Blue Star Programme Update
So now your work can begin in earnest! The next element of the Blue Star Programme is for each participating school to send in their Action Plan to give European Movement Ireland, as National Coordinator, an idea of the projects and activities you will be undertaking. Most importantly, we have gotten feedback that the Action Plan can be helpful for teachers in planning their lessons/activities for the year ahead.
In order to successfully complete the Blue Star Programme, participating schools must complete all four elements of the Programme (historical, geographical, cultural and creative, and institutional) and hold an event to mark Europe Day (9 May). For more information on what is involved in each of these elements, see here.
We love to see pictures all the time of work being completed by schools, and we love to share them via our social media and newsletter as well. So please, as you carry on with your work, get in touch and show us the work you are currently embarking upon!
Many thanks to those of you who have already sent in their Action Plans! For those of you that still need to submit an Action Plan, we also have a Sample Action Plan accessible, to give you an idea as to what previous schools have done.
We also have a Sample Action Plan accessible, to give you an idea as to what previous schools have done.
VIP visits are a long standing tradition of the Blue Star Programme where MEPs, Ambassadors, TDs, Councillors, Journalists, Professors (and much more!) visit schools and speak to the pupils about their relevant field in regards to Europe.
VIP visits are a great opportunity to showcase the pupils’ work as part of the Blue Star Programme and for pupils to learn about the EU in a practical, personable way.
Why not write to your local MEP or invite one of the EU Ambassadors to visit your school? MEPs and Ambassadors love getting involved in the Blue Star Programme and seeing how pupils around the country are learning about the work of the EU, so don’t hesitate to drop them a line! We’ve put together contact details for Ambassadors and MEPs below to help you get in touch with them to organise a visit!
When you’ve a visit organised, we’d be grateful if you could fill out our School Visit Form and we’d love to see photos of the day to share them online.
For each year of the Blue Star Programme, we identify a different civic society element which can act as an overarching theme for the work of the pupils. These additional civic society elements have been highlighted by some teachers as the reason they repeat the Programme year-on-year. For 2018-2019, we will be focusing on the upcoming 2019 European Parliament Elections, due to take place 23-26 May 2019.
Please note that it is not compulsory to include the theme but for those of you interested, some elements you can look at are; the nominations of candidates and who can become a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), voting procedures in the elections, the different political parties that make up the parliament, how do you vote at a European Parliament Election, how are the votes counted?
We would love to see the European Parliament Elections 2019 integrated into this year of the Blue Star Programme – asking pupils to get creative and participate in and run a mock election, draw up ballot papers for candidates, conduct debates etc to showcase the importance of exercising your democratic right as a citizen of the European Union to vote in EU elections.
By now you should have all received your resource packs, and we are eager to see the work your schools accomplish throughout the Programme!
Just to reiterate from also, here’s the Blue Star Programme’s Media Consent Form, which you can fill out here, and send back to us if you so wish. Over the course of the year, we like to showcase the work being done by Blue Star Programme pupils and teachers on our website, newsletter and on social media, and this form would allow us to include your school in this.
Speaking of social media, we always love to engage with schools on Twitter, so feel free to follow @BlueStarProg and we’ll happily follow you back! This is where we will be posting Blue Star Programme social media content from now on.
The Kids Corner on the Blue Star Programme website is currently going through a revamp and once it’s ready and updated, we will let you know!
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!
With best wishes,
-The Blue Star Programme Team