Dear Blue Star programme pupil,
Hi there! How are you? Are you having fun being a part of the Blue Star programme? We hope you are!
I have some good news for you – I am writing this message to let you know that this page is dedicated just to you and all the other Blue Star programme pupils across the country! This is for you, and you alone. Isn’t that great? We call it Kids’ Corner and we hope you really enjoy it!
So, let me walk you through it. This page is designed for you to get get involved with loads of fun games and activities that test your knowledge about all things Europe! We want the Blue Star programme to have creativity at its core and here’s your chance to interact with us, get engaged with our website, and keep learning all about Europe.
We challenge you to get creative and think about Europe… Do you think you know all the capital cities of European countries? How about all the flags? Or are you an expert on Lithuanian food? Austrian music perhaps? Or do you fancy yourselves as an up-and-coming author with a story about Europe to tell? Well, this page is for you to explore whatever you feel like exploring!
And if you think there’s not enough on this page for you, well we’ve a few links to other great websites where you can enjoy yourself even further.
So kick back and relax and enjoy the Blue Star Programme Kids’ Corner!
Your good friends,
The Blue Star Programme Team.
So what is there to do and see on Blue Star Programme Kids’ Corner?
The Mystery of the Golden Stars
Keep scrolling down to begin your Blue Star Programme Kids’ Corner journey! There’s loads to see and do…
Have fun in meeting challenges as a team, to be discussed while testing your knowledge of democracy and human rights! Learn all about the shared values of Europe: freedom of expression, a fair system of justice, gender equality, abolition of the death penalty, free elections and diversity/non-discrimination.
Here’s a little video to show a class in the course of a game.
This EU website on children’s rights is for children and teenagers like YOU! Play games, watch cartoons and videos and learn about your rights. You can also find out who to contact in your country if you feel you are not being treated fairly. Oli, Ana and their friends will guide you on your way!
Hello and welcome to Brussels, capital of Belgium! This book invites you to tour Brussels discovering what the European Union is, how it works and how it may be relevant to you. You follow Josh and Ricki and their new friend Maddy as they struggle to solve the Mystery of the Golden Stars. Good luck!
This week’s One A Week’er is:
ST MICHAEL’S NS, Co. Cavan!
Catch all the previous One A Week’ers here, in our: One-A-Week Archives!
If you would like to enter a certain element of your work to be the Blue Star Programme’s “One A Week”, please contact us at email@example.com or submit below:
The EU is a bit like a classroom. So just like some children in your class like maths and others prefer music, some EU countries have interests that are different to others. To live together peacefully, everybody must accept everybody else as they are. Each country lives according to its own traditions, language and culture. This approach is summed up nicely in the EU’s motto: ‘United in diversity’.
Find out more about the EU and the different countries currently in the Union here. It’s the best place to start!
The Treaty of Rome
2017 marks 60 years since the Treaty of Rome was signed. As it is such a milestone moment in European history, why not look into it more, ask your teacher all about it, and let us know what you think? We’d love to hear from you on this subject! Check out our slideshow which gives you a quick run through of its importance.
Test your knowledge on the capital cities of Europe. Good luck!
Find out which European country you’re really from in our quiz!
Think you know what all the flags of Europe look like? Test your knowledge HERE!
Fancy that you know all the languages of Europe? Well, find out here in this tongue-twisting quiz!
Europe has a proud and illustrious sporting history, test what you know in our tricky quiz, here!
Whether discussing its history, geography, culture or Institutions, Europe has an exciting story to tell! If any of you wonderful Blue Star programme pupils have learned about something in particular in the programme that has inspired you, why not write about it and submit it to us to be published? We’d be more than happy to share your stories!
To kick-start this feature, here’s Ryan from the Blue Star programme team, telling his European Story:
Ryan’s European Story: The Christmas Truce
Last summer (2016), I had the fantastic opportunity to go to France to support Ireland at the European Championship with three of my closest friends. On our first day in Paris, my friends and I took the metro to see the Eiffel Tower and visit the fan park which was set up upon the Champs de Mars. When we got off the train and appeared into the hustle and bustle of the city for the first time, the statue you see below was the first thing that greeted us.
This statue depicts the infamous ‘Christmas Truce’ story from World War 1, showing a German and British soldier shaking hands with a football laid between their feet. World War 1 was a global war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. It was a time of great suffering and peril for the continent, involving two opposing alliances – the Allies and the Central Powers. The countries of the Allies included Russia, France, Great Britain, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Belgium, Greece, Portugal and Montenegro. The countries of the Central Powers included Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey and Bulgaria.
The story of the statue is based on events that happened on the Western front (an area of land stretching from the North Sea to the Swiss frontier with France) during Christmas Eve 1914.
The war was in full swing and as the festive season was upon those in the trenches, many soldiers dropped their weapons, left their bunkers, crossed no-man’s land, shook hands with their enemy, sang carols and played football. It was a moment of humanity amidst all the horror and the carnage. This statue was built to commemorate this wonderful story, being all the more poetic to be centre stage at a modern day football tournament between 24 European nations.
So, what do you think? What do you know about World War 1? Have you ever been to this statue? Have you ever been to Paris or perhaps visited one of the memorials of the western front? Discuss with your teacher and let us know what you think:
And if you would like to submit a ‘My European Story’, please do so here: