OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACongratulations: A big congratulations to all the children who made their First Holy Communion on May 25th last.

Best Wishes: Best of luck to all sixth class students who finish with the school and make the journey to second level next September.

Cumann na mBunscol Finals: A hugely impressive haul of eleven goals saw Our Lady’s Meadow to victory in O’Moore Park on May 3oth. At the final whistle the score was 11-01 to Paddock NS’ 3-04. A big thank you to Mary Cleary who helped train the girls during the year… congratulations girls – you did the school proud!

Thank You! Thanks to everybody who supported our recent fundraising events. Our Coffee Morning and Cake sale held on 13th April raised €404.69. Thanks to Supervalu in Ballyragget we bag packed on Friday 30th May. Despite low numbers available to bag pack on the day, we raised €548.92!

Scarecrow Workshop: Fourth Class had the opportunity to make scarecrows on Friday 6th June. Thanks to the committee members from the Durrow Scarecrow Festival who visited the school. We wish all the children good luck in this year’s competition and look forward to seeing your creations on show.

Parish Lotto: As you know the Schools participation in the Durrow Parish Lotto is one of our major fundraisers. We would like to say a big thank you to those who have contributed to date. Each week since the start of September we have sold over 100 tickets. Our Lotto profit since the start of the school year is an amazing €6,000+.

Planetarium Visit (compiled by fourth class students): On Friday the fourth of April, our school went to a Planetarium in the CYMS Hall in Durrow. Ollie Haughey was the owner. He had a big black dome that could inflate and we went inside it. He also had a big projector that shone onto the roof and showed us daytime, night time, planets and stars. We learned about the Ancient Egyptians using stars as calendars. Ollie had a remote that could change the picture from day to night and it could change it into pictures of planets and stars. We also learned that Venus spins backwards because millions of years ago a big meteor hit Venus and turned it upside down, which made it spin the opposite way to the others. One of the things we found really interesting was that there are more grains of sand on the earth than there are stars in the sky. We had a lot of fun and we learned a lot. We hope he comes to visit us again sometime!

Piglet’s Visit (compiled by fourth class students):Alison and Dominic Leonard, Sorsha ’s and Lucy’s parents, from Castlewood Organic farm came to visit our school, with seven new-born piglets. They were mostly black in colour, but some had white stripes and some others had patches of brown, like their Daddy.The whole school got to go out on the yard to see them in their basket on a bed of straw. Dominic told us that the piglets were born a week ago, with all five senses, but that their eyesight is poor. They hear very well though. He also told us that their mother had died two days after they were born so they had to bottle feed the baby pigs for the first few days. They are able to drink their milk from a trough now. The mother pig has been sent away for a Post Mortem to find out why she died because she was only four years old and it is unusual for them to die. It was funny watching all the piglets jumping and fighting with each other in their basket, but they also huddled together to keep themselves warm. We had lots of fun learning about the piglets.