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Save Lives With Water Safety Ireland’s PAWS Programme

Water Safety Ireland are encouraging all teachers and parents to explore water safety with children and young people at this time.

With warm weather comes lots of extra water play and it is predicted that this summer will see a surge in the national usage of beaches, rivers, lakes and waterways as a result of people not being able to travel abroad. Despite the pleasure water brings, it must always be treated with caution. Children and young people are an at-risk drowning group so it is very important to teach water safety skills from the earliest age.

With resources for children of all ages, Water Safety Ireland’s PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety) programme outlines the essential life-saving guidelines that every child needs to know.
To access their programme visit www.teachpaws.ie

Water Safety Ireland have teamed up with RTÉ Home School Hub to promote the PAWS programme this week. They are running a colouring competition with a chance of winning one of 4 x €50 Elverys Sports vouchers. To enter, download the picture available HERE and send your artwork to paws@watersafety.ie.

Include your name, class level, school and winners will be announced on RTÉ’s Home School Hub on Thursday 4th of June.

Teach and Learn skills that can save lives.


Ireland’s Answer To Elvis Presley Dies Aged 81 Years

Ireland’s answer to Elvis Presley, singer Brendan Bowyer, has died aged 81 years while residing in Las Vegas.

Showband legend and Waterford native Brendan Bowyer has passed away aged 81, while residing in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, surrounded by his family.

News of his passing was confirmed in a statement some five hours ago, [as we go to press] on his Facebook page, it reads:

“It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Brendan Bowyer.
Ireland’s most beloved International entertainer for 62 years.
Brendan passed away peacefully in Las Vegas on the late evening of May 28th, 2020. He was surrounded by the unending love of his wife of 53 years, Stella; his three children, Brendan Jr., Aisling, Clodagh, and his two grandchildren, Liam & Nora Stella.
Brendan was hoping to get back to his homeland, Ireland, one last time. He was 81 years old.”

Mr Bowyer first came to prominence in 1959 as a member of “The Royal Showband”.

A regular visitor to Thurles and Co. Tipperary; the band are probably best known for their International hit “The Hucklebuck” released back in 1964 and still today regarded as the greatest pop record ever produced by an Irish group.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Get Creative With Word Art

With home schooling out for the weekend; are you wondering how you will occupy your time today, with weather promising to be uncertain?

What about this project to hone your creative skills?

Follow these 7 steps to create Word Art just for fun or why not create something memorable for an upcoming friend’s birthday, a graduation or other special event.

  1. Go here to https://wordart.com/
  2. Click ‘Create now‘, (Button with green Background, found centre page).
  3. On the next screen click ‘Import(Button on left hand side under the heading ‘WORDS‘). In the box that will appear, type a list of words, for example the names of people in your family. Then click ‘Import words‘, (Bottom right of that same white box).
  4. Next Click ‘SHAPES‘. (Shown bottom left.)
  5. Pick a shape, for example, the “Love Heart” in our picture shown above. Then click ‘Visualize‘, (Button Red background at top, middle, beside ‘Undo’) to see your word art creation.
  6. Click on ‘Fonts‘ and then the red button ‘Visualize‘; to observe the effect of the different fonts. Likewise click ‘Layout‘ or ‘Style‘ and then ‘Visualize‘ to experiment with different layout and style options.
  7. To save your creation, simply click download and save your Word Art as a .JPEG (or other file format), to email to friends and family, and to celebrate, for example a birthday.

Top Tip: If you want to make a word bigger and make it stand out more than any other chosen word, go to ‘WORDS‘ and click on that particular word you chose and under ‘Size‘, enlarge same and again hit the ‘Visualize‘ red button.

Have Fun.


Quick Access To World Radio Stations

Have you ever wished to tune into every radio station from around the world?

Well you can with Radio Garden; allowing you to choose your favourite music being played in real time on the numerous radio stations worldwide, while you continue to either listen and/or use your PC or Laptop.

To tune in, simply visit HERE then highlight; drag and drop the link shown (i.e. http://radio.garden/listen/tipp-fm/34UE11wI ) into your Bookmarks, thus granting immediate and quick access, whenever you go online in the future.

On this Radio Garden world map, then simply click on any of the bright green lights indicated; each identifying one of a myriad of Radio Stations located right around our planet, from our own Radio TippFm here in Co. Tipperary, Ireland to Radio Garden Kiev (or Kyiv) in north-central Ukraine, Russia.



Five Great Websites To Support Distance Learning

With the Easter holidays nearing an end and with schools closed until at least May 5th, 2020; here are five more websites and applications to help parents and pupils with another phase of distance learning.

Kahoot is a game based website and app that enables users to create, play and share trivia quizzes. Why not make revision fun by creating a quiz for friends and family? At a time when pupils are far away from their classmates, why not help school friends connect by creating and inviting friends to play a quiz on Kahoot?

Visit HERE

IXL is a website and app that teaches hundreds of English and Mathematics skills from Junior Infants to Leaving Certificate level. Pupils are questioned and coached until they achieve mastery of each individual skill. For a limited time daily you can long on and use IXL for free, otherwise it is a subscription service. At present, IXL are offering educators a 30-day free trial.

Visit HERE

Toy Theater brings together a wonderful collection of free educational games to support learning English, maths, art and music. It also includes a host of games and puzzles that are just for fun!

Visit HERE

Pick a subject and topic and www.topmarks.co.uk has a fun game to match. With games for all ages and abilities, www.topmarks.co.uk has something to offer pupils at all stages of primary and secondary education.

Visit HERE

If you are looking for fresh and fun playground games to keep your children active, learning and having fun then simply visit HERE. Drama Toolkit’s a-z of games will provide hours of offline family fun.

Visit HERE