Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) is the national programme, run by Science Foundation Ireland, to foster interest in science, technology engineering and maths amongst children in primary schools. Since 2010 the programme has been run in conjunction with the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) Ireland which uses space to inspire and engage young people in science and technology in the world around them. Schools that engage in activities in these areas are invited to apply for an excellence award.
Banogue National School has been awarded three Science and Maths Excellence Awards. Each year a log of evidence outlining all work completed, trips undertaken and displays of work in school has to be submitted to the Science Foundation of Ireland.
The work completed has to be undertaken across a number of strand areas of the curriculum and by all classes in the school. It is with great pride that we hold these awards. We intend to apply for the award again in future years so we can look forward to more field trips and visits from scientists/engineers etc.
It was also with great pride that the school received its 3rd Green Flag in May 2017. Members of the Green Schools Committee accompanied Green Schools co-ordinator Ann O’Sullivan to a ceremony in Cork to collect our third Green Flag. This flag is given in recognition of work done in the school to promote energy saving, recycling and care for the environment.
The school band was invited to perform at the ceremony.
Blue Star Programme
A recent initiative in the school is the implementation of the Blue Star programme. 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 Irish primary pupils through classroom projects and activities.
Pupils 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 E.U.