Welcome to the August newsletter of Centru Tbexbix.
For this month’s events, a big amount of warm gratitude goes primarily to our EVS volunteers, Chiara Guida, Chiara Zecchin, Christine Kronke and Katrine Kinch, without whose untiring efforts and dedication the summer club would not have been the big success that it was. A big thank you also to our local volunteers Sophie, Ruth, Rita, Christabel, Lawrence and Charmaine, as well as a nice number of LSAs, each of whose contribution stitched our various activities into a complete and colourful programme.
Exhibition of small achievements - by Chiara Zecchin
Bormla, summer 2009, a troupe of children and the five elements, all together to take care of nature: fire, earth, space, water, air.
During the summer club, the children of Centru Tbexbix spoke, played, saw, sang and visited places connected with the environment.
And at the end of August, during the party with the parents for the closure, they showed all the little important achievements to the audience present for the occasion.
A video to start with, with a lot of photos of our outings and activities.
The small ones, Fire and Water, were singing happy songs and dancing on the stage. They sang a song from Germany and one from Denmark, but the dance was not a normal dance! They were doing asanas, carefully they were holding the positions of the tree, or the bird, or the butterfly and cloud, singing sweet short English songs.
Children from 4 till 7... such a pleasure to see these small ones enjoy a healthy albiet uncommon discipline, with fun and in a relaxed atmosphere.
Then was the moment of the team of Earth and Air, with the English song “Bare Necessities” and some exciting acrobatic compositions.. sometimes the children were almost three metres above the ground!!
The Space team, our eldest children, were ready with a dance and a musical in which some friendly aliens were helping the human beings to clean the world.
An island smaller than our own?
Norderney, one of the seven populated East Frisian Islands off the North Sea coast of Germany is 14 km long and about 2.5 km wide, having a total area of about 26.3 square kilometres (10.2 sq mi) with a population of about 6,200 people!. When our German volunteer, Christine, was giving a presentation about her country, no wonder our children were surprised. Whether it is tradition, sport, food, animals…. these presentations are a valuable tool for expanding the minds of our little children into a broader sense of cultural awareness.
A swim in the Blue Lagoon
For the fourth year our children together with many parents and staff enjoyed a relaxing day on a trip to Comino, sponsored by Hera cruises. It was a lucky day with regards to the weather which was extraordinarily calm. The Hera moored at the picturesque Blue Lagoon where our little kids couldn’t stop playing and swimming, under the watchful eyes of parents and volunteers. Hearty thanks to our sponsors who even provided sandwiches, cake, drinks and ice-cream. Photos of the event can be viewed by clicking here
... and a walk in Wied Ghollieqa
An activity organised in collaboratiion with Nature Trust was our last outing for the season. All clad in red Centru Tbexbix t-shirts, off to Wied Ghollieqa, where Zac led the group through narrow unspoilt walkways embroidered with wild shrubs and endemic trees which for the past few years have been under the tender care of lovers of nature. The children learned the names of a few plant species and other wild life, while playing snap in the shade of the trees, guided by Zac and Serena.
The last part of the activity was held indoors, in the Nature Trust premises, where a video about sharks and a presentation by Angela drew the attention of the children.
They were happy to learn that in the whole world only five people die annually from shark attacks, and that there are 600 + species of sharks, that the smallest full grown shark is 17cms long, and that by nature sharks are not killers.
Thumbs up to our webmaster, Stephen, for his recent updates on our website. Please visit our photos page http://www.tbexbix.org/eng/gallery.htm for a collection of summer club photos. A welcome innovation is at the news page... Please go and leave your comment.
Join us for a Spanish night
This month’s newsletter comes to you a few days before our fundraising Spanish dinner on Saturday, 5th September. We’re expecting to meet many of you again. Come and enjoy each other’s company with good food, all for a good cause. See the menu below. We advise you not to leave it till the last day to book, in case all the places are taken
There are many different ways how to contribute to the success of Centru Tbexbix. Through volunteering (in classes, administration, odd jobs, maintenance), donations in kind or financially, etc. The opportunities are endless.
One way to support the efforts of Centru Tbexbix is through the "Friends of Centru Tbexbix" scheme with a small monthly contribution by standing order. Centru Tbexbix holds the following accounts: HSBC 013-085675-001 and BoV 400-1705136-1.
For more information on how you can help, call us on 21/27 805130 or send an email to email@example.com.
This newsletter will be coming to you every end of the month, with the intention of keeping regular contact with the growing circle of friends of Centru Tbexbix, keeping everyone informed of what is happening as well as sharing the inspiration of this blossoming community project. The intention is to keep it brief and factual. Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.