Sligo native and Member of the European Parliament, Marian Harkin visited our school recently. She came to view our projects which formed part of our application for our Blue Star Programme award.
The Blue Star Programme encourages us all to grow our knowledge and understanding of the European Union. Boys in various classes chose from a wide variety of themes from Ancient Rome. to the Flags of Europe, and the workings of the European Parliament.
Programme co-ordinator for the school was Ms. Orla Carragher. She represented us at the Blue Star seminar in Dublin recently and led the project presentations to Ms Harkin.
Boys from Ms Smith, Ms. Dunne, Mr Lynch, Ms Gerrard and Mr. Arthur`s classes presented on various aspects of the EU and afterwards engaged Ms Harkin in a lively question and answer session about her work and about the EU.
Ever the teacher, Marian delighted in engaging with the boys and was impressed by both their projects and by their questions. But, the demands of her hectic schedule meant she had to peel herself away and head to another round of meetings, another set of negotiations.
And in her wake, our EU flag flutters proudly in the Mornington sunlight, symbol of unity, solidarity and harmony.
Meath County Fire & Rescue service paid a visit to our school this week and involved all of the boys in Third and Fourth Classes in their fire safety presentation. The firemen spoke about the dangerous situations that they encounter on a regular basis on on how to avoid them.
Each pupil received a safety pack with cards and booklets outlining common fire hazards and how to prevent them. The firemen encouraged the boys to be part of the Fire Safety Team.
The firemen demonstrated the dangers involved in day to day domestic tasks such as cooking. This demonstration showed the importance of never leaving cookers unattended while they were in use.
The boys were shown how to use a fire blanket correctly.
The two men also stressed the importance of switching all electrical appliances off before bedtime.
The boys said they found the presentation was great fun and very informative.