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It's not often we have news during the holidays but pupils who were able, took part in two butterfly release events! The children took home a cylinder cage each at the start of the holidays to continue feeding peacock caterpillars until they pupated. The emerged butterflies would then be released at their homes.

Firstly we were delighted to go to Rivendell Care Home in Birnam, to release 95 small tortoiseshell butterflies, reared by the pupils and in memory of a former resident and friend. As it was such a beautiful day, it was ideal for a release and five of our pupils and their parents came along to help. By keeping the butterflies cool in pillboxes and small cages, the ladies from Rivendell were able to hold the butterflies in their hand for a little while, before they warmed up their wings and flew away.

A couple of weeks later, we had a mass release of 700 peacock butterflies in our school grounds which, again, the children had cared for, protecting them from being parasitized. We had parents, grandparents, older and younger siblings too, who all came to help. Once again the creatures had been kept cool to give us a little moment where they stayed on our hands. The butterflies headed off towards light coloured walls of the school building to get some heat and then flew off. Some stayed around on our hands, clothes and even feet for a while!

Here are some photographs of both events, starting with our visit to Rivendell.

Thanks to the pupils, families and the staff and residents of Rivendell!


................and back in our school grounds.............





Our pupils dressed as farmers and paid a pound to raise money for the RHET, the organisation who run the Royal Highland Show,are behind the "pocket garden" and  "Beat the Takeaway" competitions and help organise links with Rotmell Farm.

Here they are in all their finery!


Our school has been fortunate to receive gifts of money from two very different sources in the past year . Firstly, a bequest from James Alexander Wallace, who lived in Ballinluig as a child and came to Logierait school in the 1930s, before emigrating to Canada. We received a very kind donation for our school fund, to be used for the benefit of the pupils, which in itself is wonderful, but the main thing for us is how much he must have thought of our wee school to remember us in this way. Pupils are putting together a collection of information about Logierait school as it is now, to send to Mr Wallace's widow, along with their thanks.

Our second, very welcome donation, came from the Logierait Benevolent Trust, the majority of which is to pay for transport - which we know can be prohibitive! -  and the remainder for items the school feel they need. The children wrote thanking the trust for their kind donation and are looking forward to buying some new resources!






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 There was great excitement when our orange tip pupae hatched! You can see the special netted cage (made by our pupils of course!) in which the pupae rested and also the caged plant where the adults then were kept so that they could get nectar from the flower heads. We also looked at different caterpillars and were amazed at how well each was camouflaged.  Finally, we went out see our new butterfly house, with it's special double door. This will allow us to go inside amongst the butterflies, but they will not be able to escape. Our polytunnel looks rather like a jungle with all the potted plants ready to put inside to feed the butterflies. Once they have laid their eggs etc for us to rear into new pupae, we will release them, using our own little cages made back in December!


 The hatching cage - can you see the              Adults feeding and drinking on

             adults on the netting?                                   an aubretia plant.


 The caterpillars are camouflaged to            These early thorn caterpillars look

          look like the willow leaves.                     exactly like thorns on a branch.


   There's lots of space for us to go       We just need a final layer of soft netting

      inside and see our butterflies.         The wire netting keeps birds' beaks out!


     Hard to believe these big plants           We even transplanted nettles

came from the tiny seeds we planted       as small tortoishell caterpillar

 back in September!                                   love them!


Playclub is back!

........not that it ever went away! If you've never been before, why not stay behind on Tuesdays straight after school, to join your friends in art and craft and other play activities? The club is led by two parents who are also qualified play leaders! It's free too! In the summer the club is usually held outside. Have a look at some recent pictures of the children at play. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

              Creating vibrant collages using         Inventing a new game with soft

            paint, glitter etc                                               frisbees              


 During the Winter months, there is very little activity from our orange tip pupae! Our younger pupils are linking the changes in the seasons to what the livestock will be doing, for example, knowing when the caterpillars are likely to emerge. While we wait for Spring, we have been making cages and recently lined them with paper and cellophane to make them easier to clean. We have to be very accurate when measuring these linings, so that the cylinder still fits neatly onto the base. Here are our senior pupils hard at work, drawing measuring and cutting, while Keanan is thinking about the order of the four seasons.




  One of the tasks we did for our butterfly project before Christmas, was to make small "carry-cages" which the children could use to take home. This enables us to spread the range of release sites for our butterflies and moths.


Our butterfly project continues! We have been researching leaf shapes so that we can identify the correct food plants for our caterpillars in the spring. The children have also been constructing rearing cages, using wooden frames and specially fine netting. The netting has to be glued to the wood which can be very fiddly to do, but our children managed to wield the thin brushes very well! The children also learned how to make a "sleeve" which can be put on a whole plant, to protect caterpillars while they feed. You can just see the childrens' cylinder cages on the long shelf if you look closely! They are made from cake tins and some acetate sheet.