Blue Star

This year in Mary Queen of Ireland National School, we are participating in the Blue Star Programme.
This will require us to learn about the EU, including about its foundation and development, the member countries
and their culture and how the institution operates.
We hope to continue to update the website with our progress throughout the year so please keep an eye out.
The Blue Star Programme is an education initiative for primary school pupils 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 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.
If you would like some further information on the programme itself, please check out:
Some links that may be of interest to the children include:


Van Gogh

In 3rd and 4th class, we have been studying the famous Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. We learned about his life, examined and discussed his art and used his paintings Sunflowers and Snowman to inspire our own masterpieces! Check out the fantastic results!



The Vikings

1st and 2nd, and 3rd and 4th, have all been learning about the Viking people.  We learned about their homelands and settlements, how they lived, what they ate, how they spent their time etc. Check out our collaborative display of a Viking longship, with the pupils as Vikings :)


World War II and Anne Frank

3rd and 4th class really enjoyed learning all about World War II.  We learned all about Germany during the 1940's and Germany today, what life was like for children during war times and the effects of the war on Germany and the world today.  We loved reading Anne Frank's Diary too.  Our very own Sherlyn even dressed up as Anne Frank for World Book Day.


The European Union

Following World War II, the European Union was set up.  In 3rd and 4th class, we split up into groups and each group completed a research project about their country of choice.  Each group taught us, and the other classes all about their country.  We learned lots of fun facts about Austria, Denmark, Slovakia, Spain, Italy and Hungary.  Great work everyone!  We are currently learning all about the different EU flags and their capitals so lots of memory games are needed!