Category: Blue Star Programme

What is the Blue Star Programme?

The Blue Star Programme is an education initiative for primary school students across Ireland. The idea of the Programme is simple: to foster better understanding and knowledge of the European Union and how it affects the lives of Irish citizens among Irish primary pupils through classroom projects and activities.
Pupils of all ages, from primary schools all over Ireland, are challenged to get creative and think about Europe by carrying out projects in relation to four key elements: the history, geography, culture and creativity, and Institutions of the EU. Each participating school is required to carry out projects and tasks, incorporating elements that include information about:

  • The foundation and development of the European Union
  • The cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe
  • What the European Union does and how its work affects the lives of citizens

The Blue Star Programme aims to introduce participants (pupils, teachers, parents and the wider community) to the EU; what it means and how it works. The Programme also aims to foster a strong sense of awareness of the EU among its participants that reaches far beyond the school walls and out into the wider community.
The Blue Star Programme has creativity at its core and its structure and project work encourage teachers and pupils from all corners of Ireland to ‘think outside the box’. The wider school community are also encouraged to get involved and contribute to the Programme.
This is our 6th year to be involved in the programme and we plan to continue our work on this area well into the future.

Mairead McGuinness’ Visit 2018

We all had a great day today during Mairead’s visit.
The children really did us proud with their presentation on Belgium.
Mairead was also very impressed by the tunes they played on the trumpet.
As always, their favourite part of all was when the ice-cream van came after our awards ceremony.

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Blue Star 5-Year Achievement Award

On Wednesday, 9th May, Drumraney N.S. was one of three schools in the country to be presented with a Blue Star 5-Year Achievement Award. The award was presented by Helen McEntee TD, Minister of State for European Affairs. The ceremony took place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and the children were later featured on News2Day programme on RTE.

The children presented their Blue Star projects on the day to over two hundred attendees including Ministers, TDs, Ambassadors and MEPs.

The children, staff and Helen McEntee TD gathered in the courtyard of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham to participate in ‘A Handshake for Europe’ to celebrate Europe Day.

Well done to the pupils and staff of Drumraney N.S. on their tremendous achievement.

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Blue Star 5-Year Achievement Award

In order to acknowledge our ongoing participation in the Blue Star Programme, over the past five years, the programme’s organisers have invited us to a very special event in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Europe Day, Wednesday 9th May.

We are all so excited about our trip to Dublin and we look forward to celebrating Europe Day and our 5-Year Achievement Award in style!

For more information, check out the following pages:
Drumraney N.S. – Blue Star Programme
Blue Star Programme
5 Year Achievement Award


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End of Year Awards

Today, to finish the school year off on a high, we organised and award ceremony and presented the children with some of the plaques, certificates, flags and various awards which they had managed to secure for the school during this school year.

First, was our Plaque of STEM Excellence from the Science Foundation Ireland. Participating in the SFI Discover Primary Science and Maths awards programme has helped to raise the profile of science within the school. It has also provided a structured framework for developing STEAM work (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) thoughout the school.


Next up, was our Blue Star Programme certificate. The Blue Star Programme is an education initiative for primary schools aimed at fostering a better understanding and knowledge of the European Union and how it can affect the lives of Irish citizens.

IMG-20170702-WA0008Next, was our Digital School of Distinction Award. This nationally recognised award gives us recognition for our commitment to developing the use of ICT across all curriculum areas.

Digital Schools of Distinction Award

Lastly, was our Green-Schools flag for Biodiversity. Biodiversity is the fifth Green-Schools theme. As we explored this theme, we became more aware of the importance of native plants, animals and habitats and we looked at steps which can be taken to increase biodiversity in our locality.

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Well done to all our pupils for participating in so many educational initiatives this year and for getting the recognition they deserve for all their hard work and dedication.

As always, we have enjoyed teaching you all during this school year and we look forward to seeing you all again in September.

Wishing you all a safe and very happy summer holiday!

Mairead McGuinness MEP and our Blue Star Award

There was great excitement in Drumraney N.S. on Friday when MEP, Mairead McGuinness, visited our school as part of the Blue Star programme and award. The Blue Star Programme is an education initiative for primary school students across Ireland. The idea of the programme is to foster better understanding and knowledge of the European Union and how it can affect the lives of Irish citizens.

The Blue Star award was only one small part of the celebrations of the day. We were also commending the children on some of their other achievements of this school year; our Green Flag for Biodiversity, our Plaque of STEM Excellence from Discover Science & Maths AND our Digital School of Distinction Award, to name but a few!

We also had the official opening of our spectacular ‘Seomra Glas’ or outdoor classroom.
An incredible amount of time and hard work went into this project and the staff and children of Drumraney N.S. would like to thank everyone involved – you know who you are!
We cannot thank you enough for giving us this amazing teaching and learning space.

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Celebration Day in Drumraney NS

On Friday 15th April Drumraney N.S welcomed Mairead Mc Guinness MEP to Drumraney NS. The children presented a number of projects on the day to the many family and friends that gathered. Their first project was their Blue Star research on the United Kingdom and the European Union. The next project focused on World War I and the children’s research on many of the soldiers from Drumraney that fought in the war that were related to them. The next project presented was a general overview of the 1916 Rising. The final project presented was focused on Michael McCormack, a local Drumraney man’s involvement in the 1916 Rising. Mairead McGuinness spoke to the children about their projects and the importance of dialogue in resolving problems. The choir from Moate Secondary school performed a medley of songs and Drumraney N.S. school band played the anthem for the European Union “Ode to Joy”. Farmyard in the School Yard visited our school that day and we got to learn lots about all the animals. An ice cream van was also a great treat for big and small on the day. Have a look at our day in pictures!

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Blue Star Award for Drumraney National School

Vice President of the European Union Mairead Mc Guinness visited Drumraney National School last Thursday and presented the Blue Star Award to the pupils during her  visit to the school to celebrate its successful participation in the Blue Star programme of 2014/2015 .This is the second year that the pupils have been involved in the project.

The Blue Star Programme is a national Irish primary school initiative which aims to foster better understanding and knowledge of the European Union and how it affects the lives of its citizens through classroom projects and activities.

Parents, teachers and members of the local community welcomed Mairead McGuinness to the school, where she was treated to an exhibition of the children’s work and a showcase of their Blue Star projects.

She also enjoyed a musical interlude provided by the talented pupils of the school brass band.

All Island School Choir Winners 2014, Moate Community College also performed a number of songs on the day and were presented with some Athlone crystal from the Principal, Laura Silke in recognition of their great achievement.

The celebration continued during the day with a face painter, ice cream van and magician visiting Drumraney National school.