Sep 03 2015

Building Children’s Self-Esteem’ Cork Seminar with John Sharry 02/10/15

John Sharry will present a parenting course in Building children’s self esteem and confidence on the 2nd of OCtober in the Rochestown Park Hotel

More details are available by clicking here

Jul 02 2015

Parent Teacher Meetings 2015-16

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Jul 02 2015

Rugby Training:

Fixtures for teams will commence early in September.

To be prepared and save schooltime there will be important pre-season training for all players in Forms 2 – 6 on :- Tuesday 18th August – 11.30 – 1.00 p.m. and
Tuesday 25th August 11.30 – 1.00 p.m. All available players should attend.

Jul 02 2015

School Reopening Details

School Re-opening: Induction Day for Form I will be on Friday 28th August 2015.
Form I boarders arrive at boarding houses between 10.00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.
All Form I pupils report to the Dining Hall between 10.30 – 10.45 a.m.
There will be light refreshments for parents in the dining hall from 10.45 – 11.30 a.m.
Lunch Arrangements – Day pupils may bring a packed lunch or purchase lunch for €7.00. Pupils may be collected from school at 3.30 p.m.

Friday 28th August
Boarders and new boarders entering Form 2 – 6 may place bedding and clothing in dormitories if they wish only between 2.00 – 4.30 p.m. on that afternoon.
Day pupils – There will be an opportunity for day pupils to place belongings in their
new lockers only between 3.00 – 5.00 p.m.

School will be closed for the weekend.

Monday 31st August
All boarders will report in to boarding houses between 8.15 – 10.00 a.m.
Day pupils report in between 9.00 – 10.20 a.m. for locker allocation.

Assembly for the whole school at 10.25 a.m. Blazers are required for the formal opening assembly.

Jun 10 2015

Past Pupil Bertie Smith elected President of Munster Branch

Bandon Grammar School would like to extend a huge congratulation to Mr. Bertie Smith on being elected Munster Branch President.

A native of Timoleague in , Smith was first introduced to rugby while attending Bandon Grammar School, later joining Bandon RFC and playing in the 1973 Junior Cup Final against what would be his next club – Cork Constitution.

Following his move to Con, Smith won representation on the Munster Junior team and by 1975 was a member of the Munster Senior side, playing in the province’s 13-15 loss to Australia in 1976 having also represented the first Ireland B team (now Ireland Wolfhounds) against France the previous year.

Mr. Smith is extremely well known in refereeing circles as a former international referee and as a key member of the Irish Referee Committee.

Joining the Munster Branch as Junior Vice President in 2013 and as the outgoing Senior Vice President, Smith now becomes the 118th Senior President of the Munster Branch.


Jun 01 2015

Emma Young Attends J7 Youth Conference

The J7 was an international youth conference running from the 6-14th May in Berlin, Germany. Jointly organised by both the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and UNICEF, it was designed to involve youth in the 2015 G7 Summit process taking place in Schloss Elmau in June. Teams of 6 youth delegates from the G7 nations (France, Germany, Italy, the UK, the USA, Canada and Japan) joined delegations from the EU and Africa to discuss issues facing our world today, such as health and climate change, to have their voices heard at the highest levels of global decision making.
Having done my work experience with UNICEF Ireland, I was extremely proud to have been selected as a member of the EU delegation, and the trip was one that I will never forget. I met many young people from all corners of the world, as well as experiencing the rich history and culture of Berlin. The trip culminated in a conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel to present our suggestions, as well as meetings with embassies and the EU Commission in Berlin. Young people should be able to have their voices heard, and I relished in the opportunity to speak my mind and honestly discuss issues that will affect us all in the future.

This was a huge achievement for Emma to be selected to represent the EU at this prestigious event. Emma has had a fantastic year and this culminated in winning the David Smyth Memorial Cup at Sports Day.

Jun 01 2015

Irish Schools Track and Field Championships

Saturday May 30th saw a record reaking day for Bandon Grammar School athletes at the Irish Schools Track and Field Championships. 26 athletes qualified to compete in both individual events and relays, with some 16 coming home with a medal of some type.

Gold medal performances came through Aisling Cassidy in the junior girls pole vault, James French in the intermediate boys shot putt, Scott Gibson in the senior boys 400m, and the senior boys relay team of Daniel Hathaway, Scott Gibson, Matthew Draper and Joey Henchy took gold in the final event of the day. Joey ran a superb final leg to lead the team to successive golds, having won the inter boys relay last year.

Other medals were won by Laura Nicholson with a silver in the inter girls 1500m steeplechase, with silver medals also going to Sophie Kirkby, Michelle Love, Stephanie Stanley and Leah Wood for finishing 2nd in the minor girls relay, Bronze medals were won by Cian Kingston in the junior boys discus, Bobby Smith in the senior boys javelin, Scott again in the senior boys 100m (time of 10.76 sec)Travis Coomey in the inter boys hammer and the junior girls team of Aisling Cassidy, Lydia Lehane, Alison Hathaway and Eva Murphy also filled the bronze medal position in the 4x100m relay.

4th place finishes were recorded by the inter boys relay team of Jack Moore, Joe Gibson, Cameron Blair and Daniel Landzaad, Ella Nicholson in the inter girls long jump, and Colin Deane in the inter boys shot.

Others to qualify and perform admirably included Simon Jeffers in the senior boys triple jump, Dylan O Sullivan in the junior boys triple jump and Conor Robinson in the inter boys javelin. with some of the above mentioned relay runners also competing in individual events. Both the senior boys team and inter boys teams finished 2nd in their categories, while the junior girls took the honours in their category in first place.

All in all, it was a record medal haul for the school and a great return for the athletes and head coach Liz Coomey, assisted by George Bradfield and the many members of the PE department in the school

May 27 2015

Spanish Exchange Part 2

We greeted them as they pulled up to the school, we greeted them with open arms and waving flags. With a short greeting, we all went back to our houses for a long awaited rest.

The first day we had an outing in Kinsale in which we went to Charles fort, where we got an insight into the history of Kinsale. We then had a family afternoon, some of us went to footgolf, an 18 hole course, which everyone enjoyed.

On the Sunday, we had a family day which we spent in Mahon point, at the cinema and shopping.

On the Monday, we had class as normal which the Spanish joined us in. We had Irish dancing with the Spanish also, it was very entertaining and everyone really enjoyed it. The Spanish then departed for Cobh, where they went to The Titanic exhibition and explored the beautiful town of Cobh.
On Tuesday, they went to Blarney castle and kissed the Blarney stone. They then had a day out shopping in cork city and then arrived back at the school, where we all played games like basketball, soccer and tennis when school was finished.

Wednesday was the best day. We all got a bus from the school and went to Inchydoney beach. We got given wet suits and boots and the girls got given the first chance to surf In an Irish sea. Once we were finished surfing it was the guys turn to go surfing. Meanwhile all the girls were on the beach playing things like, rugby, soccer and ultimate Frisbee. Once again we went back to school and played games after school again.

The next day the Spanish had a treasure hunt in cork and went shopping. As it was their last night with us, each of the families did something with their student and spent time together.

On Friday, their last day, we all met at the school early with all their luggage. We said our goodbyes to everyone and watched them get on the bus everyone waved them goodbye as we watched them drive out the gates.IMAG1002

May 26 2015

End of Year Service / Form VI Graduation

Service of Completion – End of Year Worship

The school gathered for our End of Year Worship on Thursday 21st may led by our chaplain Rev. Anne Skuse, preacher Canon Paul Willoughby and local clergy. The choir arranged by Mr Leahy led the singing beautifully and there were wonderful instrumental solos by Louise Atkins on piano and Emma Young on violin.  Gifts were presented by the Student Council to Marymount Hospice, received by Rev. Skuse who is also chaplain here and to Downs Syndrome Ireland received by Mr Jack Barry who gave a moving speech.

It is with great sadness that we learned that Rev Skuse is to move on to parish ministry next year.  Ryan Culhane and Lucy Fitzgerald presented her with a bouquet of flowers and the Principal spoke of her huge contribution to the pupils and school. We wish her God’s blessing as she takes on her new role.


Form 6 – Graduation


Our 97 Sixth Form students, parents and staff joined together for a happy, joyful and at times emotional graduation ceremony on Thursday 21st May following our worship. The Principal spoke of the high regard in which this fine group of young people are held and outlined our hopes for the paths they may follow after school. Mr Crowley followed with a plethora of wonderful stories about the many highs and lows of their careers over the past six years with a great number of laughs and a few tears evident on all sides.  It is a memorable year group for all of the right reasons and  we are very proud of a talented group of students who have led the school well this year.  It was a highly significant and emotional occasion for Mr Crowley too as he retires later this summer.

In the absence of our Guest of Honour Mr David Sutton due to illness the chairman of the Board of Management Canon Paul Willoughby deputised speaking warmly on his own experiences as a parent of 3 boarders before distributing the Year Books. These were expertly compiled and beautifully produced by the LCVP class led by Aidan Bowen and Mr Mark White.  Students Bobby Smith and Saoirse O’Leary spoke on behalf of the students.  Mr Con Barrett concluded the speeches with a warm tribute to the school on behalf of the parents.

A reception in the Dining Hall followed and the students along with some brave and adventurous teachers went ‘paint balling’ for the evening !  We wish the students every success in the upcoming examinations  and in the words of Mr Coombes –

– The future is in your hands

– May you have extraordinary lives.

May 20 2015

New Deputy Principal Appointed

Bandon Grammar School is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Donal Warren B.A, H.D.E, M.A (Management in Education). He will succeed Mr Sean Crowley who retires on 31 August 2015 after 42 years of outstanding service to the school.


Mr Warren is a native of Bandon and has been a teacher of Mathematics and Physical Education at the school since 1988. Both subject departments are noted for their emphasis on full participation and high achievement, qualities much prized and encouraged by Mr Warren.  He has spearheaded many curricular and extra- curricular initiatives in the school and through connections in UCC, WIT and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.  Involvement with preparation of new courses in Physical Education, new teacher mentoring and assessment supervision with the State Examinations Commission are among the attainments he brings to the role.  Being an Assistant Principal since 2008, he has much experience of the managerial role in the school.


Mr Warren has major involvement in the extensive extra-curricular programme of the school from coaching hockey and athletics to surfing & swimming and organising Sports Day, Tours, the T.Y Outdoor Pursuits Programme and initiating the now annual Transition Year Ski trip and Active Schools Week.  He also documents school life as our official photographer and PRO.


Mr Warren is well known for his involvement in community events, charitable work, the West Cork Community Awards and for his work with Bandon Opinion.    The school community wish Donal, his wife Jenny and daughters Jordan and Holly well as he takes on this challenging role.



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