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Sports Day Medals Now Available!

Sports Day Medals now available at www.graduations.ie! Are you planning your end of year Sports Day? Do you need some nice awards for the children to congratulate them on the day? Our Sports Day Medals are new to our site and would make a great addition to your fun day.

The medals are made from metal and are available in gold, silver and bronze. They are 50mm in diameter and are embossed with a trophy and the word ‘Sports Day’. Each medal includes a beautiful Olympic Games coloured ribbon measuring 22mm wide and 395mm in length. These are ideal for awarding the children with at the end of the day.

A Sports Day is different to a normal school day and therefore sparks much excitement with the children. Children get the chance to show their skills and talents, as well as to support their classmates in various activities. The day should be fun for all children and include games, races and activities that suit all ages and abilities. With restrictions in place due to COVID-19, sports day may have to be done class by class or year by year depending on the size of the space available to you.

Top Tips for a Successful Sports Day!

Inspire Fun: The main thing is that children have fun while taking part in different games, races and activities on the day. Try to include yourself and other teachers in some of the activities (where restrictions allow) as the children will love that their teacher is involved!

Essentials: Ensure that the children have water available to them on the day. If the day is sunny ensure that they wear sunscreen and hats/caps.

Games & Activities: There are so many games and activities to choose from. Try to use a mix of different activities so that children get to practice balance, coordination, gross motor skills and team spirit. Egg and spoon, three legged and sack race are old time favourites but you can also include long races, obstacle courses, balancing races and much more.

Stations: Have a staff member or teacher to help manage the stations. They may need a whistle to begin/end each race or activity. This will help greatly for things to run smoothly and on time.

Congratulations and Awards: Ensure to put some time aside to thank all the children for their efforts. Awarding children for their effort and participation encourages children and boosts their confidence. Prize giving for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as prizes for taking part give children a huge sense of achievement and furthermore makes them feel motivated to keep on trying.

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The Primary School Shop Black Friday Deals are here!

Black Friday Sale begins early NOW and we are delighted to announce that we have some great deals across a number of products on The Primary School Shop. First up – The Dew product range has proven to be very popular with primary schools this year and is on the approved sanitiser list with The Department of Agriculture – PSC number 10057. This alcohol-free sanistising and cleaning product range includes hand sanitiser, disinfectant, a powerful cleanser and degreaser (Superclean) as well as a hand & body wash. As all products are made with just electrolysed water and salt, there are no harmful ingredients present in these products meaning that it is;

  • Safe to use for both children and staff members 
  • Safe to use around food preparation
  • Kind to skin, PH Skin Compatible
  • Free from alcohol, aldehydes, parabens, dyes and scents
  • The Dew Sanitiser and Disinfectant are effective against coronavirus and kill 99.995% of bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores

The active ingredient in the products is something that is made naturally in our bodies, therefore causing no danger if inhaled or inadvertently consumed. This means that the product can also be ‘fogged’ to quickly decontaminate an enclosed space. We are delighted to offer the following Bundle offers on the Dew product range for the duration of Black Friday with lots of savings to be made;

Black Friday Bundle 1 – Dew Sanitise 

  • 1 x 5L Dew Sanitiser refill
  • 2 x 500ml Dew Sanitiser
  • 1 x 65ml Dew Sanitiser Pocket Size
  • Normal price €38 – Black Friday Price €29.75

Black Friday Bundle 2 – Dew Superclean 

  • 1 x 5L Dew Superclean/Hand & Body Wash refill
  • 1 x 500ml Dew Superclean
  • 1 X Hand & Body wash
  • Normal Price €32.95 – Black Friday Price €25.75

Black Friday Bundle 3 – Dew Sanitiser/Disinfect (Buy 3 get one FREE!)

  • 4 x 5L Dew Sanitiser/Disinfect Refills (Buy 3 – get 1 Free!)
  • Normal Price €75.00 – Black Friday Price – €56.25 (save €18.75)

Black Friday Bundle 4 – Room Mister 1 FREE Refill

  • 1 x Room Mister with 3 X 5L Refills (1 FREE refill)
  • Normal Price €177.75 – Black Friday Price €159 (Save €18.75)

Black Friday Bundle 5 – Dew Air 

  • 1 x 5L Disinfect Refill
  • 1 x Dew Air Spray 185ml Atomiser
  • Normal Price €28.50 – Black Friday Price €23.50 (Save €5.00!)

Another popular product with schools over the last number of months is the Klorsept and Klorkleen disinfectant cleaning range. The Klorkleen and Klorsept family of cleaning and disinfecting tablets are used worldwide in hospitals, nursing homes and locations where the utmost level of cleanliness is critical. Each Klorkleen or Klorsept tablet makes up to 5 litres of cleaning fluid. Klorkleen has the same ingredients as Klorsept with an extra ingredient to address areas that require a more powerful cleaning agent. These products are manufactured in Ireland and offer a gold standard in disinfectant tablets. They are also on the Dept. of Agriculture approved list. If you have not tried these products yet, here is a great opportunity you can avail of for Black Friday:

Black Friday Klorsept/Klorkleen Offers

  • Klorsept 17 mini (25 tablets) – Normal Price €14.25 – Black Friday Price €11.50
  • Klorkleen mini (25 tablets) – Normal Price €15.45 – Black Friday Price €12.50
  • Klorsept 17 (200 tablets) – Normal Price €75.00 – Black Friday Price €55.00
  • Klorkleen (150 tablets) – Normal Price €75.00 – Black Friday Price €55.00

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Save €€€!! Price Reductions on many products in our Safety and Hygiene Range!

We are delighted to announce some super price reductions across many of our Safety and Hygiene products on The Primary School Shop,  savings of up to €44.00 to be made! Firstly, we have the Steri-San Hand Sanitising Gel 5L reduced from to €59.00 to €49 – a super saving of €10.00! This is a great product for refilling your hand sanitiser stations and wall dispensers that may be placed around your school, be it indoors or outdoors. The sanitiser is in gel form and contains 70% alcohol and most importantly the product has been approved by The Department of Agriculture (PCS 100429) and is on the registered list for Biocidal Hand Sanitiser use in Ireland. 

If you are in need of a dispenser for your school you can now save €44.00 on a freestanding Sanitising Station with Dispenser. The unit was originally €289 and is now reduced to €245. This unit is made from high quality metal and measures 1.4 metres high, with a 400mm x 400mm footprint to ensure that it is kept steady and secure. The unit comes with a one litre hand sanitiser dispenser which is attached to the stand and can be refilled at your convenience. The unit is powder coated in blue and powder coating is renowned for keeping its coat for up to 20 years as it has a high resistance to chemicals, corrosion and weather. This unit will provide easy access for your staff and visitors to sanitise their hands as they come and go throughout the premises on a daily basis. The Wall Mounted Hand Sanitiser Dispenser is a product that you can use wherever required in your school as each one comes with screws to allow you to fix it to a wall or solid upright. All staff members and visitors should be vigilant about keeping their hands clean with frequent hand washing and therefore the availability of hand sanitiser in places where it is not always possible to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water should be made available. Our Wall Mounted Hand Sanitiser Dispensers hold 500ml of hand sanitiser and have a window to allow you to see when it requires to be refilled. This product is now reduced to €32.00 from €39.00 – a savings of €7.00! 

We also have a great price reduction on disposable face masks. The white KN95 Face Masks are made of non-woven breathable fabric with adjustable nose bridge and a comfortable strap for a secure and snug fit and they provide very effective protection against bacteria, droplets and dust. These masks have the following certifications CE, FDA DFA Class – D373853 FFP2 NR EN 149:2991 + A1:2009 and are of the protection class KN95, which is equivalent to N95 and FFP2 standards. The masks were €45.00 for a pack of 10 masks and are now selling at €35.00 – which is a savings of €10.00! The masks can also be purchased singly – now at €3.95 per mask (previously €4.95)! 

The second style disposable mask is the Protective Disposable Surgical Mask. They were originally priced at €40.00 for one box of 50 masks and are now reduced to €30.00 per box – another great savings! These masks have a 3-ply filter, protecting from bacteria, dust and other virus particles that may be present in the air. They are excellent value and are recommended for single use in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. They are light blue in colour and have elasticated ear loops meaning that one size fits all. You can also purchase these masks singly at a reduced price of €0.70 per mask – previously €0.89 per mask.

Since launching, our Disposable Lightweight Polyethylene Aprons have proved very popular with schools and we are now delighted to be able to provide them at a reduced price of €13.50 per pack of 100, which is a savings of €5.00! (previously €18.50). These aprons are lightweight and waterproof and are very versatile. They will protect staff and their clothing when dealing with children who are ill. They can also be used by staff when doing arts and crafts with younger children to protect staff clothing. The aprons can be easily discarded after use reducing the risk of viral contamination of clothes. The Plastic Disposable Gloves come in a packet of 100 and like the aprons are a great product to have on hand for staff members in order to keep good hygiene standards within your school. Gloves should always be worn when providing personal care for young children. Ensure correct disposal of all gloves to ensure the risk of any virus is kept to a minimum. This product is now reduced by €1.00 per pack from €4.25 to €3.25. 

Finally, the price of the Infrared Non-Contact Thermometer has now been reduced by €10.00! This product is now selling at €54.50  and was originally priced at €64.50. This thermometer measures the body’s thermal radiation from a distance with no contact required. This is a very useful product for screening for a high temperature, which can be a symptom of many viral infections. This is a battery operated product (2 x AAA batteries) and can therefore be used anywhere. For more information on any of our products you can go to our website.

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Up to €15.00 off Klorsept and Klorkleen Disinfectant Tablets for a limited time only!

Young children sneeze, cough and drool and they also handle and hug objects, touch various surfaces (many times!) and put objects into their mouths. As we know by now the COVID-19 virus may be transmitted in various ways such as sneezing, coughing or touching a surface that may be contaminated with the virus. It is therefore vital that there is a comprehensive cleaning regime in place to ensure that the possible spread of any virus is kept to a minimum level. Since launching on the Primary School Shop both Klorkleen and Klorsept Effervescent Disinfectant Tablets have become a firm favourite with school cleaning staff. Manufactured in Ireland by Medentech, both cleaning products offer a gold standard in disinfectant tablets, with Medentech recognised as the only company in Europe to hold US EPA approval for efficacy against Clostridium difficile spores in 4 minutes. 

The Klorkleen and Klorsept family of cleaning and disinfecting tablets are used worldwide in hospitals, nursing homes and locations where the utmost level of cleanliness is critical. Each Klorkleen or Klorsept tablet makes up to 5 litres of general cleaning fluid. A concentration of one tablet to two litres of water is recommended for complete effectiveness against COVID-19. Klorkleen has the same ingredients as Klorsept with an extra ingredient to address areas that require a more powerful cleaning agent. If you have not tried these products yet, here is a great opportunity you can avail of until 31st October. All costs below are inclusive of VAT @ 21%.

  • Klorsept 17 (200 tablets) – usual cost €75; NOW €60 – SAVE €15
  • Klorkleen (150 tablets) – usual cost €75; NOW €60 – SAVE €15
  • Klorsept 17 Mini (25 tablets) – usual cost €14.25; NOW €10.25 – SAVE €4
  • Klorkleen Mini (25 tablets) – usual cost €15.45; NOW €11.45 – Save €4
 

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    Dew Products – Helping to minimise the spread of the Cold and Flu Virus this Winter!

    As you know, good health and hygiene in your school is not just about COVID-19. We are currently heading into the Winter season where we will now have to encounter the circulation of cold and flu viruses as well as continue the fight against the COVID-19 virus. As with COVID-19 we need to ensure that we clean and disinfect high touch surfaces and practice good hand hygiene to minimise the spread of these viruses. The Dew product range available on The Primary School Shop can be used effectively against Colds and Flu viruses as well as COVID-19. There are a range of different sanitising and disinfectant products available from Dew that are all non-alcohol based, meaning they are safe for us and the environment and non-damaging to surfaces and objects. 

    DEW sanister products carry no fire risk and are not harmful to your skin or lungs (if inhaled). This means that the product can also be ‘fogged’ to quickly decontaminate an enclosed space. This can be done by using the Room Sanitiser or, for smaller areas or vehicles, the Personal  / Car Dry Mister. Either unit is simply filled with the Dew Disinfect Refill (available in both 5 litre and 2.5 litre cans) which disperses a harmless dry mist that will sanitise the air in the area of the room or space that you place the unit, killing 99.995% germs and viruses including Cold and Flu viruses. One Room Sanitiser can sanitise the air in a room of 50 square meters in less than 30 minutes. Our star Dew product is the Air Spray Atomiser  which can be used in all areas, including close to food.

    How do Dew Products work?

    Dew products are made up of 99.84% water, salt (Sodium Chloride) 0.134% and FAC of 0.026%. FAC stands for ‘Free Available Chlorine’ and in Dew’s case FAC is comprised of two components, Hypochlorous Acid and Sodium Hypochlorite. Hypochlorous acid is a substance that the human body itself naturally produces in order to fight infections. The Dew cleansers and disinfectants are made by passing electrical currents through a solution of de-ionised water and high purity salt (Sodium Chloride) in a chamber fitted with a specially designed membrane. This process is known as electrolysis. When Dew (electrolysed water) comes into contact with bacteria the Dew molecules cause an imbalance on the bacteria cell surface, breaking down its defences allowing the Hypochlorous Acid to render it harmless.

    Dew Products October Special Offers!

    Our special October offers can save you €25.00 on the Dew Room Sanitiser including 2 x 5L Disinfect Refills! The original price for the Dew Room Sanitiser and 2 x 5L Disinfect Refills is €159.00 and for a limited time only you can now purchase for €134.00! You can also save €7.00 on the Personal/Car Dry Mister as it is now reduced from €39.50 to €32.50. We are also delighted to announce a new product bundle available, the Dew Air and 5L Disinfect Refill with a saving of €5. The Dew Air Spray can be used to disinfect and deodrise the air around you. You simply spray liberally to eliminate any impurities such as airborne yeast, pollen and mould spores. It is also effective against cold and flu viruses. It is ideal for anyone who suffers from hayfever and can also be sprayed on clothes, soft furnishings and  carpets to freshen up. When your bottle is empty you do not need to discard it but simply fill up again with the 5 Litre refill, encouraging services to reduce their plastic waste by reusing! Head to our Dew Product Range on the Primary School Shop for more information! 

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    The Critical Importance of a Cleaning Regime in the fight against COVID-19

    Many schools will be re-opening at the end of August. All schools are now tasked with minimising the spread of infection for staff and children through the implementation of tight controls that reduce the transmission and spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. One of the ways that schools can greatly help to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus is to ensure that cleaning regimes are 100% in order so as to protect staff, children and visitors. Thorough cleaning followed by drying will remove large numbers of  various germs, spores, bacteria and fungi but may not necessarily destroy the germs completely. Germs are spread through hands, breathing, sneezing, clothes, skin scales, food and kitchen areas, high risk areas such as bathrooms and high touch areas such as computers and phones. Therefore, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces more often – particularly high touch areas such as door handles, classroom materials, desks, shared computers, phones etc. is most critical. 

    A ‘Clean as you Go’ policy should be in place for all schools to ensure that the number of germs and viruses such as the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the environment is reduced to a safe level. This can be done by ensuring;

    • Surfaces are cleaned, rinsed and dried before use or when visibly soiled.
    • Routine cleaning is accomplished using warm water and a general-purpose neutral pH detergent.
    • Manufacturer’s instructions are always followed when using detergents and disinfectants with regard to the use of personal protective clothing and dilution recommendations.
    • Do not guess measurements and always use a measure. 
    • Extra measures will not kill more bacteria or clean better – it will damage work surfaces, make floors slippery and give off unpleasant odours.
    • Water is changed frequently as dirty water is ineffective for cleaning.
    • Disinfecting surfaces are then rinsed.
    • Toilets, sinks, wash hand basins and surrounding areas are cleaned when required at least twice daily.

    At the Primary School Shop we now have two great new cleaning products available that are ideal for cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting all areas within your service. Klorkleen and Klorsept are very powerful, safe and come in tablet form, which makes it easy to use and store. Just drop a tablet into the correct volume of water, no mixing required. Both products are EPA and FDA registered and are considered safer and highly effective as a bleach replacement using 70% less chemicals. The active ingredient in both products is sodium troclosene (NADCC). While it does provide chlorine in the form of hypochlorous acid (HOCL) for sanitising and disinfection purposes, it is not a hypochlorite like chlorine bleach. The chemistry and mode of action of NaDCC is significantly different, producing a solution that is stable once diluted, particularly in the presence of organic contaminants. Studies have shown that HOCL has four times the anti-microbial killing power of hypochlorites (-OCL). 

    The recommendation would be to use Klorkleen daily for the first and last cleaning and Klorsept to be used in intermediary cleaning during each day. They are cost effective and have a long shelf life. There is no risk of spillage or leaks and there is no major corrosive effect with the majority of materials. Klorsept is provided in a tub of 200 soluble tablets and Klorkeen in a tub of 150 soluble tablets. Stored correctly they both have a shelf-life of up to 3 Years.

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    NEW – Portable COVID-19 Sanitising Products for use on-the-go!

    We all know by now the importance of hand hygiene in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus. Both the HSE and WHO have advised that frequent handwashing with warm water and soap is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus. Just like a cold, coronaviruses are spread through droplets from a person sneezing or coughing and potentially, from a contaminated surface. As public health restrictions are lifted, social distancing, proper hand washing and respiratory hygiene is now more important than ever. We are now moving around a lot more which means being in contact with more people and we are touching many more different surfaces on a regular basis. As we move about it is not always convenient for us to wash our hands at a sink with warm water and soap. Hand hygiene gels and wipes are a proven alternative to hand washing with water. 

    The Primary School Shop has just launched three great new portable hand hygiene products that can be used in situations where you are out and about and don’t have access to a place to wash your hands. The Hand Sanitiser Gel Sachets (Hand Sanitiser Gel Sachets) and the Alcohol Sanitising Wipes (Alcohol Sanitising Wipes) both come in individual single use sachets and are perfect to fit in any sized bag. These are ideal for providing a quick and easy solution to sanitise hands without water, which makes them ideal to use in any location and on any form of transportation. The wipes can also be used to sanitise small surfaces, toys, shopping trolleys etc. 
    The Portable Hand Sanitiser (Portable 100ml Hand Sanitiser) is a gel with 75% alcohol and comes in a 100ml handy sized bottle (12cm / 4.5in). All three products are ideal for people to have with them outside to ensure they can always keep their hands clean at all times. As they are all small and neat products they are easy to carry in a small bag or, with the sachets – even in your pocket!

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    Re-Open Safely with a Little Help from the Primary School Shop this Autumn!

    Prepare for your re-opening with our excellent range of COVID-19 Safety Products, including social distancing floor stickers, face masks, laminated A3 signs, and “footprint” design stencils and spray paint to mark social distancing for queueing outside.

    Sanitising Products

    We have a full complement of sanitising products, including sanitising stations, refillable hand sanitiser dispensers, keyboard/surface disinfecting spray and more. All our alcohol-based sanitising and disinfecting products are a minimum of 70% alcohol for powerful disinfecting of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Our keyboard disinfecting spray is ideal for very aggressive disinfecting using isopropyl alcohol. It evaporates quickly without leaving a residue.

    Face Masks

    We offer several options for face masks, including disposable KN95 PPE masks which offer excellent filtration of very small particles for most effective protection, as well as surgical style comfortable fit masks and cotton washable face masks.

    Contact-Free Thermometer

    Take an instant accurate temperature reading with no need for contact with our infrared thermometer. It takes a temperature measurement in less than one second and it is CE approved (European certification for health and safety). It is battery-operated (2x AAA batteries) so it can be used wherever it’s needed.

    Stickers and Signage


    We have great social distancing stickers for use inside the school. They are hard-wearing non-slip floor stickers with colourful footprint graphics (or alternately with an image of 2 children with the “2 metre” message). We also have arrow-style floor stickers to mark the path for one-way foot traffic. Our A3 instructional signs are laminated so they are suitable for areas that require frequent disinfection.

    Stencils and Spray Paints

    We have great “footprint” design stencils that can be used with spray paint to mark standing location for outdoor queues. We also have high-quality high-visibility fluorescent spray paints.

    Dew Non-Alcohol Sanitising/Disinfecting Products

    We also provide a complete range of Dew Non-Alcohol products. These sanitising and disinfecting products are made from electrolysed water which means they are extremely safe, child-friendly and safe for food preparation areas. They are also highly effective. Dew Disinfect is 99.995% effective at killing bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores and is 30 times more effective than bleach.

    Dew complies with the requirements of the European Biocide Regulation EU528/2012 Product Types 1-5, which means it is deemed not to be harmful to humans, animals or plants and it has been tested to BS EN 901 as being fit for human consumption in drinking water.