May 07 2017

Charlie O’Callaghan meets Garda Commissioner

Well done to Charlie O’Callaghan who along with Mr. Coombes was recently invited to meet the Garda Commissioner as a result of his Young Scientist Project.

The project was “Impact of Using Different Types of Traffic Calming Measures In A Small Rural Village” and the scope of the project was to study the impact of displaying different types of “Reduce Speed” posters in a small rural village. The speed limit in the village is 50kmph and most drivers drive through the village at much higher speeds.

Charlie had a fantastic day and it was just reward for a superb project.



May 07 2017

U16 Boys Tennis narrowly miss out on Munster Final

The U16 Boys Tennis team narrowly missed qualifying for the Munster Schools Shield Final on Friday (5th May). The boys lost their semi-final match against St. Coleman’s College, played at Lower Aghada tennis Club  in very closely contested games. They eventually lost  3 games to 2. They had beaten teams from Carrigaline and Presentation College in the previous rounds only dropping one point.

The team was Eoin Houston, Hugo Seigne, Elliot Bartelemy and Thomas Gale.



May 04 2017

Debating Society Report Spring Summer 2017

Bandon Grammar Debating Society has had a terrific term. Our weekly debate meetings have covered a number of fun and relevant current issues and we have had some recent national and international success from a number of students in Form 4 and Form 5.
Congratulations to Katy O’Connor on reaching the All Ireland Schools Debating Finals 
On Saturday 14th April, Katy O’Connor represented Bandon Grammar in the All Ireland Schools Debates Finals. Katy had been through five gruelling rounds of the UCC Philosoph Debates and one All-Ireland qualifier debate, arguing motions as diverse as ‘this house believes the left has failed’ and ‘this house supports the demise of religion’. In the Aula Maxima of UCC, in a room with 12 of the best debaters in Ireland out of a competition of 700 students, Katy proposed the motion that ‘this house would be Machiavellian’. Katy, alongside teams from Rochestown College and Mount Mercy, represented Munster debaters. Katy did extremely well, narrowly missing out to a team from Rochestown College and an Individual Speaker from Catholic University School. Fantastic Work Katy! She joins the ranks of Graham Norton, a former BGS student who also reached this latter stage of the competition.
Bandon Grammar Success at the National Stages of EYP
On April 17-20, three BGS students took part in the National Session of European Youth Parliament h. Inish Ruane-Crisson, Theo Dillon and Katy O’Connor did the school proud, negotiating heady topics in a fraught political landscape. Katy was chosen to represent Ireland Internationally, at the upcoming International European Youth Parliament at a location to be decided. Well done to all involved!
Daragh Ryan achieves at the Baku International Model United Nations
Well done to Cian Lynch and Daragh Ryan on their successful trip to Baku International Model United Nations, Azerbaijan, over Easter. Travelling with Mr Buttimer and after a few months of fundraising, Cian and Daragh were the only students representing Ireland. Daragh won ‘Most Distinguished Delegate’ for his role as Ukraine in the Security Council.
Jessica Gill to travel to Kenya with ActionAid -25 June
Jessica Gill and Ms Morley will be travelling to Kenya with ActionAid, to experience a number of development projects supported by the NGO, as a result of Jessica’s recent success in the national speechwriting competition.
Charlotte Orme and Sadbh Ruane Crisson won our recent Junior Debate Competition and there is huge potential among Juniors, from Fionn Magee (Form 1) and Greg Tarr (Form 2) to other first year students who have recently tried out their oratory skills. All students are welcome to join us at our weekly meetings!

May 01 2017

Compass Annual General Meeting – 6th May, 2017


Apr 22 2017

Gavin Coombes central to Munster A Cup Win

Gavin Coombes ( Class of 2016 ) played a central part in the Munster A comeback in the British & Irish Cup Final at Independent Park scoring the vital first try before half time. Having fallen 18-0 behind on 15 minutes Gavin’s try from great pack pressure started the revival and they went on to overcome Jersey Reds 29-28. Gavin had a fine game with dynamic carries and good lineout takes. It was also great to see many past pupils there to congratulate him and the team at the Cup presentation.


Apr 07 2017

Important Upcoming Dates

Best wishes for Easter.

School re-opening for Summer Term on Monday 24th April at 9.00 a.m.
Boarders return from 8.00 a.m.
Thursday 27th April – Form II Parent / Teacher Meeting – 1.30 – 4.00 p.m.
Classes end at 1.00 p.m. and buses will run at 1.10 p.m.
Friday 28th April– School closed for Management Junior Cycle Planning Day – 2017 – 18
Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May – May Bank Holiday/European Holiday
Tuesday 2nd May – Reopening at 9.00 a.m. – Boarders may return from 8.00 a.m.

Apr 05 2017

Spanish Exchange Photo Gallery

Apr 05 2017

U14 Rugby v Clonmel

Our  U14’s had their last game of the season against High School Clonmel this week.

Both U 14 teams played and despite being short a number of players managed to secure two wins.
Well done to the lads and their coaches Mr. Collins and Mr. Harper on a great year.

Mar 31 2017

Senior A Girls heartbreak in League Playoff

Our Senior Girls travelled to Limerick yesterday for the League decider against Crescent.

In an incredibly tight game Crescent prevailed by 3-2, with the winning goal coming in extra time.

Well done to all the girls and their coaches on a great season that included winning the Plate last week.



Mar 29 2017

COMPASS Spring Newsletter

Click here for COMPASS Spring Newsletter
We hope that you enjoy reading the Spring Newsletter and would welcome any comments and ideas you may have for future issues.
We have begun a process to endeavour to keep parents better informed and more involved as representatives of their children and schools. To that end, please do contact us should you have any queries or feel that we can assist. Email:
We look forward to hearing from you and welcome your feedback.
Help us to have parents voices heard.
Kind regards,
COMPASS Executive


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