Good evening! I am writing to you with respect to two things, namely:
1. Holy Communion Mass – all those families who are scheduled. as per the timetable given, to take photos before mass begins, are to access the Church via the Millennium Chapel. You are to make your way to the Reception of the Millennium Chapel and ask to be shown up to the Church (via the lift) (since the main door of the Church will not be open that early). Mr. Brian Gauci will be at the Church from 3:30 pm onwards. Kindly stick to the times given to you so that we can have a smooth running of the process!
2. Meeting with Parents re introduction of the 1-1 Tech Device – the meeting yesterday evening consisted of a discussion with parents about the possibility of introducing a digital device for each child as part of their pedagogical journey at school. Mr. Chris Demicoli from Smart Technologies explained the reasoning behind this innovative educational strategy and how it has been implemented widely abroad and is now fast gaining ground here in Malta in both state, church and independent schools. As such the School Administration was thinking of introducing this with the current Junior 2s next year (in October, when they have started the Junior 3s). This would mean that the parents would finance a tech device (the mention was around a touch screen device suceh as the IPad) for each student and pay it either at one go or have a 3 year lease contract with the company and pay it in instalments. During the meeting, various questions were raised and answers based on research worldwide as well as local practice were given. Following a majority vote at the meeting, it was agreed that we would ask Smart Technologies to do the financial workings and come up with a good proposal, following which the School, together with the majority of the parents, would decide upon.
As such, I have requested Mr. Demicoli from Smart Technologies to create a proposal which would explain the cost of the package of the IPad for each student (pls note that the cost includes many things such as the software, the tech support, the insurance, the bandwidth adjustments at school, laptops for the teachers in class etc … so it is not simply a question of buying the IPad, and obviously, the school will not be receiving any commission or so from this project so that costs are kept as low as possible. On the contrary, should we decide to go ahead with the project, the school is willing to forfeit the school computer fee that the kids pay annually so that we help the parents in the little that we can). When this proposal is forthcoming, I will send it to all the parents and then organise a second meeting. However, in the meantime, if parents have questions, concerns etc, pls do not hesitate to email me and I will be more than happy to answer any queries.
I thank you for your collaboration and look forward to seeing you at the Holy Communion celebration on Friday!
Ms. Sue Mifsud Midolo
Junior School Director
Sue Mifsud Midolo, B.A.(Hons), M.A.(Loyola, Chicago),
Junior School Director