It’s the season for giving, and with that in mind fundraising efforts in the school have increased in intensity. The St Vincent de Paul Society in the Bower organised a giant table quiz for all the school. Juniors competed on Friday while the senior students participated on Monday, 18 December. The event raised a considerable sum for this worthy local charity.

Caitriona Clear, Fiona Clear, Fionnuala Moody and Chloe O’Neill are selling Christmas cards designed by Bower students in aid of the South Westmeath Hospice while TY co-ordinator Ethna Benson is holding a raffle among the staff in aid of the LSU mission in Haiti. First prize is a Kindle donated by Ilona and Declan Rock while second prize is a Christmas cake baked by retired staff member, Susan Eades. Tickets 3 for €5.

Fundraising for charity has always been an integral part of the Bower ethos, and students and their parents have been very generous towards others less fortunate in the past. Despite the recession and the financial constraints it imposes, there have been several very successful fundraising events so far this term. The first non-uniform day raised almost one thousand euros for the LSU mission in Haiti. Since then, students have raised money with Trad for Trocaire, bake sales for Lily-Mae and an odd-socks day to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. One class raised €147 for Malala Yousafzai, who was shot for championing education for girls in Pakistan. Staff coffee mornings raised funds for the Irish Cancer Society and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.