This morning, we concluded our Blue Star Programme Journey for this school year with the visit of MEP Marian Harkin to Fifth Class who co-ordinated the project on our behalf. Again, this was a wonderful learning experience for young and old. We discussed the importance of Europe, what it means to be part of the EU, how the EU functions and the workings of the European Parliament and Council in Brussels. We also found out about the life of an MEP. Marian discussed the various committees that she was a member of, the challenges facing the EU and its importance as we move forward.
She ended her visit with some inspirational words to our students about being politically active, having an opinion while expressing it in the right way, having courage and always believing in yourself despite the challenges that life presents.
Life is not a dress rehearsal, make use of every day!
This morning we hosted our European Day here in St. Attracta’s as part of our Blue Star programme. The Blue Star programme aims to foster a better understanding and knowledge of the European Union and how it affects the lives of Irish citizens among Irish primary pupils through classroom projects and activities. It aims to introduce participants to the EU – what it means and how it works. It also aims to foster a strong sense of the EU among us all that reaches far beyond the school walls and out into the wider community.
As part of the morning activities we were delighted to welcome both Matt Carthy MEP to our school. It was so kind of Matt to take time out of his busy schedule to come to speak with the children and our parents at our showcase in the school hall.
As alluded to, our morning began with question and answers with our 6th Class. We discussed the importance of Europe, what it means to be part of the EU, how the EU functions and the workings of the European parliament and council in Brussels. We also found out about the life of an MEP.
Matt then viewed the projects through the corridors and the hall in particular was thrilled to learn how much our Infants knew about Spain and the UK, amazed with the many facts and pieces of information that were on the tips of their tongues.
Our guest moved to the hall where he was joined by our parents/family members to view the wonderful projects that were on display. All our students confidently showcased their work, answering questions and displaying their knowledge of the member states, famous European citizens, and famous European landmarks, the languages of the member states, a timeline of key dates in European history and the flags of the member states.
Also on display was a wonderful project from all our Polish students who supplemented their wonderful work with beautiful treats and foods for us all to taste and enjoy. It was such a lovely experience for us all to sample the traditional foods of our Polish families who went to great trouble in preparation for this morning. We really appreciate this effort and hard work.
As always this event would not have happened without the very hard work of our pupils. In particular, a very special mention to Ms.Henry’s 5th Class who are leading the project in our school. We feel the hall/corridors really looked amazing and that is very much down to our students hard work and effort. A huge thank you also, to our teachers. The fruits of their labour were very much in evidence today.
Finally thank you to all those who supported, attended and helped in any small way, we were delighted with how our European Celebration went today!
The second part of our exciting morning this morning saw as part of our Blue Star project the visit of Luke’Ming’Flanagan who spoke to the students of 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class.
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.
Luke spoke to our pupils about life as an MEP, the role of MEP’s and the difference between an MEP and a TD. We learned of function of the EU and Irelands relationship with the union. It was a very informative visit and one that young and old enjoyed. A very special word of thanks to Luke for taking the time to visit our school.
Please find below a report of Luke’s visit from 5th Class the co-ordinators of the programme in our school.
Today Luke Ming Flanagan, an Independent MEP for the Midlands – North West constituency came on a visit to our school.
At 11 Am 3rd ,4th ,5th 6th class went into the hall for our talk with Luke . Luke told his story on his many attempts of how he got into politics and became a MEP. He is part of many committees including the agricultural , environmental and budget. We asked Luke questions about life as a MEP. We had a very interesting discussion on these topics and talked about the European Union.We all learned so much from it. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan on behalf of all the students in our school.