Our Lady’s Bower was delighted to welcome 35 students and three teachers from Buenos Aires, Argentina to the school on Wednesday 24th January. The Argentinian students participated in a language and culture exchange with 5th year students of Spanish.

Our Lady’s Bower welcomed a group of students from Argentina to the school to take part in a Spanish languages exchange with 5th year Spanish students.

At the beginning of the day, each 5th year student was paired with an Argentinian partner, with whom, they would participate in activities throughout the day.

A number of 5th year students on from Our Lady’s Bower prepared presentations in Spanish on the Irish culture for their Argentinian guests. Ellie Denby, Evie Welton and Lucy Brett spoke about the Irish school system. Ceara Dwyer delivered a presentation on Irish sports and Maryjo Kavanagh, Ciara Hughes and Therese Farrell taught their Argentinian counterparts some phrases in the Irish language.

The 5th year students were also treated to presentations on Argentinian culture, traditions and food, including one very interesting presentation on Argentinian ‘Gauchos’.

5th year students Ceara Dwyer and Ellie Denby delivering a presentation on Gaelic Football in Spanish to their Argentinian exchange school.

The students then exchanged foods, Our Lady’s Bower students made the Argentinians scones, jam and cup of tea, whilst the Argentinians treated the Irish to their delicious ‘chocotorta’, ‘alfajores’ and herbal tea called ‘mate’.

The day continued with sports, art and dancing activities, which all students completed with their Argentinian partners.

The day concluded with a Céilí, where the Argentinian students got to try Irish dancing for the first time, accompanied by the school’s traditional musc group.

A wonderful day of Spanish language, cultural immersion and fun was had by all.

Many thanks to PE teacher Mr Barrett, Art teacher Ms Cuddy and Music teacher Ms Rooney for organise activities in their respective fields to entertain the Argentinian guests. Thanks also to the school Spanish department Ms Chelminska and Ms Mooney for organising the event.

Our Lady’s Bower students learning to dance ‘cuarteto’ with their Argentinian exchange partners.


Our Lady’s Bower students teaching ‘the walls of Limerick’ to their Argentinian exchange partners.