A group of seventeen Sicilian students and three Teachers from L’Istituto Comprensivo San Biagio di Vittoria (Ragusa) arrived in Malta from Pozallo as part of an eTwinning Project that was initiated during the last scholastic year.
On their arrival at the catamaran terminal, they were given a warm welcome by the coordinating team together with the Headmaster. Even though it was relatively late, after supper the group was taken to visit Mdina, the old Capital of Malta. The students were very much interested in the architecture of the city, especially when they could see so many magnificent facades built in different styles. They were also intrigued by the stark difference between the low houses built during the Arab period and the palaces built the Knight of St John.
During the months between the two visits, our students occasionally communicated with the Italians via social network, now they had the second opportunity to meet each other.
After breakfast, on Monday, the group visited the school. They first toured the school, were welcomed by the Headmaster at his office and then spent time following lessons in three different classes. At around 11.45 they left school and were taken to visit Ta’ Qali Crafts Village. Early in the afternoon, just after lunch and a short break, the group left for Valletta where they were met by our students and spent time together.
On the second day of the visit, the Italian group came to our school early and together with many of our 4th Formers who learn Italian leave for Gozo. In Gozo they visited the Azure Window, the Citadel and Xlendi bay. Late in the afternoon, students, parents and teachers met for a small special programme related to the theme of the projects and had the opportunity also to share food together. Some of the food was prepared by the Maltese parents, while traditional sweets, such as: Kwarezimal, figolli, honey-rings, November bones and Prinjolata was specifically order from a local caterer.
The project came to an end on Wednesday morning. First the group came and spent one lesson of PE, some at the gymnasium and some at the outdoor grounds. Sweets and a cake together with some drinks were shared during the mid-morning break and when the bell rang for the 4th lesson, all 4th Formers met for a concluding programme at the school hall. During this programme, Mr Agius shared some photos from our visit in Vittoria and then a number of students shared some of their experiences both here and in Italy. At the end of this farewell there was an exchange of gifts. Our Headmaster presented the Italian teachers with a book about Malta, two small bottles of olive oil and one bottle of Mead. The Italians also presented our Headmaster with a CD comprising over 70 different recipes prepared by the students and a commemorative plate.
As the Italians were to leave Malta early in the afternoon, it was now time to say goodbye. One last picture was taken at the school entrance and just before lunch, the group had half an hour time just to visit San Anton Gardens before heading towards the harbour.
We take this opportunity to thank the coordinating team of this project, mainly Mr Louis Agius and Mr Martin Abela.