We had a wonderful night at our End of Year Celebration. This was our opportunity to look back at some of the highlights of the past school year and to wish our 6th class pupils a fond farewell as they embark on the next stage of their education. We were delighted to welcome Cork football and hurling legend Seán Óg Ó hAilpín to Togher N.S. Seán Óg spoke to the children about his own time in school and the importance of education. He also spoke about his sporting career and the many benefits from participating in sport. He then presented the children with their medals. A huge thank you to Peadar (Daniel’s Dad) for facilitating this visit and our fantastic Parents Association for the lovely cakes and treats. We would like to wish Alice, Daniel, Muirís, Oisín and Shauna all the very best in secondary school and hope that they will call to see us again sometime.
So close yet so far! We continue to clock up the kilometres and are making our way around the Donegal coastline. We added another 45km on our Active School Walkway and have now arrived at Brinlack, Co. Donegal . Looking at the map of the Donegal coastline it’s obvious we are facing one massive final hurdle – Lough Swilly. We are really going to have to keep motoring if we are going to make our way around this fjord and complete our challenge.
We were delighted to welcome Adrian Boyle to Togher N.S. Adrian introduced the children to hand drumming with a selection of drums from Asia and Africa. As a “Hands on – Minds on” school what could be more hands on than drumming? Adrian showed the children how to drum a couple of drum patterns and after some practice the children combined these patterns. In quite a short time the children produced an impressive drum beat. Have a look at our video below.
The Summer Stars Reading Adventure for children will once again run in all library branches during the summer from 15th June to the end of August.
Summer Stars is an exciting reading-based programme which is available free of charge to children. They will be delighted to welcome children and their families to join in and we will encourage them to continue reading and using their local library during the summer months.
Each child is invited to register for the adventure at Dunmanway Library and will get a Summer Stars Reading Card to record and track their own progress. A library reward stamp will be added to their reading card at the library after each book read. At the end of the adventure, all children who participate are invited to attend an awards event at which they will be presented with their own Summer Stars certificate.
Children and families will also have access to fun reading activities on the Summer Starswebsite www.summerstars.ie . This site has lots of online activities as well as a range of animated ebooks. You will find a children’s books discussion board and interviews with well-known people about their favourite books. There are also helpful tips for reading and recommended titles by age group for children to read. The books can then be borrowed from your local library and it’s all free.
Events for children will also be held in the library during the summer.
Further information is available from Dunmanway Library on 023 8855411 or on https://www.librariesireland.ie/services/right-to-read/summer-stars
The children really enjoyed learning the age old skill of hand-weaving with Katrin today. The Industrial Revolution started with the weaving loom. Weaving cloth by hand is very time consuming and the weaving mills changed society completely. Weaving by hand gives the children a clear insight into how the process works and is also amazingly satisfying and creative.
The End of Year Celebration for 2019 will take place on Wednesday the 12th of June @ 7.00pm sharp. We hope to show our new FIS film if it is completed on time.
This year we have a very special guest presenting the medals! More details later.