Yesterday was Europe Day in our school. And we marked it by presenting the work of our Erasmus Club on European Heritage, and of our work for the Blue Star Flag programme.
Our hall was wonderfully decorated with our European projects along with the boys`fantastic artwork which was inspired by the variety of European artists.
And star of the show was Mrs Marian Harkin. Marian is a Member of the European parliament. She had been with us last year and was delighted to return again to chat with the boys about their work on Europe.
She was thrilled with their presentations. It kicked off with powerpoint about their work, presented by Blue Star project co-ordinator, Ms Gerrard. That followed with a simple "Hello" in a variety of languages from boys in the audience. Antony from Sixth Class showed his passion for volcanoes in a fascinating presentation of the history of Mount Etna.
Then the work of our Erasmus club and the Third Classes, along with their teachers Mrs Lohan, Mr Lynch and Ms Carragher featured, with a video of their trip to Brú na Boinne. Ms Smith`s boys gave a thrilling rendition of a Spanish song. This was followed by a lively German dance from Ms. McBride`s enthusiastic and talented crew. And Ms Mullen`s class featured next with their representation of a debate in the European parliament.
A giant handshake among all presented followed, to the theme tune of "Ode To Europe" before Mrs Harkin took to the floor.
In a lively Question and Answer session she tackled such issues as her busy lifestyle, her role into politics, the importance of peace and-the burning question of the day "How`s Brexit going?"
She didn't have all the answers of course, but enjoyed listening to the boys perspectives on Europe, delighted in their artwork and their presentations.
Last September our Students Council had sought such a celebration of international cultures, languages and histories. The Erasmus club and the Blue Star Project inspired the weaving of our diverse threads into the rich tapestry that was Our Day for Europe.
Thank you Marian for sharing it with us. We wish you well in your retirement but also hope that you can return to celebrate with us again next year. Go raibh míle maith agat!