We are delighted to be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March. Over the last 20 years World Book Day has become firmly established as Ireland’s biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading. The main aim is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with an opportunity to have a book of their own.

Each child has been given a voucher to the value of €1.50 to encourage the purchase of a book.

The World Book Day Book Tokens are valid from Monday 27th February–  27th March 2017.

Meeting Marita Conlon-McKenna

We were delighted to meet Marita Conlon-McKenna in Dunmanway Library today.
Marita Conlon-McKenna is an award winning Irish writer of adult and children’s fiction. Her books are enjoyed by readers across the world.
Marita’s children’s book, Under the Hawthorn Tree is set during the Great Irish Famine and has become a children’s classic. Winner of ‘The International Reading Association Award’ (U.S.A.) it is part of the acclaimed ‘Children of the Famine’ trilogy.

After her presentation there were lots of questions for Marita, in particular, was she going to write a follow-up to the Children of the Famine trilogy. Marita is thinking of writing a book about one of the characters who moves to the Wild West – so keep on eye out!
Afterwards she spend time meeting pupils and she signed books and bookmarks for us.



Cooking with chocolate!


What has making and more importantly eating chocolate buns got to do with literacy? It just so happens that there is a story in the second class English reader called The Story of Chocolate, so obviously the children had to investigate the properties of chocolate. That’s our excuse anyway!!DSCN7258DSCN7236 DSCN7239 DSCN7233 DSCN7230 DSCN7227 DSCN7223 DSCN7254

Dunmanway Library

Please note the following from Dunmanway Library:

Dunmanway Library (along with other libraries in Cork county) is taking part in a
‘Summer Reading Adventure’–a programme encouraging children to read during the
summer holidays.
Children can register for this free programme in the library and will receive
a Summer Reading Card.
Children can record their progress and a reward stamp will be added for every
book they read. All the children who participate will be invited to an awards event at the
end of the summer and will receive a certificate.
Children can register for the ‘Summer Reading Adventure’ from 26th June. To see more visit www.librariesireland.ie/summer-reading-adventure and www.corkcoco.ie/library


World Book Day

As part of World Book Day, pupils from senior infants upwards have a login code and password for Reading Eggs at www.readingeggs.com Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities.
Pupils were also presented with a voucher worth €1.50 which can be redeemed against the cost of a book they may wish to purchase.

Five Minutes’ Peace

The children in the Junior Room have been reading
“Five Minutes’ Peace” by Jill Murphy as their book
of the month.
Mrs Large just wants five minutes’ peace. However,
Lester, Laura and the baby have other ideas!
(A story every parent will identify with)Five Minutes' Peace

Creative School Award

The Association for Creativity and Arts in Education presented the Creative School Award to Togher National School recently as the school was successful in meeting the criteria outlined by the Association.  Dáire Hayes and Michael Cronin along with Mary Keane travelled to the Ark Cultural Centre for Children in Dublin to accept the award on behalf of the school.   The author Siobhan Parkinson presented the award to Dáire and Michael.  Ms. Parkinson stated that she particularly liked our project  as it was planned in a similar way to the way she plans and writes her books.  Many of the invited guests visited Dáire and Michael’s table to discuss our project.  Both boys were very articulate and well able to answer all the questions.  They showed examples of our work on the ipad and in hard copy.  Many commented on the neat handwriting and wonderful drawing.

Dáire, Michael and Mrs Keane enjoyed a nice lunch after the event.  They visited some historical sites and monuments of interest before returning home, tired but happy.