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Prize Giving and Awards 2016

Posted by: Editor | June 6, 2016 | No Comment |

Bank of Ireland Student of the Year: Jane Wallace

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School Spirit Award: Emma Haran & Eimer Foxe

Transition Year Student of the Year: Tierna Maguire

UCD Entrance Scholarship: Alanna Byrne, Caitriona Clear, Róisín Hickey, Aisling O’Brien, Olwyn Sheridan, Sarah O’Rourke & Aoife Ryan

Entrance Exhibition Scholarship Trinity College: Jessica Howard

UCC Quercus Scholarship: Caroline Kinsella

Entrance Scholarship NUI Maynooth: Hannah Casey & Caoimhe White

Parents’ Association Bursaries: Marta Sadowska & Shauna Kilroy

Selected to train for Science Olympiads: Caoimhe Mannion, Claire Lemass & Isabel Hamilton

Top Junior Cert Result 2015: Isabel Hamilton


Nicola Ward Trophy for Public Speaking: Eabha Crehan

Barra Flynn Memorial Scholarships for Law: Alanna Byrne & Aine Rushe

Barra Flynn Memorial Scholarships for Law, Best School: Our Lady’s Bower

Selected for DCU Early University Programme: Emily Grace & Emma Clarke

Selected as Iveagh Scholar: Helen O’Hara

Winners Eco Unesco: Claire Lemass, Ciara Mac Carthy & Ellen Finucane

Winner Rotary Youth Writers: Eaveen Edmundsen

Winner Rotary Youth Leadership Award: Claire Lemass

Winners All Island Senior History Prize: Eleanor Dwyer, Amy Hackett & Isabel Hamilton


Winners Westmeath Student Enterprise Awards: Claire Lemass, Ciara Mac Carthy & Ellen Finucane

Winners TY Minicompany Competition: : Claire Lemass, Ciara Mac Carthy & Ellen Finucane

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Grand Prix Français: Ruth Gallagher

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Naughton Cup for Senior Essay Writing: Aisling Benson


Naughton Cup for Junior Essay Writing: Kasey McCormack

Third Place (Technology) BT Young Scientist 2016: Tierna Maguire

Highly Commended BT Young Scientist 2016: Ciara Mac Carthy, Ellen Finucane, Claire Lemass, Aisling Benson, Róisín Burke Maeve Bass


First in Midlands & National Finalists ISTA Science Quiz: Katie Connolly, Emma Kennedy & Katie Devane

Second in Midlands & National Finalists ISTA Science Quiz: Jane Faller, Carol Obaseki & Naoise Rasmussen

Scifest 1st Senior Physical Science: Aisling Benson, Róisín Burke & Maeve Bass

Scifest Best Display: Michelle Faller, Katlyn Murray & Tara Flanagan

Scifest 1st Maths in Science: Isabelle Clarke


Scifest 1st Junior Technology: Bree O’ Sullivan, Hannah Kenny & Edel Cleary

Scifest 1st Junior Physical Science: Clodagh Keenan

Scifest 1st Intermediate Technology & Sustainable Energy Award: Ciara Mac Carthy, Claire Lemass & Ellen Finucane

Best School Scifest: Our Lady’s Bower

Invitation to Irish Junior Maths Competition: Sophie Yang, Ashling McCarthy, Weronika Halusko, Grace Delaney, Shannen McCallon Forde, Isabel Costello, Dara Collins, Kate Olwill & Bree O’Sullivan


Winner Irish Junior Maths Competition: Ashling McCarthy

Third Place Irish Junior Maths Competition: Isabel Costello

Music Awards for Outstanding Musicians: Eva Barry & Isabel Hamilton


Invited To Join National Youth Orchestra: Eva Barry & Molly Crossen

First Place Clarinet Dublin Feis Ceoil: Molly Crossen

First Senior Poetry Category SNG: Eva Barry

First Junior Poetry Category SNG: Tara Duke

National Finalists Feachtas Tráth na gCeist: Eva Barry, Therese Heelan & Emma Haran


Gradham na Gaeilge: Kasey McCormack & Isabel Hamilton

Winners Irish Schools’ Quiz: Eva Barry, Therese Heelan & Emma Haran

Doodle4Google Semi Finalist: Orla Cuffe

Spectrum Cover Design: Jennifer Siak

Gaisce – The President’s Award Silver: Isabelle Hodder

Gaisce – The President’s Award Bronze: 34 senior students


Team Winners Bugler Shield for Debating: Aibhlin Clabby, Nuala Commins & Corrina Mbugua

Best Individual Speaker & Winner Of Bugler Shield: Aibhlin Clabby

Bord Gáis Theatre Award: TY Cast of  ‘All Shook Up’

Communications Medal: Claire Lemass

X-Hale Youth Awards: Sophia Hogan & cast of ‘The Silent Killer’

Full Attendance (over 5 years): Carol Obaseki


Winners Junk Kouture 2016: Eleanor Dwyer, Jennifer Siak & Emma Clarke


Winners Glamour Prize Junk Kouture 2016: Rachel Barrington, Kathleen Flynn & Ashley Cuffe

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Bugler Shield Final

Posted by: Editor | May 27, 2016 | No Comment |


There was a great buzz in the school on Friday,20 May as the final of the Bugler Shield senior debating competition and the First Year Public Speaking took place simultaneously.


Senior students assembled in the central area to listen to a very serious debate for the Bugler Shield. The competition, hosted annually by the Alpha de Beta Society, is a very popular event on the Bower calendar since the shield was located in a press in the convent a few years ago.



Using debating skills honed during many a lunch time debate, all of the contestants performed convincingly as they argued for or against the motion ‘That This House Would Enshrine the Death Penalty in Irish Law’. Proposing the motion were Emma Haran, Claire Lemass and Bronagh McCormack  while the opposing speakers were Aibhlin Clabby, Nuala Commins and Corrina Mbugua.


Local politician and current mayor of Athlone Frankie Keena and John Curran TD for Dublin West were kind enough to adjudicate the competition and were impressed that the speakers acquitted themselves so well.



The winner of the award for the best individual speaker award was Aibhlin Clabby, while the team prize went to the opposition of Aibhlin, Nuala and Corrina. Well done to all speakers.


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CTYI Summer Programme

Posted by: Editor | May 27, 2016 | No Comment |

First year Ashling McCarthy has been chosen for the CTYI summer programme in DCU joining second year Chloe Gavin. The talent search, based on PSat tests for American colleges found that the girls had scored above the 95 percentile in Maths. During the three week residential programme Ashling will study Engineering while Chloe is interested in learning Japanese.

The girls recently attended the CTY Ireland Celebration of Talent awards ceremony where they received certificates in recognition of their achievements.

Ashling has already shown her potential in maths as she was the winner of the Irish Junior Maths competition held in Tullamore recently.

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Et Si On Joue Aux Boules?

Posted by: Editor | May 25, 2016 | No Comment |


Thanks to the wily purchase of four sets of boules by Ms Quilty the second years were able to enjoy a quick tournament during French class.


Young Spaniard Barbara Olivar proved to be the most skilled but Kate Duffy, Victoria Gorovenco and Tara Duke were pretty handy too. Félicitations Barbara!




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Summer Concert 2016

Posted by: Editor | May 24, 2016 | No Comment |

All parents and students were invited to attend the annual summer concert held in the central area in the school on Thursday, 19 May. The concert, organised by music teacher and musical director of the choir Mary Hopkins, was an ideal opportunity to showcase the wealth of musical talent in the school.



The choir treated the audience to well known songs ‘Grace’ (in honour of  the 1916 centenary) ‘Count On Me’ and Adele’s ‘Hello’ while the orchestra , under the baton of Gerry Lacey, played popular pieces ‘Sloop John B’ and ‘Yellow Bird’. Sixth year Eva Barry,  third year Rebecca Armstrong, TY student Jenny Dolan and first year Fionn Yu Yen Ter played instrumental solos on violin and piano.  The finale was ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ by choir and orchestra, a reminder of the very successful Lion King musical before Christmas.


Many thanks to guest accompanists Emily Shine and Catherine Crossen for their valuable contribution to a great musical evening, and to our caterers for the fantastic finger food.



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Public Speaking Final

Posted by: Editor | May 23, 2016 | No Comment |


The much anticipated first year public speaking final for the Nicola Ward Trophy took place on Friday, 20 May in the meeting room. Ten finalists spoke on topics as diverse as obesity, bullying, gossip and the joys of being young.


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The worthy winner was Eabha Crehan who spoke on the topic of overprotected teenagers, while Aoife McDermott and Ellen O’Connell were second and third respectively. The competition was adjudicated by Ms Emily Shine, Ms Ethel Lydon and Mr Eamon Higgins who instigated the competition while teaching in the Bower. All competitors received certificates to mark the occasion.

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The interval entertainment was provided by talented first years, involving piano, guitar, and even some tap dancing.


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 Chloe Wins CTY Place

Posted by: Editor | May 23, 2016 | No Comment |

cupcake winner Congratulations to second year Chloe Gavin who has qualified for a three week course in DCU this summer. The college annually opens its doors to gifted students and Chloe will have the option of studying a topic of her choice while also enjoying fun activities. Chloe thinks she will choose to study Japanese language and culture.

Candidates are chosen according to their scores on the PSat test for American colleges, and must score in the 95th percentile.

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Chemistry Medal

Posted by: Editor | May 23, 2016 | No Comment |

ad-astra-group-300x196In past pupil news Annette Benson (class of 2013) was awarded the Rory More O’Ferrall Medal recently for  the highest marks in Chemistry second year examinations in UCD.

Congratulations to Annette who is also holds an Ad Astra scholarship awarded for outstanding marks in her first year exams.

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Transition Year Term Three

Posted by: Editor | May 23, 2016 | No Comment |

Méánscoil Mhuire Achadh Fada G1Transition year students have had a busy time in this last term and enjoyed a number of workshops and activities. Close Encounters Personal Safety visited the school with the aim of giving the girls the tools and skills to feel confident, assured and empowered when out and about in social situations. The girls learned skills in self defence and assertiveness and how to be alert to their own safety in social situations.

Helen Emerson, a professional trainer with ‘Aware’ presented the Beat the Blues programme to the class. This programme explores principles for good mental health such as the role of core beliefs, the importance of looking at the positive aspects of our lives and the importance of resilience and how to build it. The girls learned about the Coping Triangle, a useful tool which students can use in everyday situations to help relieve stress and understand why similar situations impact people in different ways.

The girls were fortunate to receive a visit from “Diplomats in the Classroom “a workshop given by diplomats working in Iveagh House. The aim of this workshop is to raise awareness of the work of the Department of Foreign Affairs and to encourage girls to consider a future career in the department. After exploring the different types of careers available the students took part in a fun role playing exercise where they examined what would happen if they needed consular assistance while abroad due to becoming ill, being in an accident, the victim of a crime or suffering the loss of a passport. Over 2300 Irish citizens needed this type of assistance in 2015.

Louise Ni Fhearghail visited the school last week to present Seo Bothair Roadshow to our TY class, an initiative of Conradh na Gaeilge .The aim of the roadshow is to inform students about the advantages and opportunities the Irish language can provide them in a fun and novel way using games debates and role play. It also encourages students to use their native language more often outside school.

Trocaire presented a workshop on climate justice where through a process of interaction and reflection the girls were encouraged to make connections between their own lives and the effect of their actions on climate change. They learned about the effect that our changing climate is having on communities around the world, and how to get involved in tackling climate injustice.

Sharon Murray of Social Innovation presented a workshop on Science and Technology in our daily lives which involved constructing a robotic hand using 3D printing.

The Gateway Youth Project facilitated a workshop on drugs and alcohol misuse in which the girls were helped to consciously examine their own values and beliefs around the issues of drug taking and to become more aware of the effects of dabbling in drug culture.

The girls will finish off the year with a trip to Collins Barracks, an evening of entertainment for their parents and a week’s work experience.

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Eco Unesco

Posted by: Editor | May 20, 2016 | No Comment |

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Congratulations to Ellen Finucane, Claire Lemass and Ciara Mac Carthy who have won yet another prize for their project ‘Caonach Cliste’. The girls, who developed a water filtering system based on sphagnum moss, were national winners at the Eco UNESCO Awards held in the Mansion House on Wednesday, 18 May.

They won the award for the most innovative idea which brings to eleven the tally of awards won for this incredible project.

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