May 16 2017

Darragh Ryan and Cian Lynch attend Model United Nations in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani Debate Success


By Darragh Ryan Form 5


At 8:30pm on Wednesday the 12th of April; Cian Lynch, Melvin Buttimer and I arrived in Baku international airport, Azerbaijan.

The next day we were brought to the school the conference was being held, Baku Oxford College, and given a brief run-down of MUN procedure. We spent the rest of the day walking around the city taking in the sights such as the expansive sea-side boulevards, parts of the old city and monumental sky-scrappers.

Friday was the first day of the conference, we were put into our committees and began our tasks. In model united nations each delegate is given the task of representing a country in one of the UN councils. Cian was tasked with representing Lithuania in the UNICEF council which focuses on enforcing human rights around the world and increasing the standards of living for those in poverty. To start the conference, he and his council had to decide which of the three given topics they were going to try to deal with:

Measures to protect and provide support for street children in urban areas

Strengthening measures and responses to prevent all forms of exploitation, violence and abuse in Less Economically Developed Countries

Measures to implement and promote rights to safe water and sanitation

I was chosen to represent Ukraine on the Security Council, the UN body responsible for achieving and maintaining peace across the world. The Security Council works differently to others as our council comprised of only 15 members in total (compared to other councils 30+) and instead of having three days to work on one issue we had one issue a day.  For the first day, we were asked to write a resolution which included “Measures to combat internal terrorist organizations in West Africa” focusing primarily on the rise of Boko Haram.

After the conference had finished for the day we were taken to a nearby hotel and treated to a Gala dinner, hosted by the school, in which we were given the opportunity to try tradition Azerbaijani food. The Gala dinner was followed by a disco, before we were driven back to our hotel.

During the second day of the conference Cian’s groups began working on drafting a resolution for their chosen topic of safe water and sanitation. My council began work on our second issue “The question of the refugees in the Mediterranean: threats to stability, peace and security”. We finished drafting and voting on our resolution 1 hour early so to fill the time we were treated to an “Emergency Session” in which the Secretary General (Head of the event) came to inform us that Russian and American war planes had collided over Syrian; and it was our task to come to a peaceful resolution between the two members.

The third and final day of the conference was focused around the GA (General Assembly) in which all, but one, of the councils come together in one room to judge, evaluate and ultimately vote on the resolution the other committees had produced. Cain’s council successfully managed to pass their Safe Water act in the GA. The Security Council on the other hand did not attend, as the security council has the power to pass its own resolution; and so instead we began work on our third and final topic “The question of the crisis in Ukraine”. It was a long and difficult day, full of bitter arguments on both sides and multiple veto threats; but in the end, after much debate, and a few concessions the resolution main submitted by the delegation of Ukraine (me) won and the resolution was passed.

On the final day of our travels we took a guided tour around the city and some of the surrounding area; allowing us to get a closer and more detailed look at the things we saw on our first day.

Overall the trip was a great experience, I learn much about public speaking, rhetoric and international politics; not to mention the many skills I developed fundraising for and organising the event.


May 11 2017

Form 1 Book List 2017-2018

Click on link for Booklist Form I 2017-2018

May 11 2017

Composers in the Classroom

Well done to all our students who  took part in the ‘Composers in the Classroom’ programme. There were four groups involved andall four songs were written by themselves as part of the programme in conjunction with Cork International Choral Festival. They worked on the project for 9 months with Cork singer-songwriter Fergal O’ Connor.

You can enjoy the songs in the videos below which were recorded in Cork City Hall on April 28th.


Composers in the Classroom from Bandon Grammar on Vimeo.


Composers in the classroom 2 from Bandon Grammar on Vimeo.


Composers in the classroom 3 from Bandon Grammar on Vimeo.


Composers in the classroom 4 from Bandon Grammar on Vimeo.

May 09 2017

Jennifer Barry wins best Senior Performer at Feis Maitiu

Many congratulations to Jennifer Barry on her fantastic performance at the recent Feis Maitiu. Jennifer first of all won best performance in a scene from a movie . As a result of this she was then was selected to compete against other senior performers in the overall senior competition. Jennifer duly won the overall senior performer of feis matiu 2017. Well done on a fantastic achievement.


May 09 2017

Apprentice Chef Finalists

Three Bandon Grammar School students are anxiously preparing their dishes ahead of the final of the Apprentice Chef competition on Thursday the 11th of May in Tralee.

Ella Maguire, Lynn Sweetnam and Katie Bennett are all in Transition Year and will each cook a dish and present a project under the title Good Mood Food.

Students across Munster compete in the event, sponsored by Flogas Ireland and Failte Ireland. The competition, which is in its fifth year, began in October and over 500 students have watched demonstrations and participated in workshops along the way.

The aim of the competition is “to steer students towards eating a healthier and more balanced diet that will improve their mental and physical health and to also promote the catering industry as a career choice.”

The three students will have to prepare restaurant standard dishes to be presented to a panel of judges.

Prizes include a cookery workshop at the student’s school, €1,000 of kitchen utensils and a specially commissioned Ambri chopping board.


May 08 2017

Active Schools Week 2017

Active Schools Week 2017 took place this past week.

There was a huge variety of events over the week including crossbar challenge, foot golf, sack race, sumo wrestling the mile challenge and many other events.

A huge amount of work goes into this event every year from our PE department and yet again it was a fantastic success with our students getting into the spirit and having a great week.

For more photos and videos visit or follow our Extra Curricular Activities Instagram account @bgs1641


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


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