Mairead McGuinness MEP and first Vice-President of the European Parliament congratulated St Colmcille’s Boys National School in Kells for their active engagement in the Blue Star Programme when she paid an official visit to the school recently.
She said this education initiative for primary school students enables them to explore through project work different countries in the European Union, including history, geography and culture.
It is designed to foster better understanding and knowledge of Europe and how it affects the lives of Irish citizens through classroom projects and activities.
“It was a privilege to listen to the pupils and to answer their questions about my work and how the European Union works,” she said.
“We had an invigorating discussion about Europe and what it means. The children asked very important questions, including about Brexit and what it might mean for Ireland and the EU.
“It was also great to see how the school is so interested in nature.
“The school garden was alive with bird life and is actively managed by the pupils with seeds planted and ready for planting out.
“It is a fantastic resource for the pupils and the lessons they will learn from just watching the natural world unfold will stay with them,” she said
She paid tribute to the pupils, to Blue Star programme teacher, Dervla Keena and all the teachers involved and to Principal, Mary Corcoran.