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Talk Like a Pirate Day (19th September)

September 19th marks “Talk like a pirate day” around the world, (yes, it really does exist!)  Not only is this a really fun thing to do with children, pirates are a great theme to work with.  Thanks to films like Pirates of the Carribean, pirates are popular with children and

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Chile (18th September)

[Text/image: Wikipedia] The celebration of Fiestas Patrias is an expression of Chilean culture. Traditional activities associated with the Dieciocho include Chilean rodeo, dancing the cueca, going to fondas, and barbecue.[1] Officially, activities on September eighteen are centered around a religious celebration “Te Deum Ecuménico de Fiestas Patrias”. This ceremony, which

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Snooker (17th September)

Ken Doherty, probably Ireland’s most successful snooker player was born on the 17th September 1969. Snooker is a cue sport that is typically played on a table covered with a green cloth or baize, with pockets situated in each of the four corners and a further two, commonly referred to as

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Rosh Hashannah

The Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashannah.   It usually takes place between September and October.  This is because the Jewish calendar follows the moon’s cycle rather than the Sun.  As it’s also the beginning of the new school year, Rosh Hashannah is a great comparison for new beginnings

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The Ozone Layer (16th September)

September 16 was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. This designation was made on December 19, 1994, in commemoration of the date, in 1987, on which nations signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. [Text:

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Democracy (15th September)

In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe 15 September as the International Day of Democracy and invited all member states and organizations to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness. The preamble of the resolution affirmed that: while democracies share common features, there

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Watermelons (14th September)

On 14th September 1951, a seedless watermelon was developed in America. One might think that watermelons might be an unusual theme for schools but there are a number of lessons that can be made using the fruit as a stimulus. America celebrates National Watermelon Day in August and there are

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Roald Dahl Day (13th September)

From Wikipedia:  Born in Llandaff, Cardiff, to Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl is known as one of the world’s best-selling authors. In 2008 The Times placed Dahl sixteenth on its list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945″.  His short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children’s books for their unsentimental, often very dark

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Scooby Doo (13th September)

Scooby Doo first appeared on American TV screens on 13th September 1969. (Text/Image from Wikipedia) Scooby-Doo is an American cartoon series based around several animated television series and related works produced from 1969 to the present day. The original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, was created for Hanna-Barbera Productions by

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Cave Paintings (12th September)

From History Channel Web Site: On 12th September 1940, near Montignac, France, a collection of prehistoric cave paintings were discovered by four teenagers who stumbled upon the ancient artwork after following their dog down a narrow entrance into a cavern. The 15,000- to 17,000-year-old paintings, consisting mostly of animal representations,

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