Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael MEP for Westmeath and Vice-President of the European Parliament had described Drumraney National School, as “truly exceptional” in terms of its efforts and achievements under the Blue Star programme designed to foster better knowledge and understanding amongst primary school pupils about the European Union.
On her visit to the school on Thursday morning (14th May) the pupils formally presented their work and talked about what they had learned about the EU.
Ms McGuinness said the amount of effort the students have put it from the youngest right through to the seniors is massively impressive.
“They have displayed exceptional knowledge and interest in the work of the European Union and how it impacts all our lives. And they have done it with an impressive energy and whole school approach.”
McGuinness praised the school community of teachers, support staff, parents and children for their enthusiasm.
“This is the second year the school has participated in the Blue Star programme and I congratulate them for their work.”
She said Principal of the 21 pupil school, Laura Silke, made “the very astute and apt” observation that sometimes a small school like Drumraney can have an influence beyond its size, just like smaller Member States can within the EU.
“She, like her pupils, was on the button,” she said. “Just like Ireland within the EU, we may have just 11 MEPs but with great application we can have influence way beyond our size within the EU.”
The Moate Community School choir which won the televised 2014 All Island School Choir Competition made a special appearance at the school and gave a wonderful performance.
“It was a joy to listen to the award winning voices in the choir and I congratulate everyone involved in bringing the choir to such a level of perfection.”
The MEP said she looked forward to visiting Moate Community School for another performance.