St Benedict’s College in conjunction with the Malta Chess Federation, officially launched a Chess Academy for students in schools belonging to the College to provide high quality chess lessons and to improve the level of play of its students. The Academy will be known as “St Benedict’s College Chess Academy” in English or “L-Akkademja tac-Cess Kullegg San Benedittu” in Maltese.
The objectives and activities for which the Academy is established are:
Chess training, as an after school programme, is open for all students aged seven upwards attending Birzebbugia, Ghaxaq, Gudja, Kirkop, Qrendi, Mqabba, Safi and Zurrieq primary schools together with Boys’ Secondary School at Kirkop. In the near future, students coming from Tarxien Girls’ Secondary and Sta Lucia Junior Lyceum will also be joining these Chess classes since these two schools have now joined St Benedict’s College.
As St Benedict’s College gives great importance to the involvement of parents in their children’s education, this Chess Academy requires students aged less than twelve to be accompanied by a parent/guardian. In this way, what is learnt at school can be fully developed and practiced at home giving the whole family the possibility of a healthy leisure activity .
There are endless studies proving chess is an excellent tool to help students realise their academic potential. Investigative learning, quality rigour and standards are commitments of networked learning communities. The focus is on student-learning, holistic education of quality that caters for the whole development of the learner.