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!)
We hope you enjoy our Halloween Parade video.
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.
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.
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.
750g pumpkin, diced
250 g potatoes, diced
3 medium onions, diced
3 chicken stock cubes, crumbled
250 ml thickened cream
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.
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.
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.