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Bandon Secondary School hosts food forum and farmers market

The Home Economics Department in Colaiste Na Toirbhirte, a girls’ secondary school in Bandon, is hosting a day-long food forum and farmers market on Monday, 9th March. This innovative, one-day event aims to enhance learning in the classroom and show students how the knowledge and skills they acquire at school can connect and transfer to careers in the thriving Irish food sector.

St Finbarr’s Boys NS notes

THE Sixth Class pupils participating in the Primary School Debating Competition have now progressed to the third Round. The team include: Michael Folan, Oliver O’Shea, Cohen Lee, TJ Sullivan, Hugh Fitzgerald and Eoghan O’ Mahony. The boys competed against Kilcoe N.S and  St Mary’s Senior School, Dunmanway. They look forward to the next round in the coming weeks.

New policies announced for small rural schools

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan TD, has announced that the Government has agreed the implementation of two new policies to better support the sustainability of small schools, and particularly those in isolated areas.   This policy approach involves two key elements, improved changes to the staffing schedule for some small schools and a voluntary protocol for future sustainability for one-teacher schools with reducing enrolments.

Small schools issue may be revisted – Minister

THE Minister for Education has said that the whole issue of small rural schools may be reviewed in response to concerns raised by rural communities across the country. A delegation from West Cork, facilitated by local TD Michael McCarthy met the minister in Dublin recently to once again outline the case for small rural schools. Among the group representing Cahermore NS on the Beara Peninsula, the most distant school from

Silver ticket surprises for Bank of Ireland junk kouture regional finalists

BANK of Ireland is delighted to announce that the regional finalists for the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Recycling Fashion Competition 2015 in association with Repak have been announced. The competition is Ireland’s leading fashion and art competition for second level students. The All Ireland competition is now in its fifth year and aims to spark students’ imaginations; encouraging them to create unique, original and innovative outfits from recycled materials

Skibb school win robot war for second year

FOR the second year in a row, Rossa College, Skibbereen were winners of the CEIA Schools Robot Competition beating Coláiste an Chroí Naofa, Carrig na bhfear in a tightly fought contest. Each year, the competition has a theme to highlight the many ways in which engineering and technology is embedded in our lives today. This year the theme was robots and the logic of George Boole, to coincide with the

Minister Jan O’Sullivan turns sod on new Skibbereen Community School

THE Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan has performed the official sod turning on the site of the new community school at Gortnacloughy, Skibbereen. Construction is already underway at the 19 acre site, which will cater for 900 post-primary school students on completion in May 2016. Representatives from Mercy Heights Secondary School, Rossa College and St. Fachtna’s De la Salle, the current three post-primary schools in Skibbereen were on