The Great Egg Drop Challenge

As part of Science Week the children in the Junior Room participated in the Great Egg Drop Challenge. The difference work groups were each given an egg and a range of materials – with the challenge to use the available materials to ensure that the egg could be dropped from a height without breaking. This challenge encourages problem solving, egg -perimenting and egg-samples of  egg- cellent,  egg- quisite and egg-traordinary egg puns (sorry!)

Halloween Feast

The ancient Celtic festival of Samhain celebrated the passing from summer to winter. People disguised themselves using animal skins to protect against evil spirits on the prowl and lit fires to guide the good spirits during Samhain. Households would also carve scary faces into turnips and leave them at the doorstep to warn off evil spirits. We love dressing up at Togher N.S. and there were some wonderful costumes on display for our Halloween celebrations.

Ghoul School

The children in the Junior Room arrived to the school in their wonderful costumes ready for the Halloween Party. A huge thank you to Viktoriya – Téja’s Mum for the wonderfully gruesome Halloween cupcakes.

 

Pumpkin soup and brown bread

The Festival of Samhain marked the end of the Celtic year and the beginning of the new one and as such can be seen to the equivalent of New Year’s Eve. This morning the children were busy preparing and chopping vegetables as we got ready for the Samhain feast. The sound of chopping was soon replaced by the wonderful smell of brown bread and pumpkin soup.

Pumpkin soup recipe

Our pumpkin soup was so popular that we have to share the recipe. The children really enjoyed the pumpkin soup with our homemade brown bread.

Preparation Time: 15-30 minutes.

Ingredients
750g pumpkin, diced
250 g potatoes, diced
3 medium onions, diced
3 chicken stock cubes, crumbled
840ml water
250 ml thickened cream
Salt
Pepper

Method
1. Place all ingredients, except cream in a large saucepan.
2. Simmer until vegetables are tender.
3. Remove from the heat.
4. Blend with a stick blender until smooth.
5. Add cream and stir through (do not boil after adding cream).
6. Season to taste.

Togher’s Got Talent

The children treated us to some wonderful singing, gymnastics, story-telling, signing to music, magic, instrument playing and even show jumping as part of Togher’s Got Talent. This annual event is a fun, engaging way for the children to show off something they are good at, practice performing, stand in front of an audience (or send a video) and receive positive feedback for their efforts. Congratulations to all the children that took part.

A trip to the movies

We had a wonderful day at the Cinemax Bantry to watch the film Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile. The children enjoyed popcorn and a drink to get the full movie going experience. Togher N.S, has participated in the FÍS Film Project for many years. FÍS explores film as a medium of expression in relation to the arts, and introduces children to aspects of the film-making process.

Scratch Programming

The children in 1st and 2nd class were delighted to code their first Scratch computer game. Scratch coding allows children to become content creators – a skill that is becoming increasingly important. At Togher N.S. we enable children to use I.T. as a tool rather than just entertainment.