Ukulele

In recent weeks the ukulele has been introduced to Togher N.S. and has proved to be an enormous success. The ukulele is commonly associated with music from Hawaii. The instrument is based on several small, guitar-like instruments of Portuguese origin first developed in the 1880s. The ukulele is a perfect introduction to stringed instruments as basic ukulele skills can be learned fairly easily. After the 1960s, the ukulele declined in popularity until the late 1990s, when interest in the instrument reawakened. This highly portable, relatively inexpensive instrument has become hugely popular again. All-time best-selling Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo’ole helped repopularize the instrument, in particular with his 1993 reggae-rhythmed medley of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World,”. Many of the children at Togher N.S. have now got their own ukuleles and are busy working on the cords of their own favourite songs (some teachers are also busy strumming away with the children) This week a base guitar was introduced to the lesson and our children explored how different instruments work together.

 

Togher’s Got Talent

We had our annual Togher’s Got Talent on Tuesday. The standard this year was amazing with pupils singing, dancing, performing magic tricks, playing instruments. performing gymnastics and even a woodwork demonstration. Congratulations to all who participated and thank you for a highly enjoyable and entertaining show.

 

Drumming

We were delighted to welcome Adrian Boyle to Togher N.S. again. During his last visit Adrian introduced the children to hand drumming with a selection of drums from Asia and Africa.  For this lesson Adrian helped the children develop and improve their drumming skills and they were soon producing an impressive drum beat.

 

 

 

 

 

Togher’s got Talent

As part of our Halloween celebrations we enjoyed Togher’s got Talent. This years competition involved a wide variety of acts that were hugely entertaining. Congratulations to all the children that performed their wonderful acts. Many thanks to Roger from the S.C.P. for judging the competition and for his kind words to all the performers.

 

Drumming in Togher

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.

Christmas Variety Performance

We had a highly entertaining afternoon watching the Christmas Variety Show. The children sang a medley of Christmas songs and performed Christmas tunes. The younger children enjoyed singing “Has anyone seen Santa  and the older children performed “Christmas Chaos” a play they had written themselves.

 

 

 

Aladdin

We had a great time at the pantomime Aladdin in The Cork Opera House. This years show involved fantastic set design, wonderful costumes and a live band. The cast of characters – Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Wishee Washee, Abanazar, The Genie, and of course the grand dame Nanny Nellie enthralled the children. Pantomime is all about audience participation and the children really enjoyed singing along with hits both old and new as well as the usual pantomime catch phrases.

DVD Launch

Christmas came early at Togher National School! We were delighted to be asked to participate in a Christmas DVD to help raise funds to upgrade the Dunmanway Community Playground – so on went the Christmas jumpers and out came the Christmas bells. We are really looking forward to the launch of this DVD on Thursday 13th which will feature the children from the Dunmanway area singing their favourite Christmas carols.

We would like to thank Victor for filming the DVD for us.

The DVD can be bought for €7.