Blue Star Programme 2013/2014

Congratulations to all pupils of Scoil Naomh Treasa, and in particular to the Blue Star Committee, on their great achievement of being awarded a Blue Star Flag in June 2014.

What is the Blue Star Programme? 

The Blue Star Programme is an education initiative for primary school students 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 Irish primary pupils through classroom projects and activities. 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.

For more information:

http://www.europeanmovement.ie/blue-star/

Blue Star Committee

Sixth Class Pupils: Annie, Evan, Milo, Seán, Ciara, Bronagh, Rachel, Dylan, Yasmin and Katie-Rose

Teacher: Ms Martina Swinburne

Key Blue Star Events

European Food Fair: Friday 24th January 2014

M.E.P Visit and European Fashion Parade:  Friday 22nd March 2014

A Handshake for Europe: Friday 9th May 2014

 

 

Classroom Projects and Activities

A Handshake for Europe: Friday 9th May 2014

  

Scoil Naomh Treasa initiated a Handshake for Europe whereby all staff and students shook hands to acknowledge the solidarity and diversity that exists between them as EU citizens. The handshake symbolises the day that then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman extended the hand of friendship to old enemy Germany, to put war behind them and to forge a peaceful continent. That was May 9th 1950 which to this day is celebrated as Europe Day.

Cultural and Creative

Letter Writing

 

Fifth and Sixth Class linked with St. Georges International School in the city of Cologne, Germany. We exchanged pen pal letters. The pupils wrote all about themselves and their families, school, hobbies and local community. The children really enjoyed this activity. It was a great opportunity to explore the similarities and differences of the lives of the children of Bellewstown and Cologne.

Fifth and Sixth Class explored the book the Butterfly by Patricia Polacco and The Mozart Question by Michael Foreman. Both books are set in World War 2. They provided the children with a valuable insight into the plight of the Jewish people and other European civilians. It was an excellent way of furthering their knowledge of World War 2. Reading these books was an excellent way to evoke empathy amongst the class for the people living during that turbulent period in European History. 

Institutional

The  resources “Let’s explore Europe!” ,  “The European Parliament: What it does and how it works”  and the accompanying DVD from the Blue Star resource pack were helpful teaching aids in order to explain and discuss the institutional aspects of the EU.

First of all we looked at the story of the European Union. We were familiar with World War 1 and 2 from prior history lessons and this helped the children see why there was a great need for European countries to set up an institution that would help them to communicate and work together peacefully.

We researched Jean Monnet and Robert Schuman and how and why they set up the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951. A common market was established with six countries and the European Economic Community was set up in 1957. We then explored how this evolved in to the European Union we know today.

 

Europe Day Celebrations

European Food Fair

All classes in Scoil Naomh Treasa participated in a celebration of European Cuisine. Delicious food from many different countries featured. A huge thank you to all children and parents for the fantastic baking and cooking.

  

 

 

EU Kids Corner

http://europa.eu/kids-corner/index_en.htm

For more information on the Blue Star Programme – please click on the link below.

http://www.europeanmovement.ie/blue-star/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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