Estonian ambassador helps school celebrate Europe Day
Boys and girls in 6th class at Piercestown National School hosted a special event last week as part of their participation in the Blue Star programme, which involves a study of the European Union, the children were holding their Europe Day celebrations.
The date was moved to coincide with the opportunity to host Estonian Ambassador Kristi Karelsohn who was joined by Cllr. Tony Dempsey and former senator Lisa McDonald.
The children learned a lot from a presentation by the ambassador including such nuggets of information that Skype was invented in Estonia. Ambassador Karelson also spoke about a traditional festival called the mid-summer night on June 23 when bonfires are lit and parties are held.
The children impressed their parents and invited guests with introducing themselves in the language of their chosen country that they studied and by announcing an interesting fact.
The room was decorated in blue and yellow, the colours of the European Union flag, and the works of the children produced over the course of the year ranging from projects on the countries, to essays on 'We are lucky to live in Europe' and traditional recipes from the various countries. The ambassador was very impressed to see the recipe for Estonian soda bread.
The afternoon also saw the 'Handshake for Europe' being passed around the room, symbolising the day on May 9, 1950, when the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman extended the hand of friendship to old enemy Germany, to put war behind them and to forge a peaceful continent.
The children further entertained their audience with rendition of the European National Anthem 'Ode to Joy' on the recorder and a lovely performance of the song 'Frere Jacques' in rounds. Not forgetting our own country in the middle of this study, the afternoon was completed by the audience standing to their own national anthem 'Ámhrán na bhFiann'.
The highlight of the afternoon, however, was the last part of the event 'The Taste of Europe'. This involved the children researching and preparing a dish from their chosen country. The guests were delighted to explore the 'Taste of Europe' and satisfied their hunger of everything from savoury dishes such as German Bratwurst and sweet dishes such as delicious Belgian Chocolate cake.