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Welcome to the March’10 newsletter of Centru Tbexbix.

Apologies for the delay in this month’s newsletter. Some extraordinary events predominated our work this month and it was difficult to get back to our normal routine. Half of our volunteers were away for Easter holidays while the other half spent a few days holidaying in Malta, enjoying the local traditional celebrations of Holy week . Of course at Centru Tbexbix we take every opportunity to celebrate also.


Easter fun – by Bettina

Before the holidays we had an Easter celebration for our children. For this event each group prepared something special. On Thursday 25th it was lessons as usual, but everyone was looking forward to our small celebration.

All children from Fire group looked like Easter Bunnies with their bunny ears. They sang the Easter song “Bunny in the hole” and did the movements to this song together. It was fun to see such a big bunny family.

Easter Bunnies

More songs followed, as well as a nice dance performance.

The programme ended with the highlight of searching for the Easter surprise. In Sweden and Germany we have this tradition to search for Easter eggs, which the Easter Bunny has hidden. So we thought we can do the same in Centru Tbexbix and all children went outside in our small central yard to search for the surprise which we had hidden earlier. Shanikwanne found it, and she got to distribute the Easter chocolate bunnies, donated by one benefactor.

Finally the “bakers” shared their cookies and cake with all children and volunteers. The day before, the two oldest girls had baked several cookies and a delicious cake, according to a recipe which they created themselves.

It was a nice closure before our long Easter break.

Yoga Shoots

Our morning programme for schools is increasing in popularity. With her previous yoga background, complemented with Didi’s training, our EVS volunteer Clara fitted in very nicely as teacher of yoga for kids. She is now at the end of her volunteering. Clara writes:


Throughout March we had yoga shoots regularly. We have now established an efficient structure wherein all the members of the yoga shoots team co-operate and contribute with their skills and knowledge to make the programme as interesting and educational as possible, in line with neohumanistic guidelines. Yoga shoots has become a joyful event not just for the children but also for us.

Yoga shoots - co - operativve games

Each class is divided in two groups. One group is doing the yoga part and the other group is listening to an intercultural presentation followed by cooperative games and a short presentation on healthy eating. Until now the yoga part has been my responsibility. It is very satisfying to see the children enjoying all the different components of the yoga session, even if they’re laughing when we do the funny position of the donkey for example. Different asanas (yoga postures) like the tree

Yoga shoots tree

or the warrior

Yoga shoots warrior

can be quite exciting and it’s interesting how all the children end up willing to take up the challenge and experiment with balance and stretching. The relaxation part is another favourite

Yoga shoots relaxing

Now my time here in Centru Tbexbix is soon over. Other volunteers will take my place and I hope they will enjoy it as much as I do.


Place of Love


Anthony Valletta’s face is a familiar one at Centru Tbexbix. Three times a week he brings Michael, 5 years of age, and waits for him for one and a half or two hours, meanwhile observing, sometimes also making himself useful, lending a hand, watching over some of the little ones who need as many pairs of eyes and hands as can be available...

Anthony writes: In the middle of January I had a big problem to take my grandson Michael to Centru Tbexbix. I almost had to drag him there. Four months later i still have the same problem! Only this time it's taking him back home that's causing me a headache. The reason why is plain to see. Childern there don't have teachers - just friends who love each and every one of them the same. They go all the way to teach and help each child. For them teaching is a labour of LOVE. Tbexbix is more than a school. It's a HAPPY FAMILY HOME.

 

Inspired?

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 tbexbix@gmail.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.

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