Sunrise English Club
Launched in February 2006, the English Club aims to cultivate the joy and interest in learning by offering fun-based group activities like games, drama and song, alongside tuition in small groups to meet the students' individual needs. The programm is targeted at children from low-income families, who are not required to pay any fee for the service.
Psychological Support Services
Arts & Crafts
In a normal school environment, with academic learning aleays given
priority, as well as at home, with parents becoming busier and busier,
children’s creativity and artistic expression is very rarely
Sport and Games
In 2008 we started the “games and sports” programme in Centru Tbexbix.
One aim of this programme focuses on the health aspect of sport. Although Centru Tbexbix is not suitable for outdoor sports, we take advantage of the school playground being rather close and our volunteers are regularly organising different outdoor sports for example ball games, catching games to improve coordination, stamina, reaction and sportsmanship. With different games our children learn how to behave as good sportspeople and through several movements they discover their body as well as their physical potential.
Learning how to deal with disappointment and success is an important
benefit of this programme, as well as taking better care of their own
This programme also includes the use of positive and educational board games and cooperative games to help strengthen the group feeling.
The Sunrise reading club was officially launched in November 2008. For
quite some time a small number of children with learning difficulties had
been attending an individual session of half an hour every week, apart
from the sessions of group activities. Gradually this progamme was
expanded to cater for more children who need help with reading and now
reading club occupies three slots of half an hour each every week. Each
child chooses a book and reads to the tutor who checks understanding and
writes difficult words on flashcards which are taken home to practice.
From the beginning of 2009, a number of our children have been attending weekly athletic training sessions at Matthew Micallef St John Stadium in Marsa. The aim of this program was to introduce the various athletic disciplines and their components and to practice each event in its elementary form. According to our professional coach, Leandros Calleja, the 7 to 13 year age bracket is the Golden Age for learning different skills. Therefore, as with the main intentions of this athletics program, the more variety of skills employed the more skillful and coordinated these children get. In fact, most of the children that attend have shown an improvement in movement, coordination, posture and other basic skills. Some have also shown significant improvement in specific events, although this is not the main intention of this program.
Additionally, the children are developing a positive attitude towards
running, jumping and throwing both individually and as a group. They are
also learning to show respect for one another especially when one of them
is leading the group as for example during stretching. Some of these new
athletes are showing interest and in fact competed in organized athletic
activities. The plan is to continue practicing through repetition with the
goal of rectifying the skills obtained and to start taking part in the
KIDS Athletics meetings and Aggregate meetings organized by the Malta
Amateur Athletic Association. However, the latter will be an additional
target but it will not replace our primary aim. Learning to run, jump and
throw will still remain the main focus, at least until the children have
achieved a skill level high enough to become competitive youth
Summer Club was founded with the aim to provide Centru Tbexbix children
with a valuable activity even during the summer-months. From the beginning
of July until the end of August the children are at the centre from 9am
until noon. The decision to have the children at the centre three hours
every day sounded like a daring step to take before the first Summer Club
started in 2008. After two years we can acknowledge that even though
planning of the daily activities requires a lot of work Summer Club is an
activity we don’t regret to have started. With our enthusiastic and
ingenious foreign and local volunteers we manage to offer a number of
different activities every day, for example dance-classes, language games,
arts, crafts, drama, yoga and of course a lot of outdoor activities. The
activities are always planned with the purpose to make the sessions as
enjoyable to the children as possible, while at the same being educational
and socially developing.
The yoga shoots venture had been in our mind for a long time.
Considering that we cannot be a full-time school, we want to use all our
resources to benefit as many children as possible. Previously our
attention was focused on planning different after school activities for as
many children as possible from Cottonera. Now the time had come to start a
programme for children from other schools with the aim of introducing yoga
for kids to both children and their teachers, as well as bringing children
from all around Malta to Cospicua, thereby indirectly exposing the
richness which Cospicua has to offer on different levels.
Before lunch, the children are asked whether they prefer to eat in a disposable plate or in a ceramic one. “If you choose a ceramic plate you will have to wash up after you eat, but if you choose a disposable plate you will be adding to the waste, which harms the environment.” All the children, without exception, choose to wash their own plate.
Other activities include computer courses, stress management skills and healthy living courses for women as well as seminars on vegetarian cookery and personal development. We are also introducing short basic courses in different languages, according to the nationality of our EVS volunteers. At Centru Tbexbix there is always scope for new activities according to the needs of the participants.