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Our Lady’s Bower celebrated its 7th Arts Week for all pupils from Oct 9th-11th. Celebrating the Arts has always been an important part of life in the school and this festival of creativity was a special occasion for students to experience the wonder of learning through a variety of approaches and hands-on experience.

It has been the aim of the school that every girl should experience a week devoted to the Arts once in her school career. There has been six Arts Weeks in the school to date: 1984, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2008 and 2014. It was the initiative in 1984, of Sr. Christopher and Ms Josephine Maloney, when the La Sainte Union sisters celebrated their centenary in Athlone.

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Arts Week 2019 was another huge success that saw the school building transformed into an art gallery and creative space for 150 hours of workshops, talks, demonstrations and concerts with over 80 contributors dedicated to art, story-telling, poetry, dance, music, media, crafts, cookery, fashion, history and drama, to name but a few.

All of this took place against the backdrop of an exhibition entitled “The Sisters”. The halls of the school were awash with artwork created by professional artists and our own talented students.

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All students enjoyed some hands-on art activities such as painting, calligraphy, tapestry, cake decorating, crochet, bog oak & jewellery design, flower arranging and make-up artistry. They were also given the chance to act, sing, dance and make music.

Three concerts were also enjoyed during the course of the week with the Garda Band, The Band of 2 Brigade, Athlone and Leah and Ian Bell from the band Bowtie taking to the stage in the school gym to entertain students and staff alike.

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A team of teachers worked tirelessly to bring this year’s event to fruition and we extend our thanks to them for their commitment and artistic passion. This year the Parents Association and all Bower families made a contribution to this wonderful event. We thank them for their generosity. We also thank all of our invited participants for sharing their time and their talents with us.

Our students embraced this event whole-heatedly and we commend them for their engagement and good humour throughout. We hope they made memories and we hope it has ignited an appreciation and passion for the Arts that will last long into the future.