Population 419,000 people
Capital City Valletta
Largest Town B’Kara
• Country’s official languages Maltese and English
• The Archipelago includes the inhabited islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino, along a number
of smaller, uninhabited islands.
• Member of the European Union (2004). Malta implemented the Schengen Agreement on
December 21st, 2007.
• World heritage sites are Valletta and most prominently the Megalithic Temples which are
the oldest free-standing structures in Europe.
• In AD 60, the Apostle Paul was shipwrecked off what is today known as St.Paul’s Bay and
the Islands were gradually converted to Christianity.
Valletta is the capital city of Malta and
it is located in the central-eastern
portion of the island of Malta.
Valletta contains buildings from the 16th
century onwards, built during the rule of
the Order of The Knights of St. John.
The city was named after Jean Parisot
de la Valette, the Grandmaster of Malta
at that time, who succeeded in
defending the island from an Ottoman
invasion in 1565.
In 2012, Valletta was named European
Capital of Culture for 2018 by a jury of
Mdina Mdina is the old
capital city of Malta.
It is a medieval walled
town situates on a hill
in the centre of the
Mdina is commonly
called the ‘Silent City’
by natives and visitors.
The town is still
confined within its
walls, and has a
population of just over
Temples The prehistoric temples of
Malta are unique in all the
world. They are the oldest
standing stone structures
which remain to us from
ancient times. The temples
date from 4000 - 2500 BC.
They are older than
Stonehenge, older than the
Because of their
uniqueness and beauty, the
major temple complexes
are deservedly designated
as UNESCO World
The festa season in Malta is made up of a long series of
extended weekends, starting from the end of May right
through the entire summer and well into September.
During this period, there is hardly any weekend when a
town or a village is not celebrating the feast of its patron
saint or other saints revered in different churches.
The evenings often end with spectacular ground and aerial
fireworks displays in an explosion of colour, firecrackers and loud
Traditional Maltese food is rustic
and based on the seasons. Look out
for Lampuki Pie (fish pie), Rabbit
Stew, Braġioli (beef olives), Kapunata,
(Maltese version of ratatouille), and
widow's soup, which includes a small
round of Ġbejniet (sheep or goat's
cheese). On most food shop counters,
you'll see Bigilla, a thick pate of
broad beans with garlic. The snacks
that must be tried are ‘ħobż biż-
żejt' (round of bread dipped in olive
oil, rubbed with ripe tomatoes and
filled with a mix of tuna, onion, garlic,
tomatoes and capers) and pastizzi
(flaky pastry parcel filled with
ricotta or mushy peas.
Birkirkara or B’Kara is a town in central Malta.
Birkirkara is the most populated town on the island.
Birkirkara's motto is “In hoc signo vinces”, and its coat
of arms is a plain red cross under a crown.
Birkirkara's Civic Centre is a large building which is the
premises of many civic services in Birkirkara, such as the
Public Library, the Health Centre and the Local Council.
The main religious feast in Birkirkara is that of St Helen.
The feast of St Helen is celebrated on the 18th
August if it falls on a Sunday, or on the first Sunday
after the 18th
. The procession with the titular
statue of St Helen is the only procession on the
island carried out in the morning.
There are many places of interest in Birkirkara, amongst
them is the Old Railway Station.
The Old Railway Station is located within a public garden.
Other town features include the aqueducts built
by Grandmaster Wignacourt in the 17th Century.
Another place of interest in the town of
Birkirkara is the Basilica of St Helen.
This Basilica houses Malta’s largest church bell
and many other interesting things.
Birkirkara is known for its football club,
Birkirkara F.C. and its multi-sports club
Birkirkara St.Joseph Sports Club.
In Birkirkara there are several schools, one of
which is Birkirkara Primary School. Birkirkara
Primary is a state school and is part of Saint
The Minister of Education has the
Directorate for Services which
manages the Educational system in
The National Minimum Curriculum,
provides the framework for the
There are State, Church and
At the end of Primary Education children sit for the
The Benchmark Exam is a national Exam for all children aged
11 years and are in the last year of Primary school.
Subjects taught in Primary school are Maths, English,
Maltese, Religion, Social Studies and extra curricular
activities such as Physical Education, Artsand Drama, Personal
and Social Development.
Subjects taught in Secondary School are Maths, English,
Maltese, Religion, Italian, French, Spanish, German,
Chemistry, Biology, Computer Studies, Technical Drawing,
Accounts, Economics, Marketing, Geography, History,
Environmental Studies, Personal and Social Development.
Nurture Class – Supports Children with social and behavioural difficulties.
School Psychological Services (S.P.S) – Psychological screening.
Speech and Language Development (Sp.L.D.)
Nwar – after school help in basic skills
Klabb Naħla – after school H.W. help
Malta has been ruled by:
the Order of the Knights of St John
The Maltese Islands
Malta’s Golden Age (architectural and artistic
embellishments of the islands)
advances in overall health
education and prosperity of the islands
radically transformed culture, politics and
Malta had a unique position in the British
Empire (excellent natural harbours and
Is a Parliamentary democracy
Has been an independent nation since 1964
Has been a constitutional republic since 1974
Has joined the European Union in May 2004
Has joined Schengen in December 2007
Has joined the Eurozone in January 2008
Head of state is the President
President appointed by the House of Representatives
House of Representatives elected every 5 years by universal suffrage
Prime Minister is the leader of the party commanding the greatest
support in the House
Ministers are nominated to the Cabinet by the Prime Minister
from among the elected members
Various local administrative matters are delegated by
specific legislation to the Local Councils
The Government is strongly committed to Human Rights
It’s Fun To Be In ....
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November – December 2012
The school is once again participating in a Comenius Project. Apart
from our school, schools from Cyprus, Italy, Bulgaria, Lithuania and
Slovenia are participating in the project. As part of this project, a
group of 12 children from Year 5 accompanied by some teachers will
be visiting Cyprus from 10th till 12th December 2012. These
children were selected according to results obtained in the Year 4
English annual exam. The project is called: It’s Fun to be in... and
Dissemination of Project
The best selected Logo for the Competition and bags full
of crafts made by various kinder and primary classes,
which were donated to our Comenius partners.
Crafts made by kinder and primary
school children & Maltese traditional
Luke Borg, a year 6 student - Ekoskola President talking
about the Ekoskola and Comenius project which have a
common environmental theme - during a radio programme at
the National Radio station Studios.
Ekoskola Committee members meeting B'kara Mayor to exchange
Christmas greetings, present him with oranges harvested from the
school garden while discussing environmental themes common in the
Ekoskola and Comenius project, informed him about the visit of
our Comenius partners in May 2013.
The Ekoskola President and member, being presented with
the Green Flag by the President of Malta at San Anton
Prize Day Play with an environmental
theme linked to the Comenius Project –
A Whole Load Of Rubbish
Eco Fun Walk sponsored by HSBC bank in
which children, parents and staff
ACT NOW an environmental activity to
participate in a calender picture competition.