One4all reveals our favourite school memories and says ‘Thank You’ Teacher

A recent survey reveals some interesting anecdotes about memories we have shared from our school days.

  • Hanging out with friends is our favourite memory from our school days
  • Almost a quarter (24%) admit to having had a crush on a teacher at school
  • To believe in the impossible, always be honest and to work hard are just some of the ways our teachers have inspired us
  • Pretending to be sick, playing pranks on the teachers and not doing homework are some of the naughtiest things we did at school
  • English voted our favourite subject at school and Maths voted our least favourite
  • Pay more attention, enjoy it and be more confident are some of the words of wisdom we would tell our younger selves about our school days.

They say they’re the best days of your life and over half of Irish people agree according to a new survey. The research, carried out by the seriously smart gift card company One4all to mark the end of the school term and say ‘Thank You Teacher’, reveals that 53% say their school days were the best of their life. Hanging out with friends is our favourite school memory according to 47% followed by school tours (22%) and the teacher not giving homework (16%).

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The One4all survey also finds that 80% of us had a favourite teacher at school and almost 1 in 4 (24%) admit to having had a crush on a teacher. English teachers topped the poll as our favourite educators (22%) and English was also voted our favourite subject at school with 19% of the vote.

Maths is our least favourite subject (25%) followed by Irish (23%) and History (10%). Despite Maths not scoring on the popularity front, when asked which celebrity they would like to have as a teacher for a day, comedian and mathematician Dara O’Briain came out top with (30%). Former Irish & English teacher turned actor Brendan Gleeson was second (28%).

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In celebration of our favourite teachers and magic memories, One4all has created a special edition Gift Card for anyone wanting to say ‘Thank You Teacher’ this summer.The One4all Thank You Teacher Gift Card is a seriously smart solution to a gift that is typically difficult to get right and for parents chipping in together.

According to the One4all research, we are more nice than naughty as a nation with 1 in 5 claiming they were a class clown at school while almost a third admit to being a Teacher’s pet. Pretending to be sick, playing pranks on the teachers and not doing homework are some of the naughtiest things we did at school while one respondent admitted to taking the classroom door off its hinges and hiding it outside!

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Over half (55%) say they had nicknames for their teacher at school with Rocky, The Penguin, Jaws, Noddy and Teddy Bear all making the list of alternative monikers.

Commenting One4all brand ambassador and TV presenter Lucy Kennedy said; “The results show what a massive impact Teachers have had, and continue to have on our life with many of us having been inspired by a favourite teacher. For anyone who wants to say thank you to their Teacher, One4all has a special edition Thank You Teacher Gift Card available, the ideal way to show your appreciation this summer.”

The One4all Thank You Teacher survey also reveals that 47% say their Teachers were an inspiration to them. To believe in the impossible, aim high, always be honest, work hard and have self-confidence are just some of the ways our teachers have inspired us over the years.

When asked what advice they would give their younger selves about their school days? ‘Pay more attention, enjoy it more, and be more confident, are just some of the words of wisdom we would share.’

Special Edition ‘Thank you Teacher’ Gift Cards are available at One4all.ie, your local Post Office and in selected PostPoint, Applegreen and Topaz Service Stations nationwide.