September 2008 Newsletter
Back to school... means back to Centru Tbexbix as well! The kids are delighted to attend the various programmes again now the new season has started. Enjoy the news of September!
In early September, just after the Summer Club had come to an end, we organised a coffee morning for the mothers and guardians of the children. The theme of the morning was health, and our special guest was Gaorii, an excellent homeopath currently residing in Cospicua. Various aspects of health were discussed, including habits, diet and of course, how homeopathy can help. Some mothers made appointments for themselves and/or their children immediately and we are happy to hear that they are doing well. One mother was able to give up smoking after the very first visit!
The morning was also an opportunity to get feedback from the parents/guardians and it never fails to touch me when a mother says: "How do you do it? The children seem so much calmer here." And: "My relatives don't want to look after my girl, she is too naughty. You don't seem to have a problem with her." Not only we don't have a problem with the girl, she is a wonderful person to have around and is most willing to help out in any way she can.
Neo Humanistic Education (NHE) training
In the weeks between the Summer Club and the new school year, the volunteers at Centru Tbexbix prepared the place and themselves for the upcoming programmes. Six training sessions were held, focussing on various aspects of NHE, like Values & Morality, the importance of creativity in education, communication and discipline vs. punishment. One session was dedicated to the Phonics system which is being introduced in the English language tuition in primary schools, and is proven to be very beneficial to children with special learning requirements.
By special request of some of the parents we organised a pasta night for them and neighbours. George's Pasta al Forno was by far the favourite, followed by the homemade pesto dish, and what to say about the delicious caponata? The vegan carob cake has become so famous around here that we handed out the recipes at the end of the evening.
What better way to spread the healthy vegetarian message than by first hand experience?
New school year has started
As school started on the 22 Sept, so did the programmes at CT. With a new full schedule of Sunrise English Club sessions, Creative Classes and Play (games, drama, sports) as well as athletics for the five different age groups we are very happy to welcome our new volunteers who joined our team recently.
A warm welcome to Jana from Germany, another EVS volunteer, whose activity is sponsored by the Youth in Action Programme.
At present 45 children have registered, and some more are surely to join over the next few weeks as they settle back into school life after the summer holidays.
Yoga has become a regular part of the Sunrise English Club as the first 30 mins of the sessions are dedicated to relax their minds and direct their energies in a constructive way.
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There are many different ways to contribute to the success of Centru Tbexbix. Through volunteering (in classes, administration, odd jobs, maintenance, etc), 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.