THE pupils of St Peter’s National School Dromiskin celebrated Europe Day on Thursday 9 May with a visit from their local MEP Mairead McGuinness.
The pupils sang, danced and made a presentation about the EU on a day that is set aside to recall the foundations of the EU and celebrate the achievement of peace and unity in Europe following two world wars.
Mairead McGuinness said great credit is due to principal Pat Mulligan and his students and indeed the parents and board of management of the school.
“The presentation about the second world war and the horror of the concentration camps was very poignant,” she said.
“Learning about the past is critical to building a better future and cherishing the peace we have today, a peace that must be nurtured in order to be maintained,” she said.
“The pupils of Dromiskin understand that and their knowledge will spread out into the community and help shape the kind of Ireland and Europe that they will influence in the future.”
The Blue Star programme undertaken by the students at Dromiskin is a pilot initiative for primary schools which focuses on the EU.
The programme is intended to foster better understanding and knowledge of how the European Union affects our lives through classroom projects and activities.
The pupils also play a major role in keeping their school and village environmentally friendly.
Dromiskin’s new biodiversity plan was recently launched and the students at St Peter’s have played their part in helping to the get the plan going.
Dressed as Eco warriors, the third class pupils helped plant beautiful plants and flowers on the green in the centre of the village in order to attract bees and butterflies and promote biodiversity.
They worked with the Dromiskin Tidy Towns and the Community Employment Scheme on the project.
The school pupils also took part in the recent spring clean with the Tidy Towns group.