Timahoe NS marked book week with a month of events recently, from meeting authors and storytellers to a trip to Carlow’s Visual theatre.
The boys of 4th 5th and 6th class met ghost-story writer Kieran Mark Crowley and the girls met young adult writer Claire Hennessy, at Abbeyleix Library.
Cork author Crowley gave the boys an insight into his success, from getting published, his inspiration, the thrill of seeing his first book cover, to being shortlisted for the Bisto Children’s Book of the Year Award in 2010.
He read from his book ‘Colm And The Lazarus Key’, described by student Dáire Mc Donald who had read it as “a real page turner”.
The girls heard from Claire Hennessy, writer of nine historical novels for children, who read from her recent novel ‘Seeds of Liberty: Three Battles for Independence’.
Claire described her love of reading, day-dreaming and writing, advising students to read at every opportunity.
Senior Infants and First Class travelled to Carlow to see ‘Mr Foley, The Radio Operator’, a one-man-show featuring Old Jack Foley who has a sore toe and sits alone by his radio twiddling the dials on his memories. Theatre Lovett brought the students into a world of radio waves, sorrowful partings and slapstick comedy.
“The sounds, acting and lighting really captured the children’s imagination the whole way through.” said teacher Aoife Booth.
“They enjoyed the lesson after the show on using facial expressions and body language” said Ann Mathews.
An important aspect of the Timahoe NS book-fest was ensuring every student has a library card, to use at any of the ten libraries in Laois.
For Science week, pupils visited the labs in Carlow Institute of Technology for an Action Comet Workshop, described as “the best day this year so far” by 5th class student Heather Bennett.
Astronomer Deirdre Kelleghan told them about the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission to the 67/P CG comet. The timing was ideal as the Philae lander was due to land on the comet that very afternoon - the first time ever that a probe from Earth would land on a comet.
“It was so exciting as the timing was perfectly in tune. Terms such as ESA and Rosetta were common place to them by the end of the day,” said Principal Ann Bergin.
The children drew and make models of comets, getting gifts of stickers, pencils, posters and Philae lander models.
“They have been following the progress of the mission since,” said teacher Michael McEvoy.
“It was really cool, I was surprised that the comet was made from ice,” said Thomas Duff.
It is the third year that Timahoe students have attended a science event at Carlow IT. The school has also been awarded the prestigious Excellence in Maths and Science Award for 2012, 2013 and 2014.