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3 Sep

Welcome back to a new year in St Peter’s and to the first ‘Wednesday for Parents’ post of the new year! To start the year, we’ve chosen to look at this year’s programme for Culture Night 2014. This year, it’s on the 19th of September – a Friday. It’s an amazing night where you can access venues and events around the country for free. Although all events are free, some may need to be booked in advance – which is why we’re drawing attention to them nice and early! Locally, the Mermaid Arts Centre has a workshop in the afternoon with Signal Arts. Last year’s... 

12 Aug

For many of our past pupils and brothers and sisters of our current pupils, tomorrow is a big day. We want to wish everyone waiting on Leaving Cert results the very best of luck. The wait for results is often a stressful one (for student and family!), but there are a number of resources around the web to help make the process easier. SpunOut.ie is, as always, a fantastic resource, with lots of helpful tips on dealing with the stress of results day. Their article here contains lots of advice. The website is well worth a browse with lots of advice on finding accommodation for 3rd level education... 

25 Jun

This year, we’ve covered a variety of topics as part of our weekly ‘Wednesday for Parents’ articles. As this is the last ‘Wednesday for Parents’ before the Summer, we decided to provide a round-up of all the topics we’ve covered this year, minus the seasonal ones about midterm activities etc that mightn’t be as useful! Thanks for all your comments and suggestions this year – if there’s anything you’d like us to cover in the new school year, let us know! Online activities to help your child with place value Teaching your child about fire... 

18 Jun

This week for ‘Wednesday for Parents’, we’re delighted to publish a guest post from the fantastic Summer Buzz – we’ve spoken about Buzz on many occasions on the blog and you’re bound to have noticed the name popping up in the comments! We have been so lucky to have a Twitter (and real-life friend) like Buzz and when we wanted to talk about ways to get stuck into Summer reading, Maria O’Sullivan was the one to contact! Thanks a million to Maria (and Buzz) for putting together such a brilliant blog post. You can find all previous ‘Wednesday for Parents’... 

4 Jun

Sports Day last week, standardized tests are (mostly) finished, chatter about the school tour and the student-teacher soccer match… it’s official, Summer is here! This week’s Wednesday for Parents provides a number of ideas for activities to try over the summer holidays – hence, ‘The Bucket and Spade List’ – (can you sense how gutted I was to realise when I googled it that quite a few people thought of that name before me? Over the next week or two, we’ll be talking to students and staff about their Bucket and Spade List for 2014 (and we have a very... 

28 May

This week’s ‘Wednesday for Parents’ suggests websites to teach children about money management. Obviously the best training comes from managing pocket money and savings, but the two websites we’re going to show you tonight also give your child a sense of the challenges and struggles that come with managing money in real life. The first website came to us from our great friend Ms Beauchamp from St Brigid’s in Greystones (@merrybeau1 on Twitter). She recommends Moneyville.ie, which seems to be more directed at the family setting with its section for parents here.... 

14 May

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of using online resources to improve maths among our students – previous Wednesday for Parents topics have covered place value and fractions and we’ve been really involved in the Mathletes Challenge using Khan Academy. We also use online resources to revise and learn more about other subjects – and today we’re focusing on SESE (Social, Environmental and Scientific Education) which is the name in the curriculum for History, Geography and Science. Although there are many good websites for world history and geography out there... 

7 May

The weather over the Easter holidays reminded us all that Summer is on the way and this week’s Wednesday for Parents focuses on getting healthy as we all finally come out of hibernation and crawl out from under the duvet! We were delighted to see our students arrive back after the holidays looking fresh and healthy after all the playing outdoors. One of our priorities in St Peter’s is to encourage healthy living amongst our students  – mainly thanks to Paddy! Along with our PE sessions, we’re lucky to welcome Tommy, our GAA coach, in on Fridays. We also have weekly athletic... 

9 Apr

‘Wednesday for Parents’ returns to one of our most popular types of posts this week – what’s on over the school holidays! Hopefully there’ll be lovely weather over the two weeks so we’ve included a nice mixture of indoor and outdoor activities. The Mermaid Theatre in Bray has a number of events for children over the Easter break. They’re screening (the original) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Sunday 13th April at 2pm. Tickets cost €5 and can be booked here. Then, on the 15th and 16th April, the Mermaid welcome spellbinding Children’s Theatre... 

2 Apr

You may have seen in an earlier post today that we’re currently taking part in a handwriting competition. Today’s ‘Wednesday for Parents’ suggests a number of links that may be useful to you if your child needs extra help to improve their handwriting. As always, your experience is invaluable and we’d love to hear your tips for helping with handwriting. Let us know in the comments! Our first link this evening comes from NALA and is absolutely excellent. We’ve featured content from NALA before and their work is always of high quality. This publication is called...