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# Primary School

Last year
2022
# Road Safety
Road safety chief warns 'concerning trend' in road deaths could lead to higher fines
At an RSA event today, Waide said that an increase in fines and penalty points this year isn’t “ruled out”.
All time
Voices
Children and face masks: Some tips from a speech and language therapist
Mask users lose visual information, but there are lots of things you can do to help them, writes speech and language therapist Kate Beckett.
# positive cases
Extra public health resources in place to help schools as principals 'under pressure'
More than 100 Department of Education staff have been working with public health teams, Norma Foley said.
# Back To School
Parents spending almost €1,500 a year sending children to secondary school - survey
The average debt parents find themselves in is €336.
# reduced earnings
Impact of Covid school closures to be felt 'throughout next century'
Ireland could experience a loss in GDP of as much as 1.5% over the next century.
# Living With Covid
320,000 pupils to return to school from next week - the full plan for sending children back to education
Cabinet agreed to the phased re-opening of schools today.
# Primary School
Mayo school that said it would close from today due to Covid cases will now reopen on Monday
The school board and principal were told it did not have the authority to close the school without public-health experts’ approval.
# Basic Skills
Half of primary school students unable to kick a ball properly, study finds
Half of children studied were found to be unable to kick a ball properly.
# WRC
Primary school told to pay €94,000 to deputy principal in gender discrimination case
The WRC said the school had discriminated against her in the interview process for a principal post.
# Let's Get Quizzical
Quiz: How well do you remember the things you learned at primary school?
Primary schools opened up across the country this week for a new school year.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the government pay for all primary school books?
Making primary school books free every year would “significantly reduce financial stress” on parents, SVP has argued.
# Back To School
Parents say they're avoiding paying bills to deal with the cost of sending their children to school
That’s according to the Barnardos School Costs Survey, published today.
# Irish League of Credit Unions
Parents are spending €1,399 getting their child ready to go back to secondary school
Parents of primary school students are paying €50 less than last year, while parents of secondary school students are paying €20 more.
# Education
Almost 4% increase in children enrolled in multi-denominational schools
Education Minister Joe McHugh said the figures reflect the changes taking place in the patronage of Irish schools.
# space to play
'This would not happen in more affluent areas': Cabra community in protest over school pitch
Parents and children of Naomh Fionnbarra GAA Club are calling for the restoration of their all-weather pitch.
# baptism barrier
Religion to be formally removed as entry-requirement from most primary schools from today
The so-called ‘baptism barrier’ is set to be removed by the Minister for Education today.
# Back To School
Parents report going hungry over cost of sending their children to school
Average back-to-school costs have risen at all levels since last year.
# Investigation
Primary school sexual health DVD pulled by HSE due to inclusion of 'adult content'
The Busy Bodies DVD was viewed by a teacher who reported it to the HSE.
# Half Truths
Which Irish primary school myth are you?
Sunny Delight was both a delicious and terrifying prospect.
Voices
Column: Do we really need mandatory standardised testing in primary schools?
Learning support teachers are more than capable of screening and diagnosing learning difficulties, writes Peter Gunning.
# old school pals
RTÉ shared a lovely video of Saoirse Ronan's Carlow classmates celebrating her first Oscar nomination
So that’s what it’s like to have an Oscar-nominated classmate.
# tip-pex
15 things we did in school we'd never be able to get away with now
To paraphrase Bryan Adams, were those the best days of your life?
# Quiz
We Can Predict Your Future With Our Paper Fortune Teller
Playground games hold the truth.
# Growing up in Ireland
Girls and children from disadvantaged backgrounds find it harder to transition to secondary school
A new report looks at how children experiencing transitioning between school levels.
# School tours
12 memories from every Irish primary school tour
The highlight of the school year.
# one word: crutches
16 things that made you extremely cool in primary school
If this list was written by a child in primary school today, every point would be fidget spinner related.
# Patronage
Two new Educate Together primary schools announced for Dublin
The four new schools will be able to cater for up to 1,728 pupils.
# Primary School
20 tweets that perfectly capture Irish primary school life
Who else remembers writing postcards to Tony Blair begging him not to kill us?
# Head Lice
The 8 traumatising stages of having head lice in primary school
Isn’t it weird how our mams never got nits off us?
# Scotland
Police investigating shooting close to Glasgow primary school
“Police officers are at the school and there is no threat to children or staff,” police said.
# nature table day
17 distinct memories of an Irish primary education
“Can I use your colours?”.
# away in a manger
Which Role Do You Deserve In The School Nativity Play?
Are you a Mary, or more of a Distracted Shepherd #2? We can tell you.
# Best wishes
The 8 drama-filled stages of giving out Christmas cards in primary school
More politics than a Dáil full of TDs.
# Haka Gaelach
A school in Lucan welcomed the All Blacks with a special Haka as Gaeilge
This is absolutely brilliant.
# Haka Gaelach
A school in Lucan welcomed the New Zealand rugby team with a special Haka as Gaeilge
ANSEO!
# the mála
17 milestones in every Irish primary school career
Ah, Zacchaeus.
# Discrimination
Parents awarded €9,000 after school refused their son's life-saving allergy medicine
The boy suffers from severe allergic reactions after ingestion of wheat-based foods followed by physical exercise.
# In the classroom
Union wants to address gender imbalance among Irish teachers
New figures show that Ireland has one of the widest gender gaps among teachers at primary and post-primary level in Europe
# connected
How Well Do You Remember These Alive-O Songs From Primary School?
Put those Religion classes to use, 90s kids.