Christmas Coffee Shop

The Parent Association would like to extend a warm welcome to all to visit our Christmas Coffee Shop on Saturday, 8th December from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school. There will be hot chocolate, treats, a selection of home-baked goods, handmade decorations and Christmas cards on sale. This promises to be a wonderful event for all the family and the funds raised will go towards new playground markings to enhance the outdoor areas for the children.

All help for this event would be greatly appreciated in terms of setting up, baking and tidying up. If you can help in any way, please let the Parent Association know by emailing taunaghpa@gmail.com.

Space

As part of our Shared Education project, the children had the opportunity to visit the Exploration Dome which is a digital mobile planetarium. The children were dazzled by an astronomy show and a film about the planets. In addition, the junior classes set up a space station as part of their play time in Aistear, while the senior classes completed mini-projects where they created posters about space. This has been a most enjoyable theme to explore.

Back to School

Welcome Back!

We would like to welcome everyone back after the summer holidays. Our new school year commences on Wednesday, 29th August at 9.10 a.m.

In particular, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Jaydon who has started Junior Infants. We would also like to welcome Ms. Hobson who will be working in the Junior Room with Ms. Crummy and we hope that she will be very happy in our school.

The School Day
Door opens: 9.10 a.m.
School begins: 9.20 a.m.
Break: 11.00-11.10 a.m.
Lunch: 12.30-1.00 p.m.
Infant Collection: 1.50 p.m.
End of school day: 2.50 p.m.

Aoife McDermott’s Visit to our School

It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Aoife Mc Dermott to Taunagh N.S. today. Aoife spoke to the children about her love of sport and highlighted the importance of hard work and a positive attitude. She explained how she played basketball before taking on the new challenge of playing rugby. Aoife is on the Irish women’s senior rugby team and brought her jersey and cap along today for all the children to see. Aoife was so generous with her time and really encouraged the children!

Church Trail

On Friday, the pupils from 1st to 6th class completed a church trail in Taunagh Parish Church. Each child had a booklet and worked in groups to answer questions and sketch different parts of the church. This was a very interesting activity and the children were really engaged in the task.

Our next step will be to draw different items in the church to display on the church noticeboards. Many thanks to Hilda for setting the communion table. The children were interested to see how it was set up.

Church Trail

Raising our Green Flag

This afternoon, we welcomed three players from Sligo Rovers F.C. to raise our third green flag. Eduardo Pinceli, Seamus Sharkey and Adam Wixted joined us today to mark this special occasion. Azaan, the chairperson of our Green Schools committee, made a speech and Mr. Pinceli then raised the flag. The children had a wonderful game of football and are delighted to go home saying they played with Sligo Rovers! Many thanks to the three players for making it such a memorable afternoon. We wish Sligo Rovers the very best in their match against Limerick tomorrow in The Showgrounds.

Green Schools Awards Ceremony

Three pupils from Taunagh N.S. collected our third green flag for water on Tuesday, 15th May in the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris. They had a wonderful day and we are all looking forward to raising this flag.

Green Schools

Our Little Chicks

There has been huge excitement in the school since the first chick hatched. As I write this post, even more chicks are hatching – or pipping and zipping to be precise. We really enjoyed holding the chicks and having some cuddle time!

Our Little Chicks

The Junior Room

About Taunagh N.S.

Taunagh National School
Scoil Naisiúnta Tamhnach

Written by the pupils of Fifth and Sixth Class:
Anna Bagnall, Harriot Byrne, Azaan Butt, Evan Murphy, Keelan Murphy and Sophie Swann.

Taunagh N.S. is located in the heart of the village and was previously known as Riverstown No. 2 School. It is a two-teacher school with a downstairs classroom for Junior Infants to Second Class and an upstairs classroom for Third to Sixth class. There are currently twenty-nine pupils enrolled in the school. There are twelve children in the Junior Room and seventeen children in the Senior Room. There are children in all the classes from Junior Infants right up to Sixth Class. There is also an office upstairs and a computer room downstairs. In 2009, an extension was built onto the school which includes bathrooms, a storage room and a new entrance.

Ms. Rena Crummy is the Junior Room teacher and has been teaching here since November 2004. Ms. Linda Mc Mahon is the principal and Senior Room teacher. She has been teaching here since September 2015. We are very lucky to have such talented and kind teachers. The Board of Management oversees the finances and policies. Canon Swann is our Chairperson. The Parent Association organises fundraisers and events for the school community. Our school uniform is a red jumper or cardigan, a white t-shirt and, grey trousers or a grey pinafore/skirt. Lara Swann, a past pupil, designed our school crest which consists of a book, pencils and a view of our school.

There is a lot of variety every week with all the subjects we do. The core subjects are English, Gaeilge and Mathematics. We study History, Geography and Science as part of Social, Environmental and Scientific Education. The Arts subjects include Visual Arts, Music and Drama. We also do Physical Education, Religion and Social, Personal, Health Education (SPHE).
We do a lot of fun activities here in Taunagh N.S. Every year we prepare pieces for a Christmas service in Taunagh Parish Church. We perform a play, followed by hymns. We all have an important role in the service. In the summer term, we go on a school tour. In 2016 everyone in the school went to Dublin Zoo. We saw a lot of animals. What started off as a sunny day, didn’t last. We were very wet coming home but we stopped off at Supermacs to get something to eat. In 2017 we went to the Shannon River Adventure. There were a lot of activities involved such as kayaking, archery, wall climbing and a mud slide. We got very wet on this tour too, but it was worth it! This year, the seniors are going to W5 and the Titanic Museum in Belfast with 5th and 6th class from Ardkeeran N.S. We also attend swimming lessons and do sports day with Coolbock N.S. every year. We get into teams and compete with each other. We have a lot of fun doing this.

We are very proud of our achievements in this school. As part of the Write a Book project, we write our very own stories and publish them. All our hard work is acknowledged and a winner is chosen from each class that takes part. Our school has won the An Post Handwriting Competition two years in a row. In 2016 Anna Bagnall won and in 2017 Amy Bagnall won. We enter every year as it is a good opportunity to prepare a piece of handwriting which we can be really proud of. We also take part in the Eason Spelling Bee. Sophie Swann and Daniel O’Hara have represented our school at this competition.

We enjoy taking part in art competitions too. Sophie Swann won the Aurivo competition where she designed a poster to promote milk as a healthy drink. Patrick Ryan-Jones won a prize in the Someone Like Me competition which highlights inclusion. We also submit entries to the art competition part of Sligo Feis Ceoil and we normally have a number of prize winners. Every Monday our tin whistle teacher, Mr. Michael Hurley, comes in to the school and we learn the tin whistle. We take part in the Sligo Feis Ceoil tin whistle band competition where a group of children from the senior room plays two tin whistle tunes in front of a judge. We make great progress learning the tin whistle as Michael is a talented musician and very encouraging.

The Parent Association organises great activities for us all. We had a cake sale and two book fests. Alan Nolan, a children’s author was our special guest at the book fests. There was a great raffle at the cake sale, as well as beautiful Christmas cards on sale which were designed by the pupils. We are so fortunate to have an active Parent Association that organises great activities for us all. Many thanks to all the members of the Parent Association.

As we are a digital school, technology is a big part of our learning. We earned the digital schools award because we use iPads and laptops to help us learn other subjects. The skills we learn are typing on the laptops where we publish posters, e-books, stories and poems. We do research on the internet to get facts for our projects and we make sure we stay safe online. Celebrating Safer Internet Day is important as it helps us to remember how to use the internet wisely. We also use apps on the iPads to complete projects. We have used Book Creator and Keynote Presentations where we do our history projects in groups on topics such as Ancient Egypt and Pompeii. We are currently creating presentations about hatching chicken eggs in an incubator. We have a school website where we keep a record of our work, projects and all the different activities we take part in. Without doubt, technology is an important tool in our classrooms.

The Green Schools initiative has been a big part of our school since we started work on Litter and Waste in 2013. Since then we have earned three flags. We have completed Litter and Waste, Energy and Water. Each year, senior pupils have the chance to join the committee. The roles are shared out among the members. The main jobs are chairperson, secretary, public relations officer, researcher and spokesperson. Ms. Sinead Reynolds, our support teacher, helps us with Green Schools projects, ideas and themes. As part of the Green Schools programme we have also worked on gardening with Ms. Jane O’Hara where we maintain our raised vegetable and flower beds. We hope Green Schools will remain a part of our future to fulfil our dream of making the world a better place.

In December 2017, Taunagh N.S began collaborating with Ardkeeran N.S for a Shared Education project with Peace IV. For the first year of the project, the senior pupils worked with Fifth and Sixth Class from Ardkeeran. The project is called ‘We Do Robotics’. We are using Lego WeDo kits where we work together to construct Lego robots and make them move. The Lego WeDo kits allow us to build a robot which uses bluetooth to connect to an iPad or laptop. It is an interesting way to learn more about engineering and science. So far the pupils of Taunagh are doing a great job and are looking forward to completing this project. Next year, the two schools will continue to work together with pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class learning together in the area of science.

In conclusion, Taunagh N.S. has a Christian ethos reflecting the tradition and teaching of the Church of Ireland. The values of forgiveness, reconciliation, new beginnings and hope are promoted in our school. We are encouraged to learn to think independently, tolerate and value diversity, respect ourselves and each other, and be responsible for ourselves and to society.

Caring for Newly Hatched Chicks

When you are caring for newly hatched chicks, you will need the following:

  • A deep, durable tub
  • Sawdust
  • Shallow water dish
  • Dish for food – hard-boiled egg and chick crumb
  • An infra-red lamp for heat

Little chicks need to be kept safe and warm. As with all birds and animals, you need to care for them and know how to look after them.