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15 things that everyone did in primary school

The Trócaire box, the nature table, Zacchaeus… they’re all here.

THE NATURE TABLE, the projector, the bosca bruscair… these all ring a bell, right?

There was such a great response to our nostalgic look at schoolbooks that it got us thinking about things that everyone (well, most people) did in primary school.

Now, I’m just going to take the roll, and then we’ll begin…

1. Covered their books in brown paper or wallpaper, often woodchip

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2. Obsessed over the Trócaire box

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3. Drank from tiny milk cartons (and usually struggled with the straw)

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4. Groaned when the projector was brought out

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5. Rejoiced when the telly on wheels made an appearance

6. Learned to sing Zacchaeus, Growing Up, Here I Am Lord, Jesus Sat Down in the Shade of the Tree, Children of the Universe etc etc


7. Read Ann and Barry, or maybe Tara and Ben, Busy at Maths or Spórt

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8. Longed to graduate to ‘joinedy-up writing’

9. Asked “an bhfuil cead agam dul go dtí an leithreas” and called the bin the “bosca bruscair”

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10. Wrote in one of these

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11. Brought something in for the nature table

12. Played some form of chasing, elastics, skipping or football


13. Awaited the Christmas annuals with bated breath

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14 Carried a HUGE bag

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15. Played with marla (and called it ‘mála’)

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Flashback! Remembering the Christmas annuals fondly>

Look familiar? Irish school books through the years>

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