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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Primary School

All time
# what ales you
Teacher causes uproar by giving non-alcoholic beer to primary school class
The beer was offered to students during a history lesson.
# wagon wheels
13 Irish primary school lunchbox memories
Banana in the bottom of your schoolbag.
# Prime Numbers
Paddy Power, obese kids, and identity cards: The week in numbers
Plus: How many candidates are running as ‘Independent Fine Gael’ in the local elections?
# primary concern
One quarter of primary school children overweight (and 12 per cent saying 'no' to fruit)
Over 1,000 children were surveyed as part of a wide-ranging study carried out by UCC. Clear lifestyle differences were observed amongst children in the ‘overweight’ category.
# having it off
7 very Irish sex education stories
“When a man and a woman love each other very much…”
# pipe cleaners
These Brigid's Cross fails will make you feel better about your childhood attempts
Why couldn’t your cross be a bit more straightforward, Brigid?
# smell ya later
The 8 smells of Irish primary school
Eau de Senior Infants.
# Prime Numbers
Ariel Sharon, bankruptcy, and water meters: The week in numbers
Plus: How many people in the world are obese?
# Education
Reading and maths grades continue to improve in DEIS schools — report
Gains throughout the lifetime of the program are ‘consistent’, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said.
# aww
Little girl signs her school concert as a surprise for her deaf parents
We want her to replace Jean O’Reilly.
# School Around the Corner
Teacher creates adorable Twitter account for her class
The 4th and 5th class boys from a school in Dublin have been tweeting about their lessons. Cute.
# Balbriggan
Parents 'horrified' after van mounts school pavement pursued by men with baseball bats
Children had to run and take shelter in gardens as the van driver steered around a corner to escape his attackers.
# that's us told
Are you smarter than a ten-year-old? Primary school students explain science
“Seed Dispersal and Germination”, “Germ Busters” and “Five Senses”, they know it all…and they can sing too.
# Ballyfermot
Parents call for clarity after learning of possible school closure through Facebook
A meeting was held with management of other primary schools in the area this week, where the practicalities of accommodating the De La Salle pupils were discussed.
# PS I Love You
The most honest response to "will you be my girlfriend?" ever
If only all relationships were this straightforward.
# Art Attack
8 reasons you're not a famous artist
Here’s a clue: it’s because of lollipop sticks. And PVA glue.
# Detention
Construction to begin on new juvenile detention facility in Oberstown
Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald will turn sod on Monday at the site to mark the beginning of construction.
# Iraq
Woman caught planting bomb near Iraqi primary school
The attempted bombing came a day after suicide bombers attacked a primary school and a nearby police station in northern Iraq, killing 18 people, including 10 children.
# summerhill drive
Belfast primary school evacuated after partially exploded bomb found
Investigating officers are appealing to anyone who may have heard the device go off this morning to get in touch.
# School Costs survey
Child missed 17 days of school because they had no lunch - Barnardos
Barnardos’ annual School Costs Survey has revealed that parents are continuing to struggle to meet the cost of sending their child to school.
# India
20 children dead from school meal in India
Officials in Bihar – one of India’s poorest states – introduced a free midday meal scheme as a way to increase school attendance.
# water safety
Water safety course 'should be compulsory in primary schools'
Irish Water Safety has emphasised the need for some water safety education to be made compulsory in schools – and a pool isn’t needed.
# Bank to school
Politicians want generic uniforms and rented books for every school
The Oireachtas education committee has been looking at ways of trying to cut the cost of sending children to school.
# Education
Irish children less likely to feel they belong in primary schools
A new report also found that teachers report pupils often coming to class too tired to concentrate.
# Patronage
Applications open to determine patronage of four new primary schools
The four schools – due to open in September 2014 – are in Cork, Dublin Fingal, Dublin South, and Galway.
Voices
Column: ‘Over the past five years, I’ve seen the heart being torn from our schools’
Cuts to teachers’ salaries and increased taxation have left some of my colleagues just making ends meet, writes Carmel Hume.
# Assault
Woman (22) due in court over Ennis stabbing
A woman was seriously injured during the incident in which she was stabbed on the grounds of a primary school in the town.
# PE
Ireland bottom of European table for PE time in primary schools
The EU’s physical health body reveals that every other EU state spends more time on primary physical education than we do.
# teacher appraisal
Schools inspector says formal teacher appraisals remain a foreign concept
Harold Hislop said that it was not unreasonable to ask why some form of formal teacher appraisal was not in place.
# Belfast
PSNI issue appeal after viable pipe bomb found beside primary school
The device was discovered in a laneway near the school at 3pm yesterday evening.
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the best, the most popular and the most commented-on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?
# school daze
16 brilliant School Sports Day memories
From students acting as basketball hoops and epic welly-throwing, to slow bikes races and tug-of-war shenanigans.
# an bhfuil cead agam...
15 things that everyone did in primary school
The Trócaire box, the nature table, Zacchaeus… they’re all here.
# Children
Calls for Ireland to (finally) outlaw corporal punishment in the home
Corporal punishment was banned in schools in 1982 but is still legal in homes – despite repeated calls for it to be stopped.
# Poverty
Rising food poverty hinders students' ability to learn
The IPPN said primary school students are faced with new forms of disadvantages including losing their homes, cyber-bullying and early sexualisaton.
# Patronage
Survey begins asking parents who should run primary schools
Ruairí Quinn said the survey is a historic opportunity to parents say whether schools should be denominational, multi-denominational, all-Irish or something else.
# China
Man stabs 22 primary school students in China
The man attacked students outside of an elementary school resulting in injuries which were “not life threatening”.
# Children
Connecticut school shooting: Reports say ’18 children among 27 dead’
Latest reports saying up to 18 children have been killed and one entire class is still unaccounted for.
# viable bomb
PSNI appeal for information after viable bomb found near Belfast school
Officers would like to hear from anyone who travelled along the Ballymagarry Road anytime between Wednesday, November 7 and Saturday, November 10.
# young talents
Young talent: Primary pupils show off their filmmaking skills
You’re never too young to make a film, as pupils from around Ireland showed at the FÍS Film Festival and awards.