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Blue Star Flag

During the school year 2015/2016 here at Cullen NS we worked really hard and were lucky to be awarded the Blue Star Flag. Here is what we did!

Junior & Senior Infants and First Class learned simple facts about different EU countries. The pupils spent a lot of time learning a few lines to say about each country, and presented what they had learned to MEP Deirdre Clune when she came to visit the school.


2nd & 3rd class made the flags of each EU member state using felt strips, which were then displayed outside their classroom. They also focused on Irish geography and looked at the rivers and mountains in Ireland. They looked at the major towns and cities in Ireland and the difference between an urban and a rural community.

2nd and 3rd class learned about European explorers such as Marco Polo and Christopher Colombus. They talked about their voyages and looked at models of Colombus’ ships – the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. The pupils wrote short essays on what they had learned which were then displayed in the classroom. They also spent time looking at the events of 1916 and contributed their own ideas for the school Proclamation.


4th, 5th and 6th class did projects on the member states of the EU. They worked in pairs and used the school laptops to find information on their assigned country. They worked very hard on this project and were delighted to see their work on display when it was finished. They looked at the different languages in the EU and a language display was put up in the hall.  The children found it very interesting and had great fun trying to say hello in different languages!!

4th, 5th and 6th class learned about World War I and the events that led to it. They discussed what life was like for the men in the trenches and the roles that women took while the men were at war. They talked about the end of the war and how it contributed to the economic crisis in Germany which led to the start of World War II. The pupils reflected on what it was like to be a  Jew at this time and Mrs. Cremin read The Story of Anne Frank aloud to the children.


4th, 5th and 6th class also looked at Irish history, in particular the events that led to the 1916 rising. They learned about the signatories of the Proclamation and the signifance of the colours of the flag. Their work was displayed in the school hall. The pupils then looked at our old currency and used the school laptops and old coins brought in from home to help them to compare it to the euro.

All of the children displayed their own talents and understanding of their own culture when they participated in Proclamation Day. All of the staff, parents, and the wider community who came to celebrate with us were delighted to see the vast array of talents that the children had to offer. We had singers, dancers and musicians who kept us entertained for most of the day.


The pupils from Junior Infants up to 6th class learned different dances from different countries as part of the PE programme. They learned a German clap dance, the Shoemaker dance from Poland, the Cuckoo dance from Austria, the Hazelnut dance from Romania and three Irish dances – The Rakes of Mallow, the Stack of Barley and the Siege of Ennis.

For our Blue Star Day, the children of 4th, 5th and 6th class held a food fair. They looked up simple foods and recipes for their assigned countries and brought in a few samples for the other pupils in the school to try. All of the pupils performed some of the different dances that they had learned during the year.  We also invited one of the parents, who is a native of France, to come in to speak to the children and tell them about the history behind some of France’s famous landmarks, e.g. the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.