Bees Orchards

We were delighted to receive one pear tree and three apple trees from Dunmanway Family Resource Centre. This is part of a Bees Orchards in the community project.

It is all about Bee Friendly & ensuring children get the opportunity to engage in biodiversity by planting trees & plants for our bees to pollinate & reduce the decline in our bees in Ireland.

They were planted in our school garden today and we look forward to the fruit they will produce in the next few years.

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!)

Mr. D’s Workshop – Rubber band powered car

When you stretch a rubber band it stores potential energy. Specifically it stores elastic potential energy—the type of energy stored when a material is deformed.  A rubber band can be attached to a simple machine—a wheel and axle—to build a simple rubber band–powered car. Experimentation and re-design allows the rubber band – powered car to go further and faster. During Mr. D’s Science Workshop the children explored and experimented with rubber band-powered cars to make their cars go further and faster. Hope you enjoy our video.

3D Printing

During the summer two teachers from Togher N.S. were invited to a workshop on 3D design and printing. This 3.5 day course was funded by EIT-Manufacturing and supported by Stryker and I-Form (University College Dublin) in Ireland; Arts et Metier Institute of Technology in France; and University of Tartu in Estonia. Participating teachers were provided with a free, long-term loan of a 3D printer for their school.

3D printing makes learning active, giving students hand-on experience and brings their CAD (Computer-aided design) projects to life. With the expansion of the applications of 3D printing technology throughout industry, it is important that students start to develop the design and technical skills required to harness this technology while giving them an enjoyable, self- directed experience.

This week we explored computer aided design and set up our 3D printer. We soon printed our first CAD drawings.


Stories of the Revolution

As part of the ‘Stories of the Revolution’ project, children from various primary schools including Togher N.S. were asked to collect stories relating to the 1916-1923 period from their own area.

Congratulations to our past pupils who as a result of historical research they undertook at the time, are now published authors. ‘Stories of the Revolution’, a beautifully presented publication was officially launched in the Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway on 23rd September.

This project was devised and supported by the team at the Skibbereen Heritage Centre.


The science of bridge building

The children in the Senior Room have been studying the science of bridge building. They were given the challenge of designing and building a simple bridge using paper, glue and some sticky tape. The finished bridges were then tested using plastic cubes.

Clay Hedgehogs

The children in the Junior Room have been learning about autumn. Some Irish animals, including the hedgehog, are getting ready for their winter hibernation. The children in the junior room enjoyed making these lovely clay hedgehogs.