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.



May 18 2015

Munster Schools Athletics Championships Results 2015 plus Photo Gallery

Minor Girls

Shot – Michelle Love 5th

Long Jump – Misaki Parbrook 5th

4×100 Relay – 1st, team of Leah Wood. Stephanie Stanley, Sophie Kirkby and Michelle Love


Junior Girls

Pole Vault – Aisling Cassidy 1st  2.55m – new South Munster schools record. South Munsters run on day of Munsters as postponed from previous Friday due to bad weather    

75m Hurdles – Aisling Cassidy 2nd

Triple Jump – Alison Hathaway 2nd and Eva Murphy 3rd

4x100m Relay – 1st, team of Eva Murphy, Aisling Cassidy, Lydia Lehane and Alison Hathaway


Intermediate Girls

300m Hurdles – Moira Barrett 3rd

Long Jump – Ella Nicholson 3rd

1500m Steeplechase – Laura Nicholson 1st

High Jump – Laura Nicholson 1st

Triple Jump – Aoibh Cassidy 4th and Moira Barrett 6th 

4×100 Relay – 3rd, team of Ella Nicholson, Moira Barrett, Jennifer Adunure and Lily Carey


Minor Boys

Shot Putt – James Kirkby 8th


Junior Boys

Discus – Cian Kingston 3rd and Edward Ryan 6th

Long Jump – Dylan O Sullivan 4th

Shot Putt – Cian Kingston 2nd

Triple Jump – Dylan O’ Sullivan 2nd

Hammer – James Kirkby 5th


Intermediate Boys

Shot Putt – James French 1st and Colin Deane 2nd

Hammer – Travis Coomey 1st

Javelin – Conor Robinson 3rd

100m – Joe Gibson 3rd

Long Jump – Cameron Blair 3rd

Triple Jump – Victor Lovell 4th

4x100m Relay – 1st, team of Jack Moore, Daniel Landzaad, Joe Gibson and Cameron Blair


Senior Boys

100m – Scott Gibson 1st and Joey Henchy 3rd

200m – Joey Henchy 2nd

400m – Scott Gibson 1st in time of 47.60, new Munster record and inside European Junior Qualifying time

Javelin – Bobby Smith 1st

Triple Jump – Simon Jeffers 3rd

4x100m Relay – 1st in a time of 43.11, new Munster Senior Record, team of Danel Hathaway, Scott Gibson, Matthew Draper and Joey Henchy


Team Trophies

Junior Girls 1st

Intermediate Boys 1st

Senior Boys 1st

Intermediate Girls 2nd

Best Overall Girls School

Best Overall Boys School



May 18 2015

Ag. Science Farm Walk

Many thanks to Barry and Olive Bateman for providing our Ag. Science class with an excellent farm walk last Friday. Ths students, accompanied by Mr. Buckley and Mr. Powell enjoyed the trip which will be extremely beneficial as they prepare for Leaving Cert Ag. Science

May 14 2015

Outline Diary Aug 2015 – May 2016

The Outline Diary for the School Year from August 2015 to May 2016 is now available here.

May 13 2015

Uptown Funk – First Year Music Class!

The Latest Cut and Print Films production directed by Adam Howe & Gillian Roberts  is a brilliant music video for ‘Uptown Funk’ featuring Mr. Leahy’s First Year Music Class. The first year’s choreographed the entire thing themselves and Adam edited it. Have a look below!

May 13 2015

Summer Exams Timetable

Summer Exams Timetable available now.

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May 13 2015

Have you represented your country in any sport?

Any Student who represented his/her country in any sport since Prize Day of last year, please inform Mr. Crowley before Friday 15th May 2015.

These students will be presented with a special award on Sports Day.

May 06 2015


Parent(s)/guardian(s) of incoming First form pupils are cordially invited to an INFORMATION EVENING IN THE DINING ROOM ON FRIDAY 8th MAY AT 7.00p.m. On that occasion various members of our staff will be present to advise on key aspects of transition to post-primary school. We will also supply further documentation on various policies and procedures, subject options, medical forms, book lists and uniform lists. There will be an opportunity for questions and informal contacts. This meeting is for parents and guardians only. Should you not be available to attend on that evening, please let us know so that all relevant material can be forwarded to you.

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