Our Sixth Classes hosted a very inspiring visit from MEP Mairead McGuinness. Taking time out from her campaign trail, Mairead was warmly greeted by a guard of honour as they held flags and blue stars aloft.
The theme of the visit was, of course, our work in the Blue Star Flag programme. Co-ordinated in our school by Ms. Gerrard, the Blue Star Flag programme involves each of our classes discovering about the work of the European parliament and also celebrating the diversity of the EU member countries.
Ms. Gerrard delivered a presentation on the work of the Junior and Middle Classes. History, Art, Music, Explorers and Exploration were all in the mix reflecting the diversity and ingenuity of the European people.
Then, it was over the Ms. Mullen's class who displayed through their dramatic presentation how the European Parliament reaches agreement.
Mairead spoke passionately about the work of the parliament, stating that it was important to hold on to one`s principles while aiming to compromise in the search for common ground and agreement.
In a lively discussion with the boys, concerns about the proliferation of plastic, global warming, biodiversity, social media and the new children's hospital all came to the fore and it was wonderful to witness the concern, interest and engagement of the boys, and Mairead`s interest in all they had to say.
The future of politics is a bright one indeed, if our Sixth Class boys ever decide to become involved!