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Teaching the love of learning

The school’s new auditorium project cost close to €2.5 million.

The school’s new auditorium project cost close to €2.5 million.

Immaculate Conception Secondary School Tarxien, which forms part of St Jeanne Antide College, has the highest percentage of students who decide to further their studies after compulsory education, beating all other State, Church and independent secondary girls’ schools, the recently published National Tracer Study 2012 reveals (for the full report see link below).

School head Sr Teresa Tonna told The Sunday Times of Malta that, in line with its motto ‘At school we learn to love and love to learn’, the secret to the school’s success lies in its holistic approach to education. “The school aims to provide every student quality education, integrating their spiritual, academic, emotional, moral and social development.

“We do this by providing an atmosphere of love within which students can aspire to excellence. This includes the pursuit of knowledge, the search for understanding values and the discovery of talents,” she said.

The school attaches special importance to sport, arts and drama. It opened a new gymnasium three years ago, and a new state-of-the-art auditorium is due to be inaugurated after 20 years of work.

Sr Maria Antonia Aquilina, provincial superior of the Sisters of Charity in Malta in 1994, had come up with the idea of an auditorium.

The school’s primary classes had to be moved to the college’s other primary school in Gudja to make way for the project. It cost close to €2.5m and all funds were raised through students’ donations throughout the years and a financial contribution by the province.

The auditorium will be inaugurated with a thanksgiving concelebrated Mass on May 4 at 10am, presided by Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna and attended by Education Minister Evarist Bartolo. A programme of fun activities and a talent show by present and past students will follow.

The auditorium, named after Sister of Charity and educator Nemesia Valle, will be used by all students at the college for drama and other academic and non-academic activities and is also available for rent by other schools and the public after school hours.

For more information contact the school on 2182 1337 or e-mail immconhead@sja.mcs.edu.mt.

www.guidance.skola.edu.mt/Docs/Tracer%20Study%202012.pdf

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