Pupils and teachers at Whissendine Primary School were left highly amused when a blue and white cow turned up at their gate.
The life-size fibreglass animal was won by parent of the school Rachel Donovan who entered charity Send a Cow’s online competition, in which she had to name the cow.
She decided to call it Clover for good luck and after the judges picked that out as the winning name, she had it painted in the school’s colours of white and blue, along with the school’s emblem and six r’s - respect, resilience, reasoning, reflection, resourcefulness and responsibility, she arranged for it to be delivered to the school.
It also has a four leaf clover printed on its head and it now takes pride of place in the school field near the entrance gates following the handover presentation on Wednesday last week.
Rachel, 36, who’s two sons Euan, 11, and Oliver, nine, attend the school, said: “I do lots of online competitions so I thought why not enter this one.
“I decided to call the cow Clover so it brings good luck.
“It looks a lot better than I thought it would and I’m really pleased with what they’ve done.”
School secretary Kate Bates said: “It’s caused a bit of a stir in the village.
“The pupils didn’t know it was coming before it arrived so it was a bit of a surprise for them.
“It stands in the field near the school gates and it looks great.”
Send a Cow is a charity which provides training, livestock and seeds for poor families in Africa to help them get out of poverty.
The school has previously raised funds for the charity.
For more information, visit www.sendacow.org.uk