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good schools? St pauls bay? Mosta? Mellieha?

HI
Me and the family, husband and 3 children 8, 11 and 14 are moving to Malta this summer. We are still looking at different areas. We have been over to look at places and decided that it is too busy round Sliema and those areas and are now looking at places round St Pauls bay. We find that there is a great mix of old and new and it is hard to know what areas are ok or not. It will be the schools that will decide where we are moving. I would love it if you could share experiences when it comes to schools. In St Pauls bay I understand that there are expats in the primary school. What is the school like? Do the kids like it? My eldest girl will go to Mosta secondary school if we move to St Pauls bay. Any opinions and experiences about this school? Could also move to Mosta but need to know a bit more about primary schools. Would like to live closer to the sea though... Difficult decisions! Any information is useful. Thank you. Caroline

Hi there

Sorry I didn't reply sooner, I don't get chance to login too often.

I have two kids in St Paul's Bay primary and they love it.  They are thriving and doing really well.

My son is 4 and in kinder 2 and my daughter is 9 and in year 5.  We moved to Malta from the UK in 2014 so my girl has done 3 years at the school and my boy two years.

You will find people who criticise the school for being too busy, too full of expats, not maltese enough but from our point of view it has enabled our kids to grow, learn, have fun and be supported by great teachers in a mainly English speaking environment.

If I have one criticism it would be that they offer virtually no help to non maltese speaking kids to learn the language despite the maltese exam being compulsory after 2 years in the education system.  It's not a problem on a day to day basis as almost all the teaching is in English but we have employed a private tutor so that our girl can get through the exams.

On the whole we are very happy with the school, don't expect it to be like a UK school, it's a big, noisy, colourful, fun school.  The head teacher is great and the staff are caring, my kids are happy and that speaks volumes.

As for the area of St Paul's Bay, it's the best place to live with kids on the island in my opinion, we're very happy we decided to settle here.

I'd be happy to chat more if you have questions, feel free to get in touch when you move here and we could meet for a play date.

Newbie x

Did your child start mosta secondary as we have our 13 year old who is due to start in September as that is our catchment area we have been told mellieha primary will be for our 4 year old although I would prefer from reading if he could go to St Paul's because there seems to be more expats there from what I have read do I get a choice or no ???

Hi. Mellieha has lots of expats and your 4 year old will be fine there. You wouldn't be able to send to St Paul's if you live in Mellieha. It will go by a the address on your Id card. Also St Paul's is busting at the seams with near on 1000 primary school children! They also start school 1 hour earlier. You'd be getting your 4 year old up at 6 for school in St. Paul's! As for Mosta, There are two schools. Which one would it be?

The school in mosta is mosta secondary zokrija, I gave emailed but had no response that's the school in our catchment did our 13 year old daughter was wondering how she would cope in the lessons would she understand

I have been in touch with mellieha primary they seem lovely.   So it's just to sort secondary school and nursery places.    Such a nightmare when uku gang know anywhere and we won't have a car got a while 😡    Thank you for your help

Hello,
We have moved to Malta recently, we have enrolled our children in St. Paul Bay Primary school. Do you know any good stationery store, one with good discounts, in Malta?
Thank you,
Cornelia

There was supposed to be a new infant and primary school opening in Qawra this September but, owing to corruption in the system having caused the head of the department involved to quit, this has now been put back till 2019 ??? The overcrowding issue is supposed to be addressed by this, but at present, we just have a big hole in the ground and a mobile site office. Depending on the age of the child, this may or may not be of use when you need it. In the mean time, even the Maltese say "this is Malta", so don't hold your breath.

There are loads. As for discount, there isn't really. Different shops are better for different things Lidl and Tal-Lira are quite good for essentials (pens/pencils/copy books) but in all honesty, you are better off going to just the one shop. Give them the list from the school and they'll get it for you. There is one up near HSBC bank in St. Paul's. Paul's Arcade near the Karanne hotel, Charlies stationary near the square and many more. These shops will know exactly what the school wants so you'll have less chance of getting it wrong!

Hello,
What I've heard is that they stopped the work because it's summer and they don't want to trouble the tourists with the noise. And the construction work will begin in autumn.

Vagrant :

There was supposed to be a new infant and primary school opening in Qawra this September but, owing to corruption in the system having caused the head of the department involved to quit, this has now been put back till 2019 ??? The overcrowding issue is supposed to be addressed by this, but at present, we just have a big hole in the ground and a mobile site office. Depending on the age of the child, this may or may not be of use when you need it. In the mean time, even the Maltese say "this is Malta", so don't hold your breath.

What a shambles all that was!  I think the present school does really well considering the influx of  people.

Momojojo27 :

The school in mosta is mosta secondary zokrija, I gave emailed but had no response that's the school in our catchment did our 13 year old daughter was wondering how she would cope in the lessons would she understand

I have been in touch with mellieha primary they seem lovely.   So it's just to sort secondary school and nursery places.    Such a nightmare when uku gang know anywhere and we won't have a car got a while 😡    Thank you for your help

Are you sure it;s Zokrija? It certainly is the better of the 2. My son has had his ups and downs there.  I've haerd worse reports from friends about Lilly of the Valley, which is the other one.

Thank you very much coxf0001

That the one the lady from the education department told me she would be after I gave her our address is there any way of finding out which school it is and how to try to contact them now ??

Momojojo27 :

That the one the lady from the education department told me she would be after I gave her our address is there any way of finding out which school it is and how to try to contact them now ??

I don't know. It's a new system and I know that they split the St. Paul's catchment between the two schools. Maybe that was a one off. Now that it's been settled for a couple of years, then maybe they have certain catchments go to certain schools. If she said Zokrija, I would stick with that. It's the better of the 2 schools. It's also newer and has better facilities.

Make sure you phone in the morning and maybe leave it a couple of weeks as they will be off for 'shutdown' (something that happens here in Malta around this week.)

Thank you for your help and advise really appreciate it

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