AN unprecedented number of Bandon Grammar School (BGS) students are competing in a prestigious competition after getting some of the country’s top Junior Cert results in maths and science.
Over the past two weekends, seven BGS students undertook exams in Dublin City University as part of the Irish Junior Science Olympiad (IrJSO) and the Irish European Union Science Olympiad (IrEUSO).
IRJSO qualifiers are Aiyana Maria Helder and Katrin Birk, who will sit a general science exam. Gold and silver medal winners will represent Ireland at IJSO in Botswana in December.
IREUSO qualifiers will sit an individual subject exam eg (biology, chemistry or physics) and they are Isabella Mahon, chemistry; Eibhin Cronin, biology; Mollie Riome, physics; Dylan Roberts, physics and Brigid Creswell, biology.
The top six students will be selected to represent Ireland at the EUSO 2019 next May in Portugal.
Science teacher Carena McCarthy said these students would have all achieved at least 95% in their State exams to qualify for this.
‘Usually we have one or two students who qualify every few years. This is a great achievement. The science team we have here in BGS are a dedicated bunch of teachers.’