Blue Star Programme National Launch
To see photographs of the Blue Star Programme National Launch at Government Buildings with St. Vincent’s GNS, Dublin, check out our media gallery, here. The Blue Star Programme website will continue to update you on the event and much more, in the not too distant future. So stay tuned!
Blue Star Programme Update, March 2017
Hello to one and all! Things are really picking up in the Blue Star Programme as we continue to be inundated with Action Plans from schools up and down the country. With plenty to discuss, here’s a quick recap of what’s been happening in the Blue Star Programme since our last newsletter and what is coming up in the months ahead.
To those schools already registered, we hope you are enjoying working on the programme! From the many Action Plans we have received, there seems to be an amazing level of creativity being put into projects and we are really looking forward to seeing your work in the new year.. If you are looking for inspiration, have a look at our Sample Action Plan.
We would encourage you to keep an eye on the Blue Star programme website and the European Movement Ireland Twitter account at @emireland throughout the year for info and updates. We love seeing your work so please Facebook, Tweet or email us with photos, videos and feedback.
Blue Star Programme Regional Launch
We’d like to extend a huge thank you and well done to Berrings NS in Cork for all the fantastic effort and work they put into hosting the Blue Star Programme regional launch on Friday, 3 March. Many thanks also to Minister Dara Murphy TD and Deirdre Clune MEP for being present to mark the occasion, it was greatly appreciated. On the day, the pupils of Berrings NS greeted the two VIP guests by saying ‘Hello’ in 28 different European languages, sang songs, did dances and asked loads of questions; it truly was a great day! Check out some of our photos from the day in our media gallery, here: http://bit.ly/BSPRegLaunch3Mar17
Kids’ Corner and One A Week!
We are delighted to announce a new page called ‘Kids’ Corner’ to the Blue Star Programme website. This is a new initiative designed to increase engagement and interaction with the pupils through the website. Kids’ Corner contains specially designed quizzes to test the pupils’ knowledge in a fun way, links to games, information on the Treaty of Rome and a link to the ‘Mystery of the Golden Stars’ workbook, as well as a ‘My European Story’ section designed for pupils who want to write about Europe and have their work published. You can access the page through here and we would love for your pupils to get involved, use the page, get involved, and let us know what they think!
You may have also noticed that we recently launched a new feature on social media – the Blue Star programme ‘One A Week’. Every Friday, we showcase the on-going work of a particular Blue Star programme school! We encourage all teachers to get involved and send us in photo/video examples of work their pupils are currently working on, giving those pupils to gain recognition during this Action Plan phase of the programme! So feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and send in photo’s, videos, anything! You can also use the Kids’ Corner page, which has a submission portal for any One-A-Week entries also.
Here’s a link to our One-A-Week entries, so far!: Click
We would like to thank all the MEPs, Ambassadors and TDs who have visited Blue Star schools, and of course the schools and teachers themselves for all their work on the Programme and in organising the visits. We look forward to visiting plenty more schools between now and the summer holidays and to hearing about many more visits around the country.
Please keep us posted if you have Ambassadors, TDs, Senators, MEPs or other visitors coming to your school as part of the programme. There are plenty out there who are aware and greatly interested in getting involved in the programme so please don’t hesitate to contact whoever it is you’d like to visit your school. This always tends to be a great day for the pupils who get a wonderful chance to show off their on-going work. You can fill in this short form to let us know if you’ve organised a visit: www.bluestarprogramme.ie/school-visit-form/. And please don’t forget that we can help with approaching local media if needs be. Just drop us a brief note about your plans and we’ll do our best to help in any way we can.
On Saturday February 4 we held a teacher training workshop which is an annual event that we make available for
teachers looking to find out greater detail about the Blue Star Programme and the work that goes into it. The day was highly successful with the level of engagement between coordinators and teachers very impressive. We were delighted to see such a strong turnout from numerous counties such as Clare, Cork, Tipperary,
Galway, Roscommon, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Wexford and Dublin!
We were also very grateful to both Mairead McGuinness MEP and Lynn Boylan MEP for coming along to speak to the teachers; it went down a real treat! We’d also like to thank the European Parliament Office in Ireland, who kindly hosted the event in Europe House.
Just a quick reminder also on the civic society element of our Programme for this year. During the 2016-2017 term, we have decided to focus on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. The Treaty of Rome was signed on 25 March 1957 and established the European Economic Community. This treaty paved the way for European integration. In March 2017, there will be celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary around Europe, with a big event planned for Rome. Please note that it is not compulsory to include in your work but given the significance of the year, it could be a great topic for you and your pupils to run with in your action plans. As always, we will be more than happy to publicise your work throughout the year.
If you would like any more information on the topics above or any other aspect of the Blue Star Programme, feel free to get in contact with us and we’ll be more than happy to advise you. Until then, best of luck with all your work and we look forward to hearing from you soon!
– The Blue Star Team
The Blue Star Programme is a venture of the Communicating Europe Initiative, supported by the Office of the Minister of State for European Affairs, Data Protection and the EU Digital Single Market in the Department of the Taoiseach, the Department of Education and Skills, the European Commission Representation in Ireland and the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland.