Knocknagoshel National School Earns European Blue Star Flag

The Knocknagoshel National School pupils and teachers with their well earned Blue Star Programme Flag.
Front row: David Horan, Conor Cahill, Andrew Browne, Angel-Mia Wright, Shannon Collins, Ella Murphy, Jessica Collins, T.J. Griffin, Sara Churmann, Ciarán Mangan, Jack McCrohan, Katie Walshe, Thomas Keane and T.J. Walsh. Back row: Joseph Bell, Jack Wright, D.J. Long, Patricia Cusack, class teacher; Hazel Murphy, Ciara Cahill,  Mairead Mochan, Máire Collins, principal; Clodagh Collins, Robyn Cahill, Carmel O’ Connell, teacher; Padraig O’Connell, Jack Walsh, James Hickey and Erin Mochan. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Knocknagoshel National School pupils, Ciara Cahill and David Horan pictured with teachers: Patricia Cusack (left) Máire Collins, principal and Carmel O’Connell with one of their display tables which won them the Blue Star Programme Flag. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Knocknagoshel National School is one of only eight schools in the country to be awarded a special five-year achievement award by the Blue Star Programme.

This programme is run by European Movement Ireland. Fourth, fifth and sixth classes were invited to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin on Europe Day, Wednesday, May 9th.

Display for Invited Guests

The Knocknagoshel team displayed and presented its projects to the invited guests from across Europe. Class teacher Patricia Cusack , Máire Collins and Carmel O Connell accompanied the children to Dublin.

On News2Day on RTÉ 2

The children also took part in the Handshake for Europe on the day and they even featured on News2day on RTE 2

“We received our award from Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee,” said Principal Máire Collins.

“The Blue Star Programme involves five main components/elements.

European History

There’s an historical projects theme on different aspects of European history e.g. World War I and World War II; the Romans and the Vikings; the Ancient Greeks and Christopher Columbus.

“There’s a geographical projects on countries of Europe.

“In the Cultural and Creative we looked at major artists and monuments such as The Scream by Edward Munch and Leonardo Da Vinci; the Leaning Tower of Pisa; the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben etc.

Display for Parents

“Under Institutional we looked at EU institutions like the European Parliament; the Courts of Justice/Council of Europe and European Commissions.

“The teachers and pupils also put on a display for parents and the school community,” said Ms. Collins.


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