OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: On Tuesday 22nd of October Ms. Cronin’s 3rd class took the community bus down to The Granary. There they met a lady called Elaine Keegan. Elaine works as a Wildlife Ranger. She told the children all about bats.
The boys and girls learned about all the different types of bats there are around the world, particularly in Ireland. Ireland is the home of small bats e.g. brown long eared bats, horse-shoe bats, pipistrelle bats and leisler bats. These bats eat insects and drink milk.
Baby bats are called pups and bats give birth to one pup a year in a maternity roost. These pups live for about a year but some have been known to live for up to 8 years.
Bats make squeaky noises to communicate and to see where they are going in the dark. This noise is called echo location. These screams are too high pitched for humans to hear. Elaine uses a bat detector to hear these sounds when she is out looking for bats.
Contrary to popular belief, Elaine reassured us that bats are not blind, they do not stick to your hair, they bite only when scared and they do not suck human blood!
In fact, bats are friendly, cute, furry mammals.
Elaine surprised the group by bringing in some bats for the children to see. They got to see, and even hold, a pipistrelle and leisler’s bat.
Everyone had a very enjoyable time and are now all batty about bats!
The Parents Association of Our Lady of Lourdes School organised a Halloween Fun Day, where the children had a choice of dressing up in costume or coming to school in their regular clothes. 3rd class had a ball and played lots of traditional Halloween games such as Snap Apple, Apple Bob and Blind Man’s Bluff. First class actually made slime in their class so that they could use it to play games. A strange fact we discovered about slime is that when you turn your back on it, it grows! Jack Molloy, Angela Kelly, Leah Ryan, Jaden Collins and Diana Haurylava went to the cookery room and made pancakes and Halloween buns. We had great fun!
JOBS FAIR: Our Lady of Lourdes Community Services Group hosted a Jobs Fair during the week; exhibitors included the Department of Social Protection, Limerick City Adult Education Services, Limerick Youth Reach, National Learning Network, UL Downtown Centre, Mary Immaculate College Access Office, & OLOL CSG. A free bus was also provided from the centre to Thomond Park on the day for anyone seeking to attend the Job Shop which ran on the same day.
STEPS SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME: On Tuesday 29th October, staff along with our secondary school pupils and parents attended a screening in the Limerick Omniplex. The screening was in relation to the anti-smoking campaign short films which were made during the summer programme. This was in partnership with Southside Deps linked with the Irish Cancer Society. Every group received a trophy; three groups received prizes for different categories. There was great attendance, some brilliant dancers, and congratulations to all involved, especially the Rathkeale group who won first place, and also to our own Dean Phillips who won a best actor award. Well done!
On Wednesday 30th October, 3rd and 4th class pupils took part in a gardening project in partnership with OLOL CDP. A big thanks to Ann and Sylwia, the kids had a great time designing beautiful pot plants with clay, feathers, paints, etc. They also had a barbecue, a few games of bingo, and a couple of spooky Halloween word searches. Also congratulations to our bingo winners Alan Cosgrave, Martin O Leary, Laura Roche, and the winners of target shooting Johnathan Mc Grath, Dessie Collins and Kate Roche.
Finally on Thursday October 31, we did decoupage with 5th and 6th class pupils. They made beautiful decoupage pictures, some of which will be sold in the Christmas market. They too had a barbecue and a few games of bingo. Congratulations to Mya Barry, a big winner in the bingo and also to Jack Molloy.
LOCAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE: The Local Education Committee invites parents in the Community to sit on this group. If interested please contact Karen Ryan on (087) 1952428
COMMUNITY LAW AND MEDIATION SERVICE: The Free Legal Advice Clinics in OLOL for November are Wednesday the 6th and Wednesday the 20th from 10am – 12.30 pm. Any queries contact Caroline Keane Solicitor 061 536100
ZUMBA CLASSES: Classes start on Friday Novemer 8th at 7-8pm in The Factory, Southside Youthspace, Galvone Industrial Estate, Southill, Limerick. Cost €8 per class. For further information, please contact Karen at 087 1761582 or Wojtek at 087 9757435 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNITY BINGO IS BACK: Monday November 4 2013 at 8:30pm in Our Lady of Lourdes Community Cenre. All welcome! NB: Strictly over 18’s.