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Second Hand Uniform and Book Sale

2019/06/18 16:34:08
Thursday 27th June - 3.00 - 6.00 p.m. Dining Hall.
WANTED - quality used uniform and school books (must be books on current booklists 2019 - 20)
Must be received by Wednesday 26th June.


2019/06/18 14:29:29
Please find attached flyer from Bus Eireann regarding payment for School Transport. Important for any pupil wishing to use school transport for the next academic year


2019/06/18 14:15:58
Day pupils going in to Forms 5 and 6 may apply to do after school supervised study for the next academic year by contacting the school office. Study will run from 4.15 to 6.00 p.m. daily in the Lecture Theatre and may be booked for 2 or 4 days.

Bandon Roadworks update...

2019/06/16 18:00:04
Good Afternoon,

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, is carrying out a major water main rehabilitation project in Bandon as part of the Bandon Water Main and Sewer Network Upgrade. Ward and Burke Construction Limited is working on behalf of Irish Water to deliver this project.

Please see attached Week Lookahead for works Week Commencing 17/06/2019.

Thanking you

Uniform Swap Shop

2019/06/14 14:14:12
This year the Uniform Swap Shop will be held on Thursday 27th June 2019 from 3 - 6 p.m.
Used Blazers and School Jackets (new style) will be sold for 15 euros. If you would like to be reimbursed (10 euros) for these items they must be marked with owner's name, phone number and size on an envelope attached to the collar of the Blazer / Jacket. Any unmarked blazers and jackets (i.e. no envelope) will be accepted gratefully as a donation.

All other uniform items will be accepted on a donation basis and sold for 3 euro per item.

Relevant books will be accepted by donation as well for re-sale. Note relevant means the school books must still be on the school curriculum for 2019 /20 including the correct edition / revision level.

Donations accepted at the school office in June.

Volunteers needed to help with set up, 1 - 3 p.m. and during sale 3 - 6 p.m. on the Thursday. If you can help please ring the school office (023) 8841713 or email [email protected] with your name, phone number and time you can help.

Thank you.

BGS Parents Association Committee.

Registration for Leaving Cert Portal System

2019/06/13 12:02:38
A reminder to all 6th Year pupils, you MUST register for the online portal system as soon as possible. This enables application to view scripts, viewing of certain scripts marked online, the Appeal Application and the Appeal Results service. If you do not register you will NOT be able to access the range of online services through the portal system. Any questions, contact the school.

School Photographs

2019/06/13 08:57:08
Pupils who have yet to collect school photographs (teams, classes etc) may do so from the office in the coming days or collect on return in August.
Any queries or concerns please email Mr Warren at [email protected]

Form 2 and Form 5 Summer reports now online. Go to Parent Portal to view. Any problems logging in email [email protected]

2019/06/11 15:27:48

Summer Reports.....1st Yr Summer reports now online. Go to Parent Portal to view. Any problems logging in email [email protected]

2019/06/10 10:39:44

Aurals for exams

2019/06/10 09:34:45
Leaving Certificate aural exams will take place in the main centre.

Junior Certificate aural exams will move from the hall to the following rooms:

Centre 226 ----- McCutcheon Hall
Centre 227 ----- G.P. room
Centre 228 ----- 405
Centre 229 ----- Lecture Theatre

Boys Hockey Internationals

2019/06/08 18:45:35
Congratulations to Karl Smyth & Robert Sweetnam who are part of the Irish U17 squad in Mannheimer HC, Germany this weekend playing in the Whitesun 4 Nations Tournament, Germany(Sat 3pm), Netherlands(Sun 11am) & Australia(Mon 10.30am) & Mr Bartley who is the team manager.
Follow this link to see them on the telly!!

Summer reports

2019/06/07 16:03:17
Form 4 Summer reports now online. Go to Parent Portal to View. Any problems logging in email [email protected]

Parents Association Survey on the Cost of Schooling

2019/06/06 07:51:53
Dear Parents,

As the school year comes to an end we would like to ask you to participate in an important survey on the topic of the cost of sending a child through second level education. This survey will provide the NPCpp (to which we are affiliated via Compass) with vital information to bring before the educational partners concerning the real costs parents face.

Could you please complete the survey? This should take no more than 15mins.

Kind regards,

Parents Association Committee

All Ireland Schools Athletics

2019/06/05 13:59:03

Saturday June 1st saw athletes from all over the island of Ireland compete in Tullamore. Bandon Grammar had a total of 9 students competing in this highly competitive environment.

Mergen McLaughlin of Form 2 shook off the nerves and threw the 4kg shot 10 meters, 15 inches to finish 7th best in the country.

Sophie Marry ,also of Form 2, competed in the Triple Jump. Sophie put in a spirited performance to jump 8 meters 46 inches. This places Sophie in the top 10 Junior long jumpers in Ireland.

Kasimir Von Klitzing of Form 4 known for his engine on the hockey field tackled the grueling 1,500m steeple chase. He stuck with the main group right up until the final lap when tactics and experience came into play. Finishing in a time of 5 minutes and 4 seconds. We would like to wish Kasimir all the best as he leave Bandon Grammar.

Lauren McCourt suffered most of this season with injury and qualifying for the All Ireland's was a massive achievement for Lauren. She competed in the Inter Girls 200 meters against a very strong field. Lauren had a difficult start but powered through the last 50 meters to finish 3rd in a time of 25.16.

Stacey Komolafe competed in the inter girls 300m. The windy conditions required a lot of effort for tired legs coming down the home straight and Stacey was just beaten on the line finishing in 4th place.

Aisling Cassidy of Form 6 had some wonderful performances in the Triple Jump and Long Jump. A very early start for the Long Jump resulted in some contestants not achieving a legal jump. The nerves settled and Aisling stormed down the track to jump a very impressive 5 meters 52 inches finishing 3rd. In the Triple Jump Aisling achieved 1st place with a dominant display of 11 meters 41 inches.

Laura Nicholson participated in the Senior Girls 3000m. After battling a chest infection all week Laura bravely stood on the start line. She stuck with the leading group for the first three laps but the fast pace was too much and unfortunately Laura had to drop out. This ,thankfully, wont be the last we see of Laura on the athletics track and we wish her all the best in America.

A special mention goes to the the Inter Girls relay team of Lauren McCourt, Stacey Komolafe, Madison Daly and Ciara Lynch. Their persistence and dedication resulted in a photo finish for the 4X100m relay. The final result gave the Bandon Grammar girls 2nd place with a time of 50.50 and the winners with a time of 50.47.

Prayer candles for all sitting state exams this morning.

2019/06/05 13:55:33

Booklists 2019/2020

2019/06/05 13:51:09
All book lists are now up, go to Shop and then Bookstore. For a comprehensive list of all books and Subject options go to school website, Parents tab.


2019/06/04 15:45:38
No phones, no smart watches or other digital technology allowed in the exam centres. Leaving Certs meeting at 8.45 a.m. in the Lecture Theatre. Junior Certs meeting at 8.45 a.m. in Dining Hall.
Best of luck to all doing the exams.
Please find attached exam timetables.

Updated details on road closures and traffic management in Bandon for next week.

2019/05/31 18:39:26
Details on road closures and traffic management around Bandon next week for those doing exams.

Hope Foundation Kolkata trip...

2019/05/31 15:32:07
Click on the link to see slideshow of the Trip to Kolkata in India, a big thank you to Mr Bartley and Rev Anne for what was an amazing experience for the students involved.

Opening Tuesday 4th June 2019

2019/05/31 12:45:19
School will open from 10.00 a.m. on Tuesday 4th June for State Exam classes to study. Day Pupils intending to take hot lunch on Tuesday, please email Mr Warren in advance - [email protected]
Prep commences at 6.45 - 9.15 p.m. on Tuesday and will run at these times for the duration of the exams.

Mr Domoney

2019/05/29 12:46:59
It was so lovely to see Michael back in school yesterday. He was so delighted to meet staff and students and really appreciates all the good wishes he has received. Great to see him recovering so well and we wish both himself and his family all the best for the summer and hope to see him back in school in the near future.

BGS awarded Silver Surfer School of the Year

2019/05/29 06:00:14
On Tuesday 28th May Bandon Grammar's Transition Year Business Business Mini-Enterprise class attended the annual Silver Surfer Awards in the Helix at DCU.  

 They were delighted to be awarded the School of the Year Award in recognition of their dedicated and enthusiastic IT tutoring of members of the local community.  Over 90 secondary schools take part in this initiative and it was a notable distinction to be selected for this award.  

The awards have been held for the last ten years, and are organised by Age Action Ireland.

Important Notice for next year's Transition Year Students

2019/05/28 07:00:05
The groups for Cappanalea and Work Experience next year have been given to 3rd Year students. Students should use the summer to try organise a work experience that is beneficial to them.
Week 1: 30th September - 4th October
Week 2: 7th October - 11th October
Please check with students to see which week they have been allocated. If they are in the Week 1 group then they have Cappanalea first. Groupings are on the 3rd Year Google Classroom.

Past pupil Conor Hourihane wins promotion with Aston Villa.

2019/05/27 17:52:10
Congratulations to past pupil Conor Hourihane who was part of the Aston Villa team who won the Championship playoff final 2-1 v Derby today. The result secures promotion to the Premier League and we look forward to watching Conor at the top level next season.

Two BGS students to represent Ireland in the World Economics Olympiad.

2019/05/27 16:37:25
Well to done to David Ogden, Shane Burke and Alex O'Connor who represented BGS in the Economics Olympiad which took place in UCC recently.
As a result of their efforts, Shane and Alex were chosen to represent Ireland in the forthcoming World Economics Olympiad which takes place in St Petersburg, Russia this July.

Last weekend for 7 Day Boarders goes Indian...

2019/05/27 15:38:22

Winners of Boarder Girls Games Night

2019/05/27 15:35:43

Maths Room Upgrade

2019/05/27 08:02:12
Many thanks to Mr. Platts who completed a computer upgrade to Maths Room 403 over the weekend. This should allow seamless access to computers as necessary in class and is ideal for integration of Digital Technology in the classroom.

End of School Year - 31st May 2019

2019/05/24 10:58:50
School will close after classes and exams at 12.30 p.m. Buses run at that time. Have a great holiday

English Department host a "working breakfast" for Form 6

2019/05/24 10:21:14
The English Department had a "working breakfast" with their Leaving Certs this morning to celebrate their last class together. They have been a fantastic year group and we wish them every success in their exams and beyond.

Online Marking For State Exams

2019/05/23 09:34:29
A number of subjects will be marked online in this year's State Exams. Please follow the link below for more information on this process.

Traffic Restrictions During State Exams

2019/05/22 14:36:25
Please read the attached pdf for information on the Bandon Water Main and Sewer Network Upgrade Project which will involve delays for traffic entering Bandon from the north side of the town during state examinations. Please select alternative routes if driving. School buses will divert accordingly.
Thank You
Ian Coombes

TY Biology practical Heart Dissection

2019/05/22 11:24:13

More Photos from End of Year Service / Prize Giving

2019/05/21 21:23:55

End of Year Service / Prize Giving

2019/05/21 20:13:23
Today saw our end of year service and prize giving ceremony. Rev. Skuse led the service and there were wonderful group and solo performances from our musicians and singers under the guidance of Ms. O' Neill.
We also had a wonderful performance of 'Bounce' by our entire Leaving Cert class.
The prizes we're distributed by the retiring Ms. McCarthy O'Brien and the roll of honour is as follows:

Jermyn Cup: Liam McCarthy.
Bolster Cup: Niamh Hudson.
Aubrey Smith Memorial Cup: Rebecca Kingston.
Senior Merit Awards: Harry Sweetnam, Brian Murphy, Laura Nicholson & Cathal Brennan.
Chambers Cup: Alison Hathaway.
Giles Cup: Niall Beamish.
Crowley Trophy: Jack Crowley.
Hawkins Shield: Moira Barrett.
Johnston Cup: Jason Connolly & John Beamish.
David Smyth Memorial Trophy (Student of the Year): Jessica Gill.
Watson Cup ( Boy who contributed most to school life): Adam Peevers.
Barrett Cup (Girl who contributed most to school life): Eva Murphy.

More photos from Munster Athletics Championships

2019/05/21 18:01:35

Boys Hockey

2019/05/21 17:58:12
A massive thank you to past pupil and Olympian Conor Harte for coming to Bandon Grammar School to run a PCA/PCD workshop with our Senior Boys Hockey Team.......

Swap Shop Dates

2019/05/20 18:30:13
Please find attached info re Swap Shop this Summer...


2019/05/20 17:03:50
Congratulations to past pupils Rachel Desmond, Laura Buttimer & Katie Desmond who represented Munster in the recent Junior Interprovincial competition this weekend. They recorded wins over Leinster, Ulster & Connacht to lift the gold medal.

Construction Studies Trip

2019/05/20 16:07:33
The 5th and 6th Yr Construction classes had a great trip to Nick and Annie Bowen's Passive House in Skibbereen today, getting in some Ag Science advice at the same time, also had a talk with Passive Consultant, Michael Kiernan of Rebel Energy in Clonakilty.

Last of the 7-Day Borders weekend activities......

2019/05/20 07:19:06
Surf's Up at Inchydoney

Munster Athletics Championships Success

2019/05/18 19:27:17
A team of 17 students from Form 1 to 6 participated in today's Munster Schools competition in CIT. Disciplines ranged from shot putt, sprinting, long distance and discus. The team performed extremely well with 13 medals going to Bandon Grammar students.

The Minor Boys relay team consisting of Rory O Callaghan, Jonah Dalton, Karl O Regan and Sam Dale finished 3rd in their 4X100m with a time of 54.64.  Rory also competed in the long jump and finished 5th. 

Sophie Marry finished 3rd in the Junior triple jump with a very impressive jump of 8.64

In the Junior Boys shot putt Mergan McLaughlin threw the 4kg shot with a distance of 10.82 to finish in 3rd place. 

The intermediate girls dominated their events today. Lauren McCourt finished 1st in her 200m and 3rd in the 100m. Stacey Komolafe showed grit and determination to finish 3rd in her 300m hurdles and 2nd in the 300m flat. This success was then capped with a truly epic performance in their 4X100m relay. Lauren and Stacey with Madison Daly and Ciara Lynch eclipsed the field winning with a time of 50.67.

Natalia Sabate Guerroro continued to show progress with her 2nd place finish in the walk. It cannot go unmentioned the work Natalia has put in for this race. From only taking up the sport 3 months ago to qualifying for the All Irelands is a fantastic achievement, We hope to see her continue when she returns to Spain.

Ruairi Falvey competed in the boys Intermediate 800m and 1,500m but fell short in what were two very fast races. 

Kasimir Von Klitzing proved once again what a talent he has for distance running with a 2nd place performance at the grueling 1,500m steeplechase. 

Our Seniors  were fantastic in their in disciplines today. A special mention to Laura Nicholson who ran her 3000m in a Champion Best Performance of 9.47. Aisling Cassidy produced an amazing performance to win the triple jump with a distance of 11.32 (1cm off the record) and then finished 2nd in the long jump with a distance of 5.38. James Kirkby fell just short of the medals in the discuss finishing 4th with a throw of 35.36

A special thank you to Mr. O'Reilly and Liz Coomey who have put in a tremendous amount of work with our athletes. The All Irelands will be held on June 2nd in Tullamore.

Form 4 pupils shortlisted for IT Tutors of year award

2019/05/17 09:12:11
Delighted to see that the year long initiative with Age Action to provide IT tutoring for the elderly has been acknowledged. Mr White's TY Business class were shortlisted for the Silver Surfers IT Tutors of the year award by Age Action.

Tuesday 21st May 2019

2019/05/17 07:54:02
Tuesday 21st May is a school day for all pupils. Brief service in the Sports Complex at 9.50 a.m. followed by Summer Awards. Parents welcome.

TY trip to Street Cafe for Cork Homeless

2019/05/16 21:50:01
Mrs. Redmond organised a trip to see first hand evidence of the Street Cafe for Cork Homeless.  Students from Transition Year witnessed the vulnerable people of Cork  coming to take clothing, shoes and food which students had donated.  Students helped to set up the stall and to separate clothes and shoes into bags for the men and women.  They also helped some visitors choose suitable clothes.  It was a heart warming to see the wonderful volunteers who help the vulnerable who live so close to us.   Ms. Butler and Mrs. Kelly also travelled with the group.

Book List

2019/05/16 08:19:19
I have just removed the Book List for next Yrs 1st years as the supplier is updating their list and will be back up by the end of next week and then you will be able to order books and have them delivered to your home. Apologies....I will also have the lists for other years up by the end of next week also.........if you have any queries email me at [email protected]


Drama Production

2019/05/15 15:28:39
This year’s twin production of Mamma Mia and Lord of the Pies was a resounding success last night, with parents, teachers and students reveling at an evening of song, dancing and laughter. The after school drama club’s production was a humorous take on the classic novel Lord of the Flies, with the audience delighting at the power struggle in a pie shop! This year’s Transition Year musical was an absolute triumph. From wonderful singing to spectacular costumes and captivating acting it was an evening that will live long in the memory. Particular credit should go to Ms Moriarty for the wonderful set and costumes, to Ms Cathy Sweetnam who choreographed the whole production so superbly and to Mr O'Regan who directed. Well done to all involved.

BGS students at UCC Open Day

2019/05/15 12:53:28

TY Exhibition

2019/05/15 12:08:52
We invite you to view the Bandon Grammar School TY Exhibition which will take place on Wed 22nd May in the Sports Complex from 2.00 - 3.00 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity for parents and Form 3 students to view the range of experiences and activities that your son/daughter will be taking part in next year. This year's T.Y Graduation Ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. and you are also most welcome to attend this if you wish.


2019/05/15 12:00:52
We invite you to the Bandon Grammar School T.Y Graduation which will take place on May 22nd in the Sports Complex. There will be an opportunity for Transition Year parents to view the TY Exhibition from 2.30 p.m. with the Graduation Ceremony starting at 3 p.m. Please note that all TY students are expected to attend and the school office must be officially notified of any absences in advance.

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