It has come to the attention of the Board of Management of Our Lady’s Bower that three of its students were involved in the creation of a highly offensive video, outside of school hours in 2019, in which students used racist terms.  The Board of Management is extremely shocked at the content of the video and expresses its regret at the upset that this video has caused to the school community and to the wider community. 

The school musical Hairspray 2013 very regrettably used blackface to enable the performance. This was wholly unacceptable. We deeply regret and apologise for all and any offence caused by this production.

Our Lady’s Bower promotes an inclusive, caring community which is built on equality and respect for all.  It is an environment in which students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own behaviour and to look out for others.  This is reinforced by school policies, including the Code of Behaviour, the Anti-Bullying Policy, the ICT Acceptable Use Policy and through the delivery of the schools wellbeing programmes. 

The school takes very seriously all allegations of racism. The board of management of the school is establishing an independent review of policy and practice to ensure that our school is a safe and inclusive environment for all. 

The Board of Management, Our Lady’s Bower Secondary School, 09/06/2020