So what’s new in Our Lady’s Bower for this academic year? First of all, we would like to welcome all of our new students, but especially the 126 first years who will join us. Welcome also to two new members of staff, Mr Doyle who will teach science and religion and Ms Sammon who will cover for Ms Costello’s maternity leave. Welcome back to Ms Ruane who returns as our third SNA.

During the summer holidays Ms O’Connor was busy setting up our two new computer rooms as well as upgrading all machines to Windows 10. Caretaker Mike Teape did a fantastic job in outfitting these. Now we have three computer rooms, one of which is a double, to accommodate all teacher and pupil needs.

The library has also been kitted out with couches and soft chairs from the old boarding school and is now a perfect place to relax with a book. This year our canteen will offer even more menu options with a special focus on healthy meals – chips are still banned!

Last but definitely not least we have a new website designed and set up by Cormac McNally. Cormac was busy all summer liaising with management in designing a more user friendly and integrated website. All of our old scoilnet posts are now in the archive.