Gozo College Rabat Primary, known as the Happy School, is one of the eleven primary state schools that are found on the island of Gozo. Situated in the heart of the capital town of the island Victoria, it hosts around 380 pupils between the ages of 3 to 11.
The school was originally built in 1854 and started to function in 1856. The building was extended in 1893 and a large hall was later built on the first floor to serve as a public library. Further extensions were made in 1919.
In 1855, the school yard started being used to host the Agrarian Exhibition held annually on the feast of Santa Marija. The exhibition was later transferred to the Villa Rundle Public Gardens.
During World War II the school building served as a hospital for the elderly and consequently the pupils were shifted to a nearby house. It was with the dedication, hardship and foresight of Mr Horace Mercieca, ex head of school, that the school hall was transformed from two classes to a hall on 7 June 1985. The school is also referred to as L-Iskola tal-Vajrinġa (the school of Vajrinġa), taking this name from the street where it is located. On the 14th June 1994 it was named after Sir Arturo Mercieca, a renowned and distinguished Gozitan citizen. Following the reform of 2006 which introduced the College system, the school became known as the Gozo College Rabat Primary School.
In addition to twenty-five classrooms, the school has administrative offices, a well-equipped library, two playgrounds and a workshop.
Lelio Spiteri is the head of school. He is assisted by three assistant heads, Helga Vella, Nadine Grech and Josette Sultana. This is the school’s senior leadership team, the SLT.
The School Vision and Mission
The Happy School provides holistic education to all students. Our top priority is the well being of our students. We do not measure our success by exam results. Happiness is the key factor.
The school community is committed to create a happy, warm and friendly learning environment that builds on current success and promotes the highest standards possible for the children to be equipped with 21st century skills (collaboration and teamwork, creativity and imagination, critical thinking and problem solving), that promise a bright future.
The concept of the school’s logo encompasses diversity together with the happiness factor to reflect the school’s ethos. The four figures, each of them distinct in their design, symbolise each individual’s uniqueness and differences. The intertwined hands illustrate the nurturing positive relationships among the teachers, students and parents. The blocks of vivid colours on which the figures are set, further heighten the existing positive school culture. Both factors (positive school culture and relations) are the foundations of the happiness factor which is highly associated with this school. The different sized blocks of colours also hint at the different dimensions of diversity including multicultural diversity. All in all, the school’s logo is a celebration of understanding these differences moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing the rich dimensions of diversity in a safe, positive and happy environment to enrich each student’s well-being and achievement.
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