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Tomorrow is the big day for Leaving Cert students: The results are officially IN and their time in fresh hell of exams is soon to be over.

With CAO offers coming in on Tuesday, the nerves are bound to be fully shredded by the end of the week. 

What can one do to distract oneself from the horror of exam results? Have a cheeky Nando's, of course, but on the house.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Celebrate or commiserate with Nando's for free, if you bring your results (via paper, email or text) and a valid form of ID into one of their restaurants you can get your Peri-Peri reward.

The free lunch is available for students in the UK and Ireland on the relevant exam results day.

The special Nando's offer is a free quarter chicken or fire-starter menu item, so you don't want to miss it.

The offer runs on Tuesday, August 13 for Leaving Cert students, as well as a September date for the Junior Cert kids.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Who doesn't want free food in exchange for the pain of examinations? The only catch is that yoou have to make a minimum spend of €7 to get the free delicious chicken.

That's definitely manageable. A whole Nando's meal with sides and a drink is normally around €20, so €7 seems like a steal.

Check a full list of all the chain's restaurants here, as well as the offer's terms and conditions. Good luck to everyone getting their results tomorrow, you'll have forgotten them in a few months!

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It's time for school again now that the mid-term break, or as our American friends call it ''Spring Break'', is done and dusted.

And Kim Kardashian and her sister Kourtney are just like any other parent as they proudly dropped their little ones off at school.

Kim took to Instagram to upload an adorable snap of the sisters and their daughters posing outside their school, with the little girls clad in their school uniforms.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 38-year-old captioned it, ''Spring Break is over'' followed by book and pen emojis.

Five-year-old North West can be seen snuggled into Kim while six-year-old Penelope cosied into mum Kourtney. 

Kim's fans went wild for the gorgeous snap.

One said, ''Penelope on the right has better fashion as a toddler then I do at 24.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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While another wrote, ''They’re soooo cuuuute.''

The sisters have six kids between them so we're sure the cousins will never be short of friends.

Kim and her husband Kanye West are parents to five-year-old North, three-year-old Saint and one-year-old Chicago.

Kourtney and her former partner Scott Disick also have three little ones – nine-year-old Mason, six-year-old Penelope, and four-year-old Reign. 

We hope North and Penelope have a great term at school –  they sure look cute in this family snap. 

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Unlike today's teens, who look like they have just stepped down from the Inglot MUA's chair, we are from the era of foundation covered lips and self applied French manicures.

Perhaps it's down to the mass of YouTube tutorials and Instagram inspiration that wasn't available to us back in the day, but today's teens fail to fall into the (foundation coated) makeup traps we did in secondary school. 

Here are a few of the top nostalgic makeup techniques we used back in the day: 

1. Foundation lips

Foundation coated lips were the basis of an excellent makeup look in secondary school.

While voluptuous, lined and highlighted lips may be all the rage now, when we were 15, the look du jour was to pretend you didn't have any lips at all. 

 

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2. Foundation types

If it wasn't Dream Matte Mousse or pan stick, we didn't want it. 

There was something about the mousses' air whipped formula that we found perfect for school, and the shiny, tanned, glamorous sheen awarded to our visages by pan stick was too good for us to resist. 

The problem was the liberal nature in which we applied these products, rather than the products themselves. Less is more wasn't our mantra back in the day. 

 

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3. Spidery lashes

Again with the opposition to less is more, layering mascara onto our lashes until they resembled a terrifying mass of brambles was the way to go.

Bonus points is the mascara started flaking off and left gorge little black specks under your eyes. 

Fake eyelashes from the €2 Shop were also an option for discos, which were to be bought alongside your tube of glowsticks and disposable camera. 

 

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4. Brushes? What brushes? 

If an eye shadow palette came with a little sponge applicator, that was what was used for liberally layering the pastel shades.

The term brush roll sounded more like a baking term to us in our teens. 

Applying foundation with your fingers was also an acceptable activity, whereas todays' teens wouldn't be caught dead without their beauty blender. 

5. Orange foundation 

There is something about being uber-tanned that seems like an absolute accolade when you are in your teenage years. 

But like, who could be arsed tanning your whole body or splashing the cash for spray tans? 

The natural remedy to our pasty skin was layers on tan in the spots of skin people could see, like our necks and forearms, and a nice coating of 'deep tan' foundation on our faces. 

 

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6. Foundation mask

Speaking of the aforementioned foundation, it was left in a flat, featureless mask on our faces, with the likes of highligher and contouring distant gifts from the future which had yet to be awarded to us via Kim Kardashian (who wasn't even a thing at this stage of our lives). 

You may have occasionally opted for two delightful stripes of bronzer along your cheekbones or a splash of bright pink blush, but telling someone to get their 'highlight on fleek' back in 2008 would have been a completely foreign concept. 

 

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7. Raccoon eyes

Whether you were simply experimenting with a new look or had a deep, passionate relationship with The Pretty Reckless or Panic! at the Disco, raccoon eyeliner was the territory of emo kids at secondary schools the country over. 

The look was accompanied by a matte black a swathe of eye shadow across the upper lid, symbolic of the deep and dark nature of the tormented soul of the wearer. 

8. A severe lack of blending

Blending our makeup was something that we never did as teens. 

After all, what was the point of wearing makeup if it didn't look like you were wearing makeup? 

From that attractive orange jaw line to eye shadow that went all the way up to your brows, blending was far from the essential technique that it is seen as by the kids these days. 

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September brings back the memories of new uniforms and school books – no matter what age you are!

And TV presenter Holly Willoughby perfectly summed up this mad time of year when she took to Instagram to post about the state that her front door was in.

The image showed a rather packed front doorway, jammed with school bags and shoes – something that every house can probably relate to.  

The 37-year-old captioned the image, ''hands up if your front door looks like this…''

 

Hands up if your front door looks like this…

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Her 3.9 million followers clearly were in the same boat as they were quick to comment about their back-to-school stories.

One wrote, ''my front door always looked like this when my five children were young. They're now all working and I miss them all being babies so much I wish I could turn back time xx enjoy these times'' while another said, ''so exciting! And scary all at the same time… wishing them loads of luck xx.''

Holly is mum to three gorgeous kids with her husband of 11 years, Dan Baldwin.

They are; nine-year-old Harry, seven-year-old Belle, and Chester, who turns four this month. 

As well as getting her kids ready for another school year, Holly is gearing up for an exciting new gig – joining Dec to co-present the 2018 series of I'm Celeb. 

It won't be easy stepping into Ant's shoes but Holls has said that she ''couldn't be more excited to have been asked to stand alongside Dec for the next jungle adventure. I love Ant and want to send him my best wishes and support for a continued recovery. These are big shoes, not to fill, but just to keep warm for a little bit…''

She continued, "honestly, I’m a huge fan of ‘I’m a Celebrity’ and actually feel like I’ve won a competition to go and hang out on my favourite show!''

Ditto for us, Holly. 

We wish you the best of luck with the back-to-school rush – after that, the jungle will be a walk in the park!

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A number of schools in the Chicago area have come under fire after it was revealed that female students are bleeding through their clothes because of the strict bathroom rules the charter schools put in place.

The NPR revealed the school’s controversial rules, where students must be brought to the bathroom by an escort.

However, one student explained to NPR that the escorts are rarely ever available.

The students are not allowed to go to the bathroom alone and face punishment if they are caught walking outside of the classroom.

An anonymous student shared, “Who wants to walk around knowing there’s blood on them? It can still stain the seats. They just need to be more understanding."

Female students who are menstruating explained that they have leaked through their clothes because they can’t go to the bathroom to change their pads or tampons.

It has been reported that some schools have introduced a dress code where female students can cover up blood stains by tying jumpers around their waists, but this step is not good enough.

“If a menstruating student has bled through her clothing, she can inform a teacher who will send an email to staff announcing the name of the girl who has permission to wear her sweater tied around her waist, so she doesn’t receive demerits for violating the dress code,” NPR reported.

People have expressed their horror at the treatment of the female students, who are being stripped of their dignity.

Pads and tampons need to be changed every few hours to avoid leaking and discomfort, as well as odours, and in severe cases toxic shock syndrome.

Female students are at risk of toxic shock syndrome if they don't change their tampons regularly. 

As well as health complications, the girls are being stripped of respect and comfort.

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Richard Bruton has ordered a major review of sex education classes in Irish schools.

The Minister for Education believes that every pupil should have access to information about sexual health, relationships and sexuality.

He said, 'This must be delivered in a factual manner in every school. This review will help to inform decisions regarding the content of the curriculum and how it is delivered.”

Relationships and sex education has been a staple part of the curriculum since 1999, however, some of the content in our school’s sex education lessons is over twenty years old.

The review will look at adding important topics that have an impact on today’s students, including social media and consent.

Minister Bruton has asked the National Council on Curriculum and Assessment to look at the following:

  1. Consent: What is it and it's importance
  2. Contraception, as well as developments in the area
  3. Healthy, positive sexual expression and relationships
  4. Safe use of the internet
  5. Social media and its effects on relationships
  6. LGBTQ+ matters

Both primary and secondary school programmes will be altered in the review, but the new curriculum will be age-appropriate.

Lessons in primary schools will focus on relationships, reproduction and the body.

Secondary students will be informed about consent, which is one of the main issues the NCCA are looking at, developments in contraception and LQBTQ+ issues.

Minister Bruton stressed the importance of the review. He hopes the new curriculum will meet the needs of young people today, 'who face a range of different issues to those faced by young people in the late 1990s.'

They will also ensure that teachers are fully equipped to deliver the lessons, 'It is essential for the curriculum to be delivered by teachers who are fully supported and who feel comfortable teaching the curriculum and talking to their students about sexuality and relationships.'

The National Council on Curriculum and Assessment review will focus on issues including consent and internet safety, as well as self-esteem.

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Gin school? Hell, yes.

That's right, Ireland's first gin school is opening up and we couldn't be more excited.

In conjunction with the launch of a new premium gin, Listoke 1777, a gin school is opening up and will be held in a swanky, purpose-built distillery in Co. Louth.

It will offer unique experiences such as the history of gin, learning the secrets behind the booze and also making your own bespoke bottle.

You will also be able to tour the new distillery, with G&Ts being served throughout the day to keep you going.

Now, that's a kind of school we could get into!

James McKenna, Sales and Marketing Director for Listoke Distillery, said, "Having recently returned to Ireland after 18 years working in the bar industry in New York, I was struck by the interest in gin, and saw the opportunity to recapture Ireland’s heritage of spirit production."

Where do we sign up?!

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Ah, the dreaded CAO form.

It was an absolute pain in the a*se back in the day, and as young adults, it put the fear in everyone.

Filling out the CAO form meant you were finally leaving behind secondary school (hurrah!), but with that, came the unknown. And that was hella scary.

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Where will you be next year? Will you be living at home? Will you be in the same college as your mates? Will you get your first choice…?

Here are six things we all went through when filling that rotten thing out:

1. It was SO important

You literally thought that this form was the most important thing you'll ever do in your life. Never mind studying… the CAO form was your future.

Three years later you realise it had very little to do with your future…

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2. It went on FOREVER… and ever… and ever

And ever. It might as well have been 768 pages long, and starting it seemed like the most daunting task on earth.

Even more daunting that finishing the rainbow course on Mario Cart.

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3. PRESSURE

You felt pressure from every angle imaginable. Your parents, your teachers, your guidance councellor, your friends. 

And when the pressure hits, it feels like you just can't make a good decision…

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4. Friends first? No?

Even though we were all warned against it, and told it was stupid, we all maybe, might have put down a university that our mates put down.  Just in case… 

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5. People telling you what to do was frustrating AF

'Don't do that course, you'll never get a job', 'Don't put that college down, it's too far away', 'Mary down the road did that course and made no friends…'

Sorry, can I make up my OWN mind, please and thank you?

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6. The relief

After all was said and done, you had a feeling of pure joy when it was all finished and filled out.

And you never wanted to hear the letters 'C, A,O', muttered ever again…

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Over the last week or so, social media has been flooded with posts from proud parents as their little ones skip off to school for the first time.

And it seems that celebrities are no different. 

Case in point being Neil Patrick Harris: the actor shared a snap of his adorable twins ready to take on the demands of the kindergarten classroom.

 

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Son Gideon and daughter Harper, both five, posed up in front of their family's New York home wearing their academic best for the occasion. 

With both little ones sporting sunglasses, Gideon wore grey trousers complete with red braces and navy deck shoes. Meanwhile, Harper went for grey shorts, black boots and a white shirts… all topped off with a bow in her hair.

'Kindergarten fits these two well. #firstdayofschool,' their 43-year-old father captioned the photo. 

Neil Patrick Harris has been married to David Burtka, also an actor, for two years. They welcome their twins – born via a surrogate – in October 2010.

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Looks like Una Healy isn’t the only one who is getting sentimental about their child’s first day at school as Jeff Brazier has been proving on Twitter.

The youngest son of Jeff and the late Jade Goody heads off for his first day at senior school today but it doesn’t seem to be phasing the youngster.

11-year-old Freddie was the one calming his dad’s nerves as the TV presenter told his half a million followers on Twitter.

“Fred – ‘I don’t need to be scared because I look smart and can just be myself’.”

And the proud dad later shared an update with his followers as Freddie’s first day seemed to be going well.

“So now both are in senior school, the beauty of having a kids’ football team, Fred had some older boys to walk him in and show him where to go”.

After their mum, Jade died in 2009 when the boys were just five and four years old, Jeff made sure to keep the boys out of the limelight but in recent years the pair have become more of a feature on their dad’s Instagram.

 

Anniversaries can be overwhelming right? Pick a day each month to remember that person, dictate yourself to grief, then grief won't consume you.

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As we all know, life as a teenager is far from easy and when you sometimes struggle to distinguish between a friend and a frenemy, school can become totally agonising.

Acknowledging this all-too-common pitfall in teen relationships, Wimbledon High School in the UK has hired a consultant to discuss 'failing friendships' with their pupils aged between 13 and 15-years-old.

Commenting on the intensity of teenage friendships, the principal, Jane Lunnon, said: "Of course they want to do well in exams and playing musical instruments but the thing that often is the big driver in years eight and nine are their friendships."

As the head of the school, Ms Lunnon is very aware the impact a failing friendship can have on a student's academic life.

"We recognise that what you teach them about failure in academics is also relevant to the way they manage their social relationships. They are learning there will be disappointments as part of friendships and that’s okay."

By offering teenage girls an insight into the pitfalls which can occur among friendship groups, Wimbledon High School feel they are providing their pupils with adequate armour to navigate secondary school life.

"We found that it really helps them keep things in perspective and breaks down toxic cliquey gangs. They learn not to berate themselves or say something is irreconcilable," Ms Lunnon continued.

The school recently held a 'fail better' week which sought to show students how to learn from their mistakes without fearing future failure.

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These days, primary and secondary schools text or email parents instead of sending out notes like the good 'ol days.

But, as we all know too well, sometimes technology seems like it's totally against us. And this primary school found out the hard way.

St Mary's PS casually sent out a text reminder about a church service, but the innocent text suddenly turned into something hilarious after one spelling mistake.

"Please join us for refreshments afterwards and if we can wash your dirty willies, please bring them along thank you."

We are LOLing so hard right now, guys.

Not seeing the mistake for a good six minutes, the texter eventually copped on and totally panicked.

"I am so sorry, it's WELLIES!!!! WELLINGTON BOOTS. Sincere apologies for any offence caused."

Posted to the Facebook page Oh my god what a complete Aisling, this just goes to show that technology can be very, very cruel. It's OK though, we all know it was an innocent mistake.

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