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Family News & Events
Free coding workshop for schoolchildren

A three-day free coding workshop, facilitated by the Academy of Code and delivered online through Zoom will take place next week, with tickets available from Friday.

It is organised by ‘Work Matters at the Library’ and is part of the South Dublin Creative Campus Programme.

The event is for secondary school students and is mainly aimed at coding beginners but there will be “extra bits and pieces for students who have some coding experience already” according to organisers.

A parent or guardian will be required to be present for the duration of the workshop and there is a limit of one pupil per computer screen. All participants must be able to attend all three days of these workshops.

A link to join the Zoom session will be sent to participants on the morning of the event. The ticket is valid for all three sessions which run from 2-3pm from June 10-12.

All that’s needed to get started is a PC/Mac, mic/headset, webcam and a broadband connection.

Ireland ranks high for problem social media use

A new report, Spotlight on Adolescent Health and Well-being, published today by WHO Regional Office for Europe, has compiled extensive data on the physical health, social relationships and mental well-being of over 227,000 school children aged 11, 13 and 15, from 45 countries.

Irish children rank low on substance use such as smoking and drinking alcohol and high on physical activity. Ireland also ranks high for problematic social media use. Life satisfaction has reduced significantly since 2014, with Ireland ranking low for life satisfaction among 15-year olds. The report presents the comparative international findings of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey, which is co-ordinated by the WHO and undertaken every four years. The Irish arm of this study is led by Professor Saoirse Nic Gabhainn in the Health Promotion Research Centre in NUI Galway.

Making the perfect Sunday roast

We all love sitting down for a Sunday roast, and we all have our own opinions on what does and doesn’t belong on our plate. But what makes a perfect roast dinner? According to a new study from Satsuma Loans, it’s all about the trimmings.

According to their survey, roast potatoes are the most important part of a Sunday roast, with 76.7% of Brits listing these as an essential ingredient. Gravy came in a close second place, with 70.2% of Brits wanting this on their plate.

Here are the top 10 most popular Sunday roast ingredients:

Roast potatoes – 76.7%, Gravy – 70.2%, Yorkshire Puddings – 65.8%, Broccoli – 46.1%, Stuffing – 45.5%, Roast parsnips – 43.6%, Peas – 42.7%, Mashed potatoes – 39.1%, Boiled carrots – 38.7%, Pigs in blankets – 35.7%.

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