Welcome to the November newsletter of Centru Tbexbix.
November was another month full of activity, also characterised by special projects which we have been working on for some time and seem to be close to materialising.
One such project is the second book which we hope to be publishing soon. Throughout November the children were working on the material for the book which will be entitled “I Love This Tiny Green Island”. It will be a portrayal of feelings and expressions (in writing, drawing, etc) about the special characteristics of “this tiny green island” both on a physical level as well as on a deeper subtler level. In the photo our older girls are creating a game where players are rewarded for benevolent behaviour and punished for actions which harm the environment, our heritage, etc.
For almost four years now, the English Club has been a popular programme especially among the parents who are noticing the difference in school grades in English language for all the children who have joined since the programme started. For the last six months Katrine Kinch, our Danish volunteer, has had an active role in preparing and implementing a variety of activities for the English club, always with the objective to give the children as much exposure to English as possible, help them improve all the English language skills and have fun while learning. She writes:
Our children like to read !
Reading club is another programme which has become popular. All our volunteers are involved in this. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, a number of children have a half-hour one to one session with one of us. Depending on their level of reading skills, a book is chosen and for half an hour the place is quiet… everyone is sitting in a corner somewhere, upstairs, downstairs, in the yard, on the stairs, completely immersed J Tutors check understanding and choose difficult words to write on flash cards for the children to take home to practice.
Apart from this, many times when the children are quick to finish their work they are “allowed” to go to the library and choose a book. The library is many times a “bonus” for good behaviour and there are many other instances when we include a few minutes of reading. Many of the children have now started taking books regularly to read at home.
In the kitchen
Making cookies is another favourite activity with our children. That is why whenever the opportunity arises, a special event like a farewell for one of our volunteers, or with Christmas approaching, all groups take turns to be in the kitchen, mixing dough and baking biscuits.
Apart from the new programme for schools Yoga Shoots, bringing pupils from other schools to Centru Tbexbix for an experience of Neohumanistic education, which we will write about in our next newsletter, this month we were happy to host a group of thirty girls from St Margaret’s College of Cottonera, who participated in a leadership seminar organised by their PSD teachers. In the photo Katherine is speaking to the girls about our food guidelines and other Centru Tbexbix practices.
Since we started receiving EU grants for hosting EVS volunteers under the Youth in Action Programme, we are constantly being assessed and monitored to make sure our programmes meet the benchmarks required to be able to continue benefiting from these funds. One such monitoring visit was done at the end of this month and we are happy that our performance till now satisfies the requirements of the European Union Programmes Agency.
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.