European integration came to Rathmore last week when the local primary school hosted a European Day celebration.
Parents, teachers and politicians also attended the event.
It included a tasting of food from various European countries as well as music, history, dance and art exhibitions reflecting the cultures of a number of countries which are members of the European Union.
There was also a colourful European procession in which all of the classes participated.
The school’s sixth class has been taking part in the Blue Star Programme.
This is a European Movement Ireland initiative which aims to foster an awareness and appreciation of Ireland’s place in the European Union.
EMI encourages participation among schools and provides some training for teachers who undertake to run the programme in individual schools.
“It’s about spreading the message that we are European as well as having an awareness of the European Union through food, art and dance and the pupils put almost all of it together,” said teacher Aoife Malone.
Ms. Malone added: “ It should help to give them a sense of the countries that make up the EU and it may be a little more relevant here because we don’t have any foreign national children attending the school.”
Unlike the larger primary schools in nearby Naas which serve a large population from a greater catchment area,
Rathmore caters for the more rural communities of Kilteel, Eadestown and Rathmore, roughly between Naas and Blessington.
Scoil Cheile Chriost Rathmore school has an enrolment of 272 pupils and there are 16 teachers at the school.