This year our 5th and 6th class pupils are participating in the Blue Star Programme.
The Blue Star Programme is an education initiative for primary school pupils across Ireland. The idea of the Programme is simple: to foster better understanding and knowledge of the European Union and how it affects the lives of Irish citizens among primary pupils through classroom projects and activities.
Pupils of all ages, from primary schools all over Ireland, are challenged to get creative and think about Europe by carrying out projects in relation to four key elements: the history, geography, culture and creativity, and Institutions of the EU.
The Blue Star Programme aims to introduce participants (pupils, teachers, parents and the wider community) to the EU, what it means and how it works. The Programme also aims to foster a strong sense of awareness of the EU among its participants that reaches far beyond the school walls and out into the wider community.
The Blue Star Programme has creativity at its core and its structure, and project work encourages teachers and pupils from all corners of Ireland to ‘think outside the box’. The wider school community is also encouraged to get involved and contribute to the programme.
To celebrate Europe Day on May 9th, the children researched recipes across the European Union and made some delicious treats. We were also delighted to have Deputy Ambassador to the Czech Republic Filip Varum and Minister for State Martin Heydon visit our school to celebrate this occasion.
On April 5th Minister for Sate Martin Heydon T.D. visited the class. The children really enjoyed learning about Martin got into politics, about his role and daily life and learning about his insights about Ireland being a member of the European Union.
The children have completed Part 2 of the programme by completing a project on a member country of the European Union.