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Wednesday, 21st September 2022

Ukrainian Ambassador raises European flag during visit to Scoil Aonghusa

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Príomhoide Edel Ní Bhroin makes a presentation to Ukrainian Ambassador Larysa Gerasko as a memento of her visit to Scoil Aonghusa, Drogheda.

Yesterday, Tuesday September 20th, was a very special day for the children and staff at Gaelscoil Scoil Aonghusa at Sunday's Gate, Drogheda when the Ukrainian Ambassador to Ireland, Ms Larysa Gerasko, paid a visit.

The school was recently awarded a European Flag as part of the Blue Star Programme and Ambassador Larysa took part in a special flag raising ceremony which saw the European Flag raised in the school for the first time as a gesture of solidarity with the people of Ukraine and a celebration of cultures.  

During the ceremony the Irish and Ukrainian flags were raised and a special candle of remembrance and peace was lit by a pupil from the Students’ Council.

The children of Rang 5 welcomed Ambassador Larysa in the different languages of the European Union and pupils and staff of the school shared Irish language songs, traditional music and dance with the Ambassador and members of the Ukrainian community living in Drogheda.

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The Blue Flag Programme is an education initiative for primary school pupils with the aim of fostering a better understanding of the European Union and how it affects the lives of Irish citizens.

Dancing for the Ambassador at Scoil Aonghusa yesterday.

It introduces pupils to the workings of the EU, its importance to other countries and cultures and aims to foster a strong sense of awareness of the EU that reaches far beyond the school walls. 

Ambassador Larysa was also shown the school’s ‘Wall of Welcomes’, greeting school visitors in the various languages spoken by parents and children in the school community.

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