|Birkirkara Primary School strives to work in full collaboration with parents, pupils and the whole school community ensuring quality education to all pupils in an inclusive environment. Our school aims to nurture the core values of Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Inclusion, Care and Honesty in all pupils attending our school.|
|Shaping the Future Together.|
|We the staff of St. Theresa College, Birkirkara Primary, declare our commitment to work together to ensure the highest level of teaching and to give a holistic education to all our pupils irrespective of their gender, creed and ability.
Together, as one staff, we aim to develop the children to their full potential in the moral, spiritual, emotional, social and cultural aspects in order to help them develop into harmonious individuals.
We commit ourselves to live up to our school motto Shaping The Future Together by:
Working in collaboration with the parents, pupils and the whole school community;
Being responsible and accountable for our work, words and actions;
By committing ourselves to adopt the highest level of teaching and learning;
By implementing the National Curriculum Framework.
The Head’s longer term vision for school development
| ‘’If we don’t change, we’re going to become obsolete’’ – Jim Burton on our innovation challenge.
We are currently entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution and all those who keep resisting changes will become obsolete and irrelevant. The main challenge that education is facing nowadays is that the Fourth Industrial Revolution requires specific competencies and aptitudes which are not taught through yesterday’s teaching methods. My vision for Birkirkara Primary School is to prepare the whole community to embrace the required changes in teaching and learning and make our school future-ready. In order to be employable in an ever-changing global economy, our pupils need to acquire the 21st Century competencies. These include critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, innovation, communication and collaboration. Most of these skills are in synch with the Assessment for Learning pedagogy including the higher and lower order questioning techniques.
As a school leader, I will draw upon the school’s newly launched motto Shaping The Future Together to ensure that the whole school community: works together as a team in order to keep the standards high; implements changes whilst supporting the individual needs; nurtures a growth mind-set; and sees that the core values of mutual respect, resilience, responsibility, inclusion, care and honesty are firmly embedded in our school’s ethos and positive climate.
‘’Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual child. Earlier is not better.’’ Magda Gerber.
Head of School
Priorities for School Development
|Priority Development Target 1||To develop and enhance the 21st Century Skills of Communication and Collaboration through Literacy, Numeracy and Assessment for Learning|
|Priority Development Target 2||To develop and enhance the 21st Century Skills of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving through Literacy, Numeracy and Assessment for Learning|
|Priority Development Target 3||To develop and enhance the 21st Century Skills of Self-Directed Learning through Literacy, Numeracy and Assessment for Learning|
History of the School
|The first government primary school in Birkirkara was opened in June 1842. This school, which was one of the dwellings of Cavalier Ċensu Borg (Brared) was not large enough to cater for the number of children as there was an increasing demand for children to attend school. Thus the government set the ball rolling to build a larger school.
An extensive piece of land was chosen and in 1926 our present school, as it still stands today, was built. The school, 350 feet long and 215 feet wide was built on two storeys and was nearly finished by 1930. This same school served as a hospital during the Second World War.
Another storey was built later and over the years it was refurbished to accommodate the changing needs and reflect further educational practices. However, up to the present date, it still retains its identity at the very heart of Birkirkara.
Birkirkara Primary forms part of St Theresa College and the school population is close to 800 pupils – Kindergarten to Year 6.
Our school is an inclusive one in all aspects. We have over 41 different nationalities within our school pupils’ population. Our school also provides education for learners from a migrant background. We also offer the service of a Multi-sensory Room for pupils with sensorial issues; two Nurture Groups for pupils with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties; two Counselling rooms for the College Support Services including College counsellors, guidance teachers, play-therapist and the educational psychologist; as well as a Reading Recovery room for pupils with Literacy difficulties. We host a clinic for speech therapy and also for the visiting school doctor and nurse. The school promotes dyslexia-friendly initiatives and doesn’t shy away from referring pupils to any of the multi-disciplinary services as offered by the College and NSSS amongst others.
The Current Leadership Team of the School
|Head of School||Mr Deo Grech|
|Assistant Head||Ms Mariella Zikic|
|Assistant Head||Ms Josette Camilleri|
|Assistant Head||Ms Elaine Baldacchino|
|Assistant Head||Mr Brian Bajada|
|Assistant Head||Ms Maria Costa|
|Assistant Head||Ms Eleonore Marmara’|
|Postal Address||98, Brared Street, Birkirkara, BKR1255|
|Telephone/s||2598 55 40 / 48 / 49 / 51 / 52 / 55|
|School’s official Facebook Page||https://www.facebook.com/SkolaPrimarjaBirkirkara|
|School Calendar (for Parents)||http://bit.do/parentscalendar|