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The President’s Secret Garden welcomes hundreds of children on opening day

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The President’s Secret Garden welcomes hundreds of children on opening dayThis morning the doors were officially opened to the San Anton Palace private garden, by H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, The garden has been renamed as the ‘President’s Secret Garden’ and made available to the Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society.

The Foundation, was initiated by H.E. Marie-Loise Coleiro Preca herself, with the express objective of exploring ways to enhance the wellbeing of society, as well as to provide mitigation measures so as to limit hindrances which are working against this well being.

For today’s opening, the Foundation organised an activity for the occasion of World Book Day, aimed at encouraging children to take an interest in books and reading.

The President’s garden welcomed hundreds of children, all enjoying activities held in beautiful surroundings and weather, these included storytelling and informal educational events.

In the President’s Secret Garden, the Foundation is continuing to organise a programme of activities for the enjoyment of all children.

These activities will be managed by professionals, volunteers and members of the President’s Foundation Core Team.

This interesting and colourful project aims to open windows that present children and young people with a view so exciting and colourful that they have no option but to explore, discover, and value simple treasures that the hustle and bustle of life tends to hide.

The President’s Secret Garden Children’s Hub focuses on participation, inclusion and involvement with activities focusing on five key areas, including:

Self expression – Participation and integration using sign language and dance;

Healthy Eating – Interactive cooking with an intercultural flavour by Fonzu l-Fenek as master chef

Educational – Read With Me

Nurture – Children’s interpretation of animated stories focusing on positive values and messages through discussion

Arts – Activities aimed at encouraging children discover the “little” artist within with special attention to the environmental and recycling

These activities aim to create a challenging feeling for children and young people to capture and appreciate the beauty surrounding them in the same way it has challenged artists for centuries and will continue challenging artists no matter how young or old.

The Foundation said that children and young people are artists and should be given the space to flourish and express their artistic freedom in a safe environment such as the enclosed Garden of San Anton.

A copy of the required Consent Form and the Programme can be downloaded by clicking on the links here: Programme 2015; Application and Consent form 2015; Applikazzjoni u Kunsens tal-genituri 2015.

Parents are kindly asked to fill the application form and to return a copy either to angela.caruana or or by post to the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, San Anton Palace Attard.

Please be informed that even though one can apply to attend for all the Saturdays up to the 29th June, all measures are being taken to involve as many children as possible. Hence, the President’s office will confirm dates in which children can participate closer to the date.

Should parents need further information, do not hesitate to contact Ms Angela Caruana at .

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