We would like to wish our children, parents and the school community a wonderful Christmas and all the very best in the New Year.
The children at Togher N.S. are a talented group. Our parents and school community had a wonderful time watching the children perform individual acts, sing Christmas carols and songs and perform our Christmas play. Our Christmas play was written by the children themselves and involved Santa, Kevin the Carrot, Elf on a Shelf, a Christmas Tree Angel and many other colourful characters including a David Brown tractor. A huge thank you to Victor from the S.C.P. for all his help with the play and to our parents for providing the children with such fantastic costumes.
We were delighted to welcome Santa at Togher N.S. At this time of year Santa is busy checking his Naughty or Nice lists and we were delighted to learn that all our children are currently on the Nice list. The children enjoyed singing some Christmas songs for Santa. However Santa had harsh words for some of the teachers. Elf on the shelf monitoring suggests that some teachers may be receiving lumps of coal!
Orange pomander balls are quite possibly the quickest and best all-natural and aromatic decoration for the Christmas season. The infusion of clove oil into the sweet oranges perfumes the air with a marvellous Christmas aroma. This year Katrin showed the children how to make wonderful orange pomander balls.
The children had a wonderful day at Cork Opera House for the Peter Pan pantomime. This year’s show was packed with magical special effects, wonderful scenery and costumes, spectacular music and dance routines and hilarious comedy capers. The children had a most enjoyable and entertaining day. Oooh yes they did!
It has long been the tradition here at Togher N.S. for the 5th and 6th classes to make Christmas cakes. Just like every other year, we kept the tradition, using the usual recipe and using no electric mixers. The children mixed the ingredients perfectly using a wooden spoon, while chatting happily and listening to Christmas songs. The cakes all turned out brilliantly.
The recipe for our Christmas Cake is as follows:
225g (8 ozs) butter
225g (8 ozs) pale, soft brown sugar, or golden caster sugar
285g (10 ozs) plain flour
1 tsp mixed spice
340g (12 ozs) sultanas
340g (12 ozs) currants
340g (12 ozs) raisins
110g (4 ozs) glace cherries
110g (4 ozs) candied peel
110g (4 ozs) ground almonds (almonds are optional, just increase the
amount of flour if you don’t want almonds!)
1 large or 2 small apples