozo to promote the National Sport School through a Basketball training session which was carried out by the school’s student-athletes. The student-athletes boarded the 9am ferry to Gozo where they were awaited by transport, which was organized thanks to the Physical Education Education Officer Mr. Kevin Azzopardi, ready to take them to the Gozo Seminary. Upon arrival to the school, student-athletes and coaches were greeted by the Seminary’s PE teacher who welcomed the students and gave the National Sport School contingent a quick tour around the Gozitan school. This was followed by a 1-hour session between the school’s student athletes, coaches and a group of 25 Form 3 students from the Gozo Seminary. Student-athletes and Gozitan students participated in fun-games and skill challenges organized by the National Sport School athletes and coaches. The National Sport School looks to continue building its relationship with the Gozo Seminary through future collaborations and promotions via different sports and more student-athletes and coaches. After the session, the National Sport School contingent had a quick lunch before boarding the 12.45pm ferry back to Malta.

Spiritual Talks during the Lenten Period

During the lenten period, a series of spiritual talks were organised for our students. These were led by Fr. Luke Cutajar, Fr. Jethro Bajada and our spiritual counselor Fr. Paul Mizzi. These talks were followed by a Mass. Our students had also the opportunity to receive the sacrament of confession.

Diplomats from French Embassy visit National Sport School

On Friday 28th January 2022, the Counsellor for Cooperation and Culture, Mme Marine Debliquis and the Press Counsellor, M Arnaud Mahot, both from the French Embassy, paid a courtesy visit to the National Sport School on the occasion of  French Language Day.

They were greeted by the Head of School Mr. Robert Magro, together with the senior leadership team, the sports management team and the teachers of French, Mrs Angele Vella Lauwers and Ms Marisa Vassallo Sciberras. Members of our staff who are of French nationality were also there to greet our guests.

The teaching staff and students enjoyed having the opportunity to discuss particular topics of interest and importance, not least a potential collaboration with sports schools in France.

Mme Debliquis was guided around the school and took time to speak with our student/athletes during the practice of their main sport. Mme Debliquis and M Mahot were later presented with a souvenir of their visit in the form of a commemorative plate by Mdina Glass.

Several activities were also organized to celebrate the French Language Day.  A morning school assembly was held online by the French department to give some general information about France and its culture.  French music was projected during the two breaks.  Cultural videos about France and French speaking countries were diffused on the school’s screens. Students also had the opportunity to taste the French croissant.  Moreover, during the French lessons, students enjoyed playing quizzes. Year 9 student, Faith Anouk Cassar was awarded first place at a French competition called “Faites la Fête” organised by the French Teachers’ Association (APFM).

The aim of these activities was also to encourage Year 8 students at NSS to choose French as an option subject.

Guidance Talks

The guidance team organised various talks with guest speakers from post-secondary institutions for our year 11 students. These talks aimed at informing our students about their options once leaving NSS and, also helped them to reflect on their career paths.

The guidance team also worked closely with Servizz Ghozza to provide various sessions for our students and also their parents.  A session entitled Nifhmu lil Uliedna fil-Bidliet was offered online for parents of students of year 7 to help them to support their children during puberty.  Sessions were also held with students of year 9 and year 11 on topics regarding, sexuality, gender identity and safety. These sessions were very well received by our students.  The guidance team at NSS welcomes student to discuss any issues they may encounter both at school and in their personal lives.

Charity Swim

36 student-athletes from the National Sport School raise over 1000 euro for Puttinu Cares

A red-letter day today at the National Sport School when 36 of its student-athletes and their teachers and coaches braved the icy winter seas to swim from Golden Bay to the Riviera and back, a distance of one and a half kilometres.

Their aim? To raise funds for Puttinu Cares, a charity that helps fund treatment and accommodation for sick children who need to travel abroad.

The students who took part in this endeavor all have swimming as part of their sport training background: water polo, triathlon, swimming and artistic swimming.

Robert Magro, Head of the National Sport School who was on site to watch them set off, remarked how proud he was to see his students assemble on the beach early in the morning and use their sporting talent to raise funds for a noble cause.

“It’s good to see them excel in academics and sport competitions,” he continued, “but it’s something else again to see their generosity and altruism. It bodes well for their future as young men and women.”

“Remember, no one forced them to do this. It was all their idea,” he added.

National Football Coach Devis Mangia visit at NSS

The National Sport School recently had the pleasure of welcoming the coach of the Malta National Football Team, Mr Devis Mangia.

Mr Mangia was here to gain a better insight into the day to day operation of the school, with special reference to football. During his visit he spoke with student football players and observed them both in practice sessions as well as academic lessons.

Mr Mangia was accompanied by Mr Ivan Woods, Head of Grassroots Development at the Technical Centre of the Malta Football Association.

The Head of School, Mr Robert Magro, emphasized the importance of maintaining close collaboration with the MFA’s Technical Centre. It contributes immensely to the all-round development of each one of our student footballers, he said.

Mr Paul Zammit, Director of Football Coaching, and Mr Stefan Sultana, Head Coach at the NSS, accompanied Mr Mangia on his tour of the school and, during the subsequent meeting, shared their views about the benefits of collaboration and also explained the holistic formation that the National Sport School offers a footballer.

The NSS focuses on both the player’s technique as well as on his academic prowess. It was essential, they said, that the football associations maintained close ties with the NSS and worked hand in hand with the school coaches.