DIRECTOR and former CEO of Glen Dimplex, Mr Sean O’Driscoll, delivered an inspiring address to the 750 pupils, parents and teachers at this year’s Bandon Grammar School prize day.
The guest speaker, who is a native of Drimoleague, talked candidly about the turning points in his own life and gave the students many pointers for success – adding that he had the ‘easiest job in the world’ because of the capable people employed with him.
The school choirs and orchestra, arranged and directed by Ms Gráinne O’Neill and Mr Ger Condon, put on a mini concert to the delight of the audience, finishing with ‘When I Grow Up’ from the musical Matilda, sung by the senior choir and soloists Caoimhe Hurley and Emily O’Mahony.
Principal, Mr Ian Coombes, spoke of the many successes of students over the year in debating, essay competitions, Young Scientist and maths competitions and in sport. Junior and Leaving Certificate results were highly satisfactory.
In Junior Certificate the honours rate was 94.5% and top performers Jordan Warren (perfect score), Denise O’Brien, Sophie Wetz and Donnchadh Barrett were prizewinners.
Top awards included the Teape Shield (agriculture) to Zoe Deane, Priest Shield (LC Agriculture Results) Stephanie French, Gibson Price Shield (Business) and Corn Risteárd Ó Glaisne (Gaeilge) Conor Scully, Johnston Cup (History) Aideen Madden and 25 recipients of awards for achieving more than 500 points.
This year marks a special time for the school, being the 375th anniversary of its foundation and the 60th year at the current site.
A number of events are planned to commemorate both and through completing major parts of the development plan.