Doors open in newly revamped Schull Community College

Posted on: 11th April, 2017

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Schull teachers and students of Coláiste Pobail Scoil Mhuire (Schull Community College) were excited to open the doors on their newly revamped college last week. Schull Community College, which offers a comprehensive programme of education, opened in 1983 catering for 180 pupils, and is the sole provider of second level education for the area west of the Crooked Bridge to Mizen Head. This progressive community college has gone from strength to strength over the last 34 years with 405 students currently enrolled. This new extension, being just one indicator of their success, will now provide an excellent learning environment and platform for their student body with the addition of some fantastic new facilities.

This state-of-the-art extension will offer their existing and incoming new students, two new standalone classrooms with a universal access WC, to accommodate the needs of all students. The college, which operates under the Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) and the Diocese of Cork and Ross, is also universally accessible to pupils of all abilities with this new build ensuring all external doors are fully ramped. These features allow equal opportunities and access for every individual to enroll in the college.

The newly-built extension provides full Wi-Fi, ensuring all pupils have direct access to a wider catalogue of educational content, resources and materials. Utilising Wi-Fi creates a vast number of learning opportunities for students and teachers, allowing collaboration in boosting education. Classrooms also contain top of the range equipment such as short throw projectors.

As a result of a purpose-built folding wall, the spacious school building can now be used for meetings, after school study, external community events, to name but a few possibilities.  A huge perk of Schulls’ extension is its new therapy room. This investment is crucial for the mental health and wellbeing of students, which is hugely important to the college.

A key mission of the college is to provide every student with an excellent learning environment, as well as superior amenities. Schull Community College has made this mission a reality due to its recent €400,000 revamp.

Schull Community College students have a bright future ahead with the aid of their new conditions commented Principal Brendan Drinan at the opening of the extension, “I am thrilled to be opening the doors to education with such an impressive new extension. We are very proud of our college and the legacy of a progressive and inclusive education provided to our young people over the years. The local community fought hard for a second level school in their community over 35 years ago, and due to the dedication of all staff at the college, our students are among the top performers in the State examinations. Over 90 per cent of our students go on to third level colleges and Further Education. This extension enables us to better service our existing students and accept further enrolments over the coming years, offering all pupils a bright, airy, spacious building with flexible, adaptable learning spaces making it very conducive to an excellent learning environment.”

For more information on this state-of-the-art extension or to enquire about enrolling for the upcoming academic year you can check out, or contact the school on 028 28315 or via email at

Above: Pictured at the opening of the Schull Community College state-of-the-art €400,000 extension are Thomas McCann, Eimear Minihane, Lauren O’Sullivan, Aisling Quinn, Padraig Dineen, all members of the Student Council with Brendan Drinan, Principal, Jim Daly TD, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, Rev Dr. Tom Deenihan and Ted Owens, CE Cork ETB.

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Mary is the only woman to have completed every single Dublin Marathon (all 38 of them). She’s also completed the grueling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’.

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As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

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With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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