Nov 16 2017

Aisling Cassidy wins silver at International Schools Pentathlon

Congratulations to Aisling Cassidy who won a silver medal with the Irish team at the International Schools Pentathlon in Glasgow on Friday last, November 11th. She was selected to represent Ireland following her performance at the Irish Schools Combined Events Championships at end of October. A fantastic achievement, well done!



Nov 16 2017

Debating Success

Well done to our three Debating teams who competed in UCC on Tuesday night and got through to the quarter finals of UCC Philosoph Debating Competition.
There will be four Bandon teams in the Quarter Finals in January as they’ll be joining Abby Morales and Katy O’Connor who had already qualified.
Students involved are Oisin Brown, Cathal Brennan, Andrew Robertson, Eva Murphy, Jessica Gill and Daragh Ryan.

Nov 15 2017

Commissioning of School Chaplain

The Service of Commissioning of our Chaplain, Rev Anne Skuse, took place  on Tuesday 14th November led by Bishop Colton.


It was a beautiful service and we are extremely happily to have Rev. Skuse back with us.

Nov 01 2017

Prize Day 2017

Our annual Prize Day took place on Friday, 27th of October this year.

It was a fantastic occasion with outstanding music from our choir and orchestra under the watchful eye of Ms. O’Neill. Our brass band also contributed a few catchy tunes.

Mr. Coombes delivered the Principal’s Report where he outlined the numerous achievements of the past year as well as the opportunities and challenges that are to be faced by BGS in the future.

The guest speaker was Mr. Sean O’Driscoll, CEO of Glen Dimplex who delivered a speech that was full of inspiration and advice for the students in attendance.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the day and well done to all our Prize Winners.


Oct 23 2017

Third Level Student Progression 2017    


Congratulations to the class of 2017 on the huge contribution made to school life, activities, sport and in academic attainment.   They set a fine example for others to follow.  Students, teachers and parents were relieved that the new grading system worked quite well.   From a non-selective enrolment inclusive of all the abilities students managed to take 76.7% of all subjects at higher level and achieve the equivalent of ‘honours’ (now H5 or better) in 91.4% of cases.   Average points were up to 414 – over 60 above the national average and 25.5% of students achieved over 500 points – being 2½ times the national average.


Irish Universities – Level 8 Degrees                                                     49%

Overseas Universities – Level 7 & 8 Degrees                                    9.2%

Institutes of Technology – Level 7 & 8 Degree Courses                  20.4%

Deferred Entry – (Gap Year)                                                                   5.1%

Repeating Leaving Certificate                                                                1.0%

Level 5 & 6 Diploma & Certificate Courses                                      11.2%

Drama/Portfolio/Dance/Apprenticeships                                         4.1%


The students of 2017 have been highly successful in accessing top choice courses.   Their interests range from the performing arts to architecture, mathematics, nautical science, engineering, law, business, pharmacy, medicine and veterinary medicine.   There is a significant reduction of those opting for a gap year or to travel to the UK – perhaps due to Brexit.   Overall our broad curriculum and guidance programme has enabled students to follow their aptitude to a wonderful varied array of course.



Oct 22 2017

Basketball Update (includes pics)

BGS 52 – 8 North Pres
BGS 22 – 33 North Pres
Thursday 26/10 U16 and U19 away to St Aidans Community College. Bus details to follow.
Congratulations to Huw Bevan, Form II, who won an All Ireland medal representing Cork at this years U15 Inter Regional Tournament.

Oct 22 2017

UCC Philosoph Debating Success for Abby Morales and Katy O’Connor

Abby Morales and Katy O’Connor won a Philosoph debate Friday night in UCC and will proceed into the quarter finals now in two weeks time.

Oct 22 2017

Past Pupil David Harte elected to European Olympic Committee

Congratulations to David Harte (Hockey) who was elected as Secretary to the European Olympic Committee athletes (EOC) commission

For more on this story see

Oct 20 2017

BGS Careers Fair

The Bandon Grammar Careers Fair took place on Thursday, October 19th and was a resounding success with some 60 career areas represented from all the state services to science, business, engineering, the arts, medical professions, law, agribusiness and hospitality. Well done to the Parents Association, Guidance Counsellor and office staff. A huge thank you to the many guests who gave up their afternoon to meet our pupils.

Careers Fair

Oct 04 2017

Laura Nicholson takes gold in u18 Cork Cross Country Championships

A huge congratulations to Laura Nicholson on winning the gold medal in the 4k at the u18 Cork Cross Country championships this past weekend. Laura is a dedicated athlete who has made both her club and school very proud with this great start to her cross country season.


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