is Mr Greg?
life is my story and I always seek in making it worth living”.
I am Greg Sammut, Head of the Computing and
IT Department at San Anton School, married to Elaine and father of twins,
Christian and Angelique. I live in Madliena,
but still very much loyal to my home town, Sliema.
I consider myself as a good communicator and a patient listener. I
believe that respect is gained through respect and enjoy working in a
team, where the objectives are common to all members. My wardrobe is
essential and pretty much of an added expense to my bills but, I love
experimenting with fashion and somehow, new clothes help me to face the
I might be hard headed at times, but not too
proud to admit a mistake or accept constructive criticism.
do you love about teaching?
Education is my passion. I have been teaching
for the past fifteen years. As they say, “teaching is the profession that builds all the other
professions” and this gives us educators the responsibility to be
continuously proactive in delivering knowledge while giving opportunities
for problem solving… a common technique I use to support the pupils in
Seeing my students’ eagerness to learn
through dynamic and interactive lessons, gives me great satisfaction and
motivates me to keep up with providing new incentives that stretch their
attention span. I just love it when after a double lesson; students are
so engaged that they would not wish to leave the computer lab in order to
finish off their Java Programme.
Computing gives me the benefits of teaching a
vibrant subject which is an indispensable tool in today’s society. My
students are made aware of this concept from the first lesson in Grade
10. I try to pass on the enthusiasm about their choice by showing them
the limitless opportunities in Computing and IT. They also participate in
educational visits at different entities including Microsoft and the
Artificial Intelligence Faculty at the University of Malta in order to
get a taste through a hands-on experience.
long have you been teaching at SAS?
This is my third year at San Anton and it feels as if I have been
here forever. Leaving my previous teaching post to join San Anton, was
absolutely a complex crossroad in my life, however, after experiencing
the extraordinary working environment and the excellent team spirit
amongst all stakeholders; I do not regret my move any single bit.
Everyone made it so easy for me to feel comfortable here and today, San
Anton is without a doubt, my second home.
is the most challenging part of the job?
Every job has its challenges and teaching is
no exception. It is definitely not an easy task to have the attention of
all the different individuals in a classroom. Adaptation is a vital key,
however, some students need more than that. Some do not fully understand
the importance of studying and could build a barrier towards
learning. It is quite a challenge
to influence their mindset. Overcoming such
situations is an added value to the teaching career!
changes can you see in the educational methodology at SAS to when you
were at school?
As a student, I attended a boys’ only school.
Maybe a bit too rigid but has given me good solid foundations to a
prospective future. I clearly remember evaluating my teachers’ attitudes
and could easily point out the most dedicated ones.
The latter describes the majority of staff
members at San Anton School… genuine educators who go the extra mile for
the wellbeing of their students. Our school has a broad long term vision,
giving us the opportunity to fine tune anything related to our line of
The students have a certain level of freedom
within boundaries of course, but yet they are ready to conform in class.
They are keen to come to school every morning and pretty much involve
themselves in the array of extracurricular activities offered. The parents appreciate our commitment
and often show their gratitude towards our efforts.
is Christmas special for you?
Christmas gives me that positive vibe. I like
the preparations of the decorations: The Crib, the Tree, the Christmas
Village and the yearly innovative Baby Jesus Manger. I look forward to
the Christmas events of family and friends’ gatherings, the Christmas
Market and Panto at school, the shopping and a quiet DVD night in front
of the decorated, wood burning fireplace while sipping a class of mulled
The organizations of the yearly Christmas
party for the less fortunate kids and the joyful Christmas Mass, makes it
even more special and finally but surely, allocating more time to enjoy
time with my wife and kids… maybe even spoiling them a bit too much… It’s
Christmas after all!
is your favourite childhood Christmas memory?
I have countless. Memories of a simple
childhood that are to treasure, consisting of Summers spent by sea in Sliema, with twelve cousins fitting on a nine foot
dingy and Winters at St Andrew’s on the bikes or Camping. Mischief was on
top of my list and a master of trouble at times.
Christmas was the time when the cousins got together
to decorate our grandma’s house. One fine evening, all the parents were
invited for drinks at a friend, so they decided to let us enjoy our
decoration moments while supervised by two of our elder cousins. While
hanging the star and some tinsel around the sitting room window, the loud
sound of the neighbours’ television on the other side of the road, got my
attention. I realised that their television was the same brand as my
grandma’s, so that meant that our remote control should work on the
neighbours’ TV… and that was the discovery of the night. All the cousins
were having terms in crossing the road and changing the channels through
the letter box. The decorations were not the priority anymore at that
stage but the excitement of the reaction of the old couple, when seeing
their TV mysteriously changing the channels, the volume and going on and
off. Wanting to be a step ahead from my relatives, during my turn, I
fully fit the remote in the neighbours’ letter box hoping to impress, but
little did I expect it to get stuck there. The rest of the story I leave
it to your imagination but just to give you a hint… the ultimate result
made me clearly remember that night!
Well, I am not really very much into reading
books as I prefer articles of innovative technological or marketing
nature. However a book that struck me is Dante’s
This is problematic… not easy to decide on my
favourite food, but on top of my list is a juicy rib eye steak, pizza and
my mum’s lasagne.
I am heavily involved in the St Gregory Sliema
Band Club, a childhood interest that still occupies a considerable amount
of my free time. I also enjoy gardening, especially on a Saturday morning
and I try not to miss a ride on my boat, away from the busy life, during
the summer months.