Dec 19 2014

Notes and Dates for the New Year

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Dec 19 2014

Christmas Newsletter


The whole school community and I wish you and your family a happy and peaceful Christmas.   In a time of hardship for many the true spirit of Christmas – new beginnings, hope, faith, fellowship and friendship shines through.   May the blessing of the Christ child be upon us all.


Our school Christmas Carol Service on Wednesday 10th December grounded us in the true spirit through readings and singing.   The Revd Skuse led our worship and Fr Kingston read the Christmas Gospel and gave the homily.   The choir arranged by Mr Leahy led our singing wonderfully.   Christmas offerings gathered by the whole school community were presented to Mr Noel O’Sullivan on behalf of Aid Bandon Children;  Mrs Ann O’Dowd, Bandon Area Special Children;  the West Cork Rapid Response Unit, ‘ Jeep for Jason’ appeal and the Mercy University Hospital ‘Jeans for Gene’ Cancer Research Appeal.


Our special guests were David and Joan Sutton.    The Parents Representative Association retirement presentation to them was made by Mr Steve Young who spoke warmly of Mr Sutton’s huge contribution to Bandon Grammar School as a teacher and principal over 30 years.   Parents, staff and guests enjoyed a festive reception in the Dining Hall after the service.


November was our month of ‘Remembrance’ dedicated to remembering those who have passed from us.   At the end of the month our chaplain, Revd Skuse, led staff and pupils in a short breaktime service of Remembrance in the Deane Building after which a cross of candles was kept lit for the day.


Staff and pupils gathered in the school Chapel with Dr Edward Gash for an early morning Eucharist to mark his final day at Bandon Grammar School before taking up his new post as Headmaster of Midleton College.   A presentation was made to Dr Gash by his friends and colleagues later in the day.   He contributed a huge amount to this school over his 9 years here and is both loved and respected.   Pupils, teachers and parents all wish Edward well for fulfilment and happiness in his new role.

A Busy Autumn Term


The long autumn term has been packed with events and activity:


  • Transition Year students have enjoyed an excellent trip to Cappanalea and completed Phase 1 of Work Experience.


Meanwhile they have undertaken myriad projects, charitable events and organised a very successful Junior Christmas Party.   A set of more formal experiences was organised for the group in the last week of term.

  • The opening and consecration of our new school chapel by Bishop Colton, with Archbishop Clarke dedicating a bible in memory of his late wife, Linda, a Religious Education teacher at the school, was a very special moment.


  • Prize Day was organised a little differently this year and we hope that parents, pupils and guests could glean more of the ‘flavour’ of the school life from the visual presentation.


  • Our Lá Gaeilge organised by the new Coiste Gaeilge don Gaelbratach inspired by the Irish Department turned our ‘scoil graméireach’ into a mini Gaeltacht for most of that week. Please see the newsletter of November 14th on ‘News Archive’ for details and support your child in speaking the cúpla focail as we strive to raise the popularity and profile of the national language.


  • The Bandon Grammar School Arts Week (November 17th – 21st ) was hugely successful and we were delighted to stage our plan ‘The Wonderful World of Willy Wonka’ three times in addition to all the film, poetry, readings, language promotions and visual media on show. See the full report on 21st November Newsletter.


  • Bandon Grammar School Science Week (November 24th-28th) was enlivened by pop-up experiments at breaktimes, films, quiz competitions, a visiting planetarium and science slogans all over our windows! Over 200 Primary School visitors came to take part in our experiment workshops with Form 5 demonstrating their wares.   Our science pupils also had lectures from visiting scientists and some were invited to the Schering Plough facility at Brinny.
  • The school combined with Heart Aid Ltd to provide an opportunity for pupils to be screened for potentially life-threatening heart defects. There was a huge uptake for this service.
  • Pieta House – Christmas Jumper Appeal Day – December 9th. The festive spirit was ignited in a good cause with hundreds of festive, if not very tasteful jumpers brightening up the school.
  • Other Christmas festivities included the senior Christmas Party on Friday 12th December and a most enjoyable boarders’ Christmas dinner on Tuesday 16th. Thank you to the organisers and our catering staff for all the various events they provide for each year.
  • Senior Art Tour to Italy



STUDENT COUNCIL:  The Council has met regularly on a weekly/fortnightly basis this term.   Sean Nyhan and Conor Robinson have made a Suggestion Box which is located outside Room 104.  All suggestions and queries have been discussed at meetings and also at the regular meeting with Mr Coombes.   There have been some fantastic ideas so the Council hope that many more will be put into the Suggestion Box in 2015.

Fundraising this term involved a Casual Day and Clothes Recycling with money being raised for Jason’s Jeep, Bandon Area Special Children and the Jeans for Genes Cancer Research fundraiser at the Mercy Hospital.   It is planned to do a collection in January for the Transition Year students who are going to Kolkata with the Hope Foundation in March.



Staff – We are very fortunate to have a highly dedicated staff across all our services always striving to make school life and learning better.   Thank you to everyone for another excellent year packed with activity and achievement.   Best wishes for a relaxing holiday.


Some Recent Achievements:

  • Senior Girls Hockey League campaign has been very successful so far.
  • The Junior Rugby team has qualified for the final of the McCarthy League Cup against PBC.
  • The Senior Rugby team face Newtown in round 1 of the Mungret Cup.
  • Scott Gibson (Form 6) is the November Cork City Sports, Athletics Person of the Month in recognition of his setting a new 400m record at U.18 level and winning gold in a European Clubs U.20 race.


  • Emmanuel Kadree, Form 4, has won an art competition sponsored by Bandon Credit Union.
  • Isobel Greene, Form 4, will perform with the Irish National Youth Ballet Company in their Christmas show in the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire.
  • Concern Debating – Congratulations to team members captain Aoibh Cassidy, Savana Bartual-Smyth, Abby McGeoghan Santry, Katie Desmond and Matthew Roche who have notched up unanimous decision victories over old rivals Clonakilty Community College and Sacred Heart School, Clonakilty. In the third round they take on Mount St Michael’s Rosscarbery proposing that “Scotland should have voted for Independence”.   We wish them every success as they hope to carry on to emulate the achievement of the 2011 team who became National Concern Debating Champions.
  • UCD Entrance Scholarship. Congratulations to Rachel Perkinson, reflecting her outstanding Leaving Certificate Performance.
  • UCC Quercus Scholarship. Congratulations to Liadán Sage, winner of an inaugural Quercus Scholarship at UCC.   Liadán won three NUI national awards due to her wonderful standards in German, Italian and Gaeilge.   She is also an outstanding musician renowned for her playing of the harp and bodhrán.   The Quercus Scholarship is UCC’s new premier scholarship to mark outstanding ability and is designed to help young scholars in academic, entrepreneurial, social and performance fields to reach the top.   The award was presented at a gala occasion in the Aula Maxima at UCC on November 26th.
  • Swimming - Congratulations to the BGS Swimming teams who competed at the UL Schools’ Gala recently.   Well done to the girls’ team of Aoife Roche, Elsa Harte, Claire Roche and Luigsech O’Neill.   Congratulations to Issis Hayes who won gold in the 100m Backstroke and to Nathan Holding, Callum Holding, Enda Boyle and Connell O’Herlihy who took 2nd place in the 200m Freestyle Relay.
  • Short Story Competition – Well done to Helen Moriarty (Form 6) on having her story ‘Hear Them Cry’ published online. Helen’s entry was shortlisted in the World War One Short Story Competition for 18-21 year olds sponsored by the Church of Ireland Historical Commemorations and Centenaries Working Group.
  • Young Scientist Competition: An unprecedented 37 pupils presenting 16 projects have got through to the BT Young Scientist Exhibition at the RDS in January.   Well done to pupils and mentor teachers.   The hard work on research, presentation and fund-raising is continuing.


The Parents Representative Association chaired by Mr Steve Young and  secretary Mrs Jennifer Miller provide much valued advice and insight into enriching school services.   Thank you for another year of excellent voluntary effort.


The Board of Management chaired by Canon Willoughby, works very diligently.   The members make a huge voluntary commitment of time, thought and service on behalf of the whole school community.   We thank Dr Edward Gash for his years of service on the inaugural board and welcome Mr Donal Warren to the Board


The Board of Directors, chaired by Mr Billy Skuse, take on the onerous financial responsibility for the school and steered us safely through difficult times.   Welcome to Mrs June Wood who recently joined the Board of Directors.   Thank you to all involved for your faithful service.


Leaving Certificate 2014 – Our students again averaged over 400 points each this year.  (That is the equivalent of 4A1 honours grades each).   Contrary to what you have read in the newspaper tables, some 95% have progressed to their third level courses.   Many are in colleges in the UK and Germany.   They include Georgie Tarr enjoying student life in Brasenose College, Oxford University.   See our website for School Leaver details.








Dec 19 2014

Leaving Cert Class of 2014 – Destinations

Class of 2014 – Destinations

Course Types  Destinations              


Level 8              Honours Degree Courses
Ireland & U.K.



Degree Courses outside Ireland/U.K. i.e. Germany



Deferred Entry/GAP



Level 7            Ordinary Degree Courses
Ireland & UK





Level 5-6 Diploma and Certificate Courses








Repeat Year



GRAND TOTAL:          




Each year many of our past pupils choose to study abroad thus widening their opportunities and gaining excellent experience.  Among these student this autumn is Georgie Tarr reading PPE at Brasenose College, Oxford University.



Georgie Tarr at Oxford University

Dec 12 2014

Newsletter – 12th December

Carol Service

This week saw our annual Christmas Carol Service take place and we have a full report and photographs available here.

Essay Competition

Helen Moriarty Form 6 has been shortlisted in the World War One Short Story Competition for 15-21 year old’s sponsored by the Church of Ireland Historical Commemorations and Centenaries Working Group. Her story ” Hear them cry” is a gripping account of life and death experiences on the Western Front. Helen will have her short story published online by the organisers. This is a great opportunity and honour for the young writer competing against hundreds of other entries, many of whom are third level students.


We will take on PBC in the McCarthy Cup final. Date to be confirmed.

Art Competition

Also this week Emmanuel Khadree (Form 4) was presented with his prize for winning the Credit Union Art competition. Well done Emmanuel and we have a full report here.

New Website

This week has also seen us launch in its newest form. This new website format will be more dynamic and help us keep everyone up to date with all the happenings in Bandon Grammar.

Christmas Exam Arrangements

Form 5 Exams have begun today (Friday) and Forms 1 and 2 will begin their exams Monday. In addition to this we have put in place a block timetable for the week for Forms 3, 4 & 6. Exam timetables for Forms 1, 2 & 5 as well as the block timetables for Forms 3, 4 & 6 are available here.

We would like to wish everyone in Forms 1, 2 & 5 the very best in their Christmas Exams.


Dec 10 2014

Carol Service 2014

Our annual Carol Service took place on Wednesday, December 10th.

In a beautiful ceremony organised by Rev Skuse and Mrs. Good we heard fantastic singing from our choir and of the story of Christmas.

We also had the presentation of our Seasonal Charity Collections to ABC (Aid Bandon Children), BASC (Bandon Area Special Children) and West Cork Rapid Response.

Finally Mr. Steve Young made a presentation from the Parents Representative Association to recently retired former Principal Mr. David Sutton and his wife Joan.

This was a great way to get everyone in the Christmas spirit and many thanks to all involved especially Rev. Skuse.

Dec 09 2014

Credit Union Art Competition

Congratulations to Emmanuel Khadree, recent winner of the Credit Union Art Competition.


From the left:    Mrs. Ann Kadree – Mother

Una Moriarty – Art Teacher

Sean Crowley – Deputy Principal

Emmanuel Kadree – Winner

Chris Smith – General Manager – Bandon Credit Union

Ian Coombes – Principal

Ruth Ogundipe – Aunt of Emmanuel

Dec 09 2014

New Website!!

Welcome to the new and improved Bandon Grammar School Website.

The time for an upgrade has finally arrived and here it is.

The new website is more dynamic and more representative of the Bandon Grammar brand.

I have also included most of the newspages from the old site in the archive and will add the photo galleries in due course.

Other improvements will include an improved and more stable Guidance site as well as loads of photographs and more dynamic up to the minute news content.

Of course as with all website this is  a work in progress and will continue to evolve and improve as time goes on.

I hope you enjoy using the site.


Stephen McLaughlin

Webmaster –

Dec 09 2014

Gaeilge 24

Dec 09 2014

Hockey Marathon 2014

Dec 09 2014

Prize Day 2014

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