The Teachers’ Newsletter

 

The Blue Star Programme Teachers Newsletter will be updated at the start of every month throughout the school term, to keep you in the loop with what’s going on in the world of the Blue Star Programme! All participating schools will receive the newsletter as an email each month and it will also be accessible here online.

We are, as always, available to contact via email if you have any specific questions or queries regarding the Programme, so please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Blue Star Programme – June Newsletter

 

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Welcome to the last newsletter of the Blue Star Programme 2023-2024! Thank you to all the amazing teachers throughout the year for your dedication to the Blue Star Programme! As always, we are available to contact via email so if you have any specific questions or queries regarding the Programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

We are, as always, available via email if you have any specific questions or queries regarding the Programme, so please do not hesitate to get in touch! 😊

Congratulations on completing the Blue Star Programme!

 

Pupils from St. Luke’s National School, Co. Dublin celebrating Europe Week 2024!

A huge congratulations to all the schools who completed the Blue Star Programme this year! This year we have seen a record number of schools complete the Programme!

Over the last few months, each school has put amazing work into the Programme, and we are delighted to be able to recognise their hard work!

Schools who have successfully completed the Programme will be receiving their certificates of completion shortly.

If your school is celebrating the arrival of your certificates of completion, please let us know by sending in your photos to bluestar@europeanmovement.ie.

The online resources on the Blue Star Corner will be available to all Blue Star Programme schools for the rest of the academic year.

Five Year Achievement Awards

Since the inception of the Blue Star Programme in 2011-2012, we have been blown away by the work so many pupils and teachers have put into the Programme, to acknowledge the fantastic continuous involvement of so many schools across Ireland, we award schools that have completed the Programme five times with a specially commissioned award.

The Five Year Achievement Award is our way of showing our gratitude to those schools who keep participating in the Blue Star Programme year-on-year and make it such an important part of their daily classroom life.

This year we are delighted to celebrate the following schools that will be awarded their Five Year Achievement Award:

  • St Cronan’s National School, Clare
  • St Christopher’s Primary School, Dublin
  • St Oliver’s NS, Killarney, Kerry

Pupils from St.Oliver’s, Killarney, Co. Kerry presenting their projects on EU Landmarks!

Languages Connect

The Blue Star Programme continues to link with Languages Connect as part of the Culture & Creativity Element, with schools getting a flavour of the “Say Yes to Languages” programme. With the end of the school year, we look back on all the fun schools have had to carry out the Say Yes to Languages module over the last few months.

As we look ahead to summer, here are some suggestions on how pupils can celebrate their progress and use their new language skills throughout the holidays:

  • Create a poster showcasing all new words and phrases learned.
  • If on holidays in a country where locals speak the language they learnt, why not practice a few words?
  • Keep an eye out for cultural events being held in your local area that you can attend.
  • Try a new dish from another country or make it yourself. Maybe even try your hand at making churros, pizza, or crepes from scratch.

We encourage you to keep using your second language outside of school and try out some of the ideas above or tell us about some of your own. Wishing you all a wonderful summer from Languages Connect!

A Kilkenny school used their artistic talents to make a poster teaching fellow pupils and staff everything they’ve learned throughout the module while the participation of Scoil Chrónáin Senior National School featured in the InTouch magazine!

Share Your Work with Us

The Blue Star Programme team love receiving photos of the pupils’ work throughout the year. If you haven’t done so yet, we would love it if you would send us photos or samples of your pupils’ Blue Star Programme projects over the next few weeks.

We love to share a selection of these photos on our Twitter/X page and on our website. If you would like your school’s work to be featured, please ensure that you have returned a completed media consent form to us first, which can be downloaded here.

We would also encourage all participating teachers to engage with us by following our Twitter/X page @BlueStarProg for the latest updates about the Programme. Over the month of May, we were tagged in some great pictures on Twitter/X!

 

The 2024-2025 Programme

We have a question for you…who’s interested in taking part in the Blue Star Programme 2024/2025? Registration for the 2024/2025 Programme will be back open in late August.

Keep an eye on school emails and our Twitter/X feed for updates!

For more updates about the Programme, follow us on Twitter @BlueStarProg and please don’t hesitate to share your photos and work with us throughout the year!

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