Dec 07 2017

Italy Art & Culture Trip 2017 – Photo Gallery

Nov 30 2017

Carols by Candlelight – 14th Dec – 7:30PM

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Nov 28 2017

Georgina Deane Receives Inaugural Paul Giblin Award

Well done to Georgina Deane on receiving the inaugural Paul Giblin Award.

Paul was one of the most successful oarsman to come from NUIG BC, with 19 national titles, multiple representations and medals at international level and two medals from the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta. Paul tragically passed away earlier this year after a long battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The award was set up in memory of Paul to support a developing athlete who displays the same characteristics and potential as Paul did when he first arrived at the club.

The Paul Giblin Award has both financial and ancillary supports. The recipient will receive a bursary of €2000 and support service from the NUIG Sports Unit, similar to those offered on the current NUIG scholarship. In the future the award may be conferred to an exceptional member of NUIGBC or to an exceptional athlete who intends to enrol at NUIG.

Georgina Deane was deemed to be the most suitable candidate for the award based on her achievements in her first year in the club. Georgina started in NUIG BC’s learn to row program in September 2016. Within two weeks she moved into the competitive program. From January 2017 she was a key member in all of the top racing crews and by July 2017 she had won national titles across three different grades. Georgina worked tirelessly on and off the water. She assisted in the organisation of the logistics for competitions, fund raising events, and the general running of the club. It was for her athletic ability and potential and for her character and commitment to the club that she was selected to receive the award.

Congratulations to Georgina from all at Bandon Grammar and we look forward to hearing of her future exploits on the water.


Nov 28 2017

Laura Nicholson – Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month

Congratulations on being the recipient of The Quarterly Celtic Ross West Cork Sports Award and the Cork City Monthly Sports Award. Former Olympian Liam O’Brien presented Laura with her Cork City Award sponsored by Red FM on Wednesday 22 Nov. Laura has set a number of new records recently, competed for Ireland and won numerous events.Laura1 Laura2 Laura3

Nov 21 2017

Darren Sweetnam International debut

BGS congratulates Darren on his first two caps for the senior Irish Rugby Team against South Africa and Fiji. Darren became our first past pupil to achieve this honour. His first full game against Fiji had a dream start with Darren scoring a super try in the 7th minute. He played really well in both games and we wish him every success for an exciting season ahead with Munster and Ireland.


Nov 16 2017

Aisling Cassidy wins silver at International Schools Pentathlon

Congratulations to Aisling Cassidy who won a silver medal with the Irish team at the International Schools Pentathlon in Glasgow on Friday last, November 11th. She was selected to represent Ireland following her performance at the Irish Schools Combined Events Championships at end of October. A fantastic achievement, well done!



Nov 16 2017

Debating Success

Well done to our three Debating teams who competed in UCC on Tuesday night and got through to the quarter finals of UCC Philosoph Debating Competition.
There will be four Bandon teams in the Quarter Finals in January as they’ll be joining Abby Morales and Katy O’Connor who had already qualified.
Students involved are Oisin Brown, Cathal Brennan, Andrew Robertson, Eva Murphy, Jessica Gill and Daragh Ryan.

Nov 15 2017

Commissioning of School Chaplain

The Service of Commissioning of our Chaplain, Rev Anne Skuse, took place  on Tuesday 14th November led by Bishop Colton.


It was a beautiful service and we are extremely happily to have Rev. Skuse back with us.

Nov 01 2017

Prize Day 2017

Our annual Prize Day took place on Friday, 27th of October this year.

It was a fantastic occasion with outstanding music from our choir and orchestra under the watchful eye of Ms. O’Neill. Our brass band also contributed a few catchy tunes.

Mr. Coombes delivered the Principal’s Report where he outlined the numerous achievements of the past year as well as the opportunities and challenges that are to be faced by BGS in the future.

The guest speaker was Mr. Sean O’Driscoll, CEO of Glen Dimplex who delivered a speech that was full of inspiration and advice for the students in attendance.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the day and well done to all our Prize Winners.


Oct 23 2017

Third Level Student Progression 2017    


Congratulations to the class of 2017 on the huge contribution made to school life, activities, sport and in academic attainment.   They set a fine example for others to follow.  Students, teachers and parents were relieved that the new grading system worked quite well.   From a non-selective enrolment inclusive of all the abilities students managed to take 76.7% of all subjects at higher level and achieve the equivalent of ‘honours’ (now H5 or better) in 91.4% of cases.   Average points were up to 414 – over 60 above the national average and 25.5% of students achieved over 500 points – being 2½ times the national average.


Irish Universities – Level 8 Degrees                                                     49%

Overseas Universities – Level 7 & 8 Degrees                                    9.2%

Institutes of Technology – Level 7 & 8 Degree Courses                  20.4%

Deferred Entry – (Gap Year)                                                                   5.1%

Repeating Leaving Certificate                                                                1.0%

Level 5 & 6 Diploma & Certificate Courses                                      11.2%

Drama/Portfolio/Dance/Apprenticeships                                         4.1%


The students of 2017 have been highly successful in accessing top choice courses.   Their interests range from the performing arts to architecture, mathematics, nautical science, engineering, law, business, pharmacy, medicine and veterinary medicine.   There is a significant reduction of those opting for a gap year or to travel to the UK – perhaps due to Brexit.   Overall our broad curriculum and guidance programme has enabled students to follow their aptitude to a wonderful varied array of course.



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