Congratulations to 6th Class and their teacher Mr. Donnellan who were recently awarded The Blue Star certificate and EU flag. This was the culmination of a very successful year’s project work based on the Blue Star programme. The aim of this programme is to foster better knowledge and understanding of the European Union and how it affects our lives among Irish primary pupils, through classroom projects and activities. We were delighted to welcome Maireád McGuinness MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament, to our school on Tuesday 23rd May to raise our Blue Flag.
All classes lined up to welcome Máiread as she was escorted into the school by Banna Cheoil Scoil Aodain.
In the school hall 6th Class pupils presented their projects to invited guests and parents. The projects involved compiling profiles of different European countries,identifying benefits of E.U membership for Ireland ,completing a broad patch study based on World War 11, creating cartoon strips in various European languages, studying European artists and interpreting their work and constructing models of famous European landmarks.
Maireád McGuinness then spoke the class about their projects, the European Union and the work of the European Parliament. We paused for a minutes silence in memory of all the victims of the terrorist attack in Manchester the previous day. Ms McGuinness spoke about the importance of the European Union in promoting co-operation and peace among European countries.
Visitors were then given A taste of Ireland – where they sampled Irish foods many produced locally eg Shannon’s sausages, puddings and burgers, Velvet Cloud yogurt, Clew Bay shortbread, various Irish cheeses, smoked salmon etc.
Finally the whole school assembled outside and the school band played as Maireád McGuinness raised our Blue Star flag.
Watch flag being raised
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