Our School

This page contains information about policies, our uniform, our curriculum, facilities and more.

School History and Spinellian Education

St. Monica School Gzira is a church school, run by the Augustinian Sisters, Servants of Jesus and Mary. The school was first opened in Ponsomby Street, in 1937 but as time went by, a larger and more modern school was needed. In fact in just a few years the building rose from the first stone, laid on the 1st of June 1994, into a sprawling structure, officially opened on the 5th of December 2000. This church school holds presently 710 female students. In accordance with the foundress’s wishes it is a mixed ability school and there is no streaming. There are two classes for each age group from Pregrade to Grade 6, and three classes per Form from Form 1 to Form 5.

When Maria Teresa Spinelli founded the Congregation of the Augustinian Sisters, Servants of Jesus and Mary, she stated specifically that the principal aim of the Congregation is the "direction and instruction of individuals". These "individuals", our students, she described as "precious treasures" redeemed by the Blood of Christ and entrusted by Our Lord to the teachers to "educate and lovingly instruct".

The value of each and every individual child is stressed in Teresa Spinelli’s exhortation to her teachers to "Love and respect them without distinction as the beloved daughters of God, destined to become Princesses and Queens in Heaven". Spinellian education is open to all, without distinction of class or ability. It is the holistic development of the individual as a Christian living within society. In the Constitutions of the Congregation we find the elements of Spinellian education that form the aims and ethos of our schools. Spiritual development is the foundation of the educational vision of Maria Teresa Spinelli. There are also references to moral, social, academic and cultural development as well as to vocational development and education for leisure. Teachers are encouraged to accept and allow for individual differences.

Our Foundress’s vision is in fact astonishingly fresh and modern.

Our Facilities

The school is situated next to the Malta National Swimming Pool at tal-Qroqq. Besides the school building there is also a convent. The main entrance to the school is on Teresa Spinelli Street while another two entrances are found on Edgar Bernard Street.

There is a Chapel situated at the heart of the school where one can spend a few quiet moments at any time of the day. It is also used for certain class-based spiritual activities. The school boasts a large, airy Library, three large Science Laboratories, a fully equipped Science Room, a Maths Room, two Computer Labs, two Home Economics Rooms, a fully-equipped Multimedia Room, Multi-purpose Room, two Art Rooms, a Drama Room and Guidance and Counselling Rooms.

There is a full-size gymnasium as well as outdoor games courts including a tennis court. The School Hall, across the foyer from the main entrance, is the venue for many activities such as Award Giving Ceremonies and Concerts which give all students the opportunity at one time or another to experience non-academic but enriching activities on stage.

The school yards have been landscaped and embellished according to the age groups of the students using each of them respectively. Grade 1 to Grade 5 classrooms are on the Ground Floor, Grade 6 to Form 2 classrooms are on the first floor, while Form 3 to Form 5 classrooms are on the second floor. Every classroom has its own bathroom but there are also public bathrooms on each floor. Classrooms, all labs and activity rooms are equipped with internet and an interactive whiteboard.

EkoSkola Committee and Objectives

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The school was awarded the Green Flag as it was judged to be a green school by taking measures to safeguard the environment. The Eco Code demonstrates the school's commitment in taking steps towards environmentally sound actions.

This commitment includes:

  • preserving natural resources,
  • preventing pollution and
  • continual improvement of environmental management.

Eight key areas were highlighted in the creation of our Eco Code. As EkoSkola committee, we felt that these areas were most achievable and appropriate to our education.

  • Recycling and Composting: We will repair, reduce, re-use and recycle things whenever possible.
  • Purchasing: We will buy products and materials that do not harm the environment when they are made or used.
  • Looking after wildlife: We will teach others to limit their impact on wildlife within our school. We will make an effort to take care of the Maltese Garden and the plants in our classrooms.
  • Environmental Laws: We will follow the eco-code to create a better environment for our school.
  • Water: We will turn off taps and make sure we don't have any leaks. We will teach others about how to save water.
  • Energy We aim to lower energy consumption at our school, and teach others about how to save energy!
  • Raising Awareness: We will tell all school visitors, families and friends about how we are looking after our environment and hope they do the same at home and school!
  • Biodiversity: We will try and increase the biodiversity in our school by taking care of our Maltese Garden. In this garden we have planted Maltese plants to increase the number of plants we have in our school and to encourage more birds and butterflies to visit our school. 

Parents/Teachers Association (PTA)

The Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of St Monica schools was created by the Maltese Province of the Augustinian Sisters, Servants of Jesus and Mary as an unofficial association of parents and teachers who help and give counsel to the Head of School for the good of the schools in the Maltese Province. St Monica School Gzira has its own committee. The members are parents or guardians of children who attend the school and teachers of the same school. The committee is then further subdivided in 4 sub-committees: Educational, Fundraising, Spiritual and Cultural.

The Educational Sub-Committee aims at promoting the best education for our students. Members meet to discuss educational issues and forward their suggestions to the administration. They evaluate the school's teaching and learning practices offering feedback, and help in the creation of school policies. The Fundraising Subcommittee contributes greatly towards the development of the school by providing funds for new resources and infrastructural development. A good number of activities are organised throughout the year both during school hours and during weekends or after school. During important times of the Catholic Calendar such as Christmas, Easter, and St Martin’s feast, the Fundraising Subcommittee bakes and prepares the traditional sweets to sell to students. Therefore, while providing funds for new projects for the school, the Subcommittee also keeps Maltese and Catholic traditions.

As a school we look at the holistic formation of our students as well as their families. The Spiritual Subcommittee is responsible for the families’ spiritual formation. They organise spiritual activities such as Advent Celebration, Christmas Eve Mass, Lenten Talks and a weekend seminar for families. This Subcommittee helps uphold the school’s ethos as through its activities, it aims at transmitting to parents/guardians as well as students, the values which the school endorses such as respect for the dignity of each person, solidarity, inclusion, co-operation, peace and unity.

Cultural education is about spending free time in a free, creative, imaginative, sensory, energising way (cf. Gieseke 2005; Fuchs 2006). The Cultural Sub-Committee has organised various activities aiming at cultural education for all the family throughout the years. Some of these activities are: St Monica's Got Talent, Bikeathon for families, Family Picnic and Family Fun Day. The ultimate aim of all the activities is to educate families for healthy leisure.

Student School Council

The aim of our Primary and Secondary Students' Councils is to educate our students for leadership and to give them a voice in the school community. Each council meets once a fortnight and the students discuss various issues and then the points discussed are presented to the head of school. Some issues are solved immediately others are discussed with the rest of the SMT in order to find the best solutions. The councils also plan various activities: educational, fundraising, fun and philantropic. Since last year the school is providing more sports and play equipment for the students with the funds raised